History FromNobodyToNightmare / VideoGames

26th Jun '16 12:19:48 PM nombretomado
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* Throughout the ''BaldursGate'' series, the PlayerCharacter goes from being just some kid [[spoiler: with a tiny fragment of the God of Murder in them]] to a being of incredible power. The bad guys in the third game don't send assassins after you - they send an ''army''. You can also [[spoiler: become a God, if you choose]].

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* Throughout the ''BaldursGate'' ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series, the PlayerCharacter goes from being just some kid [[spoiler: with a tiny fragment of the God of Murder in them]] to a being of incredible power. The bad guys in the third game don't send assassins after you - they send an ''army''. You can also [[spoiler: become a God, if you choose]].



* Neverwinter Nights 2, with its first expansion pack, is maybe an even better example. At the start, protagonist is just another inhabitant of West Harbor, not really remarkable [[spoiler: except for the shard]]. At the end of Mask of the Betrayer he/she can, if you so choose, become a [[spoiler:superpowered abomination that devours souls, and is capable of doing that to any number of people at once and even to gods. Cue a RoaringRampageOfRevenge of eating its way across Toril and the Planescape.]]

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* Neverwinter Nights 2, ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', with its first expansion pack, is maybe an even better example. At the start, protagonist is just another inhabitant of West Harbor, not really remarkable [[spoiler: except for the shard]]. At the end of Mask of the Betrayer he/she can, if you so choose, become a [[spoiler:superpowered abomination that devours souls, and is capable of doing that to any number of people at once and even to gods. Cue a RoaringRampageOfRevenge of eating its way across Toril and the Planescape.]]
10th Jun '16 5:27:26 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* While this Trope can apply to most characters in ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'', Needles Kaine, aka Sweet Tooth, stands out. His origin varies [[DependingOnTheWriter with each version]], but started as either a homeless bum or an ice cream man before he became an insane SerialKiller.
5th May '16 4:33:24 PM hamza678
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* Master Chief from ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' can definitely be seen as an example. From his humble roots as a boy on an Earth colony, John quickly becomes arguably the greatest soldier of all time. A walking OneManArmy, John has single-handedly carved his way through countless Covenant forces, blown up massive warships, wiped out a parasitic horde that's already devoured an entire galaxy, and gone toe-to-toe with a hivemind EldritchAbomination. He was also called the best soldier in the SPARTAN-II program, a unit made up entirely of genetically-augmented supersoldiers, and played a pivotal role in ending the human-Covenant war.
** The "nightmare" part really comes into play when you look at Master Chief from the Covenant's perspective. Imagine a 7-foot tall, seemingly invincible, fully-armored, faceless, emotionless machine, designed to kill you and your fellow soldiers. Now imagine it's being turned loose against you, and no matter what you throw at it - grenades, snipers, tanks, Elites, Brutes, and Hunters - it won't even slow down as it massacres your entire army. A nightmare, indeed. It is any wonder that their nickname for the Master Chief is "Demon"?

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* Master Chief from ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' can definitely be seen as an example. From his humble roots as a boy on an Earth colony, John quickly becomes arguably the greatest soldier of all time. A walking OneManArmy, John has single-handedly carved his way through countless Covenant forces, blown up massive warships, wiped out a parasitic horde that's already devoured an entire galaxy, and gone toe-to-toe with a hivemind EldritchAbomination. He was also called the best soldier in the SPARTAN-II program, a unit made up entirely of genetically-augmented supersoldiers, and played a pivotal role in ending the human-Covenant war.
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war. The "nightmare" part really comes into play when you look at Master Chief from the Covenant's perspective. Imagine a 7-foot tall, seemingly invincible, fully-armored, faceless, emotionless machine, designed to kill you and your fellow soldiers. Now imagine it's being turned loose against you, and no matter what you throw at it - grenades, snipers, tanks, Elites, Brutes, and Hunters - it won't even slow down as it massacres your entire army. A nightmare, indeed. It is any wonder that their nickname for the Master Chief is "Demon"?



* Both Cole [=MacGrath=] and Delsin Rowe from the inFamous series can go through this, if the player plays the evil path. The former is simply a bike messenger who, by the end of the inFamous 2 evil playthrough, can turn into a gigantic creature that consists of molten rock and can form explosions that level entire city blocks. The latter, a normal guy with a tendency for vandalism, realizes that he can copy the powers of other superpowered beings, plans to visit a prison where all known superhumans are held to copy their powers, and thus can control basically anything he can see. Either of these "Nightmares" cannot be controlled by the player, however.

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* Both Cole [=MacGrath=] and Delsin Rowe from the inFamous ''VideoGame/InFamous'' series can go through this, if the player plays the evil path. The former is simply a bike messenger who, by the end of the inFamous 2 evil playthrough, can turn into a gigantic creature that consists of molten rock and can form explosions that level entire city blocks. The latter, a normal guy with a tendency for vandalism, realizes that he can copy the powers of other superpowered beings, plans to visit a prison where all known superhumans are held to copy their powers, and thus can control basically anything he can see. Either of these "Nightmares" cannot be controlled by the player, however.
1st Apr '16 10:59:30 PM GrammarNavi
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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/TheAmerican Revolution 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.
* Both Cole ''MacGrath'' and Delsin Rowe from the inFamous series can go through this, if the player plays the evil path. The former is simply a bike messenger who, by the end of the inFamous 2 evil playthrough, can turn into a gigantic creature that consists of molten rock and can form explosions that level entire city blocks. The latter, a normal guy with a tendency for vandalism, realizes that he can copy the powers of other superpowered beings, plans to visit a prison where all known superhumans are held to copy their powers, and thus can control basically anything he can see. Either of these "Nightmares" cannot be controlled by the player, however.

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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/TheAmerican Revolution [[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.
* Both Cole ''MacGrath'' [=MacGrath=] and Delsin Rowe from the inFamous series can go through this, if the player plays the evil path. The former is simply a bike messenger who, by the end of the inFamous 2 evil playthrough, can turn into a gigantic creature that consists of molten rock and can form explosions that level entire city blocks. The latter, a normal guy with a tendency for vandalism, realizes that he can copy the powers of other superpowered beings, plans to visit a prison where all known superhumans are held to copy their powers, and thus can control basically anything he can see. Either of these "Nightmares" cannot be controlled by the player, however.
1st Apr '16 2:33:08 AM Killerikala
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* Both Cole ''MacGrath'' and Delsin Rowe from the inFamous series can go through this, if the player plays the evil path. The former is simply a bike messenger who, by the end of the inFamous 2 evil playthrough, can turn into a gigantic creature that consists of molten rock and can form explosions that level entire city blocks. The latter, a normal guy with a tendency for vandalism, realizes that he can copy the powers of other superpowered beings, plans to visit a prison where all known superhumans are held to copy their powers, and thus can control basically anything he can see. Either of these "Nightmares" cannot be controlled by the player, however.
21st Feb '16 3:35:15 PM thatmadork
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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.
8th Feb '16 4:02:25 PM GBAuraRebirth
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* Meta example; [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys Scott]] [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 Caw]][[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 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.]]

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* Meta example; [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys Scott]] Sco]] [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 Caw]][[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 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.]]
27th Jan '16 6:13:12 PM Emperor_Oshron
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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/TheAmerican Revolution 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.
7th Jan '16 10:40:46 AM ChronoLegion
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** The "nightmare" part really comes into play when you look at Master Chief from the Covenant's perspective. Imagine a 7-foot tall, seemingly invincible, fully-armored, faceless, emotionless machine, designed to kill you and your fellow soldiers. Now imagine it's being turned loose against you, and no matter what you throw at it - grenades, snipers, tanks, Elites, Brutes, and Hunters - it won't even slow down as it massacres your entire army. A nightmare, indeed.

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** The "nightmare" part really comes into play when you look at Master Chief from the Covenant's perspective. Imagine a 7-foot tall, seemingly invincible, fully-armored, faceless, emotionless machine, designed to kill you and your fellow soldiers. Now imagine it's being turned loose against you, and no matter what you throw at it - grenades, snipers, tanks, Elites, Brutes, and Hunters - it won't even slow down as it massacres your entire army. A nightmare, indeed. It is any wonder that their nickname for the Master Chief is "Demon"?
6th Jan '16 8:09:11 PM nombretomado
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* ''SoulCalibur'''s Siegfried was the leader of a rag-tag bunch of thieves; not much to write home about. After robbing a convoy [[spoiler:where he mistakenly decapitates his own father and quickly loses his mind over it, convincing himself that someone else did it]], he takes it upon himself to locate Soul Edge, thinking that his father's murderer deserves no less than death by that blade. He finds it, alright...

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* ''SoulCalibur'''s ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'''s Siegfried was the leader of a rag-tag bunch of thieves; not much to write home about. After robbing a convoy [[spoiler:where he mistakenly decapitates his own father and quickly loses his mind over it, convincing himself that someone else did it]], he takes it upon himself to locate Soul Edge, thinking that his father's murderer deserves no less than death by that blade. He finds it, alright...
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