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23rd Aug '16 1:45:57 PM Monolaf317
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* ''Starless: Nymphomaniac's Paradise'': None of the members from the AristocratsAreEvil family ever get their comeuppance in ''any'' of the endings, even the GoldenEnding, to put it simply.
23rd Aug '16 9:05:29 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The SPARTAN-II and III programs may have saved humanity from the Covenant, but the Spartans were actually originally designed to fight other humans. Not only that, they were kidnapped/recruited from young children, and were sent to the field by their early teens. However, the only person who's ever held responsible for all this is the chief scientist of the SPARTAN-II program, Dr. Halsey. Everyone else at ONI, including the very people who approved of everything Halsey did, namely ONI head Parangosky, has gotten off scot-free. In ARG/HuntTheTruth, Benjamin Giraud tries to reveal the horrible truth behind the Spartans, [[spoiler:but ONI successfully smears him as a liar and then quickly captures the other journalist who tries to carry on Ben's work]]. Not only that, but ONI later attempts to undermine UNSC foreign policy by sabotaging their closest non-human ally, the Arbiter. Once again, ONI has suffered no personal consequences from this, despite their foolishness being partly responsible for the rise of powerful anti-human Covenant remnants.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The SPARTAN-II and III programs may have saved humanity from the Covenant, but the Spartans were actually originally designed to fight other humans. Not only that, they were kidnapped/recruited from young children, and were sent to the field by their early teens. However, the only person who's ever held responsible for all this is the chief scientist of the SPARTAN-II program, Dr. Halsey. Everyone else at ONI, including the very people who approved of everything Halsey did, namely ONI head Parangosky, has gotten off scot-free. In ARG/HuntTheTruth, ''ARG/HuntTheTruth'', Benjamin Giraud tries to reveal the horrible truth behind the Spartans, [[spoiler:but ONI successfully smears him as a liar and then quickly captures the other journalist who tries to carry on Ben's work]]. Not only that, but ONI later attempts to undermine UNSC foreign policy by sabotaging their closest non-human ally, the Arbiter. Once again, ONI has suffered no personal consequences from this, despite their foolishness being partly responsible for the rise of powerful anti-human Covenant remnants.
13th Aug '16 3:57:25 PM MissConception
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* ''VideoGame/StarFox64'':
** When you shoot a Star Wolf team member's ship enough for the power to be "Down," like Fox's wingmates (but not Fox), their ships are crippled and are forced to abort. On Fortuna, you need to send all of them packing before the timer for the bomb at the base runs out. If any of them aren't too crippled to keep fighting, they get away victorious rather than being forced to abort and Fox takes care of the bomb. If you take the path to Bolse afterwards, whichever Star Wolf team member is "Down," they sit out of the level. Before destroying the satellite, you need to defeat whichever Star Wolf member is active and send them packing.
** Whether you go to Venom 2 from Area 6 with or without going to Fortuna first, you will face the Star Wolf team with new ships, as if their old ones were irreparable. They also have cyborg-ish prosthetics presumably from piloting critically damaged ships. You must also cripple them and force them to abort before heading to face Andross. They will all return fully recovered in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'' with a new member, Panther Caruso.

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* ''VideoGame/StarFox64'':
** When you shoot a
''VideoGame/StarFox'': Despite their Wolfen ships being shot down in horrible fiery explosions numerous times by the Star Wolf team member's ship enough Fox team, [[ThePsychoRangers Star Wolf]] will always inexplicably return unscathed, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation sometimes in the very next cutscene.]] The only time they ever appear to be even slightly worse for the power to be "Down," like Fox's wingmates (but not Fox), their ships are crippled and are forced to abort. On Fortuna, you need to send all of them packing before the timer for the bomb at the base runs out. If any of them aren't too crippled to keep fighting, they get away victorious rather than being forced to abort and Fox takes care of the bomb. If you take the path to Bolse afterwards, whichever Star Wolf team member wear is "Down," they sit out of the level. Before destroying the satellite, you need to defeat whichever Star Wolf member is active and send them packing.
** Whether you go to
in ''VideoGame/StarFox64'', if Venom 2 is approached from Area 6 with or without going 6, where they suddenly appear to Fortuna first, you will face the Star Wolf team with new ships, as if have cybernetic enhancements in their old ones were irreparable. They also have cyborg-ish prosthetics presumably communication icons -- though this only makes sense from piloting critically damaged ships. You must also cripple the player's perspective if the Fichina base was previously saved from a bomb by defeating the four of them and force them to abort before heading to face Andross. They will all return fully recovered in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'' with time, which doesn't necessarily happen in a new member, Panther Caruso.playthrough.
11th Aug '16 7:18:03 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Catherine Halsey from the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' franchise. Her actions may have saved humanity, but the Spartans, from their very inception, were designed to fight other humans, not the Covenant, and in the end she and everyone else who was involved in the project got away with destroying hundreds of children's lives. No one knows that the Spartans were kidnapped children, and the truth is effectively covered up. This is later subverted as [[spoiler:she was actually arrested for war crimes (by the Admiral who oversaw ONI, and therefore approved everything Halsey did), was conscripted into aiding the crew of the ''Infinity''; and through the events of Spartan Ops defects to the Covenant (possibly falsely), gets shot and loses an arm, and loses one half of the Janus Key.]] It's still played straight for [[spoiler:ONI upper management (Paragnosky and Osman, mainly). Not only did ONI think up the SPARTAN program, and participate in getting the candidates, more recently they've undermined the Arbiter, humanity's greatest ally in the former Covenant, by providing support for ex-Covenant radicals in the hopes that the Elite Civil War would prevent future attacks on Earth. This set off Jul 'Mdama's quest to find the Didact, which has not ended particularly well for anyone.]]

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* Catherine Halsey from the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' franchise. Her actions ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The SPARTAN-II and III programs may have saved humanity, humanity from the Covenant, but the Spartans, from their very inception, Spartans were actually originally designed to fight other humans, not the Covenant, and in the end she and everyone else who was involved in the project got away with destroying hundreds of children's lives. No one knows that the Spartans humans. Not only that, they were kidnapped kidnapped/recruited from young children, and were sent to the truth is effectively covered up. This is later subverted as [[spoiler:she was actually arrested field by their early teens. However, the only person who's ever held responsible for war crimes (by all this is the Admiral who oversaw chief scientist of the SPARTAN-II program, Dr. Halsey. Everyone else at ONI, and therefore including the very people who approved of everything Halsey did), was conscripted into aiding did, namely ONI head Parangosky, has gotten off scot-free. In ARG/HuntTheTruth, Benjamin Giraud tries to reveal the crew of horrible truth behind the ''Infinity''; Spartans, [[spoiler:but ONI successfully smears him as a liar and through then quickly captures the events of Spartan Ops defects other journalist who tries to carry on Ben's work]]. Not only that, but ONI later attempts to undermine UNSC foreign policy by sabotaging their closest non-human ally, the Arbiter. Once again, ONI has suffered no personal consequences from this, despite their foolishness being partly responsible for the rise of powerful anti-human Covenant (possibly falsely), gets shot and loses an arm, and loses one half of the Janus Key.]] It's still played straight for [[spoiler:ONI upper management (Paragnosky and Osman, mainly). Not only did ONI think up the SPARTAN program, and participate in getting the candidates, more recently they've undermined the Arbiter, humanity's greatest ally in the former Covenant, by providing support for ex-Covenant radicals in the hopes that the Elite Civil War would prevent future attacks on Earth. This set off Jul 'Mdama's quest to find the Didact, which has not ended particularly well for anyone.]]remnants.
9th Aug '16 11:11:49 PM Anddrix
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*** Most glaringly, the Aldmeri Dominion. Yes, you can kill a few Thalmor notables, but you can't actually do anything to slow the Dominion's ambitions down, except [[BaseBreaker insofar as winning the civil war qualifies.]] Even winning the civil war may not be enough to stop the Dominion, as their ambitions extend far past Skyrim alone, and some documents found during the Main Quest reveal that [[spoiler:Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak, leader of the rebellion]] was actually an unaware sleeper agent the whole time, and allowing them to win the war would essentially just open the floodgates for the Aldmeri Dominion.

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*** Most glaringly, the Aldmeri Dominion. Yes, you can kill a few Thalmor notables, but you can't actually do anything to slow the Dominion's ambitions down, except [[BaseBreaker insofar as winning the civil war qualifies.]] qualifies. Even winning the civil war may not be enough to stop the Dominion, as their ambitions extend far past Skyrim alone, and some documents found during the Main Quest reveal that [[spoiler:Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak, leader of the rebellion]] was actually an unaware sleeper agent the whole time, and allowing them to win the war would essentially just open the floodgates for the Aldmeri Dominion.
26th Jul '16 10:56:26 AM MasterHero
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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Modern Warfare 2''. Vladimir Makarov, one of the main villains in the game and a terrorist who massacred hundreds of civilians in a Russian airport, kills Joseph Allen (the player) and then pins the blame for this massacre on him in order to incite a war between Russia and the U.S. The war is then taken to American shores, where a further catastrophic loss of life occurs. He is never killed or captured during the game's plot and his fate is unknown.
** [[spoiler:''Modern Warfare 3'', however, gives you the opportunity to settle scores.]]
** Gabriel Rorke survives his .44 Magnum bullet wound at the end of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' and captures Logan.

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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Modern Warfare 2''. Vladimir Makarov, one of the main villains in the game and a terrorist who massacred hundreds of civilians in a Russian airport, kills Joseph Allen (the player) and then pins the blame for this massacre on him in order to incite a war between Russia and the U.S. The war is then taken to American shores, where a further catastrophic loss of life occurs. He is never killed or captured during the game's plot and his fate is unknown.
** [[spoiler:''Modern Warfare 3'', however, gives you the opportunity to settle scores.]]
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Gabriel Rorke survives his .44 Magnum bullet wound at the end of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' and captures Logan.
10th Jul '16 12:14:24 PM nombretomado
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* For all its emphasis on GreyAndGreyMorality, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' loves to pit the PC against some truly despicable bad guys ([[spoiler:Branka, The Tevinter Slavers, Bann Vaughan)]] and give the PC the option of letting them go on with their evil business, usually for some money or a nifty bonus. For all of {{Bioware}}'s emphasis on story arc and character, they know the marketing value of VideoGameCrueltyPotential. There are some exceptions to this: There's Frandlin Ivo of the Dwarf Noble origin. As part of your younger brother Bhelen's BatmanGambit to become king, he has your older brother Trian killed either by his own hand or by you. He then convinces your companion Frandlin to betray you and either lie or snitch about you killing Trian. And for his treachery, he's promoted to being Bhelen's right hand man. And if you decide to make Harrowmont king instead of Bhelen, Ivo conveniently disappears.

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* For all its emphasis on GreyAndGreyMorality, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' loves to pit the PC against some truly despicable bad guys ([[spoiler:Branka, The Tevinter Slavers, Bann Vaughan)]] and give the PC the option of letting them go on with their evil business, usually for some money or a nifty bonus. For all of {{Bioware}}'s Creator/BioWare's emphasis on story arc and character, they know the marketing value of VideoGameCrueltyPotential. There are some exceptions to this: There's Frandlin Ivo of the Dwarf Noble origin. As part of your younger brother Bhelen's BatmanGambit to become king, he has your older brother Trian killed either by his own hand or by you. He then convinces your companion Frandlin to betray you and either lie or snitch about you killing Trian. And for his treachery, he's promoted to being Bhelen's right hand man. And if you decide to make Harrowmont king instead of Bhelen, Ivo conveniently disappears.
7th Jul '16 7:31:22 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The EdutainmentGame series ''VideoGame/JumpStart'' had a spin-off series of workbooks. In one of them, ''[=JumpStart=] 2nd Grade Math Workshop'', C.J. and Ratso are competing in a tournament, but they sorta break off in the middle so Ratso can kidnap the princess, whom C.J. rescues. Ratso gets absolutely no consequences for his actions and no one seems to mind. They just resume the tournament and act as nothing ever happened. Probably a result of the workbooks having TheyJustDidntCare plotlines.

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* The EdutainmentGame series ''VideoGame/JumpStart'' had a spin-off series of workbooks. In one of them, ''[=JumpStart=] 2nd Grade Math Workshop'', C.J. and Ratso are competing in a tournament, but they sorta break off in the middle so Ratso can kidnap the princess, whom C.J. rescues. Ratso gets absolutely no consequences for his actions and no one seems to mind. They just resume the tournament and act as nothing ever happened. Probably a result of the workbooks having TheyJustDidntCare plotlines.
4th Jul '16 2:13:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[EvilPoacher The Poacher]] in ''Videogame/JadeCocoon''. You're told early on in the game that only Nagi women can purify cocoons to make the minions inside obey their master, and these women only do so for a cocoon master. The Poacher's just that: a poacher, so that means he ''literally has a Nagi woman held hostage'' and is forcing her to purify his cocoons for him. [[TheObiWan Koris]] even tells you this is what poachers do at the very beginning of the game. However, even though you fight him three times, [[spoiler:[[VillainExitStageLeft Levant literally just lets him run away each time he beats him.]]]]

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* [[EvilPoacher The Poacher]] in ''Videogame/JadeCocoon''. You're told early on in the game that only Nagi women can purify cocoons to make the minions inside obey their master, and these women only do so for a cocoon master. The Poacher's just that: a poacher, so that means he ''literally has a Nagi woman held hostage'' and is forcing her to purify his cocoons for him. [[TheObiWan Koris]] Koris even tells you this is what poachers do at the very beginning of the game. However, even though you fight him three times, [[spoiler:[[VillainExitStageLeft Levant literally just lets him run away each time he beats him.]]]]
12th Jun '16 7:05:01 PM Onlythrice
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* [[SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome Agent Willis]] in ''Videogame/FarCry4''. After promising [[PlayerCharacter Ajay]] information about his parents and help to kill [[TheDragon Yuma]], he has Ajay kill Yuma's lieutenants. He then reveals that the lieutenants were actually CIA assets [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he needed to get rid of, then shoves Ajay out of a plane]] to be captured by her before fleeing the country.
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