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I Want to Pursue the Mean Side Character! is my very first visual novel! I hope you enjoy it!

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Beatrix is used to being misunderstood by her fellow peers. With her sharp eyes, tall height, and ringlets, she looks like the mean villain straight from a novel. Thus, she decided that if she was forever going to be seen as the mean bully, she might as well reside herself to the role. However, things change when she becomes fast friends with the new commoner transfer student, to everyone’s surprise including her own. And more weirdly, how this new transfer student can seem to understand her better than anyone else and can see her for her true self rather than the part she had been reluctantly forced to play!


Beatrix Clermont, our easily misunderstood narrator. Has only one friend. Current concern is her height. 



Lily Abbot, Beatrix's best and only friend. Says weird things sometimes like "tsundere" and "moe." Current concern is how to stop running into males randomly.

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Content Advisory: Recommended Ages 16+ (Strong Language and Slight Mention of Death)

Play Time: 30 minutes???

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CREDITS:

Story+Code+Art by Tsun-Angelique

Sound Effects by ObseydianX

Music by maodamashii and Kevin Macleod

Castilian Spanish Translation by Julia Contothanassis

Special Thanks to NiAsobu, foleso, ingthing, Artic Fox, WoLoLoiK and many others on DevTalk+!

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Wow, this game's really adorable! I  love it! <3 The artstyle, the colours and the idea of it is so cute and appealing. Also Beatrix and Lily are so cute together I ship em sm-

(sorry for my bad grammar btw-)

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thank you so much!!! I ship Beatrix and Lily too, they my OTP, other than Edward x Trash

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the game has trojan code embeded

32 different anti virus/malware software's picked up trojan code

Looking into the code it downloads and runs a portable executable that is not the game itself which is very shady

it also has direct cpu access which means it can overclock your cpu easily which can fry the cpu

no normal program should do these things

Tsun your pc is probably infected this trojan seems to bury itself into whatever it can so it probably embeded itself into the games code I hope this issue can be fixed in the future

Oh my god, thank you for telling me this. I'm actually currently gonna ask a dev right now to help me fix this since this sounds serious. For now, I'm also gonna take the game off as well. Should I make a post for people to delete the game too off their computers? 

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Most likely Its probably the most safe option I would also advise you to ask people to do a quick scan using windows defender or any other anti virus software on there computer to make sure it hasn't spread to any other files

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The malware we are dealing with here is most likely doing a thing called Cryptojacking it isn't necessarily harmful what it does is it overclocks your cpu and mines for crypto currency such as bitcoin it spreads through emails .exe files etc if your computer is infected it will heat up a lot more the battery will drain quicker things will load slower and programs will crash more

Hi! So I did a full scan on my computer and also got a old file of the game as for some reason, we couldn't delete the virus from the game as it would only appear when it was booted. Could you please just double check for me if it's okay?

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you are in the clear its gone by what I can tell the file is clean

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An amazing anime/cartoon hybrid with great writing. Seriously, between the art/expressions AND the dialogue it went from 'eh, relateable' to 'eyyy, i get that' to 'That was too f*ckin' funny' in a really nice way.  

Android version?

Hi there! So if you’ll see under the download links and also under “Also Available on,” there’s a link to the game on Google Play where you can play it on the android I believe. You might have to create a account, but otherwise you can play my game and many other wonderful games by the people who helped published this game, Project Enso!

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Thanks a ton!! Just downloaded it!

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Left my review on the app store! 

thank you so much for your kind review!!! 

Hey! Whenever I download the game and extract it, and check the extracted folder, the file that has the game is gone? like it was deleted?

Hi! Could you show me please what is in the file? Also maybe check your recycle bin just to be safe? 

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First things first, I really enjoyed this short story! It was a bit of a mini-crisis to download and a small hop of faith to run it. But altogether it was worth it! in regards to content i have no complaints whatsoever. This was my first time playing a game like this. I didn't really expect what kind of story I'd gotten into until like the 9th text bar lol. Short, sweet, satisfying! However, whatever is causing the file to be flagged for malware should be checked out, it might scare some people away.I would've missed this gem if I didn't read the other responses. The only question I have is, will this be a series? It has some serious potential behind it.

Also, I deleted my previous because my issue was fixed and I didn't want to ruin the aesthetic of this page with an ugly image.

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Thank you! And I get what you mean, as someone who gets severe anxiety from the thought of viruses... But unfortunately we tried everything to fix it. I was actually thinking of putting the old version I had of the game which doesn’t have this issue, but also is not translated or has the updated GUI, as that one didn’t have this issue before. I’m not sure if I will make this as a series, I do love Lily and Beatrix, and would love to write more games about them, but at this moment I have no clue about what stories to tell about them next. However! I’m sure they’ll make other appearances, maybe not as main characters, but as cute and gay as ever! So please look forward to more work from me (and hopefully the next game won’t have this issue too...)

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So this is a problem the game has been going through for a while ever since it was coded so it can be on google play. The game is safe though. I’m not sure why some people’s virus protection is reacting like this to the game, but this is basically a situation where the game is showing up as a false positive in some people’s virus defenders. I can’t really explain why it’s showing as a false positive other than maybe that it doesn’t have a digital certificate, but I and the person who helped me program this have tried to work around it as getting it signed is extremely difficult. I really wish there’s more I could do for you as I know viruses can be scary and this showing up probably causes a lot of anxiety, but the game is safe and if you want to be extra safe, you can try using this website right here that one of the programmers that helped me gave me that might help break down the game a bit and see what’s actually inside? https://www.virustotal.com/gui/

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i love this so much i cant even aaadjajdafkasfksafkaflkfsa thank you for making this!

Thank you for playing it!!

I downloaded the game but i dont know where to go from here. help??

Hi I’m so sorry it took me so long to reply! Do you still need help? 

Yes please.  that would be super helpful

https://tsun-angelique.itch.io/i-want-to-pursue-the-mean-side-character/devlog/1...

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Thank you !!!

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This really helped i can download so many more games now!!!

Hi! I've been trying to play the game, but on Windows it keeps getting classified as malware and won't let me run it--I've been trying to find a fix, but haven't been able to so far... would you happen to know of a solution I'm missing? Thanks, and looking forward (hopefully) to playing your game!

so usually this is something you have to do with your computer, I know that sometimes when I play a game it won’t let me play because it doesn’t see it as a trusted source.Can you show me what issues you’re having please? Like what’s showing up?

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Ended up figuring it out! I got tripped up because antivirus kept deleting the .exe file before I could do anything. Apparently it's fixed if you go to the security popup, under actions hit 'allow', delete the game folder and then unzip it again.

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nicki and mackenzie from dork diaries wish they were this cute 

ive never read those books but I take this as a compliment! 

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one thing i need to know before playing. is it gay?

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Very

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For some reason I cant download the Windows version of the game ? Is the link broken ?

Hm, I'm not sure why it's doing that. I just checked and it seems like ti will let me download fine. Is it like a error? Or is it just not allowing you to click the download link?

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It just gave a blank page for some reason, might be my AV that's blocking it if it happens to direct to an .exe file to be honest.

I tried the MAC and Linux version and those downloaded just fine.

Weird... I'm gonna check on this and try and re-upload the files. Might mean no download links for a bit because Itch is having DL issues I think

I tried re-uploading! Please tell me if it works!

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That might be related or not, but the .exe file of the window versions gets blocked as infected by the Tiggre!rfn trojan by the default win 10 defender. Would not know how to fix that myself, though.

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HELLO i ABSOLUTELY adore this game! it did everything right. ive always liked stories where the mc goes for The Oh So Evil Side Character over the love interests and this just made me sob (in a good way!!) beatrix and lily are adorable and i love them a lot. thank you developing such a cute game and i look forward to any future works!

Thank you!!! I'll do my best to make my next work just as adorable!

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This hit every right note with me, my only complaint is that it's too short! I love mangas that explore the villainesses life in otome games as well as give them sympathy so you could imagine my joy when I found this! In the short time that I knew Beatrix I already found love and adoration for her. Her design is incredibly appealing and her character is wonderful, she looks like a villainess yet also retains this sense of misunderstood softness. Lily felt like a total  projection of myself in that scenario lol! I can't express how much I enjoyed this, fantastic work and such a wonderful find!

Haha, I joke too about how Lily is a self insert! And I totally agree! I wish there were more mangas that explored more about the villainess other than (she was bad)!

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This game is so cute!!! I art style is adorable and Lilly and Beatrix are really sweet and funny!!

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Thank you!!! 

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Such a good game - funniest concept LOL

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And thank you for the funny video!

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This is the best thing ever. I love it.

;v; Thank you!!! This comment made my day!

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UGH about time someone made this. I absolutely love it. It throws SO much shade towards the common otome game of peasant chasing prince and other royalty. It feels so good to have someone outright just bash the antagonist/villainess's cheating asshole scumbag hubby. (Excuse my language.) Also not to forget the great art style and character design as well. Chef's kiss on this one. 

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AHHHHH Thank you so much!!! And yes, I've always wanted someone to call out on the main love interest! It was my favorite scene to write, and I'm hoping I can make another game calling out more otome game tropes that make me angry!

Just to be sure is this all about Girls's life ?

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Did you mean Girl’s love? Then yes! It’s a very short kinetic novel about two girls who fall in love! It’s a little rough though I admit as this was my first game, but I hope you enjoy! 

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* Mild spoiler warning! *

Very cute game! I loved all the references to otome game clichés, they were all very clever. Also, I absolutely hate possessive LIs that get to do whatever they want with the MC, so there was a certain scene that was just really cathartic for me. ✿

I really liked how Lily's hairstyle is the classic straight brown with bangs, and the part about her having been recently adopted by a baron! Everything was nice and neat, with her going to the academy even though she used to be a commoner, and being approached by all the male LIs.

And of course, the twist is great, with her having a big ol' crush on the female side character that everyone is supposed to dislike! <3 I love Lily's flirty and confident energy - she is just like the type of MC that I always wish I could play as!

Lastly, the art is beautiful! I especially like Beatrix's character design, and Lily's expressions are so good. (Especially the heart-eyes one!)

This game was short but very well-done, and I had a really great time playing it. Thank you for the experience, and best of luck on your next project! <3

(Please ignore the two deleted comments below, that was just me being very indecisive! ^^;)

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Wow!!! Such kind words ; v ; Thank you so much!!! I’m glad you enjoyed many things in the game, I worked hard on it and I hope you enjoy the next one! Unfortunately, the next one may not be as comedic as this one was, but I still hope you enjoy the story I tell! 

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there were a few typos but this was overall a cute little story! 

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Thank you! And yeah I realized it! I’m gonna have to get a proper proofreader for my next game... which I hope you play as well! This one will actually be more game like!

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I'll definitely be happy to play your next game!

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Found a single typo four three lines after the fiancee shows up, other then that everything was great.

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thank you! And yeah I should go through the game again some time to go through all the typos...

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Hells yeah lesbian time

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hells yeah! (Though a note, Lily is Bisexual, and Beatrix is demi) but hell’s yeah!

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Oh sorry

Hell yeah gay rights time.

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Hell yeah!

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what an adorable story

Thank you! I’ll keep up with the adorableness! 

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this game added 5 years to my life

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it cut 5 years from mine lol

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Good job on making this game. I was just wondering if this game is inspired by the "I favor the villainess" Web Novel? The premise is kinda similar and the character design of Beatrix is pretty similar to the Villainess/Mean Character from I favor the Villainess.

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It actually wasn’t! I made these two before I knew about the web novel, which originally started with a dumb art I felt like making about a lack of heroine x villainess Isekai.
Then people started telling me about the web novel which did make me happy! Though I thought it still be fun to create a game with these two as they were still dear in my heart and I wanted to properly try and learn ren’py. And honestly, Beatriz design and the other villainess design being similar is not surprising as I did based off Beatrix design from other haughty villainess like characters, though she was mostly inspired by my wife Mirabelle from Fire Emblem Awakening. 

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Yay, such a fun story! I liked the narration style, it did a great job at getting the player to understand the protagonist. And the art style/quality was super consistent!

Haha thanks! I tried my best to make sure the art stays consistent as thats a pet peeve of mine in some games as well, when the characters look different depending on the pose. And I’m glad you liked the story! I admit I’m not much of a writer so it feels good to hear when someone likes my narration style! 

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Hey, this was pretty cute. I like the choice of protagonist over using the "protagonist" since it's nice seeing the isekai archetype from the outside. Good luck with your next project!

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Thank you! I’ll do my best! And yeah I thought it be funny to write the POV from an outside character’s perspective instead of the person being isekaied. Originally, I was gonna do Lily, but decided against it as I felt with Lily it would be a more serious story in tone as she did like you know... Die and found herself in a new world. So I felt like in order to preserve the light heartedness, Beatrix perspective was best being told. 

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So cute! This was such a refreshing little novel! One can only hope that after death they will meet someone as cute as Beatrix... <3

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*Spoiler and Trigger Warning: Mention of Death*

For Lily (Yuri in her previous life), meeting Beatrix made up for dying from getting hit by a truck because she wasn't paying attention since she was reading Beatrix x Reader fan fiction on her phone while walking.

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AAUGH i've been waiting for the reincarnated heroine committing lesbianisms with the rival story and YOU ARE DELIVERING

Same! So I made my own, however, I just recently found out that apparently their is a novel with the same premise (And ironically very similar character designs). Give it a look if you like to support more heroine x villainess content! https://twitter.com/gomanga/status/1253024210852761602

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ughhh this is so cute i love it

And I love you, random stranger! 

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Ahh this was cute and fun and gay!!! I don't know much about otome games but between this and My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! I've come to appreciate them indirectly :3

Thank you! Haha I was worried people who don’t play otome games or read Isekai wouldn’t know the references too much, but I’m still glad that some people still enjoy it even so!

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Uh, jeez, I might sound like a idiot here, but I can't seem to find a download button?

Ah no it's there! I am so sorry, I was fixing the game a bit!

Ah, that's no prob, tysm! :D

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I don't usually play this type of game. I like this. I think I need more of this.

If "galgame" refers to dating sims targeted towards a heterosexual male audience, what should this subgenre of visual novel be called? In your game the main character is the one being pursued; it's different from most dating sims. Anyway, it makes me scream out of excitement so it's good stuff. I think 5 years were added to my life.

I admire the two's mental fortitude. I'm way more easy to melt.

[carry scene] me: ohhhhhh the strength!!!

I can't believe I spent an hour on this. Good game.


Technical comment:

I'm surprised that the "Windows" archive works on Linux too. You can mark the download option as compatible with Linux on itch.io.

The # looking symbol at top left of text box is always there, even if Lily is talking. That feels strange with her character.

The font size is too small for the options and small text (Lily's) in dialog as well. Please at least double the font size of (see below).

The music would stop when I scroll back (w/ mouse whell) the dialog. It seems like the music is triggered by certain lines of dialog only. You may want to fix this.

Typo in the game: "soemthing". Grammar too. I think there are open-source grammar checkers that can be automated.

I have a strange idea: what if you change the music playback speed depending on who is talking? For example, slow the music down by 10% when Beatrix is talking during the first scene.

I actually got lost of who was talking once. The name tag can be color-coded and place on the same side of talking character.

I'm surprised that the splash screen uses OCR-A. How did it get there?

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Yeah! I'm not exactly sure about the programming on it, but when I made the build, it apparently said that it could work for Windows and Linux too! Though I'm not exactly sure how they run differently... Oh but if you have a linux build and are unable to play the game! Please tell me! I'll try adding a separate build that is solely for Linux!

Wow, you replied quickly! I am still playing it and updating my comment accordingly.

Haha no I like this, I am glad you're in a way giving me a little live play

what is that

Oh think of like Pewdiepie or Jackscepticeye! Like they play the game and react as they see it!

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Thank you so much! And yeah I get what you mean, I was worried the font was too small, I didn't unfortunately focus on accessibility of reading in my project and more so on the coding, though that should not be a excuse as everyone should have access to pure yuri content! Additionally, I did notice that too, but I wasn't sure how to fix the music not being stopped by the mouse... Ren'py I admit I am still learning, and although it's a little easier now than it was before some of the things still confuse me.

Additionally, I agree the angry symbol doesn't suit Lily (Unless its directed toward Edvard) I'm not sure if it's possible, but maybe I could make different gui textbox for different characters? Or at least design a better gui so it suits all the character.

ALSO I CAN SLOW DOWN MUSIC!? Ren'py is truly amazing

Thank you so much for the critique though, also the scream lol, for future games, I'll try and be careful about the coding and make sure my games are accessible to all types of people! Please look forward to my next game! I will really focus on making sure these mistakes are not repeated!

ALSO I SAW YOUR FINAL COMMENT!!! AHHH THANK YOU!!! I hope to make more of these type of games!!! Also I get what you mean if anyone romanced me hard like Lily, I probably be a mess lol
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I don't know if you can slow down music in Ren'py. You need to resample the audio sample to keep the pitch the same.

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Lol! I thought some might thought the carry as unrealistic, but I had fun drawing it and I'm glad some people got a laugh at it! Also oh my gosh it's an hour??? Should change the gameplay duration thing...And yeah should try color coding too, I've seen Nami color code the text depending on whose talking so I might like to try that next time to make it easier for others. Also what's a splash screen OCR??? I'm sorry

The splash screen uses the font OCR-A. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OCR-A

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Thank you for making me almost scream my family awake in the middle of the night. This game was a delight and I enjoyed it a lot!! The art is super cute and I've honestly been addicted to this kind of isekai heroine stuff so I'm glad to see some actual game stuff about it!

Looking forward to seeing more from you !!!

Thank you so much! I've been so overjoyed so many people have enjoyed my game I actually have another project in the works! This time though I plan to make it more interactive so it might take longer, but please follow my twitter for more updates!

Also did you really scream???? Oh my god that makes me so flattered!!!

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This was really cute!

Seeing the Prince love interest getting things handed to him was better than any skincare. 

The main couple had real sweet hearthrob moments.

Loved it

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oh my gosh!!! Thank you for your sweet words! And yeah, that was my favorite part to write!!! 

Thank you so much for much for enjoying my game! I hope to make more cute games of cute characters! 

*Spoiler*

Also I basically based the prince off of real life frustrating love interests I played from experience of otome games and what I wanted to say to them.So it was a very fun scene to write! 

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i think this was made for me... gay and mean looking characters... yes.. thank you for this!

You and Lily share that love of gay and mean looking characters then! And thank you so much for the comment! This made me smile! I hope this game is enjoyable to you!