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- Complete Monster: Vice-President Bryce Gets. The first thing he did was get as many people vaccinated with Healthex as he could...and then he pushed a button and activated a virus in the vaccine, killing off 99% of the world’s population. The second thing he did was to bring in killer robots called NetCops to try to exterminate the remaining 1% of the human race. It also turns out that he was the one responsible for turning the cop George Fox into Cyberswine. He had Lieutenant Sarah Lee's personality erased so that she would be more compliant to his orders. When Cyberswine starts to remember the operation that made him into a cyborg, Bryce does not hesitate to push buttons to make Cyberswine experience flashbacks at the worst possible moments. He also makes it clear that he will harvest Zak's brain from his body, because Zak is a member of Mensa and his brain would be perfect for an organic neuro-processor. Absolutely nothing about his backstory is revealed, except that he planned all this from the moment he took over Farmtech. He shows no remorse for anything he does. In fact, he views his atrocities as moves in a chess game. Nothing he does is played for laughs. None of the other characters in the story could come close to his level of evil. His motive seems to be to take over the world and turn it into a machine. Needless to say, when Cyberswine has to perform a heroic sacrifice that blows up Future Towers and Bryce in it, you will be breathing a big sigh of relief.
- Hell Is That Noise: The noises the Cyberbird makes. They sound like something between a screech and a squeal. You would think a robotic chicken would be hard to take seriously, but this trope gives a very good reason to do so.
- Narm Charm: At first glance, you might find the idea of a literal pig version of RoboCop to be laughable. But the story takes itself so seriously and with such conviction that you will probably get pulled into it.
- The Woobie: Cyberswine is this. The opening narration starts off with him saying that he is “a brain in a box” because he was made into a cyborg. His partner, Lieutenant Sarah Lee, thinks that he is a freak and a thing, but she warms up to him after a while. It is strongly implied that most people think of him as a freak and/or a thing. He gets to witness a virus kill off a huge percentage of CyberCity, and he even has to decide whether to grant a dying old man a mercy kill or not. Then he witnesses killer robots called NetCops come in and start killing off the remaining citizens. He says, “What did I do to deserve this?” twice. He thinks that the only reason he can accomplish anything is because of the computer chips he has, and that he is just “a brain in a box” without them. It is later revealed that he was a human cop named George Fox who underwent an operation that put part of his brain in a pig's head, combined it with part of a pig's brain and combined the head with machinery. At the end of the game, he has to perform a heroic sacrifice and blow up Future Towers with everyone, including himself, in it. It is left ambiguous if he is dead or merely deactivated, but maybe he will finally find peace either way.
- Unfortunate Implications: As Rufert points out in his playthrough of the game, this 1997 game implies that taking vaccines will get you killed and that not taking them is the smart thing to do. But, in real life, there are a lot of anti-vaxxers, and some of them have died from diseases that vaccines could have prevented. Why? Because they do not have the antibodies necessary to protect them from those diseases. Vaccines are the only way to get antibodies without having to expose themselves to the diseases first. One thing that does undermine the unfortunate implications is that Lieutenant Sarah Lee says that they have to take the Healthex vaccine every week. In real life, vaccine dosage times vary between every 4 weeks, every year and every 10 years. The fact is that taking a vaccine every week seems quite suspicious.
- Values Resonance: The story has just about everybody telling Cyberswine that he should rely on himself and not on vaccines and technology. The Healthex vaccine is revealed to contain a virus that kills 99% of the world's population. Cyberswine relies on his computer chips to do things for him, but he stops doing so once he realizes that he can function just fine without them. About vaccines, there is a group of people who are now called “anti-vaxxers” and their reasons range from religious beliefs, distrust of the government and Big Pharma to fear of the unknown (for all they know, those needles are poisoned). About technology, there are now entire generations of people who rely on the Internet and social media to the point that they might not have a clue about how to do something without looking it up and asking about it online.
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