History DysfunctionJunction / VideoGames

16th Nov '16 12:04:23 PM ashlay
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* Practically everybody in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''. This is to be expected, as the game is about going into people's minds, but even characters whose minds you don't explore are usually pretty messed up, too. Even the ones who seem outright normal [[spoiler:like Milla]] have hidden traumas, usually found by exploring their memory vaults.
** My favorites are the preteen [[StepfordSmiler Stepford Smilers]] who are trying to [[spoiler:kill themselves so they can pull an Obi-Wan Kenobi and come back more powerful than you could ever imagine]]. And no, there is nothing in the game that implies this would actually work.
* Every main character in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' (except the [[HeroicMime Protagonist]]) has some sort of secret fear, worry, or issue secretly eating them from the inside that eventually whisks them away to the shadow-possessed [[TrappedInTVLand Mayonaka TV]], where the problem is able to freely manifest and eventually cause their death.
** In the manga, the Protagonist's parents' line of work causes him to move constantly. As a result he is afraid to get close to others, lest he becomes too attached to them and is hurt when he has to leave. This causes him to be a, secretly cynical, StepfordSmiler . [[spoiler: From the final scenes of the game it can be deduced that he gets over it because all the people he formed social links with, while living with his uncle, were actually reaching out to him without either side realizing it(in contrast to P3's protagonist). He left the town with a smile and no regrets. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming D'aww]]]]
** In ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'', the protagonist (named Yu Narukami) also has a secret fear, though it's midway into the series before this is made clear. [[spoiler: Yu's biggest fear is that after the investigation is over, the group will go their separate ways and he'll be by himself again (possibly based on past experiences). When this is exploited by Mitsuo's shadow it causes him to have a tremendous HeroicBSOD.]]

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* Practically everybody in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''. This is to be expected, as the game is about going into people's minds, but even characters whose minds you don't explore are usually pretty messed up, too. Even the ones who seem outright normal [[spoiler:like Milla]] have hidden traumas, usually found by exploring their memory vaults.
** My favorites are
vaults. Also the preteen [[StepfordSmiler Stepford Smilers]] who are trying to [[spoiler:kill themselves so they can pull an Obi-Wan Kenobi and come back more powerful than you could ever imagine]]. And no, there is nothing in the game that implies this would actually work.
* Every main character in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' (except the [[HeroicMime Protagonist]]) has some sort of secret fear, worry, or issue secretly eating them from the inside that eventually whisks them away to the shadow-possessed [[TrappedInTVLand Mayonaka TV]], where the problem is able to freely manifest and eventually cause their death.
** In the manga, the Protagonist's parents' line of work causes him to move constantly. As a result he is afraid to get close to others, lest he becomes too attached to them and is hurt when he has to leave. This causes him to be a, secretly cynical, StepfordSmiler . [[spoiler: From the final scenes of the game it can be deduced that he gets over it because all the people he formed social links with, while living with his uncle, were actually reaching out to him without either side realizing it(in contrast to P3's protagonist). He left the town with a smile and no regrets. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming D'aww]]]]
** In ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'', the protagonist (named Yu Narukami) also has a secret fear, though it's midway into the series before this is made clear. [[spoiler: Yu's biggest fear is that after the investigation is over, the group will go their separate ways and he'll be by himself again (possibly based on past experiences). When this is exploited by Mitsuo's shadow it causes him to have a tremendous HeroicBSOD.]]
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* Every main character in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' (except the [[HeroicMime Protagonist]]) has some sort of secret fear, worry, or issue secretly eating them from the inside that eventually whisks them away to the shadow-possessed [[TrappedInTVLand Mayonaka TV]], where the problem is able to freely manifest and eventually cause their death.
** In the manga, the Protagonist's parents' line of work causes him to move constantly. As a result he is afraid to get close to others, lest he becomes too attached to them and is hurt when he has to leave. This causes him to be a, secretly cynical, StepfordSmiler . [[spoiler: From the final scenes of the game it can be deduced that he gets over it because all the people he formed social links with, while living with his uncle, were actually reaching out to him without either side realizing it(in contrast to P3's protagonist). He left the town with a smile and no regrets. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming D'aww]]]]
** In ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'', the protagonist (named Yu Narukami) also has a secret fear, though it's midway into the series before this is made clear. [[spoiler: Yu's biggest fear is that after the investigation is over, the group will go their separate ways and he'll be by himself again (possibly based on past experiences). When this is exploited by Mitsuo's shadow it causes him to have a tremendous HeroicBSOD.]]
''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': All your party members have screwed up pasts and misanthropic personalities.
** Ryuji had his career as a track star destroyed when Kamoshida broke his legs. He pretty much lashes out at any authority as a result and has become a bleach blond haired {{Delinquent}}.
** Ann faced bullying and harassment over her heritage [[spoiler: and witnesses one of her friends attempt suicide]], and tends to be distrustful and distant as a result.
** Yusuke lost his parents at a young age and his mentor exploited him. [[spoiler: It is later revealed his mentor basically murdered Yusuke's mother as well.]]
** Makoto has a lot of repressed anger issues over being made to stand on a pedestal by adults who don't follow the same standards themselves and exploit her for her talent. She becomes a bit more even-tempered after her dungeon/episode is complete (even if she still fights like a hellion).
** Futaba is severely isolated socially [[spoiler: due to her SurvivorGuilt over her mother's death from saving her in a car accident]].
** Haru [[spoiler:loses her father tragically, and spends the rest of the game struggling with her guilt over the incident]].
** Goro [[spoiler:is a sociopathic KnightTemplar obsessed with his belief in "justice" above all else as a result of his abusive childhood.]]
10th Oct '16 9:57:21 AM Synch
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*** Shepard him/herself can lampshade this in one conversation with Jack:
--->'''Shepard''': So you're crazy. That's practically a prerequisite for the boarding pass to get on this ship.
30th Nov '15 4:24:38 PM StFan
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*** Even Mog, the cutesy moogle mascot of the game (and the whole series, some might argue), gets a FunkyWinkerbean-caliber level of tragedy tacked onto him when the party finds him [[spoiler:after the end of the world]]. Turns out [[spoiler:he's been in Narshe's moogle cave [[OffscreenInertia apparently for the whole year since the end of the world, alone, staring at the wall]];]] if you recruited him on your first chance, [[spoiler:he'll be amazed that you're even alive after all this time, and will re-enter the party on the assumption that he has nothing better to do.]] Searching the wall he was staring at yields an item that only Mog can equip that completely stops all random encounters, but FridgeHorror sets in when you realize that this "Molulu's Charm" [[spoiler:is likely all Mog has left of not just his girlfriend, [[LastOfHisKind but of his entire people]].]] And when the BigBad asks the party what it is they're fighting for, Mog's response is simply, "New friends, kupo!" [[TheWoobie D'aww...]]

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*** Even Mog, the cutesy moogle mascot of the game (and the whole series, some might argue), gets a FunkyWinkerbean-caliber ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean''-caliber level of tragedy tacked onto him when the party finds him [[spoiler:after the end of the world]]. Turns out [[spoiler:he's been in Narshe's moogle cave [[OffscreenInertia apparently for the whole year since the end of the world, alone, staring at the wall]];]] if you recruited him on your first chance, [[spoiler:he'll be amazed that you're even alive after all this time, and will re-enter the party on the assumption that he has nothing better to do.]] Searching the wall he was staring at yields an item that only Mog can equip that completely stops all random encounters, but FridgeHorror sets in when you realize that this "Molulu's Charm" [[spoiler:is likely all Mog has left of not just his girlfriend, [[LastOfHisKind but of his entire people]].]] And when the BigBad asks the party what it is they're fighting for, Mog's response is simply, "New friends, kupo!" [[TheWoobie D'aww...]]



** Nidia is beginning to seriously lose it under the burden of her quest.

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** Nidia is beginning to seriously lose it under the burden of her quest.
21st Oct '15 4:46:50 AM Adept
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* Every single party member in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' are struggling with some sort of psychological issues and hates each other for it.
** Lightning is a distant woman who, after her parents' deaths, was forced to become the sole guardian of her younger sister, Serah. She became a soldier to become a better protector for her sister, but believing that emotions would make her weak and vulnerable, she shuts herself emotionally. This pushes Serah away from her -- and when Serah was turned into L'cie, she became consumed with guilt and frustration.
** Snow may appear to be overconfident and easygoing. Later, it was revealed that he's struggling with a lot insecurities and lack of self-worth, especially when he failed to protect Serah from being captured by the government and allowed Hope's mother to die during his mission to rescue Serah.
** Vanille, who constantly behaves in an upbeat and positive manner, is actually hiding the fact that [[spoiler:she's a former L'cie from 500 years before the present timeline, and had fulfilled her Focus by almost destroying Gran Pulse alongside Fang]]. She fakes amnesia to protect her friend from this painful fact, but is clearly burdened with guilt from said past.
** Hope has a lot of angst due to his father being constantly busy at work and rarely has time for his family. Then, during the beginning of the game's story, he and his mother was sent to the Purge while they were supposed to be enjoying a vacation, which eventually led to his mother's death. The grief drove him to seek vengeance towards Snow, who was responsible for his mother's death.
** Sazh was already dealing with a lot of sorrow long before the events of the game, presumably due to his wife's death. His son Dajh was his only source of joy, until the boy was branded as a L'cie and was subsequently captured by the government to bait him and his friends.
** Fang, like Vanille, is [[spoiler:a former L'cie who had become Ragnarok and destroyed most of Gran Pulse]]. She lost her memories [[spoiler:after her awakening]], but this has left her lost and confused as she tried to deal with the new situation. When she found out that Vanille actually knew what happened, and lied to her about it, she was understandably upset by this perceived betrayal (though it didn't last).
** Outside the party there's Cid Raines. Supposedly the party's most valuable ally, he was revealed [[spoiler:to be a puppet forced by the fal'Cie to guide the party to eventually destroy Cocoon]]. Later, he tried to [[spoiler:defy his focus by killing the party, and prevent them from destroying the world]]. He was eventually defeated, [[spoiler:and turned to crystal, only for Barthandaelus to revive him, reinstate him as Primarch and use him as a fal'Cie spokesperson. He finally requested his subordinates to kill him, so that he'd be free from their control]].
2nd Oct '15 11:22:29 PM Apocrypha
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** The companions in Tales of Arterra also have lots of issues: Evanine is a Fallen Princess and everyone who was ever kind to her (except for the player) has been killed; Persey has no concept of self-worth and honestly believes she is an object to be bought, sold, and used; and Montador comes from a society in which strength is valued above all and despises his own parents for weakness.

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** The companions in Tales of Arterra ''VideoGame/TalesOfArterra'' also have lots of issues: Evanine is a Fallen Princess and FallenPrincess with trust issues because everyone who was ever kind to her (except for the player) has been killed; Persey has no concept of self-worth and honestly believes she is an object to be bought, sold, and used; and Montador comes from a society in which strength is valued above all and despises his own parents for weakness.weakness. The PlayerCharacter, meanwhile, is an orphaned [[FarmBoy Farm Boy/Girl]] with a heavy dose of SurvivorsGuilt for escaping their DoomedHometown when no one else did.
29th Sep '15 6:58:24 AM Togglechen
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** Varric is the product of a disgraced Orzimmar merchant house exiled to the surface. While his brother Bartrand worked to repair the family name, Varric’s task was to care for his alcoholic and drug-addicted mother who never recovered from the loss of her husband five years after their exile and family status.

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** Varric is the product of a disgraced Orzimmar merchant Orzammar noble house exiled to the surface. While his brother Bartrand worked to repair the family name, Varric’s task was to care for his alcoholic and drug-addicted mother who never recovered from the loss of her husband five years after their exile and family status.
17th Sep '15 7:18:22 AM Koveras
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* In ''BaldursGate'', the character personalities are pretty one-dimensional sketches, and tend to range from quirky to the point of being weird to outright insane. In ''BaldursGate II'', where the characters are better developed, not every one has a tragic past... but a good portion of them do, and all four possible {{Love Interest}}s most certainly do. [[spoiler: One is a recent widow, another was raised in an AlwaysChaoticEvil society and then is subject to prejudice when she leaves it, a third was subject to horrific abuse and abandonment, and the fourth has daddy issues up the wazoo]]. While not a romance option (he was originally supposed to be one, apparently), Valygar also has some [[WhatHappenedToMommy severe problems]].
* Every non-Valkyrie character in ''ValkyrieProfile'' has some sort of personal tragedy that ends in a convenient KarmicDeath. Even the Valkyrie [[spoiler: was once a mortal girl who was raised by an abusive mother that was going to sell her into slavery. Her self-esteem was so low that she allowed herself to die in a field of poisonous flowers.]]

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* In ''BaldursGate'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', the character personalities are pretty one-dimensional sketches, and tend to range from quirky to the point of being weird to outright insane. In ''BaldursGate II'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', where the characters are better developed, not every one has a tragic past... but a good portion of them do, and all four possible {{Love Interest}}s most certainly do. [[spoiler: One is a recent widow, another was raised in an AlwaysChaoticEvil society and then is subject to prejudice when she leaves it, a third was subject to horrific abuse and abandonment, and the fourth has daddy issues up the wazoo]]. While not a romance option (he was originally supposed to be one, apparently), Valygar also has some [[WhatHappenedToMommy severe problems]].
* Every non-Valkyrie character in ''ValkyrieProfile'' ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' has some sort of personal tragedy that ends in a convenient KarmicDeath. Even the Valkyrie [[spoiler: was once a mortal girl who was raised by an abusive mother that was going to sell her into slavery. Her self-esteem was so low that she allowed herself to die in a field of poisonous flowers.]]
7th Sep '15 10:29:54 AM nombretomado
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* In ''NeverwinterNights2'', the only party members without a traumatic past, a mental disoder, or both are Grobnar and Zhjaeve. As for the others, Khelgar is an arrogant BloodKnight who left his clan to go on a quest to become a Monk [[CompletelyMissingThePoint while having no idea what they're about and just assuming that all they do is punch things]], and much of his clan resent his decision to leave, claiming (perhaps truthfully) that he did it solely for personal glory. Neeshka has been oppressed her entire life due to being a Tiefling. Elanee had to watch her beloved Mere slowly become a twisted, barren wasteland due to [[BigBad the King of Shadows']] influence, believing her beloved Druid Circle to be dead. [[spoiler:She later learns that they're still alive, but is horrified to learn that they, with a single exception, have been driven mad by the King's influence, and is forced to kill them.]] Casavir abandoned his Paladin order due to frustration over their inaction over the many plights of the commonfolk, and has difficulty recognizing the value of friends and teamwork. Bishop is a sarcastic SocialDarwinist with a bad case of ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and an equally DarkAndTroubledPast. Sand was originally a member of [[WretchedHive Luskan's]] Hosttower (Essentially a wizard mafia), but was forced to flee for his life after refusing to continue performing their atrocities. Qara is an egotistical, sociopathic pyromaniac who thinks she's the center of the universe. Shandra Jerro lost her farm to desperate Lizardfolk, which she blames the PC for, and later [[spoiler:becomes a target of the Githyanki due to their history with her bloodline. Oh, and she's killed by her own grandfather. That grandfather, Ammon Jerro, was originally a kind, eccentric mage who fell to increasingly extreme and flatout evil acts to combat the King of Shadows, not realizing what he's becoming until ''after'' he kills Shandra. Oh, and did I mention that he is wracked with guilt over not just her death, but everything else he did before opening his eyes?]] The PlayerCharacter themselves is an orphan raised in a swamp by an emotionally abusive half-elf [[spoiler:and has a piece of the MacGuffin embedded in his/her chest]]. And this is just the ''original campaign''.

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* In ''NeverwinterNights2'', ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', the only party members without a traumatic past, a mental disoder, or both are Grobnar and Zhjaeve. As for the others, Khelgar is an arrogant BloodKnight who left his clan to go on a quest to become a Monk [[CompletelyMissingThePoint while having no idea what they're about and just assuming that all they do is punch things]], and much of his clan resent his decision to leave, claiming (perhaps truthfully) that he did it solely for personal glory. Neeshka has been oppressed her entire life due to being a Tiefling. Elanee had to watch her beloved Mere slowly become a twisted, barren wasteland due to [[BigBad the King of Shadows']] influence, believing her beloved Druid Circle to be dead. [[spoiler:She later learns that they're still alive, but is horrified to learn that they, with a single exception, have been driven mad by the King's influence, and is forced to kill them.]] Casavir abandoned his Paladin order due to frustration over their inaction over the many plights of the commonfolk, and has difficulty recognizing the value of friends and teamwork. Bishop is a sarcastic SocialDarwinist with a bad case of ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and an equally DarkAndTroubledPast. Sand was originally a member of [[WretchedHive Luskan's]] Hosttower (Essentially a wizard mafia), but was forced to flee for his life after refusing to continue performing their atrocities. Qara is an egotistical, sociopathic pyromaniac who thinks she's the center of the universe. Shandra Jerro lost her farm to desperate Lizardfolk, which she blames the PC for, and later [[spoiler:becomes a target of the Githyanki due to their history with her bloodline. Oh, and she's killed by her own grandfather. That grandfather, Ammon Jerro, was originally a kind, eccentric mage who fell to increasingly extreme and flatout evil acts to combat the King of Shadows, not realizing what he's becoming until ''after'' he kills Shandra. Oh, and did I mention that he is wracked with guilt over not just her death, but everything else he did before opening his eyes?]] The PlayerCharacter themselves is an orphan raised in a swamp by an emotionally abusive half-elf [[spoiler:and has a piece of the MacGuffin embedded in his/her chest]]. And this is just the ''original campaign''.
6th Sep '15 7:58:31 PM nombretomado
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** In the [=PS3=] UpdatedRerelease, the party is joined by Flynn and Patty. The former struggles against becoming a KnightTemplar and the latter [[spoiler:is an amnesiac pirate whose crew died in a horiffic manner.]]
* NeverwinterNights and Shadows of Undrentide are mostly immune to this, but your allies in Hordes of the Underdark consist of a drow [[TheAtoner out to redeem herself from past crimes]] and suffering from a severe case of guilt, a tiefling with rage issues who feels he has to bury his emotions as deep as possible to avoid exploding, an unjustly executed dead paladin, and a kobold who spent most of his life as the ButtMonkey of a kobold clan ruled by a dragon. It should perhaps be clarified that that last one actually joined you in ''Undrentide'' as well, and was arguably even more dysfunctional there (your character had an... inspirational effect on him).

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** In the [=PS3=] UpdatedRerelease, the party is joined by Flynn and Patty. The former struggles against becoming a KnightTemplar and the latter [[spoiler:is an amnesiac pirate whose crew died in a horiffic horrific manner.]]
* NeverwinterNights ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' and Shadows of Undrentide are mostly immune to this, but your allies in Hordes of the Underdark consist of a drow [[TheAtoner out to redeem herself from past crimes]] and suffering from a severe case of guilt, a tiefling with rage issues who feels he has to bury his emotions as deep as possible to avoid exploding, an unjustly executed dead paladin, and a kobold who spent most of his life as the ButtMonkey of a kobold clan ruled by a dragon. It should perhaps be clarified that that last one actually joined you in ''Undrentide'' as well, and was arguably even more dysfunctional there (your character had an... inspirational effect on him).
14th Jul '15 10:23:25 AM nombretomado
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* In ''{{MARDEK}}'', the main evil force, the Governance De Magi, includes an extremely creepy necromancer called Moric, who volunteered first to hunt down Rohoph simply for the pleasure of killing him and was allowed to go first because the rest of the GDM wanted to be rid of him for a while, an utterly insane member called Melchior, who at one point complained of him saying "The galaxy will soon be mine", since it would be "theirs", not "his" specifically, and when it is pointed out that he did say "ours" and was asked if he was even listening, his response was "No, I had a nice little tune going in my head. It go da da daaa da da da daaa da daaaaa da.". There are also Gaspar, who always talks in what he probably thinks are swearwords, but are actually more of gibberish, and in no particular way, Balthazar and Qualna are both quite annoying. Even considering the whole thing with the evil plan to enslave the galaxy, you almost kind of pity Anu for having to put up with them.

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* In ''{{MARDEK}}'', ''Videogame/{{MARDEK}}'', the main evil force, the Governance De Magi, includes an extremely creepy necromancer called Moric, who volunteered first to hunt down Rohoph simply for the pleasure of killing him and was allowed to go first because the rest of the GDM wanted to be rid of him for a while, an utterly insane member called Melchior, who at one point complained of him saying "The galaxy will soon be mine", since it would be "theirs", not "his" specifically, and when it is pointed out that he did say "ours" and was asked if he was even listening, his response was "No, I had a nice little tune going in my head. It go da da daaa da da da daaa da daaaaa da.". There are also Gaspar, who always talks in what he probably thinks are swearwords, but are actually more of gibberish, and in no particular way, Balthazar and Qualna are both quite annoying. Even considering the whole thing with the evil plan to enslave the galaxy, you almost kind of pity Anu for having to put up with them.
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