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  • Adorkable: The reclusive Michel, seeing springtime snow for the first time, is heartbreakingly endearing. Morgana has shades of this too, when she's not a malevolent specter.
  • Awesome Music: To many, The House of Fata Morgana's soundtrack is one of the game's forte, underlining and sublimating many of the tragic tales and the different eras in which they take place:
    • "Ciao Carina", 1869 Jacopo's theme, a jazzy piece that perfectly suits Jacopo's Mafia background.
    • "Cicio", a soothing song which plays during the halcyon days of Michel and Giselle's burgeoning romance. It later becomes their main theme. This song is revisited in the "Reincarnation" story, as Reencarnação, discarding completely the soothing aspect for a more haunting and powerful tone.
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    • "Giselle", the leitmotif of the titular character, playing when she finally opens to Michel and during many of her key moments. The song slowly becomes more and more powerful, and will struck a chord inside your very soul. You can find an awesome remix here by unlinne.
    • "Everybody's Crying", an aptly named slow and sorrowful song playing when the tragedies reach their peak and when awful truths are revealed to all, leaving the characters with only their regrets.
    • "A Noble Death", a tragic violin piece which only plays during the most tragic events of the game, such as Michel's sacrifice (the fake one, and the real one as seen through his perspective at the end of Chapter VII) and during the confrontation between Michel and The Lord.
    • "Her Dying Voice", playing at the climax of one's story. The One-Woman Wail and ethereal aspect of the song highlight the definitive and solemn aspect behind what is about to happen. There couldn't be a more perfect song for one's existence very last moments.
    White-Haired Girl: Thank you, Michel, for having the strength to do what must be done. If it wouldn't be too much to ask...for you to keep just a little bit of me in a corner of your soul, remember me. To remember the life I lived...that would make it...all worthwhile...Thank you, Michel you may very well be...a genuine..."
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  • Complete Monster: Lord Jean-François Barnier is the one responsible for Morgana's corruption. A wicked tyrant who took power by killing his own family, he entertains himself by torturing and killing slaves, rebels and prostitutes. Meeting the eleven-year-old Morgana while attended by a harem of girls her age, Barnier goes on to cut Morgana to allow himself and other nobles to drink her holy saint's blood, and make her eat human meat, before trying to kill her when her health worsens. Confronted by Jacopo, Barnier skewers Ceren for a shot at killing him and mocks Jacopo over her death.
  • Cry for the Devil: The Witch, Morgana, is an incredibly cruel and sadistic being, who enacted a plan to curse 3 men for eternity, ruined the lives of many, led to the death of countless innocent people and tormented Giselle to the point of making her forget who she was entirely in order to make her an instrument of her hatred. Her seething malevolence makes her a frightening and relentless being, responsible for the torment of all the souls imprisoned in the manor. Michel, out to rescue Giselle, ends up discovering just how horrible Morgana's life was and what events turned her into the warped being she is now. By the end of her tale, while her actions remain atrocious, it is made clear that her life was nothing but pain, misery and betrayal, and that she has every reason to hate the 3 men due to the vicious and inhuman treatment they inflicted upon her. But the whole tale is nothing but a tragedy, as Mell's involvement is the result of him being threatened, and one of the men she cursed turns out to be someone she deeply cared about: Jacopo, whom she mistook for Jean-François Barnier, the Lord responsible for the blood sabbaths. Sadly, by the time they reunite, Jacopo is no longer the man she knew, turned into a shadow of his former self, his mind broken by paranoia, solitude and self-loathing (it is also implied in A Requiem For Innocence that the poisoning attempt he survived caused permanent damage and accelerated his madness). Ultimately, Jacopo is responsible for the death of the person he loved the most. This reveal shakes Morgana to the core, leaving her incredulous and sorrowful. Thanks to Michel reaching out to her and repairing her broken soul, Morgana lets go of her hatred and vengeance, and release all the souls trapped in the mansion, but not without making a point that she doesn't forgive the 3 men. They part with a mutual understanding of what they have done to eachother, all wishing to lead better lives once they reincarnate.
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  • Cult Classic: Compared even to most other visual novels, it's not particularly popular, with only an estimated 8500 people who bought it on Steam as of June 2018. That didn't stop it from being critically acclaimed and extremely well-received by the people who did play it.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: VERY evident in the fandom’s treatment of Jacopo. Coupled with All Girls Want Bad Boys, there’s some points to be made about Misaimed Fandom from the original work.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Maria's merciless manipulation of the White-Haired Girl in the third door takes on a heart-wrenching note after The Reveal that the White-Haired Girl is the semi-reincarnation of Morgana, who Maria cared for like a little sister in her previous life.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The visual novel is very popular with the LGBT community thanks to Michel, who is considered a very well-done trans male character as well as an intersex character, two groups that are very underrepresented in general, and where good portrayals are hard to come by.
  • Squick:
    • Jacopo and his romantic feelings for Morgana, given the fact that she was 12 and he 22 when they knew each other. It's treated as embarassing for him but neither Maria nor anyone else seem to think it's a big deal or anything. Jacopo saying he would never do anything to her until she was older doesn't really make it any better. Gratien even says this very word in A Requiem for Innocence when invoking the above point.
    • The fact that people believed that ingesting Morgana's blood would heal their illnesses is this, coming from a modern perspective about how bloodborne disease can spread. Knowing that she was wasting away in certainly unsanitary conditions, not to mention the open wounds on her face which were surely vulnerable to that environment, while people all throughout Paris were imbibing her blood as medicine, turns the stomach.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Jacopo can come across as this, though he does get comeuppance and is rightfully taken to task by the other characters for his actions. He's still treated as the most sympathetic of the three men who wronged Morgana, and his capacity to love her and/or the White-Haired Girl as a redeeming factor. Somewhat glossed over is the fact that in Pig Iron Manor, while it's true that he was being manipulated by Maria, he was still a jealous and controlling domestic abuser who locked up and threatened to kill his wife based on nothing but hearsay without even asking for her side of the story. In his original time, the fact that he developed feelings for Morgana when he was 22 and she was 12 is treated as a minor embarrassment for Jacopo when it comes up at all and is otherwise ignored. His saying that he'd wait to have sex with her until she's 16 doesn't really help, and overall their relationship might strike the player as more creepy than cute, knowing his side of it.
  • The Woobie: Michel, the real one: Believed to be female at birth, he always admired his brother Didier, found himself attracted to women, and was unable to understand why he had all those complicated feelings. It is not until he hits puberty that he discovers that he is, in fact, intersex: his body is male, but lacks male genitalia. What follows is pure suffering: he is imprisoned in his own home, viciously tortured by his first cruch, almost dies from malnutrition and abuse, ignored by his own family, sentenced to death by his own father, and exiled to a mansion far away in which he remains utterly alone and miserable for nearly ten years, with Morgana's unpleasant voice for sole companion. And when he finally finds someone who loves him and who he loves in return, he is condemned to death by his mother, and the one brother he idolized the most, Didier, led the delegation of knights and killed him in person, betraying the trust and love that Michel had for him, utterly breaking his heart. And death itself didn't release him from his ordeal: with his soul still attached to his dead body, he witnessed his brother nailing him to the cross, his mother calling him a monster and forsaking him, and his corpse slowly decaying before finally be able to pass on. When he finds his way to the mansion, his soul is at first amnesiac, unable to recognize Giselle, and he almost falls to Morgana's ploy. When he reclaims himself, the woman he loves is snatched away by Morgana, and he has to endure Morgana's pain, uncover the whole truth, save the tormented souls trapped inside of the mansion, destroy the purest and selfless being he ever met, survive annihilation by the hand of his brother's soul and wait for his next reincarnation before finally be reunited with Giselle.

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