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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: In the span of one episode, Emma has a couple mental breakdowns, gets voted out, gets pushed into a fire, and is launched into a lake.
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: Anna/Hans.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Makoto is either loved for how over-the-top he is, or loathed for how relentlessly cruel he is.
    • The same could be said for Emma after a while.
    • Most readers either appreciate Hans for being a truly villainous protagonist and a Magnificent Bastard, or can't stand him for being a Smug Snake and a Villain Sue.
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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The number of "heroic" contestants is gradually getting smaller and smaller, there's far more villains and jerkasses than necessary, said villains and jerkasses make far greater strides in the competition than most people would be comfortable with, the morality is pretty dark across the board, some of the actions of the contestants are rather reprehensible... Anyone reading might end up stopping before the story even reaches its end because it can be hard to root for anyone.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Makoto is fairly popular with the female audience, despite being a sadistic sociopath.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Eun is surprisingly popular despite being the first one voted off.
    • Rosa is also very popular for being a funny character, despite not doing much of anything in the story. Her design doesn't hurt either.
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    • Considering his somewhat early elimination, Jacob could easily apply, since he was a fan favorite who was cut much earlier than was anticipated.
  • Love to Hate: Hans, Emma.
  • Mind Game Ship: Hans and Anna, which eventually becomes canon.
  • Moe: Anna, Eun, and Lacey
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Makoto crosses this when he begins physically and psychologically torturing Da for fun.
    • Carmen crosses it when she tries to get Thema to seriously harm their teammates with one of Mustafa's swords. Thema willingly goes along with it and even threatens to kill Carmen, so this could also apply to her as well.
    • Emma crosses this when, in a last attempt at "vigilante justice", she poisons the more villainous members of her team with a deadly blowfish.
    • Hans crosses it when, during Emma's elimination, he pushes Emma into the fire, causing her to receive 1st and 2nd degree burns.
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  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Androsa for Andres and Rosa.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: After a while, Makoto gets a lot less brutal and his mental state is explored more. The extra dimensions to his character haven't hurt him any as far as popularity goes.
    • While Yotam was hardly outright hated, he was considered to be one of the more forgettable members of the cast... up until the losers episode, where his quirks are played more for laughs, with hilarious results.
    • The same could be said about Debora, who gained some screentime and some depth in the losers episode.
  • Shocking Elimination:
    • Abdi, due to masterminding the first few episodes of the game with cheating and his hacking expertise.
    • Nobody really anticipated Gloria leaving early either.
    • Then there was the double whammy of Clara and Makoto leaving on the first elimination of the merge, despite their seemingly important roles and popularity amongst readers.
    • And then there's the final four elimination, which literally nobody, not even the contestants, could have predicted. Andres was the one who ended up going home.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: How some feel about the early eliminations of Eun, Abdi, Gloria, and Jacob.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: The number of people who actually like Jacob in the story can be counted on one hand. The number of readers who like Jacob can be counted by multiple hands.
  • The Woobie: Khalid, a depressed guy who isolates himself from others out of fear of his own Hair-Trigger Temper.
    • Rosa also qualifies, since she has almost no real relationship with her family and spends most of her days watching TV alone.

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