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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Chip Cheezum and General Ironicus' Let's Play of the game jokingly suggests that, as a result of his tendency to Use His Head, Double H was brain-damaged well before he was ever introduced to that nasty-ass machine the DomZ had him in. They further theorize that he was given a copy of the childrens' edition of Carlson and Peeters (to accommodate his impaired thinking), which is also a coloring book. In-game, he's goofy, but still intelligent. Watch him during combat, then watch him again VERY closely while he is breaking barriers for you. You will notice that he uses an energy shield.
  • Awesome Music: For the game's music, Ubisoft hired a relatively unknown freelance composer named Christophe Heral. Good choice. "Home Sweet Home" and "Hylian Suite" are standout tracks, but there are many good ones. Notably, Ubisoft gave out the soundtrack for free with express permission to put it on Torrents.
    • "Above and Beyond" is probably one of the deepest and most unsettling tracks you will hear in a game.
  • Cargo Ship: Pey'j likes the hovercraft a tiny bit much. And to a lesser extent, the Beluga.
  • Complete Monster:
    • The DomZ High Priest is a cruel, relentless alien overlord who keeps himself alive by going from world to world and harvesting them of sentient life, draining all the innocent beings of their life to prolong his own. Arriving on Hyllis, the Priest commences an invasion, with General Kehck as a willing collaborator. Murdering countless innocents by draining them of life, any prisoners of war captured by the DomZ forces are tortured so horribly only one man has ever survived, with the priest also subjecting certain members of Kehck's Alpha Sections to be horribly mutated into monstrous Cannon Fodder for his forces. Intending on recovering his lost Shauni, the source of his power and immortality, the High Priest will kill billions to prolong himself, never giving a second thought to all he destroys.
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    • The aforementioned General Kehck is the leader of the Alpha Sections, a military organization that, under the guise of benevolent saviors, aides the DomZ aliens in their attempt to harvest everyone on the planet, just as they have done across hundreds of worlds. Those abducted are transported to the moon where they are sucked dry of all their fluids so that Kehck and the DomZ Priest may live longer. Throughout the game Kehck uses his Propaganda Machine to urge the people of Hillys to enlist in the Alpha Sections, knowing full well that they'll be slowly converted by the DomZ into monstrous grotesqueries to act as his army of mooks. When Jade manages to start exposing the truth about the Alpha Sections, Kehck responds by kidnapping the war orphans Jade's adopted for he and his boss to feed on. He also hooks up Jade's Parental Substitute, Pey'j, into a torture machine for three weeks, which eventually ends up killing him.
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  • Disappointing Last Level: Depends on who you ask. The endgame does feel rather rushed and introduces some inexplicable superpowers with little more than some vague foreshadowing. On the flip side, it has some great spectacle, a gorgeous vista in space, a very heartwarming reunion, and some are willing to cut it some slack with how troubled the production was.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The background track, "Propaganda". The minigames also feature the track "Spanish Bar", A.K.A. "Fun and Mini-Games", which is an easy contender for the title of Most Earwormy BGM.
    • How about the racetrack and Mammago theme? "Don' worreh..." It actually sound like real Reggae, mon.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Meï is very popular with the fandom, probably second only to the three leads. Being a blue-furred Cat Girl with hips probably helps.
    • Similarly, there's Yoa, the lighthouse's resident Mysterious Waif. She's mysteriously blue, she speaks an unknown language, and her dialogue suggests she's either a sneaky little spy or prophetic. She has no plot relevance (at least for now), but her status as walking Fanfic Bait makes her pretty popular.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: No, wrestler Triple H has nothing to do with this game. If you make that mistake, as so many before have, the fan's responses will likely make you feel like a real heel.
  • Misaimed Marketing: The decision to package copies of the game with string cheese, of all products. Shows how badly the game sold. Now "string cheese" is a minor inside joke in the fandom.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The Item Get! sound when you pick up a pearl, and the Alphas' "ARRRGH!" when you kick them in the tank. It never gets old.
  • Nintendo Hard: Not the game itself, but the mini-game you get for obtaining all the pearls in the game. You have to control two pearls with the right and left analogue sticks and ensure that they don't touch walls or other obstacles. Combined with the fact that the level advances so that sometimes you can't see what's coming and you've got a recipe for frustration.
  • Tear Jerker: Jade and Double H returning to the lighthouse to find it in ruins and the children gone.
  • Ugly Cute: Pey'j and Double H are just so damn endearing. Pey'j may be a fat, smelly, over-the-hill pig and Double H a meatheaded Top-Heavy Guy, but the fandom absolutely adores the both of them.
  • Vindicated by History: It's got to be one of the most highly regarded and talked-about video games to bomb on its original release of all time.
  • Woolseyism: There's a lot of quirks the English dub added over the original French. Pey'j's "sweet jesus" for example and how the DomZ sound.
    • When General Kehck traps the Beluga with a tractor beam, in the English version he quotes one of Lewis Carroll's poems (The Spider And The Fly), which made a nice touch over the original, which just talked about a serpent eating its prey.


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