History ChuckCunninghamSyndrome / VideoGames

18th Aug '17 12:33:26 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', General Warhaft. Leader of the Imperial Legion, wrote two of the in-game books on armour and fighting, imprisoned along with the Emperor by Jagar Tharn... but he never is mentioned after ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'', except for in the aforementioned books. He goes unheard of in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', ''Battlespire'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', and when the player visits the Legion headquarters in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', he's replaced by Commander Adamus Phillida, with no word on what happened to him or where he is now.
** In a large-scale Chucking, the cities of Sutch, Artemon, and Mir Corrup were mentioned as being in Cyrodiil in several prior games. When ''Oblivion'' comes around, and we actually get to visit Cyrodiil, ''the entire cities are gone''. The developers admitted they never had time to add them into the game (a semi-canonical explanation ''was'' made for Sutch, though - apparently, the city was ceded to Hammerfell as part of the peace settlement following the events of ''Redguard''. Which only left the problem of why Sutch had been implied to have been a part of Cyrodiil after that point, of course).
** The protagonist characters have a semi-enforced and downplayed variant: the following games do acknowledge what happened in the last one, and they do touch upon the character you played, insofar as it would be known to the public, but details that would vary from play-through to play-through are, for the most part, strenuously avoided, presumably to avoid invalidating people's play-throughs.
*** WordOfGod on the events of Skyrim tries to explain this by saying "all the quest chains present in the game happen, but not all are necessarily done by the Dragonborn." This could also be taken as their attitude towards the protagonists in previous games.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', General Warhaft. Leader of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The series' {{Player Character}}s have a semi-enforced and downplayed variant:
the Imperial Legion, wrote two of following games do acknowledge what happened in the in-game books on armour preceding ones, and fighting, imprisoned along with they do touch upon the Emperor character in question, insofar as the character would be known to the public. However, details that would vary from play-through to play-through (race, sex, playstyle, etc.) are, for the most part, strenuously avoided, presumably to avoid invalidating people's play-throughs and to avert CuttingOffTheBranches. WordOfGod on the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' tries to explain this by Jagar Tharn... saying "all the quest chains present in the game happen, but he never is mentioned after not all are necessarily done by the Dragonborn." This could also be taken as their attitude towards the protagonists in previous games.
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''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'', General Warhaft. He was the leader of the Imperial Legion, wrote two of the in-game books on armor and fighting, and was imprisoned along with the Emperor by [[BigBad Jagar Tharn]]...but he never is mentioned after, except for in the aforementioned books. He goes unheard If you visit the Imperial Leagion headquarters in ''Oblivion'', there is still no mention of in him and he's replaced by Commander Adamus Phillida.
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''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', ''Battlespire'' Ebonarm is a [[WarGod god of war]] worshiped in the Iliac Bay region and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', is held in high regard by the Redguards. He is a BlackKnight with an [[BladeBelowTheShoulder ebony sword fused to his right arm]] and when is [[TwentyFourHourArmor never seen without his dark ebony armor]]. He is a noted adversary to most Daedric Princes and, despite being a god of war, usually appears on the player visits battlefield to ''prevent'' bloodshed and reconcile the Legion headquarters opposing sides. Ebonarm hasn't been mentioned in any form since ''Daggerfall'', however. He has possibly even {{Unperson}}ed in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'', where a book from ''Daggerfall'' appears that previously mentioned him, but has all mentions of Ebonarm removed.
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''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', he's replaced by Commander Adamus Phillida, with no word on what happened to him or where he is now.
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Oblivion]]'':
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In a large-scale Chucking, the cities of Sutch, Artemon, and Mir Corrup were mentioned as being in Cyrodiil in several prior games. When ''Oblivion'' comes around, and we actually get to visit Cyrodiil, However, in ''Oblivion'', ''the entire cities are gone''. The developers admitted they never had time to add them into the game (a semi-canonical explanation ''was'' made for Sutch, though - apparently, the city was ceded to Hammerfell as part of the peace settlement following the events of ''Redguard''. Which only left the problem of why Sutch had been implied to have been a part of Cyrodiil after that point, of course).
** *** The protagonist characters ''Shivering Isles'' expansion ends with [[spoiler:[[ControlFreak Jyggalag]] freed from [[IronicHell the curse that forced him to become]] [[MadGod Sheogorath]]]]. However, come ''Skyrim'', he is not mentioned or referenced even once. It's implied in some obscure texts and interviews that he doesn't have a semi-enforced much of an interest in Nirn and downplayed variant: is more active in Oblivion. [[FridgeBrilliance Nirn itself is already ordered, but the following games do acknowledge what happened in the last one, and they do touch upon the character you played, insofar as it would be known to the public, but details that would vary from play-through to play-through are, for the most part, strenuously avoided, presumably to avoid invalidating people's play-throughs.
*** WordOfGod on the events
rest of Skyrim tries to explain this by saying "all the quest chains present in the game happen, but not all are necessarily done by the Dragonborn." This could also be taken as their attitude towards the protagonists in previous games.Oblivion is a chaotic mess]].
15th Aug '17 6:04:44 PM Dere
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** Many ''{{Franchise/Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'' characters like Ray the Flying Squirrel, Mighty the Armadillo, Bean the Dynamite, Bark the Polar Bear, Honey the Cat, Nack the Weasel (a.k.a. Fang the Sniper), Mecha Sonic, Tails Doll, Gemerl, and Metal Knuckles have been subject to this. Several of these characters got [[TheCameo cameos]] on "Wanted" and "Missing" posters in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''. Mighty and Ray are listed as [[LampshadeHanging "Missing since 1993"]] (even through Mighty was last seen in 1995's ''Knuckles Chaotix'', though this may have something to do with said game not being canon).

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** Many ''{{Franchise/Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'' characters like Ray the Flying Squirrel, Mighty the Armadillo, Bean the Dynamite, Bark the Polar Bear, Honey the Cat, Nack the Weasel (a.k.a. Fang the Sniper), Mecha Sonic, Tails Doll, Gemerl, and Metal Knuckles have been subject to this. Several of these characters got [[TheCameo cameos]] on "Wanted" and "Missing" posters in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''. Mighty and Ray are listed as [[LampshadeHanging "Missing since 1993"]] (even through Mighty was last seen in 1995's ''Knuckles Chaotix'', though this may have something to do with said game not being canon).
14th Aug '17 4:06:40 PM drac0blade
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* Dragon halfling Halfas in ''VideoGame/DragonValor'' is nowhere to seen chapter five, despite the fact that his actions drive the plot of chapter four (either killing the SacrificialLion or cursing the character to die in a month).

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* Dragon halfling Halfas in ''VideoGame/DragonValor'' is nowhere to be seen after chapter five, despite the fact that his actions drive the plot of chapter four (either killing the SacrificialLion or cursing the character to die in a month).
14th Aug '17 3:58:25 PM drac0blade
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* The heroes of ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic 3'' disappeared without the games ever quite explaining how they went off-course, or even if they did. They just... didn't arrive on XEEN, and when they next showed up (in ''Might and Magic 7''), all they said was that they'd been looking for the Ancients for some time. Of course, they ''did'' return, so it isn't a clear-cut example of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.
14th Aug '17 3:55:01 PM drac0blade
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** The characters who debuted in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' belong have never appeared in another Street Fighter game outside of the EX series. The fact that the characters are joint-owned by Capcom and developer Arika may have something to do with it (though a few have made the occasional cameo in other Arika games, and the company started work on a game featuring the EX-only cast.)

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** The characters who debuted in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' belong have never appeared in another Street Fighter game outside of the EX series. The fact that the characters are joint-owned by Capcom and developer Arika may have something to do with it (though a few have made the occasional cameo in other Arika games, and the company started work on a game featuring the EX-only cast.)
14th Aug '17 3:43:55 PM drac0blade
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** Toadette also seems to be a short-lived character, first appearing in ''VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash'', then making periodic appearances in Mario games until ''Super Mario Sluggers'' nearly five years later, then never appearing again until ''VideoGame/MarioKart8'' until once again appearing in almost every Mario spin-off game since
4th Aug '17 1:49:43 PM MADAGEk
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* ''[[Ratchet & Clank]]'' is rather notorious for this, since most of the supporting cast from the previous games just cease to exist in the newer ones. If your name is not Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark, Doctor Nefarious or The Plumber, chances are you'll either be [[DemotedToExtra Demoted to Extra]], get a throwaway mention or just disappear altogether.

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* ''[[Ratchet ''[[Franchise/RatchetAndClank Ratchet & Clank]]'' is rather notorious for this, since most of the supporting cast from the previous games just cease to exist in the newer ones. If your name is not Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark, Doctor Nefarious or The Plumber, chances are you'll either be [[DemotedToExtra Demoted to Extra]], get a throwaway mention or just disappear altogether.
20th Jul '17 8:27:29 PM ButterDispenser
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* ''Franchise/{{Ratchet & Clank}}'' is rather notorious for this, since most of the supporting cast from the previous games just cease to exist in the newer ones. If your name is not Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark, Doctor Nefarious or The Plumber, chances are you'll either get [[DemotedToExtra]], get a throwaway mention or just disappear altogether.

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* ''Franchise/{{Ratchet ''[[Ratchet & Clank}}'' Clank]]'' is rather notorious for this, since most of the supporting cast from the previous games just cease to exist in the newer ones. If your name is not Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark, Doctor Nefarious or The Plumber, chances are you'll either get [[DemotedToExtra]], be [[DemotedToExtra Demoted to Extra]], get a throwaway mention or just disappear altogether.
20th Jul '17 8:26:27 PM ButterDispenser
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* ''Franchise/{{Ratchet & Clank}}'' is rather notorious for this, since most of the supporting cast from the previous games just cease to exist in the newer ones. If your name is not Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark, Doctor Nefarious or The Plumber, chances are you'll either get [[DemotedToExtra]], get a throwaway mention or just disappear altogether.
11th Jul '17 9:19:36 PM navaash
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*** Ultimately all Jossed in ''Legion''. Calia makes an appearance as one of the Priest class's champions, having taken up the life of a discipline priest. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] that it's a big deal that she's here but that they aren't going to discuss it much.

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*** Ultimately all Jossed {{Jossed}} in ''Legion''. Calia makes an appearance as one of the Priest class's champions, having taken up the life of a discipline priest. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] that it's a big deal that she's here but that they aren't going to discuss it much.
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