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LiEat is a series of three short RPGs made by Miwashiba on Wolf RPG Editor, released in 2014. It follows a young dragon who can eat lies, named Efina, and her adventures as she accompanies her "dad", a con artist named Leo.

The games have been translated into English by vgperson and can be found here, here and here. You can now buy the entire trilogy as a single package on Steam.

A novelization called LiEat: The Lie-Eating Dragon and the Forgotten-Colour Songtress (嘘喰いドラゴンと忘却色の歌姫) is available on Amazon here. An English translation has been provided by vgperson, which can be found here.

LiEat provides examples of:

  • Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: How the lies and the lie-corrupted Teo talk.
  • Aerith and Bob: Efina and Enos are probably the only people with a strange name among characters like Leo, Carol, Keith, Rachel, Lucas...
  • All There in the Manual: Beating the game allows you access to character profiles, which reveals things that weren't mentioned in-game (like last names).
  • And the Adventure Continues: Recurringly in each game's endings.
  • Animal Motif: William gets sheep, Olivia gets snakes and Phantom Thief Butterfly obviously gets butterflies.
  • Big Bad:
    • Vermillion Vampire has the titular vampire, Rachel Rigfire, who is haunting Vermillion Town and is the killer of Carol Deledda. It is revealed that she is a Tragic Villain who is forced to kill by her vampire nature.
    • Azure Dreameater has Olivia Cameron as the culprit behind the Laser-Guided Amnesia afflicting Azure Town using the titular Dreameater, the sheep dragon William, as the means, and the one behind the repeated assaults on Lucas Balliol, her boyfriend, to punish him for cheating.
    • A Big Bad Ensemble in Gold Thief where it has the titular thief, Phantom Thief Butterfly aka Cyril, as the one behind the attack of lies on Gold Town; and later Sid/Theobald Leonharts himself who serve as the Final Boss of the game after being corrupted by the Lies.
    • Forgotten-Color Songstress, the prequel, has the lies themselves corrupting Indigo Town.
  • Colorful Theme Naming: The settings of each game: Vermillion Town, Azure Town, Gold Town, and Violet Town.
  • Continuity Nod: At the end of the first game, Efi says:
    Efi: (concerning the place they were going next) Somewhere with lots of fun and games! Or just, somewhere cool!
    • At the beginning of the second game, this dialogue occurs:
    Efi: What kind of place is it?
    Hal: It's got fun and games.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
    • Each Big Bad of LiEat is different from one to the other.
      • Rachel Rigfire is a vampire in Vermilion Town who is responsible for Carol's death at the start of the game, who is driven from her bloodlust and cares for her older brother Keith. Olivia Cameron is a snake lady who works in the casino in Azure Town, who is Lucas' abusive girlfriend. Rachel is a Tragic Villain whose villainy is triggered by her vampiric nature where Keith protects her from being executed due to her nature. Olivia is a Smug Snake who is the complete opposite to Rachel in many ways, being an obsessive Yandere and a Sore Loser who refuses to accept losses and is Obviously Evil, going so far in using William to initiate a mass memory wipeout.
      • Unlike the previous antagonists Rachel and Olivia, the main antagonist of III, Cyril "Butterfly Thief" Leonhart, is a human who is Phantom Thief and a Bifauxnen who looks like a boy at first. She has similarities to Olivia, being charismatic, manipulative and charming; but while Olivia is a Smug Snake who cannot handle losses and resorts to abuse and cheating, Cyril is a Phantom Thief who is extremely suave and skilled, who doesn't go into a breakdown when her plans are in danger. Both the previous antagonists were the Non-Action Big Bad of their games and had zero close relations to Teo, while Cyril is forefront to the action and has a very deeply personal connection to Teo.
    • The other antagonists are also different in each game, despite being Lie-corrupted near the end of the game.
      • Keith Rigfire is the titular Vermilion Vampire, who is Rachel's 18-year-old older brother, has a calm and collected personality and will do anything extreme to protect her from execution from the town's townspeople. William is the titular Azure Dreameater, who is a 4-month-old dragon boy (appearing as 4 years old) serving as Sofia Juanele's servant, is extremely shy and naive, being an innocent boy who is unable to comprehend good and evil. Both were eventually corrupted by Lies from their actions, but while Keith constantly lies to the town's visitors about Rachel's actions, William instead lies about how everything is right that ultimately led him to have more self-doubts.
      • Unlike the previous antagonists, the titular Gold Thief is not the Final Boss of the game that is fought by Efina. Instead it is Theobald Leonhart, who becomes the Big Bad Friend to Efina in III. Unlike Keith and William who lie to hide their tragedy and their insecurities and don't have personal connections to the main character, Theo is a Consummate Liar who lies a lot more convincingly and is an experienced young man, who has a lot more personal connections towards his disowned "family" and is the target of Cyril's enmity.
  • Earn Your Bad Ending: Since the combat is really simple, most players have to actively try to get a bad ending in the first game.
  • Flavor Text: For all the weapons and equipment. Some examples from the first game:
    • Weapons:
      • Knife: A little knife.
      • Small Cookie: A flavor you've never tasted.
      • Serrated Knife: It's all jagged.
      • Liar: Lies with every breath.
      • Small Macaron: Delicious!
    • Equipment:
      • Long Red Coat: Warm.
      • Diamond Ornaments: Hard.
      • Blue Dress: Fairly light.
      • Blue Earmuffs: They have a big ribbon attached.
  • Guide Dang It!: How to achieve the good ending in LiEat 3. Before you fight the Butterfly Thief, Teo must be level 12 or lower. After this, the player must grind so Efi is level 13 or higher. Then when Teo is in the hallway, you must interact with the eye in the wall twice and have Teo enter it. Afterwards, the player must win the fight againist Teo. The game does slightly hint at this with Efina mentioning she's too weak to eat all of Teo's lies in the normal ending, but even then it's a stretch.
  • Horned Humanoid: Dragons have horns but usually hide them.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Efi is 98 cm (3ft 2in) and Leo is 170 cm (5ft 6in).
  • Humans Are Bastards: Brett thinks so, due to being abused and used in a human trafficking organization by humans when he was younger. He's very leery of Leo and constantly asks Efi if Leo's treating her kindly.
  • Idiot Hair: Cyril and Iris. Rachel has a flaming one.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The Legendary Knife and Legendary Cake in the first game. They can be found in the broken lamp near Keith and Rachel's house. They re-appear in the second and third game, though in even less obvious spots. Finding them in the third game even brings an achievement.
  • In-Series Nickname: Efina is usually called Efi.
    • Leo tends to call Rosalie Feathers.
    • Harold tells Efi to call him Hal because young Efi has trouble pronouncing Harold.
    • Sid lets Efi call him Teo in private. Teo is apparently the nickname he was identified with during the past.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: What the people in Azure Town's resort seem to suffer. That's because William, a dream eating dragon, has been eating people's memories through their dreams to help them forget their troubles.
    • This also happens to the main cast during the second game's bad ending, where William erases everyone's memories and escapes.
  • Multiple Endings: All the games.
    • The first game has two Bad Endings and one Good Ending.
    • The second game has one Bad Ending and one Good Ending.
    • The third game has a Bad Ending, a Normal Ending and a True Ending.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Dragons are humanoid beings born from wishes. When someone wishes for something extremely hard, an egg will form, and from that egg will hatch a dragon. A dragon's powers and abilities are related to the wish: for example, Neil's Nigh-Invulnerability comes from the previous police captain wishing for someone who'd always be with her and an ally who'd never be lost in battle. Neil thinks that Brett's shadow powers came from a wish to be able to conduct kidnappings without getting caught. William is revealed to be born because the manager had horrible nightmares from her time as an executioner that she wanted to get rid off. And Efina is born because Teo was aware that his lies would pile up and consume him one day, wishing for them to disappear.
  • Pointy Ears: The dragons have these.
  • Running Gag:
    • In the third game, Efi or Sid commenting on the noises/faces Iris makes when she needs to really concentrate to use her powers.
    • Leo avoiding Efi detecting his lies by making statements that confuse her hopelessly.
  • Sad Battle Music: Every Boss theme except Butterfly’s. Fitting, as the bosses are people who have fallen victim to The Corruption. It’s especially poignant when fighting Sid/Teo in the third game.
  • Short Title: Long, Elaborate Subtitle: Each game has a fairly lengthy subtitle, compared to the title.
    • The subtitles:
    Lieat: The Lie-Eating Dragon and the Vermillion Vampire.
    Lieat II: The Lie-Eating Dragon and the Azure Dreameater.
    Lieat III: The Lie-Eating Dragon and the Gold Thief.
    • And the novel:
    Lieat: The Lie-Eating Dragon and the Forgotten Color Songstress.
  • Starter Equipment: In the first game:
    • Leo: Knife, Liar, Long Red Coat, Diamond Ornaments
    • Efina: Small Cookie, Blue Dress, Blue Earmuffs
  • Winged Humanoid: Dragons have wings but usually hide them.
  • Younger Than They Look: Efi and William look like little kids but are under a year old. Likewise, Iris looks like a young adult but is about 9 years old. Neil is the most extreme, being over 100 years old, but only looking like 30.