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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'', Noctis enters one for weeks after [[spoiler:Ardyn kills Luna as [[ILetGwenStacyDie he watched helplessly]] from the sidelines as he had been waiting to finally see Luna for 12 years, only to not quite make it in time.]]
28th Oct '17 8:00:39 AM MagiMecha
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', Alphinaud Leveilleur crashes headlong into this in the second-to-final mission of the ''A Realm Reborn'' saga heading into the ''Heavensward'' expansion when his pet project company, the Crystal Braves, had been compromised since its inception, leading to the [[spoiler:not-actually]] assassination of Ul'dah sultana Nanamo ul Namo, the false accusation to her assassination towards the Scions of the Seventh Dawn (which includes you, the PlayerCharacter) and the disappearance of the group save a handful, that handful being forced to escape into exile in Ishgard.
15th Oct '17 11:24:38 PM LlamaAdventure
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* ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'' has an almost literal example. [[spoiler: When the player walks in on Sayori after she hung herself, the sight is so shocking that the game actually glitches out and the background turns into a Ren'py error message.]]
4th Oct '17 10:42:08 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' backstory, during the 1st Era, the [[HornyVikings Nordic]] Empire, led by the Tongues (masters of the [[LanguageOfMagic Thu'um]]), was expanding rapidly out of Skyrim. Their armies invaded deep into Morrowind, slaughtering both the Chimer (ancestors of the Dunmer) and [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]]. The leaders of these long time enemy races, Lord Indoril Nerevar and Dumac Dwarfking, agreed to form an EnemyMine. Their combined forces met at the base of Red Mountain, where the Chimer/Dwemer alliance ''"annihilated"'' the Nord army, a [[ShockingDefeatLegacy truly shocking defeat]] in this history of the ProudWarriorRace Nords. The most powerful of the Tongues, Jurgen Windcaller, survived but fell into despair. Despite the advantage conferred by the Thu'um, the Nord army was soundly crushed. For seven years, Windcaller meditated and reflected on the defeat, coming to the conclusion that it was a punishment from the gods for misusing the Thu'um. He would use the defeat as inspiration to discover the Way of the Voice and found the Greybeards, a monastic order who espouse [[BadassPacifist nonintervention and pacifism]], and [[HeelFaithTurn only use the Voice to honor the gods]]. The aftereffects of this battle can still be felt in the plots of both ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.
11th Sep '17 8:17:14 PM PaulA
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* As a common trope in the fiction of Creator/HPLovecraft, this is incorporated into games based on his works, such as the PC/console game ''Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth'', and the iPhone game ''Necronomicon''. ''CoC:DCotE'' emphasizes this with a system that causes a player to lose physical control of a character whose sanity dips too low. Hallucinations are an early warning sign.

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* As a common trope in the fiction of Creator/HPLovecraft, this is incorporated into games based on his works, such as the PC/console game ''Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth'', ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth'', and the iPhone game ''Necronomicon''. ''CoC:DCotE'' ''Dark Corners of the Earth'' emphasizes this with a system that causes a player to lose physical control of a character whose sanity dips too low. Hallucinations are an early warning sign.
15th Jun '17 5:18:05 PM PrincessGwen
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* Chris Redfield in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', after his entire [[spoiler: unit is killed]]. He runs off to Europe and forces himself to forget it, until [[spoiler: Piers comes and kicks his ass into gear and forces him to confront what happened.]]

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* Chris Redfield in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', after his entire [[spoiler: unit [[spoiler:unit is killed]]. He runs off to Europe and forces himself to forget it, until [[spoiler: Piers comes and kicks his ass into gear and forces him to confront what happened.]]



** Chrom and Lissa are hit with this HARD in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' after [[spoiler: Emmeryn's HeroicSuicide.]] It takes a YouAreNotAlone speech from the Avatar and the rest of the Shepherds to make them snap out of it.

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** Chrom and Lissa are hit with this HARD in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' after [[spoiler: Emmeryn's [[spoiler:Emmeryn's HeroicSuicide.]] It takes a YouAreNotAlone speech from the Avatar and the rest of the Shepherds to make them snap out of it.



*** In Chapter 5, before the route split, they get a big, ''big'' one when [[spoiler: their mother, Mikoto, dies in an HeroicSacrifice to protect them.]] This causes him/her to [[spoiler: go [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening into their Dragon Form]] for the first time in the story]], and it takes his/her new best friend, Azura, a ''LOT'' to bring them back.
*** In ''Birthright'', it's when [[spoiler: Lillith dies after sacrificing her life to prevent Hans from killing the Avatar]] in Chapter 23.
*** Also in ''Birthright'', it's when [[spoiler: both Elise and Xander die]] in Chapter 26.
*** In ''Conquest'', the Avatar gets this after [[spoiler: Ryoma commits HeroicSuicide to prevent the Avatar from killing him and to make it less likely for Garon to execute the Avatar for refusing]] in Chapter 25.
*** They also briefly suffer two moments of this in ''Revelation''. The first is when [[spoiler: Izana dies after doing a premonition that required his life to convince Takumi to believe in the Avatar]] at the end of Chapter 10. The second is when [[spoiler: Scarlet is killed by an Anankos-possesed Gunter]] at the start of Chapter 18.
** Also from ''Fates'', Felicia, one of the Avatar's maids, gets this in ''Birthright'' after [[spoiler: her sister, and co-maid, Flora, kills herself via SelfImmolation]] in Chapter 17. She comes to terms with it eventually, though.
** [[AntiHero Niles']] backstory says that he got this, almost crossing the DespairEventHorizon, [[spoiler: when the thieves that he had spent almost all his life with [[EtTuBrute left him behind]] after their attempt to rob the Royal Palace of Nohr backfired on them.]] His mental state was so bad that [[spoiler: when he was discovered by [[BlackMage Prince Leo]], he told him [[GetItOverWith to execute him on the spot]] - ironically, that piqued Leo's interest and he decides to ''take Niles in as his subordinate'', which let Niles recover and became the source of his UndyingLoyalty to his lord.]]
* Happens to the main character in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts 3'', when he's [[spoiler: killed by TheDragon]]. Effectively, it unleashes a SuperPoweredEvilSide, and he nearly ends up killing his friends before being brought to his senses.

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*** In Chapter 5, before the route split, they get a big, ''big'' one when [[spoiler: their [[spoiler:their mother, Mikoto, dies in an a HeroicSacrifice to protect them.]] This causes him/her to [[spoiler: go [[spoiler:go [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening into their Dragon Form]] for the first time in the story]], and it takes his/her new best friend, Azura, a ''LOT'' to bring them back.
*** In ''Birthright'', it's when [[spoiler: Lillith [[spoiler:Lilith dies after sacrificing her life to prevent Hans from killing the Avatar]] in Chapter 23.
*** Also in ''Birthright'', it's when [[spoiler: both [[spoiler:both Elise and Xander die]] in Chapter 26.
*** In ''Conquest'', the Avatar gets this after [[spoiler: Ryoma [[spoiler:Ryoma commits HeroicSuicide to prevent the Avatar from killing him and to make it less likely for Garon to execute the Avatar for refusing]] in Chapter 25.
*** They also briefly suffer two moments of this in ''Revelation''. The first is when [[spoiler: Izana [[spoiler:Izana dies after doing a premonition that required his life to convince Takumi to believe in the Avatar]] at the end of Chapter 10. The second is when [[spoiler: Scarlet is killed by an Anankos-possesed Gunter]] at the start of Chapter 18.
** Also from ''Fates'', Felicia, one of the Avatar's maids, gets this in ''Birthright'' after [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her sister, and co-maid, Flora, kills herself via SelfImmolation]] in Chapter 17. She comes to terms with it eventually, though.
** [[AntiHero Niles']] backstory says that he got this, almost crossing the DespairEventHorizon, [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when the thieves that he had spent almost all his life with [[EtTuBrute left him behind]] after their attempt to rob the Royal Palace of Nohr backfired on them.]] His mental state was so bad that [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when he was discovered by [[BlackMage Prince Leo]], he told him [[GetItOverWith to execute him on the spot]] - ironically, that piqued Leo's interest and he decides to ''take Niles in as his subordinate'', which let Niles recover and became the source of his UndyingLoyalty to his lord.]]
* Happens to the main character in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts 3'', when he's [[spoiler: killed [[spoiler:killed by TheDragon]]. Effectively, it unleashes a SuperPoweredEvilSide, and he nearly ends up killing his friends before being brought to his senses.



** ''VideoGame/SuikodenI'' suggests this as the hero's reaction to [[spoiler: Gremio's horrific death by spores]].

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** ''VideoGame/SuikodenI'' suggests this as the hero's reaction to [[spoiler: Gremio's [[spoiler:Gremio's horrific death by spores]].



*** [[spoiler: Nanami's death]] shuts down the war temporarily so the hero can recover.

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*** [[spoiler: Nanami's [[spoiler:Nanami's death]] shuts down the war temporarily so the hero can recover.



*** This happens with assumed antagonist, Sasarai, when [[spoiler: [[CainAndAbel Luc]] reveals that the two of them are nothing but [[ArtificialHumans clones]] that only exist to hold their True Runes.]]
*** Hugo when [[spoiler: [[TheScrappy Lulu]] gets a sword through the belly]].
* [[spoiler: Frank]] gets one in the best ending of ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' when he sees [[spoiler:the helicopter that was supposed to get him and the survivors out of the mall go down and explode]]. He's so out of it that he doesn't notice [[spoiler: the zombie shambling up behind him]].

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*** This happens with assumed antagonist, Sasarai, when [[spoiler: [[CainAndAbel [[spoiler:[[CainAndAbel Luc]] reveals that the two of them are nothing but [[ArtificialHumans clones]] that only exist to hold their True Runes.]]
*** Hugo when [[spoiler: [[TheScrappy [[spoiler:[[TheScrappy Lulu]] gets a sword through the belly]].
* [[spoiler: Frank]] [[spoiler:Frank]] gets one in the best ending of ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' when he sees [[spoiler:the helicopter that was supposed to get him and the survivors out of the mall go down and explode]]. He's so out of it that he doesn't notice [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the zombie shambling up behind him]].



* The rival in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' (and Platinum) has one after [[spoiler: he failed to defeat Commander Jupiter at Lake Acuity and Uxie got taken by Team Galactic]].
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', MotorMouth [[spoiler: N Harmonia]] goes from grudgingly admitting your victory and that his goals were faulty, to utter, broken silence, when [[spoiler: Ghetsis storms in and reveals that N was supposed to be a TykeBomb for his conquest of Unova through [[FantasyGunControl outlawing Pokemon husbandry for everyone but himself]]]]. He recovers a little after [[spoiler: the player defeats Ghetsis]], but then [[TearJerker flees because he can't stand to face you after that]].

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* The rival in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' (and Platinum) has one after [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he failed to defeat Commander Jupiter at Lake Acuity and Uxie got taken by Team Galactic]].
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', MotorMouth [[spoiler: N [[spoiler:N Harmonia]] goes from grudgingly admitting your victory and that his goals were faulty, to utter, broken silence, when [[spoiler: Ghetsis [[spoiler:Ghetsis storms in and reveals that N was supposed to be a TykeBomb for his conquest of Unova through [[FantasyGunControl outlawing Pokemon husbandry for everyone but himself]]]]. He recovers a little after [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the player defeats Ghetsis]], but then [[TearJerker flees because he can't stand to face you after that]].



* [[IdiotHero Lloyd Irving]] of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' does this when [[spoiler: he discovers that [[ChosenOne Colette]] is giving up her life to save the world ''and then gets a front row seat to watch her [[NotQuiteDead "die"]]'', the angel Remiel who had previously acted as a guardian angel for the group is actually evil, and [[TheStoic Kratos]], who had previously been traveling with them to protect Colette, turns out to be Remiel's boss. Poor boy practically needed a kernel reinstall to get over that, which hidden pseudo-ally [[HeelFaceTurn Yuan]] neatly provides.]]

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* [[IdiotHero Lloyd Irving]] of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' does this when [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he discovers that [[ChosenOne Colette]] is giving up her life to save the world ''and then gets a front row seat to watch her [[NotQuiteDead "die"]]'', the angel Remiel who had previously acted as a guardian angel for the group is actually evil, and [[TheStoic Kratos]], who had previously been traveling with them to protect Colette, turns out to be Remiel's boss. Poor boy practically needed a kernel reinstall to get over that, which hidden pseudo-ally [[HeelFaceTurn Yuan]] neatly provides.]]



* Mitsuru Kirijo, in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' gets this when [[spoiler: the Chairman betrays the party and murders her father in cold blood, and then, wounded himself, falls off the edge of the tower. During the Kyoto trip, it's Yukari that brings her to her senses. After Mitsuru gains her resolution, her persona ascends from Penthesilea to Artemisia.]]

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* Mitsuru Kirijo, in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' gets this when [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Chairman betrays the party and murders her father in cold blood, and then, wounded himself, falls off the edge of the tower. During the Kyoto trip, it's Yukari that brings her to her senses. After Mitsuru gains her resolution, her persona ascends from Penthesilea to Artemisia.]]



** Yukari herself also suffers one when she learns that [[spoiler: her DisappearedDad, whom she adored and idolized, was apparently involved in the creation of the Shadows that the group is fighting against.]]
* Happens to everyone in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' if [[spoiler: Nanako dies after the fight with Namatame. Dojima has a major one, too, once he finally joins them. Teddie also gets hit particularly hard, getting a one-two punch from Nanako's death and finally remembering his true nature.]]
* Sera in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga 2'' gets one of these when she [[spoiler: watches Heat kill Serph, in a scene that mimicks the scene where [[MagnificentBastard other]] [[EtTuBrute Serph]] killed other Heat five years ago and threw her into her original BSOD that kinda started the destruction of the world. Unfortunately, watching this reiteration of the previous BSOD causing trauma caused God to decide to finish the job. Whoops.]]

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** Yukari herself also suffers one when she learns that [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her DisappearedDad, whom she adored and idolized, was apparently involved in the creation of the Shadows that the group is fighting against.]]
* Happens to everyone in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' if [[spoiler: Nanako [[spoiler:Nanako dies after the fight with Namatame. Dojima has a major one, too, once he finally joins them. Teddie also gets hit particularly hard, getting a one-two punch from Nanako's death and finally remembering his true nature.]]
* Sera in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga 2'' gets one of these when she [[spoiler: watches [[spoiler:watches Heat kill Serph, in a scene that mimicks the scene where [[MagnificentBastard other]] [[EtTuBrute Serph]] killed other Heat five years ago and threw her into her original BSOD that kinda started the destruction of the world. Unfortunately, watching this reiteration of the previous BSOD causing trauma caused God to decide to finish the job. Whoops.]]



** The games end, where Neku [[spoiler: realizes that Joshua actually DID kill him and is about to do it again and, subsequently, erase Shibuya.]] Seriously, to say it with Neku's words: WHAT THE HELL?!

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** The games end, where Neku [[spoiler: realizes [[spoiler:realizes that Joshua actually DID kill him and is about to do it again and, subsequently, erase Shibuya.]] Seriously, to say it with Neku's words: WHAT THE HELL?!



** Jude from ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 4}}'' has one after [[spoiler: witnessing the deaths of his mother and several of his former neighbors while escaping from the military's base]]. He snaps out of it after his teammates convince him to keep going and [[spoiler: fulfill his mother's wish of seeing the Divine Weapon destroyed]].

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** Jude from ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 4}}'' has one after [[spoiler: witnessing [[spoiler:witnessing the deaths of his mother and several of his former neighbors while escaping from the military's base]]. He snaps out of it after his teammates convince him to keep going and [[spoiler: fulfill his mother's wish of seeing the Divine Weapon destroyed]].
29th Apr '17 5:03:22 PM nombretomado
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* One of the girls of ''TokimekiMemorial 2'', Kaori Yae, starts the game in the middle of one. Once a GenkiGirl, she has been [[spoiler: [[EtTuBrute horribly betrayed one year before by her friends of her former school]], who ostracized her after she [[TakingTheHeat Took The Heat]] for them]], and as a result, she has lost confidence in both herself [[ThePowerOfTrust and the others]], has shut herself off from everyone in fear of being hurt again, and is in a depressive state. It'll take the player [[spoiler: 2 years of]] [[ThePowerOfLove patient care and love]] to finally give her the courage to confess her past and allow her [[HesBack to recover from her emotional wounds]]. [[spoiler: And if the player fails to have her enough in love with him by that time, [[PermanentlyMissableContent she'll resign from school and her fate will be unknown]]]].

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* One of the girls of ''TokimekiMemorial ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial 2'', Kaori Yae, starts the game in the middle of one. Once a GenkiGirl, she has been [[spoiler: [[EtTuBrute horribly betrayed one year before by her friends of her former school]], who ostracized her after she [[TakingTheHeat Took The Heat]] for them]], and as a result, she has lost confidence in both herself [[ThePowerOfTrust and the others]], has shut herself off from everyone in fear of being hurt again, and is in a depressive state. It'll take the player [[spoiler: 2 years of]] [[ThePowerOfLove patient care and love]] to finally give her the courage to confess her past and allow her [[HesBack to recover from her emotional wounds]]. [[spoiler: And if the player fails to have her enough in love with him by that time, [[PermanentlyMissableContent she'll resign from school and her fate will be unknown]]]].
24th Apr '17 7:02:36 PM nombretomado
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* Fellow IdiotHero and TalesSeries protagonist, Luke fon Fabre of ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', also has an epic one when, after the first part of the game, he begins to realize the gravity of what he's done: [[spoiler:[[WhatTheHellHero killed thousands of people all at once]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero sunk a huge portion of the world]], and refused to accept responsibility for it all until [[TearJerker the entire party turns their backs and give up on him. Even his best friend and the love interest]]. Oh, and by the way, [[CloningBlues he's a clone, and the party seems to like the original better]].]] He comes out of the BSOD with wide eyes and new resolution, [[CharacterDevelopment deciding that he'll do whatever it takes to become a better person.]] Indeed, throughout the rest of the game he completes his transformation from {{Jerkass}} to AllLovingHero. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And it's great.]]

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* Fellow IdiotHero and TalesSeries VideoGame/TalesSeries protagonist, Luke fon Fabre of ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', also has an epic one when, after the first part of the game, he begins to realize the gravity of what he's done: [[spoiler:[[WhatTheHellHero killed thousands of people all at once]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero sunk a huge portion of the world]], and refused to accept responsibility for it all until [[TearJerker the entire party turns their backs and give up on him. Even his best friend and the love interest]]. Oh, and by the way, [[CloningBlues he's a clone, and the party seems to like the original better]].]] He comes out of the BSOD with wide eyes and new resolution, [[CharacterDevelopment deciding that he'll do whatever it takes to become a better person.]] Indeed, throughout the rest of the game he completes his transformation from {{Jerkass}} to AllLovingHero. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And it's great.]]
22nd Apr '17 2:27:26 PM nombretomado
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* {{Suikoden}} likes to invoke this trope, usually when plotline death occurs. Examples below:
** SuikodenI suggests this as the hero's reaction to [[spoiler: Gremio's horrific death by spores]].
** Slightly subverted in ''SuikodenII'' to the little girl Pilika, whom after watching [[strike:her parents]] Polk get murdered in front of her by Luca Blight, is emotionally scarred and mute for the majority of the game. She eventually regains her speech when [[spoiler:she's reunited with Jowy.]]

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* {{Suikoden}} ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' likes to invoke this trope, usually when plotline death occurs. Examples below:
** SuikodenI ''VideoGame/SuikodenI'' suggests this as the hero's reaction to [[spoiler: Gremio's horrific death by spores]].
** Slightly subverted in ''SuikodenII'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' to the little girl Pilika, whom after watching [[strike:her parents]] Polk get murdered in front of her by Luca Blight, is emotionally scarred and mute for the majority of the game. She eventually regains her speech when [[spoiler:she's reunited with Jowy.]]



** ''SuikodenIII'' manages to have this happen with assumed antagonist, Sasarai, when [[spoiler: [[CainAndAbel Luc]] reveals that the two of them are nothing but [[ArtificialHumans clones]] that only exist to hold their True Runes.]]

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** ''SuikodenIII'' manages to have this happen ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'':
*** This happens
with assumed antagonist, Sasarai, when [[spoiler: [[CainAndAbel Luc]] reveals that the two of them are nothing but [[ArtificialHumans clones]] that only exist to hold their True Runes.]]
21st Feb '17 6:26:06 PM nombretomado
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** The prequel ''CrisisCore'' gives [[TheWoobie poor Cloud]] yet another BSOD during [[spoiler: Zack's traumatic death scene]].

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** The prequel ''CrisisCore'' ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' gives [[TheWoobie poor Cloud]] yet another BSOD during [[spoiler: Zack's traumatic death scene]].
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