History AdultFear / VideoGames

10th Apr '18 4:56:04 AM outlander2012
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** This also occurred to [[spoiler: Celebrimbor. When Sauron created the One Ring, [[IHaveYourWife he took Celebrimbor's wife and daughter hostage]] to force the elf lord to help him perfect the One Ring. After Celebrimbor's failed effort to steal the One Ring and depose Sauron with it, [[DisproportionateRetribution Sauron punished Celebrimbor for his audacity]] by murdering the elf lord's family in front of him. The image of Celebrimbor chained to a war, thrashing helplessly against his bonds as [[WouldHurtAChild Sauron looms over his infant daughter with a blade drawn back for the killing blow]] screams this trope perfectly]].

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** This also occurred to [[spoiler: Celebrimbor. When Sauron created the One Ring, [[IHaveYourWife he took Celebrimbor's wife and daughter hostage]] to force the elf lord to help him perfect the One Ring. After Celebrimbor's failed effort to steal the One Ring and depose Sauron with it, [[DisproportionateRetribution Sauron punished Celebrimbor for his audacity]] by murdering the elf lord's family in front of him. him before killing him too. The image of Celebrimbor chained to a war, wall, thrashing helplessly against his bonds as [[WouldHurtAChild Sauron looms over his infant daughter with a blade drawn back for the killing blow]] screams this trope perfectly]].
10th Apr '18 4:54:29 AM outlander2012
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** This also occurred to [[spoiler: Celebrimbor. When Sauron created the One Ring, [[IHaveYourWife he took Celebrimbor's wife and daughter hostage]] to force the elf lord to help him perfect the One Ring. After Celebrimbor's failed effort to steal the One Ring and depose Sauron with it, [[DisproportionateRetribu Sauron punished Celebrimbor for his audacity]] by murdering the elf lord's family in front of him. The image of Celebrimbor chained to a war, thrashing helplessly against his bonds as [[WouldHurtAChild Sauron looms over his infant daughter with a blade drawn back for the killing blow]] screams this trope perfectly]].

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** This also occurred to [[spoiler: Celebrimbor. When Sauron created the One Ring, [[IHaveYourWife he took Celebrimbor's wife and daughter hostage]] to force the elf lord to help him perfect the One Ring. After Celebrimbor's failed effort to steal the One Ring and depose Sauron with it, [[DisproportionateRetribu [[DisproportionateRetribution Sauron punished Celebrimbor for his audacity]] by murdering the elf lord's family in front of him. The image of Celebrimbor chained to a war, thrashing helplessly against his bonds as [[WouldHurtAChild Sauron looms over his infant daughter with a blade drawn back for the killing blow]] screams this trope perfectly]].
10th Apr '18 4:53:24 AM outlander2012
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* The opening sequence of ''VideoGame/MiddleearthShadowOfMordor'' overflows with this: [[spoiler: It begins with the protagonist, Talion, forced to watch as his wife and teenage son are [[HumanSacrifice ritualistically murdered]] by fanatical disciples of the Dark Lord Sauron in a dark magic ceremony to summon the spirit of the elf jewelsmith Celebrimbor. Talion is held down throughout by Orcs, and can only try desperately to keep his wife and son calm despite the panic and terror in his own voice before [[SlashedThroat their throats are slit]].]]
** This also occurred to [[spoiler: Celebrimbor. When Sauron created the One Ring, [[IHaveYourWife he took Celebrimbor's wife and daughter hostage]] to force the elf lord to help him perfect the One Ring. After Celebrimbor's failed effort to steal the One Ring and depose Sauron with it, [[DisproportionateRetribu Sauron punished Celebrimbor for his audacity]] by murdering the elf lord's family in front of him. The image of Celebrimbor chained to a war, thrashing helplessly against his bonds as [[WouldHurtAChild Sauron looms over his infant daughter with a blade drawn back for the killing blow]] screams this trope perfectly]].
5th Apr '18 11:11:46 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, in addition to the usual "being preyed upon while you sleep" fear inherent to all [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], the Telboth vampire bloodline of Valenwood is known to [[ChildEater prey upon children]]. The Telboth are then said to [[{{Shapeshifting}} take the place of those children]], eventually killing the entire family.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
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In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, in addition to the usual "being preyed upon while you sleep" fear inherent to all [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], the Telboth vampire bloodline of Valenwood is known to [[ChildEater prey upon children]]. The Telboth are then said to [[{{Shapeshifting}} take the place of those children]], eventually killing the entire family.
8th Mar '18 10:05:40 AM Mewseeker
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* While the game VideoGame/CreepyCastle has you facing several fantastical threats like the [[EmotionSuppression Heartbreaker]] and [[spoiler: [[DemonicPossession the Possessor]]]], many characters suffer from more realistic and relatable burdens.
** The people around Darking : what if someone you once greatly respected turned over time into a much worse one as time go on, most likely due to [[spoiler:the loss of a loved one]]?
** Darking : what if you eventually came to the conclusion that world peace could only be achieved through [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans extreme, unpopular and perhaps even immoral means]] or that [[spoiler:the happiness you feel is not worth the suffering you have to pay in exchange]]?
** Luvaci : what if you ended up having to work for a ManipulativeBastard that will use any trick in the book to force you to do stuff?
** Monsoon : Oh boy. What if you came to the realization that your job is wrong but you can't do anything openly about it because it would cost you the chance to accomplish the one thing that matter to you in life? Also, what if suddenly [[spoiler:you lost almost all of your family and for kicker the only one that survived is the one responsible for the incident? On top of that, what if before said incident you had a fight with your family and never got to reconcile afterward?]][[note]]That last bit is debatable but at this point remain a possible interpretation of what happened.[[/note]] What if you suffered so much that the concept of losing all emotions sounded reasonable to you?
** [[spoiler:Moth]], [[HiddenDepths of all people]] : what if you felt you were unqualified for your current job but had to keep it anyway because leaving would mean getting other people into trouble? That you were not the great person other people think you are? What if you felt that you had to avoid getting into relationship to avoid losing or being lost to loved ones, a not so unreasonable fear when you have a dangerous job and also ended up having a hitman after you?
** [[spoiler:Storm]] : what if you came to the conclusion that the world can't be saved, that there's nothing that can be done about it except to end it all? What if you came to the realization as you came to your senses that you did some reprehensible things that you felt you shouldn't have done?
** Ant Queen : what if you had to deal with a narcissist parent that only cared about you to the extend of how your existence would benefit them and had to go in damage control mode to prevent your friends being harmed by that parent? What if by putting your nose where it doesn't belongs you ended up on the wrong side of a criminal organization who wouldn't hesitate to shoot you?
** The people of Floria : what if some people from far away put some kind of contraption or something near where you live to exploit natural resources and the result is that the nature all around start to die?
** [[spoiler:Possessor]] : what if at the end of your life you had to face the possibility that the values and beliefs you had were wrong?
8th Feb '18 2:19:33 PM KamiKaze
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* Towards the end of ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'''s Act One, the player has a conversation with one of the girls about something you wouldn't expect to directly come up, especially in the kind of DatingSim the game [[SurpriseCreepy initially presents itself]]. [[spoiler:Specifically, depression. Sayori admits that it's been something she'd been dealing with for most of her life, and hides its symptoms by acting like a GenkiGirl so that others around her would be happy. The real reason why she often oversleeps is because she has trouble getting out of bed because of it. It's also likely that many of her other quirks are related to her problems.]] The player will later have a choice to [[spoiler:either confess to Sayori, or tell her that they'll always be friends. Regardless of your choice, Sayori is still unwell, and commits suicide on the morning of the festival]].
4th Feb '18 4:38:04 PM Uxantro
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**TraumaTeam has a number of examples. Not being able to save your wife and daughter from a terrorism attack, accidentally causing the orphanage you call home to go up in flames, having to kill your wife because she tries to kill you in a fever dream caused by disease, knowing you're gonna die and pressing on in the hopes that you can be useful in saving others from your fate, and then there's what happens with Naomi and Alyssa...
3rd Feb '18 10:05:55 PM infernape612
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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'' has a main villain, Lang, who not only massacres whole villages if one person rebels, but kills boys and ''rapes'' girls. You can imagine how well ''that'' was taken by Marth and his group. It's also invoked in the backstory of Lena's pupil Maillesia (which involved her going into hiding and having to pretend she's much younger than she truly is to avoid him or his troops) and in Yubello and Yumina's (as the fallen heirs of Ludvick, Lang and others kill their guardian and then use them as pawns)

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'' has a main villain, Lang, who not only massacres whole villages if one person rebels, but kills boys and ''rapes'' girls. You can imagine how well ''that'' was taken by Marth and his group. It's also invoked in the backstory of Lena's pupil Maillesia Marisha (which involved her going into hiding and having to pretend she's much younger than she truly is to avoid him or his troops) and in Yubello Jubelo and Yumina's Yuliya's (as the fallen heirs of Ludvick, Lang and others kill their guardian and then use them as pawns)pawns).



* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' brings up the [[spoiler: "child hunts".]] A horrifying project in which boys and girls from all the Jugdral continent are [[spoiler: kidnapped, brought to different cities, and then are forced to fight until they die. The few who survive will end up as nobles of the empire, which will be few more that puppets for the Lopto Sect.]] The parents are more often than not killed when they try to oppose to this. The heroes, several of them being very young teenagers not much older than these kids, have to fight themselves to save these poor kids (and in Thracia, more than one character who joins the troupe actually does so ''specifically'' either to thanks them for saving the children, or to make up for having been in the side of the Empire); meanwhile, more than one villain in the game is [[EvenEvilHasStandards troubled by the existence of such deals]], and those who aren't are very cruel.
** Even worse for [[spoiler: Emperor Alvis, whose teenaged son Julius ''is the leader of the child hunts''. In fact, the boy is actually the vessel for the Lopto God, and has stripped Alvis of his authority so he can't do almost anything about it.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' brings up the [[spoiler: "child hunts".]] A hunts"]], a horrifying project in which boys and girls from all the Jugdral continent are [[spoiler: kidnapped, brought to different cities, and then are forced to fight until they die. The few who survive will end up as nobles of the empire, which will be few who are nothing more than more that puppets for the Lopto Loptyr Sect.]] The parents are more often than not killed when they try to oppose to this. The heroes, several of them being very young teenagers not much older than these kids, have to fight themselves to save these poor kids (and in Thracia, the midquel ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776'', more than one character who joins the troupe actually does so ''specifically'' either to thanks thank them for saving the children, or to make up for having been in on the side of the Empire); meanwhile, more than one villain in the game is [[EvenEvilHasStandards troubled by the existence of such deals]], and those who aren't are very cruel.
** Even worse for [[spoiler: Emperor Alvis, Arvis, whose teenaged son Julius ''is the leader of the child hunts''. In fact, the boy is actually the vessel for the Lopto Loptyr God, and has stripped Alvis Arvis of his authority so he can't do almost anything about it.]]



** King Trabant is GenreSavvy enough to ''exploit'' adult fears, and does so twice. In the first part, the whole [[spoiler: Yied Massacre]] happens when Trabant attacks [[spoiler: Ethlyn, Quan and their troops]] and, after killing [[spoiler: Ethlyn]], he stages a cruel SadisticChoice to [[spoiler: Quan]]: either he [[spoiler: drops his powerful Gaebolg lance]] or [[spoiler: his three year old daughter and heiress Altena dies]]; as a result, [[spoiler: Cuan drops the Gaebolg... only for Travant to kill him anyway and take both little girl and sacred weapon to his kingdom]]. In the second part he forces a powerful general named Hannibal to fight Seliph's group via taking his adoptive son [[spoiler: (Sylvia's son Corple, or his {{expy}} Sharlow if she died childless)]] as a hostage; either Hannibal wipes out the rebels, or his child dies. [[spoiler: So you first have to find and release the kid, then send him out to talk to Hannibal so he can join Seliph's troops too. Otherwise, you lose two recruitable characters. (And if Corple's dad is either Lewyn or Claud, you will ''also'' lose a valious Sacred Weapon: either the [[BlowYouAway Holsety tome]] or [[BackFromTheDead the Valkyrie Staff]])]].
** Ares is also brutally slapped to the face with one of these, when [[spoiler: his prospect love interest and companion Leen (or her {{expy}} Laylea) is incarcerated by their boss Bramsel, who is a known DirtyOldMan.]] As Ares finds out, he [[NotSoStoic LOSES it]] and rushes back to the castle, despite his leader Jabarro's warnings. [[spoiler: It's strongly implied that, while he finds Leen/Laylea mostly unharmed, she has already been molested or downright raped by Bramsel.]]

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** King Trabant is GenreSavvy enough to ''exploit'' adult fears, and does so twice. In the first part, the whole [[spoiler: Yied Massacre]] happens when Trabant attacks [[spoiler: Ethlyn, Quan and their troops]] and, after killing [[spoiler: Ethlyn]], he stages a cruel SadisticChoice to [[spoiler: Quan]]: either he [[spoiler: drops his powerful Gaebolg lance]] or [[spoiler: his three year old daughter and heiress Altena dies]]; as a result, [[spoiler: Cuan drops the Gaebolg... only for Travant to kill him anyway and take both little girl and sacred weapon to his kingdom]]. In the second part he forces a powerful general named Hannibal to fight Seliph's group via taking his adoptive son [[spoiler: (Sylvia's son Corple, or his {{expy}} Sharlow if she died childless)]] as a hostage; either Hannibal wipes out the rebels, or his child dies. [[spoiler: So you first have to find and release the kid, then send him out to talk to Hannibal so he can join Seliph's troops too. Otherwise, you lose two recruitable characters. (And if Corple's dad is either Lewyn or Claud, you will ''also'' lose a valious valuable Sacred Weapon: either the [[BlowYouAway Holsety tome]] or [[BackFromTheDead the Valkyrie Staff]])]].
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** Ares is also brutally slapped to in the face with one of these, when [[spoiler: his prospect prospective love interest and companion Leen (or her {{expy}} Laylea) is incarcerated by their boss Bramsel, who is a known DirtyOldMan.]] As Ares finds out, he [[NotSoStoic LOSES it]] and rushes back to the castle, despite his leader Jabarro's warnings. [[spoiler: It's strongly implied that, while he finds Leen/Laylea mostly unharmed, she has already been molested or downright raped by Bramsel.]]



* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has [[spoiler: N's upbringing by Ghetsis - He was locked in a [[GildedCage room with many toys]], socially isolated, raised with abused Pokémon to believe that [[HumansAreBastards trainers were evil and abusive]], and emotionally abused, so that he would become a {{Tykebomb}} for Ghetsis to take over Unova. Implications are strong that [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness once Ghetsis plans succeed]], Ghetsis plans to [[OffingTheOffspring dispose of N]]]]. To rub salt in that, [[spoiler: one of the Plasma agents mentions that N might not actually be Ghetsis' son]]. The sequels, ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', [[spoiler: confirm this, revealing that N was orphaned by his real family until Ghetsis found him in the wild and raised him as his own child.]]

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* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has [[spoiler: N's upbringing by Ghetsis - He was locked in a [[GildedCage room with many toys]], socially isolated, raised with abused Pokémon to believe that [[HumansAreBastards trainers were evil and abusive]], and emotionally abused, so that he would become a {{Tykebomb}} for Ghetsis to take over Unova. Implications are strong that [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness once Ghetsis plans succeed]], Ghetsis plans to [[OffingTheOffspring dispose of N]]]]. To rub salt in that, the wound, [[spoiler: one of the Plasma agents mentions that N might not actually be Ghetsis' son]]. The sequels, ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', [[spoiler: confirm this, revealing that N was orphaned by his real family until Ghetsis found him in the wild and raised him as his own child.]]



* For all the {{Narm}} you might expect in a {{JRPG}}, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' does explore the feelings of a single father whose only son is taken away from him by TheGovernment, as well as those of a woman who loses her younger sister and of a man who loses his fiancée (same person) to a fate even worse.
** What about Hope's father? His wife and son go away together for a nice little holiday, then suddenly they've been boarded on a train to Pulse (hell on earth [[spoiler:or so the Fal'Cie would have you think]]); the train has crashed, and all escapees are being killed/rounded up for execution. Think about how he must have felt when he found all of this out. Oh - and when you do finally go see him, he has about two minutes to digest the fact that his wife's dead before [[spoiler:the army attacks and his son is forced to flee]].



** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' explores the feelings of a single father whose only son is taken away from him by TheGovernment, as well as those of a woman who loses her younger sister and of a man who loses his fiancée (same person) to a fate even worse.
*** What about Hope's father? His wife and son go away together for a nice little holiday, then suddenly they've been boarded on a train to Pulse (hell on earth [[spoiler:or so the Fal'Cie would have you think]]); the train has crashed, and all escapees are being killed/rounded up for execution. Think about how he must have felt when he found all of this out. Oh - and when you do finally go see him, he has about two minutes to digest the fact that his wife's dead before [[spoiler:the army attacks and his son is forced to flee]].



** ''Under the Knife'' brings us Linda Reid, an EmoTeen that Derek operates on, only for her to [[UngratefulBitch retaliate at Derek for saving her life]] because she's been wanting to kill herself. While the source of her self-destructive expressions turn out to be GUILT, it's still a grim reminder that there are doctors throughout the world that have to deal with suicidal patients. Fortunately, she gets better in the next episode.
* In the final battle of ''[[VideoGame/TimeCrisis Time Crisis 4]]'', unmanned fighters are coming close to [[spoiler: [[NukeEm nuking the entire United States]]]].
-->Captain Rush: "If we don't stop them, [[spoiler: the entire country will go down in flames!]] We cannot let that happen!"
* In the flash game VideoGame/MonsterBasement, the protagonist was kidnapped after hearing his friend scream for help. He has no idea where he is, but knows that if he doesn't get out soon, his kidnapper will come back to kill him. [[spoiler:The end of the game also reveals that the dead monster in the cage is the protagonist's friend, which means that the protagonist spent the last part of the game with his ''friend's corpse'' in the room with him. Yes the friend is revived, but still!]]

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** ''Under the Knife'' brings us Linda Reid, an EmoTeen that Derek operates on, only for her to [[UngratefulBitch [[UngratefulBastard retaliate at Derek for saving her life]] because she's been wanting to kill herself. While the source of her self-destructive expressions turn out to be GUILT, it's still a grim reminder that there are doctors throughout the world that have to deal with suicidal patients. Fortunately, she gets better in the next episode.
* In the final battle of ''[[VideoGame/TimeCrisis Time Crisis 4]]'', ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis 4'', unmanned fighters are coming close to [[spoiler: [[NukeEm nuking the entire United States]]]].
-->Captain Rush: "If -->'''Captain Rush:''' If we don't stop them, [[spoiler: the entire country will go down in flames!]] We cannot let that happen!"
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* In the flash game VideoGame/MonsterBasement, ''VideoGame/MonsterBasement'', the protagonist was kidnapped after hearing his friend scream for help. He has no idea where he is, but knows that if he doesn't get out soon, his kidnapper will come back to kill him. [[spoiler:The end of the game also reveals that the dead monster in the cage is the protagonist's friend, which means that the protagonist spent the last part of the game with his ''friend's corpse'' in the room with him. Yes the friend is revived, but still!]]
1st Jan '18 1:51:27 PM SkylaNoivern
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has [[spoiler: N's upbringing by Ghetsis, locked in a [[GildedCage room with meaningless toys]], socially isolated, and emotionally abused, so that he will become a {{Tykebomb}} for Ghetsis to take over Unova. Implications are strong that [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness when this is done]], Ghetsis plans to [[OffingTheOffspring dispose of N]]]]. To rub salt in that, [[spoiler: one of the Plasma agents mentions that N might not actually be Ghetsis' son, and might have been ''kidnapped from another family'' to be raised in a psychologically-abusive, socially-maladjusted environment as a disposable figurehead for Team Plasma]].

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* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has [[spoiler: N's upbringing by Ghetsis, Ghetsis - He was locked in a [[GildedCage room with meaningless many toys]], socially isolated, raised with abused Pokémon to believe that [[HumansAreBastards trainers were evil and abusive]], and emotionally abused, so that he will would become a {{Tykebomb}} for Ghetsis to take over Unova. Implications are strong that [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness when this is done]], once Ghetsis plans succeed]], Ghetsis plans to [[OffingTheOffspring dispose of N]]]]. To rub salt in that, [[spoiler: one of the Plasma agents mentions that N might not actually be Ghetsis' son, son]]. The sequels, ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', [[spoiler: confirm this, revealing that N was orphaned by his real family until Ghetsis found him in the wild and might have been ''kidnapped from another family'' to be raised in a psychologically-abusive, socially-maladjusted environment him as a disposable figurehead for Team Plasma]].his own child.]]
26th Dec '17 11:43:36 AM AkoSiKuya23
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** The sequel, ''VideoGame/YomawariMidnightShadows'', has two little girls also wandering around at night with plenty of deadly spirits, and one of the gets kidnapped. [[spoiler:One of the two girls also commits suicide.]]
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