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  • Accidental Aesop: Considering that Sunny taking time away from his friends to practice the violin with his sister (and perhaps letting Aubrey and Basil vent to him a lot) likely took a serious tool on his happiness and mental well-being, the consequences of building too much of your identity around supporting others can be seen in him.
  • Adaptation Displacement: Due to the game exploding in popularity, not many fans know that it is based on a Tumblr webcomic by the artist and was originally going to be a graphic novel. The book version is out of print.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
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    • The title character himself is likely the biggest example of this in the game. Even as the game ends, it's not clear where Sunny ends and Omori begins. Is he really just a figment of Sunny's imagination relaying his own suicidal thoughts back to himself, or has he become something more (or already was)? When Sunny vandalizes the Photo Album or pretends that certain doors don't exist, is it his repression happening in realtime, or is Omori influencing how Sunny perceives reality? There is also the bit that in the good ending, Omori kills Sunny...but when Sunny persists anyway when you click "Yes" on given the option to continue, Omori gives him a Cooldown Hug, drops the knife, and fades away. Perhaps he wanted confirmation that Sunny no longer needed him.
    • There is also the question of Omori's relationship with Dream Basil. Are they actually friends, or does Omori actually hate the guy? The game lore reveals that Omori has reset Headspace multiple times to keep Sunny from learning the truth and each reset reunites Basil with the friend group; in a case of irony, the real Basil helped cover up the Truth while Dream Basil keeps wanting to talk about it, having remembered that Mari died. The quest to find Dream Basil inevitably leads to the disturbing scenes in Black Space where spiders, an elevator, Omori, and his friends keep murdering different Basil sprites; Omori is revealed to be the ruler of Black Space, and he put Basil in there to keep him from revealing the Truth. The multiple deaths are beyond cruel and they hint that Omori keeping the group from finding Basil has more spite than fulfilling his purpose to hide The Truth, showing uncharacteristic anger.
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    • Sunny's mother. Does she know about the Awful Truth that shattered the friend circle and is implied to be known by her (former) husband? Is she a doting (if easily distracted) parent trying to take care of her son while understanding their need for space, or is she just neglectful and doing the bare minimum to make sure she doesn't lose another child?
      • Sunny is sixteen, but she still refers to herself as "Mommy" in the voicemails that she leaves for her son. Most kids at that age say "Mom" or "Mother. Is it that his mother still thinks of him as a little boy, or that Sunny remains trapped in arrested development and is still mentally a twelve-year-old?
    • Something also has a lot of potential for this, for similar reasons as Omori. While it certainly is creepy and has no problem peppering Headspace with jumpscares, ultimately most of its interactions with Sunny and Omori are centered around the truth of Mari's death, something the former has to acknowledge to reach the good ending and something the latter deliberately obfuscates. If Omori represents harmful ignorance, Something could be considered a form of Brutal Honesty.
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    • Real Kel and Real Hero argue about this regarding Real Aubrey. Kel believes that Aubrey has changed too much and no longer cares about her friends, given she nearly drowned Basil. Hero says she wouldn't forget about her childhood friends just because of a traumatic incident. We see some evidence that both are right, though Aubrey admits she attacked Basil because she mistakenly thought he had removed Mari's pictures from the photo album. It's a question of Aubrey caring either too much or too little.
    • We ultimately will never know what Mari and Sunny argued about the day that he smashed the expensive violin that his friends had bought for him. It could have been Mari being worried about Sunny's wellbeing, with Sunny lashing out in frustration. Mari could have also asked why the heck he smashed the gift from their friends, in an OOC Is Serious Business moment.
      • The Truth Album Transcript found in the game's files tells the story of this: Sunny was so frustrated from playing the song over and over again, he felt like he was making more mistakes every time he attempted it, and his fingers hurt so bad, he threw the violin down the stairs in a fit of rage. Mari confronted Sunny at the top of the stairs about it afterwards. Sunny wanted to run away from the confrontation as he always does, but Mari stepped in front of him and said she wasn't done talking to him yet. He pushed her defensively to get away from her, just like Aubrey pushed Basil at the lake.
    • Mari herself also invites this, given she's a Posthumous Character. Everyone in her friend group goes for Never Speak Ill of the Dead, with everyone saying that she was a wonderful cook, generous with her time and things, and compassionate towards her loved ones. We also get a flashback of her saving Sunny from drowning, and tearfully hugging him afterward. There are hints that she was the favorite of their parents, however, and that she could be perfectionist, unintentionally pressuring Sunny to be the same.
    • The extra-text from datamining in the photos that reveal how Mari really died showed that it wasn't Sunny's idea to make her death look like a suicide. He was in Heroic BSoD, and tried tucking her into bed to make her wake up. Basil took initiative to hang up her body and asked for Sunny's help in bring the corpse outside and finding the jumprope. Even Basil seems to have no idea about why he did it, rather than calling 911. Was he also on autopilot? Did he worry how the others would turn on Sunny?  
    • Real Basil approaches Sunny with garden shears if you decide to save him on the last day, "reassuring" him, "This is for the best". From the sound of it, he seems to be intending a Murder-Suicide in the middle of his breakdown. Yet he says that he's going after Sunny's Something, which keeps Sunny from leaving the room. In the end, it's ambiguous what Basil's intentions were after he calms down in the hospital.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: After six years in development, the struggle to move the game from RPG Maker VX to MV, the cancellation of the Nintendo 3DS version, and the lack of communication between developers and backers, many expected the game to be the next Mighty No. 9: another broken game and another Kickstarter failure that didn't deliver what it was promised. Thankfully this wasn't the case: the game came out on Christmas Day 2020, and it got a lot of positive reception from backers and players alike.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Despite Kel's role as the game's Fragile Speedster, players still complained on the absurd amount of damage he gets as the game goes on and how low his HP is compared to the rest of the group. Despite not being much, the 1.0.2. update fixes this by increasing his HP by 4 every time he gains a level.
    • The 1.0.3. update added three more save files into the game. This becomes very useful for those who want to finish certain sidequests, backtrack to some missed content or view all the endings.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • One of the bosses you fight in the Junkyard while searching for Space Boyfriend's mixtape is... a download window. It comes completely out of nowhere with no explanation and it dies with no fanfare. Even Hero gets confused as to what happened after the fight.
    • While in Sweetheart's Castle, you'll come across a weird sous chef Mole who asks you for... bizarre ingredients. What happens when you finish it? Cue the game and sous chef glitching out before everything snaps back and the chef is replaced.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: A basic strategy that a lot of players fall back on is having Kel anger Aubrey, and Omori make an enemy Sad so that Aubrey can Headbutt them for high damage. This skill combination is available from just before you set off to Otherworld, and it's a basic yet reliable method of dealing high damage that doesn't cost a lot of Juice. Make Omori himself Sad and you can exploit the defense-ignoring Stab alongside Aubrey. Those who become overdependent on this combination may not even notice that they can swap their skills around after each member learns more than the maximum of four at once, and realizing this too late can lead to crushing defeats, usually by Sweetheart's hand.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Some players view Dream Basil's watermelon death in Black Space as this. For context, you first encounter Basil in Black Space tending to watermelons. To escape this room, Omori has to open watermelons and find the key inside one of them. After doing this six times, Basil crumples like the watermelons into sliced bits. Only then does the seventh watermelon reveal the key. Video evidence reveals several players laughing from the sheer randomness.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Is the White Mari really Mari's spirit or another one of Sunny's hallucinations? There's a lot of evidence pointing towards the former: Hero thought he heard music coming from the piano room after Sunny wakes up at the end of Day 2, the old man in the graveyard telling Sunny that the spirits are uneasy, the meaning behind the white egret orchids in the language of flowers, as Mari's body was surrounded by the same flowers during her funeral. However, the game leaves this question open to interpretation.
    • Are the characters in Headspace just simply a part of Sunny's dreams, or are they actually supernatural forces who have existed long before Omori created Headspace to distract Sunny? Mr. Outback has stated that at least some of the characters have existed before Headspace's current state in some form, but the game never elaborates on this. This is further thrown into question by the fact that some of the NPCs are based on people that Sunny should logically have no reason to know about.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot:
    • A popular AU idea is a Role Swap AU asking what if it was Sunny that died on the staircase that fateful day, rather than Mari? Usually this would also involve Hero and Basil switching roles to cover Sunny's death, and possible fan names for Mari's version for Omori would be Hikki, Hikik, Kiko, or even just Omari.
      • This has eventually mutated into Role Swap AUs that shuffle the six kids around, with "Neutral-Killer/Dreamer", "Dead-Victim", "Fear-Accomplice/Stranger", "Sad-Mourner", "Angry-Rebel", and "Happy-Waker". An example would be an Omori-Kel AU where Kel accidentally killed Hero, and Basil becomes a punk.
    • In general, fics where Mari survives her fall down the stairs and/or Sunny never moves away from his friends tend to be rather common.
    • Another idea involves the Headspace kids interacting with their Faraway counterparts, or vise-versa, whether it's the Faraway kids finding themselves in Headspace and interacting with the madness, or the Headspace kids finding themselves in Faraway Town and encountering Surprisingly Realistic Outcomes.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • What happens after Sunny proceeding to tell his friends what happened to Mari is a popular concept to tackle. Hero is the most prominent example of this, with different interpretations of his reaction including him forgiving Sunny, him not forgiving Sunny, him being angry at Sunny but forgiving him over time, him lashing out at Sunny etc.
    • A very popular storyline for fans to tackle is what Hero's college life is like, both before and after his visit to Faraway Town during the events of the game.
  • Fanon:
    • A fair number of fanfic writers assume that Aubrey and Kel are only nicknames, with their real names being “Aubergine” and “Kelsey” respectively. Aubergine seems to be confirmed if this tweet by Omocat is to be believed.
    • As it’s not explicitly confirmed in canon, fans often assume that Aubrey is wearing contacts in the Faraway segments, due to her suddenly having teal eyes when past pictures depict her with dark eyes.
    • Many fans like to imagine that Sunny's friends would witness him falling to his death from behind the hospital room's windows, during the bad ending of the normal route where Sunny commits suicide by jumping off the building's balcony.
    • Sunny and Mari are often assumed to be Japanese-American, due to Mari’s name, their appearance, and Omocat herself being Asian-American. In these cases, they are usually given the surname “Suzuki” in fanfics.
      • On a similar note, a lot of fans generally interpret Kel and Hero's family to be Hispanic.
    • A good amount of fics view Basil as suicidal even before the start of the game's backstory, on account of the fact that he knew how to make a noose when he was 12.
    • The most prominent Animal Motifs assigned by fans are cats for Sunny and Mari, dogs for Kel and Hero, and bunnies for Aubrey and Basil — furthered by this official art.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Basil/Sunny, (nicknamed "Sunflower") is very popular on Archive of Our Own, due to Basil being a kind Shrinking Violet who helped Sunny hide his Accidental Murder and is so deep in denial that Sunny was in any way responsible that he literally thinks a monster killed Mari; as the wiki's own Wild Mass Guessing page points out, that's the kind of thing a spouse does.
    • For a crush that doesn't have much implying it's requited besides a few scenes that could be interpreted as platonic, Sunny/Aubrey (nicknamed "Sunburn") is pretty popular in fanart, though fan artists prefer the real life version of Aubrey to the Headspace version. The fact that Aubrey is highly expressive and emotional (although she does seem to have trouble expressing herself towards him) while Sunny is shy and emotionally reserved doesn't hurt.
    • Kel/Sunny (nicknamed "Suntan") has gained traction as of late, as Kel's the least visibly affected by Mari's death and is the one to break Sunny's cycle of emotional repression, not to mention having grown to be especially emotionally intelligent and stable. It also has to do with Opposites Attract; Kel's happy and energetic nature contrasts nicely with Sunny's Emotionless Boy personality.
    • Faraway Aubrey/Kim (nicknamed Cotton Candy) mostly for Les Yay, and due to the fact that Kim was the one who comforted Aubrey following Mari's death and introduced her to the Hooligans. The fact that concept art for the Hooligans is Aubrey carrying Kim only adds to it.
    • Captain Spaceboy/Rococo. The two are shipped together because they're both Woobies and were also ex-boyfriends of Sweetheart.
  • Fountain of Memes: Kel is impulsive and hilarious enough for fans to joke that every meme that involves him in the slightest can be considered canon.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Omori fans typically get along well with fans of Undertale and Deltarune, owed to how all three games provide similarly offbeat dramedy takes on the JRPG formula. Also helping is the fact that Omocat is a close acquaintance of Toby Fox, who based the Undertale monster Woshua on her and gave a shout-out to Omori during the Undertale sixth anniversary livestream. Crossover fan content between Omori and Undertale/Deltarune is consequently fairly common.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • "My Time" by bo en played in the first trailer, and people latched onto it as the overall anthem for the game with the sweet lyrics clashing against the trippy melody. It plays in-game during the worst ending when Omori has compelled Sunny to toss himself off a hospital, and the credits roll.
    • "Everything is going to be okay" and its variants become MUCH darker when it's revealed that the full context of the original line is Basil reassuring Sunny after they faked Mari's suicide
    • Mari's Catchphrase "all I ask is your love" becomes disturbing when you learn Sunny killed her and strung up her corpse to hide it.
    • An early-game conversation between Kel and Basil becomes a little too real later on...
    Kel: So like... we just have to pretend you're not there?
    Basil: Haha... Yeah, I guess you can put it that way.
    Kel: Sure, I can do that!
  • Ho Yay: The way that Basil and Sunny hold hands while looking at photographs hints at this. Especially telling is that Basil's Sanity Slippage worsens when he finds out that Sunny and his mother are moving, and he's extremely hurt by the fact that his best friend is leaving him. Basil also couldn't comprehend that Sunny pushed Mari down the stairs, and is convinced that a monster named Something did it instead.
  • Iron Woobie: Kel is the least visibly affected of the group, but Mari's death still hit him hard, with an optional scene showing that he felt isolated and alone when the gang drifted apart and had to endure his brother falling into months of depression.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Given that most of the game's story depth comes from its existence, it's very hard to hide the existence of Sunny and the Faraway Town segments.
    • Sunny accidentally killing Mari by pushing her down the stairs is the game's ultimate big twist... that's become a practical in-joke among the fandom.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: While Sunny is mostly paired with either Basil or Aubrey, he's shipped with a lot of characters.
  • Memetic Badass: Life Jam Guy, an expy of Kool-Aid Man, serves as a tutorial boss who teaches the player how to revive Toasted comrades. How does he demonstrate the benefits of his Life Jam? By curb-stomping your entire party before giving you free samples of the stuff. He also can't be defeated, even should you bring his health to zero, leading to the fandom hyping up Life Jam Guy as an unkillable badass and the most powerful character in the entire game.
  • Memetic Mutation: See here for the subpage.
  • Memetic Psychopath:
  • Moe: The Headspace versions of Aubrey and Basil are particularly adorable, rendering their waking selves' loss of innocence all the more painful.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Sweetheart seems to be vain and narcissistic, but she doesn't seem bad. That is, until it's revealed that she sentences anyone who crosses her to starve in her dungeons, and the Hikkikomori route shows skeletons. A person can do something as small as refuse to date her.  As a result, a player is practically cheering when either Humphrey eats her, or Perfectheart turns Sweetheart into her personal servant.
    • Omori may have crossed this by repeatedly murdering Basil in Black Space. Some of the methods are particularly cruel, like leaving him trapped in an elevator, beheading him on a raft, or letting the corrupted Friend group pummel him. It's at this point in the game where the player realizes that he's not the hero of the story, but the villain. He also admits that he is this during the final battle with Sunny, and that is how Sunny made him.
  • One True Threesome: It's rather popular for Sunny to be shipped with Basil, Kel, and Aubrey at once (nicknamed "Sunny Days") or a combination of such; Sunny/Basil/Aubrey, Sunny/Kel/Aubrey, and Sunny/Basil/Kel are often nicknamed "Burnt Sunflower", "Sunscreen", and "Sunkissed", respectively.
  • Player Punch:
    • Deciding to not save Basil and go to bed results in this, especially if a Let's Player or Streamer is crying at this juncture. Basil stabs himself, and the friend group wakes up to find his body bleeding out in his room. Sunny finds himself unable to respond, with Hero telling him he should move away from these bad memories.
    • Losing the final battle to Omori and choosing "No" after the Fission Mailed screen will result in not only Sunny dying to Omori, but also him taking over Sunny's body and committing suicide. And to make matters worse, bo en's "My Time", the song used in the first trailer plays in the background as Omori plummets to his death. And it's all because of your choice.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • In a lot of "post-good ending" fanfics, Hero tends to be portrayed with the worst reactions to Sunny and Basil's truth, in spite of his normal demeanor, due to Hero not taking Mari's death very well at all. Downplayed however since Hero was given years of pain and guilt from Mari's faked suicide, but the fanfics still exaggerate his reaction.
    • Save for the named NPCs, the entirety of Faraway Town is hit with this treatment, basing off the interactions of the town people in the Aubrey fight on the first day. Plenty of stories characterize the town as cruel and overly judgemental.
    • The only bad thing Sunny's dad did in canon was walk out on the family, though that can be justified as a cruel reaction from grief. In many fanworks, he's portrayed to be a flat-out abusive parent, even before the incident.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: In Black Space, there is an obtuse Easter Egg in the Backyard Area and Raft Area that allows you to enter certain portions of Black Space 2. While nearly impossible to figure out on your own, it's still just an easter egg and not this trope. What is this trope is the fact that if you enter Black Space 2 this way, it starts to get covered in a nasty static, signifying that you're not supposed to be there. Except it's not scary, it just makes it annoying to move around and is difficult on the eyes.
  • That One Achievement:
    • "Everyone's a Critic", although this one is not particularly hard, but tedious. It requires the player to watch all 10 movies at the theater in Sweetheart's castle. The problem is that when you watch a movie, the game will choose one of the 10 by random. Because of this, the game will repeat the same movies the player watched most of the time until a new movie comes in. Expect to take 30 minutes to an hour to get this achievement.
      • Squizzard Exterminator falls under the same category of "not hard, but extremely tedious" in that it requires you to kill 100 Squizzards. However, unlike the bunny killing sidequest, there's only one variety of Squizzard and encounters will only have two of them at most.
    • "Universally Loved", which is the achievement for getting all the possible flowers on the good ending. The difficulty of this achievement is because it's a huge Guide Dang It!, as much of the sidequests are off the beaten path and easy to miss, and unlike the Headspace sidequests, you have to keep track of the Faraway Town sidequests on your own.
  • That One Attack: Halfway through the Slime Girls' health, they "do their thing" by swapping the party's Heart and Juice before throwing a bottle that hits everyone. If you've been very liberal with your skills, this can easily Toast multiple party members at once.
  • That One Boss: While Space Boyfriend was just a Wake-Up Call Boss to teach the player to use both the Emotion and Follow-Up systems, his ex-wife Sweetheart is much worse. Once her HP starts going down, she copies Space Ex-Boyfriend's gimmick and becomes permanently Happy for the rest of the fight and upgrades it as it goes on, thwarting any strategy dependent on her having any other Emotion and nullifying the attack boost you get from being Angry. Space Boyfriend at least gave you some leeway by only rarely hitting the whole party and occasionally wasting a turn, but Sweetheart shows no such mercy: her worst attack is a nasty party-wide strike, and she also has a party-wide Angry-inducer, so if you can't switch emotions fast enough she'll enjoy a damage advantage while also being a lightning-fast, Critical Hit-slinging maniac. You'll have to beg for some of her attacks to miss to get some well-needed breathing room. You may end up needing to grind off the Sprout Moles in her Castle to even the playing field. And as if that was not bad enough, she reappears in the Boss Rush, with all her attacks souped-up, and is so difficult that the game feels the need to give you several Life Jams (the revival item) just before her battle.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Basil is occasionaly mistaken for a girl, as a result of him being a gentle Caring Gardener with a flower on his hair, as well as him having zero outwardly masculine features.
  • The Woobie:
    • Pretty much the entire main cast has suffered from some degree of trauma with regards to Mari's murder / faked suicide.
    • Captain Spaceboy, mostly due to being dumped by Sweetheart and gets so depressed that his nastier alter-ego Space Ex-Boyfriend takes over. Even more so on the Hikikomori route, where he gets divorced with Sweetheart, becomes Space Ex-Husband, and moves to Snowglobe Mountain to die alone.
    • Rococo, since his life of hailing from a doomed planet and being Last of His Kind, and was Sweetheart's ex who was then confined to wander the walls of her castle.

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