History EarnYourHappyEnding / VideoGames

25th Apr '16 6:40:21 PM thatmadork
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* It's heavily implied that after fighting in and surviving the hellish conflict of World War II, Jimmy Patterson and Manon of ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' ended up getting married. Given the post-credits narration of ''Heroes''' and the fact that the main character of the 2010 reboot is Jimmy's grandson, it's easy to put two and two together. Doubles as a HistoricalInJoke, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helene_Deschamps_Adams as the two characters are based on real life people who did just this]].
23rd Mar '16 4:52:45 AM Serathis
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** Also the Scrin invasion has been retconned away.
2nd Mar '16 9:19:19 AM CyberTiger88
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' pulls this off twice. By the climax, before which the heroes witness a mountain's worth of horror, betrayal, and sacrifice to bring them to Dark Matter, everyone, including all of their friends and the Legendary Pokemon, are turned into stone, and the Tree of Life that sustains the planet is dying. It took sheer determination to continue fighting and ultimately defeat Dark Matter to revive the Tree of Life. The hero gets rewarded with saving the world by being forced to watch their partner disappear to bring back Mew to truly finish Dark Matter. The player character has to then go through two [[NintendoHard brutally hard dungeons]] to meet Mew in hopes of finding a way to bring back their best friend, only to find out that Mew doesn't even know that he's the reincarnation of the partner. The player character then has to go through another difficult dungeon to rescue Mew from kidnappers who believe that if Mew continues to live, Dark Matter would return. Refusing to say good bye to anyone again, the player character vows that they are willing to fight Dark Matter over and over again to save their new friend. This declaration of friendship just so happens to be the key to bringing back their partner back to life at the dungeon; the whole kidnapping was planned by Nuzleaf and his lackeys who want to make up for their actions under Dark Matter's control. They end up getting accepted back into Serine Village, and the reunited heroes are free to live a happy life together filled with exploration and discovery. And as for the petrified Legendaries and allies? Now alive and well and are front and center to aid the expedition team.
29th Feb '16 3:43:46 AM DrZulu2010
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* The hero in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' went to a lot of crap during his life. He saw his father dying next to him, was enslaved for 10 years, after he get married, became a father and finds out he is the king of a land, [[spoiler: he and his wife were turned to stone for 5 years, then, he is finally reunited with his thought to be dead mother, only to see her die a few minutes later. Let's just say that he deserved to save the world and rule his land with his wife and children.]]
** Likewise, the hero from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' went on an adventure to find a cure for his king and princess' curses, the latter of which he has a crush. He fought the man who curses them and defeated him, only to find out that it didn't break the curse. Saw one of his friend being possesed by the staff the man hold, has to beat the real source of the evil. In addition, he finds out the truth about his origins and has to crash a wedding between the princess he loves and her disgusting fiance. [[spoiler: In one of the endings, he succeed in marriing the princess after exploiting a loophole.]]
27th Feb '16 4:34:07 PM CybranGeneralSturm
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** Subverted near the end: VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain and VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance [[spoiler:prove that the world's still a horrible place and that even a happy ending doesn't mean that the main characters can turn away from what they've become, but also explain that mankind is petty because there's a whole world of science and discovery out there, and humanity isn't going to obediently sit down and stop looking for new things to do. The main characters are going to keep on torturing and killing, but also continue living in hopes of finding greater and more joyous things. Like epic cyborg battles, new futures for the poor, and aerospace package delivery. And nobody's stopping them from doing this anymore. Granted, the subversion was expected for VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain since it's a {{Prequel}} to VideoGame/MetalGear.]]

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** Subverted near the end: VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain and VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance [[spoiler:prove that the world's still a horrible place and that even a happy ending doesn't mean that the main characters can turn away from what they've become, but also explain that mankind is petty because there's a whole world of science and discovery out there, and humanity isn't going to obediently sit down and stop looking for new things to do. The main characters are going to keep on torturing and killing, but also continue living in hopes of finding greater and more joyous things. Like epic cyborg battles, new futures for the poor, and aerospace package delivery. And nobody's stopping them from doing this anymore. Granted, the subversion was expected for VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain since it's a {{Prequel}} to VideoGame/MetalGear.VideoGame/MetalGear1.]]
27th Feb '16 4:33:30 PM CybranGeneralSturm
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** Subverted near the end: VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain and VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance [[spoiler:prove that the world's still a horrible place and that even a happy ending doesn't mean that the main characters can turn away from what they've become, but also explain that mankind is petty because there's a whole world of science and discovery out there, and humanity isn't going to obediently sit down and stop looking for new things to do. The main characters are going to keep on torturing and killing, but also continue living in hopes of finding greater and more joyous things. Like epic cyborg battles, new futures for the poor, and aerospace package delivery. And nobody's stopping them from doing this anymore.]]

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** Subverted near the end: VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain and VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance [[spoiler:prove that the world's still a horrible place and that even a happy ending doesn't mean that the main characters can turn away from what they've become, but also explain that mankind is petty because there's a whole world of science and discovery out there, and humanity isn't going to obediently sit down and stop looking for new things to do. The main characters are going to keep on torturing and killing, but also continue living in hopes of finding greater and more joyous things. Like epic cyborg battles, new futures for the poor, and aerospace package delivery. And nobody's stopping them from doing this anymore. Granted, the subversion was expected for VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain since it's a {{Prequel}} to VideoGame/MetalGear.]]
8th Jan '16 7:44:55 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' has some form of this, if not an actual definitive ending. After two complete games spent chasing Kain, learning about his world's history and prehistory, and moping about his fate, Raziel [[spoiler: is eventually [[HeroicSacrifice absorbed in the Soul Reaver]] after having gone through multiple trials to enchance his soul through [[MegaManning absorbing]] Ariel, only to grant Kain the ability of seeing the Elder God, his true enemy]]. More like, Earn your Bittersweet ending, really.
* The best ending for ''[[{{Splatterhouse}} Splatterhouse 3]]'' definitely counts. Rick manages to finish every level of his house in time, saving his wife and son, destroying a monster, and finally taking down [[spoiler:the Terror Mask]] once and for all. After [[TragicMonster being forced to kill his girlfriend in the first game]], and then [[ToHellAndBack punching his way through the Gates of Hell]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu and taking out an]] EldritchAbomination [[ThePowerOfLove to save her]] in the second, he damn well ''deserves'' a happy ending.

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* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' has some form of this, if not an actual definitive ending. After two complete games spent chasing Kain, learning about his world's history and prehistory, and moping about his fate, Raziel [[spoiler: is eventually [[HeroicSacrifice absorbed in the Soul Reaver]] after having gone through multiple trials to enchance enhance his soul through [[MegaManning absorbing]] Ariel, only to grant Kain the ability of seeing the Elder God, his true enemy]]. More like, Earn your Bittersweet ending, really.
* The best ending for ''[[{{Splatterhouse}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}} Splatterhouse 3]]'' definitely counts. Rick manages to finish every level of his house in time, saving his wife and son, destroying a monster, and finally taking down [[spoiler:the Terror Mask]] once and for all. After [[TragicMonster being forced to kill his girlfriend in the first game]], and then [[ToHellAndBack punching his way through the Gates of Hell]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu and taking out an]] EldritchAbomination [[ThePowerOfLove to save her]] in the second, he damn well ''deserves'' a happy ending.
1st Jan '16 7:17:18 PM jormis29
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* Of all things, ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' ends with this, in that [[spoiler:it is revealed that deep down, Kratos was driven by hope from Pandora's Box. The ending has him travelling through deep within his mind, witnessing the worst that he has done and learning to forgive himself. In one of his rare moments of selflessness, he ends up performing a HeroicSacrifice to release the power of hope back into the world.]]

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* Of all things, ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' ends with this, in that [[spoiler:it is revealed that deep down, Kratos was driven by hope from Pandora's Box.PandorasBox. The ending has him travelling through deep within his mind, witnessing the worst that he has done and learning to forgive himself. In one of his rare moments of selflessness, he ends up performing a HeroicSacrifice to release the power of hope back into the world.]]
18th Dec '15 11:59:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'': Vincent Brooks. The guy has to climb a tower in the world of nightmare, fighting a pletora of perversions of his worst fears and defeating [[spoiler: the Dumuzid AKA the bartender]] and what is his result if he stays true to himself? [[spoiler: [[LikeABadassOutOfHell Taking over hell, becoming a powerful incubus and not only having Catherine, but a lot of succubi in his hand,]] [[HappilyMarried finally being able to marry Katherine and have a happy family]] or breaking bounds with both of them, and continue his own free way.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'': Vincent Brooks. The guy has to climb a tower in the world of nightmare, fighting a pletora of perversions of his worst fears and defeating [[spoiler: the Dumuzid AKA the bartender]] and what is his result if he stays true to himself? [[spoiler: [[LikeABadassOutOfHell [[HellHasNewManagement Taking over hell, becoming a powerful incubus and not only having Catherine, but a lot of succubi in his hand,]] [[HappilyMarried finally being able to marry Katherine and have a happy family]] or breaking bounds with both of them, and continue his own free way.]]



* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'': it's taken him 12,500 years. [[{{Determinator}} He's been killed four times over]], [[LikeABadassOutOfHell and came back angrier every time]]. He's watched innocents die, held his dying wife in his hands, and seen his daughter cry. He's had to destroy fleets of space ships, battle planet-sized cyborgs and charge down into the heart of the planet to destroy the monster nesting there. He watched his best friend die, in order to empower him. And he's had to go toe-to-toe with [[spoiler: '''''{{God}} [[GodIsEvil himself]]''''', and punched the shit out of that asshole]]. But ''dammit'', Asura rescued his daughter and won his happy ending.

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* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'': it's taken him 12,500 years. [[{{Determinator}} He's been killed four times over]], [[LikeABadassOutOfHell [[EscapedFromHell and came back angrier every time]]. He's watched innocents die, held his dying wife in his hands, and seen his daughter cry. He's had to destroy fleets of space ships, battle planet-sized cyborgs and charge down into the heart of the planet to destroy the monster nesting there. He watched his best friend die, in order to empower him. And he's had to go toe-to-toe with [[spoiler: '''''{{God}} [[GodIsEvil himself]]''''', and punched the shit out of that asshole]]. But ''dammit'', Asura rescued his daughter and won his happy ending.
15th Dec '15 8:09:40 PM Steven
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* IF you want to get the best ending in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', you are going to go through hell to reach it. No killing is allowed whatsoever and if you kill even just one mook, you're screwed out of the ending unless you start over/reload your save file. Since you can't kill anyone, every fight becomes a boss fight in itself since you have to figure out a way to get enemies to stop fighting you without resorting to violence. Not only that, you'll also have to befriend several major characters so that they see you as a true friend and also endure some grueling boss fights towards the end of the game. If you preserve in the end, you'll get what is considered to be the ultimate happy ending for everyone.
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