->''"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 ArcadeGame, it was ported to numerous computers and the 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 [[{{Madonna}} her]]), engaging thugs in street combat.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the Master System version, the Skinheads were renamed the Rogues.
** 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!").
*** This may have also been the reason why "Take the law into your own hands!" was changed to "Take the power..." in the Turbografx-16 version.
* DownInTheDumps: The second stage is the junkyard.
* DualBoss: The Mad Brothers (a.k.a. the Tough Brothers). Averted in the Master System version, where the Stage 2 boss is reduce to one guy named Mad Dog.
* DubNameChange: Madonna was renamed Maria in the Master System version, likely to avoid having people mistake her for [[{{Madonna}} you-know-who]]. Almost all of the enemy characters are also listed by different names 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 SegaMasterSystem and TurboGrafx16 ports.
* FightingWithChucks: Nunchakus are your only obtainable weapons.
* 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.