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  • Complete Monster:
    • Cleetus: Cleetus T. Radley was a cannibalistic Serial Killer before dying of a tapeworm. Partaking in the Thrill Kill tournament to be brought back from the dead, Cleetus will often devour or dismember his opponents. If he is brought back, Cleetus will toss a health inspector into a meat grinder for giving him a bad review. It is then revealed he is now selling his victims' meat to the unsuspecting masses.
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    • Dr. Faustus: Gabriel Faustus was a deranged plastic surgeon who disfigured many of his patients for no other reason than because he could. Upon dying and going to Hell, he took part in the Thrill Kill tournament to be reincarnated. Faustus is an animal in combat, often biting off his opponents' heads or disfiguring them like he did his previous victims. If he wins and is reincarnated, Faustus kills one of his patients while trying to attach his signature jaws to their face.
    • Mammoth: Franklin Peppermint was a postal worker who killed his coworkers and customers after being fired. Becoming a monstrous, fur-covered beast in Hell, Mammoth joins the Thrill Kill tournament to be resurrected. Mammoth uses his immense strength to tear his opponents limb from limb, often beating them to death with the severed limbs or just leaving them to bleed to death. If he wins, he is brought back to Earth still trapped in his monstrous form, and proceeds to kill an innocent old lady by stuffing her and her dog in a mailbox.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: More than twice, as a matter of fact.
  • Evil Is Cool: All of cast are Villain Protagonists, but all of their designs are top notch. Special mention does to Faustus, Mammoth, and Tormentor.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Thrill Kill has a pretty strong following in Japan, bizarrely enough. This is even more bizarre if you take into account similar games like Mortal Kombat are despised there.
  • Jerkass Woobie: While they may deserve their stick in Hell, it may be possible to feel bad for some of the characters.
    • The Imp’s ending has him dreaming of being the president, with an average height...only to wake up and cry at seeing he’s still the same dwarf he always was. Not helped by the fact we aren’t given an explanation on what he did to get into Hell.
    • Violet was a murderous misandrist, but only because a man tried to attack her. While killing the man in her ending may have been an overreaction, it shows how paranoid she had become afterwards. Not helped that she’s being perved on by drunk assholes while she is a teenager.
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    • Belladonna was a regular housewife and librarian who lost it after learning her husband and sister were having an affair. After killing them, she committed suicide by electrocuting herself with the cattle prod she used to kill them in the bathtub.
    • Oddball was a hardworking F.B.I. agent who tracked down Serial Killers, only to be driven mad by the people he hunted down and becoming one himself. It’s tragic because, unlike a lot of the cast, he seems to be genuinely insane.
    • If you listen to the news reporter in his ending, you learn that the Tormentor's wife was murdered by a Serial Killer.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The most unsympathetic of the cast crosses it.
    • Gabriel Faustus crosses it in his ending when he kills one of his patients For the Evulz.
    • If Mammoth didn’t cross it in life by killing his coworkers and customers just for being fired, then he crosses it in his ending, where upon being brought back to Earth, he kills an innocent old woman by stuffing her and her dog (who is still alive) in a mailbox.
    • Cleetus was already a cannibalistic Serial Killer, but upon being brought back, he not only goes back to his ways, he starts selling his victims' meat to the unsuspecting masses.
  • Narm: The cutscenes, due in part to the stiff movement of the characters and the bland dialogue.
  • Nightmare Fuel: All over the place. The concept alone is quite unsettling, but it goes even further by just how disturbing most of the characters and their backstories are in the game. Also, that eerie ambience that place during fights is just plain creepy, with audible moaning and whispers being heard throughout.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: A game so controversial that EA canceled its release. Take note however, that the game is a lot tamer than EA would want you to believe, and as a result much Hype Backlash has resulted from eager gamers wanting to see what the fuss is about.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The game had a lot of hype behind it, being considered one of the most violent and darkest games ever produced at the time. The game is violent, but these days, thanks in part due to Hype Backlash, it's nowhere near as gruesome as what we have seen come out of the gaming industry as of recent. Heck, the game wasn't even that violent in comparison to games released at the time, such as Mortal Kombat 4.
  • Uncanny Valley: The people in the cutscenes are a bit stiff and lifeless, even in motion. It's a bit laughable, but excusable given the time the game was er... unreleased.
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