History FromNobodyToNightmare / VideoGames

18th Mar '17 9:29:42 AM Jeffcole2
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** Mega Evolution did this to a lot of weak and forgotten Pokémon. Take Mawile, for example. It was introduced in Generation 3 as a sort of counterpart to Sableye, but unlike Sableye (which had no weaknesses and was a useful support with its Prankster ability) it lacked redeeming factors to compensate for its abysmal stats. Despite its Steel typing and its useful Intimidate ability, Mega Mawile was all but left to rot. Then Generation 6 came around. Suddenly Mawile gained the Fairy typing on top of Steel, which made it either resistant or outright [[NoSell immune]] to 11 out the 18 types in the game and weak to only '''two'''. It also gained a Mega Evolution which gave it, of all things, '''Huge Power'''. Suddenly its 380 base stat total effectively became '''585''', with effectively '''210 attack''' and the movepool to take advantage of it, coupled with competent defenses (especially on the physical side) along with its ridiculously tanky typing. Mawile was now an absolute monster capable of shrugging off most of the moves in the game while dishing out plenty of pain in return. And that Intimidate we mentioned before? It's not made irrelevant by its Mega. Mawile can now pretty much guarantee a swap and use it to freely set up a Swords Dance, sharply raising its already ludicrous attack. According to Smogon tier lists it struggles a bit in Ubers, but that still means that '''it made it to the Uber tier'''.

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** Mega Evolution did this to a lot of weak and forgotten Pokémon. Take Mawile, for example. It was introduced in Generation 3 as a sort of counterpart to Sableye, but unlike Sableye (which had no weaknesses and was a useful support with its Prankster ability) it lacked redeeming factors to compensate for its abysmal stats. Despite its Steel typing and its useful Intimidate ability, Mega Mawile was all but left to rot. Then Generation 6 came around. Suddenly Mawile gained the Fairy typing on top of Steel, which made it either resistant or outright [[NoSell immune]] to 11 out the 18 types in the game and weak to only '''two'''. It also gained a Mega Evolution which gave it, of all things, '''Huge Power'''. Suddenly its 380 base stat total effectively became '''585''', with effectively '''210 attack''' and the movepool to take advantage of it, coupled with competent defenses (especially on the physical side) along with its ridiculously tanky typing. Mawile was now an absolute monster capable of shrugging off most of the moves in the game while dishing out plenty of pain in return. And that Intimidate we mentioned before? It's not made irrelevant by its Mega. Mawile can now pretty much guarantee a swap and use it to freely set up a Swords Dance, sharply raising its already ludicrous attack. According to Smogon tier lists it struggles a bit in Ubers, but that still means that '''it made it to the Uber tier'''.
25th Feb '17 11:40:01 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''AceCombat'' games, your characters always start as unknowns, but quickly become the reason for much OhCrap from the enemies.

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* In the ''AceCombat'' ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' games, your characters always start as unknowns, but quickly become the reason for much OhCrap from the enemies.
19th Feb '17 8:54:05 PM superkeijikun
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* A major plot point in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' invokes this: [[spoiler:Venom Snake is ''not'' actually Big Boss, but was actually an otherwise normal combat medic in Militaires Sans Frontieres before XOF destroyed Big Boss's Mother Base and dismantled MSF. He risked his life to save Big Boss, becoming gravely injured, falling into a coma, undergoing hypnotherapy, and receiving reconstructive surgery to turn him into Big Boss's doppleganger. He would go on to lead the Diamond Dogs, destroy XOF, kill Skull Face, and found Outer Haven. The "Big Boss" that Solid Snake had to contend with in the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear''? That's not the real Big Boss, but a former combat medic who went on to be his exact duplicate in ''every'' way!]]
27th Jan '17 11:25:33 AM Prometheus117
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* ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'' heroine Prier was originally a demon hunting nun. [[NunTooHoly A nun who likes using bone-crushing kicks to solve almost every problem]], but clearly an otherwise heroic nun who aspired to be the Maiden of Light. However, she had a desire for power which lead to her becoming an Overlord in one of the endings of the original game. That ending was eventually canonized by the game's UpdatedRerelease ''Ragnarok''. By the time of the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series, Prier had become synonymous with "FallenHero", having become an infamous BloodKnight that seeks to challenge powerful opponents throughout the Creator/NipponIchi multiverse.

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* ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'' heroine Prier was originally a demon hunting nun. [[NunTooHoly A nun who likes using bone-crushing kicks to solve almost every problem]], but clearly an otherwise heroic nun who aspired to be the Maiden of Light. However, she had a desire for power which lead to her becoming an Overlord in one of the endings of the original game. That ending was eventually canonized by the game's UpdatedRerelease ''Ragnarok''. By the time of the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series, Prier had become synonymous with "FallenHero", having become an infamous BloodKnight that seeks to challenge powerful opponents throughout the Creator/NipponIchi multiverse. That said, [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor whether she's good or evil pretty much changes between games]], and even in the UpdatedReRelease there were two endings that picked either one, so she can be either a straight-up FallenHero or just a DarkMessiah...[[BloodKnight who either way really loves fighting others]].
2nd Jan '17 9:03:54 PM Arachnos
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** Mega Evolution did this to a lot of weak and forgotten Pokémon. Take Mawile, for example. It was introduced in Generation 3 as a sort of counterpart to Sableye, but unlike Sableye (which had no weaknesses and was a useful support with its Prankster ability) it lacked redeeming factors to compensate for its abysmal stats. Despite its Steel typing and its useful Intimidate ability, Mega Mawile was all but left to rot. Then Generation 6 came around. Suddenly Mawile gained the Fairy typing on top of Steel, which made it either resistant or outright [[NoSell immune]] to 11 out the 18 types in the game and weak to only '''two'''. It also gained a Mega Evolution which gave it, of all things, '''Huge Power'''. Suddenly its 380 base stat total effectively became '''585''', with effectively '''210 attack''' and the movepool to take advantage of it, coupled with competent defenses (especially on the physical side) along with its ridiculously tanky typing. Mawile was now an absolute monster capable of shrugging off most of the moves in the game while dishing out plenty of pain in return. And that Intimidate we mentioned before? It's not made irrelevant by its Mega. Mawile can now pretty much guarantee a swap and use it to freely set up a Swords Dance, sharply raising its already ludicrous attack. According to Smogon tier lists it struggles a bit in Ubers, but that still means that '''it made it to the Uber tier'''.
21st Dec '16 2:47:36 PM Morgenthaler
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*** Anyone who played ''3'' might remember Arthur Maxson, that little dork who sat around in the Citadel writing stories and crushing on Sarah Lyons. By the events of ''4'', he's a stone cold {{Badass}} and the leader of the Eastern Brotherhood of Steel.

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*** Anyone who played ''3'' might remember Arthur Maxson, that little dork who sat around in the Citadel writing stories and crushing on Sarah Lyons. By the events of ''4'', he's a stone cold {{Badass}} badass and the leader of the Eastern Brotherhood of Steel.
21st Dec '16 9:55:50 AM Morgenthaler
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** From ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', [[PhysicalGod the]] [[ChosenOne Demi]]-[[BadAss Fiend]]. OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent one moment. [[ImplacableMan Implacable]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu godslayer the next]].

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** From ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', [[PhysicalGod the]] [[ChosenOne Demi]]-[[BadAss Fiend]].Demi-Fiend]]. OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent one moment. [[ImplacableMan Implacable]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu godslayer the next]].
23rd Nov '16 7:16:51 PM nombretomado
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* Several player characters from the ''AssassinsCreed'' series can count. At the start of each games, the player character is usually rather young (such as [[AssassinsCreedIII Connor]] or [[AssassinsCreedUnity Arno]] or in a relatively unimportant position ([[AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag Edward]] was just a sailor/privateer) but inevitably each one proves to be exceptionally important both to the [[AncientConspiracy secret war between the Assassins and Templars]] and to the [[BeenThereShapedHistory historical setting in which they live]]. Special mention goes to Connor, who first appears in the game as a kid and is assaulted by the game's resident Templars, and declares that one day he'll find and kill all of them; over the next eight years, he does exactly that as well as playing pivotal roles in [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Battle of the Chesapeake, among other events]] which completely destroy the Templars' plans for the fledgling United States.

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* Several player characters from the ''AssassinsCreed'' ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series can count. At the start of each games, the player character is usually rather young (such as [[AssassinsCreedIII [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII Connor]] or [[AssassinsCreedUnity [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity Arno]] or in a relatively unimportant position ([[AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag ([[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag Edward]] was just a sailor/privateer) but inevitably each one proves to be exceptionally important both to the [[AncientConspiracy secret war between the Assassins and Templars]] and to the [[BeenThereShapedHistory historical setting in which they live]]. Special mention goes to Connor, who first appears in the game as a kid and is assaulted by the game's resident Templars, and declares that one day he'll find and kill all of them; over the next eight years, he does exactly that as well as playing pivotal roles in [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Battle of the Chesapeake, among other events]] which completely destroy the Templars' plans for the fledgling United States.
23rd Oct '16 12:22:36 PM Onlythrice
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** In Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'', most of the backgrounds for the Inquisitor are otherwise unspectacular individuals such as a simple mercenary or a criminal thug who got caught at the wrong place at the wrong time. Said unlucky individual would go on to become someone who would not only save Theda from a world-shattering threat but also dictate the politics of nations in their spare time.

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** In Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'', ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'', most of the backgrounds for the Inquisitor are otherwise unspectacular individuals such as a simple mercenary or a criminal thug who got caught at the wrong place at the wrong time. Said unlucky individual would go on to become someone who would not only save Theda Thedas from a world-shattering threat but also dictate the politics of nations in their spare time.



** This trope seems to be in full efect when Blizzard is trying to find a new raid boss or enemy. Millhouse Manastorm? Minor NPC that you freed from a Burning Crusade dungeon turned into a member of a cult worshiping beings that want to destroy the world. He gets eaten by a stone worm but comes back as a Brawlers Guild boss and later a follower for your Garrison.

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** This trope seems to be in full efect effect when Blizzard is trying to find a new raid boss or enemy. Millhouse Manastorm? Minor NPC that you freed from a Burning Crusade dungeon turned into a member of a cult worshiping beings that want to destroy the world. He gets eaten by a stone worm but comes back as a Brawlers Guild boss and later a follower for your Garrison.



** Franklin Clinton of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' went from a gangbanger (though tired of the lifestyle) to one of the most richest men trained by a RetiredBadass and an AxCrazy SociopathicHero.

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** Franklin Clinton of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' went from a gangbanger (though tired of the lifestyle) to one of the most richest men around after being trained by a RetiredBadass and an AxCrazy SociopathicHero.



* Jason Brody of ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' goes from some twenty-something guy who parachuted onto the wrong island, to becoming the most feared person on said island.

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* Jason Brody of ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' goes from being some twenty-something guy who parachuted onto the wrong island, island to becoming the most feared person on said island.
23rd Oct '16 12:14:41 PM Onlythrice
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*** And now we can add Ulysses to this list, with the release of Lonesome Road and the revelation that he was simply a member of a tribe conquered by Caesar's Legion who eventually rose to become a Fruumentarius, who after an event caused by The Courier came to the realization that one person can shape history. After WalkingTheEarth a bit and settling down to become a rancher/courier, the revelation that the person responsible for the event was alive and kicking led to the events of Lonesome Road, where [[spoiler:he plans to nuke the Mojave in his own attempt to shape history]].
** The NCR, from the Great Khans stand-point. The Khans used to terrorise and raid a tiny farming community called Shady Sands, and it was only the intervention of the first game's protagonist that prevented their destruction. Shady Sands goes on to encourage other communities to join together into a federation. One hundred years on, this tiny alliance has grown from a few small towns into a post-apocalyptic military and economic superpower that dominates California and has holdings in Nevada, Oregon and Baja. Uh oh.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the Children of Atom go from being a harmlessly kooky bunch of radiation worshipers in [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} the Capital Wasteland]] to being a psychotic pack of religious fanatics who worship ghouls and other irradiated horrors and indiscriminately attack anyone who gets too close with radiation-slinging weapons.

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*** And now we can add Ulysses to this list, with the release of Lonesome Road and the revelation that he was simply a member of a tribe conquered by Caesar's Legion who eventually rose to become a Fruumentarius, Frumentarius, who after an event caused by The Courier came to the realization that one person can shape history. After WalkingTheEarth a bit and settling down to become a rancher/courier, the revelation that the person responsible for the event was alive and kicking led to the events of Lonesome Road, where [[spoiler:he plans to nuke the Mojave in his own attempt to shape history]].
** The NCR, from the Great Khans stand-point. The Khans used to terrorise terrorize and raid a tiny farming community called Shady Sands, and it was only the intervention of the first game's protagonist that prevented their destruction. Shady Sands goes on to encourage other communities to join together into a federation. One hundred years on, this tiny alliance has grown from a few small towns into a post-apocalyptic military and economic superpower that dominates California and has holdings in Nevada, Oregon and Baja. Uh oh.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the Children of Atom go from being a harmlessly kooky bunch group of radiation worshipers largely-harmless, radiation-worshiping eccentrics who pose little threat to anybody in [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} the Capital Wasteland]] to being a psychotic pack army of religious fanatics who worship ghouls and other irradiated horrors and indiscriminately attack anyone who gets too close with radiation-slinging weapons.weapons. In the Far Harbor DLC they even manage to turn an old submarine base in Maine into a heavily-defended fortress and threaten to cause what's left of the state to be completely overrun by mutants.



* Meta example; [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys Sco]] [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 tt]] [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 Caw]][[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4 thon,]] of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' fame, used to make cheerful children's games based off of Biblical tales. Now? [[NightmareFuel N]][[NothingIsScarier o]][[SleeperHit w]][[UnnecessarilyCreepyRobot .]][[CruelAndUnusualDeath .]][[NightmareFace .]] well, [[CaptainObvious he does things a]] ''[[CaptainObvious lot]]'' [[CaptainObvious differently from when he used to.]]
** The animatronics themselves also count. They used to be unremarkable, [[UnnecessarilyCreepyRobot rather creepy machines]] meant to entertain children to [[AIIsACrapshoot kill-happy murderbots.]]

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* Meta example; [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys Sco]] [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 tt]] [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 Caw]][[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4 thon,]] of The animatronics from ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' fame, used to make cheerful children's games based off of Biblical tales. Now? [[NightmareFuel N]][[NothingIsScarier o]][[SleeperHit w]][[UnnecessarilyCreepyRobot .]][[CruelAndUnusualDeath .]][[NightmareFace .]] well, [[CaptainObvious he does things a]] ''[[CaptainObvious lot]]'' [[CaptainObvious differently from when he used to.]]
** The animatronics themselves also
count. They used to be unremarkable, [[UnnecessarilyCreepyRobot rather creepy machines]] meant to entertain children to [[AIIsACrapshoot kill-happy murderbots.]]



* In ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', the Children of Atom are a group of largely-harmless, radiation-worshiping eccentrics who pose little threat to anybody, least of all the player. Fast-forward to ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', however, and they have evolved into an army of aggressive zealots who are quite willing to "save" non-believers with violence.
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