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  • Epileptic Trees: Fans argue over who attacked Monica - William Birkin or the Moth.
  • Fanon:
    • Five of the survivors have a level where they are guaranteed to appear, and if not controlled by a player, they will die during the mission. Two of the remaining three (Kevin and Jim) share a Downer Ending in the first game, leading players to conclude that Mark is the only true survivor of the games (not that it matters, since none of the characters are referenced in the main series).
    • A couple of David's SP Items in the first Outbreak led to the now-taken-as-gospel fanon that he's an American Indian.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Kevin and David dislike one another in-game; one's a cop, the other's a former delinquent, and if one gets the other as an AI companion, the AIPC will run off as soon as possible and will never be seen again. Thus, of course, 90% of fanworks about the Outbreak games are people shipping Kevin/David.
  • Game Breaker:
    • The unlockable "bonus characters" Mr. and Mrs. [color] all come with a passive damage multiplier that makes them far more effective than anyone else in the game. When Outbreak was being played competitively online with players working to achieve the highest scores and quickest speed runs, using the Mr. and Mrs. skins was considered unsporting.
    • For whatever reason, David King has twice as many unique abilities as anyone else. He's got a special knife combo that knocks down zombies on the last hit, comes with a folding knife that doesn't take up an inventory slot and which can't be broken or given away, can throw wrenches to inflict a startling amount of damage and stumble normal enemies, and can create new weapons like stun rods or improvised flamethrowers. Having a good David player on your team was borderline required for many scenarios.
  • High Octane Nightmare Fuel: In the FMV intro, a mortally-wounded soldier is eaten alive by sewer rats.
    • The Hive might be pretty awful for people that aren't too excited about hospitals. Especially considering that a nigh-invincible Leech Man chases you, and your partners turn into Leech Men when they die.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Mass production? Ridiculous!!!"
  • Most Annoying Sound/Stop Helping Me!: The AI characters love spouting out their ad-libs. A lot. File #2 turns off the voices in the US and Europe and makes for an eerily silent experience by comparison; unfortunately this also means you can't tell right away if someone's poisoned unless you pay attention to the subtitles.
  • The Untwist: Was anyone anywhere confused about who the Axeman was before his big reveal?
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