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13th Sep '17 1:05:16 PM FF32
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* The Flash game ''DeathVegas'' averts this to the point where it borders on inversion. The game's story mode has a plot in which for any character you select, all of that character's fights with - and ''victories'' over - the other characters are canon in the story. For every character. At once. Note that this means every character you select also gets ''beaten up'' by many of the others - just not while you're playing him or her.

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* The Flash game ''DeathVegas'' ''VideoGame/DeathVegas'' averts this to the point where it borders on inversion. The game's story mode has a plot in which for any character you select, all of that character's fights with - and ''victories'' over - the other characters are canon in the story. For every character. At once. Note that this means every character you select also gets ''beaten up'' by many of the others - just not while you're playing him or her.
3rd Sep '17 12:41:58 PM Gbubu
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For example, the game offers three characters to play as: [[FighterMageThief Alice the Fighter, Bob the Mage, and Charles the Thief!]] Each character comes with a complete biography [[AllThereInTheManual in the manual]], and the character selection screen, on top of explaining their stats, gives each character their unique motivations answering TheCall. Alice wants to [[AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits save her son]]. Bob wants ToBeAMaster, and Charles seeks to avenge his DoomedHometown.

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For example, the game offers three characters to play as: [[FighterMageThief Alice the Fighter, Bob the Mage, and Charles the Thief!]] Each character comes with a complete biography [[AllThereInTheManual in the manual]], manual]] and the character selection screen, on screen. On top of explaining their stats, the game also gives each character their unique motivations answering TheCall. Alice wants to [[AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits save her son]]. Bob wants ToBeAMaster, and Charles seeks to avenge his DoomedHometown.
14th Jul '17 2:04:26 AM ShinyAegislash
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** In both ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', when the PlayerCharacter gets married, he or she will have a child named Morgan (''Awakening'') or Kana (''Fates''). In both games, Male Avatar will have a daughter while a Female Avatar will have a son.[[note]](A Male Awakening!Avatar and a Female Fates!Avatar can also have another child, but it depends on ''who'' they married)[[/note]]

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** In both ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', when the PlayerCharacter gets married, he or she will have a child named Morgan (''Awakening'') or Kana (''Fates''). In both games, Male Avatar will have a daughter while a Female Avatar will have a son.[[note]](A Male [[note]]A Female Awakening!Avatar and a Female Male Fates!Avatar can also only have another child, but it depends on ''who'' they married)[[/note]] child with a specific other character, while the opposite gender has more liberty in that regard.[[/note]]
6th Jul '17 5:22:43 AM nighttrainfm
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** Additionally, the circumstances for the Dwarven Noble origin form the basis of the Dwarven Commoner Origin plot, and the Dwarven Nobles (who's plot take place one week later) can learn the majority Dwarven Commoner origin story by talking to the Proving Trainers.
** [[spoiler:Jowan]] escapes in the Magi origin and subsequently becomes partially responsible for the problems in Redcliffe. He could only do that if [[spoiler:his phylactery was destroyed]]. So the Mage PC must have passed the Harrowing and [[spoiler:conspired with Jowan]]. Their fate after that is unknown. It's likely that they were sent to Aeonar or executed for the plot, but if they were working with [[spoiler:Irving]] to expose [[spoiler:Jowan]], maybe not. [[spoiler: Of course, if they ''did'' avoid being sent to Aeonar, it's quite possible they were slain when the Circle was overrun.]]

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** Additionally, the circumstances for the Dwarven Noble origin form the basis of the Dwarven Commoner Origin plot, and the Dwarven Nobles (who's (whose plot take takes place one week later) can learn most of the majority Dwarven Commoner origin story by talking to the Proving Trainers.
** [[spoiler:Jowan]] escapes in the Magi origin and subsequently becomes partially responsible for the problems in Redcliffe. He could only do that if [[spoiler:his phylactery was destroyed]]. destroyed.]] So the Mage PC must have passed the Harrowing and [[spoiler:conspired with Jowan]]. Jowan.]] Their fate after that is unknown. It's likely that they were sent to Aeonar or executed for the plot, but if they were working with [[spoiler:Irving]] to expose [[spoiler:Jowan]], maybe not. [[spoiler: Of course, if they ''did'' avoid being sent to Aeonar, it's quite possible they were slain when the Circle was overrun.]]
13th Jun '17 6:45:47 PM Maljen
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** ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'' engages in some subtle [[CuttingOffTheBranches branch trimming]]. Bernard is explicitly mentioned by the Edisons as having been in their house before, and Green Tentacle starting his band suggests Razor or Syd was a companion as well.

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** ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'' engages in some subtle [[CuttingOffTheBranches branch trimming]]. Bernard is explicitly mentioned by the Edisons as having been in their house before, and Green Tentacle starting his band along with Weird Ed going to therapy for the [[MicrowaveTheDog hamster incident]] suggests Razor or Syd was a companion as well.
10th Jun '17 5:58:00 PM Gosicrystal
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* Averted in most post-Gen II ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, when you can chose a PlayerCharacter of either sex. The opposite-gender player character becomes a NonPlayerCharacter, typically TheRival to the player. Played straight in ''Crystal'', ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]'', and ''Sun and Moon'', though.
** Also averted with the starters. Whoever ends up as your main rival will always end up with the starter whose main type is super-effective against your own, and outside of the [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Kanto]], [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Johto]], and [[PokemonRubyAndSapphire Hoenn]] games, the third starter will end up in the hands of another NPC.
*** Horrifically/hilariously explained in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvp8vvH2EqE this fan video]]. But more likely, Professor Oak keeps the third starter with him, as a DummiedOut [[http://lparchive.org/Pokemon-Blue/Update%2014/ battle]] with him shows. There are actually three versions of this battle programmed into the game, one with each of the starters (fully evolved) as the fifth Pokémon on the team; presumably, you would fight the version with the starter neither you nor your rival chose.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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Averted in most post-Gen II ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, when you can chose a PlayerCharacter of either sex. The opposite-gender player character becomes a NonPlayerCharacter, typically TheRival to the player. Played straight in ''Crystal'', ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]'', and ''Sun and Moon'', though.
** Also averted Averted with the starters. Whoever ends up as your main rival will always end up with the starter whose main type is super-effective against your own, and outside of the [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Kanto]], [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Johto]], and [[PokemonRubyAndSapphire Hoenn]] games, the third starter will end up in the hands of another NPC.
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NPC. Horrifically/hilariously explained in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvp8vvH2EqE this fan video]]. But more likely, Professor Oak keeps the third starter with him, as a DummiedOut [[http://lparchive.org/Pokemon-Blue/Update%2014/ battle]] with him shows. There are actually three versions of this battle programmed into the game, one with each of the starters (fully evolved) as the fifth Pokémon on the team; presumably, you would fight the version with the starter neither you nor your rival chose.
15th May '17 3:39:21 PM ruthlesstyrant
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* This happens in the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' games, with dialogue being customized to your character. Canonically, the Warrior fought his way through the first game alone, and the sequels' characters went through their games as a party.

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* This happens Averted in the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' games, with dialogue being customized to your character. games. Canonically, the Warrior fought his way through was the first one to defeat Diablo (and in the third game alone, he even gets a name and a background as Leoric's oldest son); but both the rogue as well as the mage got corrupted during their respective quests and return as The Summoner and Blood Raven in the second game. The sequels' characters however went through their games as a party.
15th May '17 12:08:14 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* In the second part of the fourth ''FireEmblem'' game, ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', the player takes control of either the children of characters from the first part, or, if a character never got married, a set of [[ExPy expies]] that bear no blood relation to anyone from part one (aside from Linda and Amid, who are [[spoiler: the niece and nephew of Tiltyu, born to her and Bloome's youngest sister Ethnia]]). While it's obvious why offspring don't appear if their potential parents never got hitched, it's unclear where the replacements are (or if they even existed at all) if they did actually marry.
* A slightly downplayed example, as she doesn't have a huge impact on the plot, but Nyx from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' is the only Nohrian character to never make an appearance on the ''Birthright'' route of the game. In fact, she's the only character, period, who never shows up on the "opposite" path (this in spite of joining fairly early on in ''Conquest''). This is probably because, due to her DarkAndTroubledPast, she doesn't ''actually'' want to leave her life as a FortuneTeller unless she absolutely has to.

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
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In the second part of the fourth ''FireEmblem'' game, ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', the player takes control of either the children of characters from the first part, or, if a character never got married, a set of [[ExPy expies]] that bear no blood relation to anyone from part one (aside from Linda and Amid, who are [[spoiler: the niece and nephew of Tiltyu, Tailto, born to her and Bloome's Bloom's youngest sister Ethnia]]). While it's obvious why offspring don't appear if their potential parents never got hitched, it's unclear where the replacements are (or if they even existed at all) if they did actually marry.
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marry. [[note]](Scrapped ideas for ''Genealogy's'' companion game, ''Thracia 776'', implied that at least some of them could have existed in the same world and be recruitable.)[[/note]]
** In both ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', when the PlayerCharacter gets married, he or she will have a child named Morgan (''Awakening'') or Kana (''Fates''). In both games, Male Avatar will have a daughter while a Female Avatar will have a son.[[note]](A Male Awakening!Avatar and a Female Fates!Avatar can also have another child, but it depends on ''who'' they married)[[/note]]
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A slightly downplayed example, as she doesn't have a huge impact on the plot, but Nyx from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' is the only Nohrian character to never make an appearance on the ''Birthright'' route of the game. In fact, she's the only character, period, who never shows up on the "opposite" path (this in spite of joining fairly early on in ''Conquest''). This is probably because, due to her DarkAndTroubledPast, she doesn't ''actually'' want to leave her life as a FortuneTeller unless she absolutely has to.
6th May '17 3:48:43 AM Kadorhal
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* Averted in most post-Gen II ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, when you can chose a PlayerCharacter of either sex. The opposite-gender player character becomes a NonPlayerCharacter. Played straight in ''Crystal'', ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]'', and ''Sun and Moon'', though.
** Also averted with the starters. Depending on the game, one or both of the starters you don't choose will end up with an NPC.
*** Horrifically/hilariously explained in [[http://www.dorkly.com/video/13119/dorkly-bits-the-horrible-secret-behind-starter-pokemon this fan video]]. But more likely, Professor Oak keeps the third starter with him, as a DummiedOut [[http://lparchive.org/Pokemon-Blue/Update%2014/ battle]] with him shows. There are actually three versions of this battle programmed into the game, one with each of the starters (fully evolved) as the fifth Pokémon on the team; presumably, you would fight the version with the starter neither you nor your rival chose.
*** It's played straight with the [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Kanto]], [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Johto]], and [[PokemonRubyAndSapphire Hoenn]] games, though.

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* Averted in most post-Gen II ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, when you can chose a PlayerCharacter of either sex. The opposite-gender player character becomes a NonPlayerCharacter.NonPlayerCharacter, typically TheRival to the player. Played straight in ''Crystal'', ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]'', and ''Sun and Moon'', though.
** Also averted with the starters. Depending on Whoever ends up as your main rival will always end up with the game, one or both starter whose main type is super-effective against your own, and outside of the starters you don't choose [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Kanto]], [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Johto]], and [[PokemonRubyAndSapphire Hoenn]] games, the third starter will end up with an in the hands of another NPC.
*** Horrifically/hilariously explained in [[http://www.dorkly.com/video/13119/dorkly-bits-the-horrible-secret-behind-starter-pokemon [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvp8vvH2EqE this fan video]]. But more likely, Professor Oak keeps the third starter with him, as a DummiedOut [[http://lparchive.org/Pokemon-Blue/Update%2014/ battle]] with him shows. There are actually three versions of this battle programmed into the game, one with each of the starters (fully evolved) as the fifth Pokémon on the team; presumably, you would fight the version with the starter neither you nor your rival chose.
*** It's played straight with the [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Kanto]], [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Johto]], and [[PokemonRubyAndSapphire Hoenn]] games, though.
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** Subverted in both ''Lotus Land Story'' though, when the character you didn't select shows up as one of the bosses. ''Imperishable Night'' does something similar, but it has four storylines and only one fight with another character, so there's still several character unaccounted for.

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** Subverted in both ''Lotus Land Story'' though, when the character you didn't select shows up as one of the bosses. ''Imperishable Night'' does something similar, but it has four storylines and only one fight with another character, so there's still several character characters unaccounted for.



* Averted in many two-player arcade gun games such as ''The VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' series (from ''III'' onwards), the ''VideoGame/VirtuaCop'' series, and the ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' series (from ''2'' onwards). The cutscenes and during-gameplay dialogue play out with both player characters exist. Though this does pose the new problem of [[FridgeLogic the unused character, who does nothing while his or her partner does all the work.]] (Except in ''Time Crisis''...sort of. The other player character is shown attacking alongside you, but [[ATeamFiring misses every freaking shot]]. Watching the COM's side at the arcades shows that the enemies that the other player cannot possibly hit retreat after the other player clears his side.)

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* Averted in many two-player arcade gun games such as ''The VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' series (from ''III'' onwards), the ''VideoGame/VirtuaCop'' series, and the ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' series (from ''2'' onwards). The cutscenes and during-gameplay dialogue play out with both player characters exist.existing. Though this does pose the new problem of [[FridgeLogic the unused character, who does nothing while his or her partner does all the work.]] (Except Except in ''Time Crisis''...Crisis''... sort of. The other player character is shown attacking alongside you, but [[ATeamFiring misses every freaking shot]]. Watching the COM's side at the arcades shows that the enemies that the other player cannot possibly hit just retreat for no reason after the other player clears his side.)



* While the rest of the ''VideoGame/AlienBreed'' series play this straight (especially ''The Horror Continues'', which is the only entry in it's series to actually feature four selectable characters), ''Tower Assault'' has a way around it: the game begins in a crash landing, and if the single player mode is chosen, whoever would be controlled by Player 2 [[DroppedABridgeOnHim wouldn't survive the crash]].

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* While the rest of the ''VideoGame/AlienBreed'' series play this straight (especially ''The Horror Continues'', which is the only entry in it's its series to actually feature four selectable characters), ''Tower Assault'' has a way around it: the game begins in a crash landing, and if the single player mode is chosen, whoever would be controlled by Player 2 [[DroppedABridgeOnHim wouldn't survive the crash]].
23rd Apr '17 12:23:42 AM jormis29
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* Averted in ''Faery: Legends of Avalon'' where you get the choice of a male or a female, and you get the other one as your first companion when you set off on your quest, (you get Azielle for a companion if you play as a male and Aziel if you play as a female) either way they have a massive crush on you.

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* Averted in ''Faery: Legends of Avalon'' ''VideoGame/FaeryLegendsOfAvalon'' where you get the choice of a male or a female, and you get the other one as your first companion when you set off on your quest, (you get Azielle for a companion if you play as a male and Aziel if you play as a female) either way they have a massive crush on you.
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