History AlternativeCharacterInterpretation / VideoGames

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.
5th Jun '17 12:36:05 PM Tuckerscreator
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* ''{{VideoGame/Overwatch}}'':
** Mercy's canon voicelines depict her as a hopeful and compassionate hero. But because being TheMedic is so often fraught with constant mistreatment by incompetent teammates, fanart tends to depict Mercy as an extremely bitter babysitter of her useless team.
** 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.
16th May '17 11:14:19 AM Lequinni
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** [[spoiler: Sans and Flowey]], due to their WalkingSpoiler nature, are subject of rampant speculation about their motivations, their pasts, the actual nature of their powers, their relationships with other characters, and even their real personalities.
** Another WalkingSpoiler character, [[spoiler: W. D. Gaster]] is subject to this [[spoiler:due to being DummiedOut and every little references to him still remaining in the game are both ominous and ambiguous. Was he an arrogant EvilScientist who on his science bitted way too much that he could shallow, and whose erasure from reality actually benefited the Underworld? Or was he a relatively harmless scholar who poked too much into things that monsters weren't meant to know and unwittingly paid the price?]]
14th May '17 3:20:09 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' also has a few:

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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' also has a few:
1st May '17 10:12:33 PM infernape612
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** [[http://www.destructoid.com/dr-wily-the-man-who-tried-to-save-the-world-199795.phtml Destructoid's Tony Ponce takes a look into Dr. Wily's character.]] Is he actually the OnlySaneMan on the outlook of human-robot relations, seeing RidiculouslyHumanRobots as a danger to society, and eventually BecomingTheMask as a MadScientist bent on [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]]?.
Dr.Weil, even from the start, had pretty warped ideas of right and wrong, blaming the entire Reploid race for the crimes of the Mavericks. It's entirely possible all the suffering and destruction around him at the time (The Maverick Wars, the fall of Doppler Town, the Sky Lagoon Disaster, Repliforce's rebellion, a colony drop, the emergence of yet another strain of the Maverick Virus, and a large-scale rebellion by the new generation reploids, all in his lifetime) left him severely unhinged.

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** [[http://www.destructoid.com/dr-wily-the-man-who-tried-to-save-the-world-199795.phtml Destructoid's Tony Ponce takes a look into Dr. Wily's character.]] Is he actually the OnlySaneMan on the outlook of human-robot relations, seeing RidiculouslyHumanRobots as a danger to society, and eventually BecomingTheMask as a MadScientist bent on [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]]?.
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Dr.Weil, even from the start, had pretty warped ideas of right and wrong, blaming the entire Reploid race for the crimes of the Mavericks. It's entirely possible all the suffering and destruction around him at the time (The (the Maverick Wars, the fall of Doppler Town, the Sky Lagoon Disaster, Repliforce's rebellion, a colony drop, the emergence of yet another strain of the Maverick Virus, and a large-scale rebellion by the new generation reploids, all in his lifetime) left him severely unhinged.



* June of VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors openly invites this given her role. Is she a bit more of the sweet, positive, and [[AgentMulder slightly kooky]] girl we meet initially or [[spoiler:is she much more of the [[GuileHero cold, calculating Zero personality she presumes when]] kidnapping mostly good people from their homes to save herself and get revenge]]? It hurts more when WordOfGod is taken into consideration, where it's stated that she [[spoiler:has been traumatized from the experience of the first Nonary Games, but doesn't state how close her fake personality is to the real one]].

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* June of VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' openly invites this given her role. Is she a bit more of the sweet, positive, and [[AgentMulder slightly kooky]] girl we meet initially or [[spoiler:is she much more of the [[GuileHero cold, calculating Zero personality she presumes when]] kidnapping mostly good people from their homes to save herself and get revenge]]? It hurts more when WordOfGod is taken into consideration, where it's stated that she [[spoiler:has been traumatized from the experience of the first Nonary Games, but doesn't state how close her fake personality is to the real one]].
1st May '17 10:08:21 PM infernape612
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* [[VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} Tatsuya]]: Did he intentionally commit the sin of [[spoiler:refusing to forget everything to save Maya and stop Nyarlathotep]] because he was just greedy or too unwilling to make a sacrifice, thereby deserving the Eternal Punishment? Or did he just commit the "Innocent Sin" in the title and not really deserve any Eternal Punishment?

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* [[VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} Tatsuya]]: ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'''s Tatsuya: Did he intentionally commit the sin of [[spoiler:refusing to forget everything to save Maya and stop Nyarlathotep]] because he was just greedy or too unwilling to make a sacrifice, thereby deserving the Eternal Punishment? Or did he just commit the "Innocent Sin" in the title and not really deserve any Eternal Punishment?



* [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Fuuka]]: Simple paragon of meek passivity and sweetness, or Woobie whose obsession with pleasing others and self-deprecation is a result of constant emotional abuse?



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'''s Fuuka: Simple paragon of meek passivity and sweetness, or Woobie whose obsession with pleasing others and self-deprecation is a result of constant emotional abuse?



** Kanji: A closet homosexual who refuses to admit his sexual orientation to himself or just a teenager who is struggling with feeling at ease around guys, rather than girls, because they simply do not make fun of his "feminine" hobbies.
** Yosuke: An arrogant and homophobic guy that tries too hard to look cool or a poor guy that [[TheWoobie never had friends, so he doesn't how to act]] and [[ButtMonkey everyone keeps bullying]]? Also, it's implied he sees the MC as perfect but what are his feelings?. Is he secretly jealous? Is Yosuke so pitiful he idolizes him because it's his only friend? Or does he loves the MC but [[ArmouredClosetGay would never admit it]]?
** Rise: A girl that isn't ashamed to show how much she loves the MC and knows she doesn't doesn't need to be an idol to have friends or a hypocrital bitch, that keeps flirting with him and becomes a singer again as soon as she can.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' has it happen InUniverse, where the public opinion's divide on whether the Phantom Thieves are unsung heroes dealing with scum beyond the reach of the law or terrorists trying to enforce their own views on society through brainwashing drives a major part of the plot. And more humorously, the protagonist's homeroom teacher is convinced classic fairy tale ''The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter'' was about a greedy bitch who conned her suitors for expensive gifts before dumping them and running away.

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** Kanji: A closet homosexual who refuses to admit his sexual orientation to himself or just a teenager who is struggling with feeling at ease around guys, rather than girls, because they simply do not make fun of his "feminine" hobbies.
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** Yosuke: An arrogant and homophobic guy that tries too hard to look cool or a poor guy that [[TheWoobie never had friends, so he doesn't how to act]] and [[ButtMonkey everyone keeps bullying]]? Also, it's implied he sees the MC as perfect perfect, but what are his feelings?. feelings? Is he secretly jealous? Is Yosuke so pitiful he idolizes him because it's his only friend? Or does he loves the MC but [[ArmouredClosetGay would never admit it]]?
** Rise: A girl that isn't ashamed to show how much she loves the MC and knows she doesn't doesn't need to be an idol to have friends or a hypocrital hypocritical bitch, that keeps flirting with him and becomes a singer again as soon as she can.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' has it happen InUniverse, where the public opinion's divide on whether the Phantom Thieves are unsung heroes dealing with scum beyond the reach of the law or terrorists trying to enforce their own views on society through brainwashing drives a major part of the plot. And more humorously, the protagonist's homeroom teacher is convinced the classic fairy tale ''The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter'' was about a greedy bitch who conned her suitors for expensive gifts before dumping them and running away.
24th Apr '17 9:18:09 AM ExeloMinish
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' has it happen InUniverse, where the public opinion's divide on whether the Phantom Thieves are unsung heroes dealing with scum beyond the reach of the law or terrorists trying to enforce their own views on society through brainwashing drives a major part of the plot. And more humorously, the protagonist's homeroom teacher is convinced classic fairy tale ''The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter'' was about a greedy bitch who conned her suitors for expensive gifts before dumping them and running away.
8th Apr '17 9:15:27 PM Knowledgeseeker
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* ''Franchise/{{Tales|Series}}'' series:
** While we're on the subject of ''Tales'' characters, let's have a look at ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'':
** Jade Curtiss: a genuine sociopath incapable of normal human emotion, or just a man so completely out of touch with his own feelings that he can't identify them when he has them, combined with a logical mind that simply sees the world differently? The game seems to point toward both explanations at different times.
** Van Grants has this going on even within the game's canon, let alone outside it. How sympathetic you find his abusive childhood and WellIntentionedExtremist goals, compared with his manipulation and betrayal of Luke and Asch and disregard for the lives of others except as tools, varies widely from person to person.
** Leon Magnus in the PSX version of ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'': Arrogant sadistic nihilist perpetrating the cycle of abuse, or a traumatized kid forced to grow up much too soon who lashes out at everyone and anyone so they'll leave him alone? The original game only hinted at much of the abuse Leon was shown to have gone through in the remake, which took the second view and ran with it.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'': Did Elraine truly believe free will to be so evil that it needed to be eliminated for humanity to be happy, or was she just DrunkWithPower? As Reala points out several times, the people under Elraine's rule in the BadFuture ''were'' truly happy, even though they'd been ConditionedToAcceptHorror in many ways.
** Fortuna: Was she crazy all along, or did being abandoned by her creation right when she was finally able to come back to life drive her over the edge of despair? Was her priority really ruling over humanity, or making them happy, as she claimed?
** Harold Berselius, from the same game: ObfuscatingInsanity [[ItAmusedMe for her own amusement]], or genuine [[MadScientist amoral]] {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who just happens to also be an irreplaceable genius?
** [[VideoGame/TalesOfGraces Pascal]]. Is she just ObfuscatingStupidity, in love with Sophie (in a creepy way), or is she just Autistic?
** Cheria, from the same game: Is she a genuinely nice person with a habit of scolding pushed over the edge at times by frustration at her {{Love Interest|s}}, or is she a BitchInSheepsClothing whom Asbel needs a restraining order against?
** Colette from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' is a {{deconstruction}} of a MarySue. She is blonde-haired and blue-eyed. Everyone likes her. Can never think about herself. Her mum died, her father is a angel. She is the MessianicArchetype of the religion she follows. However, she's a klutz. If she isn't helping someone or helping herself, she gets depressed for not thinking about everyone else. [[spoiler:Her religion is a EvilPlan to bring back a dead sister to life. Her father is not an angel. She gets sick with a disease that slowly turns her into crystal, but doesn't tell anyone, for she doesn't like people thinking about helping her when other people need their help. She also slowly loses her humanity, to the point where she can't sleep, eat, taste, feel, or even speak, for her manipulated religion.]] Her entire character could be seen of how being a Mary Sue could [[GoneHorriblyWrong Go Horribly Wrong]].
** Yuan from the same game. Is he a cold-hearted ManipulativeBastard who [[WellIntentionedExtremist couldn't care less how many regular people he has to run over]] in order to sprout the Great Seed? Is he madly driven by hatred for the BigBad? Or is he genuinely making the best of a very bad situation, [[NecessarilyEvil regretting the necessity of spilling innocent blood]], but seeing it as [[IDidWhatIHadToDo the most likely path to succeed]] in saving the world, while at the same time sacrificing everything that ever mattered to him personally along the way?
** Why couldn't we let Richter have his way when [[spoiler:his plot wouldn't have any consequences for the human world]]. Then again, [[spoiler:it would have caused him to [[FateWorseThanDeath burn in hell for all eternity]]]], so maybe it was for the better.
** Eagle-eyed fans of the game might note that [[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Yuri Lowell's]] character has been under debate on numerous other pages, in a very polarizing way. Indeed, what may be a likable, snarky Robin Hood type to some may be a self-righteous, immature asshole to others.
** Zagi from the same game deserves mention. Homicidal creepily evil dude with a thirst for blood and an [[HoYay unhealthy obsession with fighting Yuri Lowell]]; a young assassin who is the best at what he does, but has not seen enough challenge in life until he meets Yuri, which fuels him with passion and a desire to continuously battle to the death with a worthy rival; or perhaps a troubled soul who is isolated because of his profession, and in finding someone who could best him, [[{{Kuudere}} finally has someone he can call a friend but doesn't know how to express it]]?
** Some people believe Flynn to be a straight example of a LawfulStupid FakeUltimateHero, while others believe he's just making the best of his circumstances and trying not to waste all the progress he's made in rising in the Imperial Knights' rank.
** Rita: Funny DeadpanSnarker who calls people out on their stupidity, or unrepentant violent KarmaHoudini who needs to be knocked down a peg?
** Are Raven and [[spoiler:Schwann]] the same person using ObfuscatingStupidity, or are they two separate personalities entirely?
** Is Ioder entirely a nice guy, or did he pass a law outlawing homosexuality at some point before the events of the game?
** Is Karol TheHeart binding the group together and with a solid CowardlyLion character arc, or does his cowardice and reliable tendency to run away when things get serious bad indicate he has no business going on a dangerous journey and make him a liability for the others? Is his drive to overcome his fears and emulate the Don's strength admirable, or a sign he's trying to force himself into a role that really doesn't suit him when he'd do better to look for another dream?
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' lends itself to this quite a bit. It utilizes BlackAndGreyMorality, as opposed to [[BlackAndWhiteMorality the usual fare of the series]], leading to a lot of interpretations of the AntiHeroTeam that make up the {{Player Character}}s. For instance, is main character Velvet Crowe justified in her [[ByronicHero single-minded yet incredibly selfish passion for vengeance]], or do her actions make her even more of a monster than her target?
** Also from ''Berseria'', is Magilou a fun light-hearted {{Troll}} whose moments of humor provide some much needed comic relief, or is she a selfish {{Jerkass}} who makes things harder than they have to be? Also, Magilou's characterization as a SadClown is explored after learning her DarkAndTroubledPast from [[spoiler:being abandoned and left to rot in prison by Melchior, which also serves as a form of ParentalAbandonment, since he raised her for a time]]. Does that mean her interactions with the party are really just because she has nothing better to do, or is she intentionally keeping her distance to avoid having her heart broken again?
8th Apr '17 8:54:59 PM Knowledgeseeker
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6th Apr '17 9:29:55 PM nombretomado
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* There are some alternate interpretations of the character Fall-From-Grace in ''PlanescapeTorment'', is she an honest defector who found a new philosophy to escape her ChaoticEvil nature? A Baatezu spy? Is her chaste priestess demeanor a real attempt to rise above her former life as a succubus (which she calls "childish and immature") or simply a sign that she's a ''really good'' temptress? The game's not telling, and the main information comes from a distinctly unreliable source.

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* There are some alternate interpretations of the character Fall-From-Grace in ''PlanescapeTorment'', ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', is she an honest defector who found a new philosophy to escape her ChaoticEvil nature? A Baatezu spy? Is her chaste priestess demeanor a real attempt to rise above her former life as a succubus (which she calls "childish and immature") or simply a sign that she's a ''really good'' temptress? The game's not telling, and the main information comes from a distinctly unreliable source.
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