Long ago, in ancient times, there was a rebellion. An angel turned against God and rallied an army to wage war against heaven as they so often seem to do once they decide they no longer want to be part of the cool crowd. In any event, the angel and his demonic armies were sealed away with the help of humans who fought and died in a desperate war until finally an angel descended from heaven and granted power to a saint whose sacrifice made such a thing possible. Nevertheless, history was doomed to repeat itself and the fallen army eventually broke free over modern day Tokyo, bringing with them vampires, humans who bore the blood of the fallen angel. Opposing them was humanity's first and last line of defence, girls trained by the Inquisition who wielded powerful magic that could match the demonic commanders at the cost of most of their lifespan. They were likened to the bullets of a gun. Thus the stage was set for the first game by [[{{Doujinshi}} doujin]] circle FLAT, ''eXceed: Gun Bullet Children'', and it was good. [[SoOkayItsAverage But not that good.]]

A sequel was released the following year called ''eXceed 2nd: VAMPIRE'', which added a dual-polarity system similar to the one used in {{Ikaruga}}. Instead of the Gun Bullet Children, the protagonist was a vampire fighting for survival as power struggles within the Church left a faction that rejected any form of human hybrid in control of the Inquisition. After seizing control they initiated a worldwide purge and employed the Gun Bullet Children to hunt all vampires down.

Then FLAT stopped working on the eXceed series and eventually shut down in early 2009. In the meantime, ownership of the series was transferred to another doujin circle called Tennen-Sozai who threw out all the established story material and rebooted the franchise with ''eXceed 3rd: JADE PENETRATE''. The third game tells the story of a young girl named Raine Lindwurm who seeks to become the Demon King of her world. Standing in her way are many obstacles, including her own older sister and heiress to the power of dragons Celestia.

Iwakura Productions and Nyu Media have released Gun Bullet Children, Vampire REX and Jade Penetrate Black Package overseas on 29th March, 2012, for download at their website, Gamersgate, the Capcom Store, the Gamestop Digital Download Service (Former Impulse) and Steam, with pending releases on Gametap and Gamefly. While the two latter games have English localization, Gun Bullet Children couldn't be localized since its code has been LostForever, so it has instead been released in its original Japanese with a translated script available from the distributors (and a fan made mod that uses said script to translate the game linked on the game's pcgamingwiki page [[http://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/EXceed_-_Gun_Bullet_Children here]]). They are also available from MangaGamer here: http://www.mangagamer.com/allages/Titles/Details/74F7802C-CE53-4E54-860F-ADFC7DB00CDD/the-exceed-collection

'''Full Disclosure''': The majority of this article was written without knowledge of Japanese and from guesswork using machine translation. As such, it [[strike:may be]] is almost certainly missing important details or has gotten things wrong. If any helpful tropers come along and wish to assist with revising this article, data and resources can be found:
* For ''Gun Bullet Children'', [[http://flat.web.infoseek.co.jp/EXCEED/ex01.htm here]].
* For ''VAMPIRE'', [[http://flat.web.infoseek.co.jp/EXCEED2nd/ here]].
* For ''JADE PENETRATE'', [[http://www.tennen-sozai.com/eXceed3rd/ here]] and [[http://www.tennen-sozai.com/eXceed3rd-BP/ex3bp_Main.htm here]].
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!Tropes associated with this series include:

* ActorAllusion: [[Creator/YukariTamura Lugh Ciel's]] theme is called White Beelzebub and one of her attacks is named Despell Counter '''Excelion'''
* AllYourPowersCombined: Giee has just as much power as all her familiars combined.
* [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Big Sister]]: Celestia.
* [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil As Long As There Is Despair]]: Implied to be the source of power for Remedy's final spell.
* AutobotsRockOut: A bit in ''VAMPIRE REX'' but in full force for the third game. '''[[ShamelessSelfPromotion BE]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnbSW5u2XHw&feature=PlayList&p=F5B83609798155D7&playnext_from=PL&index=1&playnext=1 HOLD!]]'''
** Especially noticable in the Black Package.
* AxCrazy: Brunhild and Siegrune.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: The Church intentionally pulled out their forces to lure the vampires into the Holy Land in order to blow them all up with Anhel.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Especially Miyabi Housen. Her fire powers can turn ANYTHING into ash.
* BrutalBonusLevel: Hyperboreios, the Extra Stage of ''JADE PENETRATE - BLACK PACKAGE''.
* BulletHell: Naturally
* BlackKnight / MagicKnight: Gilles de Rais fits for both of these tropes, due to being an expert in ancient magic herself.
* BreastPlate: Gilles de Rai.
* CallingYourAttacks: '''Dragoon DETONATION!'''
** '''Gurosutaaa... METEAAA!'''[[labelnote:Translation...ish]]"[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloster_Meteor Gloster Meteor]]"[[/labelnote]]
* ChurchMilitant: The Catholic Church in the first two games.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''VAMPIRE''.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Found in the half vampire, Chinatsu, who uses dark powers and swords to fight enemies, and Ria File, who can switch to both light and dark attributes.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Several times in the series. [[spoiler: The Angel]] in ''Gun Bullet Children'' and [[spoiler: both a humanoid Angel and Fenrir]] in ''VAMPIRE''.
* EldritchAbomination: Anhel in ''Gun Bullet Children'' and Fenrir in ''VAMPIRE''.
* FalseFriend: Lugh Ciel seems to be a friendly, obedient little girl at first, but she's actually a TurnCoat that associates with powerful people one day because it benefits her, and betray them the other because they got in the way to her goals.
* {{Familiar}}: Sowel fights with one in ''Gun Bullet Children'' and ''VAMPIRE''.
* FreudianTrio: The Gun Bullet Children, no doubt.
** Chinatsu Kagaya: (Ego)
** Miyabi Housen: (Id)
** Sowell Divosiana: (Superego)
* GratuitousGerman: All over the place.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The vampires are half-human, half-fallen angel. Raine and Celestia have both dragon and demon blood and yet look like [[MindScrew angels]].
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The Cardinals. Also the Undead Lord,[[spoiler: until it turns out to be Remendy in ''JADE PENETRATE'']].
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: There's really no other way to describe Sowel's reaction to seeing Anhel's true nature.]]
* HeroAntagonist: The Gun Bullet Children in ''VAMPIRE''.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Invoked by Ria for [[spoiler: Anhel's enslavement.]]
* IJustWantToBeLoved: [[spoiler: What the twins wanted all along.]]
* KnightTemplar: The antagonists in 2nd, who are xenophobic to vampires.
* KillEmAll: Depending on how you look at the games, many of the characters suspect to have died in the end.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: Chinatsu Kagaya from ''Gun Bullet Children'' and ''VAMPIRE'' would be a good example.
* LaResistance: The rebels and Undead Lord's forces in ''VAMPIRE''.
* [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen Lets Fight Like Ladies]] - Pretty much every boss is on good terms with Rayne.
* LighterAndSofter: The third game is more humorous and lax in tone.
* LightIsNotGood: Some bosses in ''VAMPIRE'' use a "Holy" white attribute. Ria File can switch to both light and dark attributes.
* LittleMissBadass: The GBC in 1st, Ria File in 2nd, Raine Lindwurm in 3rd.
* MeaningfulName:
** Gilles de Rai was Joan of Arc's right-hand man who was claimed to be a mass murderer of children.
** Brunhild and Siegrune were the names of valkyries.
** Sowell Divosiana apparently is a pun to Thomas Sowel, who covered the topic on Diversity. Ironic, isn't it?
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: What Ria does to the twins in the end, as there was no place for such out of control monsters like them.]]
* {{Mooks}}: The Killing Dolls, the commons enemies found in ''Gun Bullet Children'' and ''VAMPIRE''.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "The Undead Lord", "The Immortal King" and "The Demon King" to Remedy.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice job, Ria. [[spoiler: Not only did you kill Brunhild, you also made Siegrune absorb her body and mutate into Fenrir.]]
* NiceJobGuidingUsHero: In Level 5 of ''VAMPIRE (REX)'', Ria actually leads Gilles to Angel's altar.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: The twins are only showed in human forms. When coupled together, they are really one entity known as Fenrir.]]
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Both Rain and Celestia are technically half dragon and half demon despite looking like a angel.
** In ''Gun Bullet Children'', the Angel is an [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination]]
** In ''VAMPIRE'', Gilles de Rai states that angels only obeyed God, [[spoiler: but artificial ones like Anhel can freely choose not to.]]
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Exceed 3rd takes place in the demon world.
* OurElvesAreBetter: But it's a sore point with Irias that she is only second best at the Academy.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* PersonOfMassDestruction: A large variety of characters, but the twins are the biggest.
* PowerLimiter: The twins and [[spoiler: Angel]] have these.
* PunchClockHero / PunchClockVillain: Ria File in ''VAMPIRE REX'' likely fits for both, by being employed by the Undying Lord in fighting for the evil forces suffering from a genocide. The Gun Bullet Children is another example, except for Sowel, who appears to be very loyal to her Church masters.
* PyroManiac: Miyabi Housen
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler: Remedy from the 3rd game stands out being 5000 years old while looking like a 10 year old.]]
* ReversePolarity: Like Tresure's Ikaruga, polarity reversing is a major gameplay feature in 2nd.
* TheRunaway: Ria File from 2nd, who left her oppressive human society and was rescued by the Undead Lord.
* SiblingYinYang: Brunhild and Siegrune in ''VAMPIRE''.
* SingingSimlish: Increasingly prominent as the series went on.
* ShoutOut:
** In ''VAMPIRE'', The Catholic Church is launching a worldwide purge and a major rebellion fails to stop them. The rebels eventually try again with a polarity-switching weapon. This story and the gameplay are very similar to that of ''{{Ikaruga}}''.
** The twins, Brunhild and Siegrune, have very big resemblences to the Scarlet sisters from VideoGame/{{Touhou}}.
** It's very like that Angels (based on the Anhel in both ''GBC'' and ''VAMPIRE''), with their destructive power and being very hard to kill, has to be a direct ShoutOut to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
*** [[spoiler: Actually, the stories for the first two games have serious resemblance to it. Monsters known as Angels? Check. Artificially making such monsters? Check. AncientConspiracy? Check. Children made to defeat enemies only they could fight who are more of [[AntiVillain anti-villains]]? Check.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Celestia and '''DAT OUTFIT'''.
** [[http://www.animecharactersdatabase.com/character.php?id=7677 Here's a pic]].
** Also Sriabelle Orphanknight, the 3rd game's resident CatGirl. Her outfit [[BareYourMidriff bares her midriff]] while her "skirt" ''blatantly'' [[PantyShot shows off her panties.]] [[http://www.animecharactersdatabase.com/character.php?id=7682 Here's a pic.]]
** Anhel from 2nd.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Brunhilde and Siegrune are both valkyries from Wagner's famous opera.
* TrueFinalBoss: Remedy in ''JADE PENETRATE''.
* UpdatedRerelease: Tennen-Sozai released one for eXceed 2nd called ''VAMPIRE REX'' and one for eXceed 3rd called ''BLACK PACKAGE''.
* VillainProtagonist: Ria File.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Fenrir in 2nd.
* WalkingTheEarth: [[spoiler: After being from the Church's clutches and the twins' wrath, Angel goes out on a long journey.]]
* WeWillMeetAgain: Ria promises to Miyabi that the two would meet again.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Sowell and her familiar, Silvestre, were said to be found missing after Ria's battle with them. Though Ria says they have likely been killed, their confirmed fate is unknown. But what happened to Miyabi after her defeat? And what happened to the Cardinal after the Church's defeat in ''VAMPIRE''?
* WorthyOpponent: Raine and Irias. The two speak to each other respectfully and politely, and each wishes the other a good fight before they go at it.
* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: Type C in ''VAMPIRE'' by the Catholic Church.
* XMeetsY:
** ''Exceed- GBC'': ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' meets [[spoiler: ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'']].
** ''2nd- Vampire Rex'': meets ''{{VideoGame/Ikaruga}}''
* YouKilledMyFather: Sowell has a hatred against the vampires because her parents were killed by them.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: As Gilles de Rai says to Ria after arriving in Anhel's lair.]]