The 8 Biggest Plot Holes In Lies Of P

Highlights

  • Lies of P is a game with great combat and a straightforward storytelling approach, making it easier to understand the plot.
  • The game references classic stories like Pinocchio, Frankenstein, and Moby Dick, but some plot elements don’t make sense in the overall context.
  • The game’s security measures at Hotel Krat and the behavior of petrified enemies raise questions about the consistency of the game’s rules and logic.

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Lies of P is a fantastic game that combines great combat with intriguing storytelling. While it takes many cues from more famous games in the genre, the game handles storytelling in a more straightforward way. This makes understanding what’s going on far simpler.

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And there’s an excellent story to experience here, with clear references to Pinocchio and other classic stories, like Frankenstein and Moby Dick. The twists and turns the plot takes will have you on your toes, but some parts stand out as not making as much sense now that the game’s over.

As you might guess, this article contains story spoilers.

8 Hotel Krat’s Security

Lies Of P Player Entering Hotel Krat

Working as your main hub area, Hotel Krat also presents the only forced choice of the game. You have to lie to get inside since the doors won’t open to a puppet. If you claim to be human, the doors open without issue since, according to the fourth law of puppets, they cannot lie.

While that’s part of why the story of Lies of P is so intriguing, it also makes little sense to have a security measure like that. Yes, the fourth law states they can’t lie, but the third one specifically says they are to serve Krat and the people in it. If all puppets can break one of the laws, what stops them from just lying to get inside?

7 Petrification Disease Making Zombies

A still of Lies of P's boss Champion Victor showing off his moves by swinging and punching the air prior to your battle.

When you follow all there’s to know about the Petrification Disease and Ergo, you come to understand a lot of the story. Ergo is a human soul in crystal form, and it can be used as an energy source. But people with prolonged exposure to it have their own souls and bodies petrified, locked in time.

While the zombified bosses are explained to be experiments, the normal enemies not so much. If this condition is supposed to lock them in time, why are they running at full speed, trying to swing at you? You could interpret that it’s one of its many side effects, but there can only be so many traits to a disease before you start losing track.

6 Puppet’s Failing To Reason With You

The giant furnace-powered King's Flame Fuoco boss entering the arena in a cutscene.

Lies of P isn’t one of those RPGs where you can side with whomever you want, so you obviously can’t join the puppet revolution even if you want to. But once you can understand the puppet’s language in New Game Plus, you start to wonder why they even attack you in the first place. At least with the King of Puppets, there was a cutscene explaining it.

There’s a case to be made about the initial bosses since their sanity seems long gone (if it ever was there, to begin with), but the same defense doesn’t apply to Fuoco, the boss at the puppet factory. His whole dialogue is about joining the King’s side, all while shooting fireballs at us and trying to smack us with his big iron hand.

5 Romeo’s Free Will

Lies Of P Boss Romeo stands there menacingly in front of fire

What sets the main character apart from all the other puppets is his free will. He can choose to lie, decide where to go, and refuse a direct command from his creator. He was designed this way to strengthen Carlo’s heart, meaning that his ability is likely unique. Well, not so much so.

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Romeo is the King of Puppets, one of the hardest fights in the game. While the initial order to sow chaos in Krat was given by Gepetto, Romeo is the banner under which many puppets ended up rallying behind. He even tries to tell you the truth, with his pleas landing on deaf ears. If there are other puppets capable of free will, it makes you wonder what’s so special about yourself.

4 Green Monster’s Origins

Lies Of P Boss Green Monster Of The Swamp

Most of the bosses in Lies of P have some sort of plot relevance or motivation. Even the first ones are not just mindless puppets since they try to talk to the player and, at the very least, explain themselves. It’s too bad we can’t understand puppet language. There’s really only one boss that can be a real puzzle to fit in the lore, and that’s the Green Monster of the Swamp.

The most sound theory is that it’s the product of factory wastes, made up of garbage, maggots, and an excess of Ergo. But if Ergo were to be blamed here (as is usually the case with everything in Lies of P), the Monster lacks any blue coloration to push the theory any further. We might never know for sure since even its description says “No one knows.”

3 Gepetto’s Master Plan

Lies Of P Gepetto During Real Boy Ending

With the reveal of Law Zero, you find out that the puppet frenzy was orchestrated by Gepetto. He made the playable character with the ability to absorb Ergo and made all other puppets a clear threat so he could gather massive amounts of Ergo on a single vessel. This was all to resurrect his deceased son, Carlo.

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The problem is he seems to have forgotten to turn on his special puppet. You only start the game thanks to Sophia. In fact, she’s the canonical reason why you can revive at stargazers; her Ergo manipulating abilities allow her to influence time. So, in reality, Gepetto’s whole plan hinged on someone else doing his work for him.

2 Pinocchio’s Absence

Lies Of P Boss Nameless Puppet

While you might think that the main character is Pinocchio, there’s actually little evidence to back that up. For starters, no one calls him that, not even his maker, Gepetto. The main character might, in fact, be the Tin Man since we’re moving onto Wizard of Oz territory next, and he might want to replace his troubled heart.

The only one that can fit the role of Pinocchio is the Nameless Puppet. He’s the puppet Gepetto made out of grief, wanting to fill the void cast by Carlo’s absence. Even then, we don’t know for sure since that puppet isn’t the one that went through the adventure, being made alive by the blue fairy and all. Perhaps both you and the Nameless Puppet are sides of who Pinocchio is.

1 Carlo’s Look During The Real Boy Ending

Carlo walking out of Hotel Krat toward Geppetto with blood on his face.

After defeating Simon Manus, you’ll talk to Gepetto, who politely asks to rip out your heart. Should you refuse, he opens his suitcase to reveal a puppet half made of organic material; this is believed to be the corpse of Carlo, Gepetto’s son. He sends the creature to attack you, and after a grueling battle, you’ll defeat it, and the game ends.

If you give your heart to Gepetto, he’ll still open the suitcase, this time to place the heart inside. This clearly means that the Nameless Puppet now has your heart, and that’s who appears during the Real Boy ending scene. Problem is, that looks nothing like the Nameless Puppet. Even if some sort of transformation took place, the model is still shorter than the Nameless, and in any case, there’s no reason for it to have a mechanical left arm.

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