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10th Sep '17 1:28:54 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* While we aren't given too much light on ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'''s VillainProtagonist (or even his name, and is arguably a deliberately FlatCharacter), he seems to be an ordinary citizen who one day just snapped. TruthInTelevision about mass-murderers, sadly.
29th Aug '17 11:08:29 PM AKITN
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* In ''FireEmblemAwakening'', [[PlayerCharacter the Avatar]] starts off as an amnesiac tactician with nothing to their name sans the clothes on their back and the weapons on hand, who is found unconscious by the wayside by [[TheHero Chrom.]] Their [[BatmanGambit mastery of tactics]], coupled with [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind their strong work ethic]] and [[ThePowerOfFriendship bonds with their comrades]] quickly make their name known throughout the land as a mastermind capable of engineering crushing victories against insane odds. By the game's second arc the Avatar is known overseas for their prowess, and by the game's third arc, it turns out [[spoiler:their very existence is the lynchpin of the BigBad's ultimate plan to destroy the world ''and'' also the key to permanently putting a stop to it.]] This doesn't take into account other factors like the ability to [[RagsToRiches marry into nobility or even into royalty,]] or even marry the local religion's oracle, who happens to be [[DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu the daughter of said religion's patron goddess,]] thus gaining even ''more'' power and influence ([[GameplayAndStorySegregation not that it actually is acknowledged in-story]])
** The Avatar's comrades aren't too far behind, as the Shepherds, both collectively and [[RedBaron individually]], become famed as an entire crew of badasses who face incredible odds and consistently come out on top anyway.
** There is a dark twist to this, though, in that [[spoiler:in the original BadFuture, the Avatar truly became a nightmare when [[EldritchAbomination Grima]] took over their body and launched a ZombieApocalypse that effectively destroyed the world and damn near killed all life before the future children of the Shepherds traveled back in time to stop it from happening.]]
* In ''VideoGame/StellaGlow'', the protagonist Alto was just an amnesiac living a simple life as a hunter in a backwater village with his adoptive family. At the game's start his [[DoomedHometown hometown is destroyed]] by the Witch Hilda and he swears to bring her to justice. In short order he becomes a knight of the kingdom, discovers his latent power to refine and draw out the power of the Witches, becoming an essential component of the plan to save the world, and by the game's end has become the single greatest hero of the land whose name is known far and wide and hailed as the world's savior and [[spoiler:the one who ended the rage of "God" and the rampage of the angels.]] What really cements Alto's position is that, initially, [[spoiler:Alto ''really'' was "nobody"--"Alto" is actually a split personality born from the land's original hero, Elcrest, who took control of the body when Elcrest was [[BigSleep forced to slumber to heal his physical and mental wounds.]] He wasn't supposed to exist, but still came to be and ended up [[SplitPersonalityMerge becoming the dominant personality when the Elcrest persona finally awoke.]]]]
29th Aug '17 10:22:54 PM AKITN
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* Everyone with a COMP in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', provided they survive making a demon contract. Special mention goes to the MC who can [[spoiler: become the next Demon King or Messiah.]]

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* Everyone with a COMP in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', provided they survive making a demon contract. Special mention goes to the MC who can ends up facing against off against several demon overlords bent on winning a battle royale to [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority become the ultimate ruler of all demons]] and which [[spoiler: he himself can win, doing so to become the next Demon King or Messiah.]] He even fights and defeats [[spoiler:Lucifer]] as a BonusBoss. In ''[[UpdatedRerelease Overclocked]]'', one of the [[PlayableEpilogue 8th Days]] ([[spoiler:Demon King Route]]) has you fight [[spoiler:Metatron]] as the FinalBoss, with the ending making it clear that the next enemy is [[spoiler:[[{{God}} the Big Man Himself!]]]]
** Once more in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'', where the protagonist and his friends start off as normal high school students taking their entrance exams and end up becoming humanity's last line of defense against an alien invasion, fighting off both demons and StarfishAliens. This culminates in the protagonist and his team facing off with [[spoiler:[[RealityWarper Polaris,]] the Administrator with jurisdiction over reality,]] and can end up [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killing it off in two endings!]] And then [[UpdatedRerelease Record Breaker]] [[SerialEscalation ups the ante by having you fight]] [[spoiler:Canopus, the Will of the Universe itself]], the entity responsible for the existence of the original game's FinalBoss. What really sets this up is that the protagonist has the option to [[spoiler:become the next Administrator himself in one of the Triangulum endings.
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22nd Aug '17 12:31:05 PM Jubileus57
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* [[spoiler:The Dark Curse]] from ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' was once a regular Mii who suffered the AllTheOtherReindeer treatment and became vengeful and evil as a result.
12th Aug '17 7:58:36 PM Samothrace42
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* A general theme for the ''player character'' in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games. From know-nothing kids in vaults to dim tribesmen and simple couriers, the MainCharacter can end up cranking a ''global nuclear apocalypse'' UpToEleven. Entire towns of innocents slaughtered. Mindless nuclear detonations and KillSat hellfires. Children, old men, diplomats, guards, all dying, enslaved or ''worse'' in their passage. [[EvilPaysBetter And it usually pays better than playing as a good guy.]] By the end of each game, even what are effectively ''world powers'' are either quaking in fear of the protagonist, or good as ''dead''.
** As an entire species, Deathclaws are this. Start as harmless chameleons, but become the most terrifying creature on the planet after a little bit of genetic engineering. Averted with those engineered with human-level intelligence; they only ''look'' nightmarish, but are (usually) quite amicable.
** Normal Bloatflies are merely [[GoddamnedBats annoying bugs]], but the Legendary Bloatfly from ''Old World Blues'' is one of the most difficult optional boss enemies.
** From ''New Vegas'': Edward Sallow and Joshua Graham. One, a Follower of the Apocalypse with a chip on his shoulder and a fondness for history. The other, a Mormon missionary with fluency in tribal languages. After the two were captured by the Blackfoot tribe, Edward decided to teach them about war, becoming their chieftain, while Joshua served as his interpreter and, soon after, his second-in-command. Therein lies the origin of Caesar, the Malpais Legate, and the Legion.
*** Worth pointing out that Caesar started out as a young initiate in the Followers of the Apocalypse. That is, he was raised by a loving mother and one of the most idealistic and altruistic factions in the safest and most stable part of the post-apocalyptic United States, and went on to become the most sadistic, cruel and threatening villain so far in the series barring possibly [[SociopathicSoldier Frank]] [[AxCrazy Horrigan]].
*** 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 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 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 group of largely-harmless, radiation-worshiping eccentrics who pose little threat to anybody in [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} the Capital Wasteland]] to being a psychotic army of religious fanatics who worship ghouls and other irradiated horrors and indiscriminately attack anyone who gets too close with radiation-slinging 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 and radioactive fog.
*** Also in ''4'', the [[WeHelpTheHelpless Minutemen]] have been subject to a series of {{Curb Stomp Battle}}s and are now reduced to [[LastOfHisKind a single surviving member]]. Most of the Commonwealth view them as a DoomedMoralVictor, and the Institute don't even spare a thought for them. [[spoiler:However, if you choose to help with rebuilding by gaining the trust of other settlements, recruiting their numbers and getting hold of heavier firepower, the Minutemen gain ''de facto'' control over much of the Commonwealth and can inflict a CurbStompBattle on both the Institute ''and'' the Brotherhood of Steel at once in their ending.]]
*** 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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* A general theme for the ''player character'' in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games. From know-nothing kids [[VideoGame/Fallout1 Know-nothing k]][[VideoGame/Fallout3 ids in vaults to Vaults]], [[VideoGame/Fallout4 random schmucks from the Pre-War world]], [[VideoGame/Fallout2 dim tribesmen tribesmen]], and [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas simple couriers, the MainCharacter couriers]] - that's what they can all start out ''as''. But each and everyone of them can end up cranking a ''global nuclear apocalypse'' UpToEleven. Entire towns of innocents slaughtered. Mindless nuclear detonations and KillSat hellfires. Children, old men, diplomats, guards, all dying, enslaved or ''worse'' in their passage. [[EvilPaysBetter And it usually pays better than playing as a good guy.]] By the end of each game, even what are effectively ''world powers'' are either quaking in fear of the protagonist, or good as ''dead''.
** As an entire species, Deathclaws [[LightningBruiser Deathclaws]] are this. Start as harmless chameleons, but become the most terrifying creature on the planet after a little bit of genetic engineering. Averted with those engineered with human-level intelligence; they only ''look'' nightmarish, but are (usually) quite amicable.
** Normal Bloatflies are merely [[GoddamnedBats annoying bugs]], but the Legendary Bloatfly from ''Old World Blues'' is one of the most difficult optional boss enemies.
** From ''New Vegas'': ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': Edward Sallow and Joshua Graham. One, a Follower of the Apocalypse with a chip on his shoulder and a fondness for history. The other, a Mormon missionary with fluency in tribal languages. After the two were captured by the Blackfoot tribe, Edward decided to teach them about war, becoming their chieftain, while Joshua served as his interpreter and, soon after, his second-in-command. Therein lies the origin of Caesar, the Malpais Legate, and the Legion.
*** Worth pointing out that Caesar started out as a young initiate in the Followers of the Apocalypse. That is, he was raised by a loving mother and was a member one of the most idealistic and altruistic factions in the safest and most stable part of the post-apocalyptic United States, and still went on to become the most sadistic, cruel and threatening villain so far in the series barring possibly [[SociopathicSoldier Frank]] [[AxCrazy Horrigan]].
*** Normal Bloatflies are merely [[GoddamnedBats annoying bugs]], but the Legendary Bloatfly from ''Old World Blues'' is one of the most difficult optional boss enemies.
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And now we can add Ulysses [[EvilCounterpart Ulysses]] to this list, with the release of Lonesome Road ''Lonesome Road'' and the revelation that he was simply originally just a member of a tribe conquered by Caesar's Legion who Legion. He eventually rose to become a Frumentarius, who after an event (the destruction of the prosperous town "Hopeville" that Ulysses [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife wanted to claim]] [[FightingForAHomeland as his new homeland]] and [[ShaggyDogStory was instead turned into]] "The Divide", the Falloutverse's version of ''{{Mordor}}'') caused by The Courier [[PlayerCharacter the Courier]] came to the realization that one person can shape history. After He then began WalkingTheEarth for a bit and before settling down to become a rancher/courier, rancher/courier. But the revelation that the person responsible for the event was alive and kicking led to the events of Lonesome Road, ''Lonesome Road'', where [[spoiler:he [[spoiler: he plans to use the Divide's remaining warheads to nuke virtually everything west of the Mojave Great Plains in his own ''own'' attempt to shape history]].
history]]. [[GreaterScopeVillain He's also responsible]] for the Legion discovering Hoover Dam (that incited the current bloody war between the NCR and Caesar's Legion), inspired [[ControlFreak Father Elijah]] to go to the [[DeathWorld Sierra Madre]] (which nearly resulted in Elijah killing the entire Mojave before conquering the East), taught [[BarbarianTribe the White Legs]] how to (nearly) annihilate the peaceful society of [[ChurchMilitant New Canaan]] so as to curry the Legion's favor, and almost convinced [[MadScientist the Think Tank]] to leave the Big Empty (which would've had them turn the West Coast into a smoldering crater).
** The NCR, from the Great Khans Khans' stand-point. The Khans used to 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 group of largely-harmless, radiation-worshiping eccentrics who pose little threat to anybody in [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} the Capital Wasteland]] to being a ''massive'' psychotic army of [[ChurchMilitant religious fanatics fanatics]] who worship ghouls Ghouls and other irradiated horrors horrors, have ''de facto'' control over most of the East Coast, and indiscriminately attack anyone who gets too close with radiation-slinging special [[MaximumHPReduction radiation-slinging]] weapons. In the Far Harbor ''Far Harbor'' DLC they even manage to turn an old submarine base in Maine into a heavily-defended fortress and [[spoiler: possibly]] threaten to cause what's left of the Pre-War state to be completely overrun by mutants and radioactive fog.
fog so they can "spread Atom's word."
*** Also in ''4'', the [[WeHelpTheHelpless Commonwealth Minutemen]] have been subject to a series of {{Curb Stomp Battle}}s and are now reduced to [[LastOfHisKind a single surviving member]]. Most of the Commonwealth view them as a DoomedMoralVictor, and the Institute don't doesn't even spare a thought for them. [[spoiler:However, if you choose to help with rebuilding by gaining the trust of other settlements, recruiting their numbers and getting hold of heavier firepower, the Minutemen gain ''de facto'' control over much of the Commonwealth and can inflict a an effortless CurbStompBattle on both the Institute ''and'' the Brotherhood of Steel at once simultaneously in their ending.]]
*** [[BigBad The Institute]] are also this. Originally, they were just the descendants of the janitors and research students of the Falloutverse's M.I.T.-analogue, and simply wanted to develop a better world underground. However, as of 2287, the Institute are now a cabal of demigod-like {{Mad Scientist}}s who can easily mass produce {{Artificial Humans}}, have [[TheConspiracy a massive spy network]] that lets them [[MagnificentBastard effortlessly control the entire Commonwealth]], can produce and maintain a nigh-endless army of {{Killer Robot}}s led by [[SuperSoldier Terminator Expies]], and are '''the''' most advanced faction in the entire Post-War United States.
*** 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 now both a stone cold badass (he killed one of the aforementioned [[DemonicSpiders Deathclaws]] on his ''own'' at the age of [[ChildSoldiers 13]]) and the [[AFatherToHisMen charismatic]] & [[PrinciplesZealot fanatical]] leader of the Eastern East Coast Brotherhood of Steel.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', [[spoiler:we find out that Cave Johnson's secretary, Caroline, underwent BrainUploading on Cave's orders after his death, as he felt Aperture would be in good hands with her. The computer her brain was uploaded into? [[AIIsACrapshoot GLaDOS.]]]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', [[spoiler:we find out that Cave Johnson's secretary, Caroline, underwent BrainUploading on Cave's orders after his death, as he felt Aperture would be in good hands with her. The computer her brain was uploaded into? [[AIIsACrapshoot GLaDOS.]]]]GLaDOS]], the rightfully feared and nigh-omnipotent goddess-queen of a vast underground empire.]]



** Aperture Science started via making shower curtains. Then they move on to other bathroom appliances, and then somehow figured out how to invent and perfect teleportation and later inter-dimensional travel. When you consider that ''Half Life'' takes place in the same continuity, this makes Aperture the most advanced entity ''in the entire universe''.

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** Aperture Science [[ForScience Aperture]] [[ComedicSociopathy Science]] started via out making shower curtains. Then they move on to other bathroom appliances, and then somehow ''[[MadScientist somehow]]'' figured out how to invent and perfect both teleportation and later (later on) inter-dimensional travel. When you consider that ''Half Life'' ''Half-Life'' takes place in the same continuity, this makes Aperture the most advanced entity ''in the entire universe''.multiverse''.
31st Jul '17 1:10:44 AM infernape612
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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.

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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.
28th Jul '17 8:40:59 PM Onlythrice
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** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the Children of Atom go from being a group of largely-harmless, radiation-worshiping eccentrics who pose little threat to anybody in [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} the Capital Wasteland]] to being a psychotic army of religious fanatics who worship ghouls and other irradiated horrors and indiscriminately attack anyone who gets too close with radiation-slinging 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.

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** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the Children of Atom go from being a group of largely-harmless, radiation-worshiping eccentrics who pose little threat to anybody in [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} the Capital Wasteland]] to being a psychotic army of religious fanatics who worship ghouls and other irradiated horrors and indiscriminately attack anyone who gets too close with radiation-slinging 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.mutants and radioactive fog.


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* In ''VideoGame/{{Wasteland}}'' the Desert Rangers encountered a rabid dog in a cave and shot it in self-defense. The dog's owner, a young boy by the name of Bobby, attacked them out of anger and was shot as well. He later crawled out of his grave and swore vengeance on the Rangers, promising he'd show them what real peacekeepers looked like. [[VideoGame/Wasteland2 Fifteen years later,]] Robert "Bobby" Danforth is the leader of the Rangers' greatest rivals, the Red Skorpion Militia, and enslaved an entire town while [[WellIntentionedExtremist convincing himself he was protecting them]].
26th Jul '17 9:17:37 AM Hunn2070
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* Aloy from ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'' can be seen as this. Born as a member of the Nora, a rural, nature-worshiping tribe that fears technology, and then cast out until her nineteenth birthday, Aloy goes from being shunned and despised to achieving an almost mythical status within the tribe. This is largely thanks to her being able to subjugate otherwise-hostile robots and more importantly communicate directly with the Nora's deity [[CargoCult All-Mother]] (much to her disgust and chagrin, as she feels that being suddenly idolized by them is just as bad as them treating her as less than human).
13th Jul '17 8:05:12 PM Bugfragged
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* ''VideoGame/SeraphicBlue'' has Georg Roseburg, who started as an ordinary village pharmacist trying to make ends meet with his daughter. Then the CMGC contacted him and helped him start a corporation in exchange for helping them with their plan to create Seraphic Blue. Unfortunately, the once humble pharmacist ended up corrupted by his political and corporate power, to the point where he wants to help the Gaia Cancers destroy the world simply to feed his own ego.

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* ''VideoGame/SeraphicBlue'' has ''VideoGame/SeraphicBlue'':
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Georg Roseburg, who Roseburg started as an ordinary village pharmacist trying to make ends meet with his daughter. Then the CMGC contacted him and helped him start a corporation in exchange for helping them with their plan to create Seraphic Blue. Unfortunately, the once humble pharmacist ended up corrupted by his political and corporate power, to the point where he wants to help the Gaia Cancers destroy the world simply to feed his own ego.ego.
** The BigBad, Er, is a downplayed example. [[spoiler:She started as a SplitPersonality of Vene, which means she gets stronger as her original self gains power as Seraphic Blue's wing. At first, she's only able to communicate with her followers, but is unable to act for herself. Once she becomes a separate being from the original Vene, she goes on to become a PhysicalGoddess with the power to destroy the world.]]
18th Jun '17 7:47:46 AM billybobfred
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has Edda Pureheart, a [[WhiteMage conjurer]] who's apparently not very good at her job, as her first appearance has her party complaining that their only source of healing is potions, and her second shows the party blaming her for the death of Avere, the party's tank (and Edda's fiancé). This seems to be the last the player sees of her, until they start doing [[HardModeFiller the hard mode dungeons]].The quest to unlock the Tam-Tara Deepcroft (Hard) begins when [[spoiler:one of Edda's former party members receives an invitation to Edda and Avere's wedding. This creeps him out greatly, since Avere is ''quite dead'' at this point. Progressing through the dungeon reveals that Edda has gone mad with grief, ritually sacrificed one of her former party members, is trying to sacrifice the other (which you stop), and [[CameBackWrong brought Avere "back" as an ahriman]], who serves as the dungeon's end boss.]] The ending strongly suggests that Edda is still around... [[spoiler:and indeed, she serves as the first non-filler boss in the Palace of the Dead.]]
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