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* In the PS2 version of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', playing the game with Anakin shows him fighting Obi-Wan and winning, Obi-Wan whiffing his high ground slash so that Anakin can gut him. Then Palpatine shows up, congratulates Anakin, gives him his trademark red lightsaber [[spoiler:and is promptly ran through with it by Anakin, who takes over the galaxy by himself.]]
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Fall of Man'', E

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Fall of Man'', EEurope comes off prosperous and peaceful after WWI, preventing the Second World War. However, instead of a Revolution, aliens invade Siberia. Russia can't catch a break, can it?
* The two spinoff games to ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'', ''[[VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours The World Is Yours]]'' and ''Money. Power. Respect.'', are based on Tony escaping the film-ending shootout, while the comic ''Scarred for Life'' is based on Tony surviving wounds that were fatal in said shootout. Tony's survival either way is a small but very important difference, with above scenarios being impossible "normally."
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' would've simply been a brief glimpse of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='=]s neutral ending from a Tokyo Hunter's perspective if said Hunter refused Dagda's offer of becoming his Godslayer at the beginning of the game and remained dead. As a result of coming back to life instead, he ends up going on to unwittingly unseal the Divine Powers, who proceed to bring their share of divine conflict to Tokyo.
* In ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', there is a BadFuture prophesied if [[spoiler:Sarah Kerrigan is killed. In the "Wings Of Liberty" ending cinematic, Jim Raynor basically prevents it from happening by moving his shoulder a few inches to the left, [[TakingTheBullet taking a bullet]] meant for her by Tychus (and since Raynor was wearing armor, there was no serious injury)]].
** Zeratul, [[GenreSavvy apparently aware of this trope]], appears in ''Wings of Liberty'', ''Heart of the Swarm'', and ''Legacy of the Void'' to hand the main character some emergency nails, first by giving Raynor the Ihan Crystal and thus [[spoiler: another cause to save Kerrigan besides his love]], then by directing the Swarm to Zerus, so that [[spoiler:Kerrigan is cleansed of any remaining influence [[BigBad Amon]] might still have]] by becoming Primal Zerg. The latter becomes doubly a world-saving nail, since without the tag-along Dehaka, [[spoiler: who was immune to the Psi Disruptor]], the entire Swarm would have been killed over Korhal. Finally, Zeratul discovers the importance of the Xel'naga artifact (henceforth named the Keystone) and relays this information to Artanis. [[spoiler:The Keystone is instrumental in discovering the Xel'naga world of Ulnar and cleansing the Khala of Amon's influence, which he used to brainwash much of the Khalai Protoss]].
* The ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' mission "Temporal Ambassador" is a continuation of Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration: [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise "Yesterday's Enterprise"]]. Because Natasha Yar and the ''Enterprise''-C ended up going ''forward'' in time after the episode instead of backwards, the player winds up in a timeline where the Klingons conquered the Federation, then were too weak to fight off the Dominion.
** The 23rd Century Federation player character gets to see another one in "Terminal Expanse." When you travel to the [[Film/StarTrek Kelvin Timeline]], you end up meeting your former captain-turned-admiral Issac Garret. When he sees you, he's shocked because the last he saw you, you were putting the fear into the first year Starfleet Academy cadets. This means that, because George Kirk died at the hands of the ''Narada'', you become a teacher, not a starship captain.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' explores this in a limited extent with the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Shadow-Mirror universe]] in the second game. In the regular timeline, [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Kyosuke Nanbu and Excellen Browning]] were involved in a space shuttle accident - Kyosuke [[BornLucky survived due to his incredible luck]], while Excellen technically "died" and was brought back to life by [[EldritchAbomination plant-like aliens]] called the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Einst]] who were looking for an [[AdamAndEvePlot "Eve."]] In the Shadow-Mirror universe, the shuttle accident still occurs, except Excellen's parents took her body and "revived" her as a {{Cyborg}}, taking on the new monniker "[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Lemon Browning]]". Kyosuke's counterpart "Beowulf" is only vaguely referenced, but subsequent games have upped his role by implying the Einst chose him instead, causing him to become an AxCrazy berserker, who even gets upgraded into the BigBad in the AnimatedAdaptation ''The Inspector''. For extra cosmic {{Irony}}, the one consistent aspect of Beowulf is that he's TheRival of the Shadow-Mirror's [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Axel Almer]]; both Kyosuke and Axel are the LoveInterests of their respective universes' versions of Excellen.
** Another point brought up is the "Vanishing Trooper Incident," where the experimental Huckebein's "Black Hole Engine" overloaded. In the main universe, Huckebein pilot [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Raidiese F. Branstein]] survived but lost his left hand (which was replaced by a robotic prosthesis) and became one of the pilots of the CombiningMecha SRX; in the Shadow-Mirror universe, Rai died in the accident, which caused a massive stigma against manufacturing the Huckebein series of mecha and lead to its retirement in favor of Gespensts and new designs like the Ashsaber.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal'' also explores this concept, thanks to the OriginalGeneration characters being {{Time Travel}}ers. The divergence point is the climax of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', where Heero Yuy fails to penetrate the Brussels Presidential Bunker with the Wing Gundam Zero's "[[{{BFG}} Twin Buster Rifle]]". The originals' accidental time travel to the past leads to the formation of the "[[HeroesUnlimited Round Knights]]", and when they get to the critical moment where everything went wrong, [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Garrod Ran]] uses his Gundam Double X and its "[[{{BFG}} Twin Satellite Cannon]]" to back Heero up, averting the nightmare of the original timeline. This results in not only the heroes surviving, but {{Retcon}}s the more depressing ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness]]'' and ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}} out of existence, since the advanced technology the originals brought back allows the machines from those films to be created years earlier and piloted by the younger, non-screwed up versions of their original pilots as well as preventing the heroes of the latter series from dying as they did in the original series.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' deals with this in the form of "fractured dimensions", alternate universes that branched off from the main one wherein something in the the game and the previous game's lore went differently thanks to a certain "nail", or as the game calls it: "divergence catalysts". The only problem is they're also posing a threat to the main universe, and its the job of the protagonist, Ludger, to destroy said fractured universes by finding and destroying said nail. To give an example, in the previous game, DiscOneFinalBoss Nachtigal was a despotic king who became as such after his sister Carrie died in a tsunami mid-battle and his best friend Rowen ran away in shame, but in one fractured universe, though Nachtigal's sister dies anyway, Rowen remains by Nachtigal's side, and thanks to Rowen's wisdom and having Carrie's pendant as a memento, this version of Nachtigal became a benevolent and beloved king, his praises sung by everyone.
* ''VideoGame/TurningPointFallOfLiberty'' is set in an AlternateUniverse where a cab accident UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_F._Cantasano was involved in]] caused his death, as opposed to the mild injuries he suffered in real life. Without his leadership, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East are all conquered by the Nazis and as of the start of the game, they are launching a full scale invasion of the United States.
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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue}}'', [[spoiler:Noel Vermillion's entire existence is the nail that prevents some events that happened in the Wheel Of Fortune timeline (such as Tsubaki's death, which, among other things, eventually led to Jin becoming Hakumen)]].

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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue}}'', ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', [[spoiler:Noel Vermillion's entire existence is the nail that prevents some events that happened in the Wheel Of Fortune timeline (such as Tsubaki's death, which, among other things, eventually led to Jin becoming Hakumen)]].
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'', [[spoiler: Noel Vermillion's entire existence is the nail that prevents some events that happened in the Wheel Of Fortune timeline (such as Tsubaki's death, which, among other things, eventually led to Jin becoming Hakumen)]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'', [[spoiler: Noel ''VideoGame/BlazBlue}}'', [[spoiler:Noel Vermillion's entire existence is the nail that prevents some events that happened in the Wheel Of Fortune timeline (such as Tsubaki's death, which, among other things, eventually led to Jin becoming Hakumen)]].



* The original ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series and four of its spinoffs have focused on Dr. Light's aptitude for robotics and the battles his creations have fought in the process of trying to keep a rival from taking over the world. However, Dr. Light focusing on internet technology instead of robotics results in the AlternateUniverse ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Battle Network]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce Star Force]]'' spinoffs. Wily is still a roboticist, however; his actions start out as revenge against society for pushing the field of robotics aside.

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* The original ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' series and four of its spinoffs [[VideoGame/MegaManX four]] [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends of]] [[VideoGame/MegaManZero its]] [[VideoGame/MegaManZX spin-offs]] have focused on Dr. Light's aptitude for robotics and the battles his creations have fought in the process of trying to keep a rival from taking over the world. However, Dr. Light focusing on internet technology instead of robotics results in the AlternateUniverse ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Battle Network]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce Star Force]]'' spinoffs. spin-offs. [[InSpiteOfANail Wily is still a roboticist, however; however]]; his actions start out as revenge against society for pushing the field of robotics aside.aside.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam: [[VideoGame/GundamVsSeries Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam]]'' has several WhatIf storylines, but the one that best fits this trope is the Project Zeta story, where Garma Zabi surviving his fate from [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam the original series]], which leads to other characters killed by Amuro and the Gundam surviving, and eventually to [[TheEmpire Zeon]] winning the One Year War. But then it veers sharply into InSpiteOfANail, as the rest of the storyline is just ''First Gundam'''s events played out with older characters and ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''-era [[HumongousMecha mecha]], even when several of those events already occurred even in the altered timeline.
** There are a couple of other noteworthy alternate story paths; each of the three big heroes (Kamille, Amuro, and Char) has a storyline where they end up with [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Titans]], with varying degrees of believability [[note]]For Kamille, [[LaResistance the AEUG]] caused the deaths of his parents so he wants revenge; Amuro and Lalah (who is still alive here) joined the Newtype labs, which were later absorbed by the Titans; Char's plot ties into Project Zeta, as he joins the Titans as Quattro Bajeena after he kills Garma[[/note]]. There's also a route that re-creates ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' six years early and is a KillEmAll DownerEnding.



* ''[[VideoGame/MobileSuitGundam]]: [[VideoGame/GundamVsSeries Gundam vs Zeta Gundam]]'' has several WhatIf storylines, but the one that best fits this trope is the Project Zeta story, where Garma Zabi surviving his fate from [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam the original series]], which leads to other characters killed by Amuro and the Gundam surviving, and eventually to [[TheEmpire Zeon]] winning the One Year War. But then it veers sharply into InSpiteOfANail, as the rest of the storyline is just ''First Gundam'''s events played out with older characters and ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''-era [[HumongousMecha mecha]], even when several of those events already occurred even in the altered timeline.
** There are a couple of other noteworthy alternate story paths; each of the three big heroes (Kamille, Amuro, and Char) has a storyline where they end up with [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Titans]], with varying degrees of believability [[note]]For Kamille, [[LaResistance the AEUG]] caused the deaths of his parents so he wants revenge; Amuro and Lalah (who is still alive here) joined the Newtype labs, which were later absorbed by the Titans; Char's plot ties into Project Zeta, as he joins the Titans as Quattro Bajeena after he kills Garma[[/note]]. There's also a route that re-creates ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' six years early and is a KillEmAll DownerEnding.



** Also, one of the visions Raiden received was of Liu Kang dying and being turned into a zombie (the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance''). [[spoiler:In an attempt to avert Liu Kang's death, Raiden has Kung Lao fight Shao Kahn in Liu Kang's place during the Outworld Mortal Kombat tournament. It didn't work: Kung Lao died by Shao Kahn's hand, and Liu Kang would later die anyway...by Raiden's hand]].
** Additionally, Raiden's slaying of [[spoiler: Motaro]] in the reboot causes Shao Kahn to [[spoiler: sacrifice Shang Tsung (one of the series' recurring villains) to power up Sindel (who in the prior timeline, made a HeelFaceTurn). Using this power, she easily kills a majority of the heroes, finally requiring a heroic sacrifice by Nightwolf to kill her]].
** In the original timeline, Raiden ended up corrupting himself (and doing a FaceHeelTurn) after doing a HeroicSacrifice to stop Onaga, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception''. [[spoiler: In the rebooted timeline, the purification of the Jinsei from [[BigBad Shinnok's]] [[TheCorruption taint]] caused him to become [[KnightTemplar Dark]] [[FaceHeelTurn Raiden]] at the end of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'']].

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** Also, one of the visions Raiden received was of Liu Kang dying and being turned into a zombie (the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance''). [[spoiler:In an attempt to avert Liu Kang's death, Raiden has Kung Lao fight Shao Kahn in Liu Kang's place during the Outworld Mortal Kombat tournament. It didn't work: Kung Lao died by Shao Kahn's hand, and Liu Kang would later die anyway... by Raiden's hand]].
** Additionally, Raiden's slaying of [[spoiler: Motaro]] [[spoiler:Motaro]] in the reboot causes Shao Kahn to [[spoiler: sacrifice [[spoiler:sacrifice Shang Tsung (one of the series' recurring villains) to power up Sindel (who in the prior timeline, made a HeelFaceTurn). Using this power, she easily kills a majority of the heroes, finally requiring a heroic sacrifice HeroicSacrifice by Nightwolf to kill her]].
** In the original timeline, Raiden ended up corrupting himself (and doing a FaceHeelTurn) after doing a HeroicSacrifice to stop Onaga, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception''. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the rebooted timeline, the purification of the Jinsei from [[BigBad Shinnok's]] [[TheCorruption taint]] caused him to become [[KnightTemplar Dark]] [[FaceHeelTurn Raiden]] at the end of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'']].



* The second game in the VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney series, ''Justice for All'', has a bad ending dedicated to this. The "nail" in the fourth case is the [[spoiler: video evidence that Engarde had the intent to blackmail de Killer. Fail to present this, and the judge has no choice but to find Engarde not guilty, Adrian is sent to jail for a crime she didn't commit, Maya is set free but refuses to ever speak to Phoenix again, and Phoenix throws away his badge in disgust. Of course, if you present the videotape, then the exact opposite happens (Engarde gets thrown in jail, Adrian gets a reduced sentence, Maya is set free and returns to Phoenix, and Phoenix continues to practice law)]].

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* The second game in the VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney series, ''Justice for All'', has a bad ending dedicated to this. The "nail" in the fourth case is the [[spoiler: video [[spoiler:video evidence that Engarde had the intent to blackmail de Killer. Fail to present this, and the judge has no choice but to find Engarde not guilty, Adrian is sent to jail for a crime she didn't commit, Maya is set free but refuses to ever speak to Phoenix again, and Phoenix throws away his badge in disgust. Of course, if you present the videotape, then the exact opposite happens (Engarde gets thrown in jail, Adrian gets a reduced sentence, Maya is set free and returns to Phoenix, and Phoenix continues to practice law)]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Fall of Man'', Europe comes off prosperous and peaceful after WWI, preventing the Second World War. However, instead of a Revolution, aliens invade Siberia. Russia can't catch a break, can it?
* The two spinoff games to ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'', ''[[VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours The World Is Yours]]'' and ''Money. Power. Respect.'', are based on Tony escaping the film-ending shootout, while the comic ''Scarred for Life'' is based on Tony surviving wounds that were fatal in said shootout. Tony's survival either way is a small but very important difference, with above scenarios being impossible "normally."
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' would've simply been a brief glimpse of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='=]s neutral ending from a Tokyo Hunter's perspective if said Hunter refused Dagda's offer of becoming his Godslayer at the beginning of the game and remained dead. As a result of coming back to life instead, he ends up going on to unwittingly unseal the Divine Powers, who proceed to bring their share of divine conflict to Tokyo.
* In ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', there is a BadFuture prophesied if [[spoiler: Sarah Kerrigan is killed. In the "Wings Of Liberty" ending cinematic, Jim Raynor basically prevents it from happening by moving his shoulder a few inches to the left, [[TakingTheBullet taking a bullet]] meant for her by Tychus (and since Raynor was wearing armor, there was no serious injury)]].
** Zeratul, [[GenreSavvy apparently aware of this trope]], appears in ''Wings of Liberty'', ''Heart of the Swarm'', and ''Legacy of the Void'' to hand the main character some emergency nails, first by giving Raynor the Ihan Crystal and thus [[spoiler: another cause to save Kerrigan besides his love]], then by directing the Swarm to Zerus, so that [[spoiler: Kerrigan is cleansed of any remaining influence [[BigBad Amon]] might still have]] by becoming Primal Zerg. The latter becomes doubly a world-saving nail, since without the tag-along Dehaka, [[spoiler: who was immune to the Psi Disruptor]], the entire Swarm would have been killed over Korhal. Finally, Zeratul discovers the importance of the Xel'naga artifact (henceforth named the Keystone) and relays this information to Artanis. [[spoiler:The Keystone is instrumental in discovering the Xel'naga world of Ulnar and cleansing the Khala of Amon's influence, which he used to brainwash much of the Khalai Protoss]].
* The ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' mission "Temporal Ambassador" is a continuation of Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration: [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise "Yesterday's Enterprise"]]. Because Natasha Yar and the ''Enterprise''-C ended up going ''forward'' in time after the episode instead of backwards, the player winds up in a timeline where the Klingons conquered the Federation, then were too weak to fight off the Dominion.
** The 23rd Century Federation player character gets to see another one in "Terminal Expanse". When you travel to the [[Film/StarTrek Kelvin Timeline]], you end up meeting your former captain-turned-admiral Issac Garret. When he sees you, he's shocked because the last he saw you, you were putting the fear into the first year Starfleet Academy cadets. This means that, because George Kirk died at the hands of the ''Narada'', you become a teacher, not a starship captain.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' explores this in a limited extent with the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Shadow-Mirror universe]] in the second game. In the regular timeline, [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Kyosuke Nanbu and Excellen Browning]] were involved in a space shuttle accident - Kyosuke [[BornLucky survived due to his incredible luck]], while Excellen technically "died" and was brought back to life by [[EldritchAbomination plant-like aliens]] called the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Einst]] who were looking for an [[AdamAndEvePlot "Eve"]]. In the Shadow-Mirror universe, the shuttle accident still occurs, except Excellen's parents took her body and "revived" her as a {{Cyborg}}, taking on the new monniker "[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Lemon Browning]]". Kyosuke's counterpart "Beowulf" is only vaguely referenced, but subsequent games have upped his role by implying the Einst chose him instead, causing him to become an AxCrazy berserker, who even gets upgraded into the BigBad in the AnimatedAdaptation ''The Inspector''. For extra cosmic {{Irony}}, the one consistent aspect of Beowulf is that he's TheRival of the Shadow-Mirror's [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Axel Almer]]; both Kyosuke and Axel are the {{Love Interest}}s of their respective universes' versions of Excellen.
** Another point brought up is the "Vanishing Trooper Incident", where the experimental Huckebein's "Black Hole Engine" overloaded. In the main universe, Huckebein pilot [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Raidiese F. Branstein]] survived but lost his left hand (which was replaced by a robotic prosthesis) and became one of the pilots of the CombiningMecha SRX; in the Shadow-Mirror universe, Rai died in the accident, which caused a massive stigma against manufacturing the Huckebein series of mecha and lead to its retirement in favor of Gespensts and new designs like the Ashsaber.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal'' also explores this concept, thanks to the OriginalGeneration characters being {{Time Travel}}lers. The divergence point is the climax of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', where Heero Yuy fails to penetrate the Brussels Presidential Bunker with the Wing Gundam Zero's "[[{{BFG}} Twin Buster Rifle]]". The originals' accidental time travel to the past leads to the formation of the "[[HeroesUnlimited Round Knights]]", and when they get to the critical moment where everything went wrong, [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Garrod Ran]] uses his Gundam Double X and its "[[{{BFG}} Twin Satellite Cannon]]" to back Heero up, averting the nightmare of the original timeline. This results in not only the heroes surviving, but {{Retcon}}s the more depressing ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness]]'' and ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}} out of existence, since the advanced technology the originals brought back allows the machines from those films to be created years earlier and piloted by the younger, non-screwed up versions of their original pilots as well as preventing the heroes of the latter series from dying as they did in the original series.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' deals with this in the form of "fractured dimensions", alternate universes that branched off from the main one wherein something in the the game and the previous game's lore went differently thanks to a certain "nail", or as the game calls it: "divergence catalysts". The only problem is they're also posing a threat to the main universe, and its the job of the protagonist, Ludger, to destroy said fractured universes by finding and destroying said nail. To give an example, in the previous game, DiscOneFinalBoss Nachtigal was a despotic king who became as such after his sister Carrie died in a tsunami mid-battle and his best friend Rowen ran away in shame, but in one fractured universe, though Nachtigal's sister dies anyway, Rowen remains by Nachtigal's side, and thanks to Rowen's wisdom and having Carrie's pendant as a memento, this version of Nachtigal became a benevolent and beloved king, his praises sung by everyone.
* ''VideoGame/TurningPointFallOfLiberty'' is set in an AlternateUniverse where a cab accident WinstonChurchill [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_F._Cantasano was involved in]] caused his death, as opposed to the mild injuries he suffered in real life. Without his leadership, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East are all conquered by the Nazis and as of the start of the game, they are launching a full scale invasion of the United States.
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Fall of Man'', Europe comes off prosperous and peaceful after WWI, preventing the Second World War. However, instead of a Revolution, aliens invade Siberia. Russia can't catch a break, can it?
* The two spinoff games to ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'', ''[[VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours The World Is Yours]]'' and ''Money. Power. Respect.'', are based on Tony escaping the film-ending shootout, while the comic ''Scarred for Life'' is based on Tony surviving wounds that were fatal in said shootout. Tony's survival either way is a small but very important difference, with above scenarios being impossible "normally."
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' would've simply been a brief glimpse of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='=]s neutral ending from a Tokyo Hunter's perspective if said Hunter refused Dagda's offer of becoming his Godslayer at the beginning of the game and remained dead. As a result of coming back to life instead, he ends up going on to unwittingly unseal the Divine Powers, who proceed to bring their share of divine conflict to Tokyo.
* In ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', there is a BadFuture prophesied if [[spoiler: Sarah Kerrigan is killed. In the "Wings Of Liberty" ending cinematic, Jim Raynor basically prevents it from happening by moving his shoulder a few inches to the left, [[TakingTheBullet taking a bullet]] meant for her by Tychus (and since Raynor was wearing armor, there was no serious injury)]].
** Zeratul, [[GenreSavvy apparently aware of this trope]], appears in ''Wings of Liberty'', ''Heart of the Swarm'', and ''Legacy of the Void'' to hand the main character some emergency nails, first by giving Raynor the Ihan Crystal and thus [[spoiler: another cause to save Kerrigan besides his love]], then by directing the Swarm to Zerus, so that [[spoiler: Kerrigan is cleansed of any remaining influence [[BigBad Amon]] might still have]] by becoming Primal Zerg. The latter becomes doubly a world-saving nail, since without the tag-along Dehaka, [[spoiler: who was immune to the Psi Disruptor]], the entire Swarm would have been killed over Korhal. Finally, Zeratul discovers the importance of the Xel'naga artifact (henceforth named the Keystone) and relays this information to Artanis. [[spoiler:The Keystone is instrumental in discovering the Xel'naga world of Ulnar and cleansing the Khala of Amon's influence, which he used to brainwash much of the Khalai Protoss]].
* The ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' mission "Temporal Ambassador" is a continuation of Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration: [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise "Yesterday's Enterprise"]]. Because Natasha Yar and the ''Enterprise''-C ended up going ''forward'' in time after the episode instead of backwards, the player winds up in a timeline where the Klingons conquered the Federation, then were too weak to fight off the Dominion.
** The 23rd Century Federation player character gets to see another one in "Terminal Expanse". When you travel to the [[Film/StarTrek Kelvin Timeline]], you end up meeting your former captain-turned-admiral Issac Garret. When he sees you, he's shocked because the last he saw you, you were putting the fear into the first year Starfleet Academy cadets. This means that, because George Kirk died at the hands of the ''Narada'', you become a teacher, not a starship captain.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' explores this in a limited extent with the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Shadow-Mirror universe]] in the second game. In the regular timeline, [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Kyosuke Nanbu and Excellen Browning]] were involved in a space shuttle accident - Kyosuke [[BornLucky survived due to his incredible luck]], while Excellen technically "died" and was brought back to life by [[EldritchAbomination plant-like aliens]] called the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Einst]] who were looking for an [[AdamAndEvePlot "Eve"]]. In the Shadow-Mirror universe, the shuttle accident still occurs, except Excellen's parents took her body and "revived" her as a {{Cyborg}}, taking on the new monniker "[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Lemon Browning]]". Kyosuke's counterpart "Beowulf" is only vaguely referenced, but subsequent games have upped his role by implying the Einst chose him instead, causing him to become an AxCrazy berserker, who even gets upgraded into the BigBad in the AnimatedAdaptation ''The Inspector''. For extra cosmic {{Irony}}, the one consistent aspect of Beowulf is that he's TheRival of the Shadow-Mirror's [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Axel Almer]]; both Kyosuke and Axel are the {{Love Interest}}s of their respective universes' versions of Excellen.
** Another point brought up is the "Vanishing Trooper Incident", where the experimental Huckebein's "Black Hole Engine" overloaded. In the main universe, Huckebein pilot [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Raidiese F. Branstein]] survived but lost his left hand (which was replaced by a robotic prosthesis) and became one of the pilots of the CombiningMecha SRX; in the Shadow-Mirror universe, Rai died in the accident, which caused a massive stigma against manufacturing the Huckebein series of mecha and lead to its retirement in favor of Gespensts and new designs like the Ashsaber.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal'' also explores this concept, thanks to the OriginalGeneration characters being {{Time Travel}}lers. The divergence point is the climax of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', where Heero Yuy fails to penetrate the Brussels Presidential Bunker with the Wing Gundam Zero's "[[{{BFG}} Twin Buster Rifle]]". The originals' accidental time travel to the past leads to the formation of the "[[HeroesUnlimited Round Knights]]", and when they get to the critical moment where everything went wrong, [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Garrod Ran]] uses his Gundam Double X and its "[[{{BFG}} Twin Satellite Cannon]]" to back Heero up, averting the nightmare of the original timeline. This results in not only the heroes surviving, but {{Retcon}}s the more depressing ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness]]'' and ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}} out of existence, since the advanced technology the originals brought back allows the machines from those films to be created years earlier and piloted by the younger, non-screwed up versions of their original pilots as well as preventing the heroes of the latter series from dying as they did in the original series.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' deals with this in the form of "fractured dimensions", alternate universes that branched off from the main one wherein something in the the game and the previous game's lore went differently thanks to a certain "nail", or as the game calls it: "divergence catalysts". The only problem is they're also posing a threat to the main universe, and its the job of the protagonist, Ludger, to destroy said fractured universes by finding and destroying said nail. To give an example, in the previous game, DiscOneFinalBoss Nachtigal was a despotic king who became as such after his sister Carrie died in a tsunami mid-battle and his best friend Rowen ran away in shame, but in one fractured universe, though Nachtigal's sister dies anyway, Rowen remains by Nachtigal's side, and thanks to Rowen's wisdom and having Carrie's pendant as a memento, this version of Nachtigal became a benevolent and beloved king, his praises sung by everyone.
* ''VideoGame/TurningPointFallOfLiberty'' is set in an AlternateUniverse where a cab accident WinstonChurchill [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_F._Cantasano was involved in]] caused his death, as opposed to the mild injuries he suffered in real life. Without his leadership, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East are all conquered by the Nazis and as of the start of the game, they are launching a full scale invasion of the United States.
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15th Nov '16 2:22:09 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' would've simply been a brief glimpse of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='=]s neutral ending from a Tokyo hunter's perspective if said hunter refused Dagda's offer of becoming his Godslayer at the beginning of the game and remained dead. As a result of coming back to life instead, he ends up going on to unwittingly unseal the Divine Powers, who proceed to bring their share of divine conflict to Tokyo.

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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' would've simply been a brief glimpse of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='=]s neutral ending from a Tokyo hunter's Hunter's perspective if said hunter Hunter refused Dagda's offer of becoming his Godslayer at the beginning of the game and remained dead. As a result of coming back to life instead, he ends up going on to unwittingly unseal the Divine Powers, who proceed to bring their share of divine conflict to Tokyo.
15th Nov '16 2:22:01 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' would've simply been a brief glimpse of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='=]s neutral ending from a Tokyo hunter's perspective if Nanashi refused Dagda's offer of becoming his Godslayer at the beginning of the game and remained dead. As a result of coming back to life instead, he ends up going on to unwittingly unseal the Divine Powers, who proceed to bring their share of divine conflict to Tokyo.

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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' would've simply been a brief glimpse of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='=]s neutral ending from a Tokyo hunter's perspective if Nanashi said hunter refused Dagda's offer of becoming his Godslayer at the beginning of the game and remained dead. As a result of coming back to life instead, he ends up going on to unwittingly unseal the Divine Powers, who proceed to bring their share of divine conflict to Tokyo.
15th Nov '16 2:21:42 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' would've simply been a brief glimpse of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='=]s neutral ending from a Tokyo hunter's perspective if Nanashi refused Dagda's offer of becoming his Godslayer at the beginning of the game and remained dead. As a result of coming back to life instead, he ends up unwittingly unsealing the Divine Powers, who proceed to bring their share of divine conflict to Tokyo.

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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' would've simply been a brief glimpse of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='=]s neutral ending from a Tokyo hunter's perspective if Nanashi refused Dagda's offer of becoming his Godslayer at the beginning of the game and remained dead. As a result of coming back to life instead, he ends up going on to unwittingly unsealing unseal the Divine Powers, who proceed to bring their share of divine conflict to Tokyo.
15th Nov '16 2:21:10 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' would've simply been a brief glimpse of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='=]s neutral ending if Nanashi refused Dagda's offer of becoming his Godslayer at the beginning of the game and remained dead. As a result of coming back to life instead, he ends up unwittingly unsealing the Divine Powers, who proceed to bring their share of divine conflict to Tokyo.

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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' would've simply been a brief glimpse of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='=]s neutral ending from a Tokyo hunter's perspective if Nanashi refused Dagda's offer of becoming his Godslayer at the beginning of the game and remained dead. As a result of coming back to life instead, he ends up unwittingly unsealing the Divine Powers, who proceed to bring their share of divine conflict to Tokyo.
15th Nov '16 2:20:58 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' would've simply been a brief glimpse of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='=]s neutral ending if Nanashi refused Dagda's offer of becoming his Godslayer at the beginning of the game and remained dead. As a result of coming back to life instead, he ends up unwittingly unsealing the Divine Powers, who proceed to bring their share of divine conflict to Tokyo.
11th Nov '16 2:55:23 PM jake38
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* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' - an ur example of this trope.
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