History AlternativeCharacterInterpretation / VideoGames

27th Aug '17 7:19:55 AM ACW
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** Is [[spoiler: Chara]] a CompleteMonster who manipulated their family and friends into a plan to massacre humanity and destroy the entire world, an abused and frightened child with a love of chocolate, dogs and silly puns who truly cares for their adoptive family or the player themselves?

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** Is [[spoiler: Chara]] a CompleteMonster monster who manipulated their family and friends into a plan to massacre humanity and destroy the entire world, an abused and frightened child with a love of chocolate, dogs and silly puns who truly cares for their adoptive family or the player themselves?
22nd Aug '17 8:03:58 PM Samothrace42
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* The [[BigBad Institute]] in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''. Are they true {{Science Hero}}es, doing [[IDidWhatIHadToDo whatever is necessary]] for the future of mankind? Deeply flawed but redeemable {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s with admirable goals who just need guidance from an InternalReformist leader to help the synths and repair relations with the Commonwealth? Cowardly {{Insufferable Genius}}es and slavers ranging from myopic to sociopathic, hiding behind their vastly superior tech to avoid a well-deserved retribution from the surface? Or [[KnowNothingKnowItAll arrogant posers]] whose technology and scientists are merely stolen and imitated, kept shiny with a hearty helping of slave labor?

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* The [[BigBad Institute]] in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''. Are they true {{Science Hero}}es, doing [[IDidWhatIHadToDo whatever is necessary]] for the future of mankind? Deeply flawed but redeemable {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s with admirable goals who just need guidance from an InternalReformist leader to help the synths and repair relations with the Commonwealth? Intelligent and well-intentioned scientists held back by a corrupt government, [[BelievingTheirOwnLies cultural indoctrination]], [[WeakButSkilled lack of resources]], and a particularly nasty case of {{Bystander Syndrome}}? Cowardly {{Insufferable Genius}}es and slavers ranging from myopic to sociopathic, hiding behind their vastly superior tech to avoid a well-deserved retribution from the surface? Or [[KnowNothingKnowItAll arrogant posers]] whose technology and scientists are merely stolen and imitated, kept shiny with a hearty helping of slave labor?labor?
** There's also [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Elder Arthur Maxson]], the new leader of the [[BadassArmy East Coast]] [[TheOrder Brotherhood of Steel]]. Is he a [[FantasticRacism racist]] demagogue [[AGodAmI pretending to be a god]] that relies on [[FakeUltimateHero faked victories]] [[MilesGloriosus to keep his power]] and is only concerned with turning the Brotherhood into a fascist dystopia that he can use to [[OmnicidalManiac wipe out all non-human life]]? Is he a [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned]] [[WarriorPrince warrior king]] whose racism is, [[KickTheDog while cruel]], [[FreudianExcuse somewhat sensible]] considering his childhood in the [[DeathWorld Capital Wasteland]]? Is he a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold kind man with a gruff exterior]] [[HeroicBSOD who's seen too many of his fellow soldiers]] [[WarIsHell die horrifically in battle with mutated life]], and his current crusade in the Commonwealth is [[TheAtoner him desperately trying to make up]] [[MyGreatestFailure for his past mistakes]]? Or is [[AChildShallLeadThem he still a child at heart]], who, after the ''hellish'' [[TraumaCongaLine upbringing]] he suffered through after the deaths of the [[ParentalSubstitute Lyons]] [[PrecociousCrush family]] and near-collapse of his entire homeland, is [[TheDeterminator trying to do his damndest]] to keep his loved ones alive and (supposedly) save the world from what he sees as monsters ([[JerkassHasAPoint which commonly are]]) while [[NobleBigot fighting against his internalized racism]] ''and'' being in '''way''' [[HonorBeforeReason over his head]] [[BornUnlucky to a near-laughable extent]]?
** Is [[IntrepidReporter Piper Wright's]] reporting for the betterment or detriment of the Commonwealth? On the negative side, some of her articles can come across as fear-mongering that only breeds [[ParanoiaFuel paranoia]], focuses on less important subjects related solely to Diamond City and not the entire region, and make baseless accusations (like implying that [[MayorPain Mayor McDonough]], the leader of [[TownWithADarkSecret Diamond City]], is an [[TheMole Institute Synth]]). She's also prone to asking people rather invasive questions in a very abrupt manner that only seem to unnerve them. Complicating matters is that it's implied that the latter-most is more due to her own invasive personality (which she herself doesn't like and is trying to get ahold of), and the answers she gets back are also more than not just examples of her interviewees' stupidity/ignorance. Relatedly, there's the fact that many of her articles ''do'' try to inform, but are held back by the [[RealityEnsues limits of available resources in the Commonwealth for journalism]], and that she deliberately tries to write for Diamond City's audience first [[MoneyDearBoy because they have the highest population of literate people in the Commonwealth]] (although she still tries to write some articles focused on other parts of the Commonwealth). Also, [[spoiler: she ''was'' [[TheCassandra actually right]] about Mayor [=McDonough=] being an Institute Synth, and it's possible that further evidence discussing her theory was either planned to be discussed in future editions, or was held back deliberately because of Piper's [[AdultFear very appropriate fear of the Institute/[=McDonough=] retaliating upon her little sister Nat]] if her theory was right]]. There's also the fact that the game actually has some (admittedly subtle) {{Foreshadowing}} for [[spoiler:[=McDonough=]]] being a Synth: When they see [[SitcomArchNemesis Piper]] and yell for them to leave their office, [[spoiler: their voice gains a noticeably mechanical undertone like a malfunctioning computer]].
** Is [[SealedEvilInACan Lorenzo Cabot]] ''really'' as evil as his son [[BadassBookworm Jack]] says he is? First and foremost, there's the fact that [[spoiler: ''[[PoweredByAForsakenChild Lorenzo's]]'' {{Alien Blood}} is the source of the immortality serum that Jack and the rest of his family utilize, which keeps them [[TheAgeless eternally young]] and superior to baseline humanity]]. That can't help but color their relationship, as Jack will likely [[spoiler: want to keep his father alive in some form so he and his family can reap the [[LivingForeverIsAwesome benefits of immortality]]]]. Additionally, many of the Sole Survivor's Good-aligned companions [[CryForTheDevil pity Lorenzo's plight]], and actually ''approve'' of the Survivor freeing him. Lorenzo, after being released, then proceeds to [[spoiler:[[PaterFamilicide ruthlessly kill his entire family]]... which is ''kinda'' justified considering he's been [[AndIMustScream locked up in a small room for over four centuries]]]]. If freed, Lorenzo will also stay [[AffablyEvil unfailingly polite]] to the Sole Survivor, and will even offer him [[spoiler:vials of his blood]] whenever the player asks (and [[spoiler:Lorenzo's blood is one of '''the''' most useful items in the entire game]]) afterward. Most notably, [[HollywoodPsych Lorenzo isn't nearly as crazy as Jack tries to make him come across]], as he's never portrayed as being psychotic and is perfectly lucid - just [[TheUnfettered utterly ruthless]].
*** However, in support of Jack, there's the fact that not only is Jack Cabot (and his family in general) one of the [[NiceGuy nicest persons]] the Sole Survivor will come across in post-apocalyptic Boston, but that [[spoiler:[[TheDeterminator he's been struggling for every moment]] of those four centuries trying to develop a cure for his father's [[AxCrazy Ax-Craziness]]]]. Additionally, if a cure for Lorenzo's insanity ''was'' developed, it's made clear that it would've been able to [[spoiler: still preserve Lorenzo's immortality (and, by extension, the rest of the Cabot family's)]]. Jack also seems to be [[spoiler:[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone genuinely horrified to be forced to]] [[SelfMadeOrphan kill his own father]]]], and he and the rest of his family are clearly [[spoiler: wracked with grief for a long time afterwards, suggesting that they don't ''only'' see him as a free supply of immortality serum]]. The source of Lorenzo's insanity - [[spoiler:the alien artifact fused to his head]] - is also shown to make Lorenzo an [[OneManArmy exceptionally dangerous person]] - he has [[spoiler:[[MindOverMatter powerful telekinesis]], [[SuperToughness more health than a Deathclaw and skin tougher than a full suit of Combat Armor]], and [[CharmPerson can charm "weak-minded" people to his will]], with an entire tribe of [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Raiders]] worshiping him as a {{Dark Messiah}}]]. In addition, Lorenzo's still [[LackOfEmpathy a rather cruel man]] (one of the first things the Sole Survivor will find Lorenzo doing after being released is [[KickTheDog brutally killing a group of innocent Ghoul settlers]] [[MadScientist because he was interested in how Ghoul physiology differed from baseline humanity's]]). The above being considered, and it's hard not to see [[TooPowerfulToLive Lorenzo as too dangerous to keep living]] (especially since his ending in the related quest [[KarmaHoudini will let him keep]] [[spoiler:his alien artifact]], meaning that he ''stays'' [[AxCrazy Ax-Crazy]]). Finally, while many of the Sole Survivor's Good-aligned companions approve of ''freeing'' Lorenzo, just as many approve of ''killing'' him.
** As with any good [=RPG=] protagonist, the [[PlayerCharacter Sole Survivor]] falls into this. Aside from the "new" personalities that the player(s) is able to imprint upon them, there's their [[SuddenlyVoiced vocal responses]] to people - Is their somewhat understated voice acting, occasionally awkward facial animations, stilted and shortened sentences, and [[DeadpanSnarker near-constant bitter sarcasm]] just limitations of the game's technology and part of the game's writing, or representative of how (after the [[TraumaCongaLine nightmarish opening sequence]]) they're continually suffering through a {{Heroic BSOD}} combined with [=PTSD=]/survivor's guilt and are [[KnightInSourArmor trying to use sarcasm as a coping mechanism]]? Further complicating matters is the fact that the [[AllThereInTheManual canon backgrounds]] for the male and female Sole Survivors (respectively) are a retired combat veteran-turned-househusband that fought in the Battle of Anchorage (one of the most horrific conflicts during the Resource Wars) and a retired military lawyer-turned-housewife that recently gave birth. Both of those origns mean that it's more than possible for the male Sole Survivor to be suffering from shell-shock, and the female Sole Survivor is suffering from a form of post-partum depression.



* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': John-117: Badass SuperSoldier or tragic hero?

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': John-117: Badass SuperSoldier or tragic hero?TragicHero?



*** Ever since 343i took over the franchise, this issue has been explored much more extensively, with the prologue to ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' basically asking that very same question.[[note]]"Do you believe the Master Chief succeeded because he was, at his core, broken?"[[/note]] Ultimately, we finally get to see in the games that he does have a moral sense independent from that of his superiors when he defies orders to [[spoiler: surrender Cortana]]. Master Chief even goes rogue in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' when he [[spoiler: dreams of Cortana contacting him. When he discovers her FaceHeelTurn, he is noticeably disgusted with her body count.]]

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*** Ever since 343i took over the franchise, this issue has been explored much more extensively, with the prologue to ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' basically asking that very same question.[[note]]"Do you believe the Master Chief succeeded because he was, at his core, broken?"[[/note]] Ultimately, we finally get to see in the games that he does have a moral sense independent from that of his superiors when he defies orders to [[spoiler: surrender Cortana]]. Master Chief even goes rogue in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' when he [[spoiler: dreams of Cortana contacting him. When he discovers her FaceHeelTurn, he is noticeably disgusted with her body count.count, and simply asks to have her come home with him so that she can get psychological help.]]



*** Speaking of [[spoiler:Cortana's FaceHeelTurn]], is it a consequence of [[spoiler:her still suffering from [[SanitySlippage rampancy]] despite supposedly [[BackFromTheDead being cured of it]] by [[EldritchAbomination the Domain]]]], of [[spoiler:[[TookALevelInJerkass her worst personality traits being accentuated]] by consequence of her having CameBackWrong]], or of [[spoiler:[[DragonInChief the Warden Eternal]] manipulating her psychological weaknesses for [[GreaterScopeVillain his own ends]]]]? Most notably, [[spoiler:Cortana's relationship with the Master Chief was previously along the lines of [[LikeBrotherAndSister siblings]], with only ''hints'' of ShipTease between them (most noticeably during ''Halo 4''). However, during ''Halo 5'', she seems to have become a StalkerWithACrush, which can be chalked up to one (or more) of the options given above. Interestingly, Master Chief seems to be subtly [[{{Squick}} Squicked]] [[SickAndWrong out]] by the prospect of a RelationshipUpgrade with Cortana, even ''without'' considering her FaceHeelTurn]].



** Noble Six from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' could qualify as a TragicHero along with his/her typical "hero" depiction when you think about it and have some knowledge of the ''Halo'' universe outside of the games. He/she was orphaned as a child by the war, "recruited" by the military not soon afterwards, and was one of only a few survivors from a roughly 300-strong SPARTAN-III company that were almost all killed in a suicide mission before they had even passed prematurely-induced puberty. Then on Reach, [[spoiler: he/she fails to defend Reach, witnessing the death of most of his/her teammates (who themselves share the same backstory as him/her or the Chief) and all other friendly forces, and dies alone to top it all off.]] Not what you would call a happy life.
** The Elites/Sangheili: {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s or homicidal {{Jerkass}}es? Canon seems to indicate that they don't slot into rigid moral categories any more easily than humans.

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** Noble Six from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' could qualify as a TragicHero along with his/her typical "hero" depiction when you think about it and have some knowledge of the ''Halo'' universe outside of the games. He/she was orphaned as a child by the war, "recruited" by the military not soon afterwards, and was one of only a few survivors from a roughly 300-strong SPARTAN-III company that were almost all killed in a suicide mission before they had even passed prematurely-induced puberty. Then on Reach, [[spoiler: he/she fails to defend Reach, witnessing the death of most of his/her teammates (who themselves share the same backstory as him/her or the Chief) and all other friendly forces, and dies alone to top it all off.]] [[TheWoobie Not what you would call call]] [[{{Understatement}} a happy life.
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** The Elites/Sangheili: {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s or homicidal {{Jerkass}}es? Canon seems to indicate that [[MoralityKitchenSink they don't slot into rigid moral categories categories]] [[NotSoDifferent any more easily than humans.humans do]].
22nd Aug '17 8:49:26 AM WildKatGirl
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** Is [[spoiler: Chara]] a CompleteMonster who despises humanity, manipulated their family and friends intoand wants to massacre every monster in the underground, a frightened child with a love of chocolate, dogs and silly puns who truly cares for their adoptive family or the player themselves?

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** Is [[spoiler: Chara]] a CompleteMonster who despises humanity, manipulated their family and friends intoand wants into a plan to massacre every monster in humanity and destroy the underground, a entire world, an abused and frightened child with a love of chocolate, dogs and silly puns who truly cares for their adoptive family or the player themselves?
22nd Aug '17 8:43:08 AM WildKatGirl
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** Is [[spoiler: Chara]] a CompleteMonster who despises humanity, manipulated their family and friends intoand wants to massacre every monster in the underground, a frightened child with a love of chocolate, dogs and silly puns who truly cares for their adoptive family or the player themselves?
21st Aug '17 4:29:53 PM LinTaylor
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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' needs to get special mention here. Beyond the absurdly high fans-to-source-material ratio meaning there's a ton of this to begin with, ''[=UFO=]'''s A and B paths not only affect the characters abilities but their personalities as well. So Reimu is either driven primarily by a need for money or out of genuine concern for people, and both versions are equally canon.
** Reimu, overworked BarrierMaiden trying her best to handle the various superpowered beings she is meant to prevent from causing trouble or a [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Racist]] that would exterminate them all given the opportunity? [[CuteWitch Marisa]], well-meaning but impetuous or a sadistic {{youkai}} hunter? Yukari, [[TheChessmaster secretly protecting Gensokyo from behind the scenes]], amoral OmniscientMoralityLicense holder with [[RealityWarper the power to support it]] or simply a lazy woman who will get to that eventually? [[EnsembleDarkhorse Cirno]], a determined but overconfident and simplistic fairy or a criminally retarded moron who could forget to breathe? Flandre, a CheerfulChild that doesn't entirely comprehend her [[PersonOfMassDestruction ridonkulous levels of power]] or an AxeCrazy monster [[EnfanteTerrible hiding behind a facade]] -- if there's even a facade at all? Yuyuko, intelligent but occasionally absent-minded or an airheaded ditz with a desire for food [[BigEater equaled only by a black hole]]? Alice, {{tsundere}} who just wants friends but doesn't know how to make them, the only sane woman surrounded by gibbering maniacs, or creepy, {{yandere}} doll-{{otaku}} who's best shunned? Really, pick any character and you will find at least three of these floating around somewhere.
** In ZUN's comments on Reimu in ''Strange Creators of Outer World'' states that this applies to her in-universe. Everyone has a different idea on who Reimu is, causing her to have drastic changes in personality since no story has been told in Reimu's perspective.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' needs to get special mention here. Beyond the absurdly high fans-to-source-material fanon-to-canon-material ratio meaning there's a ton of this to begin with, ''[=UFO=]'''s A and B paths not only affect the characters abilities but their personalities as well. So Reimu is either driven primarily by a need for money or out of genuine concern for people, and both versions are equally canon.
** When she was first introduced, Kaguya was seen as a heartless ManipulativeBitch who toyed with men for her own amusement -- in other words, how [[TheRival Fujiwara no Mokou]] views her, though her perception is a bit jaundiced because her own father was one of Kaguya's rejected suitors. Then the semi-canon gag manga ''Inaba of the Moon & Inaba of the Earth'' came along and revolutionized the fanon portrayal of Kaguya by showing her as sheltered and naive but ultimately kind-hearted and well-meaning. And then there are the fans who interpret her as a lazy, apathetic {{NEET}} who spends all day playing video games.
** ZUN himself commented on Reimu in her character profile in ''Strange Creators of Outer World'', saying that this applies to her in-universe. Notably, in the games she looks far more noble since she's "on the clock" and actively protecting Gensokyo from whatever threatens it; meanwhile in the canon manga like ''Wild and Horned Hermit'' she's "off the clock" and is portrayed as lazy, money-grubbing, and forever pursuing {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s. Since there's never been a story told specifically from Reimu's perspective, everyone has a different idea on who Reimu is, causing her to have drastic changes in personality.
** Really, pick any character and you will find at least three of these floating around somewhere.
Reimu, overworked BarrierMaiden trying her best to handle the various superpowered beings she is meant to prevent from causing trouble or a [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Racist]] that would exterminate them all given the opportunity? [[CuteWitch Marisa]], well-meaning but impetuous or a sadistic {{youkai}} hunter? Yukari, [[TheChessmaster secretly protecting Gensokyo from behind the scenes]], amoral OmniscientMoralityLicense holder with [[RealityWarper the power to support it]] or simply a lazy woman who will get to that eventually? [[EnsembleDarkhorse Cirno]], a determined but overconfident and simplistic fairy or a criminally retarded moron who could forget to breathe? Flandre, a CheerfulChild that doesn't entirely comprehend her [[PersonOfMassDestruction ridonkulous levels of power]] or an AxeCrazy monster [[EnfanteTerrible hiding behind a facade]] -- if there's even a facade at all? Yuyuko, intelligent but occasionally absent-minded or an airheaded ditz with a desire for food [[BigEater equaled only by a black hole]]? Alice, {{tsundere}} who just wants friends but doesn't know how to make them, the only sane woman surrounded by gibbering maniacs, or creepy, {{yandere}} doll-{{otaku}} who's best shunned? Really, pick any character and you will find at least three of these floating around somewhere.
** In ZUN's comments on Reimu in ''Strange Creators of Outer World'' states that this applies to her in-universe. Everyone has a different idea on who Reimu is, causing her to have drastic changes in personality since no story has been told in Reimu's perspective.
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13th Aug '17 2:46:34 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Are Dr. Irie's jokes about his {{Lolicon}} tendencies only jokes, or something more....

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** Are Dr. Irie's jokes about his {{Lolicon}} paedophilia tendencies only jokes, or something more....
26th Jul '17 11:06:08 AM BeerBaron
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* ''AlternativeCharacterInterpretation/TheElderScrolls''



* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has this pouring out of every possible orifice simply by the nature of how it's told:
** Is Vivec of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' a just and kind god-king who has done some bad things, or a murdering traitor who may or may not have been redeemed over the four millennia since he became a god? Is he a genuine humanitarian as suggested be works x, y and z, or is he a petty- but MagnificentBastard as suggested by works 1, 2 and 3? Is he, in fact, right when he says that all beings are the illusions of a gigantic dreaming god that he is aware of and therefore the only absolute God of the 'verse, or is that simply an excuse for Michael Kirkbride to continue using him as an AuthorAvatar after he lost his plot importance. There's even debates as to whether the constant use of him when Kirkbride writes in-Universe documents makes him simply a very heavily examined character or an outright MartyStu.
*** Or is he all at once? Or is THAT idea simply a way for people to believe one thing or another about him despite evidence to the contrary?
** The Aedra (Nine Divines): benevolent Gods or SealedEvilInACan? The Daedra play the opposite, Sealed evil or benevolent Gods?
** Uriel Septim: Benevolent Emperor or conniving Machiavellian?
*** That could be asked about the whole Septim line, at least the ones who weren't outright mad. Berenziah's bio shows both benevolent and bastardly sides of Tiber.
** Mehrunes Dagon: The closest the series has to a BigBad, or the Fake FinalBoss before the Real BigBad, who happens to be the chief god of the Imperial Pantheon? Cue EpilepticTrees a-shakin' when an in-Universe document about how the Nords view the creation of the world has Akatosh turning Dagon into what he is in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''.
** Mannimarco and the Order of the Black Worm: Genocidal, batshit insane sadists that give Necromancy a bad name, or staunch freedom fighters boldly fighting against Archmage Traven's tyranny?
*** Given the whole slaughtering innocents and general bloodletting that was to be started if Mannimarco ruled, i'm going to have to go with the former.
*** Necromancy: merely an icky branch of magic that ''tends'' to attract the wrong sorts, inherently wrong due to messing with the dead, or is there something about it that drives people towards being genocidal, batshit insane sadists? In Morrowind, where necromancers ''cannot'' be upstanding citizens - by longstanding and deeply held tradition and law, necromancy is punished by death in the region it takes place in - yet we meet more than one necromancer that, while not necessarily good, aren't evil, either. In Oblivion, where necromancy is perfectly legal and, up until shortly before the game began, openly done by the Mages' Guild, there are no non-evil necromancers to be found.
** On the other side of the coin, Hannibal Traven. Is he the OnlySaneMan in the Mages Guild who recognized the threat and evil of necromancy and did right in washing the Guilds hands of it? Or is he a KnightTemplar whose zealous actions only ended up weakening the Guild as a whole?
** Is the player character in ''Oblivion'' really just a wayfaring adventurer who gets a lucky break, or are they actually a [[MagnificentBastard magnificent]] [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] who take advantage of the political crisis brought on by Uriel Septim's assassination to pole-vault into a position whereby they are the head of ''every single major guild'' in Cyrodiil, all at once? Think about it - by the end of the various questlines, every mage, thief and assassin in the province now works for them directly, and headship of the Fighters' Guild gives them their own personal army as well. Meanwhile, the fact that they're the Grand Champion of the Arena (and Champion of Cyrodiil) means they're a popular hero as well, while possible membership of the Blades gives them an ear in the political backrooms of the Imperial Palace. The player character need never overthrow the paralysed Elder Council - they rule the province far more directly than the council ever could. Oh, and since they may also be a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], they could conceivably hold this power ''forever''. [[spoiler: And this without mentioning that the PC also becomes one of the Daedric Lords, the MadGod of the Shivering Isles.]]
** Is the hero of Morrowind Lord Nerevar reborn seeking to regain his power? A true reincarnation but lacking in any of the original's memories? A simple adventurer who'll fulfill whatever prophecy he has to if it stops the annoying storms? A master manipulator who's using the prophecies to gain unimaginable power over every faction - even ones that otherwise hate each other? It's a question only you can answer.[[spoiler: In addition to this, the PC is immortal and immune to all diseases, so like the PC in Oblivion can hold this position ''forever''.]]
** Is the last dragonborn of Skyrim a selfless hero with a heart of gold that's out to free Skyrim from the ever-looming threat of the dragon invasion, or a power-hungry bastard that becomes a master with his voice, highly influential in the major cities of Skyrim, the head of each guild, a member of either the original government or the new upcoming one (depending on the player's choice), the person that brings the Dark Brotherhood back into prominence, a possible monster of lycanthropic or vampiric power, and ultimately the chessmaster that aims to replace Alduin as the most powerful threat to Skyrim [[spoiler: hinted at even more by having a shout that's similar to the one most often used by Alduin]]
*** As with all the other TES protagonists above, one has to note that, since the game generally uses a pretty "hands off" attitude when it comes to characterizing them, these interpretations could all be completely and one hundred percent true depending on the player.
** King Hlaalu Helseth. Brilliant, fair minded MagnificentBastard who skillfully manages to both act in the best interest of his people and province ''and'' keep a healthy diplomatic relationship with the rest of the Empire, or a tyrant who ruthlessly exploits and oppresses his people for personal gain?
** Just how much of a 'Good' Daedra is Azura, really? For that matter, ''did'' she curse the Chimer into becoming the Dunmer, or did she just point it out while warning the Tribunal that there was going to be consequences for what was done? (The official interpretation is that ''none'' of the Daedra are truly good or evil. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality They all have their own goals]], it's just that Azura's tend to be aligned with traditionally "good" mortals more often.)
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Stormcloaks are either brave rebels fighting against religious and imperialist oppression, StupidGood pawns of the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] playing into their DivideAndConquer strategy, or racist bastards. The Empire, meanwhile, is either a tyrannical pawn of the Thalmor, a pitiful VestigialEmpire due to be wiped away, or the only hope Tamriel has against Thalmor oppression that's simply playing along with their decrees until it can defeat them.
** Paarthurnax -An [[TheAtoner Atoner]] who feels genuine remorse for his actions during the Dragon War and wants to lead the remaining dragons into a peaceful coexistence with humanity, or a [[TheStarscream Starscream]] to Alduin who uses the PlayerCharacter to dispose of him so that he can take over?
** By the same token, are the Blades Esbern and Delphine justified in demanding Paarthurnax killed for the crimes he committed and right to believe that, since he betrayed Alduin once, he is likely to one day betray the people of Skyrim as well, or are they just unable to get past the fact that, due to the Thalmor, they've been hunted and driven underground and can't truly trust anyone, as well as loyalty to their cause as dragon-hunters?
13th Jul '17 6:06:15 AM Mireia
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* ''AlternativeCharacterInterpretation/LongLiveTheQueen''
26th Jun '17 10:00:11 PM infernape612
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* VisualNovel/SayaNoUta: Yousuke is a calm, quiet family man who enjoys his calm, quiet life, until [[spoiler: Saya]] causes him to hallucinate the same way Fuminori does and he immediately becomes a violent psychopath [[spoiler: whose first instinct is to kill the "monsters", his wife and daughter, and rape the only girl he can find, Saya.]] This happens in a matter of ''minutes''. Considering how long it took Fuminori to sink that low, it begs the question of just how sane was Yousuke, really? Did he really go insane, or was he always two steps away from being a lunatic and [[spoiler: Saya]] just happened to bring it to a boil by messing with his brain?

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* VisualNovel/SayaNoUta: ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'': Yousuke is a calm, quiet family man who enjoys his calm, quiet life, until [[spoiler: Saya]] causes him to hallucinate the same way Fuminori does and he immediately becomes a violent psychopath [[spoiler: whose first instinct is to kill the "monsters", his wife and daughter, and rape the only girl he can find, Saya.]] This happens in a matter of ''minutes''. Considering how long it took Fuminori to sink that low, it begs the question of just how sane was Yousuke, really? Did he really go insane, or was he always two steps away from being a lunatic and [[spoiler: Saya]] just happened to bring it to a boil by messing with his brain?



* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog and his friends characterisations differ greatly between the various Sonic series'.

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* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog and his friends characterisations friends' characterizations differ greatly between the various Sonic series'.series.
5th Jun '17 12:37:11 PM Tuckerscreator
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** Mei, because her voicelines hugely clash with her playstyle. Her canon personality is that of an {{Adorkable}} cuddly scientist, but her abilities[[note]]creating ice barriers, freezing and headshotting opponents, self-freezing to turn invincible[[/note]] are all oriented towards [[StopHavingFunGuys countering attacks and impeding movement]], causing her to be viewed in-game as [[RonTheDeathEater the Satan of]] the ''Overwatch'' universe.

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** Mei, because her voicelines hugely clash with her playstyle. Her canon personality is that of an {{Adorkable}} cuddly scientist, but her abilities[[note]]creating ice barriers, freezing and headshotting opponents, self-freezing to turn invincible[[/note]] are all oriented towards [[StopHavingFunGuys countering attacks and impeding movement]], causing her to be viewed in-game by fandom as [[RonTheDeathEater the Satan of]] the ''Overwatch'' universe.
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