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"Part machine, part cop."
Cyberswine, Cyberswine

Cyberswine is an Adventure Video Game that was released in 1997. It was developed and published by Brilliant Digital Entertainment, Inc., for the PC. It is a Video Game Adaptation of an Australian comic book with the same name.

It is Cyberswine's first day on the job as a police officer in the CyberCity Police Department. The Chief assigns Lieutenant Sarah Lee as Cyberswine's partner and mentor. Lee is not thrilled at the idea of partnering up with a cyborg pig, but she is on probation. Naturally, things get complicated for both of them as they start their first patrol....

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This game contains examples of:

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: It is strongly implied at the end of the game that teenage boy Zak will be leading the efforts to rebuild society.
  • Adaptation Displacement: Cyberswine started out as an Australian comic book. The odds are very good that you will be more familiar with the video game than the comic book.
  • Adaptation Dye Job: In the original comic, Lieutenant Sarah Lee had red hair. In this video game adaptation, her hair colour is changed to blonde.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the Australian comic “Issue One”, Cyberswine's name is George Porser. In this game, his name is George Fox.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Sam is an adorable kid, and she has an IQ of 184. In case you are curious, she is at least as smart as Albert Einstein, if not more so.
  • Adorkable: Zak has Vice-President Bryce Gets at gunpoint and he says, “Shut up, you maniac computer nerd!”
  • Adult Fear: The game is loaded with this. First, a mother loses her son to an Ebola-type plague before she dies of it shortly after. Cyberswine notices his partner Lieutenant Sarah Lee behaving oddly and she ends up betraying him. A teenage boy is murdered by killer robots calling themselves NetCops and then they extract his brain. A group of street people are trying to get into a locked hospital because some on them were wounded by the NetCops. A teenage boy named Zak is being targeted by a man who wants to extract the boy's brain for his own purposes. The list seems to go on.
  • Ambiguous Gender: The Cyberbird. It must be understood that “he” is purely conjectural. There is nothing that indicates his gender. Cyberswine refers to him as a “he”, but he is probably just assuming.
  • Animal Motifs: Rats. Garbage Robots deal in garbage disposal which is a job that most people would not want to do.
  • Apathetic Citizens: The Civilian Robots have no reaction whatsoever to seeing Cyberswine, Lieutenant Sarah Lee and Zak running around and sticking out like sore thumbs. They do not even react to Cyberswine shooting one of them right in front of the others. Justified, because they are robots and are not programmed to react to such things.
  • Artificial Limbs: The scientist working for Vice-President Bryce Gets has a metal right arm.
  • Badass Mustache: The Chief of Police has a mustache, and the fact that he is missing his left arm indicates his status as a badass. Unfortunately, he dies before he gets to demonstrate it.
  • Bald of Awesome: Cyberswine is bald, and he is awesome when it comes to combat.
  • Bald of Evil: Vice-President Bryce Gets has no hair on his head, and he is evil as all get out.
  • Big Bad: Vice-President Bryce Gets. He is behind every bad thing that happens in this story.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Zak is very protective of his little sister Sam. Justified, because Farmtech killed their parents and their little brother and it is targeting them next.
  • Bittersweet Ending: On the bitter side, Lieutenant Sarah Lee is implied to be dead, along with a huge percentage of the human race, and Cyberswine is either dead or deactivated. On the sweet side, Vice-President Bryce Gets, the scientist and the Cyberbird are implied to be dead and their plans have been completely foiled. Also, Zak, his sister and the street people are still alive, and they will do their best to restart their society.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Gender Inverted Trope. The Distraught Woman definitely has dark skin and she is the first character to die from the Grid Virus on-screen.
  • Body Horror: Due to graphical limitations at the time, you cannot see the full effects of the Grid Virus. However, they do show the Dying Old Man's body decaying right in front of them. If you choose not to kill the old man, you will get to see more of this and regret your decision.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted. By the end of the game, Cyberswine has run out of ammo, and that was why he had to use his last missile to blow everything up.
  • Brain In a Jar: Cyberswine's opening narration has him saying that he is a “brain in a box”. He also mentions about being a brain floating in liquid, so this trope applies.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The Rebel Soldier does not have much to do in the story early on. But he appears later to ask Cyberswine to save Draino from the NetCops.
  • Cleavage Window: The Civilian Robots have this as part of their design. It is not clear why they would need such a thing.
  • Creating Life Is Bad: The Scientist created Cyberswine and the Cyberbird on Vice-President Bryce Gets' orders. Cyberswine did turn out pretty heroic, but he had a lot of issues. Cyberbird became the perfect super soldier.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Draino will say at one point that he once knew a boy who grew up to become a fine man but first he had to throw away his chips. Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee have no idea what he is talking about. It turns out later that he was referring to Cyberswine also known as George Fox.
  • Cyborg: Cyberswine would be an obvious example. The scientist working for Vice-President Bryce Gets has a metal right arm, so he technically qualifies as one. Bryce himself is strongly implied to be one because parts of the skin on his head are peeling off and revealing circuitry underneath. The Cyberbird is implied to be one, but it doesn't talk and seems to behave like an attack dog.
  • Da Chief: The Chief of Police of the CyberCity Police Department. It seems that Lieutenant Sarah Lee gives him headaches.
  • Deadly Game: Vice-President Bryce Gets sees his atrocities as the moves of his own chess game. Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee are struggling to survive his game.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Depending on your choices, Cyberswine can engage in this. In fact, Lieutenant Sarah Lee can engage in this too.
  • Death in All Directions: The NetCops completely surround the boy and then shoot him from several directions.
  • Disappeared Dad: Lieutenant Sarah Lee mentions her mother and wants to check up on her when the disease starts spreading. She says nothing about her father, which would indicate that he is either dead or divorced.
  • Distressed Damsel: Despite everyone's best efforts, the NetPolice successfully kidnap Sam.
  • Elevator Escape: Played with. Cyberswine and Zak get into the elevator in Future Towers just as the Cyberbird shows up. The doors close before the Cyberbird can attack them. You can choose to just go up to the top floor or open the doors and knock the Cyberbird to the ground.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: When Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee find out about the disease killing people as well as killer robots, they hurry back to the police station to get backup. Unfortunately, it turns out that all the police are dead from either the disease or gunshots.
  • Everything's Better With Chickens: Averted. The robot chicken that appears close to the end of the game is a monstrous killing machine, and there is almost nothing funny about it.
  • Evil Brit: Vice-President Bryce Gets speaks with a posh British accent and he is evil.
  • Evil Genius: The scientist working for Vice-President Bryce Gets. He is the one who transferred George Fox's brain into a pig's body before making him a cyborg. He came up with a personality eraser which was used on Lieutenant Sarah Lee.
  • Evil Laugh: Close to the end of the game, Cyberswine starts remembering the procedure that made into the cyborg he is today. The minute Vice-President Bryce Gets finds this out, he keeps pressing buttons to make Cyberswine relive those memories again and again. He indulges himself in evil laughter as he does this.
  • Expy: Cyberswine is basically what RoboCop would be if he had his brain transferred into a pig's body and then made into a cyborg. The tagline even says, “Part cop. Part machine. Full boar hero.”
  • Facial Markings: The Rebel Soldiers has some sort of tattoo over his left eye. So does one of the Street People.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The boy is shot several times by NetCops. They follow it up by extracting his brain from his body.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Lieutenant Sarah Lee wears a big shoulder pad on the left side but not the right side.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee get off to a poor start in their relationship. That is mostly because she thinks he is a freak. They quickly progress to this trope, but when a huge number of people die from a plague and they end up as the only cops still alive, this trope is out of necessity.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: The scientist working for Vice-President Bryce Gets. He wears glasses and is willing to transfer human brains into animal bodies and erase people's personalities without a qualm.
  • Fragile Speedster: As Speedo's name implies, he can move very fast. However, Cyberswine was able to knock him out in one hit.
  • Furry Reminder: Cyberswine behaves like a robot and a human so much that you would forget that he is also a pig. The few times he laughs, he will actually snort like a pig.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Sam has a toy that looks like a stuffed pig.
  • Godzilla Threshold: At the end of the game, Cyberswine uses his last missile to blow up Future Towers, killing just about everyone in it except for Zak and maybe himself. The reason this trope applies is that he had run out of ammo, the Cyberbird was tearing him apart, Vice-President Bryce Gets had a gun and was using it to hold Lieutenant Sarah Lee and he had already shot Zak in the shoulder. Combine this with the fact that Bryce had already killed billions of people with a plague, killed even more people with his NetCops, and that there were almost certainly no prisons to hold him and no proper authorities to deal with him, and you will see that Cyberswine had no choice but to invoke this trope.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: After Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee crash their ship, Lee ends up with a broken rib. Cyberswine wants to take her to a hospital, but she insists that they have to try to help other people first.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Sam has blonde hair and she is a sweetheart.
  • Handicapped Badass: After Lieutenant Sarah Lee and Cyberswine crash their AV, Sarah reveals that she has a broken rib. While it makes running difficult for her, she is able to fight and shoot down NetCop robots.
  • Hero-Killer: The Cyberbird. Cyberswine quickly realizes just how dangerous this cyborg is upon encountering him. He and Zak are forced to run from him for a while. Cyberswine ends up having to pull a heroic sacrifice to finally kill him off.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Lieutenant Sarah Lee is against taking the Healthex vaccine because she feels that she will lose her edge if she relies on things like that. Yes, she was an anti-vaxxer before the term was even coined in 2009!
  • Hope Spot: Close to the end of the game, Cyberswine successfully tears off Cyberbird's gun arm and deflector shield and kicks it to the ground. For a minute, it looks like Cyberswine is going to finally defeat Cyberbird. Unfortunately, Cyberbird slashes him with his sword arm and puts Cyberswine in a seemingly hopeless situation.
  • Hostage Situation: When Cyberswine finally confronts Vice-President Bryce Gets, Bryce has a gun pointed at Lieutenant Sarah Lee's head. Normally, Cyberswine would have been able to handle this, but the Cyberbird comes in and fights him.
  • Hot-Blooded: Depending on your decisions, Cyberswine can display this personality.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: When Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee finally talk to Zak, Zak mentions his little brother who has gone missing. Cyberswine quickly realizes that the boy he saw earlier might have been Zak's little brother. You can choose whether to tell Zak about the boy or not. Choosing not to invokes this trope.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Played with. A number of times, the NetCops cannot seem to hit Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee. But there is one point when one NetCop actually hits Cyberswine a few times.
  • Implacable Man: The Cyberbird. That robotic chicken shrugs off everything Cyberswine throws at it. It keeps chasing after him and Zak. They get it to crash an AV into a fuel station, but resulting fire and explosion does not kill it. Cyberswine figures out that it has a deflector shield protecting it, and he successfully rips it off. Unfortunately, he is still unable to take it down normally. Finally, Cyberswine kills it by firing his last missile, which reduces Future Towers into a scorched shell of its former self.
  • Implausible Deniability: Bob Hugh claims that the government is containing the Grid Virus. Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee have seen the results with their own eyes, and know that it is certainly not the case.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: The Civilian Robots have incredibly skinny waists. Justified, because they are robots and they can be shaped that way without any health issues.
  • Infant Immortality: Played with. Between Healthex killing billions of people and the NetCops killing even more people, the trope seems to be averted for the most part. In fact, Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee get to witness the NetCops murdering a teenage boy. Zak and his sister are the only on-screen youngsters still alive by the end of the game.
  • Insult Backfire: Close to the end of the game, Cyberswine will blow up Future Towers with everyone in it to stop Vice-President Bryce Gets. Bryce will say, “You animal!” But Cyberswine will simply say, “Yes, I am.”
  • It” Is Dehumanizing: Lieutenant Sarah Lee refers to Cyberswine as “it” early on, because she thinks he is not human. She drops that mentality later on.
  • It's All About Me: Speedo the Tech Prototype Courier Droid. He changed his programming and got smart. Unfortunately, he also became arrogant and clearly thinks that he can do whatever he wants without consequences. Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee beg to differ.
  • Jerkass: Speedo the Tech Prototype Courier Droid. He starts off by spray-painting the word “PIG” on Cyberswine and leading them on a chase. They catch him and arrest him, and he makes it clear that he is not sorry he did it. Shortly after they crash their AV, Speedo cannot resist taunting them. You have the choice of chasing after him or ignoring him. Cyberswine will encounter him again later, and he will still be unpleasant.
  • Kill the Poor: The NetCops' attempts to kill the Street People have a whiff of this. Of course, they are human and the NetCops are programmed to kill all humans.
  • Killer Robot: The NetCops are robots who will kill anyone who is not them. But that is because Vice-President Bryce Gets ordered the scientist working for him to program them that way.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Cyberbird. You might be tempted to laugh because it is a robotic chicken, but it is not that funny. It relentlessly pursues Cyberswine and Zak and shrugs off all their attempts to kill it. It tears up Cyberswine's circuits so much that he had fire his last missile and blow up Future Towers to kill it. Yes, the story takes a more serious turn once it shows up.
  • La Résistance: There is a group of rebels that are trying to fight against the NetCops. Draino is an important member of the group. You will to make choices at the right time to be properly introduced to them.
  • Last of His Kind: Between the disease and the killer robots, Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee are the last cops left standing.
  • Lawful Stupid: If Cyberswine chooses not to kill the dying old man, he will try to justify his decision by saying that killing people is against the law. In other words, he was engaging in this. Lieutenant Sarah Lee disagrees, saying that you cannot stay human if you cannot bend the law. In other words, she is against this.
  • Logic Bomb: Garbage Robots are programmed to vacuum up all the garbage that they find, especially clothes left behind by the victims of the Grid Virus. However, there is so much garbage that their programming breaks down and they start randomly attacking robots.
  • Mad Scientist: The Scientist works for the Big Bad, and he created a cyborg pig man. However, he is not a stereotypical cackling scientist. If anything, he seems to be more of the emotionless and amoral kind of scientist.
  • Mensa: Zak and Sam are members of this group. Unfortunately, Vice-President Bryce Gets is determined to extract the brains from youngsters like them for an organic neuro-processor.
  • Mercy Kill: At one point, Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee will find an old man dying of a mysterious disease. He will beg them to kill him. You get to choose whether Cyberswine grants his request or not.
  • Mr. Exposition: Draino serves the purpose of explaining some situations to Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee. However, he keeps the exposition to a minimum, because there are some things they have to find out for themselves.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Cyberswine starts out as this. Lieutenant Sarah Lee has to explain the Healthex vaccine to him, as well as the controls to their police ship.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Lieutenant Sarah Lee is supposed to resemble Pamela Anderson, but it is hard to tell because the graphics are not the best.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: At the end of the game, Cyberbird ends up beating the circuits out of Cyberswine. This is why Cyberswine has no choice but to use his last missile to blow it all up.
  • No Name Given: The Scientist is never referred to by name in this game.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Vice-President Bryce Gets. He sits in his chair watching the action, fiddling with controls on his chair and lets his Healthex, NetCops and Cyberbird do the work for him. It is only at the very end of the game that he finally takes action, and that involves holding Lieutenant Sarah Lee at gunpoint and trying to rely on his Cyberbird to kill Cyberswine.
  • Now Which One Was That Voice?: There is no list of voice actors for this game at all. In fact, Quinton Flynn is the only voice actor to confirm via Twitter that he voiced Zak in this game.
  • Obviously Evil: Vice-President Bryce Gets. He has bulging eyes with red irises and blue blood vessels. He also has random patches of metal and circuitry on his head that make it look like his skin is peeling off. All of that should clue you in that this man is bad news.
  • Oh Crap: When Cyberswine uses his last missile to blow up Future Towers with everyone in it, Vice-President Bryce Gets has this reaction. Considering that he caused a series of atrocities, and kept acting like he had already won, it was worth it.
  • Older Than They Think: Many gamers think that Interactive Movies consisting of nothing but the player making choices at certain points were invented by Telltale Games and David Cage, but actually it is not so. This game was made before they came onto the scene.
  • One World Order: The killer robots mention the New World. Considering that the bad guys killed off a huge percentage of humanity worldwide and replaced them with robots in one fell swoop, it pretty much is a New World for everybody.
  • Opening Narration: Cyberswine starts the game with this. “I...have this dream sometimes...where I'm this brain in a metal box. Just this brain floating in liquid. Useless, ugly, trapped in steel. A dream that I cannot escape, but no one knows I'm there...alone, afraid. Then I wake up and I think, ‘What a nightmare, what a terrible dream!’ But I realize it wasn't a dream. That is what I am: a brain in a box. I am a Mechanimal. A cybernetic organism. They tell me I'm the way of the future. A defender of liberty and a creature of the law. But I know I'm none of these. I'm nothing. I'm a brain in a box.”
  • Out of the Inferno: Cyberswine and Zak cause the Cyberbird to crash into a fuel station, and it explodes. They think the Cyberbird is dead. They are wrong, because the Cyberbird walks out of the flames completely unharmed.
  • Pig Man: Cyberswine the protagonist. It is later revealed that he was a human whose brain was transferred into a pig's body.
  • Police Brutality: Played with. Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee generally do not beat the stuffing out of suspects, but after Sarah gets her personality mostly erased, she threatens to shoot Draino to get him to tell them information, forcing Cyberswine to step in and get her to take a walk. Then there is the killer robots called NetCops who are programmed to shoot anyone they come across.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Cyberswine. He can shoot down two robot-piloted ships while saying, “Top Gun, eat your heart out!”
  • Portmanteau: Cyberswine is called a Mechanimal. Mechanimal = Mechanical + Animal.
  • Power Blonde: Lieutenant Sarah Lee is blonde, and she can hold her own in a fight.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: At the end of the game, Cyberswine says, “Part cop. Part machine. Full boar,” and follows up with, “Do it.” One minute later, his last missile sets Future Towers on fire, killing everyone except for Zak and maybe Cyberswine himself.
  • Press X to Not Die: Each time Cyberswine must make a choice, a gauge appears that has four moods, which are Aggressive, Anxious, Caring and Clever. You can choose Clever-Aggressive, Clever-Caring, Anxious-Aggressive or Anxious-Caring at these points. Also, the “Yes” and “No” choices will be randomized at each point. If you wait too long, the game will make a choice for you.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When Lieutenant Sarah Lee is threatening to shoot Draino, you can choose to have Cyberswine say, “Sarah! Take. A. Walk.”
  • Pungeon Master: If Cyberswine chooses to talk to him before going to Future Towers, he will ask Cyberswine and Zak not to “chicken” out on him. He is taunting them about his robotic chicken cyborg the Cyberbird.
  • Quinton Flynn: So far, he is the only voice actor to have confirmed his involvement in this game. Specifically, he voiced the kid Zach.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: One of the Street People is wearing pink sneakers.
  • Reality Ensues: While a cyborg having an 30 millimeter auto cannon sounds cool, it becomes a problem when he runs out of ammo because he forgot to reload it. To be fair, the auto cannon is built in, so it is hard to say if he could have reloaded it even if he found the right ammo for it.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: It is zigzagged with the Chief of Police. He is willing to give Cyberswine a chance, and makes it clear to Lieutenant Sarah Lee that she will work with him regardless of her feelings about it. However, if you choose to tell the Chief that you are pursuing a droid who sprayed Cyberswine with graffiti, the Chief will go ballistic and say that Lee is fired and Cyberswine will be made into a toaster.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee. If you have Cyberswine make choices involving Aggressive, he will be like the Red Oni and Sarah will be like the Blue Oni. If you have Cyberswine make choices involving Caring, he will be like the Blue Oni and Sarah will be like the Red Oni.
  • Red Right Hand: With Vice-President Bryce Gets, it is a toss-up between his bulging eyes with blue blood vessels and the patches of circuits showing on parts of his head.
  • Rewatch Bonus: This is a game that you must play more than once. That is because some of the dialogue will make references to scenes that you will only know about if you made decisions that led to those scenes. Also, some of the dialogue consists of cryptic conversations that will make sense when you play the game for the second time.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Zak is wearing a shirt that says, “Zaks Back” on the back. Depending on how you talk to Tech Prototype Courier Droid, Lieutenant Sarah Lee can tell him, “Get in the AV and watch TV.”
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Lieutenant Sarah Lee says that she did not take the Healthex vaccine because she is convinced that she will lose her edge if she relies on vaccines and technology. The problem with her reasoning is that she thinks that vaccines and technology are the same thing, and they are most certainly not. However, she survives the virus outbreak because the Healthex vaccine contained the virus in the first place. Yes, she survived because of this trope!
  • Robot Girl: Oddly enough, it seems that all the robot citizens who are not NetCops are this. Perhaps it was a preference of whoever created them.
  • Running on All Fours: The Cyberbird actually chases Cyberswine and Zak like this. Considering that the Cyberbird is a robotic chicken with a human brain inside, that is quite disturbing.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: The Distraught Woman's purpose in the plot is to show the effects of the virus. She dies from the virus, and shows its symptoms.
  • Second Hand Storytelling: At the beginning of the game, Lieutenant Sarah Lee says the Cyberswine nearly tore a technician's head off due to a software glitch. The Chief says it is a just rumour before saying that the techie survived anyway.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Say what you will about Vice-President Bryce Gets, but never let it be said that he did not wear a nice suit.
  • Shoot the Hostage: At the end of the game, the situation gets so desperate that Cyberswine has to use his last missile to blow everything up. This include Vice-President Bryce Gets the hostage taker and Lieutenant Sarah Lee the hostage.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Vice-President Bryce Gets has a network of cameras all over the city. He uses them to keep an eye on Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee, who he considers “pawns” in his chess game. Cyberswine eventually finds out how to avoid getting caught on camera.
  • Speaking, Like, Totally Teen: When Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee encounter Tech Prototype Courier Droid again, you can choose to have Cyberswine try to speak to TPCD in urban slang. TPCD will get confused, and then he will just get annoyed. In fact, he will say, “Man, you cops would have to stop eating round donuts just to prove that you ain't square.”
  • Suddenly SHOUTING: When Vice-President Bryce Gets cannot see Cyberswine and Zak on the cameras, he says, “Where are they? WHY CAN'T I SEE THEM?!”
  • Suicide Pact: When Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee become aware of the plague that seems to be killing most people around them, Sarah asks Cyberswine to kill her if she comes down with it. Cyberswine promises that he will kill her and then himself if it comes to that, because he does not think they will make it. Fortunately, it does not come to that.
  • Tagline: “Part cop. Part machine. Full boar hero.” Cyberswine almost says it word for word at the end of the game.
  • Taking You with Me: At the end of the game, Vice-President Bryce Gets seems to have completely defeated Cyberswine. But Cyberswine reveals one last trick. He has one more missile. He fires it, which causes an explosion that scorches Future Towers and kills everyone except for Zak. He gets Cyberswine out of there, but it is left ambiguous whether Cyberswine is alive or dead at this point.
  • The Chessmaster: Vice-President Bryce Gets. He refers to Lieutenant Sarah Lee and Cyberswine as “pawns”, and refers to what he is doing as a game, complete with terms such as “midgame”, “endgame” and “checkmate”.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Zigzagged. Lieutenant Sarah Lee and other police officers on probation because they refused to take the Healthex vaccine which is required by law. However, it turns out the vaccine is actually a type of Ebola. As a result, everybody who took the vaccine ends up dead, proving the complainers right by default.
  • The Dragon: You would think that the scientist working for Vice-President Bryce Gets is this, but he is not. This role goes to the robot chicken that appears close to the end of the game.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee find themselves in the middle of this scenario. First, lots of people are dying from some sort of plague. Then robots are coming in and killing everybody they come across. Depending on your choices, you can find out that this is happening worldwide. By the end of the game, they managed to stop the bad guys behind all this, but they had to sacrifice themselves in the process. Zak says at the end that they will try to rebuild their society, and hopefully there will be enough people left to do it.
  • The Plague: Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee soon become aware that some sort of disease is killing a huge percentage of people worldwide in one fell swoop. It is later identified as a type of Ebola. It also turns out that the Healthex vaccine that everyone was required to take contained this, and only the people who did not take the vaccine were spared.
  • The Speechless: The Cyberbird does not speak, but he makes noises that sound like a mix of screeching and squealing. It is shown that he can think and fight just fine, so it could be that Vice-President just wanted a metaphorical attack dog that does not waste time talking.
  • The Spock: Cyberswine is equipped with a Logic Chip that allows him to become this when he activates it. He uses it at one point to list the series of events that have occurred so far, but he is unable to figure out who caused those events because he needs more data.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When Cyberswine and Lieutenant Sarah Lee first encounter the NetCops, you can choose to have Cyberswine shoot them with his gun or blow them up with a missile. If you use the missile, Sarah will point out that you really did not need to use that. Then at the end of the game, Cyberswine ends up firing his last missile, which successfully reduces Future Towers to a scorched shell of its former self and leaves Zak and maybe Cyberswine as the only survivors.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Cyberswine believes in this, because it is against the law to kill. You can choose to make an exception for a dying old man. Also, he would have preferred to take in Vice-President Bryce Gets alive, but the situation was such that he had to kill him.
  • Totally Radical: This game was released in 1997, so that is a given. For example, one street person is wearing a shirt that says “Pearl Butter”.
  • Walking Armory: Cyberswine comes equipped with a 20-watt pulse laser, a multi-yield variable targeting missile launcher capable of laser, radar, heat-seeker and dry-fire modes, a 30 millimeter auto-cannon and a carbon dioxide gas-propelled grapple pin. Justified, because he is a cyborg and these weapons are built in.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The Chief of Police did not have a lot of screen time or lines before he ends up as a victim of the disease.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The scientist working for Vice-President Bryce Gets is not seen at the very end of the game. But if he was in Future Towers when it blew up, he would almost certainly be dead.
  • What the Hell Hero: If Cyberswine did not kill the dying old man, Lieutenant Sarah Lee will give this to him. He tries to point out that it is against the law, but she retorts that you cannot stay human if you do not bend the law.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Vice-President Bryce Gets. His Healthex and NetCops have killed billions of people, including children. He particularly targets Mensa children so he can have their brains extracted for an organic neuro-processor. He especially wants to get his hands on Zak, and he actually shoots Zak in the shoulder at one point. So, yes, he would hurt a child.
  • Zeerust: The game is supposed to be set far into the future, but Zak has software programs on a compact disk. This game was released in 1997 which was roughly when CDs were at their peak, but nowadays software programs are more likely to be on a flash drive.

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