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Video Game / Aleste

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A series of Vertical Scrolling Shooter games made by Compile. Most of the Aleste games received North American and/or European release but were renamed to hide the connection.

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  • Action Girl: Ellinor Waizen.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In the first game, DIA 51 is infected by a virus and attempts to destroy the human race.
  • Breakout Character: Ellinor originally appeared in Aleste 2 as the main protagonist. Since then, she had also appeared as the protagonist of M.U.S.H.A. and GG Aleste and she is also set to become the main character of Aleste Branch.
  • Covers Always Lie: This poster for the second game, which features Ellinor wielding a flamethrower makes the game look like it'll be a Run-and-Gun game in the style of Contra, though it isn't.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: As usual for the genre, defeated enemies immediately turn into neat fireballs.
  • Expy: Ellinor's early designs resemble Noa Izumi.
  • Flash of Pain: The protagonist's spacecraft often flashes white when hit.
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  • Fun with Acronyms: Aleste is revealed to be short for "Aerial Loading and Embedding System for Tactical Enforcement".
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Vagand is this to the first game, as they were responsible for DIA 51's malfunction.
  • Hospital Epilogue: M.U.S.H.A. and GG Aleste end with Ellinor recovering in a hospital.
  • Karma Houdini: In the second game, Rosa is the only surviving member of the Vagand, yet she was the one directly responsible for Ray's death. It's implied she developed a Heel–Face Turn with the death of Gaizel, as she is last seen at Ray's funeral, picking up one of the flowers.
  • Plant Aliens: The main villains of the second game, the Vagand, consists of these.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In the second game, after defeating Brafnel, he tells Ellinor that her battles took place in a time bubble, and that three months have passed since then. He even tells her that Earth is now a world of fire, but Ellinor simply pumps Brafnel full of lead and kills him.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Vegant/Vagant/Vagand... Even the manual isn't sure of the right spelling.
  • Spread Shot: Present from the original Aleste onwards, where some enemies fired a dozen-bullet spread that eventually reached both edges of the screen.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Ray, who was The Hero of the first game, is killed off at the beginning of the second game.
  • You Killed My Father: The second game begins with Ray's death at the hands of the Vagand, and Ellinor must not only save the Earth by defeating the Vagand, but also avenge her father's death.


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