History AlternativeCharacterInterpretation / VideoGames

22nd Mar '17 8:24:36 PM BlortDerp
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** For a somewhat less serious one regarding''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', due to poor animation causing Sara Ryder to have weird or seemingly inappropriate facial expressions some fans decided this means she is a somewhat naive and {{Moe}} autistic woman obsessed with LEGO. Her brother Scott, meanwhile, due to similarly odd animations or screen captures is either kind of a JerkAss at best or a psychopath at worst.
19th Mar '17 5:22:50 AM NightShade96
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4th Mar '17 2:30:02 PM KingLyger
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** ''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?
20th Feb '17 7:07:45 AM infernape612
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}:

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14th Jan '17 10:32:39 PM X2X
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*** Humanity's preoccupation with reclaiming Earth is lampshaded in the third game, when background conversations between two of the ''Normandy'' personnel have one take the position that Earth is being abandoned by the Council, while the other points out that the other races would feel exactly the same if it was their homeworld on the line and that the turians ''are'' getting waylaid by the Reapers too. The asari even state that their reason for not helping is to fall back to Thessia and defend their own borders, [[spoiler: yet even the most advanced technology in the galaxy at their disposal still doesn't stop Thessia being the ''only'' world to fall entirely to the Reapers]].
* Anetta in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork''. She is a member of the cyberterrorists WWW, but she wants to protect nature, and at one point, even indirectly helps Lan save Mamoru's life. Her Navi, [=PlantMan=], on the other hand, seems to goad her on. Lord Wily even seems to act a little differently around her. This has caused a lot of people to think that Anetta is simply a WellIntentionedExtremist, and [=PlantMan=] acts as an evil conscience to her. A few theories have suggested that Wily created [=PlantMan=] ''specifically'' to control her.
* Capcom's characterisation of ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' characters varies from game to game, so some fanfics aren't exactly "alternate" as much as they are 'trying to pick one'. X himself ranges from a [[{{Uke}} whiny doe-eyed wuss]] who depends on Zero for everything, a noble fighter sometimes hamstrung by his doubts, a [[GoodIsDumb naive dope]] who trusts everyone, or a macho warrior killing every Maverick on sight. Zero is either a womanizing loud-mouth warrior, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, a nice guy with a JerkassFacade because he's been betrayed so many times, or a [[BloodKnight cold-hearted killer]]. Thanks to [[VideoGame/MegaManMaverickHunterX the first game's remake]], is Sigma just a Maverick infected by Wily who wants to dominate the world, or is he just staging a rebellion to test X's abilities in the interest of the good of the Reploids?

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*** Humanity's preoccupation with reclaiming Earth is lampshaded in the third game, when background conversations between two of the ''Normandy'' personnel have one take the position that Earth is being abandoned by the Council, while the other points out that the other races would feel exactly the same if it was their homeworld on the line and that the turians Turians ''are'' getting waylaid by the Reapers too. The asari Asari even state that their reason for not helping is to fall back to Thessia and defend their own borders, [[spoiler: yet even the most advanced technology in the galaxy at their disposal still doesn't stop Thessia being the ''only'' world to fall entirely to the Reapers]].
* Anetta in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork''.''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 3''. She is a member of the cyberterrorists WWW, but she wants to protect nature, and at one point, even indirectly helps Lan save Mamoru's life. Her Navi, [=PlantMan=], on the other hand, seems to goad her on. Lord Wily even seems to act a little differently around her. This has caused a lot of people to think that Anetta is simply a WellIntentionedExtremist, and [=PlantMan=] acts as an evil conscience to her. A few theories have suggested that Wily created [=PlantMan=] ''specifically'' to control her.
* Capcom's characterisation of ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' characters varies from game to game, so some fanfics aren't exactly "alternate" as much as they are 'trying "trying to pick one'. one." X himself ranges from a [[{{Uke}} whiny doe-eyed wuss]] who depends on Zero for everything, a noble fighter sometimes hamstrung by his doubts, a [[GoodIsDumb naive dope]] who trusts everyone, or a macho warrior killing every Maverick on sight. Zero is either a womanizing loud-mouth warrior, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, a nice guy with a JerkassFacade because he's been betrayed so many times, or a [[BloodKnight cold-hearted killer]]. Thanks to [[VideoGame/MegaManMaverickHunterX the first game's remake]], is Sigma just a Maverick infected by Wily who wants to dominate the world, or is he just staging a rebellion to test X's abilities in the interest of the good of the Reploids?



** Axl ranges from a hyper-active little kid, a good-natured rookie, and a creepy Child Soldier who sees everything as a game.

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** Axl ranges from a hyper-active hyperactive little kid, a good-natured rookie, and a creepy Child Soldier who sees everything as a game.



For that matter, the entire "Maverick" thing. Canonically it's caused by viruses, but especially in the first and fourth games, there's very little to suggest that it was anything other than what it looked like on the surface: a rebellion. If that's what it was, were they necessarily bad? This is compounded severalfold by the fact that in the Zero series (same universe, just a hundred years or so later), the Irregulars are a genuine robot rebellion (and the good guys) against a tyrannical society which seems to hate all reploids, and the leader of their enemies is a copy of X.

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** For that matter, the entire "Maverick" thing. Canonically it's caused by viruses, but especially in the first and fourth games, there's very little to suggest that it was anything other than what it looked like on the surface: a rebellion. If that's what it was, were they necessarily bad? This is compounded severalfold by the fact that in the Zero series (same universe, just a hundred years or so later), the Irregulars are a genuine robot rebellion (and the good guys) against a tyrannical society which seems to hate all reploids, Reploids, and the leader of their enemies is a copy of X.
4th Jan '17 4:13:07 PM nombretomado
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*** Again, possible in the first game but contradicted by the sequel: Did Chell just defeat the evil computer and save herself, or did [=GLaDOS=] just finish yet another test with a human specimen by pretending that the incinerator was the end of the obstacle course? (The latter interpretation might explain why [[FollowThePlottedLine the facility is laid out in a strictly linear path that inevitably leads to GLaDOS's chamber]].)

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*** Again, possible in the first game but contradicted by the sequel: Did Chell just defeat the evil computer and save herself, or did [=GLaDOS=] just finish yet another test with a human specimen by pretending that the incinerator was the end of the obstacle course? (The latter interpretation might explain why [[FollowThePlottedLine the facility is laid out in a strictly linear path that inevitably leads to GLaDOS's [=GLaDOS=]'s chamber]].)



** Caroline with regard to the cut dialogue: Goofy and victimized assistant of Cave Johnson? Or complicit psychopath who only considered the horrific implications of her work when it came barreling down on her? (If you're skeptical of the latter possibility, remember: [[spoiler:Her brain is the basis for GLaDOS]].)

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** Caroline with regard to the cut dialogue: Goofy and victimized assistant of Cave Johnson? Or complicit psychopath who only considered the horrific implications of her work when it came barreling down on her? (If you're skeptical of the latter possibility, remember: [[spoiler:Her brain is the basis for GLaDOS]].[=GLaDOS=]]].)
21st Dec '16 10:32:38 AM Morgenthaler
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** Then there's Phoenix himself. The people who most accept his change in ''Apollo Justice'' are the ones that argue that he's always bent the law in the pursuit of the truth, and that he's always been a bit of a snarky jerk on the inside. Others think that the aforementioned people are going too far in interpreting Phoenix's actions and that he'd never go as far as he did in ''Apollo Justice''. Is he a {{badass}} lawyer who managed to win cases which seemed downright impossible through a combination of intelligence and grit? Or is he a [[IdiotHero dumbass]] who simply [[BornLucky lucked his way]] out of everything thrown at him?

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** Then there's Phoenix himself. The people who most accept his change in ''Apollo Justice'' are the ones that argue that he's always bent the law in the pursuit of the truth, and that he's always been a bit of a snarky jerk on the inside. Others think that the aforementioned people are going too far in interpreting Phoenix's actions and that he'd never go as far as he did in ''Apollo Justice''. Is he a {{badass}} badass lawyer who managed to win cases which seemed downright impossible through a combination of intelligence and grit? Or is he a [[IdiotHero dumbass]] who simply [[BornLucky lucked his way]] out of everything thrown at him?



*** Her personality in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' changed overtime, to change right back in the last arc. The more well-known personality is the result of ExecutiveMeddling in relation to role models for girls. The original Amy was supposed to be more of a comical foil to Sonic who fights, but not much. The changed personality made her into a {{Badass}} (or {{Badbutt}}) character in stark contrast to any other of her personalities, with emphasis on romance (though in this continuity it's implied her crush is small and she just likes teasing Sonic). It becomes noticeable how different the personalities are when the last arc comes and Amy does ''nothing'' action-related, when before she would be right in the action.

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*** Her personality in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' changed overtime, to change right back in the last arc. The more well-known personality is the result of ExecutiveMeddling in relation to role models for girls. The original Amy was supposed to be more of a comical foil to Sonic who fights, but not much. The changed personality made her into a {{Badass}} badass (or {{Badbutt}}) character in stark contrast to any other of her personalities, with emphasis on romance (though in this continuity it's implied her crush is small and she just likes teasing Sonic). It becomes noticeable how different the personalities are when the last arc comes and Amy does ''nothing'' action-related, when before she would be right in the action.
14th Dec '16 6:03:10 AM outlander2012
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'':
** Loghain Mac Tir. Was he [[spoiler: a tyrant drunk on power and willing to do anything, including betray his principles, his country and his own family, rather than lose that power and who sat idly by, fixating on a personal obsession with Orlais and those he paranoidly insists are in cahoots with them while the darkspawn rampaged unchecked across Ferelden? Or a true patriot honouring a lifetime of work in ensuring Ferelden's culture and freedom, no matter the cost?]] In both game-universe and among the fans, this is a hotly debated matter.
** Arl Eamon Guerrin. [[spoiler: Is he the BigGood, trying to unite Ferelden before it's too late to stop the darkspawn and insisting on putting Alistair on the throne to preserve the royal bloodline and Fereldan tradition? Or an opportunist using a boy he cast aside as a political tool to both get rid of a family of upjumped commoners with no claim to the throne and set himself up in a position of great power as chief advisor to the new king?]]
** Queen Anora. [[spoiler: Is she the HighQueen, willing to do all that's necessary to preserve and protect Ferelden's people? Or like her father, is she just so accustomed to her power and her position, she would do anything, including betray her father and allies, to keep her position? And is her refusal to rein in Loghain's excesses until the very end simply unwillingness to act against her own father, or to try and scare a recalcitrant and hostile nobility into line?]]
15th Nov '16 2:39:22 PM TheNewBig
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** For that matter, the entire "Maverick" thing. Canonically it's caused by viruses, but especially in the first and fourth games, there's very little to suggest that it was anything other than what it looked like on the surface: a rebellion. If that's what it was, were they even necessarily bad? Moreover, was Repliforce in ''X4'' really bad at all or were the Maverick Hunters and/or humans just paranoid and overzealous bastards who couldn't stand the thought of robots not following orders? This is compounded severalfold by the fact that in the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' series (same universe, just a hundred years or so later), the Irregulars ''are'' a genuine robot rebellion (and the good guys) against a tyrannical society which seems to hate all Reploids, and the leader of their enemies is ''a copy of X''.
*** Alternatively alternatively, they're an army answerable to the world governments, and therefore they have agreed to obey orders unless they were needlessly suicidal or would involve doing the kinds of things they were framed for. Throw in the parts where their troops and their equipment were seen at the scene of an atrocity, and their steadfast refusal to come in for questioning so they could potentially clear themselves came not from the worry that they'll be scapegoated but rather a glorified mechanical pissing contest (which would look really suspicious), and it becomes less "overzealous bastards who couldn't stand the thought of robots not obeying orders" and more "panicked but justifiable reaction."

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** For Repliforce: Villains? Innocents declared villains by a government too quick to judge them? Dangerous morons with incredible firepower that matter, needed to be stopped? Or a balance of all three interpretations? Well-intentioned soldiers who made a foolish mistake and were too proud to admit it when faced with the entire "Maverick" thing. Canonically shock of the world's leaders finding them inefficient at best, and Mavericks at worst?
** Colonel himself can be subjected to quite a bit of this. In X's story, his decision seems to be made out of nothing but foolish pride. In Zero's, however, he's clearly shocked and outraged that the government would suspect him of being Maverick, and later in the story, honestly seems to believe that war is their only option, sometimes to a delusional extent. Given his backstory...
it's certainly possible being faced with the threat of having his life's purpose taken from him caused by viruses, but especially in the first and fourth games, there's very little him to suggest that it was anything other than what it looked like on the surface: a rebellion. If that's what it was, were they even necessarily bad? Moreover, was Repliforce in ''X4'' really bad at all or were the Maverick Hunters and/or humans just paranoid and overzealous bastards who couldn't stand the thought of robots not following orders? This is compounded severalfold by the fact that in the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' series (same universe, just a hundred years or so later), the Irregulars ''are'' a genuine robot rebellion (and the good guys) against a tyrannical society which seems to hate all Reploids, and the leader of their enemies is ''a copy of X''.
*** Alternatively alternatively, they're an army answerable to the world governments, and therefore they have agreed to obey orders unless they were needlessly suicidal or would involve doing the kinds of things they were framed for. Throw in the parts where their troops and their equipment were seen at the scene of an atrocity, and their steadfast refusal to come in for questioning so they could potentially clear themselves came not from the worry that they'll be scapegoated but rather a glorified mechanical pissing contest (which would look really suspicious), and it becomes less "overzealous bastards who couldn't stand the thought of robots not obeying orders" and more "panicked but justifiable reaction."
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*** The Cadre fits this as well. Initially they seem to be a bunch of greedy, power-hungry sociopaths who cruelly oppress and subjugate everyone in Giga City -- until you find that a few of their members are surprisingly fair and honorable people, the fact that they're the project of unethical experiments and are being manipulated by TheManBehindTheMan. Even Ferham, the seemingly sadomasochistic [[TheBaroness Baroness]], has a genuinely tender moment with a fellow comrade. Their leader might even have a point that using force really might be the only way for a group of Reploids to be heard. Despite all the horrible things they've done in the game, they're a hard lot to figure out, which is even reflected in the game when they're posthumously deferred Maverick status.

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*** For that matter, the entire "Maverick" thing. Canonically it's caused by viruses, but especially in the first and fourth games, there's very little to suggest that it was anything other than what it looked like on the surface: a rebellion. If that's what it was, were they necessarily bad? This is compounded severalfold by the fact that in the Zero series (same universe, just a hundred years or so later), the Irregulars are a genuine robot rebellion (and the good guys) against a tyrannical society which seems to hate all reploids, and the leader of their enemies is a copy of X.
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The Cadre fits this as well. Liberion Army of Command Mission: Initially they seem to be a bunch of greedy, power-hungry sociopaths who cruelly oppress and subjugate everyone in Giga City -- - until you find that a few of their members (namely the Cadre) are surprisingly fair and honorable people, and the fact that they're the project of unethical experiments and are as well as being manipulated by TheManBehindTheMan. The Man Behind the Man. Even Ferham, the seemingly sadomasochistic [[TheBaroness Baroness]], Baroness, has a genuinely tender moment with a fellow comrade. Their leader might even have a point that using force really might be the only way for a group of Reploids reploids to be heard. Despite all the horrible things they've done in the game, they're a hard lot to figure out, which is even reflected in the game when they're posthumously deferred Maverick status.status.
** Despite what many of the Reploids they encounter say, neither X, Zero or even Axl are ever shown to adopt a "shoot first" approach. More often than not, they ask them to surrender peacefully, are refused, and thus are forced to kill the Reploid in self-defense. However... some lines from Zero among others imply the Maverick Hunters prefer their officers to eliminate their target without wasting time. Is this policy because innocent humans and Reploids are in danger at the time and take precedence over violent Mavericks? Because each and every Maverick the Hunters have encountered have refused to surrender anyway? Because of the danger a possibly viral Maverick or one feigning surrender presents? Or is their a racist anti-Reploid agenda behind it?
** The humans themselves, particularly the government. Not helped by the fact that humans rarely get their own views, or even appearance, shown in game (the only human we see, Dr. Cain, even disappears after X4). Are most of them really well-meaning, seeing the Reploids as equals, and valuing the hard work they do, or do most refuse to see the distinction between them and the Mechanaloids,(which are literal machines) seeing both as tools and are only happy as long as the Reploids do what they want, as Sigma believed? As for the trust issues, are they simply being Properly Paranoid about them, given their capabilities, or are they fanatical bigots, taking their paranoia too far, seeing nothing wrong with treating innocent Reploids citizens, who, just as the humans, would like nothing more than for the wars to stop, with hostility and suspicion, much like Weil, who felt the entire race "got off too easy" because of crimes that Sigma and other Mavericks committed?



*** Maverick Hunters didn't really start their KnightTemplar tendencies until after the Repliforce incident. Did the Maverick Hunters start their shoot first, ask questions later ''because'' of Repliforce, where free-willed Mavericks proved to be just as dangerous as viral Mavericks? Magma Dragoon dropped a floating city, killing millions, to draw the protagonists into a fight with him, and the Repliforce preferred to start a shooting war over clearing themselves from a frame job for ''incredibly'' petty reasons. Is it any wonder humans don't trust Reploids? Was Repliforce the catalyst for the later games' morally ambiguous nature of the Maverick Hunters?
18th Oct '16 4:44:01 PM nombretomado
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* Gordon Freeman from ''VideoGame/HalfLife''. Is he a MessianicArchetype, a pure and just bringer of intervention when the time is right, or a monster with the intention of killing everything he can. FreemansMind puts him in the middle, as a self serving nutjob who thinks that gnomes are real, and would like one as a pet.

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* Gordon Freeman from ''VideoGame/HalfLife''. Is he a MessianicArchetype, a pure and just bringer of intervention when the time is right, or a monster with the intention of killing everything he can. FreemansMind ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' puts him in the middle, as a self serving nutjob who thinks that gnomes are real, and would like one as a pet.
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