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Creator / Charon

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A self-portrait, as seen in her works.
Charon is a creator of freeware, narrative-focused Visual Novel-like games, mostly made with RPG Maker, but sometimes with other engines like Wolf RPG Editor as well.

The games she has made, with their own pages, are:

Some of her other games are:

  • You Me And Empty Words
    • You Me And Secrets (Charon’s first 18+ game)
  • The Cradle of Ruin
    • Mikuri Sacramento (Japanese only)
  • Fake World's End (Japanese only)
  • PARANOIA (Japanese only)
  • Vanilla -Garden Of Judgement-
  • Kaleido Stella
  • Tanoshi! Kantan Quiz (Charon’s first Mobile Phone Game, Japanese only)
  • Yumemi Melancholy (Charon’s first Web Games, Japanese only)
  • Haitoku Shirene (Japanese only)
  • Kubitori Sarasa (Japanese only)
  • Asami Escape (Japanese only)
  • Trauma Maid (Charon’s first Crossover game with Tsubasa Haven, Japanese only)
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  • Healing Rain Sounds – Amaya Dori –

Charon is currently having an ongoing Web Animation called Yandere Opera, which is available on her YouTube channel here.

Her website can also be found here as well.

Tropes common to Charon's works include:

  • Attempted Rape: In Makoto Mobius, The Dark Side of Little Red Riding Hood, You, Me and Empty Words, its sequel You, Me and Secrets, and Vanilla -Garden Of Judgements-.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Since a majority of her characters are Yanderes, the True Ends often end with them getting away with murder.
  • Character Overlap: As of Bokko Youchien, Charon had added characters from her previous works as cameos of some sort in her recent games.
    • Ayano of Mix Ore had appeared in Bokko Youchien as a Kindergarten teacher at Mitarou and Kotomi’s school.
    • Mikoto of the titular Mikoto Nikki had made an appearance in Bokko Youchien as well in the playable epilogue, where she had revealed to have married Matarou and had a son named Mitarou.
      • She also appears in the Mobile Phone Game, Utsuro Nikki, as a younger version of herself.
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    • In Fake World’s End, pretty much the entire cast from the previous Charon games appears all together as students attending the same school, including the very much alive Yukimaru and Sanae.
    • Rikana not only did have her own spin-off and made an appearance in the said-above game, but she made a guest appearance in the web series, Yandere Opera.
    • Yukimaru is the most recurrent character in the Charon universe, despite being a minor character. He first appeared in Mikoto Nikki as Mikoto's deceased boyfriend and later, appears in Menherefflesia (as Itarou's best friend), Fake World’s End (as one of the students in Taro’s school), Dice Psycho and Vanilla: Garden of Judgement (as Soyo's lover when she was alive).
    • Tsukimi appears in the recent game, Kaleido Stella, where she is still alive and had married Utarou, but Utarou still died from his illness.
      • Angelica and her sister Demonica from The Cradle of Ruin also appear in Kaleido Stella.
    • Somehow inverted with former mascot, Misato “Misa”, from Paranoia, where she made her debut in Menherafflesia during the epilogue. This could count as an Ascended Extra, due to her prominent role in Charon’s next game.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Most of her characters have the same color for their hair and eyes.
  • Driven to Suicide: Some characters will have suicidal thoughts and may or may not attempt to take their own life. It is worth giving a trigger warning for those who may be sensitive to the dark subject.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Most of her characters will have this at least once when they encounter something painful or something that they don't like.
    • The male leads typically have these eyes. It's unknown if it's to reflect their blank slate for the player or if they're just stoic.
  • Four Is Death: She seems to like using this trope.
    • In Yanderella, both True Ends have the Woman Scorned kill Yatarou and the girl he gave the bunny to on the fourth day.
    • In Mix Ore, Kantarou or his selected girl will die horribly on the fourth day. However, depending on the ending, Kantarou might live.
  • Kid Hero: Typically, the player characters are teenagers with a couple protagonists like Mitarou and Hotarou being actual kids.
  • Last-Second Ending Choice: This creator is fond of using this trope.
    • The only thing that all the choices in Mikoto Nikki do is add small character moments. It's the choice when you go into the closet that sets up the ending.
    • Most of the choices in Yanderella don't really matter. True, you can choose which girl you get to see each night. However, the choice that really determines your ending is who gets the stuffed bunny.
    • While the choices in Mix Ore determine what kind of character Kantarou is, the only choice that influences the ending is how you respond to your respective girl.
  • Multiple Endings: Her games have at least two endings available.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Some of the "Bad Ends" are actually the happier endings in comparison to the True Ends.
    • Subverted with Makoto Mobius, which has multiple Bad Ends and one True End. All the Bad Ends for that game are actually quite depressing. Unless Watarou killed himself, neither Makoto nor his family would live in peace.
    • Also subverted with Mikoto Nikki, with the "Bad Ends" being the harsh endings instead of the True End. The only way to turn things around was just to hug Mikoto to ensure everything’s alright.
  • Odd Name Out: Recently, there are a few male leads that have names that don’t end with “-tarou:”
    • In Millefiori, the male lead and Rikana’s friend is named Kojirou (though it’s still pretty close to the fact his name has “-rou” in the end, without the “-ta-“ in between).
      • The same goes for Blanco/Shiro from Vanilla -Garden Of Judgement-.
    • You, Me And Secrets had the male protagonist being named Aoi - a far-cry from the traditional “-tarou” namings.
    • Kaleido Stella introduces Manako, the lead male of the game with just the “-o” or “-ou” being the only thing that was partially close to being part of Charon’s name theme.
  • Only Six Faces: It's pretty clear that Charon's characters are based off of character bases. They just have different hair and eye colors and hair styles.
  • Series Mascot: The bunny that always appears as a save point in and every one of Charon’s game.
    • Mikoto can arguably be Charon’s favorite character, due to the usage of her image on their logos.
    • Prior to this, however, Misa of Paranoia was the frequent icon of Charon’s - appearing a few times on several loading screens.
  • Signature Style: There are a lot that stand out with this game maker:
    • The male character, if one is provided, have a name ending with "-tarou".
    • A bunny icon is used as a save point for most of her games.
    • Two types of endings are available: Bad and True.
    • The game will have some influences drawn from other games and anime. A primary influence on her Yandere games is Future Diary.
    • Music from other games and/or anime is used.
    • At least one character is a Yandere or psychologically-challenged.
    • The protagonist will have a set of skills put in as a joke, one of which almost always being "Sniff."
  • Shout-Out: Tends to do this with her games.
    • Yanderella features a Psychotic Love Triangle between a young man and two girls he knows. Never heard that before.
    • Mix Ore's Strawberry Milk Route uses the names Nagisa and Sanae.
    • Makoto Möbius has Watarou constantly resetting time to save Makoto from dying, does this remind you of a certain magic girl we know?
    • The Dark Side Of Red Riding Hood had the titular heroine being told not to stray from the path... Uh-oh...
    • A couple of her games are a Shout-Out to Future Diary.
      • Nagisa from Mix Ore is a Rose-Haired Sweetie as well as a Stalker with a Crush for Kantarou. If her route is selected, she will Murder the Hypotenuse, Kantarou's real girlfriend, and will either pull a Murder-Suicide on the two of them or just kill herself.
      • Mikoto Nikki has a girl with a Dark and Troubled Past who has kept the corpses of her parents and another boyfriend, Yukimaru, in her bedroom closet. Even the title itself is similar to Mirai Nikki.
      • Yanderella features Yatarou proposing that he and Hinata get married when they're older in True End 2: Cinderella's Darkness. In the first part of the game, she even announces that she's Yatarou's bride-to-be.
      • In Makoto Mobius, Watarou uses the Mobius curse to go back to the night that Makoto was supposed to die and find a way to save her. To achieve the True End, Watarou has to stab himself with a kitchen knife and break the cycle. It kinda sounds like first world Yuno going to the second world to be with Yuki and committing suicide to make second world Yuki God.
  • Smurfette Principle: Most of the player characters are male. The Dark Side of Red Riding Hood focuses on Little Red Riding Hood, who is the only female protagonist, so far, in Charon’s series.
  • Together in Death: Some Yanderes may try to pull a Murder-Suicide so that this can happen for them and their loved one. The ending will determine if they succeed or not.
    • Tsukimi Planet has something like this happen except that the character isn't a Yandere and doesn't kill Utarou. He dies from an illness that shortens his life and she kills herself to be with him.
  • Story to Gameplay Ratio: A good portion of Charon’s works are heavily story-centric with minimal to no actual gameplay. The “gameplay” focuses on moving the player character around a map and either selecting an item or going to a certain location. The only work that’s styled more like a game is Mikoto Nikki where Matarou explores Mikoto’s house and uncovers her diary scraps in specific areas.
  • World of Technicolor Hair: Most of her characters tend to have unusual hair colors like reddish-purple, blue, gray, purple, pink, and other colors.