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10th May '16 11:20:31 AM Koveras
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': Hawke is the main character, but for most of the story is just reacting to the events that occur around him/her, with Isabella and Anders being the main driving forces in the plot. Despite it being the major plot point of the game exploring the [[{{Conflict }} Man vs. Fate conflict]], many players weren't sold on it and viewed it as a step back from the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins first game]], where they could make some pretty world-changing choices. The [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition third game]] returned to the old formula as a result.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': Hawke is the main character, but for most of the story is just reacting to the events that occur around him/her, with Isabella and Anders being the main driving forces in the plot. Despite it being the major plot point of the game exploring the [[{{Conflict }} [[{{Conflict}} Man vs. Fate conflict]], many players weren't sold on it and viewed it as a step back from the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins first game]], where they could make some pretty world-changing choices. The [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition third game]] returned to the old formula as a result.
10th May '16 11:20:13 AM Koveras
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': Hawke is the main character, but for most of the story is just reacting to the events that occur around him/her, with Isabella and Anders being the main driving forces in the plot. Despite it being the major plot point of the game exploring the [[{{Conflict }}Man vs. Fate conflict]], many players weren't sold on it and felt this was a step back from the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins first game]], where they could make some pretty world-changing choices. The [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition third game]] returned to the old formula again.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': Hawke is the main character, but for most of the story is just reacting to the events that occur around him/her, with Isabella and Anders being the main driving forces in the plot. Despite it being the major plot point of the game exploring the [[{{Conflict }}Man }} Man vs. Fate conflict]], many players weren't sold on it and felt this was viewed it as a step back from the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins first game]], where they could make some pretty world-changing choices. The [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition third game]] returned to the old formula again.as a result.
10th May '16 11:19:36 AM Koveras
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': Hawke is the main character, but for most of the story is just reacting to the events that occur around him/her, with Isabella and Anders being the main driving forces in the plot. Many fans felt this was a step back from the first game, where the player could make some pretty massive changes in the would depending on the choices they made.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': Hawke is the main character, but for most of the story is just reacting to the events that occur around him/her, with Isabella and Anders being the main driving forces in the plot. Many fans Despite it being the major plot point of the game exploring the [[{{Conflict }}Man vs. Fate conflict]], many players weren't sold on it and felt this was a step back from the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins first game, game]], where the player they could make some pretty massive changes in world-changing choices. The [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition third game]] returned to the would depending on the choices they made.old formula again.
11th Apr '16 8:28:05 PM MyFinalEdits
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* Madoka spends most of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' like this, not becoming a magical girl until surprisingly late in the series. [[spoiler:An unusual case in that Madoka being this way was intentional on the part of one of the other characters, Homura, who was attempting [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong via time travel]] to protect her from the [[{{Deconstruction}} utterly horrifying]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent true]] [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie nature]] of magical girls.]]

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* Madoka spends most of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' like this, not becoming a magical girl until surprisingly late in the series. [[spoiler:An unusual case in that Madoka being this way was intentional on the part of one of the other characters, Homura, who was attempting [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong via time travel]] to protect her from the [[{{Deconstruction}} utterly horrifying]] horrifying [[OurLichesAreDifferent true]] [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie nature]] of magical girls.]]
11th Apr '16 9:26:47 AM Dravencour
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* Madoka spends most of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' like this, not becoming a magical girl until surprisingly late in the series. [[spoiler:An unusual case in that Madoka being this way was intentional on the part of one of the other characters, Homura, who was attempting [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong via time travel]] to protect her from the [[{{Deconstruction}} utterly horrifying]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent true nature]] of magical girls.]]

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* Madoka spends most of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' like this, not becoming a magical girl until surprisingly late in the series. [[spoiler:An unusual case in that Madoka being this way was intentional on the part of one of the other characters, Homura, who was attempting [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong via time travel]] to protect her from the [[{{Deconstruction}} utterly horrifying]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent true true]] [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie nature]] of magical girls.]]
21st Mar '16 4:46:04 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''Halo'' usually manages to avoid this. In Combat Evolved, had MC not been there, the survivors of the ''Autumn'' would have been slowly picked off by Covenant forces, the ring would have remained intact and ready to fire, and Cortana wouldn't have been able to get the Index, which she needed in Halo 3. Halo 2 has Master Chief killing the Prophet of Regret early on, and the Arbiter was the only Elite capable of defeating the super-charged Tartarus in time to stop the ring from firing. In Halo 3, Chief was the only reason the Halo Array stopped firing after Truth forced Johnson to activate it, and was instrumental in activating the incomplete Halo with Cortana. Noble 6 in Reach appears to be this for a while, but towards the end of the game he/she becomes more integral to Noble Team's success, and is the reason Master Chief makes it to the first Halo. In Halo 4, Chief's pursuit of the Diadact is the only thing that saves Humanity from being wiped out by the Composer. Halo 5 is where the series finally lapses into this trope: If Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris had just stayed home that day, the titular Guardians would still have been dispersed through the galaxy, hundreds of AI would have still defected to the Domain, and the ''Infinity'' would still be on the run.

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* ''Halo'' ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' usually manages to avoid this. In Combat Evolved, ''Combat Evolved'', had MC not been there, the survivors of the ''Autumn'' would have been slowly picked off by Covenant forces, the ring would have remained intact and ready to fire, and Cortana wouldn't have been able to get the Index, which she needed in Halo 3. Halo 2 ''Halo 3''. ''Halo 2'' has Master Chief killing the Prophet of Regret early on, and the Arbiter was the only Elite capable of defeating the super-charged Tartarus in time to stop the ring from firing. In Halo 3, ''Halo 3'', Chief was the only reason the Halo Array stopped firing after Truth forced Johnson to activate it, and was instrumental in activating the incomplete Halo with Cortana. Noble 6 in Reach ''Reach'' appears to be this for a while, but towards the end of the game he/she becomes more integral to Noble Team's success, and is the reason Master Chief makes it to the first Halo. In Halo 4, ''Halo 4'', Chief's pursuit of the Diadact is the only thing that saves Humanity from being wiped out by the Composer. Halo 5 ''Halo 5'' is where the series finally lapses into this trope: If Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris had just stayed home that day, the titular Guardians would still have been dispersed through the galaxy, hundreds of AI would have still defected to the Domain, and the ''Infinity'' Infinity would still be on the run.
21st Mar '16 4:19:12 PM RyuHimora
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* ''Halo'' usually manages to avoid this. In Combat Evolved, had MC not been there, the survivors of the ''Autumn'' would have been slowly picked off by Covenant forces, the ring would have remained intact and ready to fire, and Cortana wouldn't have been able to get the Index, which she needed in Halo 3. Halo 2 has Master Chief killing the Prophet of Regret early on, and the Arbiter was the only Elite capable of defeating the super-charged Tartarus in time to stop the ring from firing. In Halo 3, Chief was the only reason the Halo Array stopped firing after Truth forced Johnson to activate it, and was instrumental in activating the incomplete Halo with Cortana. Noble 6 in Reach appears to be this for a while, but towards the end of the game he/she becomes more integral to Noble Team's success, and is the reason Master Chief makes it to the first Halo. In Halo 4, Chief's pursuit of the Diadact is the only thing that saves Humanity from being wiped out by the Composer. Halo 5 is where the series finally lapses into this trope: If Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris had just stayed home that day, the titular Guardians would still have been dispersed through the galaxy, hundreds of AI would have still defected to the Domain, and the ''Infinity'' would still be on the run.
3rd Feb '16 7:22:41 PM Quanyails
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* Hisao, the viewpoint character of KatawaShoujo, starts out like this thanks to being jaded by losing all his old friends and thoroughly unenthused with the idea of attending Yamaku Academy. [[spoiler: Shizune reveals in her route she recognized this and make it a goal to set him straight]], and succeeds [[XanatosGambit no matter who he ends up chasing]], since at least he's showing an active interest in something.
* In VideoGame/{{Zone of the Enders}}, Leo starts out as this as some random kid who finds the all important mech for a resistance movement. However, thanks to Viola, he eventually becomes emotionally involved with the story and becomes a more important character.

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* Hisao, the viewpoint character of KatawaShoujo, ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', starts out like this thanks to being jaded by losing all his old friends and thoroughly unenthused with the idea of attending Yamaku Academy. [[spoiler: Shizune reveals in her route she recognized this and make it a goal to set him straight]], and succeeds [[XanatosGambit no matter who he ends up chasing]], since at least he's showing an active interest in something.
* In VideoGame/{{Zone ''VideoGame/{{Zone of the Enders}}, Enders}}'', Leo starts out as this as some random kid who finds the all important mech for a resistance movement. However, thanks to Viola, he eventually becomes emotionally involved with the story and becomes a more important character.



* Luke from TalesOfTheAbyss is this trope for the first part of the game. He's just a sheltered noble who by circumstance ends up kidnapped and dragged halfway around the world and back by others. When he DOES try to take an active role and be a hero, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero it ends VERY badly.]] Throw in the resulting dose of CharacterDevelopment and he becomes much more proactive for the rest of the game.

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* Luke from TalesOfTheAbyss ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is this trope for the first part of the game. He's just a sheltered noble who by circumstance ends up kidnapped and dragged halfway around the world and back by others. When he DOES try to take an active role and be a hero, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero it ends VERY badly.]] Throw in the resulting dose of CharacterDevelopment and he becomes much more proactive for the rest of the game.
3rd Feb '16 7:21:39 PM Quanyails
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* On the [[Series/CriminalMinds Criminal Minds]] episode "North Mammon", the team is called in on a case. After chasing various [[RedHerring red herrings]], the perp, independent from the actions of the team, lets go of some of the victims. Since the victims at this point can simply identify the man who captured them, any policeman could have made the arrest.

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* On the [[Series/CriminalMinds Criminal Minds]] ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "North Mammon", the team is called in on a case. After chasing various [[RedHerring red herrings]], the perp, independent from the actions of the team, lets go of some of the victims. Since the victims at this point can simply identify the man who captured them, any policeman could have made the arrest.
3rd Feb '16 7:13:36 PM Quanyails
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* Until the climax of {{Creator/OsamuTezuka}}'s {{Anime/Metropolis}}, Kenichi and Tima spend most of their time wandering from one SceneryPorn locale to the next, occasionally getting shot at. Tima may also qualify as a walking MacGuffin.

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* Until the climax of {{Creator/OsamuTezuka}}'s {{Anime/Metropolis}}, ''{{Anime/Metropolis}}'', Kenichi and Tima spend most of their time wandering from one SceneryPorn locale to the next, occasionally getting shot at. Tima may also qualify as a walking MacGuffin.
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