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  • Awesome Music: This was the game that Megalovania debuted in. Not Undertale, and not Homestuck.
  • Best Boss Ever: Say what you will about the ridiculousness of the plot, but the final battle with Dr. Andonuts is the best part of the hack. Not only is it memorable for "Megalovania", but after beating the Id, the boss starts fighting back. He has five health bars, each with its own weakness, starting with Standard Status Effects, then two forms for regular elements, a form where you have to reflect his ultimate attack, before finally an all-out battle with neither side holding back.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: At the end of the game, a ghost breaks into Varik's house just to fart on his face for no reason. Lampshaded by Varik laughing at it immediately afterwards.
  • Breather Level:
    • The repurposed Onett map has nothing except depressing but weak enemies that drop great healing items. The boss, on the other hand...
    • From a story standpoint, the Magicant Hub Level mid-way through the game repeatedly serves as this. The NPCs have more light hearted and funny dialogue, outside of a few disturbing remarks from select NPCs, and the appearance of the place is a lot more upbeat to look at compared to everything you tend to go through elsewhere.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Dr. Andonuts. Good sweet God, Dr. Andonuts! There are those who like how the game tries to explore his mind in a world where he thinks he killed the chosen four, others just view this hack's characterization as a massive insult to his character, with his wildly Out of Character acts easily flying past Canon Defilement for some, to the point he might as well have been a completely new character altogether.
  • Broken Base:
    • The fact that the normally Useless Useful Spells are actually useful in this game. People like the fact that it averts that standard RPG cliché, while others, who feel it working on bosses is good design, feel like it was a terrible decision to make it to where they're flat out required to beat some normal enemies, since it makes the battles feel needlessly tedious and drag on for far longer than needed, especially when the game starts getting spam happy with these kinds of enemies.
    • Really, opinions on the entire hack over the years has slowly slid into two groups: people who think it's an interesting, darker take on the original source material, and those who see the entire thing as one giant mess of Canon Defilement-filled Narm.
  • Creepy Cute: The Ghostkin.
  • Demonic Spider: The Amalgamates.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Shares one with the Hallow's End hack. Many people who prefer Hallow's End often cite it as "the Halloween ROM Hack done right", with humor and themes often more fitting of the original EarthBound compared to The Halloween Hack, of which people often compare to a bad fanfic pile of Narm, in addition to being far more balanced gameplay-wise by comparison. Meanwhile, those who prefer The Halloween Hack often like how it tries to have darker themes than the original EarthBound, and point out how the endgame of Hallow's End also devolves into bad fanfic territory as well, in addition to the difficulty reaching batshit levels. Really, there are many things people prefer when comparing the two games, and that isn't even going into how The Halloween Hack treats Dr. Andonuts...
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  • Fridge Brilliance: The Anxiety Attack enemies. When you first encounter them, they're Demonic Spiders because of their ability to spam statuses that block magic/PSI as well as cause characters to freeze, in addition to the fact that Varik is likely the only one you have in the party at that point. As you progress through the game and get more party members, they become much easier to deal with. While from a technical stand point it's because you're slowly leveling up and having more party members to fight with, from a meta-stand point, it also makes sense. When you have an anxiety attack in real life, it's much easier to deal with when you have friends around you to help you calm down.
  • Fridge Logic: One really wonders how MOTHER 3 would happen after this game. After all, with Dr. Andonuts dead, Porky won't be able to use his technology to torment Tazmilly. Would he steal whatever the doctor had left over? Or maybe Porky wouldn't be able to salvage anything, and Lucas will have a normal life.
  • Game-Breaker: Most of the status "spells" in the game, thanks to them actually being useful on more than just normal enemies. The "worst" offender has to be Timestop though, as any boss weak to it will end up becoming a complete joke. This is likely a good thing, though, as otherwise you'll likely have to spend obscene amounts of time grinding to even hope to get through this game.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Borderline this, borderline Harsher in Hindsight. In Undertale, the concept of the Amalgamates returns, only this time with terrifying lore. A talking yellow flower in this game also mentions something about being used in science experiments, foreshadowing Flowey greatly.
    • To add to this, Deltarune would also have a knight with permanently hidden eyes contemplating his actions' validity, complete with a doctor whose experiment went wrong lurking behind the scenes.
    • Megalovania originating here becomes this now that it's made it into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • It Was His Sled: Absolutely no one tries to hide the hack's true nature anymore. Other twists of the hack, especially anything to do with the Final Boss, are also well-known.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A good portion of newer players came to the hack just to hear the original version of "Megalovania".
  • Narm: While this game does do a rather good job of telling the tragic tale of Dr. Andonuts, there are some notable narm-ish moments.
  • Never Live It Down: Dr. Andonuts is generally remembered, if not for "Megalovania", then for his constant swears. The truth is that he only swears four times during the final battle: once during his breakdown (the only one where he swears non-stop), once at the beginning of his Ice phase ("fags! you're all fags!"), through the name of his ultimate attack (PSI Bitchkill), and one last time during his death (you'll get He's not nearly as bad as he's made out to be by most, yet for the reasons lister under Narm, it's pretty hard to think of anything else.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Remember how we said that in EarthBound, the final boss, Giygas was the background for his battle? He returns in Dr. Andonuts' battle as the background. Fitting, as said Final Boss was encountered in the exact same machine that Giygas was stored in.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: While still famous for its creepy and depressing nature and story, and being the first major non-simple sprite swap hack created, a lot of people admit this hack is really starting to show its age, especially alongside far more technical overhaul ones like Hallow's End and the upcoming Unearthed hack. To some people, even those who are aware it's being invoked in the beginning, certain areas can look a bit lazy. This is not because the hack creator didn't care, mind you, but more so because that's what hacking tools for EarthBound ROMs were only capable of back then. Another major thing people complain about is its brutal difficulty, thanks to a steadily growing backlash against ROM Hacks that are brutally hard for the sake of being brutally hard in most ROM Hacking communities.
  • Signature Scene: The final battle with Dr. Andonuts. Once he Turns Red for the last time and Megalovania kicks in, you hit the most famous part of the game.
  • Squick: Even if you're attracted to guys, the "NO! NO! NO!" boss will likely be this, due to focusing on some rather...exaggerated parts of the male body. Naturally, this reaction was likely intentional.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The Remember Me? enemies found in the Onett level certainly count. It's a combination of the music that plays when Buzz Buzz is dying, the fact that some of their attacks involve them hugging and making you cry because of how much they missed you, and that they just wave goodbye when they're defeated that makes some players tear up a little.
    • Desperate Survivors are similar — they're bloodied, crying men who apologize for fighting you, are incredibly weak, apologize for your killing them, and always drop the Last Ration they desperately clung to.
  • That One Attack: PSI Bitchkill, which can kill your entire party in one hit. Thankfully, it can be reflected.
  • That One Level: Twoson sewers. Even if you have the forsight to grind beforehand, the enemies there are just unfair in many aspects. They like to swarm you in groups of three, which you can't even hope to out damage at that point in the game and several of them like to spam attacks that inflict the 'numb' status that causes you to lose your turn. Even if you're over leveled for the area, the enemies there can still easily kill you by repeatedly stun-locking you to death.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: It may be a hack of EarthBound, but it would not be rated K-A/E. Even EarthBound's new rating of T would not cut it. It could be rated M, however.

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