->''"The police cannot stop the street gangs. As a [[TitleDrop Vigilante]], you must defend your turf!"''

''Vigilante'' is a 1988 single-plane BeatEmUp game by Creator/{{Irem}}, the SpiritualSuccessor to their earlier ''VideoGame/KungFuMaster''. Originally an UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame, it was ported to numerous computers and the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem and TurboGrafx16.

In the metropolis of New York City, law and order have broken down. As the Vigilante, you must take the law into your own hands and venture into the mean streets of New York in pursuit of your kidnapped girlfriend Madonna (nope, not [[{{Music/Madonna}} her]]), engaging thugs in street combat.
* TheBigRottenApple: This game depicts a version of New York City where the PoliceAreUseless and crime has overrun the city.
* {{Bowdlerise}}:
** In the Master System version, the Skinheads were renamed the Rogues. The ending text was also changed -- compare the [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/arcade/a/vigi.htm arcade ending]]("Law and order failed but, the Vigilante prevailed") and the [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/mastersystem/a/vigi.htm Master System Ending]]("You prevailed... and the [[DubNameChange Rogues]] bit the dust!").
** Likewise, the opening text in thein the Turbografx-16 version was changed from "Take the law into your own hands!" was changed to "Take the power..."
* DownInTheDumps: The second stage is set in a junkyard.
* DualBoss: The Mad Brothers (a.k.a. the Tough Brothers) at the end of Stage 2. The Master System version just has a standard boss named Mad Dog.
* DubNameChange: Madonna was renamed Maria in the Master System version, likely to avoid having people mistaking her for [[{{Music/Madonna}} you-know-who]]. Almost all of the enemy characters are also named differently in the manuals for both, the Master System and [=TurboGrafx 16=] versions.
* FakeDifficulty: The arcade version does not refill your life bar at the start of the next level. For example, if you loss half of your health on stage 2, it will not be refilled when you get to stage 3. Your health will only be refilled if you lost a life. This was fixed in the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem and TurboGrafx16 ports.
* FightingWithChucks: Nunchakus are your only obtainable weapons.
* PoliceAreUseless: The game's intro states this.
* RegeneratingHealth: All of the bosses can slowly regain life if not hit often.
* RooftopConfrontation: The fifth and final stage.
* SaveThePrincess: Your girlfriend has been taken hostage.
* TimedMission: Each stage has a time limit.
* UnwillingSuspension: Madonna is being suspended from a pulley in the final stage.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: You can see the van holding Madonna at the end of each of the first three stages, but it always drives off after the boss is defeated.