History FromNobodyToNightmare / VideoGames

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''.
3rd Aug '16 6:43:02 AM AnotherEpicFail
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** The Black Signal, AKA "John." Introduced as electronic EldritchAbomination haunting the electrical systems of Tokyo, it's later revealed that [[spoiler: he started out as a neurotic outsider with a self-confessed case of NoSocialSkills and no idea what to do with his life. Recruited by the Fear Nothing Foundation and gradually corrupted into a secret Morninglight cultist, he was selected as a suicide bomber charged with delivering the Filth bomb to Orochi Tower. The release of the Filth essentially caused him to effectively AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence - not only is he arguably one of the most powerful of the Dreamers' servants in the world, but he's actually a lesser Dreamer of a sort.]]

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** The Black Signal, AKA "John." Introduced as an electronic EldritchAbomination haunting the electrical systems of Tokyo, it's later revealed that [[spoiler: he started out as a neurotic outsider with a self-confessed case of NoSocialSkills and no idea what to do with his life. Recruited by the Fear Nothing Foundation and gradually corrupted into a secret Morninglight cultist, he was selected as a suicide bomber charged with delivering the Filth bomb to Orochi Tower. The release of the Filth essentially caused him to effectively AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence - not only is he arguably one of the most powerful of the Dreamers' servants in the world, but he's actually a lesser Dreamer of a sort.]]
3rd Aug '16 6:42:08 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' features quite a few imposing figures with startling humble origins, some of them friendly, most of them not.
** If questioned about her past, [[TheHandler Kirsten Geary]] will admit that she started out as just "an ordinary Valley Girl," right up until she ended up getting kidnapped by two Illuminati sorcerers looking for human sacrifices. Unfortunately for the "frat-boy necromancers," they didn't [[MuggingTheMonster check her pockets for duct-tape and mace]] - resulting in the two eventually confessing to Illuminati membership over the course of an impromptu torture session. Disappointed at the lack of standards among the society's members, Geary decided to join the Illuminati herself and help out with their employee handbook. Decades on, Kirsten Geary is a high-ranking executive in charge of tutoring and directing Illuminati players, and easily the most disturbing of all the faction handlers encountered in the game.
** [[PlantPerson Jack O'Lantern]], one of the most celebrated of all Solomon Island's monsters, actually began life as a penniless Irish immigrant by the name of Jack the Lad. Having been forced from his homeland by the famine, he ended up in Solomon Island and sought employment at [[EvilSorcerer Archie Henderson]]'s farm - where he made the mistake of seducing his employer's daughter and bedding her right in the middle of the farm's pumpkin patch. Henderson's [[ThePunishment punishment]] left Jack as a monstrous hybrid with a penchant for luring travelers off the path and butchering them into compost for his pumpkin patches; over a century after his transformation, Jack O'Lantern is showing no signs of easing up on the serial-killings.
** Also, Archie Henderson himself; quite a few characters profess astonishment at the fact that a simple farmer [[note]] albeit one with a talent for magic [[/note]] managed to leave such a mark on the island's history. Over a hundred years after his death, Henderson's legacy lingers on in the form of Jack O'Lantern, [[ScaryScarecrows the Scarecrows]], and even the dark energies under [[AmusementParkOfDoom Atlantic Island Park]] - and if the events of ''The Park'' are any evidence, his atrocities still frighten the people of Kingsmouth.
** Towards the end of Issue 11, [[DarkMessiah Philip Marquard]] and the rest of the [[ChurchOfHappyology Morninglight]] are revealed to have started out like this: [[spoiler: they were originally created by [[HumanoidAbomination Lilith]] as a convenient source of easily-duped servants for use in her attempts to seize control of [[EldritchAbomination the Dreamers]] - useful but ultimately harmless. Unfortunately for her, the Dreamers were able to contact Marquard and convert him to their worship, and the rest of the Morninglight followed. By the start of the game, the once-pliable cult has turned on Lilith via two major assassination attempts - the first of which left Tokyo infected with the Filth, the second of which left Lilith imprisoned by the Host - and now work solely to release the Dreamers from their slumber.]]
** The Black Signal, AKA "John." Introduced as electronic EldritchAbomination haunting the electrical systems of Tokyo, it's later revealed that [[spoiler: he started out as a neurotic outsider with a self-confessed case of NoSocialSkills and no idea what to do with his life. Recruited by the Fear Nothing Foundation and gradually corrupted into a secret Morninglight cultist, he was selected as a suicide bomber charged with delivering the Filth bomb to Orochi Tower. The release of the Filth essentially caused him to effectively AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence - not only is he arguably one of the most powerful of the Dreamers' servants in the world, but he's actually a lesser Dreamer of a sort.]]
29th Jul '16 5:48:24 PM Caps-luna
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** 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''.
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.
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