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  • Anticlimax Boss:
    • The Last Shot Smile, boss of the Playable Epilogue.
    • Most Smiles that appear as mid-bosses are usually this, since they normally require a single hit to kill. However, most of these are justified since they become regular enemies. The last two do not, however, and are two of the toughest bosses in the game. In fact, you can make an argument that the last one is the Final Boss and the ones after are Post Final Bosses.
  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack covers a wide variety of genres, and ranges from creepy and atmospheric to just plain awesome and catchy.
    • Some good examples include Sweet Blue Flag (Ayame Blackburn's battle theme,) Tecks Mecks (the stage music for Cloudman,) Rave On (the most awesome music for walking down a completely featureless corridor ever) and Blackburn (the stage music for the inside of Curtis' house.)
    • Even more good examples include Emoticon (Suzie's theme) and Residence (one of the stage themes for Alter Ego.)
    • Taxidermy, the song that plays after Dan allows Curtis to be killed by his own device is pure Nightmare Fuel.
  • Complete Monster: Curtis Blackburn's first appearance is a cutscene in which he kills a prostitute in his car before walking into an office and killing every person in it for no apparent reason. Then you find out he killed one of the player characters and controls the female half of the black market for orphans (who are used for organ harvesting). Next, Curtis gets revenge on his partner (who controlled the male half) for cutting into his orphans... by raping and killing his wife in front of their son, killing his children, and showing him his daughter's severed head before killing him. A pedophile with a fetish for anime loli, he harvests organs for the US government from little orphan girls he molests by using a giant car-wash abattoir hybrid, that rids the body of all organs, cleanses it and closes it up, then leaves just a shell of the dead body. After the boss fight in the room outside you can see naked little girl hollowed out dead bodies. The man is so vile that his public face is a child organ trafficker.
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  • Crazy Awesome: Large swaths of the cast.
  • Creepy Awesome: About half of everyone in the game. The ghosts helping the Smiths, Heaven Smiles, Kevin Smith...
  • Creepy Cute: Susie Sumner is a cute girl..who killed millions before she died and came back as a severed head. Also, her dialogue is recored with a text to speech program.
  • Cult Classic: Introduced the Western world to Suda51, and many still consider it the high water mark of his career (including Suda himself).
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • Broken and Rolling Smiles move really fast and their weakpoints are a nightmare to hit.
    • Poison Smiles are normally just a way to train the player to use weakpoints (if they're killed normally, they get right back up). On the unlockable killer8 ultra-hard difficulty, however, they become incredibly dangerous as all weakpoints are invisible. You're forced to guess at random, shooting different parts of the Smile until you get it right as they get closer and closer. (You could also use a counter attack on them, but Young Harman doesn't have one and all of the other characters are woefully underpowered in this mode).
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  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: Critical attention for the game mostly focused on its bizarre plot and characters and distinctive presentation. The minimalist gameplay was mostly considered little more than a bridge between story segments. (It has its fans too, though, especially among killer7's biggest fans who love all its parts, and it's deliberately designed to synergize with the story).
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • For a character that gets very little development, Con Smith is notably popular among fans of the game. He's very fast at shooting, reloads quickly, runs quickly (so you can get to Harman's Room and back in a short amount of time), and the low power of his bullets and low health don't matter because you can take out a Heaven's Smile before it gets to you.
    • KAEDE has literally zero ingame character development, outside of the Camellia Smile symbolism, but remains popular for her very simple, yet strikingly memorable, character design.
    • Andrei Ulmeyda, despite only appearing for one chapter, is a fan-favorite thanks to his over-the-top eccentricity and incredibly hammy performance by Cam Clarke. His utterly horrifying boss battle is also considered to be one of, if not the, most memorable in the game.
    • Among the Remnant Psyches, Travis Bell and Susie Sumner seem to be the most liked.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Travis' description of how he got killed by the Killer7 is pretty suggestive.
    • Once he becomes a Remnant Psyche, Mills gets very affectionate towards Garcian, calling him "Garcie" and fretting over him crying (unseen by the player).
    • Harman and Kun Lan are both this and Foe Yay, especially since a literal interpretation of the Last Shot Smile is that Kun Lan dresses up in bondage for Harman.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Harman Smith is a god-like figure and government assassin who serves as the head of the Smith Syndicate. Very good friends with his arch enemy Kun Lan, Harman challenges him with games of chess, using the Smiths as figurative chess pieces in his greater-scoped game against Kun, even allowing Kun to harm those in his path. Constantly outwitting Kun and his men at every turn, Harman’s unafraid to get in on the action despite his frail, wheelchair-bound nature. He also uses his younger reincarnation to make Garcian Smith kill the Chairman of Education Greg Nightmare for him, which makes Garcian rediscover his past life as wicked hitman Emir Parkreiner. Despite getting killed by a mysterious assassin alongside Kun, Harman and Kun return a hundred years later in Shanghai, ready to repeat everything they’ve done and start their game anew.
    • Emir Parkreiner is a deadly assassin who gained infamy as a teenage killing machine. In truth an immortal being who has been reincarnated several times, Emir became a secret assassin working for the government during high school. Tasked with taking out the Smiths, Emir managed to easily outwit and murder all six members at the Union Hotel, before feeling guilty and committing suicide on the rooftop. Reincarnated as Garcian Smith thanks to Harman, Garcian becomes the Syndicate’s cleaner, able to outwit, outmatch, and kill his opponents with ease. Breaking his connection with Harman after traumatically discovering his past as Emir, Garcian is still able to accept what happened and does whatever he can to take down the Last Shot Smile, even if it means the destruction of America or Japan.
    • Andrei Ulmeyda, the Arc Villain of Cloudman, is an eccentric, affable cult leader and president of the successful First Life Inc. A former postman who achieved fame by selling out his city to the Heaven Smiles in exchange for a portion of the Yakumo, Ulmeyda established a following built around himself. With First Life serving as a commercial-running front for his operations, Ulmeyda has also infected himself with countless diseases to make himself immune, selling his immunized blood as a vaccine. But when he acquired the Heaven Smiles disease, knowing that he’ll soon turn into a monster, Ulmedya summons the Smiths to execute him when he eventually transforms, taking credit for a Stacy concert bombing to get their attention. Ulmeyda ultimately dies a satisfied man, his spirit leaving behind encouraging advice to his follower Clements.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Russian Roulette scene with Benjamin Keane is considered one of the best scenes in the game, as well as being Keane's only cutscene.
  • Polished Port: The PC port adds mouse aiming, HD and widescreen support (with 2D elements repositioned or expanded instead of stretching them), and runs at a smooth 60 FPS. There is also the option to select between Japanese and English language versions (the voices are the same in both except for the garbled speech of the Remnant Psyches, and Japanese version adds subtitles), and added keyboard shortcuts for functions such as switching between different characters and healing. The only thing to really complain about is that all on-screen button prompts are for gamepad.
  • The Scrappy: Some consider Iwazaru this. Possibly intentional so people would have no qualms shooting the Last Shot Smile down in the end.
  • Signature Scene: On a lighthearted note, the Cloudman intro. On a darker note, Garcian and Keane's game of Russian Roulette.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Different cultures are important for humanity as a whole, and trying to force one culture into becoming another will only lead to chaos and hatred. The game elects to tell the story of America and Japan in a relationship like this, though the twist is that both countries are trying to do it to one another.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Oddly enough, Ministry of Education, the final boss's theme, sounds a lot like Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor (c.f. here).
  • Take That, Scrappy!: For those who despise Iwazaru, don't worry. The Post Final Boss either is Iwazaru or someone taking on his appearance, and all he does is run away before standing around, waiting to be shot five times.
  • That One Boss:
    • Ayame Blackburn is ridiculously hard to hit and has a tendency to tag you with bullets every few seconds.
    • Andrei Ulmeyda starts the fight by trying to horrify the player, causing them to run away from him and get lost in the maze. And running into him is a One-Hit Kill. Good luck.
    • The last two Queens: the Timer Smile and Galactic Tomahawk Smile, to the point where the latter is more of a Final Boss than Greg Nightmare, Emir Parkreiner, and the Last Shot Smile could ever hope to be.
  • That One Level: killer8 makes the Kaku Building into the hardest level in the game, as the building has very tight spaces while dealing with the Smiles, who one hit kill most characters.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: 7 playable characters (plus Harman making 8), but only three of them (Garcian, Harman and Dan) get any real focus. Mask gets some interaction with Jean, Con gets a couple of lines in a cutscene, and KAEDE, Coyote and Kevin are just left by the wayside.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: No need to explain that.
  • Uncanny Valley: The boss of Angel, who has a stereotypical big-eyes-small-mouth anime face in a game where everyone is rendered more realistically (this is even before you blow her wings off and she starts crying blood while four Kun Lan faces grow out of her back.)
    • And related to that is Ayame Blackburn and her animegao mask.
  • The Un-Twist: Garcian's identity and his murder of the other Smiths isn't just heavily foreshadowed, it's everything but flat-out stated long before The Reveal. Since this is a Suda51 game, opinions are divided on whether this is a poorly-executed Twist Ending, a parody of twist endings (a la No More Heroes), or a deliberate untwist.


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