History KnightOfCerebus / VideoGames

12th Jul '16 1:17:50 PM contrafanxxx
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Yuuki Terumi from the ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' series. Though already pretty dark, ''Calamity Trigger'' started off pretty light-hearted, with copious amounts of humor. Once Terumi revealed himself, however, everything gets dead serious. And it continues up until [[spoiler: his near demise at Hakumen's hand in ''Chronophantasma''. But when he survived in ''Central Fiction'', he's still dangerous as ever.]]
** Izanami as well. Her appearance at the end of ''CS'' makes the plot thicken, but it's not until the end of ''CP'' that she starts making big impact, and it's continued throughout ''CF''.
9th Jul '16 3:35:06 PM syndromekad345
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Susie from VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot is perhaps the most noteworthy example in the series. While she's quite AffablyEvil and has a [[AerithAndBob comically normal name compared to the rest of the cast]], that doesn't change the fact that she led an invasion of Popstar that resulted in [[CurbStompBattle Meta Knight and King Dedede's complete and utter defeat]] and most of the planet (including Whispy Woods and [[spoiler:Meta Knight]]) being [[UnwillingRoboticisation roboticized]]. Not only that, but during the game's climax, she [[spoiler:betrays her boss and her company in an effort to sell Star Dream to the highest bidder, resulting in him getting absorbed into the machine's consciousness.]] And after all that, [[spoiler:[[AlwaysABiggerFish she gets upstaged]] by [[AIIsACrapshoot Star Dream itself]], which decides that organic life is unprofitable and decides to ''[[ApocalypseHow destroy all organic life in the multiverse!]]]]''

to:

** Susie from VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' is perhaps the most noteworthy example in the series. While she's quite AffablyEvil and has a [[AerithAndBob comically normal name compared to the rest of the cast]], that doesn't change the fact that she led an invasion of Popstar that resulted in [[CurbStompBattle Meta Knight and King Dedede's complete and utter defeat]] and most of the planet (including Whispy Woods and [[spoiler:Meta Knight]]) being [[UnwillingRoboticisation roboticized]]. Not only that, but during the game's climax, she [[spoiler:betrays her boss and her company in an effort to sell Star Dream to the highest bidder, resulting in him getting absorbed into the machine's consciousness.]] Speaking of that, her boss, President Haltmann, is a tragic example. While is not to be expected, [[spoiler:his backstory is on the same terms with Sectonia and by far the most tragic in the series.]] And after all that, [[spoiler:[[AlwaysABiggerFish she gets they get upstaged]] by [[AIIsACrapshoot the Star Dream itself]], which decides that organic life is unprofitable and decides to ''[[ApocalypseHow destroy all organic life in the multiverse!]]]]''
9th Jul '16 3:23:17 PM syndromekad345
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has an amusingly literal example in the form of Kai Leng; the Illusive Man's right hand and top Cerberus assassin. When [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] meets Kai Leng, he's attempting to assassinate the [[spoiler: salarian councilor]]. [[spoiler: He (or she, if the player left the council to die in the first game or chose not to import a save)]] is then killed unless the player has preserved the lives of certain characters throughout the series, in which case [[spoiler: he or she]] is saved by one of two people: [[spoiler: Thane Krios]] or [[spoiler: Major Kirrahe]]. Unfortunately, both characters are [[HeroicSacrifice critically injured in the process]]. [[spoiler: Kirrahe only gets a few lines out before bleeding out, while Thane gets a final TearJerker scene in the Huerta Memorial Hospital]]. Thankfully, Shepard exacts revenge in the Cerberus base.

to:

** * ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has an amusingly literal example in the form of Kai Leng; the Illusive Man's right hand and top Cerberus assassin. When [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] meets Kai Leng, he's attempting to assassinate the [[spoiler: salarian councilor]]. [[spoiler: He (or she, if the player left the council to die in the first game or chose not to import a save)]] is then killed unless the player has preserved the lives of certain characters throughout the series, in which case [[spoiler: he or she]] is saved by one of two people: [[spoiler: Thane Krios]] or [[spoiler: Major Kirrahe]]. Unfortunately, both characters are [[HeroicSacrifice critically injured in the process]]. [[spoiler: Kirrahe only gets a few lines out before bleeding out, while Thane gets a final TearJerker scene in the Huerta Memorial Hospital]]. Thankfully, Shepard exacts revenge in the Cerberus base.
9th Jul '16 2:33:23 PM poi99
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** [[BigBad Maester Seymour]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. Even though [[EldritchAbomination Sin]] was pretty threatening in the first half of the game, the game still remained relatively light-hearted in tone. However, when Seymour's dark backstory is revealed and when the gang [[spoiler:killed him the first time around]], the game takes on a darker tone as the protagonists ended up being on the run from the Church of Yevon and Seymour constantly chases them down in order to kill them.



* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', as per its series tradition, is normally gory, but things do start out looking good for the heroes despite Raiden's attempt to change the timeline. Then Shao Kahn becomes one by [[spoiler:killing Kung Lao right after his victory over Kintaro]], showing that Raiden's actions have started to have disastrous effects. The bad news, that's just a ''minor one''. The next time, [[spoiler:Sindel becomes empowered with Shang Tsung's souls, and ''murders'' the majority of the good guys, effectively putting Raiden and the Forces of Good at a severe disadvantage.]]



* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' was already the darkest series in the franchise to begin with, but when Dr. Weil appeared in the third game, the already dark series got ''[[UpToEleven even darker]],'' making every effort he can make life a living hell for humans and machines alike.



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'':
** The game was not necessarily all bubblegum and rainbows, but [[spoiler:Ryoji's [[TheReveal reveal]] as the Avatar of Nyx marked a dark turn in the game's story, along with the MoralDilemma to either kill Ryoji, thus erasing your memories of the apocalypse to come and allowing you and your friends to live in blissful ignorance until the end; or spare Ryoji, thus allowing him to fully become the Nyx Avatar, and possibly dooming yourself and your friends to a long, excruciating end.]]
** Shinjiro's arrival marks a huge, sinister change in the atmosphere, especially in the female route in P3P because his social link contains a lot of dark foreshadowing. And he [[spoiler: dies after one month, sparking Akihiko and Ken's CharacterDevelopment and showing you, ''finally'', that a game with the tagline "Memento Mori" means exactly what it's saying, and ''will not pull its punches.'']]

to:

* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'':
** The game was not necessarily all bubblegum and rainbows, but [[spoiler:Ryoji's [[TheReveal reveal]] as the Avatar of Nyx marked a dark turn in the game's story, along with the MoralDilemma to either kill Ryoji, thus erasing your memories of the apocalypse to come and allowing you and your friends to live in blissful ignorance until the end; or spare Ryoji, thus allowing him to fully become the Nyx Avatar, and possibly dooming yourself and your friends to a long, excruciating end.]]
**
3}}'': Shinjiro's arrival marks a huge, sinister change in the atmosphere, especially in the female route in P3P because his social link contains a lot of dark foreshadowing. And he [[spoiler: dies after one month, sparking Akihiko and Ken's CharacterDevelopment and showing you, ''finally'', that a game with the tagline "Memento Mori" means exactly what it's saying, and ''will not pull its punches.'']]



* The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series has always been lighthearted even when being grim and morally deep, being a Disney crossover after all. However, the arrival of Master Xehanort in ''Birth By Sleep'' made the game the darkest game of the series, [[spoiler:depicting Eraqus being beaten down by Terra before Xehanort finishes him off, Master Xehanort possessing Terra's body to become the current Xehanort, Ven being sent into a coma when he destroys his own heart, and Aqua being trapped in the Realm of Darkness]]. Heck, the SequelHook for the game at the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' serves to show this guy is in a league of his own, showing him freezing Ven solid and raising mountains of earth with a flick of his hand, instantly making him the strongest being the series had seen up to that point. Part of the reason ''Birth By Sleep'' was darker than the other games was because Xehanort had more screen time and a direct and active role in than any early game in the series. Then there's Xehanort's Heartless, [[ItWasHisSled aka Ansem]], which also serves as the Knight of Cerebus for the first game. Up until that point it had been a lighthearted romp across Disney worlds, and the darkest things gotten were stuff with the Heartless, Riku's corruption by Maleficent, and Sora's occasional bouts of sadness when he couldn't find his friends. After Ansem shows up in the DiscOneFinalDungeon, things turn toward the infamous darkness-spouting that the series is known for.



** Ganondorf whenever he appears in the 3D games, the only exception possibly being ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' as the game is already pretty dark. In ''that'' game, Zant is the one who dissipates any positive tone whenever he appears.

to:

** Ganondorf whenever he appears in the 3D games, the only exception possibly being ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' as the game is already pretty dark. In ''that'' game, Zant is the one who dissipates any positive tone whenever he appears.



** ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' is a funny little game, filled with bright colors, clever humor, and quirky pre-teen kids as party members. The monsters never get scarier than giant rats or weird aliens or the like, and even then, the game never loses its comedic and lighthearted energy. And the main villian is an EldritchAbomination that is the [[VileVillainSaccharineShow literal embodiment of evil and lost innocence]] whose form [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm can't be comprehended by the human brain]]. Made even more jarring in that he doesn't even make an appearance until the final hour of the game.

to:

** ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' is a funny little game, filled with bright colors, clever humor, and quirky pre-teen kids as party members. The monsters never get scarier than giant rats or weird aliens or the like, and even then, the game never loses its comedic and lighthearted energy. And the main villian villain is an EldritchAbomination that is the [[VileVillainSaccharineShow literal embodiment of evil and lost innocence]] whose form [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm can't be comprehended by the human brain]]. Made even more jarring in that he doesn't even make an appearance until the final hour of the game.



* The [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Flood's]] appearance in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''. Granted, it was a pretty serious story to begin with, what with aliens declaring humans heretics and attempting to purge them from the galaxy, but it was a pretty standard sci-fi alien-shooter story, and the enemies weren't too threatening (the [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Grunts]] especially were too whacky to take seriously) . Then ''[[WhamEpisode 343 Guilty Spark]]'' is shown and have to deal with those gurgling abomninations that ''just won't stay dead''. Along with the threat of them getting loose and [[FateWorseThanDeath finding earth]], the story went from "resist the aliens" to "save the galaxy" pretty quick.
* While ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' never where really bright and happy to begin with things turn viciously sinister when the Devourlord enters the stage.



* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** ''Mass Effect'' is another series that wasn't exactly light and happy from the beginning, but the series takes a dramatic turn for the darker on the planet Virmire in the [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 first game]]. Things get bad from the beginning, but then Commander Shepard meets [[EldritchAbomination Sovereign]], whose appearance heralds the apocalyptic mood of the rest of the series. The Collectors and by extension Harbinger then one-up Sovereign in the ''opening scene'' of the second game, destroying the Normandy and [[spoiler:killing Shepard.]] The heroes never even get a chance to fight back before getting utterly defeated.



* As if the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' trilogy wasn't dark enough, things get real serious when [[HeroKiller Vladimir Makarov]] appears.



* Vulpes Inculta in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Before meeting him, it starts out a lot like a simple western in a post-apocalyptic world, with you looking for the guy that shot you in the head. Then you come across Nipton, where Caesar's Legion makes their first appearance in the game. Vulpes brags about how easily they took the town and goes into rather gory detail about how they murdered the town's inhabitants.



* [[SelfDemonstrating/YukiTerumi Hazama/Yuuki Terumi]] from the ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' series. Though already pretty dark, ''Calamity Trigger'' started off pretty light hearted, with copious amounts of humor. Once Terumi revealed himself, however, everything gets dead serious.
26th Jun '16 4:40:29 PM contrafanxxx
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* M. Bison from the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' franchise. Whether it's the comics, film, cartoon, or the games themselves, the consistent thing about Bison is that he is a deadly threat and anytime he shows up, things get very serious.
24th Jun '16 4:26:24 AM DoctorFlygon
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Colosseum]] and [[Videogame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness XD]]'' represents this for the franchise at large, as not only is the Orre region DarkerAndEdgier than the rest of the known world, the Cipher syndicate is much nastier than anything that came before them and a damn sight nastier than just about anything that has come since. The SequelHook after XD does ''not'' help, and neither does the implications that [[spoiler:Ghetsis' plot would have left Unova ripe for Cipher to conquer]]. In any of the other games' WMG sections, bringing Cipher up darkens the discussion in record time.

to:

** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Colosseum]] and [[Videogame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness XD]]'' represents this for the franchise at large, as not only is the Orre region DarkerAndEdgier than the rest of the known world, the Cipher syndicate is much nastier than anything that came before them them. Corrupting Pokémon via MindRape and a damn sight nastier than nearly blowing an entire island with several Admins and the player on it are just about anything that has come since.a couple of things they've done. The SequelHook after XD does ''not'' help, and neither does the implications that [[spoiler:Ghetsis' plot would have left Unova ripe for Cipher to conquer]]. In any of the other games' WMG sections, bringing Cipher up darkens the discussion in record time.
14th Jun '16 12:42:25 PM Lord_Chespin
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Susie from VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot is perhaps the most noteworthy example in the series. While she's quite AffablyEvil and has a [[AerithAndBob comically normal name compared to the rest of the cast]], that doesn't change the fact that she led an invasion of Popstar that resulted in [[CurbStompBattle Meta Knight and King Dedede's complete and utter defeat]] and most of the planet (including Whispy Woods and [[spoiler:Meta Knight]]) being [[UnwillingRoboticisation roboticized]]. Not only that, but during the game's climax, she [[spoiler:betrays her boss and her company in an effort to sell Star Dream to the highest bidder, resulting in him getting absorbed into the machine's consciousness.]] And after all that, [[spoiler:[[AlwaysABiggerFish she gets upstaged]] by [[AIIsACrapshoot Star Dream itself]], which decides that organic life is unprofitable and decides to ''[[ApocalypseHow destroy all organic life in the multiverse!]]''

to:

** Susie from VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot is perhaps the most noteworthy example in the series. While she's quite AffablyEvil and has a [[AerithAndBob comically normal name compared to the rest of the cast]], that doesn't change the fact that she led an invasion of Popstar that resulted in [[CurbStompBattle Meta Knight and King Dedede's complete and utter defeat]] and most of the planet (including Whispy Woods and [[spoiler:Meta Knight]]) being [[UnwillingRoboticisation roboticized]]. Not only that, but during the game's climax, she [[spoiler:betrays her boss and her company in an effort to sell Star Dream to the highest bidder, resulting in him getting absorbed into the machine's consciousness.]] And after all that, [[spoiler:[[AlwaysABiggerFish she gets upstaged]] by [[AIIsACrapshoot Star Dream itself]], which decides that organic life is unprofitable and decides to ''[[ApocalypseHow destroy all organic life in the multiverse!]]''multiverse!]]]]''
14th Jun '16 12:41:38 PM Lord_Chespin
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** Susie from VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot is perhaps the most noteworthy example in the series. While she's quite AffablyEvil and has a [[AerithAndBob comically normal name compared to the rest of the cast]], that doesn't change the fact that she led an invasion of Popstar that resulted in [[CurbStompBattle Meta Knight and King Dedede's complete and utter defeat]] and most of the planet (including Whispy Woods and [[spoiler:Meta Knight]]) being [[UnwillingRoboticisation roboticized]]. Not only that, but during the game's climax, she [[spoiler:betrays her boss and her company in an effort to sell Star Dream to the highest bidder, resulting in him getting absorbed into the machine's consciousness.]] And after all that, [[spoiler:[[AlwaysABiggerFish she gets upstaged]] by [[AIIsACrapshoot Star Dream itself]], which decides that organic life is unprofitable and decides to ''[[ApocalypseHow destroy all organic life in the multiverse!]]''
13th Jun '16 1:01:37 PM Scraggle
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'', things suddenly get a lot darker when [[spoiler: Kyurem]] shows up personally to attack the hero after his followers fail to get rid of them like he had intended.

to:

** In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'', things suddenly get ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'' ups the ante with the introduction of [[spoiler:Kyurem, a lot darker when [[spoiler: Kyurem]] shows up personally grim, nihilistic NoNonsenseNemesis who is dead set on seeing the Bittercold, an EldritchAbomination made out of the collective suffering of the setting's CrapsackWorld, destroy the world - himself included. To this end, it's revealed Kyurem has killed dozens of humans sent to attack the Pokemon world seent to stop the Bittercold and defines himself in his second apperance by killing Hydreigon and beating the hero after his followers fail to get rid a pulp without saying a word.]] Nothing about the character is played lightly in the slightest, and [[spoiler:Kyurem]] may actually be an even more effective example of them like he had intended.[[spoiler:Darkrai]] due to both an explicit body count and a motive and character that extends past a standard two-dimensional OmnicidalManiac.
1st Jun '16 10:16:23 PM MyFinalEdits
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** ''Ace Attorney'': [[TheRival Your rival]], while competent, was hardly a monster. The game's first two cases featured villains who were both [[EvilIsHammy hammy]] and incompetent, while the third gave us a [[GreyAndGrayMorality morally ambiguous but not entirely evil]] killer, but the fourth case brought legendary prosecutor [[spoiler: and murderer]] Manfred Von Karma. With a [[SpamAttack super-aggressive courtroom demeanor]], demonic voice and appearance, and [[CheatersNeverProsper full willingness to cheat to win,]] it's a rather jarring turn from the previous case, which concerned a murder on the set of a children's TV show.

to:

** ''Ace Attorney'': [[TheRival Your rival]], while competent, was hardly a monster. The game's first two cases featured villains who were both [[EvilIsHammy hammy]] and incompetent, while the third gave us has a [[GreyAndGrayMorality morally ambiguous but not entirely evil]] killer, but the fourth case brought legendary prosecutor [[spoiler: and murderer]] Manfred Von Karma. With a [[SpamAttack super-aggressive courtroom demeanor]], demonic voice and appearance, and [[CheatersNeverProsper full willingness to cheat to win,]] it's a rather jarring turn from the previous case, which concerned a murder on the set of a children's TV show.



** ''VideoGame/KirbyMassAttack'' brought us the ''deathly evil'' Necrodeus, who not only was terrifying in looks, but nearly killed Kirby at the beginning of the game by [[CurbStompBattle splitting him into ten defenseless smaller Kirbies before proceeding to actually murder nine out of the ten while one of them escaped by literally following his heart]]. And that was only the beginning; every time Kirby left one of the islands, however many Kirbies were revived were captured by his mooks until only one of them was left (until Skullord's defeat, of course). You can have this guy to thank for sealing this game in CerebusSyndrome, as this adventure seemed like a trip through Hell itself for the smaller, weaker ten Kirbies.

to:

** ''VideoGame/KirbyMassAttack'' brought us has the ''deathly evil'' Necrodeus, who not only was terrifying in looks, but nearly killed Kirby at the beginning of the game by [[CurbStompBattle splitting him into ten defenseless smaller Kirbies before proceeding to actually murder nine out of the ten while one of them escaped by literally following his heart]]. And that was only the beginning; every time Kirby left one of the islands, however many Kirbies were revived were captured by his mooks until only one of them was left (until Skullord's defeat, of course). You can have this guy to thank for sealing this game in CerebusSyndrome, as this adventure seemed like a trip through Hell itself for the smaller, weaker ten Kirbies.



* The [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Flood's]] appearance in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' could count. Granted, it was a pretty serious story to begin with, what with aliens declaring humans heretics and attempting to purge us from the galaxy, but it was a pretty standard sci-fi alien-shooter story, and the enemies weren't too threatening (the [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Grunts]] especially were too whacky to take seriously) . Then ''[[WhamEpisode 343 Guilty Spark]]'' is shown and have to deal with those gurgling abomninations that ''just won't stay dead''. Along with the threat of them getting loose and [[FateWorseThanDeath finding earth]], the story went from "resist the aliens" to "save the galaxy" pretty quick.

to:

* The [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Flood's]] appearance in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' could count. ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''. Granted, it was a pretty serious story to begin with, what with aliens declaring humans heretics and attempting to purge us them from the galaxy, but it was a pretty standard sci-fi alien-shooter story, and the enemies weren't too threatening (the [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Grunts]] especially were too whacky to take seriously) . Then ''[[WhamEpisode 343 Guilty Spark]]'' is shown and have to deal with those gurgling abomninations that ''just won't stay dead''. Along with the threat of them getting loose and [[FateWorseThanDeath finding earth]], the story went from "resist the aliens" to "save the galaxy" pretty quick.



* The Repliforce from ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'' effectively kickstarted the themes of how the term "Maverick" can be abused to truly horrific levels (though how much of it was earned due to the self-destructive idiocy of the Repliforce is up for debate), as well as giving us a firsthand look at the [[FantasticRacism tensions]] between Reploids and Humans, both of these themes playing a major role in future ''X'' games as well as being ''the'' main theme of the ''Zero'' and ''ZX'' series.

to:

* The Repliforce from ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'' effectively kickstarted the themes of how the term "Maverick" can be abused to truly horrific levels (though how much of it was earned due to the self-destructive idiocy of the Repliforce is up for debate), as well as giving us showing a firsthand look at the [[FantasticRacism tensions]] between Reploids and Humans, both of these themes playing a major role in future ''X'' games as well as being ''the'' main theme of the ''Zero'' and ''ZX'' series.



* ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'' gives us the scene of a grand wedding between the king of Facade and his bride-to-be Fyra when things go wrong in the blink of an eye via [[spoiler: the Shade-wolf Roc and a pack of wolves come and kill the bride and most of the guests.]] Later turns out to be a case of extreme DisproportionateRetribution. Ouch.

to:

* ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'' gives us has the scene of a grand wedding between the king of Facade and his bride-to-be Fyra when things go wrong in the blink of an eye via [[spoiler: the Shade-wolf Roc and a pack of wolves come and kill the bride and most of the guests.]] Later turns out to be a case of extreme DisproportionateRetribution. Ouch.
This list shows the last 10 events of 160. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=KnightOfCerebus.VideoGames