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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Some fans joke that Corvo kills Daud in the High Chaos Brigmore Witches ending because Daud did Corvo's job (Protecting the Empress, in this case Emily) better than Corvo himself.
    • The Outsider. Malevolent Satan figure who likes screwing with the mere mortals and is behind so many of their problems? Capricious Trickster figure who is very old and very bored and always looking for a new twist? Or disappointed Prometheus who wants to give power and strength to humans, desperate for that one special person who won't succumb to the temptations of power? He has a habit of granting power to people in the right place to make big changes while acting terribly unconcerned with the substance or morality of those changes, but he also shows an oddly high level of concern with Emily's fate over the course of the campaign and DLC. That Emily is suggested to be somewhat favored by him and the next protagonist could mean that he's just Affably Evil and concerned with setting up his next pawn in the perfect place to wreak havoc.
  • Anticlimax Boss: Justified as you are an assassin who relies on quick and efficient kills. If you are doing it right all Bosses should be anticlimactic.
    • In the low chaos version of Light at the End, Havelock will just stand there saying he refuses to fight you. Although he will attack when you pick up the key to Emily's room (but only after he's offered it to you - if you grab it quickly enough, he'll go through his speech and not attack. Attacking is probably a bug), he can very easily be taken out non-lethally with a sleep dart or stop time plus choke.
    • Attacking is not necessarily a bug, especially if offering you the key and you taking it is the intended sequence of events. Rather, offering you the key and attacking you when you let down your guard fits his Dirty Coward behaviour, considering he at that point has poisoned his teammates and tried to poison you, and has a history of dishonorable discharge from the Navy.
    • Delilah in the Low Chaos final battle of the Brigmore Witches DLC can be taken out easily by anyone with Void Gaze and Blink. However, if you take her on directly, she will be an utter pain and a challenge one on one for Daud.
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    • Daud can actually be this in the Low Chaos form. He only has one guard, and through use of Stop Time, the tranq darts, and Blink, you can zap his one guard and choke him into unconsciousness without him even knowing you were in the room.
    • In The Brigmore Witches, Corvo himself. He has Outsider powers, of course, but no NPC can begin to do justice to what you would have pulled off in the game proper.
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  • Best Boss Ever:
    • Players have been known to forgo their otherwise perfect ghost runs of the Flooded District level for the sole purpose of being able to fight Daud, partially because he killed the Empress, kidnapped Emily, and stole your stuff, but mostly because his boss fight is awesome.
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    • On a similar note the Dream battle with Corvo Attano from The Brigmore Witches is awesome.
  • Best Level Ever: Dishonored is a great game overall, but most will say that "Lady Boyle's Last Party" (where you blend into an elegant party), "Return to the Tower" (where you infiltrate the Lord Regent's fortress so you can finally kill/neutralize the bastard) and "The Flooded District" (where you face-off against Daud and his army of assassins) are the game's highlights. Each has their own draws:
    • Lady Boyle's Last Party is absolutely staggering in the amount of ways it can be completed- a number of ways to get into the party itself, like through the front, from the guardhouse, from the sewers, etc., to the insane amount of variation when you find the women ( each Boyle's identity is randomized, and as such you have to acknowledge and adapt to which Boyle is your target) and that's not even counting all the ways they can be slain.
    • Return to the Tower is moody, dark, dreary and highly interesing, with tight corridors and dim lighting providing a thick atmosphere- it's also where the game picks up in difficulty, adding in several elements of earlier chapters (like Watch Towers and Tallboys) into a large and interesting enviroment to really toy around with your powers. Plus the sheer number ways to handle the Regent (including ambushing him in his room, blowing/throwing him off the balcony, vaporizing him, or exposing his crimes and shanking him while his back is turned provides a satisfying end to the mission.
    • Flooded District is very interesting in that it forces you to really use your arsenal- by removing all of your gear, including your sword. Plus, it pits you against a large group of people with powers similar to you, and Weepers, culminating in a satisfying and conclusive duel with the Knife of Dunwall himself- Daud.
  • Breather Level:
    • Mission eight, The Loyalists. After escaping Daud, and the Flooded District, and right before the final mission to deal with Havelock and his fellow conspirators Lord Pendleton and High Overseer Martin, this mission just has you sneaking back into the Hound Pits Pub to find out where they've taken Emily. It's not an especially taxing mission, given that you can very easily incapacitate or kill all of the guards on the map in one go if you activate Piero and Sokolov's new Arc Pylon.
    • Lady Boyle's Last Party, arguably. Especially with level 1 possession, getting into the party is very easy, and you don't even have to hide in most of the mission area—nowhere else in the game can you walk right up to the guards and casually chat with them. And the best part is, you're not even in disguise—everyone just assumes that your assassin-wear is a costume. Bonus points for walking in and out through the front door, with an invitation, having neutralized the target without anyone even noticing, and signing your real name into the Guest Ledger before leaving (which completely freaks out the Lord Regent when he reads the investigation report).
  • Broken Base: The fandom is bitterly divided over who the better protagonist is between Corvo Attano (More powers, has the cooler sword and mask, is the "Face" of the game), or Daud (Low Chaos Daud has a character arc and Michael Madsen turns in a great performance- also some feel the DLC missions to be of higher quality than the main missions).
  • Catharsis Factor: The whole game is very good at this if you're playing high chaos. Anyone annoy you? Blow their brains out! Subtlety? The fuck is that? Managing my powers? PPPFFFTTTT. Conservation is for nerds.
    • This doesn't even begin to describe the insane rube-goldberg machines of death and terror you can create in game. Cut off a person's head, stop time near another guard, and toss said head next to him. Watch and laugh as he reacts to being hit- then recoils in terror at the sight of the head. Why not possess a man and make him walk into a pile of vicious man-eating rats? The possibilities are absolutely insane.
    • Especially present in the Low Chaos final mission, Light At The End. At this point in the game, it's effectively shunted you into one of two endings, and depending on the level name, that's the ending you'll get no matter how many high or low chaos actions you do. On low chaos and playing as a conservative, stealthy ghost, finally being able to cut loose and blow apart any poor sod that walks into your line of sight is incredibly satisfying. For extra satisfaction, walk the whole time. You will feel like a badass.
    • The Low-Chaos final level has Catharsis Factor even if you use stealth. Get a bone charm that allows you to strangle faster. When you reach the point that you have to climb to the tower with the Rail-Platform across the Main Boss Area, you can blink and strangle as you go up and do it really fast. By the time you reach the top, you can hear a guard discover the first body, only to look down and see many other guards asleep left in his path. You may not feel like a badass but you will feel like a God, swift, sure and invisible.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • The River Krusts. They launch rapid-fire acid at you that will make sure you have to start chugging down Elixirs, they come in groups, and in order to damage them with anything except an explosive, you need to wait for them to start attacking you or possess them. Also, they tend to be placed in the most annoying locations possible.
    • Weepers straddle the line between this and Goddamned Bats, given their propensity to come in packs. But their unnerving implacability, speed, and toxic grab attack make them way more intimidating than a bunch of terminally ill people have any right to be.
    • The Whalers, who make frequent use of their Blink ability while patrolling and move around often, making it more difficult to count how many of them there are, to keep an eye on their patrols, and to sneak up on them to stab them in the jugular or choke them unconscious. They also use Blink constantly in a fight. On top of that, they make stealth runs considerably more difficult by having the annoying habit of popping up right beside you while you're creeping around on rooftops. On top of that, when they call for reinforcements, said reinforcements appear instantaneously. And on top of that, they're not too shabby with a blade. But in particular, their Blink has considerably more range than even yours does at level 2, and they're not even directly marked by The Outsider.
    • The Butchers from The Knife of Dunwall. Their butcher's saws do massive damage, deflect most frontal attacks, and can fire smaller saws so you can't just move out of reach. The only way to take them down without losing a lot of health is stealth.
  • Disappointing Last Level:
    • The Low Chaos version of "The Light at the End." While not totally easy, it is hardly a challenge when compared to the other levels. Moreover, the fact that Pendleton and Martin are already dead brings an overall lack of closure. The High Chaos version of "The Light at the End", on the other hand...
    • The last leg of the game is kicked off by your betrayal. What follows are some very dull, linear sections in which you're missing most of your equipment, and the level design doesn't let magic be useful. Case in point: you recover your stuff from a building that has no alternate entrances, even for a rat or a fish, though you can manage to get in with some creative use of blinking.
    • "The Surge", the final mission of The Knife of Dunwall. While the previous two missions had wide open environments with interesting quirks and multiple ways to deal with enemies and obstacles, "The Surge" is the Whaler Base area from the original game's "The Flooded District", except with Overseers instead of assassins. There is very little in this mission that distinguishes it from the original game. The mission feels like it only exists to provide a place to split the two Daud DLCs.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Callista and Slackjaw are both very popular with fans despite their limited roles. It might have something to do with Callista being voiced by Cersei Lannister herself and Slackjaw being an Expy of Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting.
    • Daud is popular enough that he got his own Downloadable Content. Despite killing the Empress, then leaving Corvo to take fall, leading to the game's plot, and by all metrics being the one character you should really want to kill, Daud ends up being a very fascinating character with a guilty conscience for his actions. Add that to his own moveset that allows him to fight Corvo on even footing and you get a pretty riveting, climactic boss battle.
    • Wiles Roland is popular due to going out of his way to make sure that Daud's target is punished, but not his servants. Adding his Cool Mask and the fact that he even gives a fair warning to Daud about the Flooded District, he's quite well-liked for a one mission only (from a DLC, at that) quest giver.
    • Billie Lurk from The Knife of Dunwall has also recieved a fandom for her snarky exposition of events and places in the story and her role as a foil to Daud.
    • Lizzy Stride and Thomas from The Brigmore Witches (also mentioned in the previous DLC), the former for her fun/creepy/badass personality and unique appearance, and the latter for being a helpful, interesting replacement for Billie despite having less characterization than her.
  • Even Better Sequel: Not a straight example, but many argue that the Daud 2-Part DLC is better than the main game, mostly because Daud is more interesting than the Silent Protagonist Corvo, the 6 levels (two thirds the size of the 9 levels of the main game) have more interesting variety and the karma meter is more successfully implemented. Harvey Smith himself offered the same opinion in a podcast with Kotaku.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The Heart gives only a few sentences about peoples's lives, but what it says happens to be quite intriguing.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Corvo/Jessamine, thanks to the popular theory is Corvo is the lover of the Empress and possibly even the father of Emily. It's a fairly popular theory in-universe as well. Pretty much confirmed in the good ending where the Outsider notes that after you die of old age Emily has you interred in the same tomb as the late Empress "because you were more to [Emily] than just a protector..." Explicitly confirmed by the drawing Emily makes for you, which shows you with the word "Daddy" written in big letters above it. The Empress' private messages to Corvo and Emily also heavily imply this, so it's as close to confirmed as it can be without being outright, clearly, and bluntly stating it by the Empress herself. Outright, bluntly confirmed in the sequel.
    • Corvo and the Outsider is fairly popular alternative for fans with a different preference given the Outsider's interest in his latest pawn. Of note is the existence of in-universe books about "Corvid" and "The Stranger" come Dishonored 2 with a decidedly lemony tone. Clearly the Devs find it amusing.
    • Daud/Martin has gained a following. Nobody's quite sure how that happened.
    • Corvo/Daud is another pairing that has become quite popular despite (or probably because of) everything that happens between them in the game.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One of Piero's audiographs has him pondering what he should say at Sokolov's funeral. Come the second game, Piero is dead of old age while Sokolov is still alive.
  • Game-Breaker: Almost all of your spells are this in one way or another.
    • Blink in particular basically makes avoiding guards almost not an issue once you upgrade it. Although there are definitely moments where it's obvious the level designed anticipated your Blink strategy and moved to stop it.
    • Bend Time II, which stops time for ten seconds. No matter which way you're playing, it's a very useful power to have. The game seems aware of this, as getting Bend Time II requires eight runes, more than any other power in the game.
    • Possession II is this, especially in the Flooded District level. Taking out every single one of the Whalers on the rooftops leading into Daud's hideout takes patience, but it's essentially cakewalk. Possess someone, walk the body out of their buddies' lines of sight, choke unconscious, repeat.
    • Two of the Bone Charms, "Water of Life"note  and "Spirit Water"note , can easily turn into this if the player is familiar with the locations of drinking fountains. At that point, Bend/Stop Time and Possession I/II — two of the most useful and expensive powers in the game — can usually be used without regard for mana consumption, as it can just be replenished for free. The only time you'll really need to consume elixirs or remedies will be in battle, and if you're doing a Stealth Run, chances are you'll rarely (if ever) end up in combat.
  • Gateway Series: Dishonored and its DLC and sequel served as ones for Immersive Sim, which is considered a niche genre. The game did this thanks to its excellent presentation, exemplary level design, Replay Value, and good writing.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • There is a known bug where, occasionally, getting the Shadow Kill upgrade will remove the ability to gain chaos. Yup, the game's entire point and purpose removed with one bug. Enjoy your lack of responsibility, you cheating asshole.
    • Loading a save can make the nearest whale oil tanks explode with no reason.
    • Buying the Blade Cross upgrade will sometimes, make the sword covered in blood, even if you didn't kill anyone in the mission or in the game. It can be stressful for players who try a "clean hands" game.
  • Guide Dang It!:
    • Enough Coin To Slip Away, a Brigmore Witches Achievement that requires the player to finish a Low Chaos playthrough with over 10,000 coins... when all of the DLC's levels only have about 7,500 coins between them all. The Guide Dang It part comes more from how you're supposed to do it- going back through Knife of Dunwall and taking as much money as possible, and then importing that save into Brigmore Witches and continuing from there.
    • Engaging in either Slackjaw or Granny Rag's quest lines in the beginning of the game will force you into a confrontation near the end where you normally have to kill one of them. This will invalidate both Ghost and Clean Hands. There are certain ways of getting around it, but they're very tricky (and may in fact be straight-up Good Bad Bugs). Annoying for players going for two already finicky achievements.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Pretty much Yahtzee's main rant about the game was he was annoyed about Corvo being a Silent Protagonist. So The Knife of Dunwall gives Daud a speaking role. Indeed, Harvey Smith later confirmed that the developers had grown tired of the trope and wanted to change gears and voice Corvo, but that it was too late in development to bring it in. Come the sequel, and Corvo's now Suddenly Voiced.
    • Part of the game's worldbuilding mentions something known as "The Fugue Feast," in which all rule of law is abandoned for an extended period of time and all crime is legal. Not even a year later, The Purge came out.
      • Although The Fugue Feast was based on a popular cultural phenomenon of 'inverted time' when the social roles and customs were reversed or in other way changed. The most common example is the Venetian Carnival and Ancient Roman Bacchanalia. The 'time outside time' concept is also present in various cultures.
    • One of the guests at the Boyles' party remarks that the new Lord Regent will "make us great again".
  • Ho Yay: The Outsider makes it very clear that he considers Corvo — especially a non-lethal Corvo — the most interesting person he's seen for a long time.
    The Outsider: You fascinate me.
    The Outsider: He's not special like you are.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: One of the major criticisms is that the base game is rather short- most critics had it beat between six and ten hours, depending on which Chaos path they took and how much time they spent looking at the world. The Game of the Year Edition had numerous people saying that Daud's campaign and the City Trials added enough content to make it worth it. Likewise other fans argue that the game's considerable replay value (the number of alternative choices and the range of pathways to move through the levels) more than make up for the short runtime.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Some fans argue that Esma Boyle, of all people, is one. It can't be easy having Waverly or Lydia as a sister, it's implied that she "drinks to forget herself" and her daughter probably died in childbirth and left her unable to have any more children.
    • Also, she's never seen doing or saying anything particularly bad, and we only have the fact she's funding the Lord Regent's army if she's your target to justify the Jerkass part.
  • Les Yay: Tons with the Brigmore Witches, who when talking to each other borders on flirting and often refer to each other as "lover".
  • Magnificent Bitch:
    • Delilah Copperspoon, master of the Brigamore Witches ia a brilliant, determined witch and the illegitimate sister of former Empress Jessamine Kaldwin. Once cast into the streets, Delilah clawed her way tot he top, even earning the attention and Mark of the godlike Outsider himself. Seeking the throne, Delilah builds the Brigamore coven and proceeds to enact a scheme where she will replace Jessamine's daughter Emily's soul with her own, sending her strongest witches against the assassin Daud just to insure they won't be around to betray her when she replaces her niece. When this fails, Delilah is cast into the void but by sheer force of will she returns and assists her old allies to restore her to the material plane before launching a coup against her niece, effectively usurping the Kaldwin throne. Not satisfied, Delilah plots to even usurp the Outsider himself, a scheme the Outsider fears Delilah is completely capable of enacting. Ruthlessly dedicated to her own advancement and hell bent on forcing her vision upon the world, Delilah demonstrates just how high a once penniless urchin can rise with sheer force of will and hatred within her.
    • Daud himself, the Knife of Dunwall is a genius assassin who even attracted the notice of The Outsider. Forming The Whalers, Daud performed daring assassinations for the benefit of the corrupt, before accepting and completing a job on Empress Jessamine. Feeling true remorse when he saw what his deeds had done, Daud later dismantles the Brigamore Witch cult and tricks Delilah into being trapped in the void. Returning years later, Daud even puts together a plan to destroy the Outsider himself, using his one true friend Billie Lurk to carry it out.
  • Memetic Mutation: Some of the guards' lines have become popular with the fans, among them are:
    • "Should we gather for whiskey and cigars tonight?"
    • "Blow off, choffer!"
    • "Think you'll get your own squad after what happened last night?"
    • "How old did you say your sister was?"
    • "I don't need shit from you."
  • Narm/Narm Charm: In high chaos, Emily becomes so exaggeratedly evil that one can easily take it as Black Humor.
  • Player Punch:
    • If your Chaos rating is high enough, Samuel will call you out for your actions and will grab his flare gun to warn the guards during the final level. You're ultimately forced to either fight against every last guard who patrol the station or kill the man who saved your life and respected your work the most out of all the Loyalists. And while you can Take a Third Option and knock him out before he fires, sometimes the game considers him "killed" anyway and there's still a chance he can fall into the water afterwards.
    • Even the "Medium Chaos" version of the final level has it, with Samuel accusing you of going out of your way to be as violent as possible, and saying that he never wants to see you again. Considering how friendly and loyal he's been up to that point, those words sure sting.
    • The betrayal of the Loyalist Conspiracy is a sucker punch to the gut if there ever was one in this game. You knew that someone was going to betray you. Chances are you didn't expect it to be everyone. The Outsider's words when you grab the rune from the last Shrine really hit hard.
      The Outsider: Strange how there's always a little more innocence left to lose.
    • In Dunwall City Trials, Kill Cascade sure is fun, isn't it? Up until the end, where you drop-assassinate Empress Jessamine right in front of Emily.
    • The last mission of The Knife of Dunwall where Billie, the person that has had your back throughout the game, turns out to be The Mole to the Big Bad. Softened considerably in a Low Chaos run, as Billie comes right out and admits her betrayal with obvious guilt, refuses to actually go through with said betrayal, defies the uber-powerful Delilah to her face, and then calmly puts her life in Daud's hands, fully expecting Daud to kill her because she deserves it. If you spare her, she thanks you and spreads your legend in the new life she lives abroad. The whole sequence has the distinct feel of a sincere apology.
    • All of the differences in the events of the game in a High Chaos run (as opposed to Low Chaos) can feel this way. From refugee shelters now appearing as a room full of weepers to Samuel flat-out telling Corvo that he's probably worse than the people he's going to kill.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Wallace, the butler of Lord Pendleton. Pendleton is a snob, but he doesn't take it to quite the same extremes as his butler. Wallace can often be found berating Lydia or Cecalia for their less-than-stellar performance by aristocratic standards, even though they're doing the best they can with horrible conditions in a time when basic safety marked one as lucky. For instance: Cecelia keeps the Pub clean in the middle of an abandoned, plague-ridden, flooded district; Wallace berates her for not knowing how to do a proper curtsey. He also mentions he doesn't care about the Weepers, stating they're 'only' poor people in a High Chaos run (in a Low Chaos run, he suggests Lord Pendleton fund a memorial to those who died during the plague so they won't be forgotten.)
    • Lord Pendleton himself seems deliberately this, though he's remarkably hated less than his butler. He's usually quite nice and polite to Corvo, although there's an undercurrent of sliminess to his character that makes him unpleasant to deal with.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • There's no way to replay the missions with all of your bought powers; there's no New Game+, and the mission replay limits you to the powers you had when you first played it. Arguably, replaying the game to do things differently is kind of the point, but not having the option to add Catharsis Factor to a mission you struggled in is kind of disappointing.
    • The PS4 release has Heart and power audio playing through the DualShock4's speaker. Turn off the speaker, and unlike other games, that audio just won't play.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: In addition to the Pacifist Run and Stealth Run, both of which have associated achievements, there are a whole host of potential options — this video demonstrates three:
    • "What A Weird Dream. Oh Well, I Guess It Was Nothing.": The No-Magic Run. Unfortunately, this playthrough falls apart during the return to Dunwall tower, where you need Blink or the Agility passive to make it all the way up the water lock. This challenge is at least given a nod by the developers who made an achievement for completing the game without purchasing any magic upgrades (the first level of Blink is automatically unlocked.) This also seems to be acknowledged in the sequel, whereby players are given the option to refuse the Outsider's mark and go without any powers whatsoever.
    • The Perfect Crime/Oh, Dear, What a Terrible Accident: Pull off every mission without being seen by anyone and leave no trace that you've been there. This also includes no killing or knocking out anyone except in ways that could reasonably be seen as accidental, such as being devoured by rats.
    • Corvo Attano, the Loudest Man in Dunwall: Duel everyone you see with only swords, and always announce your presence in some flashy way, such as blowing up whale oil containers or firing your pistol into the air. No magic allowed except for Bend Time (to dispose of grenades and bullets more easily to keep the fight fair) or Blink (to separate guards from the pack or troll them).
  • Shoot the Dog: Killing or having enslaved Esma Boyle can feel like this, mainly because she doesn't come across as being nearly as evil as your other targets (see Jerkass Woobie above).
  • Spiritual Licensee:
    • Dishonored is widely regarded as a better Thief game than the 2014 one. Indeed in Dishonored 2 Corvo will by Suddenly Voiced by Stephen Russell, Garrett himself. It's also seen as a better Victorian-era Industrial Revolution game than Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.
    • The Draper's Ward mission in the DLC with multiple warring street-gangs in period clothing comes close to being a Gangs of New York videogame, until Assassin's Creed: Syndicate made that into a dominant mechanic.
    • The setting of Dunwall with its factions of Assassins, Thieves, malevolent witches, religious organizations and a fantasy Industrial Revolution setting is a pretty good rendition of Ankh-Morpork from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
  • Squick: If you listen to the Mad Survivor outside his shrine in the Kaldwin's Bridge level, at one point he will exclaim how the shrine has "taken his water, taken his blood, and taken his seed". Still wanna pick up that rune, Corvo?
  • That One Boss: Confronting Knife of Dunwall's final target, Billie Lurk on High Chaos results in a Boss Battle with no options for stealth, against an abnormally durable Mirror Boss. The Best Boss Ever examples above actually share many of these traits, but since she's automatically alerted like a regular foe, unlike Daud who can be taken stealthily, or Corvo who causes no alerts since it's All Just a Dream, any Ghost run is instantly voided.
  • That One Level:
    • The Flooded District. It starts off with a tedious segment where Corvo has to retrieve his arsenal and doesn't get much better from there. Unlike most missions, it's extremely straightforward and has few side objectives to speak of. It does have the awesome confrontation with Daud, but after that, you've got long stretches of linear sewers and featureless suburbs with hordes of weepers to deal with. It wouldn't be so bad if it didn't come right on the heels of Dunwall Tower, the game's seeming climax and itself a Best Level Ever candidate.
    • Good luck trying to get all the tricky jumps in one playthrough on Bonfires. Good luck trying to three star it on Expert.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Corvo's Balisong Sword is a thing of beauty to watch.
    • Hold F to sheath your sword. Left click to draw it again. Clear your schedule, because you're not getting anything else done today.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Hardbitten military men are not what most people would expect from Roger Sterling.
  • The Woobie:
    • Cecilia comes off as this, getting chewed out for her work by both Lydia and Wallace. Then she thinks she's the only survivor of the Hound Pits Pub being massacred. If chaos is high, it's implied that she's caught the plague, too. The way she flat out expects to be the first one to go in case of trouble with a tired acceptance is pretty sad, but the fact that she tells you about her safehouse filled with loot and gives you a key for it right afterwards (because she admits, with some surprise, that she can actually trust you) cements it. In addition to that, in high chaos, she muses that she escaped the fate of others simply because she's always been beneath notice to everyone - nobody ever acknowledged her presence as a human being.
    • Corvo and Emily. In the span of less than a day, they both end up watching someone they love get brutally murdered by a bunch of assassins, then they both get split up from each other and emprisonned for several months. Emily has to deal with the fact that she lost both her mother and got separated from her father in the same day. She’s obviously traumatized by all this, not helped by the fact that she doesn’t know where Corvo, the only family she’s got left( due to him being her father), is imprisoned or if he’s even still alive. Meanwhile, Corvo gets framed for a crime he didn’t commit, he has to deal with the fact that he lost both the love of his life and his daughter on the same day, he has to spend several months in prison getting tortured by the very same people who killed Jessamine. And that’s not even getting into what happens during the game, after the Lord Regent gets killed or neutralized by Corvo.
    • The Lonely Rat Boy. Not much is known about him, because he doesn’t appear in the game proper and is relegated to lore/backstory material, but once you read his story, you’ll immediately understand why he qualifies. The whole thing is a Tear Jerker.

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