History BreakTheCutie / VideoGames

18th Sep '16 7:30:35 PM nombretomado
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* Rose. Poor, poor, Rose. She gets to meet her [[AlanWake hero]], and then she gets [[MindRape mind raped]] by the [[BigBad Big Bad]].

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* Rose. Poor, poor, Rose. She gets to meet her [[AlanWake [[VideoGame/AlanWake hero]], and then she gets [[MindRape mind raped]] by the [[BigBad Big Bad]].
13th Aug '16 12:09:49 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'', the third installation, Cortana is captured by the Gravemind, and it tries to force her to give up information. [[spoiler:It then starts pushing her into insanity. There is a lot of speculation about what precisely it does, but that she is tortured and, to some extent, violated is made obvious by her fetal-position posture when the Master Chief finally rescues her.]]
** A computer program in [[spoiler: fetal-position]]? That can't be good... I mean, she (it?) is a freaking computer program. Maybe Gravemind messed with her (its?) core programs, i.e. [[spoiler: raped her]]?

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'', the third installation, ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', Cortana undergoes this ''twice'':
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', she
is captured by the Gravemind, and it tries to force her to give up information. [[spoiler:It then starts pushing her into insanity. There is a lot insanity, with ''[[Literature/HaloEvolutions Human Weakness]]'' revealing that the Gravemind {{Mind Rape}}s Cortana to the point of speculation making her actually somehow ''feel pain'', despite her being an AI, all while taunting her about what precisely it does, but that she is her inadequacies. The degree to which she's been tortured and, to some extent, degree, violated is made obvious by her fetal-position posture when the Master Chief finally rescues her.]]
** A computer program in [[spoiler: fetal-position]]? That can't In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', Cortana is near the end of her life due to her becoming increasingly rampant, and becomes increasingly melancholy about it. All the while, her sanity and self-control are visibly slipping, and she's clearly distraught about the fact that she's having trouble doing what used to be good... I mean, relatively simple tasks for her. Making it worse, she (it?) is a freaking computer program. Maybe Gravemind messed with clearly doesn't want the Chief to worry about her, having realized that he might not be able to keep his promise to keep her (its?) core programs, i.e. [[spoiler: raped her]]?safe this time around.
8th Jul '16 4:02:05 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''[[VideoGame/AthenaAwakeningFromTheOrdinaryLife Athena: Awakening from the Ordinary Life]]'', Athena Asamiya of ''VideoGame/PsychoSoldier''[=/=]''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' fame becomes TheProtagonist... and is ''brutally'' put through the grinder. In this particular continuity she's a quiet CuteBookworm who's just starting to discover her powers -- and from then on she has to fight dinosaurs, keep her friends from finding out who she is, pick up the pieces of her self-worth, [[spoiler: fight against a massive GovernmentConspiracy]], [[spoiler: watching one of said friends being shot down by soldiers]], etc.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/AthenaAwakeningFromTheOrdinaryLife Athena: Awakening from the Ordinary Life]]'', Athena Asamiya of ''VideoGame/PsychoSoldier''[=/=]''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' fame becomes TheProtagonist... and is ''brutally'' put through the grinder. In this particular continuity she's a quiet CuteBookworm who's just starting to discover her powers -- and from then on she has to fight dinosaurs, keep her friends from finding out who she is, pick up the pieces of her self-worth, [[spoiler: fight against a massive GovernmentConspiracy]], [[spoiler: watching one of said friends being shot down by soldiers]], [[spoiler: being unable to save another friend's life at the end]], etc.



* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblem Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'' has Tailto, a young thunder mage originally portrayed as a {{Tsundere}}-ish [[GenkiGirl genki]] RebelliousPrincess. But things start to go downhill for her when [[spoiler:her leader, Sigurd, is killed. She survives the battle only to be separated from her husband (who may be either dead or alive, depending on who did she marry), and although she once managed to fled in Silesia with her kids Arthur and Teeny, she gets taken back to her destroyed homeland, is separated from her son by force, and she has to withstand mental and physical abuse from [[EvilMatriarch her power-hungry bitch of a sister-in-law Hilda]], with her king and older brother Blume not interfering with the abuse since Tailto is seen as a traitor by her people, all while protecting her daughter from said abuses ''by taking them on herself''. Eventually, the poor girl cannot become a genki mother as she was before, cries every day, and eventually dies in sorrow after getting sick.]]

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* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' games are full, full of this trope:
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''[[VideoGame/FireEmblem Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'' has Tailto, a young thunder mage originally portrayed as a {{Tsundere}}-ish [[GenkiGirl genki]] RebelliousPrincess. But things start to go downhill for her when [[spoiler:her leader, Sigurd, is killed. She survives the battle only to be separated from her husband (who may be either dead or alive, depending on who did she marry), and although she once managed to fled in Silesia with her kids Arthur and Teeny, she gets taken back to her destroyed homeland, is separated from her son by force, and she has to withstand mental and physical abuse from [[EvilMatriarch her power-hungry bitch of a sister-in-law Hilda]], with her king and older brother Blume not interfering with the abuse since Tailto is seen as a traitor by her people, all while protecting her daughter from said abuses ''by taking them on herself''. Eventually, the poor girl cannot become a genki mother as she was before, cries every day, and eventually dies in sorrow after getting sick.]]



** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Pelleas.]] [[TheWoobie Holy SHIT, Pelleas.]] [[spoiler: Shy orphan boy who made a deal to become a spirit charmer? Check. Being though of as the lost prince of Daein? Check. Having his life suck BALLS since then due to his father and his broken [[MyBelovedSmother smother]] of a mother? Check. Being tricked into making a [[DealWithTheDevil blood pact]] to help his country, only to have things go ''even wronger'' than they were? Check. Ultimately asking Micaiah or Tauroneo to kill him so the pact will go away, [[SenselessSacrifice only to see that it's useless]]? Check.]] It takes a LOT [[spoiler: (re: more than one playthrough)]] to even get the chance to try rebuilding this cutie's heart.

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** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Pelleas.]] [[TheWoobie Holy SHIT, Pelleas.]] [[spoiler: Shy orphan boy who made a deal to become a spirit charmer? Check. Being though of as the lost prince of Daein? Check. Having his life suck BALLS since then then, due to his father ArchnemesisDad and his already broken [[MyBelovedSmother smother]] of a mother? Check. Being tricked into making a [[DealWithTheDevil blood pact]] to help his country, only to have things go ''even wronger'' than they were? Check. Ultimately asking Micaiah or Tauroneo to kill him so the pact will go away, [[SenselessSacrifice only to see that it's useless]]? Check.]] It takes a LOT [[spoiler: (re: more than one playthrough)]] to even get the chance to try rebuilding this cutie's heart.


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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' is about a WarriorPrince or BadassPrincess having to choose between [[ChildOfTwoWorlds one Royal Family or another]], and the family that isn't chosen will be ''completely'' shattered through the war. If the PlayerCharacter chooses Nohr, then [[spoiler: his/her eldest Hoshidan brother will have to commit an HeroicSuicide to save him/her; the youngest Hoshidan brother will lose himself to ThePowerOfHate, end up subjected to DemonicPossession, and become the path's FinalBoss; the two sisters will survive, but not before they witness the horrible war and become sad and depressed, though they eventually get better]]. If the player chooses Hoshido, then [[spoiler: the eldest Nohrian sister will cross the DespairEventHorizon and go {{Yandere}} until she's defeated and ultimately survives, the youngest Nohrian sister will die TakingTheBullet for the PC to protect him/her from their eldest Nohrian brother, said eldest Nohrian brother will ''also'' go through the DespairEventHorizon and then let himself get killed, and the youngest Nohrian brother will live through but not before also fighting the armies and almost dying.]] Basically, '''no matter what path the player chooses, someone will be broken'''.
3rd Jan '16 4:23:03 AM DryIce
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*** Not to mention that this happens soon after the poor guy has lost his father figure (who rescued him from life as a templar after he was sent away thanks to the jealous wife of his ''other'' father figure.) It's obvious that he's quite broken up about it, but tries to keep the grief to himself and apologizes for letting it get to him. Later in the game, if you [[spoiler:allow the man whose betrayal caused these deaths to join your party,]] Alistair does not take it well at all, and depending on your previous choices may end up [[spoiler:as a sad, wandering drunk.]]
6th Oct '15 12:43:08 PM catmuto
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''
6th Oct '15 12:42:39 PM catmuto
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* Vanille from ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy XIII}}'' was a genuine [[TheCutie cutie]] pre-game before she became a l'Cie. The trauma she experienced thereafter ([[spoiler:guilt over forcing Fang to become Ragnarok alone, becoming a [[HumanPopsicle crystal statue]] and then [[FishOutOfWater waking up on Cocoon]]]]) [[StepfordSmiler ended that]]. Everything she's done since the start of the 13 days ([[spoiler:i.e. guilt over Serah and Dajh, the Purge, Hope's mother - which all wouldn't have happened if she didn't lie to Fang]]) has only added to the stress of maintaining the mask, making her a rather extreme example of this. She gets better.
** Hope Estheim as well. Over just the beginning of the game, he gets bundled up with the other people of Bodhum, where he was on vacation with his [[MommasBoy mother]], and is to be sent to Pulse, a world that is basically ''hell'' to the people on Cocoon. The train gets derailed, the civilians are riled up to fight back and his mother leaves as well, only for her to die as Hope watches in horror. Now the poor guy is left alone, in a situation that he can't handle and ends up a Pulse l'Cie. Meaning he needs to fulfill a vague focus and either become a nice, crystal statue or turn into a [[FateWorseThanDeath sentient]] EldritchAbomination. And then he's also forced to run away from the government, who now deem him a threat to the world and will kill on sight. And that's not even getting into his conflicted feelings of having to work alongside the guy he blames for his mother's death to begin with.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'
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Vanille from ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy XIII}}'' was a genuine [[TheCutie cutie]] pre-game before she became a l'Cie. The trauma she experienced thereafter ([[spoiler:guilt over forcing Fang to become Ragnarok alone, becoming a [[HumanPopsicle crystal statue]] and then [[FishOutOfWater waking up on Cocoon]]]]) [[StepfordSmiler ended that]]. Everything she's done since the start of the 13 days ([[spoiler:i.e. guilt over Serah and Dajh, the Purge, Hope's mother - which all wouldn't have happened if she didn't lie to Fang]]) has only added to the stress of maintaining the mask, making her a rather extreme example of this. She gets better.
** Hope Estheim as well.Estheim. Over just the beginning of the game, he gets bundled up with the other people of Bodhum, where he was on vacation with his [[MommasBoy mother]], and is to be sent to Pulse, a world that is basically ''hell'' to the people on Cocoon. The train gets derailed, the civilians are riled up to fight back and his mother leaves as well, only for her to die as Hope watches in horror. Now the poor guy is left alone, in a situation that he can't handle and ends up a Pulse l'Cie. Meaning he needs to fulfill a vague focus and either become a nice, crystal statue or turn into a [[FateWorseThanDeath sentient]] EldritchAbomination. And then he's also forced to run away from the government, who now deem him a threat to the world and will kill on sight. And that's not even getting into his conflicted feelings of having to work alongside the guy he blames for his mother's death to begin with.
3rd Oct '15 3:54:08 AM catmuto
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** Hope Estheim as well. Over just the beginning of the game, he gets bundled up with the other people of Bodhum, where he was on vacation with his [[MommasBoy mother]], and is to be sent to Pulse, a world that is basically ''hell'' to the people on Cocoon. The train gets derailed, the civilians are riled up to fight back and his mother leaves as well, only for her to die as Hope watches in horror. Now the poor guy is left alone, in a situation that he can't handle and ends up a Pulse l'Cie. Meaning he needs to fulfill a vague focus and either become a nice, crystal statue or turn into a [[FateWorseThanDeath sentient]] EldritchAbomination. And then he's also forced to run away from the government, who now deem him a threat to the world and will kill on sight. And that's not even getting into his conflicted feelings of having to work alongside the guy he blames for his mother's death to begin with.
6th Sep '15 3:14:36 PM LunaEtte
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* By the time of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Varric is already cracking under the collective strain of having set in motions the events that led to ''multiple'' current conflicts, having dragged Hawke into all of that, what happened with [[spoiler:his brother]], and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the current state of the world]]. The real Break-the-Cutie moment comes [[spoiler:if Hawke sacrifices themselves in the Fade]], leaving the typically-eloquent dwarf completely speechless.



** Yeoman Kelly Chambers is probably the minor character for which Cutie is the most appropriate. In the third game you can find her again and she refuses to set foot on the Normandy due to [=PTSD=] following her ordeal at the hands of the Collectors from the second game in which [[spoiler:she comes ''this close'' to being liquified alive]], but she still manages helping refugees who had it as bad as her.

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** Yeoman Kelly Chambers is probably the minor character for which Cutie is the most appropriate. In the third game you can find her again and she refuses to set foot on the Normandy due to [=PTSD=] following her ordeal at the hands of the Collectors from the second game in which [[spoiler:she comes ''this close'' to being liquified alive]], but she still manages helping refugees who had it as bad as her. [[spoiler:And in this case, [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential you can proceed to Break the Cutie further]], leading to her [[DrivenToSuicide killing herself]].]]


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** Tali, the {{Adorkable}} quarian squadmate who tags along with you through the entire series, [[spoiler:goes through this if you side with the geth over the quarians or peace between the races. [[DrivenToSuicide It doesn't last long.]]]]
5th Sep '15 4:01:08 PM nombretomado
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** [[ButtMonkey Fred]] [[spoiler: used to be one of the asylum orderlies and, from the looks of things, quite the NiceGuy, who one fine day tried to cheer up a withdrawn patient by challenging him to his favorite board game. He was beaten repeatedly and developed a dominating SplitPersonality in the form of his ancestor NapoleonBonaparte, trying to knock him into shape for being a "loser". [[AndIMustScream And he's completely aware of and horrified by his problem, but can't do anything about it, since Napoleon takes over any time he tries to help himself]]. When you find him, Dr. Loboto has appointed the patient who beat him at his own game as a fake orderly who stands off the the side mocking him from a distance as he watches him play the game against himself]].

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** [[ButtMonkey Fred]] [[spoiler: used to be one of the asylum orderlies and, from the looks of things, quite the NiceGuy, who one fine day tried to cheer up a withdrawn patient by challenging him to his favorite board game. He was beaten repeatedly and developed a dominating SplitPersonality in the form of his ancestor NapoleonBonaparte, UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, trying to knock him into shape for being a "loser". [[AndIMustScream And he's completely aware of and horrified by his problem, but can't do anything about it, since Napoleon takes over any time he tries to help himself]]. When you find him, Dr. Loboto has appointed the patient who beat him at his own game as a fake orderly who stands off the the side mocking him from a distance as he watches him play the game against himself]].
5th Sep '15 4:46:38 AM GamingFan1997
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* "VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys": The Phone Guy sounds so adorable and happy when he's talking about his admiration for the animatronics. He honestly just wants Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria to be a fun place for everyone. [[spoiler: Some time later, he witnesses the [[NoodleIncident Bite of '87]], the murder of five children (or is framed for the murder), and the scrapping of his beloved characters. Not only that, but he ends up getting killed by the animatronics.]]

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* "VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys": The Phone Guy sounds so adorable and happy when he's talking about his admiration for the animatronics. He honestly just wants Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria to be a fun place for everyone. [[spoiler: Some time later, he witnesses the [[NoodleIncident Bite of '87]], the murder of five children (or is framed for the murder), and the scrapping of his beloved characters. Not only that, but he ends up getting killed by the animatronics. Although there is some speculation that he might actually be the murderer...]]
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