Graffiti in Remember Me

Graffiti is a really strange look into what people believe, because if you graffiti something, it’s something that you believe is important enough to not just be written down, but shown to everyone forcibly. So when there’s graffiti in games, I try to pay attention, because while sometimes it’s just “random” stylized names, sometimes it’s important lore making or narrative affirming information.

In the case of Remember Me, it seems to be the latter. The graffiti is definitely a key supporter of the narrative and not just window dressing (though there is a fair amount of “pretty” graffiti). And I’ve found that, so far, there’s about eleven main kinds (with a few variants on the longer ones, where just a fragment will appear instead).

Top: "L'erreur est umaine"  Side: "To err is human" Featuring a figure of a masculine hooded individual and a red symbol, presumably the Errorist calling card.
Top: “L’erreur est umaine” translates to “to err is human”, with the note that “umaine” is not actually a word, but seems to be the phonetic spelling of “humain”, or “human”.  
Side: “To err is human”
Featuring a figure of a masculine hooded individual and a red symbol, presumably the Errorist calling card.

I’ve seen this or a fragment (the face or one of the twin quotes) fifteen times by the beginning of episode three.

I can't quite make out the spelling of that first word, but it's likely not "lache", "lacre", or "lacae" as those mean nothing in french. "tes souvenirs" translates to "your memories".
I can’t quite make out the spelling of that first word, but it’s likely not “lache”, “lacre”, or “lacae” as those mean nothing in french. “tes souvenirs” translates to “your memories”.

I’ve only seen this one twice, in Slum 404.

The one on the left "You are what you remember". On the right, "L'erreur est umaine", "to err is human". A note: "umaine", not a word in French, but is spelled phonetically on how "human" is pronounced.
The one on the left “You are what you remember”. On the right, “L’erreur est umaine”, repeated without the English accompaniment. 

This was taken in Episode two, in the city. These are on the rooftops.

Top: "C'est mal / J'ai mal" translates to "It's wrong / I hurt". (literally: "It's bad / I have bad") Bottom: "Have pain / Am pain".
Top: “C’est mal / J’ai mal” translates to “It’s wrong / I hurt”. (literally: “It’s bad / I have bad”)
Bottom: “Have pain / Am pain”.

This is on the way to Slum 404 and both are repeated a lot; I stopped counted indivuals because there were too many instances. I’ve seen”C’est mal / J’ai mal” (or a fragment) on seven walls and “Have pain / Am pain” on another seven. They are often near each other, leading to the assumption that the Leapers write them in packs or as it occurs to them, moving along the path.

"They are a part of us" featuring many stylized pictures of the Leapers.
“They are a part of us” featuring many stylized pictures of the Leapers.

I found this piece of graffiti especially interesting. I’ve seen it in full in two places, only in Slum 404, and there was one other instance where there was only the drawing of the Leaper. But the premise of it is interesting as it speaks of the redeemable monster, the horror that reminds us that we are all human, which is a fascinating aspect of games.

There are a few more pieces that I couldn’t get a decent picture of, so I’ll just list what they said and how often they repeated (as far as I could tell). These are all in Slum 404.

“Brain Pain” – three times.

“Tram brain / Tram Pain” – thirteen times.

“Sans moi / en moi” (“Without me / in me”) – five times.

“???” – Nine times. A note: there were a lot of instances I missed because there was a chase scene involved and I panicked.

“Tous les Jours / Je lave mon cerveau / avec Memorize” (the translation of this is strange. “All your days / I wash my brain / with Memorize”) – two times. I’ve thought about this one, and I believe it refers to Memorize cleaning out the days from your brain, but I’m really iffy on that one. I’ll see if I can doubleback and see if I wrote it incorrectly.

That’s all of the ones I have written down, but I thought it was important to have a record of the graffiti.

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One thought on “Graffiti in Remember Me

  1. This post is one of my favorites. I love how you focused on such a unique detail of the game and dissected it. It’s fascinating to learn all the hidden meanings and phrases scattered throughout the game via graffiti.

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