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*** Considering how climbing Mt. Celeste is treated as an analogy for overcoming one's own personal troubles (particularly mental illness), and how some of our personal struggles sometimes conclude...

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*** Considering how climbing Mt. Celeste is treated as an analogy for overcoming one's own personal troubles (particularly mental illness), and how some of our personal struggles sometimes conclude...illness)...

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*** Considering how climbing Mt. Celeste is treated as an analogy for overcoming one's own personal troubles (particularly mental illness), and how some of our personal struggles sometimes conclude...

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*** A small detail many might miss: ''that gate can kill you.'' While this requires Assist Mode's infinite dashes to even attempt, if you try to [[DungeonBypass rush under the gate as it falls]]... it'll just come down ''faster'' and smash Madeline into nothing, even with invincibility on.

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*** A small detail many might miss: ''that gate can kill you.'' While this requires Assist Mode's infinite dashes to even attempt, if you try to [[DungeonBypass rush under the gate as it falls]]... it'll just come down ''faster'' and smash Madeline into nothing, even with invincibility on. Speedrun tricks like hyperdashing can eke her underneath the gate with millimetres to spare, but it's still the only object in the entire game that can completely ignore Assist Mode's blessings, reminding you that Celeste Mountain plays by ''its'' rules. Not yours.


** Midway through the chapter, after the fake Crystal Heart is collected, the level begins to glitch out, distorting the screen at moments and morphing the walls into broken wireframe as Madeline continues chasing the bird that appears elsewhere around the game. Shortly into this mini-area, a Heart Gate suddenly [[JumpScare falls from above out of nowhere with an equally jarring sound effect to match]], blocking off the rest of the level until the player has collected 15 (non-fake) Crystal Hearts. Once the gate has been passed, the bright, starry background eventually explodes into a ''massive'' black hole that persists for the rest of the chapter, growing increasingly volatile as you progress.

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** Midway through the chapter, after the fake Crystal Heart is collected, the level begins to glitch out, distorting the screen at moments and morphing the walls into broken wireframe as Madeline continues chasing the bird that appears elsewhere around the game. Shortly into this mini-area, a Heart Gate suddenly [[JumpScare falls from above out of nowhere with an equally jarring sound effect to match]], blocking off the rest of the level until the player has collected 15 (non-fake) Crystal Hearts. Once the gate has been passed, the bright, starry background eventually explodes into a ''massive'' black hole that persists for the rest of the chapter, growing increasingly volatile as you progress.progress.
*** A small detail many might miss: ''that gate can kill you.'' While this requires Assist Mode's infinite dashes to even attempt, if you try to [[DungeonBypass rush under the gate as it falls]]... it'll just come down ''faster'' and smash Madeline into nothing, even with invincibility on.


* Chapter 9 opens with a JumpScare: Madeline approaches Granny, only for Granny to be revealed as an illusion and the weather to abruptly turn rainy while the sprite of Granny turns into a tombstone.

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* Chapter 9 opens with a JumpScare: Madeline approaches Granny, only for Granny to be revealed as an illusion and the weather to abruptly turn rainy while the sprite of Granny turns into a tombstone.tombstone.
** Midway through the chapter, after the fake Crystal Heart is collected, the level begins to glitch out, distorting the screen at moments and morphing the walls into broken wireframe as Madeline continues chasing the bird that appears elsewhere around the game. Shortly into this mini-area, a Heart Gate suddenly [[JumpScare falls from above out of nowhere with an equally jarring sound effect to match]], blocking off the rest of the level until the player has collected 15 (non-fake) Crystal Hearts. Once the gate has been passed, the bright, starry background eventually explodes into a ''massive'' black hole that persists for the rest of the chapter, growing increasingly volatile as you progress.


* A quick thing to note while on the subject of the fourth wall. If one were to go check out the soundtrack, one would notice there are two separate albums: [[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-original-soundtrack one for the normal soundtrack]] and [[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-b-sides one for the B-sides]]. On the normal soundtrack's cover art, it show Madeline holding a cassette tape and looking at it with a blue peaceful snowy background. Now compare that with the B-Side's cover art, which depicts Badeline with the same cassette tape and a dark red tentacle filled background that looks like the mirror sequence from Chapter 5. Now, that would be creepy enough on its own. The thing is, unlike Madeline, she's not looking at the cassette tape. No. '''She's looking straight at [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou YOU]].'''

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* A quick thing to note while on the subject of the fourth wall. If one were to go check out the soundtrack, one would notice there are two separate albums: [[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-original-soundtrack one for the normal soundtrack]] and [[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-b-sides one for the B-sides]]. On the normal soundtrack's cover art, it show Madeline holding a cassette tape and looking at it with a blue peaceful snowy background. Now compare that with the B-Side's cover art, which depicts Badeline with the same cassette tape and a dark red tentacle filled background that looks like the mirror sequence from Chapter 5. Now, that would be creepy enough on its own. The thing is, unlike Madeline, she's not looking at the cassette tape. No. '''She's looking straight at [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou YOU]].''''''
* Chapter 9 opens with a JumpScare: Madeline approaches Granny, only for Granny to be revealed as an illusion and the weather to abruptly turn rainy while the sprite of Granny turns into a tombstone.

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** The title of the song that plays at this point says it all: [[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/track/anxiety Anxiety]].


* A quick thing to note while on the subject of the fourth wall. If one were to go check out the soundtrack,[[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-original-soundtrack one would notice there are two separate albums.]] One for the normal soundtrack and one for the B-sides. On the normal soundtrack's cover art, it show Madeline, holding a cassette tape and looking at it with a blue peaceful snowy background.[[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-b-sides Now compare that with the B-Side's cover art]] showing Badeline. With the same cassette tape with a dark red tentacle filled background that looks like the mirror sequence from Chapter 5. Now, that would be creepy enough on its own, except shes not looking at the cassette tape. She's holding it in between her fingers and smirking. No. '''She's looking straight at [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou YOU]].'''

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* A quick thing to note while on the subject of the fourth wall. If one were to go check out the soundtrack,[[https://radicaldreamland.soundtrack, one would notice there are two separate albums: [[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-original-soundtrack one would notice there are two separate albums.]] One for the normal soundtrack soundtrack]] and one for the B-sides. On the normal soundtrack's cover art, it show Madeline, holding a cassette tape and looking at it with a blue peaceful snowy background.[[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-b-sides one for the B-sides]]. On the normal soundtrack's cover art, it show Madeline holding a cassette tape and looking at it with a blue peaceful snowy background. Now compare that with the B-Side's cover art]] showing Badeline. With art, which depicts Badeline with the same cassette tape with and a dark red tentacle filled background that looks like the mirror sequence from Chapter 5. Now, that would be creepy enough on its own, except shes own. The thing is, unlike Madeline, she's not looking at the cassette tape. She's holding it in between her fingers and smirking.tape. No. '''She's looking straight at [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou YOU]].'''


* A quick thing to note while on the subject of the fourth wall. If one were to go check out the soundtrack,[[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-original-soundtrack one would notice there are two separate albums.]] One for the normal soundtrack and one for the B-sides. On the normal soundtrack's cover art,it show madeline,holding a cassette tape and looking at it with a blue peaceful snowy background. [[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-b-sides Now compare that with the B-Side's cover art]],Showing Badeline With the same cassette tape with a dark red tentacle filled background that looks like the mirror sequence from chapter 5. Now that would be creepy enough on its own,Except shes not looking at the cassette tape. She's holding it in between her fingers and smirking. No. '''She's looking straight at [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou YOU]].'''

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* A quick thing to note while on the subject of the fourth wall. If one were to go check out the soundtrack,[[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-original-soundtrack one would notice there are two separate albums.]] One for the normal soundtrack and one for the B-sides. On the normal soundtrack's cover art,it art, it show madeline,holding Madeline, holding a cassette tape and looking at it with a blue peaceful snowy background. background.[[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-b-sides Now compare that with the B-Side's cover art]],Showing Badeline art]] showing Badeline. With the same cassette tape with a dark red tentacle filled background that looks like the mirror sequence from chapter Chapter 5. Now Now, that would be creepy enough on its own,Except own, except shes not looking at the cassette tape. She's holding it in between her fingers and smirking. No. '''She's looking straight at [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou YOU]].'''


* A quick thing to note while On the subject of the fourth wall,If one were to go check out the soundtrack,[[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-original-soundtrack one would notice there are two separate albums.]] One for the normal soundtrack and one for the B-sides. On the normal soundtrack's cover art,it show madeline,holding a cassette tape and looking at it with a blue peaceful snowy background. [[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-b-sides Now compare that with the B-Side's cover art]],Showing Badeline With the same cassette tape with a dark red tentacle filled background that looks like the mirror sequence from chapter 5. Now that would be creepy enough on its own,Except shes not looking at the cassette tape. She's holding it in between her fingers and smirking. No. '''She's looking straight at [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou YOU]].'''

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* A quick thing to note while On on the subject of the fourth wall,If wall. If one were to go check out the soundtrack,[[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-original-soundtrack one would notice there are two separate albums.]] One for the normal soundtrack and one for the B-sides. On the normal soundtrack's cover art,it show madeline,holding a cassette tape and looking at it with a blue peaceful snowy background. [[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-b-sides Now compare that with the B-Side's cover art]],Showing Badeline With the same cassette tape with a dark red tentacle filled background that looks like the mirror sequence from chapter 5. Now that would be creepy enough on its own,Except shes not looking at the cassette tape. She's holding it in between her fingers and smirking. No. '''She's looking straight at [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou YOU]].'''


* The end of Chapter 1 has a memorial dedicated to those who perished trying to scale Mt. Celeste. It's a reminder that in real life, people can get killed scaling the mountains they like to tackle as their passion, and some people die so high up that their bodies are never recovered.

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* Chapter 1
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The end of Chapter 1 has a memorial dedicated to those who perished trying to scale Mt. Celeste. It's a reminder that in real life, people can get killed scaling the mountains they like to tackle as their passion, and some people die so high up that their bodies are never recovered.



* Chapter 4 seems pretty routine enough, but at the end, when Madeline and Theo are riding the gondola, Badeline sabotages it in a JumpScare and Madeline goes into a panic attack (and most likely, so will the player), represented by an ever-encroaching miasma in the background. Theo has to help her get back to her senses.
* Chapter 5 is this from start to end. At first, it's a dark, abandoned temple, with Madeline having to pass by unlit torches to light them up. [[NothingIsScarier Spooky, but at least the only lethal things here are non-sentient objects]]. Once she enters the giant mirror...oh boy. The music becomes more oppressive and marks the return of synthesized PsychoStrings, eyeball creatures start trying to attack her actively, many rooms have ''tentacles'' rather than {{spikes|OfDoom}} for environmental hazards, eyes in the walls focus on Madeline's movements, and the whole place turns out to be the manifestation of all the insecurities and other negative things about Madeline and Theo. Finishing the level involves throwing Theo at a giant eyeball that constantly pulsates shockwaves that repel them away from it; said eyeball ''shrieks'' as it's destroyed.

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* Chapter 4 4
** The chapter
seems pretty routine enough, but at the end, when Madeline and Theo are riding the gondola, Badeline sabotages it in a JumpScare and Madeline goes into a panic attack (and most likely, so will the player), represented by an ever-encroaching miasma in the background. Theo has to help her get back to her senses.
* Chapter 5 5
** The whole thing
is this from start to end. At first, it's a dark, abandoned temple, with Madeline having to pass by unlit torches to light them up. [[NothingIsScarier Spooky, but at least the only lethal things here are non-sentient objects]]. Once she enters the giant mirror...oh boy. The music becomes more oppressive and marks the return of synthesized PsychoStrings, eyeball creatures start trying to attack her actively, many rooms have ''tentacles'' rather than {{spikes|OfDoom}} for environmental hazards, eyes in the walls focus on Madeline's movements, and the whole place turns out to be the manifestation of all the insecurities and other negative things about Madeline and Theo. Finishing the level involves throwing Theo at a giant eyeball that constantly pulsates shockwaves that repel them away from it; said eyeball ''shrieks'' as it's destroyed.


** Remember how Baddie likes to sometimes [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou lean a little outside of her dialogue portrait]]? Here she ''physically climbs halfway out of the portrait and crawls up into the whole dialogue box'' as if to really hit home that there is nothing either Madeline or you can do to get rid of her.

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** Remember how Baddie likes to sometimes [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou lean a little outside of her dialogue portrait]]? Here she ''physically climbs halfway out of the portrait and crawls up into the whole dialogue box'' as if to really hit home that there is nothing either Madeline or you can do to get rid of her.her.
* A quick thing to note while On the subject of the fourth wall,If one were to go check out the soundtrack,[[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-original-soundtrack one would notice there are two separate albums.]] One for the normal soundtrack and one for the B-sides. On the normal soundtrack's cover art,it show madeline,holding a cassette tape and looking at it with a blue peaceful snowy background. [[https://radicaldreamland.bandcamp.com/album/celeste-b-sides Now compare that with the B-Side's cover art]],Showing Badeline With the same cassette tape with a dark red tentacle filled background that looks like the mirror sequence from chapter 5. Now that would be creepy enough on its own,Except shes not looking at the cassette tape. She's holding it in between her fingers and smirking. No. '''She's looking straight at [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou YOU]].'''


** At the end, Badeline breaks out of a mirror and trash talks the ghost of Mr. Oshiro, [[BreakingSpeech telling him]] all about how she (and by extension, Madeline) [[BrutalHonesty thinks his hotel is a total piece of shit]]. He snaps ''hard'' and turns into a menacing entity who [[AdvancingBossOfDoom chases you across the hotel roof]].

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** At the end, Badeline breaks out of a mirror and trash talks trash-talks the ghost of Mr. Oshiro, [[BreakingSpeech telling him]] all about how she (and by extension, Madeline) [[BrutalHonesty thinks his hotel is a total piece of shit]]. He snaps ''hard'' and turns into a menacing entity who [[AdvancingBossOfDoom chases you across the hotel roof]].

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