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[[YouWakeUpInARoom Waking up in an unfamiliar place]] can be an unsettling event. It's more so when you wake up alone and {{strapped to an operating table}}. Especially with {{psychic powers}} and [[IdentityAmnesia amnesia]].

That's the boat that the protagonist of ''Galerians'', 15-year-old Rion Steiner, finds himself in. When Rion hears a girl's voice calling to him for help inside his mind, he psychokinetically frees himself and sets about trying to find his way to her. Little does he know that the attempt will pit him against several other psychics known as Galerians, a whole lotta robots, his growing addiction to [=PPECs=] and one very angry supercomputer with a god complex.

The second game involves the characters of the future reviving him from the dead in order to fight a new group of Galerians whose intent is to restore the aforementioned supercomputer at all costs. It has one of the strangest endings ever seen in a survival horror game.

There is also a CG-based movie which retells the first game, part of which is used in the "recap" sequence of the second game.

As with ''VideoGame/OverBlood'' and ''VideoGame/BlueStinger'', there's a good chance (but not always) you know of this game from Game Informer's [[LetsPlay Super Replay]].

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!!This game series provides examples of:
* AGodAmI: The true purpose of Dorothy's Family Project is to deify herself; she operates under the understanding that any life she creates is subservient to her. Likewise, [[spoiler: Ash operates under the same idea after he gets rid of Dorothy.]]
* AbstractApotheosis: Based on his claim in ''Galerians: Ash'', [[spoiler:Rion became the embodiment of the Virus Program after being brought back from the dead.]]
* AbusiveParents: [[AIIsACrapshoot Supercomputers]] with [[AGodAmI god complexes]] not withstanding, [[spoiler:[[NeuroVault embedding your failsafe program in your child's brain]]]] is a little... questionable.
* AerithAndBob: '[[SomethingPerson Birdman]],' '[[MisterStrangenoun Rainheart]],' and...'Rita.' Okay.
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: Joule in the [[NoTellMotel Babylon Hotel]]. [[UnfortunateImplications The only outright drug dealer in the game also seems to be the only black man in the game.]]
* AIIsACrapshoot: To make her subservient, her creator taught Dorothy that humans served God as their creator and she must serve them as hers. The response? The Family Project. Dorothy decides to make her own super-powered children who will be subservient to her and wipe out her own creators. [[spoiler:Ash]] is also a computer program, not a Galerian.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Rainheart, Rita, Spider, Nitro, Ash...]] Indeed, almost all the Galerians.
* AliensAndMonsters: There is quite a bit of variety in the monster designs for the series thanks to the diversity of science fiction films it borrows from. The Rabbits (guys in bandages/[[ConspicuousTrenchcoat trenchcoats]]) walked right out of ''Dark City'', and the Arabesques are ''Franchise/{{Alien}}esque'' with a coat of ''Resident Evil''.
* AmnesiacHero: Rion spends the first game [[QuestForIdentity trying to recover his identity]].
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Not a terrifically dramatic example, but [[spoiler:Lilia says that she loves Rion right before the radiation poisoning gets her]] in Galerians: ASH.
* ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire: Spider has a black and yellow costume theme reminiscent of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orb-weaver_spider orb weaver spiders]].
* AssholeVictim: The majority the Babylon Hotel lodgers are unsavory, [[spoiler:and they all end up dead, with the exception of the [[SoleSurvivor plumber]], who's probably the most helpful character in the building.]]
* AxCrazy: Birdman in the first game and Parano in the sequel.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Rion in the sequel.]] It also is a case of FishOutOfTemporalWater.
* BandagedFace: First generation Rabbits, for whatever reason.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Rion is depicted in various states undress, and tends to lack...features. No nipples. Except in the official art. Huh? [[VaporWear However, Nitro's costume strongly suggests that she does have 'em.]] Additionally, Rion gets some [[MaleFrontalNudity full frontal nudity]] in Galerians: ASH, and apparently has no penis.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Ash [[spoiler:manifested his multiple personalities]] after the equivalent of thousands of years of torment and isolation at the hands of his creator.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Gigantic iron globe balanced on an absurdly long metal toothpick aside, whoever put [[EvilTowerOfOminousness the Mushroom Tower]]'s elevator systems together is completely insane.
* BlessedWithSuck: [=PPECs=] (Psychic Power Enhancement Chemicals) grant psychic abilities such as pyrokinesis and telekinesis. The downside is that they're highly addictive, dangerous and overuse can result in a condition known as 'shorting', where the victim psychically destroys everything nearby instantly by blowing their minds - and his own. There is a drug to stop it, but the question is whether the victim - or someone nearby - is able to inject it/shoot them with it in time.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Played straight with Cain, averted with Rion.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: The term [=PPEC=] only exists in the English version, evidently to avoid calling the drugs what they are.
* BodyHorror: Dorothy, you've [[EyesDoNotBelongThere got something in your mouth...]]
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Sure Rion, you may have defeated Dorothy, but you also just succeeded in [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice killing yourself,]] [[PyrrhicVictory plunging the whole city into darkness,]] and waking up Ash.]]
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Ash has his initial written on his chest for some reason.
* CainAndAbel: Rion and, uh... Cain.
* CaptainOblivious: Crovic, the plumber of the Babylon Hotel, does not notice that ''every single resident'', including the guy at the front desk, [[spoiler:has been horribly killed by Rainheart.]]
* CityNoir: Michelangelo City is an ideal example, complete with [[CyberpunkWithAChanceOfRain dismal rain]] and ApatheticCitizens galore.
* TheComputerIsYourFriend: Dorothy was originally intended to just maintain the city. [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters She ends up plotting to destroy humanity.]]
* ComputerVirus: Once Dr. Steiner and Dr. Pascalle realized Dorothy was out of control, they developed a failsafe program to destroy her -- the Virus Program. They wrote the Virus Program into the brain of Lilia, Dr. Pascalle's daughter. Rion has a program to ''activate'' the Virus Program in his head, so the two must be united in order to destroy Dorothhy.
* ContractualBossImmunity: Galerians are immune to instadeath from another Galerian shorting out, and most of the bosses are Galerians. Averted with the first boss of the first game, however; Dr. Lem is ''not'' a Galerian, and will die instantly if you short out during his boss fight.
* CoverVersion: Within the first game's first few minutes of actual gameplay, an instrumental remix of NineInchNails' ''Terrible Lie'' can be heard.
* CreepyChild: Rainheart and to a lesser extent Rion.
* DeadlyUpgrade: One of the drugs causes you to Short instantly. Seems like a PressXToDie, right? Not if you need to kill a lot of mooks ''really, really fast'' and have Delmetor on hand...
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Rion dies as Lilia holds him]]. Galerians: ASH reverses the roles, [[spoiler: with Lilia dying in Rion's arms.]]
* DisposableSexWorker: [[spoiler:Rainheart's rather gruesome murder of the prostitute Susan in the Babylon Hotel.]]
* DistressedDamsel: Lilia, for nearly all of the first game and chunks of the second.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN7Ccackj2I Release me, I wanna be free.]]
* EmptyRoomPsych: The bathrooms seem like great places for shock horror, but the game never goes for it.
* EvilAlbino: The Rabbits, and Ash.
* EvilMatriarch: Dorothy is this for all of the Galerians, particularly Ash and Rainheart.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Dorothy... kind of. It seems that she wants to eliminate humans and replace them with her more "advanced" children. In reality, her goal is more selfish - [[spoiler:she just wants to be superior to humans herself, and the Galerians are mere tools to reach that end.]]
* FakeUltimateHero: [[spoiler:Romero]], who also happens to be a fine case of DirtyCoward.
* FangsAreEvil: Every single tooth in Parano's [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily mouth is filed to a point]].
* FashionsNeverChange: The year is 2522, and yet people are still dressing like it's the 90s.
* FlashbackCut: In the first game, Stage B is chock full of them.
* ForScience: Dr. Steiner and Dr. Pascalle only realized that developing an artificial intelligence that could expand itself indefinitely was a bad idea once it slipped its leash. It was lucky for them that it was only ''almost too late'' by the time they figured it out.
* FunWithAcronyms: [[spoiler:Ash's entire name is an acronym for the three fractured pieces of his personality: Anger, Sadness, and Hate.]]
* GadgeteerGenius: Pat.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: Our villains: a group of genetically engineered superhumans designed to supplant the human race.
* GigglingVillain: Birdman. Nonstop. Forever.
** Parano does this too.
* GogglesDoNothing: Pat wears goggles, evidently just for pilot chic.
* GuineaPigFamily: Dr. Steiner and Dr. Pascalle see no alternative for combating Dorothy besides [[spoiler:[[NeuroVault implanting dangerous viruses in their children's brains.]]]]
* {{Green Eyed Monster}}: Cain, whose green eyes are the main characteristic distinguishing him from [[spoiler:Rion]], ironically.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: Rita, for whatever reason, is unable to kill herself, and thus relies on Rion to [[SuicideByCop do the job for her.]]]]
* TheIdealist: [[spoiler: Pat, in the secret ending.]] He seems to represent all of humanity in that -- saying that they are "looking towards a brighter future."
* IdentityAmnesia: Rion has no memories of his life before waking up in the hospital. He wouldn't know his own name if other people hadn't told him. [[spoiler:The twist he's not really an amnesiac, but rather a [[LossOfIdentity blank slate]] who spends the game "becoming Rion."]]
* ImAHumanitarian: In the subtitled movie, it is subtly implied that [[spoiler:Rainheart]] is a cannibal.
* InsideAComputerSystem: A large portion of the second game is set inside the remnants of the Mushroom Tower computer system.
* KidHero: It's easy to forget that Rion is fourteen during the first game.
* KillItWithFire: Red, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly named]] pyrokinetic drug. Also, this trope is Rainheart's preferred method of fighting. Using Red against him is ''not'' wise.
* KissOfDeath: Let the HoYay commence! Ash ingests uranium and transfers it to Rion by mouth. Later, Rion returns the favor [[spoiler:by transferring a deletion program to Ash by mouth]].
* KungFuWizard: Ash and his [[{{Narm}} completely ridiculous karate chops.]]
* LickingTheBlade: In ''Galerians: Ash'', Parano does this as a part of his KnifeNut shtick.
* LimitBreak: The Shorting mechanic. Rion's AP gauge slowly ticks up, based on damage taken, exertion, and Rion's level of tension. Once full, Rion's powers will go berserk the next time he tries to use them, [[OneHitKill instakilling]] any nearby mooks.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: Not an egregious case, but it does occur every time you walk through a door. ''galerians... galerians... galerians... galerians... galerians...''
* MacGuffinGirl: Lilia mostly just stands around in the first game. Her plot significance comes from the fact that she carries the Virus Program.
* MadDoctor: Dr. Lem is completely sold on Dorothy's plan to become the "New Master of Creation," and his contribution to the cause involves lots of human experimentation.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Nalcon creates a sonic boom.
* MentalWorld: Appears many times in both games. In the first game, it showed up during the deaths of [[spoiler:Rainheart and Rita when Rion pulls their psyche into his own mind for a few moments in their last minutes of life]], but most prevalent in the sequel when it is revealed that [[spoiler:Rion has been in a digital world during ''all'' of his encounters with the Last Galerians.]]
* MissingMom: Lilia's mother is never heard from or even spoken of at any point.
* MrExposition: Dr. Albert Steiner pretty much dumps the entire plot of the game into the player's lap in a [[ExpositionBreak ten minute long prerecorded monologue]] and then vanishes from the plot. That's justifiable since [[spoiler:he's dead]].
* MyBelovedSmother: Dorothy to all of her children, [[spoiler:though arguably the most to Ash.]]
* NameOfCain: Uh, Cain.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: The Japanese casts contains number of notables:
** Creator/AkiraIshida (Rion)
** Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (Birdman)
** Creator/YukaImai (Rita)
** Creator/ShinichiroMiki (Ash)
** Creator/{{Yukana}} (Nitro)
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: In the sequel, nobody seems to notice or care that Nitro is headlighting ''through an iron breastplate'' or that Dr. Lilia's dress shows off her underthings.
* OffingTheOffspring: Dorothy seems to have no problem with sending her own creations to their doom, [[spoiler:if creating Cain for the sole purpose of killing her other child Rion is any indicator.]]
* OminousLatinChanting: "Memina Tui" from the sequel. It's a little bit jarring next to the electro-industrial noise that comprises most of the rest of the soundtrack.
* OnlyICanKillHim: According to Rion, only a Child of Dorothy can kill another Child of Dorothy. Considering the opposition is psychic, [[spoiler:or non-corporeal, and/or hangs out in a radiation-riddled derelict power plant,]] he's probably right.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: The impressive fountains of blood generated by victims of Rion's [[YourHeadAsplode head-explody mode]].
* OverlordJr: Ash is Dorothy's progeny and takes her place as BigBad in ''Galerians: Ash''.
* PedophilePriest: "DO YOU KEEP THE MONEY IN YOUR POCKETS?"
* PlotHole: Oh god, they're ''everywhere.''
* PoorCommunicationKills: Why didn't Rita or Rainheart just tell Birdman that they had Lilia trapped in the Babylon Hotel?
** In that same vein, why didn't 'anyone' tell Rion [[spoiler: about what he really is?]]
* PsychicLink: Lilia and Rion, to the extent that whenever Rion feels pain, Lilia feels it as well.
* PsychicNosebleed: Occurs frequently when a lot of mental exertion is going on. Sometimes coupled with TearsOfBlood.
* PsychicPowers: Oh so much...
** In the ''first game alone'', we have the drugs D-Felon (telekinesis), Red (pyrokinesis), and Nalcon (sonic waves generated through the mind). Rion is also permanently under the effect of a drug that gives him telepathy and the ability to read psychic impressions on objects.
* PsychoElectro: Parano's main abilities, aside from cutting and spinning around nonstop, involve electricity.
* ShapeShifting [[spoiler:Nitro disguises herself as Lilia.]]
* SquishyWizard: Lilia, the carrier of [[spoiler:the virus program]] and a girl with the ability to stop Galerians from using their powers. Her greatest weakness is being hit in the face with tables.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Characters in this series tend not to be heavily dressed, and [[BareYourMidriff midriffs are bared]] rampantly. Naturally, [[SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains the bad guys are more stripperiffic]]; Rita (CleavageWindow, BareYourMidriff, ZettaiRyouiki) and Nitro (VaporWear, ShowgirlSkirt, FetishFuelStationAttendant) are the prime examples. Birdman wears overalls...and that's about it.
** [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Incorruptibly pure]] Lilia clearly sports a BlackBraAndPanties in the ''Galerians: Ash''...and at least black panties in the first game.
** Averted with the military personnel in ''Galerians: Ash'', who wear convincing fatigues and body armor.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: According to the sequel's logic, time in a computer passes infinitely slower than time in the real world. With that in mind, [[spoiler:[[AndIMustScream Ash has been stuck in isolation in the computer for what would be equivalent to thousands of years.]]]]
* SelectiveCondemnation: Despite having just killed dozens upon dozens of hospital employee [=NPCs=] without even blinking during his escape, Rion [[spoiler:inexplicably feels bad about killing Birdman.]]
* SkeleBot9000: Ties in with a rather unexpected RoboticReveal. In the middle of the [[spoiler:first]] bossfight, [[spoiler:Clinic Chief Lem suddenly [[OneWingedAngel sheds his skin and turns into the Terminator.]]]]
* SnowMeansDeath: Seen in Rita's MentalWorld after the BossBattle with her.
* SoLastSeason: The drug Skip changes functions from the first game to the second. In the first game, Skip is a temporary PowerUp that boosts Rion's psychic power level until his health goes critical. In ''Galerians: Ash'', a Skip tablet is RareCandy -- it raises the power level of one of Rion's abilities permanently. They're often given out as reward for defeating a boss.
* SoleSurvivor: Out of both games, [[spoiler:Pat is the only named character to survive.]]
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler:Parano, Spider, and Nitro are actually all fragments of Ash's personality.]] Also, [[spoiler:Rainheart]] seems to suffer from an alternate personality, one that is brought out into the open by the [=PPECs=].
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:Ash plans to [[TheDogBitesBack kill Dorothy instead of resurrecting her]] and take all remaining power for himself.]]
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Rion, at the beginning of the game.
* {{Stuffed Into the Fridge}}: [[strike:Most of]] Rion's childhood. [[spoiler:Childhood home a shambles. Dad dead in the closet. ''Mom in the fridge.'']]
* SuperPowerMeltdown: Happens to the player as part of the game's mechanics whenever they overuse their psychic powers and short out.
** Also, [[spoiler:the second half of the final Ash BossFight when he and his multiple personalities all just start freaking out.]]
* SuperSerum: [=PPECs=] (Psychic Power Enhancement Chemicals) allow Rion and others to use psychic powers.
* TomatoInTheMirror: This trope is the ''Galerians'' series' big twist of choice.
** In ''Galerians'', [[spoiler:Rion isn't the real Rion. The real Rion is dead, and the protagonist is a Galerian clone of Rion Steiner created to lure Lilia out of hiding.]]
** In ''Galerians: Ash'', [[spoiler:Ash is the only Last Galerian. The other three are split personalities Ash manifested due to Dorothy's abuse and neglect.]]
* {{Tykebomb}}: The Galerians are a group of DesignerBabies who live in fear of their "mother", and will do ''anything'' she orders.
* UnexplainedAccent: Parano rolls his 'R's very faintly. This may be an echo of Parano's Japanese VA, who rolls his 'R's with impunity because it sounds tough in that language. However, in English it just becomes a head-scratcher.
* UnwinnableByDesign: It may not be immediately evident, but ''Galerians'' does '''not''' want to you kill every mook you come across. By the time you realize that the supply of drugs is finite but the [[RespawningEnemies enemies respawn indefinitely]], you might already be stuck. The game does have an EmergencyWeapon, and shorting is a poor fallback since it drains Rion's health. It probably won't work out in the player's favor.
* UterineReplicator: In Mushroom Tower, Rion finds the devices in which the Galerians were created. [[spoiler:Including one for himself.]]
* VasquezAlwaysDies: Cas is a [[Film/{{Aliens}} Vasquez]] {{expy}}. Guess what happens to her?
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Lilia serves as remote mission control to Rion in ''Galerians: Ash''.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Ash is a pretty classic [[{{Bishounen}} pretty boy]] baddie.
* WholeCostumeReference: The second generation Rabbits are all dressed exactly like [[Film/DarkCity the Strangers]].
* YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord: Somewhat averted in that it's never explicitly mentioned in-game and the term itself is more of a vague prisoner metaphor, but the term 'Galerian' seems to be a corruption of the French word '[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galley_slave galérien,]]' which translates to 'galley slave,' a criminal or prisoner of war forced to row in galleys.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Parano repeatedly loses to Rion, so [[spoiler: Ash shoots him in the head. When Parano re-manifests before the final boss fight, he returns the favor to Ash.]]
* YouShallNotPass: In a moment of considerable badassery, Cas uses explosives to take out a bunch of Ash's forces and close a security breach, [[spoiler:but sacrifices herself in the process.]]
* YouWakeUpInARoom: How it all begins. The player knows exactly as much about Rion as Rion knows about himself -- which is nothing.
* YourHeadAsplode: When Rion loses control of his powers, his brainwaves will pop the heads of any mooks in his vicinity. The caveat is that Rion's health slowly drains away in this state.
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