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->''From the ashes will arise a pure and virtuous angel, wearing a crown of fire upon her head and carrying a bright white star in her right hand. She will speak with a voice of thunder, and will be feared by both men and demons alike.''
-->-- '''Unknown Indian Philosopher and Astrologer''', 400 AD

->''What separates a vigilante from a criminal? I've asked myself this question many times. Yet I don't know the answer. I only know what I stand for...and what I believe in.''
-->-- '''Anaksha'''

A Flash game series created by Arif Majothi, [[http://www.anaksha.com Anaksha]] focuses on a vigilante assassin who takes down the scum of the society of Santa Lina, one of the most corrupt cities in the US.

In the first major game, ''Anaksha: Female Assassin'', Anaksha starts by targeting domestic abusers, but slowly widens her net, and in doing so makes the city safer. When the man whose act of evil first encouraged her to start her crusade resurfaces, Anaksha becomes determined to take him down.

The first game is followed by three Mini-Adventures, which are more graphical adventure games than assassin games like the first game. They work on a standard ChainOfDeals setup and explore Anaksha's character a bit more. In the first Mini-Adventure, ''A Sea of Fire'', Anaksha is charged with finding and killing the dangerous owner of a club while helping various people out along the way. The second Mini-Adventure, ''A New Threat'', focuses on Anaksha's quest to get to the bottom of the trade of a new drug that is sweeping through the Hell's Cats district of Santa Lina like wildfire. In addition, there's another short Mini-Adventure, ''Quick Stop'', that acts as an interquel between ''A Sea of Fire'' and ''A New Threat'', where Anaksha has to make a pit stop and get on the phone with her contact, which proves a bit tougher than it sounds.

The official second installment, ''Anaksha: Dark Angel'', has Anaksha, known to the media as the "Virgo Killer," in perhaps her most epic adventure yet as she is framed for the murder of an innocent teenager and must find a way to clear her name in addition to finding a kidnapped orphan and putting a stop to a deadly drug epidemic sweeping Santa Lina.
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!!!Tropes Featured:
* {{Adorkable}}: Kurt.
* AllThereInTheManual: There are large game manuals with descriptions of characters and places on Anaksha's official site. Also, Anaksha has a Twitter account.
* AntiHero: Anaksha is a vigilante assassin who targets the corrupt and [[PayEvilUntoEvil Pays Evil Unto Evil]].
* AssholeVictim: Every single one of Anaksha's targets qualifies.
* AuthorAvatar: In "A New Threat" there is a British Indian hanging out in a nightclub. He is a programmer who wants to create his own game website. His name is Arif.
* [[spoiler:BlondesAreEvil: Rose.]]
* BadassBoast[=/=]ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: Anaksha's awesome speech after coming out of her TenMinuteRetirement:
--> ''This is my promise to all you sick bastards who have turned this city into a hellhole! All you parasites who've abused the system for your own gain; abused people for your own pleasure -- retribution has arrived! Go ahead. Run and hide, bury your cowardly heads in the ground; I swear I'll hunt you down and show you the mercy you deserve -- none! The angel of death is here...and your punishment is due!''
* BadCopIncompetentCop: Most of the cops of Santa Lina are either incompetent at their job (such as Sam Mitchell, who Anaksha nicknames "[[TheDitz Chief]] [[TheSimpsons Wiggum]]") or utterly corrupt bastards (such as the four {{Dirty Cop}}s that Anaksha takes down before the final mission).
* BasedOnATrueStory: [[http://www.anaksha.com/faqList.php?section=2 Arif has stated]] that some of the plot elements in "Female Assassin" were inspired by true stories - in particular, the story of a girl sold in a marriage is something that happened to one of his friends. Ouch...
* BigBad: Vincent St. Claire. His drug dealing was foreshadowed as far back as mission 4, and it's his actions that start Anaksha on her quest.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Most of the police are either incompetent or corrupt, and the only one who has the power to challenge the monsters is a vigilante assassin with mental issues.
* BoomHeadshot: Anaksha's preferred method of offing her targets. Since most people in Santa Lina wear body armor because of the rampant gun crime, this is justified.
* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: In the beginning of "Dark Angel", Anaksha has to keep the drug-dealer alive to torture him for information.
* CaptainEthnic: Take a wild guess.
* ChainOfDeals: The general format of the Mini-Adventures. Anaksha even {{lampshade}}s it at the beginning of ''A New Threat'':
--> '''Anaksha:''' *sigh* Here we go again on another treasure hunt! Find this, give it to him, find that, give it to her. Story of my freakin' life!
* ChekhovsGun: The lighter Slug sells to Jack is [[spoiler:a literal example of this trope.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: Quite a few of Anaksha's targets engage in this, and Anaksha herself is not afraid to get brutal when she has to.
* ColdSniper: The main character.
* CrapsackWorld: Santa Lina starts out as this, but after Anaksha takes down the serial killer in Mission 9, and Vincent St. Claire in the final level, [[WorldHalfFull things finally start to get better.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Sarah, the teenage wife of one of your targets, dies perhaps the most horrible death of any of the victims of Anaksha's targets.
* {{Cult}}: The Children of the Pyramid Cube, whose leaders want to organize a mass suicide of their members, including children and babies. Their [[InsaneTrollLogic lunacy]] is largely inspired by TimeCube.
** In the Mini-Adventure "A New Threat," you meet a lunatic who is apparently a member of the cult in question, who goes on about "truth mucus" and how circles are the devil.
* DarkActionGirl: Anaksha may well be the poster girl. [[spoiler:Rose also qualifies.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Anaksha is haunted by her failure to save her friend from Vincent St. Claire. When Anaksha defeats St. Claire in the final level, she finally moves on.
* DirtyCop: Anaksha kills four of them who have been [[DestroyTheEvidence destroying evidence]] for St. Claire, as well as [[spoiler:gang-raping a 13-year-old girl in their patrol vehicle and getting her sent to prison on a false drug possession charge]].
* DomesticAbuser: Anaksha's early targets are these, often brutalizing and/or out-and-out murdering their significant others.
* DrivenToSuicide: The victim of the first three child-rapists Anaksha is charged with taking down.
* DumbBlonde: Both played straight and inverted with D. She is a computer genius, but it takes her a while to finally pass the driving test.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Anaksha, and the whole city, earn this after Anaksha takes down St. Claire (who happens to be one of the most powerful crime bosses in the whole city.)
* FilmNoir
* {{Frameup}}: Anaksha is targeted with one of these in ''Dark Angel''.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: In Anaksha's case, stuffed chimps, as revealed in the Mini-Adventures.
* {{Gorn}}: Many of Anaksha's killings, especially [[YourHeadASplode later on]], fall under this. And that's not even speaking of what the SerialKiller she takes down likes to do to his victims.
* HeroicBSOD:
** In ''Female Assassin'', Anaksha has a brief breakdown early in the game when she believes she killed an innocent man, resulting in a TenMinuteRetirement. Her uncle, [=BabaJi=], sets her straight on who he really was, and after she takes out three vicious child-rapists, she is more than ready to take on the scum of the city again with a new resolve.
** In ''Dark Angel,'' Anaksha has another BSOD when she is branded as a bogeyman by the children she wanted to protect. Dee helps her get out of it.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Several of Anaksha's targets are moral and religious hypocrites.
** In "Female Assassin", Anaksha takes down a man who is known for his preachings of good behavior and sexual abstinence, but at night stalks women at bars, blows his cash on teenage hookers and backstreet casinos, then comes home broke and drunk to beat seven shades of hell out of his wife, who works two jobs to keep their home from being repossessed.
** In "Dark Angel", one of Anaksha's targets is "a firebrand preacher" - a highly religious man who loves to engage in petty theft, arson and having sex with his 11-year-old granddaughter.
* ImAHumanitarian: The SerialKiller that Anaksha takes down.
* IronicDeath: Ziggy begs Anaksha not to shoot him. So she throws him out of the window, not even bothering to open it.
* KickTheDog: Every one of your targets has done something heinous or horrific to wind up on Anaksha's hit list.
** In "Quick Stop," Tracy rats out Melissa, her co-worker, to their boss about letting Anaksha use their store's bathroom which is reserved for employees only -- technically "following the rules," but most likely done out of spite and still a {{jerkass}} thing to do under the circumstances, particularly since Melissa has two pre-school age kids to support and the boss puts her into the bind of having to write an apology letter to keep her job, which could get her fired anyway with no grounds for a lawsuit (some less-than-scrupulous employers use letters of apology as a dirty trick to get a signed confession out of someone so they can have a legal excuse to fire them).
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:What happens to the man who intended to kill Jack.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Big-V in ''Dark Angel'' never receives justice, either arrest by Jack or a bullet from Anaksha. To be fair, this could just be a SequelHook.]]
* KillItWithFire: Eamon and Cal do this to both Sarah and her cat. Alive.
* KungFuProofMook: Vincent, your final target, wears headgear that renders him immune to your BoomHeadshot. [[spoiler:You need to ShootTheRope above a set of heavy steel girders to crush him and take him out once and for all]].
* MeaningfulName: Anaksha's company is named 'Zaranna." This is a combination of "Zara" (Anaksha's friend whose death sent her on the vigilante's road) and "Anna" (short for "Anaksha").
* {{Mentor}}: Anaksha has one in Edward, her adoptive grandfather, whom she calls "[=BabaJi=]," and who taught her how to use the sniper rifle.
* MissionControl: Anaksha gains one of these in D, a computer expert and granddaughter of a guy who Edward fought alongside during the war.
* OffWithHisHead: Several of Anaksha's later missions require her to decapitate a target with her sniper rifle.
* [[OneManArmy One-Woman Army]]: Anaksha. At least, in the beginning of "Female Assassin". Later, she meets [=BabaJi=] and D, though they're mostly support.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Trent is a misogynist, just like the guy Anaksha kills in "Sea of Fire" and the drug-dealer she tortures in the beginning of 'Dark Angel". Anaksha also takes down a couple of racist murderers.
* PantyThief: Anaksha gets to take one (of a genuinely dangerous kind) down.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: As a vigilante assassin, this kind of thing is par for the course for Anaksha.
* PottyEmergency: Anaksha is in the middle of one at the start of ''Quick Stop''.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: AVERTED. When Anaksha snipes somebody off, it is not pretty. Especially when she gets her hands on Edward's new "Hellhound" ammo, which can not only tear big chunks out of targets' heads, but can also [[YourHeadASplode make people's heads a splode]] or even [[OffWithHisHead blow them right off]] if they hit the right spots.
* RapeAsDrama: Quite a few of Anaksha's targets have raped people, with the worst of them, such as her first three-man hit and [[spoiler:the four {{Dirty Cop}}s that cover for St. Claire]], doing it to children.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: And child rape even ''more'' so.
* RedBaron: Anaksha is known as the "Virgo Killer" after someone snapped a picture of her shoulder tattoo of the Zodiac symbol Virgo during the game. Interestingly, everyone (aside from a crazy psychic in a TV interview) seems to believe the Virgo Killer to be a man, and Anaksha does nothing to disprove such speculations.
* ReligionOfEvil: "Children of Pyramid Cube" look like this. Also, in "Dark Angel" four of Anaksha's targets are the followers of the cult which requires drinking animal and human blood.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Anaksha first targets abusive husbands, child rapists and other assorted scumbags, but after St. Claire resurfaces, she spends the entire 3rd act disrupting his operations before finally taking him down in the final mission.
* SerialKiller: One of the targets, Edward Riley, is a cannibalistic serial killer. He's murdered, skinned and eaten at least forty people, all of them hookers. He is the first target who you get to give a true YourHeadASplode treatment to, and it couldn't happen to a more deserving piece of work.
* ASimplePlan: All Anaksha wants to do in ''Quick Stop'' is go to the bathroom and call D. While getting the former is relatively simple, getting the latter proves to be the harder task, particularly since her cellphone is dead and the pay phone has been vandalized.
* SheWhoFightsMonsters: Anaksha worries about becoming this at several points in "Female Assassin": "Killing that piece of scum was exhilarating, but is it wrong to enjoy this? Will I become like them, reveling in pain of others?"
* ShoutOut: The entire Pyramid Cube cult is a shout-out to TimeCube, what with the talk about "educated stupid" and such.
* SlashedThroat: How several of Anaksha's targets have murdered people.
* StraightEdge: Anaksha doesn't smoke, doesn't drink and doesn't do drugs. She's also not too fond of porn in general, and the only ink on her is the Virgo symbol on her left shoulder.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: During ''A New Threat'', Anaksha tries this to get rid of [[spoiler:Trent]], poisoning his whiskey using a nasty concoction whipped up by Brad. [[spoiler:It doesn't work, but fortunately, Brad was able to create another poison pill just before he died, which she can use to poison an insulin syringe, which becomes her final weapon against him]].
* TenMinuteRetirement: Anaksha nearly suffers a breakdown after she thought she killed an innocent man, fearing that she has become like the scum she's been sniping off. Edward helps set her straight on what he really was, however.
* [[ThatManIsDead That Woman Is Dead]]:
--> '''Anaksha''': That was the day I died...and the vengeful spirit within me was born.
* [[VigilanteMan Vigilante Woman]]: Anaksha.
* VillainousBreakdown: The reason Vincent St. Claire tries to obliterate his school is because Anaksha has seriously damaged his operations, and made it harder for him to conceal them. The bogus email he sent to the police and the media in the name of the Virgo Killer flat out shows that Anaksha "made his blood boil."
* WeaponOfChoice: Most of Anaksha's killings are done with a sniper rifle, but during the Mini-Adventures, she also uses a .45 Automatic.
* WretchedHive: The city of Santa Lina, especially the Hell's Cats district.
* YourHeadASplode: After the first five missions, Anaksha gets her hands on some new bullets from Edward that can do this to her targets. Certain missions require you to asplode a target's head in a certain way. For example: one mission dealing with a crazy cult requires you to destroy the leader's brain so that the cult has nothing to preserve.
** The Temple Shot allows you to literally treatment to your target, and is first seen in action against the SerialKiller from mission 9.
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