Hollow Knight

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This video game contains 56 potentially triggering events.
Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
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Is there throat mutilation?
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Are any hands damaged?
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Not explicitly, but like… most characters probably have PTSD though
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Are there bedbugs?
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Is there screaming?
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Is someone's mouth covered?
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Are there demons or Hell?
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Are there sharks?
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Does someone have a meltdown?
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Abandonment
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Spadesssss
many children, by multiple different parents, are left to die
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Abuse
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Where do I start…
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Is someone stalked?
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TheHandWixard
During the lead-up to a boss fight in Deepnest, the player character will follow a moving bug which appears to be leading them somewhere.
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Is there domestic violence?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Is someone gaslighted?
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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Is a child abused?
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Mikado
[SPOILERS] The pale king pretty much killed the majority of his children, although inderectly it was still his fault.
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Addiction
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ElliotLeDoux
it’s kind of implied that lifeblood is a drug but it is only taboo and not triggering at all
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Is there addiction?
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Someone404
The bugs in the Soul Sanctum were driven mad by the draw of SOUL
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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Anonymous
Bugs count as animals, and yes. lots def die.
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Are animals abused?
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Demiii
just to clarify, the thing mentioned in the other persons comment is implied to be a part of the grubs life cycle and you can still hear the grubs alive.
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manaphy
There are many corpses of bugs around, even ones you yourself didn't kill. One area is filled with dead bodies raining down occasionally from the sky. There isn't usually any rotting, with the exception of one room in the "Pleasure House" where the kitchens and the bugs that died in it are rotten.
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Is an animal sad?
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StormrunnerStudios
All characters are bugs, and some are shown to be sad
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Artsymess
In God Tamer’s bossfight you must kill her Beast to end the fight. When defeated she kneels down and cries.
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Does a dragon die?
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abbiequail
One character is mentioned often and called a "wyrm;" he is long dead by the beginning of the game.
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Are there spiders?
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Someone404
Deepnest is populated by them
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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Are there snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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Savannah
Hollow Knight's characters are humanized bugs, or at the least, usually cuter designs of real life bugs. There is however one area, which contains more lifelike and horrific bugs, called Deepnest.
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Assault
Does a woman get slapped?
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Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is someone held under water?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
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Artsymess
Little Fool in the Colosseum ot Fools is suspended upside down in chains. A Snail Shaman was strapped into a chair in the Soul Sanctum for experimentation. The Hollow Knight is held by chains.
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Is someone sexually assaulted?
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Bodily Harm
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Anonymous
Swords and spears are used in battle.
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
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saltydeezee
Many characters' and enemies' bodies are carapaces that fall apart when they are defeated. This sometimes resembles decapitation.
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Is there cannibalism?
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manaphy
There is a room in the Pleasure House where, if you read the minds of bugs and listen to the ghost, it is heavily implied that they ran out of food and started eating the chefs. Bugs do discuss eating each other on occasions other than that. Leg Eater is one, Willoh as well if you look into her thoughts. And, as the others have said, in one sidequest if you gather all the grubs they are consumed by their father. HOWEVER that one is implied to be part of their natural life cycle! Necessary for them to turn into "Grubberflies." You can also avoid this one by not going back into the room he lives in after you have gathered the last reward for saving his children for him.
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Anonymous
Spoilers for what happens to Tiso, a side NPC: During a boss rush (called a "Pantheon"), there is a fakeout boss in which Tiso prepares to fight you. He is then crushed by the actual boss. It is not explicit, but it is death from him being jumped onto. It is implied that this is how he died in the Colosseum of Fools.
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Is someone choked?
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Artsymess
Both the player and enemies can die to acid. The Hunter says the acid “bubbles and spits with a seething hatred of the living”.
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abbiequail
The player character can be caught in a cave-in; they are rescued before dying.
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Is there body horror?
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No clue what to put here, Nosk fight might count but I genuinely do not know
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Is there amputation?
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TheHandWixard
No active amputation, a few characters are missing limbs.
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Someone404
Before one boss fight, Tiso appears, only to be crushed by a Mawlek from above
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Artsymess
Many of Nosk’s victims were hung up either before or after their deaths.
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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fran.midnight
Yes, the player character goes unconscious after receiving spells or during a few cutscenes.
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Someone404
Cracked shells of bugs are shown at multiple times
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Does someone have a seizure?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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abbiequail
It is heavily implied that one of the Snail Shamans was tortured in the Soul Sanctum. This happens offscreen.
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Does someone fall down stairs?
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Anonymous
Its possible to accidentally land on spikes pr acid pools after falling.
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Mikado
While the act of mutilation is not explicitly showed, there is a character named No Eyes who, as their name implies, does not have eyes
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Is someone stabbed?
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cornbabylaughter
rip cloth
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
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Anonymous
The Collector stole the grubs, who all seem to be infants or infant-like, from the Grubfather.This was done supposedly to protect the grubs. You can return the grubs to him, though,.
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Does a kid die?
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interstellartreasure
There is infanticide as a key part of Hollow Knight's storyline. Passing through the grave is required to achieve two of the five endings.
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Death
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Artsymess
The Knight does so in the majority of endings (with the exception of Embrace the Void and White Flower)
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Many, this game is a tragedy at its core
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Every character is a bug and some do die
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Does someone die?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
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Demiii
Yes, in one area of the Deepnest you are captured and taken to a spider nest.
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Does a parent die?
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Someone404
Herarrah, the mother of Hornet and Deepnest's inhabitants, is required to be killed in order to complete the game
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Does someone cheat?
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abbiequail
The Pale King has a "dalliance as bargain;" however, this was done with the full knowledge and consent of his wife.
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Does a family member die?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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Anonymous
Mimics shapeshift from grubs to their true form with a horrid shreik and keep on screaming as you fight them.
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Anonymous
The Plague is revealed to be an Elder God mainlining its essence into people, allowing it to control them.
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Are there ghosts?
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Anonymous
The player character is a living shadow wearing a cape and death mask.
You must fight your own ghost to get back your MP orb and money after you die.
The main ranged attack spell conjures and throws angry ghosts at enemies.
It is ambiguous wether or not the Dream Warriors are lingering spirits or echoes of their lives.
Several non-hostile ghosts can be encountered at the Burying Grounds area.
Deceased bosses can be fought a second time in the Spirit World.
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Are there clowns?
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Anonymous
The Grimm Troupe is a travelling circus with several harlequins.
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Are there razors?
S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® (1-800-DONTCUT)
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1
A dream segment contains multiple buzz saws I think may trigger someone in the same way
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Is there a shower scene?
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Are there mannequins?
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Gross
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manaphy
There is a character, Divine, who you can bring certain charms to and she'll eat them. Then you can buy them back, and they will in fact go through her digestive tract and come out the other end. The sounds are horrendous, and it makes me feel gross. The item pickup looks like all other items though, just a little white ball of light. I could get through it by looking away and turning off the volume for 15 seconds or so.
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Does someone vomit?
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zuchini5928
one enemy very early on spits toxic orange goo at you
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Is someone eaten?
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-1
They’re all bugs and eat others
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Does someone spit?
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Anonymous
Certain enemies spit pus at the player character as an attack.
The Defender's Crest badge causes the player character to constantly emit fart gas.
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Is there audio gore?
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CaptainSawyer
Though it's not in a torturous way, some parts of the game contain noises that could be assumed are cracking bones, notably in Deep Nest. There are also small 'squish' noises when hitting basic enemies, though imo it's more akin to smacking Jell-O than anything gory.
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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Graebby
There are no cops or cop-adjacent characters.
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Is an LGBT+ person outed?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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Someone404
Hornet uses a needle and thread as her weapon
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Artsymess
No one living, but infected corpses begin to bloat and swell as well as form large boils and tumors of orange puss.
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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kaaruneko
The final boss stabs itself several times.
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Is autism misrepresented?
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manaphy
Not in a traditional sense. This game doesn't demonize any real world mental illnesses, however it's a game about a plague that spreads through the mind. There's a very sympathetic character who you can watch slip into the Infection as you visit her with more and more story progress. So people who are mentally sick are violent, they are literally sick with a plague and that makes them violent, but you don't have to worry about your own diagnosis being demonized. Hope this helps?
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
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ferretsincorporated
[MAJOR SPOILERS. ALL CHARACTERS ARE MENTIONED BY NAME]
The Nailsmith, Cloth, The Hollow Knight, and (presumably) Quirrel can all attempt suicide throughout your playthrough, depending on your progression and what you do. The Nailsmith and Cloth have dialogue specifically referencing their desire to die.
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There are flashbacks and a dream realm that could cause issues for someone with this trigger
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Is there misophonia?
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SCOURGE
a section of the game has enemies that make very noticeable mouthy sounds. can be triggering for some.
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Is there ABA therapy?
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Is there body dysphoria?
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PigDoodles
That's not what body dysmorphia is. It's a disorder involving a warped perception of one's own body and health that often makes them insecure and/or affects their mental state.
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manaphy
No, however, there is a character (the nailmaster) who asks you to kill him and it hits similarly.
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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Someone404
The entirety of Deepnest
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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abbiequail
There are a few characters that are repeatedly dehumanized, abused, and described as "hollow" or "empty." Many traits this group shows - such as difficulty communicating and emoting - are also commonly associated with autistic people. Though it's subtle and untentional, it could potentially be disturbing to people who deal with autism-specific ableism.
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Anonymous
Presumably.



=SPOILERS=
It's suggested that Qurriel dies somehow in the game. His body is never shown only his sword(nail) by a lake where you last see him.
It's assumed that Qurriel may have killed himself as a final peace as he has remembered everything he had forgotten. and knows he doesn't have anything to do.
His sword(nail) by the lake is called Qurriel_Death_Nail.png within the game's files.
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
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Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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Someone404
The screen momentarily freezes when taking damage
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Is there obscene language/gestures?
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manaphy
There are two sequences that bothered me:

1) The Soul Master has two phases in his fight, and once you defeat his first stage he teleports around a lot and it's very bright. If you move to the edge of the arena you can close your eyes until he breaks through the floor.

2) in two of the endings, you attack the final boss after defeating her and your attacks cause a bright flash of light. If you're playing the game, you can take it slow, but if you're watching gameplay obviously you don't have that luxury.
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Paranoia
1
It’s debatable, but a boss does kind of follow you
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manaphy
At first I thought yes, there are plaques that are addressed to "Higher Beings". However, Higher Beings doesn't refer to the player, it refers to very powerful, God-Like Bugs.
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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manaphy
There are unhatched Stag eggs in the Stag Nest, and it's implied that most of them can't or won't hatch, which might hit your heart similarly.
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Is there childbirth?
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Iselda
The Aspid Mother, Flukemarm, and Brooding Mawlek will produce hatchlings during combat, although they aren't humanoid. The latter two are optional bosses, but the Aspid Mother is a common enemy in early game areas.
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Are there abortions?
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manaphy
Grubs are children, the Aspid Mothers give birth, there is a section with unhatched Stag eggs once you find every stag station (the Stag isn't an enemy and so you feel for his loss, even if they weren't specifically his eggs).
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Does someone miscarry?
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PartyCatAnthem
After killing a certain boss, hatchlings burst out of its body, so I think that counts as a pregnant woman dying.
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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Artsymess
On two occasions The Hunter mocks enemies for being fat, commenting on how a lazy lifestyle has led to their demise. However this is only if you actually read his journal and never appears as dialogue.
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manaphy
Most bugs are gender neutral and are referred to as such, but characters who do have distinct genders (Hornet, Quirrel, Cornifer, Iselda, etc) all get their correct names and pronouns.
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Does the black guy die first?
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Anonymous
Xenofiction with no human characters.
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
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Anonymous
There is potential for LGBT characters to die, but not necessarily depending on your choices. The player character, who is canonically nonbinary, dies in some endings, and the Nailsmith can either end up in a gay relationship or die at the player's choice.
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abbiequail
There are a few characters that are repeatedly dehumanized, abused, and described as "hollow" or "empty." Many traits this group shows - such as difficulty communicating and emoting - are also commonly associated with neurodivergent people. Though it's subtle and untentional, it could potentially be disturbing to people who deal with related ableism.
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Are there n-words?
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Is there aphobia?
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Race
Is there blackface?
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
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Religious
Is religion discussed?
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Sex
Is there sexual content?
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Is someone sexually objectified?
29 supporters
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9
Are there nude scenes?
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Is there bestiality?
57 supporters
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6
Is there BDSM?
15 supporters
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4
Does someone lose their virginity?
10 supporters
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4
Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
63 supporters
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Sexism
Yes
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
8 supporters
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1
Debatable on if the infection counts as this, but since it’s a main theme I’ll be safe and say yes
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BobGary
Multiple characters experience memory loss; however it is more similar to amnesia
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Is someone terminally ill?
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Social
Yes
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manaphy
There are many nomadic characters, but all of them seem to travel by choice. That being said, the player character doesn't have a home to return to. Mostly because this is a story about a crumbled kingdom.
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Are there fat suits?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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Are there end credit scenes?
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Anonymous
Multiple endings, some happy, some not.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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Anonymous
The blood" is just a orange goop.
There are some scenes with bugs cut in half and gibs shown when an enemy dies.
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Does someone drown?
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Anonymous
Water is instantly fatal to most enemies.
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Is there gun violence?
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