Badman_bacon777 Mar 6 @ 10:10am
Hotline Miami story is confusing
I just finished the secret ending to Hotline Miami and I kind of got it but if anyone could fully explain it to me (espessialy the encounters with the chicken, owl, horse and rat), and how this is based on a true story apparantly
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Dark Muse Mar 6 @ 4:05pm 
Just to clarify, Hotline Miami is not based on a true story. It's widely considered that that blurb in the early teaser trailer was just a joke. The developers have often stated (even in the credits) that Hotline Miami was greatly inspired by Drive and (it is speculated) cocaine cowboys both works of fiction. Although it's interesting to note that the character portrayed in that trailers' gameplay is the pig butcher who is featuring as a character in the second games slash horror movie based on the the first games events, Midnight Animal. It's quiet possible that the idea for Midnight Animal being filmed and the player playing through it was cut out of the first Hotline Miami game at last minute. Hence why they would have the pig butcher's trailer state that it was “based on true events”.

Now as for the story... Kind of like Spec Ops: The Line there's a whole slew of metaphysical, 4th wall breaking questioning and societal commentary included with this game and its story. If you want to find out about all that and peoples interpretations of it you'll easily find a wealth of it out there. Definitely check out the Developer diaries to get their angle on it. I'm just gunna talk strictly about the in game story. A lot of it is deliberately ambiguous so there are holes filled with speculations. I'll try and mark fan theories as such.

Its 1989 and the Cold War is still going on. Berlin Wall is still up and whatnot. The two janitors from the end of the game are a couple of ultra nationalists who want to take down the Russo-American coalition. The game never explains who/what the Russo-American Coalition is but people have speculated from the newspaper clippings found in the game that it is a group of politicians, producers, and business owners owned, backed by, or backing the Russian Mafia if not simply the name of the Russian Mafia itself. To do this they organize the “50 Blessings” ultra nationalist group and newsletter. Members who join the group are mailed a mask and subject to cryptic phone calls that tell them an address to go to where they must kill everyone. Members who do not comply with their orders are threatened with hints of dire repercussions.

The game takes place shortly after Jacket has joined 50 Blessings for reasons only known to himself. He completes his missions, collects newspaper clippings about his murders, rescues the hooker, kills biker and is shot by Richter (the rat masked man who also receives the phone calls from the janitors) all the while losing his sanity. It has been speculated that the game up until “Trauma” (the hospital chapter) has been Jacket recollecting events leading up to his bullet through the head induced coma (hence the hallucinations and all the store clerks turning into richter and alike). In any case, once Jacket wakes up from his coma he assaults the police station and questions Richter before taking the case files the police have gathered on the masked killings. In the case files Jacket finds that the police have traced the source of the calls to the Russian Mafia controlled club Jacket attacks in the chapter “Vengeance”. Believing that the Russian Mob leader is responsible for the calls Jacket hunts him down and kills him. Takes a smoke, roll credits.

Now rewind back to Biker's story. Like Jacket, Biker is a member of 50 Blessings though he only joined because he was bored. Unlike Jacket, Biker follows the instructions from his phone intermittently only ever actually going on one mission during his efforts to track down the source of the calls and get them to stop. His questioning of the guy in the safe house leads him to Phonehom where he traces the calls back to the same address the police tracked them to in Jackets timeline. In this timeline Biker wins the fight with Jacket and kills him. Biker then goes to the same club Jacket went to in chapter “Vengence” and discovers the janitor's base of operation under the club. Hence Biker's comment of “Infiltrating the enemy… How clever of you.”.

Canonically Jacket's story serves as the true one, Biker's merely being there to provide answers that Jackets actions prevent from being found. There are fans who theorize that Biker's story is the true one saying that Biker put Jacket in the coma but this theory doesn't hold up for a number of reasons. Personally I think people who postulate it just really want Biker to not be dead.

As for the masked figures... Don Juan (the horse), Richard (the rooster) and Rasmus (the owl)
They are three personas born from Jacket's actions in the game that only appear in Jackets head likely in dreams or as part of his coma. Don Juan has the body of the hooker and sits in the same way, Richard has Jackets' body, and Rasmus has the body of the russian mobsters.
There are lots of theories as to who/what they are exactly. Don Juan, Richard, and Rasmus respectively are seen as Jackets Id, Ego, and Super Ego or as personalities of love/kindness, self, and anger/hate (Don Juan – always seems concerned for jackets well being, Richard asks Jacket introspective questions and seems to know him best, and Rasmus is always hostile to Jacket.)

I feel like I rambled a bit so if you need clarity on some stuff ask away.
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Badman_bacon777 Mar 7 @ 7:39am 
OK thanks, I do have a few questions.
-is richter the same guy who jacket strangles in the prison cell?
-why is richter trying to kill jacket?
-why does richter kill Hooker?
-whos the with the two smgs Jacket kills at the end before the mobster leader
-what's the piece of paper Jacket throws away at the end?

Thanks for all your help so far! (:
Badman_bacon777 Mar 7 @ 7:43am 
Oh also whats with the part when you find the crocodile mask and that guy with his guts spilled outis going on about "It's all a dream"?
Racuch Zawodowiec Mar 7 @ 9:02am 
Originally posted by Badman_Bacon777:
OK thanks, I do have a few questions.
-is richter the same guy who jacket strangles in the prison cell?
-why is richter trying to kill jacket?
-why does richter kill Hooker?
-whos the with the two smgs Jacket kills at the end before the mobster leader
-what's the piece of paper Jacket throws away at the end?

Thanks for all your help so far! (:
Previous user wrote all very well, but I will answer your questions based on my knowledge and thoeries xd
-yeah he's the same guy(but it's kinda strange that you don't NEED to kill him, just knock his teeth and you can leave him like that )
-Richter was told to kill him by phone call from 50 blessings organisations, I'm not 100 %pr sure why but they are a few hints ( he got himself almost caught/killed when police assaulted his mission place, he spared hooker , he stopped answering calls for some time, thus angering his employers what we see in his last phone call)
-he killed her because he was told to, maybe she should be already dead some time earlier from hand of Jacket, but he spared her so he's ending his job
-he wasn't anyone particular, just top leader of russian mafia, being second in command just below that old man on wheelchair who was killed in the end
-some people say that's the photo of his killed '' love'' and it's probably that
-Crocodile mask guy was, like some others seen in some levels, guy who was sent on mission just like Jacket, but he didn't do his job and russians tortured him and left to die in sewers, he's probably losing his sanity in final moments and stops to reason that he will die in sewer with his guts spilled out, he starts to believe that it's not reality and dies seconds after xd
You may see other ''still alive'' masked man in one of levels' when russian attach some explosives to him, you can't help him thought but you shoot at the door when he's located, thus making explosion which is fatal to him xd
Badman_bacon777 Mar 7 @ 9:36am 
thanks that explains a lot
Gabaz Mar 11 @ 4:58pm 
TBH I always thought "Hooker" was his girlfriend, I thought she'd been captured, drugged, and used, by the Russian Mafia (which now would seem like a reason why he would join the 50 Blesslings). Thats he saved her in the first place, and she livews at his apartment for a while. I thought that the picture he threw away was a picutre of him and "Hooker" before she was taken.
Gordon Grievous Mar 12 @ 7:53am 
Originally posted by RICK ROLL:
TBH I always thought "Hooker" was his girlfriend, I thought she'd been captured, drugged, and used, by the Russian Mafia (which now would seem like a reason why he would join the 50 Blesslings). Thats he saved her in the first place, and she livews at his apartment for a while. I thought that the picture he threw away was a picutre of him and "Hooker" before she was taken.
I don't think that's the case. When Jacket shows up she acts like he's another guy that's going to use her.
Meaty the Jet Whale who Helps Mar 13 @ 12:35am 
she thinks that, but after he saves her they end up together
hyrapower Mar 13 @ 7:40pm 
I mean for awhile, but eventually it just fell apart, check the bonus level as well.
Magnolia Caboose Babyshit Mar 18 @ 6:50am 
Originally posted by Badman_Bacon777:
I just finished the secret ending to Hotline Miami and I kind of got it but if anyone could fully explain it to me (espessialy the encounters with the chicken, owl, horse and rat), and how this is based on a true story apparantly
It's supposed to be somewhat of a mystery
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