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LiEat is a series of three short RPGs made by Miwashiba (creator of Alice Mare and 1bit Heart) 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 On 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
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  • Animal Motif: William gets sheep, Olivia gets snakes and Phantom Thief Butterfly obviously gets butterflies.
  • Bandage Babe: Sofia has bandages over her left eye.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Carol and Rosalie.
  • Bifauxnen: Hoo boy, Cyril.
  • Big Bad: Olivia in the second game and Phantom Thief Butterfly (a.k.a. Cyril) in the third. Technically Rachel is this in the first, but they don’t really directly antagonize you, and the novel has No Antagonist aside from the lies, as it’s ultimately just a misunderstanding.
  • Casting a Shadow: Brett's ability. He can pull shadows out of the ground as jagged, black shapes that can hold swords and uses them to attack. He can also use his shadow like a sort of Hammerspace and to teleport.
  • Colorful Theme Naming: The settings of each game: Vermillion Town, Azure Town, and Gold 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.
  • Cool Big Bro: Teo was this to Cyril, Enos, and Gene when they were younger.
  • Cool Mask: The phantom thief has a butterfly-shaped one.
  • The Corruption: People who lie too much will eventually get consumed by their lies. They get overtaken by the black gunk that lies manifest as and turn hostile and barely comprehensible.
  • 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.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Neil.
  • Flaming Hair: Rachel, but only the hair that's below her ears and her Idiot Hair, and her brother Keith, who has flaming streaks.
  • 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 Boat: Warm.
      • Diamond Ornaments: Hard.
      • Blue Dress: Fairly light.
      • Blue Earmuffs: They have a big ribbon attached.
  • Flunky Boss: Keith and William both start their fights with Little Lies.
  • Funny Animal: Levin the cat, though his two tails might hint towards a nekomata origin.
    • The dog/wolf guards at Azure Town Resort.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Cyril, who's a woman. Being Bifauxnen does not help.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Efi gets some in the second game. Iris too.
  • Hair Decoration: Efi always wears a bow and hair clips of some sort. Other characters wear hair clips or something that ties back their hair tails.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Carol and Enos.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the Normal Ending of the third game, Efina over expends her powers to save Teo from his lies, dying in the process.
  • 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.
  • I Have Many Names: Since Leo is a con artist, he has to operate under various names. In the second game, he's Harold and in the third he's Sid, and in the novel he’s Al. His real name is Teobaldo Leonharts.
  • Immortality: Neil's ability is immortality, which gives him Nigh-Invulnerability and a very limited perception of pain.
  • 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 to 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.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Olivia has a snake tail.
  • Living Lie Detector: Efina can turn lies into physical entities which she can eat, meaning that people who lie will cause the little critters to manifest. But Efi is young and inexperienced, meaning that she can tell when a person's lying but can't tell which exact statement is a lie, especially if someone says a lot of things at once. This causes multiple critters to appear, but only one of them is actually a lie.
    • The fact that Efi knows that Leo lies a lot, considering his job, but can't tell when he's lying is a plot point.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Lie-corrupted Teo's hair changes to black and white.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Leo in the first game. Brett starting with the second game.
  • Multicolored Hair: Leo always has different coloured streaks, though the colour of his hair and his streaks changes per game.
    • There's also Olivia, who has green hair with a pink streak, and Keith and Rachel, who both have black hair with red Flaming Hair. Also Neil, who has blue hair and lighter blue cowlicks.
  • 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.
  • Only One Name: Efina has no last name.
  • 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.
  • Phantom Thief: Butterfly. They even have “phantom thief” in their name!
  • Pointy Ears: The dragons have these.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In the first game, Leo has a ponytail that reaches his hips. Also Rachel, Rosalie, Sofia, Olivia, Iris, and Efi in the third game.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Neil appears to be in his thirties (according to his profile, anyways) but is actually around 100 years old.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Teo becomes corrupted by lies, his eyes turn red.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Olivia, the snake lady, serves as the antagonist of the second game and is an abusive wife to Lucas.
  • Running Gag: Efi or Sid commenting on the noises/faces Iris makes when she needs to really concentrate to use her powers. Also 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.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Olivia is a well-mannered lady. She's also the person who gave her husband, Lucas, his facial scar.
  • 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.
  • Smug Snake: Olivia is quite the literal example.
  • Scars Are Forever: Teo has a scar from when he gave up one of his kidneys to get money for his adopted siblings to live off of. Played with regarding Lucas who states that some scars are this while others are fake due to being fashionable.
  • Sweet Tooth: Efina. Even her equipment is sweets themed.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Efi (or the player) in the Bad End of the first game. Sending a little clueless girl into a dark alley at night after several warnings is definitely a good idea.
  • Tsundere: Leo. It gets lampshaded in the good ending of the third game.
    Efi: Do you like me?
    Sid: Don't hate you.
  • Whip It Good: Sofia carries a whip around, though she only uses it once in the game during her introduction.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Rosalie's shorts border on not having pant legs at all.
  • Winged Humanoid: Dragons have wings but usually hide them.
    • Rosalie has four wings.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Many characters have hair colours like blue, lavender, green...
  • 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.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Rachel, who has knee-high boots, and Iris, who combines thigh-high socks with garters.


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