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1[[quoteright:300:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hcep1.png]]²[[caption-width-right:300: Won't you join them for [[MindScrew dream-seeing?]] [[labelnote:*]]From top to bottom: [[PlayerCharacter Seth]], Charlotte and Felix[[/labelnote]]]]²²->''"Inside a dream, I laugh, and the world laughs with me. Inside a dream, I forget, and the world forgets with me. Inside a dream, I am the world. Hello, world! Hello, Charlotte!"''²-->--'''Episode 2's introduction'''²²Hello, new Puppeteer! You have been assigned a young puppet named Charlotte Wiltshire: a twelve-year-old girl with a... [[{{Understatement}} peculiar]] home life, living among aliens, demons, a cat turned into a maggot, and sometimes, the mysterious [[TheWatcher "Umbrella Man"]]. One day, Charlotte herself is tasked with taking care of her [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext gasmasked alien surgeon housemate]] Huxley's nephew, a disagreeable ten-year-old named Felix. After Charlotte decides to take a small nap, Felix disappears, and the living room's TV screen looks a little different than it did before...²²After that day, things change for Charlotte and her household.²²''Hello Charlotte'' is an Estonian episodic AdventureGame series made in VideoGame/RPGMaker VX by [[http://etherane.tumblr.com/ etherane]]. Episode 1 is described by WordOfGod as "a surreal horror RPG parody with an Alice-like character in the main role", and Episode 2 as "[[ToneShift initially]] a visual novel parody, made in mostly modernist/post-modern style with Memphis aesthetic". The game has earned a small following due to etherane's surreal SignatureStyle, its extremely complicated and metaphorical plot, and memorable characters that border on GrayAndGrayMorality.²²'''Episode 1:''' ''Junk Food, Gods and Teddy Bears'' was released on June 17th, 2015 and can be downloaded for free [[https://etherane.itch.io/hello-charlotte-ep1 here]], or as a demo in the game's [[http://store.steampowered.com/app/557630/agecheck official Steam page]].²²'''Episode 2:''' ''Requiem Aeternam Deo'' was released on October 8th, 2016 and can be bought [[https://etherane.itch.io/hello-charlotte-ep2 here]], or as the full game on Steam.²²'''Episode 3:''' ''Childhood's End'' was released on January 5, 2018 and can be bought [[https://etherane.itch.io/hcep3 here]], or on Steam.²²'''Hello Charlotte: Delirium''', a very short SpinOff puzzle game, was released on June 24th, 2017. It can be downloaded [[https://etherane.itch.io/hello-charlotte-delirium here]].²²'''Heaven's Gate''', a very short SpinOff kinetic novel, was released on September 28th, 2017 and can be downloaded [[https://etherane.itch.io/hg here]], and was released on Steam on October 4th, 2018, with a bonus story.²----²!!''Hello Charlotte'' provides examples of the following tropes:²* {{Absurdism}}: The first episode wanders into this territory at times, especially in the House and in the bear level.²* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Anri's parents are stated to be putting enormous academic pressure on her.]] Also, [[spoiler: Charles']] parents are neglectful at best.²* AdultFear: As Charlotte's caretaker, part of the games' focus involves making you feel responsible every time Charlotte dies. The second episode's secret ending builds itself on making you feel ''really'' bad. In addition, the second episode, in particular, involves a number of unpleasant things happening to what are essentially children, from more mundane cases like bullying and emotional abuse, to surreal situations which are in themselves startlingly bleak metaphors for social integration and disintegration.²* AdvertOverloadedFuture: The televisions appear to show only commercials on most channels.²** In Episode 3, the Player is treated to commercials from an "ether solutions", selling various health and lifestyle products.²* AGodAmI: C introduces himself this way.²* AlienGeometries: Everywhere, from the House to Charlotte's School.²* ArtShift: Depending on who The Player is controlling, the art style varies in Episode 3.²* BehavioralConditioning: Charlotte's classmates at school.²* BeneathTheMask: Most human characters have something to hide.²* BeneficialDisease: In Episode 3, Scarlett Eyler catches word flu after entering the fourth floor, which allows her to understand what it's residents are saying.²* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Anri.]]²* {{Blackmail}}: One of [[spoiler: Anri's]] Skills is this, hinting that things may not be what they appear.²** Even better, said Skill is a guaranteed OneHitKill.²* BloodFromTheMouth: Subverted. It's ink.²* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Examining Charlotte's dresser in the second episode results in the description, "Clothes, hairpins, microchips, cockroaches... one of these items is not like the others."²* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Episode 2 does this to the relatively cheerful Charlotte.]]²* BrokenAce: [[spoiler: Scarlett Eyler is the ideal student rep, boasting good looks, good grades, and an assertive, charismatic personality. She also takes it upon herself to brutalize Charlotte Q84 a number of times to prevent her from destroying the House.]]²* BodyHorror: And how. Especially circumstances involving the Oracle.²* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Felix and Charlotte in Episode 1, C and Charlotte (again) in Episode 2. [[http://etherane.tumblr.com/post/151976437723/hc-on-itchio-hc-on-steam-greenlight-she-has-a etherane has joked that Charlotte might "have a type".]]²* CannotTellFictionFromReality: [[spoiler: Charlotte.]]²* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Episode 2 is especially this.²* ChaosArchitecture: The House appearance is different in each game.²* {{Chuunibyou}}: C is this in Episode 2.²** [[spoiler: Or so it seemed.]]²* ClingyJealousGirl: Anri.²* CloudCuckooland: Charlotte is rather odd, and some of the places she ends up in are even more so.²* CloudCuckoolander: Charlotte and C.²** Also use their own CloudCuckooLanguage, although, from the Player's perspective, it's difficult to pick up on at first.²* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Charlotte from Episode 1 and 2 is a Nice Girl who doesn't want to trouble anyone, while Q84 wants to kill anyone she sees as a threat and runs a society that serves to reduce the population of the school and scare anyone who thinks about harming her.²* CorruptTheCutie: [[spoiler: Implied to have happened to most of the Charlottes in Episode 3.]]²* CrapsackWorld: And ''how''.²** From Charlottes point of view it comes of as a CrapsaccharineWorld, with students at school calling her a princess or a goddess, or either wanting to be her friend or thinking they aren't worthy of being her friend. [[spoiler: After she finds out that she accidentally poisoned some Magcats, she sees the school for what it really is, and students she tries to talk to tell her to get lost and/or insulting her.]]²* CreepyCleanliness: The House is by and large a disturbingly featureless locale, consisting of sparsely decorated white rooms.²** [[spoiler: By the time the House is seen without it, the amount of filth that is actually present is somehow ''more'' disturbing.]]²* CrystalDragonJesus: The Oracles, to the Pythias. [[spoiler: It doesn't last.]]²* CuteAndPsycho: Q84, for sure.²* DeathIsCheap: [[spoiler: Charlotte Q84 goes through this. Every time she dies her memories are merely copied onto a new body. She abuses this frequently.]] ²* DeathSeeker: C is searching for a way to leave his mortal body, but cannot simply kill himself due to heavy surveillance and [[spoiler: his own fear.]]²** OSIRIS is revealed to be contemplating the idea after he forcefully attempts to pointlessly sacrifice himself to help Charlotte save Anri in ''Delirium''. [[spoiler: Charlotte robs him of the opportunity by saving her without his help, much to his dismay.]]²** [[spoiler: Vincent plans his suicide months in advance, and Episode 3 also heavily implies Scarlett/Charlotte became suicidal after killing the Pythia in Episode 1, hence the viciously cruel environment of Episode 2.]]²* DeityOfHumanOrigin: [[spoiler: Charlotte becomes one after she melds with the Oracle.]]²** [[spoiler: Delirium's Charlotte is this as well, but she has melded perfectly with the Oracle, so have no visible mutations and is able to use it's powers at will.]]²* DissonantLaughter: Q84 often laughs and smiles at extremely inappropriate moments.²* {{Doublethink}}: [[spoiler: Anri]] compels Charlotte to engage in this after [[spoiler: C's suspension.]]²* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Episode 1 is ''vastly'' different from Episode 2, both in design and in writing. [[WordOfGod etherane]] herself has admitted that the idea for the actual plot of Hello Charlotte as a whole came to her mid-development in Episode 1.²* EasilyImpressed: Charlotte comes off as this at times.²* EldritchAbomination: A few, but the Oracles true form is the main one.²* EldritchLocation: Most, if not all the areas that appear in Episode 1 are this, as are several areas that appear in Episode 2 and the Land of Meat and Machinery in Delirium.²* EmptyShell: The fate of students who fail The Trial.²* EverythingTryingToKillYou: There are a lot of things that want Charlotte dead after she enters the TV World in Episode 1.²* EvilFeelsGood: Delirium's Charlotte has no motive for killing others that [[ForTheLulz her own entertainment]], and she is the happiest out of all the Charlottes.²* ExtraEyes: The Pythians, Bennett and all of the Charlottes (with the excepton of Delirium's Charlotte) who merge with the Oracle.²* FakeMemories: [[spoiler: It's implied most of the childhood memories from Episode 2 may be these, as they appear to be shared by all Charlottes.]]²* FromNobodyToNightmare: Q84 started out [[spoiler: as a normal Charlotte, but when C told her that she was meant to be abused without fighting back for entertainment,]] she snapped and fought back, infecting people she saw as a threat, and founded White Society, which exists to reduce the population of the school and act as a deterrent against anyone who might want to harm her. ²** V19 is implied to be this, [[spoiler: although the first time we see her she's already killed everyone at school.]]²* GoneHorriblyRight: In the White End of Episode 2, [[spoiler:Charlotte merges with the Oracle and wishes for "all the painful things to end" and everyone's happiness. This happens, as everyone's mind and soul, with the exception of the Umbrella Man, is consumed by Charlotte. Umbrella Man lampshades this, saying that as long as free will exists, people will hurt others, so everyone must be stripped of their free will to stop anyone from getting hurt.]]²* {{Hallucinations}}: [[spoiler: All of Charlotte's alien friends. Also, possibly Charlotte's physical appearance.]]²* HeelFaceBrainwashing: [[spoiler: Apparently what was done to Aiden.]]²* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Charlotte]] has a severe panic attack after the teacher reveals that she [[spoiler:accidentally poisoned a bunch of stray cats, killing them.]]²* HiveMind: The Oracle is essentially this.²* ImaginaryFriend: [[spoiler: In the first two episodes, all the tenants of the House except Charlotte and the Umbrella Man.]]²** [[spoiler: Subverted in the other games.]]²* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: V19 does this to everyone at the School except Scarlett Eyler using her powers at an Oracle.]] ²* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: [[WordOfGod etherane]] suggests this may be the case for [[spoiler: Anri.]]²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Felix, for all his grouching and snark, does seem to genuinely care about Charlotte's well-being, really deep down. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Felix himself, when Charlotte expresses surprise at his worry for her.²* LonersAreFreaks: One of the premises of the Trial. Someone who has SOCIALIZED often is more likely to get votes than someone who has no friends, like C.²* LoonWithAHeartOfGold: Charlotte is easily the nicest character in the game, but she's...odd, to say the least.²* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler: The House.]]²* MadScientist: Huxley²** To a lesser extent, Felix, [[spoiler: as he is trying to create ice-9, a planet-destroying weapon of mass destruction taken from the pages of CatsCradle]]²* MalevolentMaskedMen: The Executioners, Pythias who turned against the Oracle. ²* MindScrew: Things can get very strange at times. ²* MindVirus: [[spoiler: The plot of the game, and the Player.]]²** Played a little more literally with references to Toxoplasma gondhii, an alveolate parasite that is carried by cats in real life, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasma_gondii#Behavioral_differences_of_infected_hosts and which has been linked to adverse behavioral changes in both humans and mice]].²* NeverBeHurtAgain: [[spoiler: Q84 vows this after a week of bullying, and it's implied that V19 came to a similar revelation.]]²* NeverMyFault: [[spoiler: Charlotte, for most of Episode 2. YOU are the one making her do everything, after all, right? Anri]] also falls under this category, culminating in forcing [[spoiler: Charlotte]] to repeatedly say, "It's not my fault."²** [[spoiler: Anri repeats this exercise with Charles in Episode 3]].²** [[spoiler: White Society. Its members vote for people who they blame for the problems, and Q84 murders these scapegoats.]] She lampshades this.²-->'''Q84:''' These people only need new scapegoats to blame for their inability to change. ²* NightmareFetishist: [[spoiler: Charlotte Q84, the player character for the first part of Episode 3, runs a deeply unsettling television show where she gruesomely executes her classmates with a grin plastered on her face.]]²* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: In ''Delirium'', Charlotte plays this role. It's played for laughs.²* NoMedicationForMe: Charlotte stops taking her medication between Episodes 1 and 2.²* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler: V19 to an extent.]]²* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Everyone has their own soul cube, which contains their soul data. As data, it can be formatted and debugged, which is the purpose of the trial. The trial is suppose to help people deemed defective, but it actually just destroys the souls of people who don't conform to social norms. [[note]] The trial works by giving everyone one vote, and anyone who doesn't get a vote is deemed defective[[/note]]²* PaperThinDisguise: Near the end of Episode 1, several Executioners block Charlotte and Felix's path, and will kill them if the see them. They disguise themselves by simply wearing Executioner masks. ²* PlayerAndProtagonistIntegration: Of the '''Advisor''' and '''Controller''' variants. At the same time.²* PsychicLink: The drug Linq is used in Episode 3 as a means for lonely and paranoid people to share memories, [[spoiler: sometimes forcibly.]]²* PunishedForSympathy: [[spoiler: Charlotte may well already be a social outcast, but associating with C certainly doesn't help her any.]]²* PublicExecution: Execution Hour, a show where Q84 executes people who White Society has voted to kill.²* PuppeteerParasite: [[spoiler:'''YOU'''.]]²* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Half of Pythia race strongly disagrees with the Oracles' [[spoiler: AssimilationPlot]]. [[spoiler: [[KillTheGod They win.]]]]²** After Q84 learns [[spoiler: that her fate is to be abused without fighting back, she immediately fought back by killing anyone she saw as a threat.]]²* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids²* SociopathicHero: An interesting subversion: [[spoiler: Q84 appears to understand her actions cause distress, and so does not lack empathy, but ultimately does not care.]]²** Played straight in ''Delirium''.²* StressVomit: Charlotte coughs up ink when she's under extreme duress in Episode 2.²* StylisticSuck: The graphic design in the commercials from Episode 3 is intentionally horrendous, complete with tacky fonts, eye-searingly bright colors, poor photomanipulation (at one point, a Shutterstock watermark appears on an image), and heavy artifacting.²** Arguably, Charlotte's art can be seen as this, as her drawings in Episode 2 are very childish.²* SuperOCD: Aiden's room is always perfectly symmetrical, which Charlotte comments on.²* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Umbrella Man, C, Charlottes (except Deliriums Charlotte) who've merged with the Oracle have these. All of them are special in some way.²* TalkingToThemself: Since nobody can see Seth, Charlotte appears to be talking to herself whenever she interacts with him. Charlotte also narrates her own actions aloud in Episode 1.²* TerrifiedOfGerms: C is severely mysophobic.²* TheBully: Episode 2 is filled with these, taking place mostly at Charlotte's school.²* TheUnfavorite: WordOfGod suggests that this is the reason that [[spoiler: Anri]] is the way she is.²* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: [[spoiler: The entirety of Episode 1, and about half of Episode 2. etherane has revealed that at least some part of Charlotte's life in the latter really ''is'' that strange, and that she isn't hallucinating all of it.]]²* TookALevelInJerkass: Pretty much everyone in Episode 3, but [[spoiler: especially Charlotte, who is highly misanthropic throughout.]]²** Subverted in that [[spoiler:the Charlotte in most of Episode 3 (unit Q84) isn't the Charlotte we're familiar with, and is said to have been this way from quite early in her existence]].²* TookALevelInKindness: Most of the residents of the House (including Charlotte) seem to have done this in Episode 2, compared to the previous episode.²** Except for Felix, who has grown aggressive and distant, especially towards Charlotte. [[spoiler: After TheReveal of [[TomatoInTheMirror what truly happened to Charlotte]] at the end of Episode 1, one cannot blame him for flipping out.]]²** The entire plot of ''Hello Charlotte'' is arguably this for [[spoiler: Scarlett Eyler.]]²* TraumaCongaLine: One can argue that [[spoiler: most of the cast, especially Charlotte herself]] as of Episode 2 has suffered or is suffering one.²** In an optional section of Episode 2, [[spoiler: [[HeroicComedicSociopath Bennett]] is revealed to have basically been born to live one, but unlike most of the other cases, is mostly over it.]]²* UncannyValleyGirl: See anything regarding Q84, above.²* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Subverted. Charlotte is the nicest person in the Hello Charlotte.²** Played straight with [[spoiler: Delirium's Charlotte, Q84 and V19]]. They are all murderers, although each have their own reasons for doing so. ²* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Worn by the Executioners, Pythias who turned against the Oracle.²** Charlotte and Felix don these temporarily to sneak past some exuctioners.²-->(After putting on the masks).²-->'''Felix:''' How do I look?²-->'''Charlotte:''' Rather menacing.²* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: [[spoiler: Anri, revealing her orchestration of Charlotte's abuse]] over the course of Episode 2, implies it was to teach her "a lesson".²* WindmillCrusader: [[spoiler: It's implied the entirety of the first episode might have been this.]]²* WouldntHitAGirl: Averted. [[spoiler: Some of her classmates have no problem with beating up or manhandling Charlotte.]]²* YourHeadASplode: Some students in Charlotte's school do this if she interacts with them. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Nobody bats an eye at it]].²!!Tropes exclusive to Heaven's Gate²* AlternateUniverse: The Heaven's Gate universe is a lot nicer all round, mainly due to the absence of Scarlett Eyler, the fact Charles and Vincent meet when they are children and that Anri doesn't move away, each having a positive effect on Charles.²* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: There are five interludes in the game, the first featuring Charlotte and Frei, the second, third and fifth featuring Bennett and Felix and the fourth is Aether Almanac, a story Vincent wrote.²* AfterSchoolCleaningDuty: This is how Anri and Charles meet in this universe.²----

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