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  • Awesome Music: The playful piano that serves as the game's background music does a great job of setting the light-hearted, mischievous mood.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: For the Final Boss, the Groundskeeper you harassed at the beginning of the game stands guard at the gate to his garden to block your progress with the bell. Except he moves away to snatch your bell the instant you approach and from there he functions like any other NPC chasing after you, including getting stunned by the water of the lake. You don't even have to approach him if you exit the garden through the hole in the hedge.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
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    • The fans for this and the 2019 remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening tend to overlap, possibly because both games were released on the same date.
    • There's also some friendliness with the Muppets fandom, mostly because of the Goose's cameo in their segment of the Video Game Awards 2019.
  • Good Bad Bugs: Though it's finicky to master, you can clip certain objects or the goose himself through certain walls, closed gates, or insurmountable slopes by fidgeting toward the barrier while repeatedly dropping and picking the item back up. It works the best with the radio from the garden, the bottle from uptown, and of course the beautiful golden bell. Using this allows you to skip straight to the pub, and to bypass the entire final mission by clipping through the Door to Before that connects the miniature village to the outside of the garden, letting you get the bell home in about 30 seconds without ever encountering a villager.
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  • Heartwarming Moment: Rather than terrorize the two pub patrons, the goose puts on a little show for them. Unlike the rest of the humans, they're both delighted by the goose's antics and one of them tosses a flower to the goose as a reward.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: One of the few complaints about the game is that it's far too short, with the main game being only four levels long and over in just a few hours, with even the bonus challenges only adding a few more to it.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The goose itself is a mischievous prankster out to screw with the neighboring villagers as much as it can. Using cleverness and stealth, the goose progresses through the village, outwitting the denizens and accomplishing whatever antics it desires. At the game's climax, the goose steals the village's prized golden bell, causing the entire area to go into lockdown in a last-ditch effort to stop it. Even so, the goose evades its opposition, takes the bell home, and dumps it in a pile of identical bells, showing that it's done this time and time again.
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  • Memetic Badass: The goose itself. Discussions about the game are usually littered with comments like "Game of the Year/Goose of the Year", "Goose for Smash Bros", or "R.I.P. Link's Awakening"note . There's been fanart of turning the goose into Geese Howard from Fatal Fury not only due to the names but also to their psychopathic tendencies. The Goose and the gameplay of its title have been compared to Hitman of all games due to the ability to complete your objectives as stealthily as you want, at the expense of however many people you deem necessary.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Photoshopping the horrible goose into other games, and naturally completely ruining the lives of the people the screenshot is taken with.
    • Fanart of the goose stealing various cursed artifacts from other canons, with the owner (or victim) chasing after them with the speech bubble.
    • Rake in the lake.
    • Untitled Moose Game.
    • Or this crossover with Pokémon Sun and Moon, Untitled Yungoos Game.
    • Peace was never an option Explanation 
    • HJÖNK HJÖNK AM GOOSEExplanation 
    • I made a goose that destroys your computer Explanation 
    • Hideo Kojima's Goose Game
    • "It's a lovely morning in [X], and you are a horrible [Y]."
    • I think I will cause problems on purpose Explanation 
    • "Oh dear. Two horrible geese!"Explanation 
    • Goose Howard/Untitled Geese GameExplanation 
  • Memetic Troll: The goose, which was inevitable given that the whole point of the game is to have the goose cause trouble in the village For the Evulz. As a result, the goose is frequently featured in crossover fanart with other properties to frustrate the other characters, usually by stealing their belongings.
  • That One Sidequest:
    • Scoring a goal. It requires you to steal the wimp's soccer ball and get it to the goal in the yard beside the artist's property. The ball is finicky enough to get from place to place since you have to roll it, but the artist's property is on a slope causing the ball to continually want to roll away from where you need it to go. Whether or not you get it there is largely dependent on luck.
    • Completing the backyard and pub to-do lists before the church bells ring. They're largely difficult because both of these tasks are heavily reliant on waiting for villagers to decide to do something such as happening to move away from the toy boat or happening to sip his tea. The backyards are particularly brutal owing to constantly having to loosen the fence to get into the artist's yard, which of course attracts her attention to come and fix it, and the tidy neighbor's tendency to throw objects he finds out of his yard rather than sitting down to make himself vulnerable to steal his slippers or make him spit out his tea.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: The Deliveryperson who delivers the boxes to the pub can easily be confused of being male, with her helmet covering her hair.
  • What an Idiot!: The Tidy Neighbor, when picking up the Messy Neighbor's fancy vase, instead of calling her over and handing it back to her, will toss the vase over the fence, breaking it. The Female Neighbor is not happy, and he doesn't learn his lesson, throwing the repaired vase back over the fence if he sees it in his backyard again.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Notable fanon has been to condone all the goose's cruelties by assuming that all the humans in the small English town voted for Brexit. Word of God has stated that the game actually takes place in an alternate timeline where the Tory party ceases to exist after a goose chases Margaret Thatcher out of office, spurring a Bennite revolution so that all the townsfolk are Marxists. Note also that Tony Benn was a hard Euroskeptic.
  • The Woobie: That poor boy, since many of the second level's objectives focus around being especially cruel to him. The goose can steal his toy plane, force him to buy it back, trip him, swap out his glasses for the wrong pair, and trap him inside a telephone booth. He's so scared of the bird, you can honk him away during the final level even though he's supposed to stand guard and take back the bell.
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