History CharacterDerailment / VideoGames

23rd Jun '16 6:56:47 AM matteste
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* Several returning characters got hit with this trope in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', but the three most noticeable being Lucifer, Gabriel, Mastema and Stephen:

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* Several returning characters got hit with this trope in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', but the three four most noticeable being Lucifer, Gabriel, Mastema and Stephen:
23rd Jun '16 6:56:26 AM matteste
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* Several returning characters got hit with this trope in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', but the three most noticeable being Lucifer, Gabriel and Stephen:

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* Several returning characters got hit with this trope in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', but the three most noticeable being Lucifer, Gabriel Gabriel, Mastema and Stephen:


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** Mastema, in contrast to the others, went the completely other direction where in the past he was a [[ItsAllAboutMe self centered]] KnightTemplar of the worst kind. By contrast, in IV he has significantly cleaned up is act and have turned into something of a BigGood in the story.
23rd Jun '16 6:36:38 AM matteste
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Yuna's characterization seems to have gone in reverse by the time the audio drama ''Final Fantasy X Will'' takes place. In the drama, Yuna is not only back to her quiet and reserved self, but she seems to have [[TookALevelInJerkass become more of a bitch]] by being short with a group of visitors that came from Bevelle to deliver a message to her, almost wanting nothing to do with them. On top of this, she seemingly breaks up with Tidus for no reason other than she found someone else that she loved and she never reveals who it was. Yuna breaking up with Tidus ''massively'' goes against her character arc in the past two games where she grew to love Tidus, got sad that he vanished, and then being overjoyed that he was brought back to life.

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Yuna's characterization seems to have gone in reverse by the time the audio drama ''Final Fantasy X Will'' takes place. In the drama, Yuna is not only back to her quiet and reserved self, but she seems to have [[TookALevelInJerkass become more of a bitch]] by being short with a group of visitors that came from Bevelle to deliver a message to her, almost wanting nothing to do with them. On top of this, she seemingly breaks up with Tidus for no reason other than she found someone else that she loved and she never reveals who it was. Yuna breaking up with Tidus ''massively'' goes against her character arc in the past two games where she grew to love Tidus, got sad that he vanished, and then being overjoyed that he was brought back to life.life.
* Several returning characters got hit with this trope in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', but the three most noticeable being Lucifer, Gabriel and Stephen:
** Lucifer is primarily known as the leader of the Chaos faction and a SocialDarwinist, but is also known for his charisma, love for speaking in riddles as well as being at humanities side (for better or for worse). In IV his SocialDarwinist tendencies are blown up extensively, his charisma gone, speaks more like an EvilOverlord and doesn't even give any care for what happens to humanity.
** Gabriel, one of the Archangels, while Law aligned is also the [[OnlySaneMan voice of sanity]] among the Archangels when they start to go too far. In IV she is tied with Raphael as the worst of the lot and acts as one of the driving forces in the game to wipe out the Unclean.
** Stephen is more subtle but still noticeable. Being based on the real Creator/StephenHawking, namely his belief that gods might exist but that humans don't need them, in IV he instead is trying to make the player revive the goddess of Tokyo, going completely against his past humanist standing.
12th Jun '16 12:30:26 PM Camberf
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* Penelope from the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series is one of the most egregious examples of this trope. She was introduced in [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]] as a friendly girl who joined the Cooper Gang and eventually became Bentley's girlfriend. In the [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime the fourth game]], however, it's revealed that she had betrayed the Cooper Gang and was working with the BigBad, Le Paradox. Her reason for this? She wanted more money than the Cooper Gang was bringing in, and felt that they were holding her and Bentley back. It would've been one thing if she had shown any greedy tendencies in her first appearance, or gave any indication at all that she harbored anything even close to the hatred she shows for Sly and the Cooper Gang in the 4th game, but she didn't. At the very least, her affection for Bentley was still there, though she betrays him too when he won't turn on his friends. The whole thing comes off as a cheap twist based on a lack of understanding or care for Penelope's established character.

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* Penelope from the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series is one of the most egregious examples of this trope. She was introduced in [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]] as a friendly girl who joined the Cooper Gang and eventually became Bentley's girlfriend. In the [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime the fourth game]], however, it's revealed that she had betrayed the Cooper Gang and was working with the BigBad, Le Paradox. Her reason for this? She wanted more money than the Cooper Gang was bringing in, and felt that they were holding her and Bentley back. It would've been one thing if she had shown any greedy tendencies in her first appearance, or gave any indication at all that she harbored anything even close to the hatred she shows for Sly (who she had a crush on for the first half of Sly 3) and the Cooper Gang in the 4th game, but she didn't. At the very least, her affection for Bentley was still there, though she betrays him too when he won't turn on his friends. The whole thing comes off as a cheap twist based on a lack of understanding or care for Penelope's established character.
12th Jun '16 12:28:36 PM Camberf
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* Penelope from the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series is one of the most egregious examples of this trope. She was introduced in [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]] as a friendly girl who joined the Cooper Gang and eventually became Bentley's girlfriend. In the [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime the fourth game]], however, it's revealed that she had betrayed the Cooper Gang and was working with the BigBad, Le Paradox. Her reason for this? She wanted more money than the Cooper Gang was bringing in, and felt that they were holding her and Bentley back. It would've been one thing if she had shown any greedy tendencies in her first appearance, or gave any indication at all that she harbored anything even close to the hatred she shows for Sly and the Cooper Gang in the 4th game, but she didn't. At the very least, her affection for Bentley was still there, though she betrays him too when he won't turn on his friends. The whole thing comes off as a cheap twist based on a lack of understanding or care for Penelope's established character.



* In ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', [[spoiler: Penelope]] joins the gang and is helpful, friendly, and kind. In ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', [[spoiler: she becomes TheMole for the BigBad for a poorly set-up reason and acts completely contrary to her characterization in the previous installment]].
5th Jun '16 12:31:55 PM erforce
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** SelfDemonstrating/CrankyKong hasn't been [[GrumpyOldMan living up to his name]] much in later years outside of the Rare-developed ports/remakes. Quite possibly the worst example? Encouraging DK and Diddy to ''practice so they'll get better'' at the beginning of ''Donkey Konga'' after they demonstrate how horrible they are at drumming. This coming from the same character who would've previously seemed all too ready to [[{{Jerkass}} hurl insults at them for their lousy performance, tell them they're horrible and may as well give up, or at least berate them for not trying hard enough to improve]]. ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' [[CharacterRerailment rerails]] him, though.
** Donkey Kong himself. In most of his games, such as ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', as well as the Donkey Konga series, he's portrayed as a pleasant, laid back ape who only gets angry when his enemies steal his banana hoarde. But afteward Nintendo started portraying him as an angry jerkass who beats up animals and steals things for little established reason in ''Jungle Beat'' and the ''VideoGame/MarioVsDonkeyKong'' series. This has since been overturned by a small change in the plot of the Wii version of the ''Jungle Beat'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''.

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** SelfDemonstrating/CrankyKong hasn't been [[GrumpyOldMan living up to his name]] much in later years outside of the Rare-developed ports/remakes. Quite possibly the worst example? Encouraging DK and Diddy to ''practice so they'll get better'' at the beginning of ''Donkey Konga'' ''VideoGame/DonkeyKonga'' after they demonstrate how horrible they are at drumming. This coming from the same character who would've previously seemed all too ready to [[{{Jerkass}} hurl insults at them for their lousy performance, tell them they're horrible and may as well give up, or at least berate them for not trying hard enough to improve]]. ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' [[CharacterRerailment rerails]] him, though.
** Donkey Kong himself. In most of his games, such as ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', as well as the Donkey Konga ''Donkey Konga'' series, he's portrayed as a pleasant, laid back ape who only gets angry when his enemies steal his banana hoarde. But afteward Nintendo started portraying him as an angry jerkass who beats up animals and steals things for little established reason in ''Jungle Beat'' ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongJungleBeat Jungle Beat]]'' and the ''VideoGame/MarioVsDonkeyKong'' series. This has since been overturned by a small change in the plot of the Wii version of the ''Jungle Beat'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''.
29th May '16 8:22:26 PM Steven
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* In ''VideoGame/OgreBattleTheMarchOfTheBlackQueen'', one ending leads to a character's personality being almost reversed from his behavior in the rest of the game. [[spoiler: Normally, WarriorPrince Tristan of Zenobia is a decent guy and ReasonableAuthorityFigure, willing to work with you, accept you as his vassal, release you from service or even accept ''your' rule or Rauny's over the continent if he thinks that's best. But in the Hanged Man ending, despite the fact that you've won the throne for him, he decides that you are a threat to his rule and that YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness, having you murdered to ensure that he has no rivals for his power. This is the only ending in the game where he acts this way - though he'll kill you in the Tower ending too, in that ending it's because you [[ICanRuleAlone took the throne and became a tyrant]].]]

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* In ''VideoGame/OgreBattleTheMarchOfTheBlackQueen'', one ending leads to a character's personality being almost reversed from his behavior in the rest of the game. [[spoiler: Normally, WarriorPrince Tristan of Zenobia is a decent guy and ReasonableAuthorityFigure, willing to work with you, accept you as his vassal, release you from service or even accept ''your' rule or Rauny's over the continent if he thinks that's best. But in the Hanged Man ending, despite the fact that you've won the throne for him, he decides that you are a threat to his rule and that YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness, having you murdered to ensure that he has no rivals for his power. This is the only ending in the game where he acts this way - though he'll kill you in the Tower ending too, in that ending it's because you [[ICanRuleAlone took the throne and became a tyrant]].]]]]
* Rikku in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' was TheDitz with a heavy dose of worry and grief over Yuna performing a HeroicSacrifice to give Spira a temporary peaceful period from the giant monster, Sin. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' shows Yuna is alive and well after finding a way of defeating Sin for good, so she and Rikku are living their lives the way they want to and Rikku is a lot more upbeat and cheery. By ''Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission'', Rikku brags about how in the span of 3 months since the events of the last game, she had kept herself busy by running around helping everyone. When Yuna tells Rikku how she just wants to live a normal quiet life in Besaid without needing to go on adventures all the time, Rikku suddenly flies off the handle and verbally attacks Yuna by claiming that she's just wasting her life by sitting around doing nothing when she could have done a lot more. Rikku's sudden attack on Yuna's lifestyle comes off as extremely jarring since one would assume Rikku would have been more supportive of Yuna's life choices, especially after the crap she had gone through as a summoner and being Spira's hero a second time after Vegnagun was destroyed. Paine does call Rikku out on her behavior and tells her how she's always busy, yet has no clear goals with her own life. Rikku weakly admits that she doesn't know what she wants in her life, but she'd rather do something for the sake of doing something with her life instead of doing nothing.\\
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Yuna's characterization seems to have gone in reverse by the time the audio drama ''Final Fantasy X Will'' takes place. In the drama, Yuna is not only back to her quiet and reserved self, but she seems to have [[TookALevelInJerkass become more of a bitch]] by being short with a group of visitors that came from Bevelle to deliver a message to her, almost wanting nothing to do with them. On top of this, she seemingly breaks up with Tidus for no reason other than she found someone else that she loved and she never reveals who it was. Yuna breaking up with Tidus ''massively'' goes against her character arc in the past two games where she grew to love Tidus, got sad that he vanished, and then being overjoyed that he was brought back to life.
12th May '16 8:29:49 AM pinkdalek
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*** Terra deserves special mention, as her new characterisation as a [[ShrinkingViolet shy]], [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty hapless]] [[DamselScrappy victim]] proved unpopular, even in Japan (which has a higher tolerance for meek characters and [[AmericansHateTingle isn't nearly as fond of her original game as the US is]]). It was criticised enough that her unvoiced dialogue was rewritten for the ''Duodecim'' release to make her tougher.
29th Feb '16 11:45:41 AM MyFinalEdits
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* SelfDemonstrating/CrankyKong from the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series hasn't been [[GrumpyOldMan living up to his name]] much in later years outside of the Rare-developed ports/remakes. Quite possibly the worst example? Encouraging DK and Diddy to ''practice so they'll get better'' at the beginning of ''Donkey Konga'' after they demonstrate how horrible they are at drumming. This coming from the same character who would've previously seemed all too ready to [[{{Jerkass}} hurl insults at them for their lousy performance, tell them they're horrible and may as well give up, or at least berate them for not trying hard enough to improve]]. ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' [[CharacterRerailment rerails]] him, though.

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SelfDemonstrating/CrankyKong from the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series hasn't been [[GrumpyOldMan living up to his name]] much in later years outside of the Rare-developed ports/remakes. Quite possibly the worst example? Encouraging DK and Diddy to ''practice so they'll get better'' at the beginning of ''Donkey Konga'' after they demonstrate how horrible they are at drumming. This coming from the same character who would've previously seemed all too ready to [[{{Jerkass}} hurl insults at them for their lousy performance, tell them they're horrible and may as well give up, or at least berate them for not trying hard enough to improve]]. ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' [[CharacterRerailment rerails]] him, though.



* "[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//Link]]" is this FOR THE ENTIRE .HACK FRANCHISE. As part of the gameplay mechanics is recruiting past heroes of the franchise through abridged (and often deceptively false) depictions of their stories, Literally *NO-ONE* that has ever been a focus Character in any entry is spared. But the most Egregious example is what is done to "[[VideoGame/DotHackGU .Hack//G.U.'s]]" Protagonist Haseo, as not only do they remove his entire character arc, they turn him into little more than a sociopathic Monster simply so The protagonist could 'correct' the wayward man. As the protagonist is an Imbecile and Responsible for the entire situation devolving to that in the first place (and the other derailments seen throughout the game) and it is never ONCE recognized as such, This is NOT a good thing.
** As pointed out by [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x34aaw0_hack-retrospective-hack-link-part-2_fun internet reviewer and .Hack Fan Des Shinta]], the straw that broke the camels back was the game showing Haseo trying to *KILL* his companion and potential love interest Atoli; a Girl that canonically suffered from depression and lack of self-esteem so severe she almost committed suicide, who Haseo was responsible for helping her out of.
*** Made worse with Shinta's Reaction, when he later reveals That Haseo helping Atoli avoid that fate is what inspired him to get help and work to get over his own Suicidal Depression.
** There's a reason most .Hack fans consider "Link" to be what was ultimately responsible for killing the franchise, as it's strength was always in the characters, and afterwords the projects that were meant to follow were either dialed back or cancelled. Now the franchise is little more than a Mobile game, while the likes of Sword Art Online and Log Horizon (which are very similar and use Idea's explored heavily in .hack) are very popular.
* Happens to Prometheus in the ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' expansion campaign. It's based on AllMythsAreTrue (well, most of them anyway), and Prometheus is a trickster figure in Greek mythology who is, at least on some level, on our side (see also: fire). So how does he appear in ''Age of Mythology: The Titans''? As a fifty-foot clay monster who seems to have no goals besides smashing stuff and generally ruining people's days, and not only isn't a trickster figure, he doesn't even ''speak''.
** One should wonder what getting your liver eaten by a gigantic bird every day does to your sanity.
** Ironically in the same expansion, the Titan who's on the side of humanity? She's ''Gaea'', as in the entity (who wasn't even exactly a Titan in the original myths) who caused a ''huge'' amount of trouble for humans and the Olympians.
*** If we're to take the game's campaign as a loose continuation of the Titanomachy, this could oddly go either way, as Gaia ''was'' the one who helped Rhea deceive Cronus and subsequently raised Zeus, thus allowing the Olympians to eventually topple the Titans in the first place... but then proceeded to mate with Tartarus, giving birth to Typhon, who she sent after Zeus as retribution for imprisoning said Titans she indirectly defeated. Greek myth is weird like that.

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* "[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//Link]]" is this FOR THE ENTIRE .HACK FRANCHISE. As part of the gameplay mechanics is recruiting past heroes of the franchise through abridged (and often deceptively false) depictions of their stories, Literally *NO-ONE* that has ever been a focus Character in any entry is spared. But the most Egregious example is what is done to "[[VideoGame/DotHackGU .Hack//G.U.'s]]" Protagonist Haseo, as not only do they remove his entire character arc, they turn him into little more than a sociopathic Monster simply so The protagonist could 'correct' the wayward man. As the protagonist is an Imbecile and Responsible for the entire situation devolving to that in the first place (and the other derailments seen throughout the game) and it is never ONCE recognized as such, This is NOT a good thing.
**
hack//Link]]": As pointed out by [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x34aaw0_hack-retrospective-hack-link-part-2_fun internet reviewer and .Hack Fan Des Shinta]], the straw that broke the camels back was the game showing Haseo trying to *KILL* kill his companion and potential love interest Atoli; a Girl that canonically suffered from depression and lack of self-esteem so severe she almost committed suicide, who Haseo was responsible for helping her out of.
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of. It's made worse with Shinta's Reaction, when he later reveals That Haseo helping Atoli avoid that fate is what inspired him to get help and work to get over his own Suicidal Depression.
** There's a reason most .Hack fans consider "Link" to be what was ultimately responsible for killing the franchise, as it's strength was always in the characters, and afterwords the projects that were meant to follow were either dialed back or cancelled. Now the franchise is little more than a Mobile game, while the likes of Sword Art Online and Log Horizon (which are very similar and use Idea's explored heavily in .hack) are very popular.
* Happens to Prometheus in the ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' expansion campaign. It's based on AllMythsAreTrue (well, most of them anyway), and Prometheus is a trickster figure in Greek mythology who is, at least on some level, on our side (see also: fire). So how does he appear in ''Age of Mythology: The Titans''? As a fifty-foot clay monster who seems to have no goals besides smashing stuff and generally ruining people's days, and not only isn't a trickster figure, he doesn't even ''speak''.
** One should wonder what getting your liver eaten by a gigantic bird every day does to your sanity.
**
''speak''. Ironically in the same expansion, the Titan who's on the side of humanity? She's ''Gaea'', as in the entity (who wasn't even exactly a Titan in the original myths) who caused a ''huge'' amount of trouble for humans and the Olympians.
*** If we're to take the game's campaign as a loose continuation of the Titanomachy, this could oddly go either way, as Gaia ''was'' the one who helped Rhea deceive Cronus and subsequently raised Zeus, thus allowing the Olympians to eventually topple the Titans in the first place... but then proceeded to mate with Tartarus, giving birth to Typhon, who she sent after Zeus as retribution for imprisoning said Titans she indirectly defeated. Greek myth is weird like that.
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** Kael'thas Sunstrider was a WellIntentionedExtremist rather than a DesignatedVillain, the prince of the Blood Elves who felt that the Alliance had failed his people, leading him to ally with Illidan and travel to Outland in hopes of finding a way to sate their magical addiction. In ''Burning Crusade'', the rest of the Blood Elves are eager to be reunited with their beloved leader...
*** ...only to find that he's now serving the Burning Legion and is capturing Blood Elf pilgrims as slaves. Then in the Magister's Terrace encounter, Kael attempts to summom Kil'jaeden, the most powerful demon lord of the Burning Legion, ranting that he wants to see the Azeroth burn and that he ''never trusted Illidan to begin with''. Explanations for this drastic change range from Kael getting fed up with Illidan's insanity (a Character Derailment chain reaction?) or Fel magic being inherently corrupting, which is bad news for Warlock players. Unlike Illidan, however, Blizzard thought it was too late to fix Kael'thas in the game proper, so the best they can do is to pick his pre-derailed self to appear in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm''
** Zul'jin was a hero of the Horde during ''Warcraft II'', portrayed as such in the canceled ''Lord of the Clans'', and even the Darkspear trolls have said "vengeance for Zul'jin!" since ''Warcraft III''. [[http://www.wowhead.com/?quest=7844 He was painted positively]] in several Horde quests in ''World of Warcraft'', and the trolls' /charge emote is "For Zul'jin!"
*** Yet in ''Burning Crusade'' he's turned into a hostile raid boss, and not even one treated seriously - the heroes aren't dispatched to stop him by their faction, but by a treasure-hunting redneck. Blizzard tried to make him a HandicappedBadass by cutting off his arm and cutting out his eye - problem is, ''[[HealingFactor trolls can regenerate]]''. Although eventually, a few patches later, Zul'jin's position as Raid Boss was replaced by someone else, but he remains vanished and some trolls refer that he's been dead.

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** Kael'thas Sunstrider was a WellIntentionedExtremist rather than a DesignatedVillain, the prince of the Blood Elves who felt that the Alliance had failed his people, leading him to ally with Illidan and travel to Outland in hopes of finding a way to sate their magical addiction. In ''Burning Crusade'', the rest of the Blood Elves are eager to be reunited with their beloved leader...
*** ...
leader... only to find that he's now serving the Burning Legion and is capturing Blood Elf pilgrims as slaves. Then in the Magister's Terrace encounter, Kael attempts to summom Kil'jaeden, the most powerful demon lord of the Burning Legion, ranting that he wants to see the Azeroth burn and that he ''never trusted Illidan to begin with''. Explanations for this drastic change range from Kael getting fed up with Illidan's insanity (a Character Derailment chain reaction?) or Fel magic being inherently corrupting, which is bad news for Warlock players. Unlike Illidan, however, Blizzard thought it was too late to fix Kael'thas in the game proper, so the best they can do is to pick his pre-derailed self to appear in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm''
** Zul'jin was a hero of the Horde during ''Warcraft II'', portrayed as such in the canceled ''Lord of the Clans'', and even the Darkspear trolls have said "vengeance for Zul'jin!" since ''Warcraft III''. [[http://www.wowhead.com/?quest=7844 He was painted positively]] in several Horde quests in ''World of Warcraft'', and the trolls' /charge emote is "For Zul'jin!"
***
Zul'jin!" Yet in ''Burning Crusade'' he's turned into a hostile raid boss, and not even one treated seriously - the heroes aren't dispatched to stop him by their faction, but by a treasure-hunting redneck. Blizzard tried to make him a HandicappedBadass by cutting off his arm and cutting out his eye - problem is, ''[[HealingFactor trolls can regenerate]]''. Although eventually, a few patches later, Zul'jin's position as Raid Boss was replaced by someone else, but he remains vanished and some trolls refer that he's been dead.
27th Feb '16 6:34:03 PM ShinteTenshi
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* "[[Franchise/Dothack .hack//Link]]" is this FOR THE ENTIRE .HACK FRANCHISE. Literally No-one is spared, but the most Egregious example is what is done to "[[VideoGame/DotHackGU .Hack//G.U.'s]]" Protagonist Haseo, as not only do they remove his entire character arc, they turn him into little more than a sociopathic Monster simply so The protagonist could 'correct' the wayward man. As the protagonist is an Imbecile and CAUSED the entire situation in the first place (and the other derailments seen throughout the game), This is NOT a good thing.
** As pointed out by [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x34aaw0_hack-retrospective-hack-link-part-2_fun internet reviewer Des Shinta]], the straw that likely broke the camels back was the game showing Haseo trying to KILL his companion and potential love interest Atoli; a Girl that canonically suffered from depression and lack of self-esteem so severe she almost committed suicide, who Haseo was responsible for helping her out of.
** There's a reason most .Hack fans consider "Link" to be what was ultimately responsible for killing the franchise, as it's strength was always in the characters, and afterwords the projects that were meant to follow were either dialed back or cancelled. Now the franchise is little more than a Mobile game, while the likes of Sword Art Online and Log Horizon (which are very similar or reuse Idea's explored heavily in .hack) are very popular.

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* "[[Franchise/Dothack ."[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//Link]]" is this FOR THE ENTIRE .HACK FRANCHISE. As part of the gameplay mechanics is recruiting past heroes of the franchise through abridged (and often deceptively false) depictions of their stories, Literally No-one *NO-ONE* that has ever been a focus Character in any entry is spared, but spared. But the most Egregious example is what is done to "[[VideoGame/DotHackGU .Hack//G.U.'s]]" Protagonist Haseo, as not only do they remove his entire character arc, they turn him into little more than a sociopathic Monster simply so The protagonist could 'correct' the wayward man. As the protagonist is an Imbecile and CAUSED Responsible for the entire situation devolving to that in the first place (and the other derailments seen throughout the game), game) and it is never ONCE recognized as such, This is NOT a good thing.
** As pointed out by [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x34aaw0_hack-retrospective-hack-link-part-2_fun internet reviewer reviewer and .Hack Fan Des Shinta]], the straw that likely broke the camels back was the game showing Haseo trying to KILL *KILL* his companion and potential love interest Atoli; a Girl that canonically suffered from depression and lack of self-esteem so severe she almost committed suicide, who Haseo was responsible for helping her out of.
***Made worse with Shinta's Reaction, when he later reveals That Haseo helping Atoli avoid that fate is what inspired him to get help and work to get over his own Suicidal Depression.
** There's a reason most .Hack fans consider "Link" to be what was ultimately responsible for killing the franchise, as it's strength was always in the characters, and afterwords the projects that were meant to follow were either dialed back or cancelled. Now the franchise is little more than a Mobile game, while the likes of Sword Art Online and Log Horizon (which are very similar or reuse and use Idea's explored heavily in .hack) are very popular.
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