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6th May '17 3:16:01 AM Koveras
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* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series of games each handles this differently with their three customisable heroes, [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins The Warden]], [[VideoGame/DragonAge2 Hawke]] and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition The Inquisitor]]. In all three, you can customise the hero's name and appearance, gain ridiculous amounts of power (both in terms of combat prowess and reputation), you get to hang out with a really cool cast of characters, you can save the world and there's lots of attractive possible love interests to smooch. Despite this, depending on what sort of protagonist you play as and how you interpret the plot, it can be a deconstructed trope with all three:

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* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series of games each handles this differently with their three customisable heroes, [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins The Warden]], [[VideoGame/DragonAge2 [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Hawke]] and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition The Inquisitor]]. In all three, you can customise the hero's name and appearance, gain ridiculous amounts of power (both in terms of combat prowess and reputation), you get to hang out with a really cool cast of characters, you can save the world and there's lots of attractive possible love interests to smooch. Despite this, depending on what sort of protagonist you play as and how you interpret the plot, it can be a deconstructed trope with all three:



** The Inquisitor starts off with great power and is destined to save the world...whether they want it or not. It's very easy to play your Inquisitor as being largely fearful and confused about what to do, as they are essentially an ordinary person who had massive responsibility (that they weren't trained or otherwise prepared for) thrust upon them; their reputation as being divinely chosen can also grate on an Inquisitor who is not a devout Andrastian. It also highlights that being the leader of a large organisation like this also involves handling lots of mundane tasks; it's not all swordfights and dragon slaying.

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** The Inquisitor starts off with great power and is destined to save the world... whether they want it or not. It's very easy to play your Inquisitor as being largely fearful and confused about what to do, as they are essentially an ordinary person who had massive responsibility (that they weren't trained or otherwise prepared for) thrust upon them; their reputation as being divinely chosen can also grate on an Inquisitor who is not a devout Andrastian. It also highlights that being the leader of a large organisation like this also involves handling lots of mundane tasks; it's not all swordfights and dragon slaying.
28th Apr '17 3:35:11 PM Flynt_Coal
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* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic gives us an InUniverse example in the form of the JustForFun/DaringDo [[ShowWithinAShow books]] that Rainbow Dash becomes a fan of. Daring Do is an AdventurerArchaeologist in the vain of Series/IndianaJones who is fast, strong, smart, and an all around capable explorer who always gets the treasure and beats the bad guys. It's safe to assume that pretty much every pony in Equestria wants to be like Daring.
16th Apr '17 6:23:54 AM moongalleon22
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* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series of games each handles this differently with their three customisable heroes, [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins The Warden]], [[VideoGame/DragonAge2 Hawke]] and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition The Inquisitor]]. In all three, you can customise the hero's name and appearance, gain ridiculous amounts of power (both in terms of combat prowess and reputation), you get to hang out with a really cool cast of characters, you can save the world and there's lots of attractive possible love interests to smooch. Despite this, it can be a deconstructed trope with all three:
** The Warden, despite all the awesome quests and powers, is set to have an early, gruesome death from the taint (and that's if [[spoiler: they don't die while killing The Archdemon]]), and throughout the game it's highlighted that you have a duty that will often clash with whatever your desires or goals are; as well as this, some of the choices you have to make are difficult and can easily come back to haunt you (or some other protagonist) somewhere down the line. Even if you earn yourself a happy ending, it ''will'' end in tragedy eventually.

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* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series of games each handles this differently with their three customisable heroes, [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins The Warden]], [[VideoGame/DragonAge2 Hawke]] and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition The Inquisitor]]. In all three, you can customise the hero's name and appearance, gain ridiculous amounts of power (both in terms of combat prowess and reputation), you get to hang out with a really cool cast of characters, you can save the world and there's lots of attractive possible love interests to smooch. Despite this, depending on what sort of protagonist you play as and how you interpret the plot, it can be a deconstructed trope with all three:
** The Warden, despite all the awesome quests and powers, is set to have an early, gruesome death from the taint (and that's if [[spoiler: they don't die while killing The Archdemon]]), and throughout the game it's highlighted that you have a your duty that will often clash with whatever your desires or goals are; likely block most attempts at true happiness; as well as this, some of the your origin story means that you were forced to leave your past life behind, with no going back, and your choices you have to make are difficult and can easily come back to haunt you (or some other protagonist) somewhere down ake an impact on the line.world for better or for worse. Even if you earn yourself a happy ending, it ''will'' end in tragedy eventually.
16th Apr '17 6:21:07 AM moongalleon22
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** The Inquisitor starts off with great power and is destined to save the world...whether they want it or not. It's very easy to play your Inquisitor as being largely fearful, nervous and confused about what to do, as they are essentially an ordinary person who had massive responsibility (that they weren't trained or otherwise prepared for) thrust upon them.

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** The Inquisitor starts off with great power and is destined to save the world...whether they want it or not. It's very easy to play your Inquisitor as being largely fearful, nervous fearful and confused about what to do, as they are essentially an ordinary person who had massive responsibility (that they weren't trained or otherwise prepared for) thrust upon them.them; their reputation as being divinely chosen can also grate on an Inquisitor who is not a devout Andrastian. It also highlights that being the leader of a large organisation like this also involves handling lots of mundane tasks; it's not all swordfights and dragon slaying.
16th Apr '17 6:17:05 AM moongalleon22
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* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series of games each handles this differently with their three customisable heroes, [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins The Warden]], [[VideoGame/DragonAge2 Hawke]] and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition The Inquisitor]]. In all three, you can customise the hero's name and appearance, gain ridiculous amounts of power (both in terms of combat prowess and reputation), you get to hang out with a really cool cast of characters, you can save the world and there's lots of attractive possible love interests to smooch. Despite this, it can be a deconstructed trope with all three:
** The Warden, despite all the awesome quests and powers, is set to have an early, gruesome death from the taint (and that's if [[spoiler: they don't die while killing The Archdemon]]), and throughout the game it's highlighted that you have a duty that will often clash with whatever your desires or goals are; as well as this, some of the choices you have to make are difficult and can easily come back to haunt you (or some other protagonist) somewhere down the line. Even if you earn yourself a happy ending, it ''will'' end in tragedy eventually.
** Hawke is effectively a FailureHero, with the riches and good reputation doing nothing to stop them from losing their mother or their remaining sibling, nor does it prevent Kirkwall from effectively imploding at the end of the game when [[spoiler: Anders, a character who is possibly your friend or love interest, starts a revolution]]. As well as this, the Friend/Rival system means that you do still have a close-knit group of allies, but they may only respect you rather than like you.
** The Inquisitor starts off with great power and is destined to save the world...whether they want it or not. It's very easy to play your Inquisitor as being largely fearful, nervous and confused about what to do, as they are essentially an ordinary person who had massive responsibility (that they weren't trained or otherwise prepared for) thrust upon them.
16th Apr '17 5:54:53 AM moongalleon22
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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' also highlights how unhealthy it can be to use first person shooter games as part of your escapist fantasies; not only does Snake have a lot of disdain for how warfare has changed due to social attitudes and technology, Big Mama has a long speech about how it helps mould people into viewing warfare as being just a game and possibly becoming soldiers themselves for the wrong reasons. To really drive home the point, it even shows an image of someone choosing to play MGS4, while emphasising how bad these games are! Moral of the story is that Kojima ''really'' doesn't want you to admire Solid Snake, or any FPS heroes who are like him.
16th Apr '17 2:52:42 AM TimeLordVictorious
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* In a similar vein as the above example, ''[[Series/{{Blackadder}} Edmund Blackadder]]''.

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* In a similar vein as the above example, ''[[Series/{{Blackadder}} [[Series/{{Blackadder}} Edmund Blackadder]]''.Blackadder]].
16th Apr '17 2:52:19 AM TimeLordVictorious
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* In a similar vein as the above example, ''[[Series/{{Blackadder}} Edmund Blackadder]]''.
22nd Mar '17 4:42:04 AM Adept
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* The other Haruhi from ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub.'' A poor girl with incredible grades, great cook, and surrounded by five drop-dead gorgeous men (and one adorable one), who can resist their flirtations, ''and'' making snarky comments all the while? Yep, Haruhi definitely fits here.

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* The other Haruhi from ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub.''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub.'' A poor girl with incredible grades, great cook, and surrounded by five drop-dead gorgeous men (and one adorable one), who can resist their flirtations, ''and'' making snarky comments all the while? Yep, Haruhi definitely fits here.
19th Mar '17 11:05:52 PM ChrisX
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** D.Va, a 19 years old South Korean GamerGirl who is an undefeated ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' pro, being conscripted by her nation's military in order to fight off giant robots that invaded her country, never losing optimism despite the horrors she went through and in fact streams her battles to lift her people's spirits and in battle, likes to pepper gaming jargon, and also doubles as a celebrity.

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** D.Va, a 19 years old South Korean GamerGirl who is an undefeated ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' pro, being conscripted by her nation's military in order to fight off giant robots that invaded her country, never losing optimism despite the horrors she went through and in fact streams her battles to lift her people's spirits and in battle, likes to pepper gaming jargon, jargon in battles, and also doubles as a celebrity.
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