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[[caption-width:300:[[RedHeadedHero Merui]], [[TheQuietOne Shiro]], [[TheCasanova Derek]] and [[{{Kuudere}} Travis]]]]

[[GamerChick Merui]] loves nothing more than to play her favorite MMO ''Rivenwell Online''. One day a player named [[JerkAss Alistair]] hijacks Merui's kill in a boss fight and wins the Blessed Stone she aimed to get for herself. Merui, outraged by this, is determined to do whatever it takes to get it back (and to teach Alistair a lesson). This results in a [[TheBet bet]] initiated by Alistair:

''Merui has a month to figure out his real life identity. If she does he'll hand over the Blessed Stone to her. If not, she'll have to relinquish her online earnings from the past month to Alistair.''

With a lead and three potential suspects the player must guide Merui in this mystery. Along the way she may very well develop a romance with any of the three guys she's out to investigate...

''RE: Alistair'' is a {{freeware}} English-language VisualNovel created by sakevisual with writer sake-bento, artist tooaya and programmer Thee Forbidden One. As a RomanceGame its primary focus is on forming relationships, with the mystery being secondary.

The creators put out an updated re-release: ''RE: Alistair++''. It can be downloaded from [[http://www.sakevisual.com/realistair/index.html the creator's website]] or from [[http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6726 Lemmasoft Forums]].

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!!This visual novel contains examples of:

* AerithAndBob: We have Merui and Shiro to go on the Japanese vibe, and then we have Travis and Derek, where is this school supposed to be again?
* AntagonistTitle: Technically.
* {{Backstory}}: Shiro gets the better end of this (in both the original release and the re-release). Derek stays more or less the same in both versions. Travis gets a little more in the re-release, [[spoiler:though the part about his mother having cancer feels a bit...tacked on.]]
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Derek flirts with Merui and acts friendly towards her while continuing to troll her online as Alistair, and according to Travis has a history of toying with girls and then dumping them. Over the course of the month during his route, however, he's touched by Merui's honest friendship and he genuinely falls for her.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Merui with Travis. During an argument, he pushes her against a wall and glances at her lips for a few seconds.
* TheBet: Basically what the story revolves around.
* BigManOnCampus: Derek
* {{Bishoujo}}: The art style falls into this.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Derek goes out of his way to be as nice and appealing as possible. All while emotionally manipulating Merui.]]
* BlandNameProduct The {{MMORPG}} is called "Rivenwell Online" ([[spoiler:[[VideoGame/MapleStory MapleStory]][=/=]Ragnarok Online]]). Stores in the mall include "Boundary's Books" ([[spoiler: Borders Books]]), "The Divide" ([[spoiler: The Gap]]), and "Gamego" ([[spoiler: [=GameStop=]]]). Boundary's sells a book called "Planetost" ([[spoiler: like Franchise/HarryPotter, but with aliens instead of wizards]]), and Gamego sells "Movie Maniac" ([[spoiler:[=SceneIt=]]]), "Diamond Moon: Final Phase" ([[spoiler:VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII]]), "Other Saga" ([[spoiler: VideoGame/AnimalCrossing]]), "Monochrome Diet" ([[spoiler:VideoGame/SilentHill[=/=]VideoGame/FatalFrame]]), "Demon of Edo" (???, adventure/RPG), "Walk This Way" (???, puzzle game), and "Rock Festival" ([[spoiler:VideoGame/RockBand]]).
* [[BlondeBrunetteRedhead Blond, Brunette, Redhead]]: Derek (blond), Shiro + Travis (brunette), and Merui (redhead)
* [[spoiler:BlondGuysAreEvil: Derek turns out to be the one who's Alistair. He spends the story stringing Merui along knowing who her online persona is. Unless the player chooses to pursue him as a love interest he remains a bastard. Even when confronted he never intends to make good on his part of the deal.]]
* {{Bookworm}}: Shiro
* BridalCarry: Derek has an extra scene in which Merui accidentally gets hit in the head by a basketball and feels lightheaded, so he offers to carry her to the nurse.
* TheCasanova: Derek. [[spoiler:He starts out like this but, if you play his route, he'll gradually become a LadyKillerInLove.]]
* CatchPhrase: Travis's "Hm... I wonder," whenever he doesn't care to give a straight answer to a question. Merui even pokes fun with it at one point.
-->'''Merui''': Do you always have to say that?
** She also uses it against him in another dialogue, whereupon he says he probably had that coming.
* ClubPresident: Travis is president of the Computer Games Club.
* [[spoiler:CrossPlayer:]] [[spoiler:Shiro playing ''Rivenwell Online'' as [=FionaWings=]]]
* DatingSim: An element of mystery is added with trying to figure out who Alistair is in real life. However, the majority of the emphasis is on the dating/romance angle.
* TheDogBitesBack: The ending where Merui [[spoiler: gets Alistair banned.]]
* DrivingQuestion: ''Who is Alistair??''
* EducationMama: Derek's parents.
* EvilOverlooker The artwork features all three of the guys who could be Alistair floating above and around Marui. [[spoiler: And the one at the top, Derek, is in fact Alistair.]]
* FieryRedhead: Merui.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In his KnightsAndKnaves riddle to Merui at the beginning of the game, Travis uses the Knight and Demon character classes of ''Rivenwell Online'' in the "always tells the truth" and "always lies" roles. This is not only the first indication that [[spoiler:despite his dismissive comments, Travis does play the game himself]], it's also prophetic: Alistair's character class is "Demon," and he ([[spoiler:and, by extension, Derek]]) lies to Merui a lot.
* GamerChick: Merui
* {{GIFT}}: Merui can't immediately rule out any of the guys as Alistair because, as she acknowledges, people who are nice in real life might very well cut loose and act like jerks online. [[spoiler:It's not actually true of any of the three guys: Shiro in his [=FionaWings=] persona is a voice of reason and a friend to Merui; Travis is, if anything, more polite online than he is in person, and Derek genuinely is that much of a jerk (unless his feelings for Merui redeem him), it's just hidden beneath a charming front.]]
* [[spoiler:GoodIsNotNice: Travis, who has a way of being blunt and critical even when he's doing something nice. Contrast this with [[AffablyEvil Derek]].]]
* HeadbuttOfLove: Shiro does it in his ending.
* HandsOffParenting: Shiro's bitter about his parents never being around.
* HandsOnApproach: When Merui helps Travis reboot all the computers in the lab, he demonstrates what she needs to do by standing behind her and guiding the mouse for her.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: A little ironic with Shiro. [[spoiler:While he is fairly isolated it has to do with his family and the rumors. The headphones are never used for this purpose. He just wears them as an accessory.]]
* HealingHands: [=FionaWings=] in ''Rivenwell Online''
* HonorBeforeReason: What compels Merui to accept the bet with Alistair. Most people wouldn't bother dragging something from an MMO into real life. [[spoiler:It's not even legal, anyways.]]
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: You can catch Derek's attention by NOT pining after a date with him.
* IWasJustPassingThrough Travis's reasoning for doing things like maintaining the school's neglected computer network. Admitting to Merui that he "finds her useful" is one of the first cracks in his emotional armor.
** ThinkNothingOfIt His general attitude about Merui commenting that he's a nice guy underneath it all.
* {{Jerkass}}: Alistair. [[spoiler:And Derek, by extension. Unless you pursue him, then he [[BecomingTheMask Becomes The Mask]].]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Travis is quite brusque with Merui, but turns out to have good intentions. [[spoiler:Again, contrast with Derek, who's outwardly charming but - unless LoveRedeems - proves to have a heart of jerk.]]
* KillSteal: Alistair killsteals a boss out from under Merui and touches off the whole plot.
* KnightsAndKnaves: Travis's riddle. He lampshades it when Merui comes back with the answer, remarking that it's a common puzzle and he's surprised she hadn't already heard of it. The riddle also serves as the earliest clue that [[spoiler:despite his dismissive comments, Travis does play ''Rivenwell Online'': he references two of the available character classes with it]].
* {{Kuudere}}: Travis as a mild male example.
* LampshadeHanging: In an encounter with Travis he and Merui nearly bump into each other. Travis jokes around by saying, "Don't tell me you were expecting me to say something like 'Watch where you're going, you stupid girl!'"
** Taken to NoFourthWall levels in [[spoiler:the bonus scene.]]
* LiterallyFallingInLove: Both Travis and Shiro have a scene in which Merui loses her footing and falls into them. In Shiro's case it's also a SuggestiveCollision.
* LonelyRichKid: Shiro. Both of his parents are professionals in high-income professions (a doctor and an engineer), and Merui is quite impressed by their BigFancyHouse when she first visits. They also seem to be quite well-connected, which has caused [[spoiler:a number of people, including Derek, to fear crossing due to some previous events.]]
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler:The ending where you win Derek's heart is the only one in which he doesn't come across as a complete JerkAss.]]
* LuminescentBlush: Do something cute to embarrass one of the guys. Go on, try it. Shiro is especially prone to it.
* MineralMacGuffin: A ''virtual'' MineralMacGuffin, the Blessed Stone. Whatever it is.
* MinimalistCast
* [[{{MMORPG}} MMO]]: The fictional ''Rivenwell Online''
* MultipleEndings: As per usual for the genre. In addition to romantic endings for each of the three guys and a "bad end" in which Merui not only ends up alone but fails to identify Alistair as well, there's also an ending in which she does not get any of the guys, but [[spoiler:does get Alistair banned from ''Rivenwell Online'']].
* NiceGuy: Shiro, even if he can display some surprising anger at times.
* OverProtectiveDad / MyBelovedSmother: Derek's parents. If his complaints about them are any indication, anyway.
* ParentalAbandonment: {{Downplayed}} with Shiro's parents who are alive, but he never gets to see them.
* PopularIsDumb: Travis's mentality.
* PromotionToParent: In the UpdatedRerelease, Travis turns out to have experienced a lesser form of this: due to his mother's illness, he's taken primary responsibility for his two younger brothers.
* TheQuietOne: Shiro
* [[RedHeadedHero Redheaded Heroine]]: Merui
* ReplayValue: The multiple endings, CG gallery and bonuses to unlock make for some good replay value
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Shiro being [=FionaWings=] when you play his route and win him. Most people were genuinely surprised by the revelation. Many players admitted they should've considered ''who'' [=FionaWings=] might've been in context of the story. Most people just dismissed her and assumed she was a minor character who's real life identity would never be revealed. Also, the fact that Shiro's a guy and [=FionaWings=] is female might've had something to do with the surprise.]]
** In comparison, [[spoiler:Travis being Oda and a global moderator for ''Rivenwell Online'' quickly becomes pretty transparent as his route progresses, particularly when Alistair mentions Oda being on his case just after Travis emails Merui to casually ask which server she plays on.]]
** As for Alistair's identity, just how big of a reveal it turns out to be depends largely on which route you complete first.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers[=/=]TheBGrade: The attitude Derek says his parents have.
* SeriousBusiness: All this over a killsteal and an item in an MMORPG.
** And because Alistair [[FelonyMisdemeanor was a total jerk about it]].
* SleepCute: Study late with Shiro one evening and Merui will fall asleep sitting on the floor with him. When she wakes up, he's asleep on her shoulder, complete with LoveBubbles in the background.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Backstage Pass'' is described as a "sort of" sequel by the creators.
* StoicSpectacles: Travis.
* [[StudentCouncilPresident Student Council (Vice) President]]: Derek
* SuperDeformed: The appearance of the ''Rivenwell Online'' characters.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Shiro does this once when trying to help Merui with a riddle.
-->'''Shiro:''' I'm not saying you can't figure it out on your own... or anything...
* TakeAThirdOption - Regarding Travis's riddle about knights who always tell the truth and demons who always lie.
-->'''Merui:''' Couldn't you just ask something like "is one plus one equal to two?" and whoever says no is the liar?
-->'''Travis:''' ...It doesn't work that way.
-->'''Merui:''' In other words, yes, and you don't want to admit it.[[note]]Traditionally the riddle involves trying to get some ''other'' information from the two, for which purpose Merui's third option is useless, but Travis gave the riddle incorrectly.[[/note]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Merui, type B. Normally sweet, but do ''not'' make her mad.
* UpdatedRerelease: ''RE: Alistair++''. The re-release includes extra additions and fixes a couple of problems that were present in the original release.
* VisualNovel
* WhiteKnighting: Oda ([[spoiler:aka Travis]]) taking an interest in Alistair's behavior in ''Rivenwell Online'' has a bit of a flavor of this. To be fair though, he ''is'' a global moderator [[spoiler:and Alistair's bet is very specifically against the rules]], so it's pretty justified.
* YaoiFangirl: That picture above Merui's computer? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf3Hskk9kqg Doesn't that remind you of a certain video?]]