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Transparent Black is a Freeware Game released on Steam in 2017. It focuses on Liza, after the events of Confess My Love, who is now being relentlessly bullied by her classmates and blamed for Willie's accident and death. Like its predecessor, the game has different endings, plenty of secrets and twists to discover through exploration and trial-and-error, with minor differences between each game that build up to the final ending.

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  • Big Bad: Jael, Liza’s best friend, is the one responsible for Liza’s relentless bullying, as she made a contract with the Goddess of Evil to make the other students bully Liza in order to have Liza to herself, and is also the one who cursed Willie to die and be trapped in his own personal hell.
  • Broken Ace: Liza used to be admired and loved by everyone, before Jael made a contract with a demon in order to make her hated by her family and classmates.
  • Chick Magnet: It's revealed that Willie from Confess My Love was popular between the girls at class. Not only was Willie unaware of it, but he had a crush on Liza, one of the few ones who wasn't interested in him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Jael. She was orphaned at a very young age, but was adopted by a rich family. Even though the parents treated her well, her new brother wasn't too happy about having a sister and rentlessly bullied her, while reminding her she wasn't really part of the family. This made her believe she didn't have a place to belong to, until she met Liza and became obsessed with her.
    • Liza as well, considering her broken home life along with the above mentioned Broken Ace entry.
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  • Darker and Edgier: Moreso than Confess My Love. Unlike that game, this one doesn’t pretend to be a lighthearted game about love, but openly presents its dark exterior. The atmosphere is more dreary as well, with the only colors being black and grey, the music is foreboding, the plot deals with Liza being bullied by her classmates, and Liza can even kill all her classmates and Jael for what they did to her.
  • Deal with the Devil: In the Wish DLC, it turns out Jael made a pact with a demon known as ‘The Goddess Of Evil,’ just to have Liza to herself.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Liza's classmates start bullying her, blaming her for Willie's death. They're more or less right.
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  • Didn't Think This Through: Killing your love rival (who was the class idol and a very sweet boy) and turning the classmates into vicious bullies so that the girl you love would start to notice you for once? Yeah, no.
  • Downer Ending: All endings end up with Liza dead or emotionally broken. But the ending "Black and White" is the most depressing of all. Although Liza becomes aware that Jael is the reason she's been bullied by her classmates, she chooses to act as nothing happened. For her part, Liza is now hated by everyone and emotionally dependent on Jael, just like Jael wanted. And Willie is still dead.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: You can't have any standards if even Julie (a demon) is repulsed by Jael's actions and how far she went in order to have Liza all to herself.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The plot was caused by Jael and The Goddess of Evil (particularly the former, since her Deal with the Devil is the cause of Willie's death.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jael isn't just protective of Liza, she's also viciously jealous and does not want anyone intruding in their happiness. Willie found out the hard way.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The game keeps on repeating, with Liza being tormented by her classmates and her abusive father. This is a result of Jael being forced to be on Liza's shoes.
  • Heel Realization: Jael hits this hard, once Julie confronted her and forced her to be in Liza's shoes just for isolating everyone around her for Jael's personal needs.
  • Identity Amnesia: At first, after waking up in the "Groundhog Day" Loop, Jael can't remember who she is and at first thinks she's Liza, even taking her appearance. After it's made thoroughly clear to her that she isn't her, she wanders around lost and identity-less for a while, eventually finding herself drawn to the Lilly Bed and recovering her memories.
  • Isometric Projection: The game takes on an isometric perspective, like its predecessor.
  • Karma Houdini: In "Black and White", Jael ends up making Liza emotionally dependent on her, just like she always wanted.
    • Subverted in Pure White, where Liza killed Jael and then herself in the end.
  • Kick the Dog: Liza doesn't seem to care much about the fact that Willie had a crush on her (and died on a car accident when he was on the way to confess his love for her) and seems more worried about Jael. Justified, as to her Willie was just a classmate, while Jael is her best friend.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Everything Jael did was for Liza, even if it was because her own obsessive love for her. Julie actually calls her out on this, accusing her of making everyone hate Liza and kill Willie just because she wanted to have Liza all for herself.
  • Multiple Endings
    • Red Over Black: Liza commits suicide after murdering all her classmates.
    • White With Black: After enduring the bullying of her classmates, Liza walks home with Jael as if nothing happened.
    • Transparent Black: After murdering all her classmates, Liza is consoled by Jael.
    • Black and White: Jael remembers her memories and goes back to the real world to reunite with Liza again. The two walk away home like nothing happened. Liza muses about how she knows Jael is the cause of the bullying she's been subjected for the past weeks, but will continue to overlook it, since she's become emotionally dependent on her.
    • Pure White: Jael remembers her memories and goes back to the real world. She meets Julie, who calls her out on her selfish actions and how Liza is planning to commit suicide in order to end her suffering. Realizing what she did, Jael finds Liza at the classroom. She tells Jael that she knows that she's the reason of the bullying she's been subjected to for the past weeks but that she doesn't hate her since they're best friends. As she finishes saying this, she takes a knife, killing Jael and then herself. Apparently this is the True Ending of the game.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Jael, upon regaining her memories, realized she was the source of Liza’s suffering and tried to make amends... only for it to be too late...
  • Noble Demon: Julie, the demon from Confess My Love used her powers in order to make Jael experience a "Groundhog Day" Loop in which she suffers all the bullying Liza had gone through. She was angry that Jael had killed poor Willie over a Disproportionate Retribution.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Remember Julie?, the demon who took Willie's soul down to Hell in the previous game? She called out Jael for all the evil she wrought for the sake of getting Liza to love her.
  • Remember the New Guy?: There's no mention of Jael in Confess My Love, until this game reveals she's Liza's best and only friend. Justified, as she made a contract with the Goddess of Evil to make Liza emotionally dependent on her.
  • Sanity Slippage: Liza (actually Jael forced to be in Liza's shoes) goes through one after enough endings had passed.
  • Psycho Lesbian / Yandere: Jael.
  • Sequel Hook: Just who is the Goddess of Evil?
  • Walking Spoiler: Jael's overall involvement in Confess My Love and this game is fairly significant, but it isn't revealed until near the very end of the game, where she turns out to be the Big Bad.


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