History FromNobodyToNightmare / VideoGames

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.
20th Oct '16 2:06:07 AM Hunn2070
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* 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.
19th Oct '16 1:35:28 PM DannWoolf
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* Psaro The Manslayer from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', a pretty boy who builds up a hate for humans because cruel men want his elf girlfriend's ruby tears and hurt her for them, He gathers monsters to invade other towns in order to kill the legendary hero/heroine, but is simply rumored by regular people as a random cruel arena fighter. [[spoiler:When Psaro's girlfriend, Rose, is actually killed by humans, he goes mad and seek a way to evolve into a monster]], and you have to fight him as a final boss.

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* Psaro The Manslayer from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', a pretty boy who builds up a hate for humans because cruel men want his elf girlfriend's ruby tears and hurt her for them, He gathers monsters to invade other towns in order to kill the legendary hero/heroine, but is simply rumored by regular people as a random cruel arena fighter. [[spoiler:When Psaro's girlfriend, Rose, is actually killed by humans, he goes mad and seek seeks a way to evolve into a monster]], and you have to fight him as a final boss.
9th Oct '16 10:20:59 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.
2nd Oct '16 10:08:28 AM PlasmaTalon
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* Jane Turner of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' started out as the owner of a flower shop - however, the Empire razing her business turned her into the [[SociopathicSoldier sadistic, war-mongering]] [[BloodKnight maniac]] she is now.

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* Jane Turner of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' started out as the owner of a flower shop - however, the Empire razing her business turned her into the [[SociopathicSoldier sadistic, war-mongering]] [[BloodKnight maniac]] she is now. The epilogue says that she replaces DrillSergeantNasty, and becomes an even meaner one.
16th Sep '16 6:14:56 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'' features a lot of examples:
** Skinner Sweet was just a outlaw from TheWildWest who messed up with the wrong people, namely a coven of European Vampires. During a confrontation with them, some vampire blood splashed into his eye and he rose as the first American Vampire, stronger than common vampires, powered by sunlight and immune to all their weaknesses.
** His first progeny, Pearl Jones, also qualifies though she is a heroic example. A young actress with dreams of stardom until she was offered as prey for other vampires to feed on, Sweet gave her an EmergencyTransformation to save her life and for the next decades, she embarked on a revenge path against the vampires who nearly killed her.
** {{Dracula}} of all people, and also doubled as TheSpook. Although his true identity is a mystery, he was widely speculated of being merely a pig farmer in Romania before rising as a vampire instead of UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler. In any event, his bloodline wasn't considered particularly virulent or powerful at the time of his creation and went by largely ignored by [[VampireHunter the Vassals of the Morning Star]] until the 1800s when he nearly exterminated every other vampire species in the world, making the Carpathian race the single most populous in the world.

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* ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'' features a lot of examples:
** Skinner Sweet was just a outlaw from TheWildWest who messed up with the wrong people, namely a coven of European Vampires. During a confrontation with them, some vampire blood splashed into his eye and he rose as the first American Vampire, stronger than common vampires, powered by sunlight and immune to all their weaknesses.
** His first progeny, Pearl Jones, also qualifies though she is a heroic example. A young actress with dreams of stardom until she was offered as prey for other vampires to feed on, Sweet gave her an EmergencyTransformation to save her life and for the next decades, she embarked on a revenge path against the vampires who nearly killed her.
** {{Dracula}} of all people, and also doubled as TheSpook. Although his true identity is a mystery, he was widely speculated of being merely a pig farmer in Romania before rising as a vampire instead of UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler. In any event, his bloodline wasn't considered particularly virulent or powerful at the time of his creation and went by largely ignored by [[VampireHunter the Vassals of the Morning Star]] until the 1800s when he nearly exterminated every other vampire species in the world, making the Carpathian race the single most populous in the world.
16th Sep '16 6:13:54 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'' features a lot of examples:
** Skinner Sweet was just a outlaw from TheWildWest who messed up with the wrong people, namely a coven of European Vampires. During a confrontation with them, some vampire blood splashed into his eye and he rose as the first American Vampire, stronger than common vampires, powered by sunlight and immune to all their weaknesses.
** His first progeny, Pearl Jones, also qualifies though she is a heroic example. A young actress with dreams of stardom until she was offered as prey for other vampires to feed on, Sweet gave her an EmergencyTransformation to save her life and for the next decades, she embarked on a revenge path against the vampires who nearly killed her.
** {{Dracula}} of all people, and also doubled as TheSpook. Although his true identity is a mystery, he was widely speculated of being merely a pig farmer in Romania before rising as a vampire instead of UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler. In any event, his bloodline wasn't considered particularly virulent or powerful at the time of his creation and went by largely ignored by [[VampireHunter the Vassals of the Morning Star]] until the 1800s when he nearly exterminated every other vampire species in the world, making the Carpathian race the single most populous in the world.
22nd Aug '16 4:04:35 PM nombretomado
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* The Dovahkiin, player character of ''TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', goes from being some nobody prisoner about to be executed by the Imperials to a OneManArmy wielding impossibly powerful weapons, spells and incomprehensible powers who can pretty much singlehandedly decide the outcome of ''any'' conflict he/she gets involved in - be it for good, evil or something in-between.
** Really, all of the protagonists of TheElderScrolls. Start out as nobody prisoner, end up being the leader of several factions ranging from an honorable fighter's guild to the feared guild of assassins/thieves, master of both spells, blade and blunt combat, and the bow. Oh, and in some games, they're so powerful that ''they become, or are, godlike''.

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* The Dovahkiin, player character of ''TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', goes from being some nobody prisoner about to be executed by the Imperials to a OneManArmy wielding impossibly powerful weapons, spells and incomprehensible powers who can pretty much singlehandedly decide the outcome of ''any'' conflict he/she gets involved in - be it for good, evil or something in-between.
** Really, all of the protagonists of TheElderScrolls.''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. Start out as nobody prisoner, end up being the leader of several factions ranging from an honorable fighter's guild to the feared guild of assassins/thieves, master of both spells, blade and blunt combat, and the bow. Oh, and in some games, they're so powerful that ''they become, or are, godlike''.
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