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21st Jan '17 3:06:20 PM DonaldthePotholer
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Contrast CuttingOffTheBranches, which ''does'' choose one and leave the others in the dust, and MergingTheBranches, which combines options in a way not possible in the original rather than creating a completely new option. OriginalGeneration might be used in conjuction.

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Contrast CuttingOffTheBranches, which ''does'' choose one and leave the others in the dust, and MergingTheBranches, which combines options in a way not possible in the original rather than creating a completely new option. OriginalGeneration CipherScything [[note]]either removing or minimizing the role of the FeaturelessProtagonist[[/note]] and/or OriginalGeneration[[note]]creating new characters wholecloth[[/note]] might be used in conjuction.
conjunction.
9th Dec '16 1:42:33 PM infernape612
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', TheHero Chrom could marry one of a five characters: a female Avatar, Sully, Sumia, Maribelle or Olivia. Possibly to avoid the ''insane'' ShipToShipCombat over the issue, the Drama CD seems to go with the nameless village maiden as Chrom's wife, the one who, in-game, he only marries if all of the above options are already taken or [[FinalDeath dead]]. For each of the above 5, Chrom's KidFromTheFuture Lucina will have a sibling, which the audio drama also [[AdaptedOut adapts out]] though the village maiden, making Lucina an only child. There is also one Drama CD with a male Avatar and one with a female one, as well as a Drama CD where both male and female Morgans (the Avatar's child) meet up in the Outrealms. These are situations not possible in the game since [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter both versions of these characters can't exist at the same time.]]
** The second example is the child characters' hair colors, which are inherited from their fathers. And since mostly any male can marry any female, that's a ''lot'' of possible hair colors to keep track of. To avoid this, official artwork generally despicts the children with their mothers' hair colours. [[spoiler: As does Severa, Inigo and Owain's appearence in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', TheHero Chrom could marry one of a five characters: a female Avatar, Sully, Sumia, Maribelle or Olivia. Possibly to avoid the ''insane'' ShipToShipCombat over the issue, the Drama CD seems to go with the nameless village maiden as Chrom's wife, the one who, in-game, he only marries if all of the above options are already taken or [[FinalDeath dead]]. For each of the above 5, Chrom's KidFromTheFuture Lucina will have a sibling, which the audio drama also [[AdaptedOut adapts out]] though the village maiden, making Lucina an only child. There is also one Drama CD with a male Avatar and one with a female one, as well as a Drama CD where both male and female Morgans (the Avatar's child) meet up in the Outrealms. These are situations not possible in the game since [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter both versions of these characters can't exist at the same time.]]
** The second example is the child characters' hair colors, which are inherited from their fathers. And since mostly any male can marry any female, that's a ''lot'' of possible hair colors to keep track of. To avoid this, official artwork generally despicts the children with their mothers' hair colours. [[spoiler: As does Severa, Inigo and Owain's appearence appearance in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''.]]
9th Dec '16 1:34:43 PM infernape612
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*** ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' generally mas multiple protagonists, each of which receives one of the starters so all three are given ample "screentime".

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*** ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' generally mas has multiple protagonists, each of which receives one of the starters so all three are given ample "screentime".
2nd Dec '16 12:52:57 PM DragonRanger
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was an UpdatedRerelease. The US Pokémon Red and Blue are largely based on said rerelease.[[/note]] required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the professor happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an [[EnsembleDarkhorse outside fan favorite]] by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.
*** They then rolled this back into the games in the RecursiveAdaptation ''Pokémon Yellow'', where the player started with a Pikachu but the rival, who normally selects one of the three starters that the player character didn't, ''also'' got a third option starter, an Eevee. And then back in the anime even that Eevee is subject to this: in ''Yellow'', the rival's Eevee could evolve into Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon based on how often you beat him in your early battles. In the anime, Gary gets an Eevee like his ''Yellow'' counterpart, but since he never battles Ash until much later his Eevee was revealed to have evolved into an Umbreon, which was introduced in the sequel.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red The games give a choice of three {{Starter Mon}}s, and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was an UpdatedRerelease. The US Pokémon Red and Blue adaptations are largely based on said rerelease.[[/note]] required usually loath to favor one over the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. others:
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The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the professor happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an [[EnsembleDarkhorse outside fan favorite]] by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the The starters from all the game sequels games would also eventually appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they sometimes one would evolve be more or less prominent than the others - for instance, in the ''XYZ'' seasons Greninja would vary.
become one of Ash's featured Pokémon and even received a unique SuperMode, while Chesnaught and Delphox faded into the background.
*** They then The anime's third option was rolled this back into the games in the RecursiveAdaptation ''Pokémon Yellow'', where the player started with a Pikachu but the rival, who normally selects one of the three starters that the player character didn't, ''also'' got a third option starter, an Eevee. And then back in the anime even that Eevee is subject to this: in ''Yellow'', the rival's Eevee could evolve into Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon based on how often you beat him in your early battles. In the anime, Gary gets an Eevee like his ''Yellow'' counterpart, but since he never battles Ash until much later his Eevee was revealed to have evolved into an Umbreon, which was introduced in the sequel.



** Outside of starter Pokémon, adaptations also have to account for the choice of male and female player characters starting with ''Pokémon Crystal''. ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' generally takes both options and TheRival and makes them a PowerTrio of co-protagonists, splitting up the starter Pokémon equally between them. Zig-zagged by the anime: the main character, Ash, was based on the ''Red and Blue'' PC where male was the only option available, and many of his traveling companions are either gym leaders from the games (such as Misty and Brock in the original series) or original characters (Tracey taking Brock's place for the Orange Islands); however, starting from the seasons adapting ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', the female PC would also usually[[note]]May, [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Dawn]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Serena]] got to travel with Ash, while [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Hilda]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Rosa]] were nowhere to be seen[[/note]] be selected to travel with Ash, leaving the male PC out. Only ''Pokémon Chronicles'' used both player options (from ''Gold and Silver'').
** Plots can also differ due to the games' use of OneGameForThePriceOfTwo; often resolved in canon by releasing a third version of the game combining elements of both of the first two. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Brendan/May]] save Hoenn from Team Magma, that was going to make volcanoes erupt by resurrecting the ancient Kaiju, Groudon? Or did s/he save Hoenn from Team Aqua's plan to literally drown everything by resurrecting Kyogre? No, s/he defeated both evil teams and stopped Groudon and Kyogre's battle with the help of Rayquaza. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]] try to use the ruler of Time, Dialga, to destroy and recreate the world? Or did he try to use the ruler of Space, Palkia, for that? Well, he used both and was then defeated by [[EldritchAbomination Giratina]]. In the anime and ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', both Aqua and Magma were enemies of the protagonists, and the arc ended with a Kyogre/Groudon clash; also, Cyrus summoned both Dialga and Palkia, but was defeated without Giratina's involvement.[[note]] In ''Black and White'', which was released later, Cynthia mentions Dawn/Lucas battling Giratina, implying [[CuttingOffTheBranches Platinum is the canon Gen IV game]].[[/note]]

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*** ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' generally mas multiple protagonists, each of which receives one of the starters so all three are given ample "screentime".
*** The [=CoroCoro=] manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' has the protagonist partnered with a [[PreciousPuppies Rockruff]] instead of one of the starters.
** Outside of starter Pokémon, adaptations also have to account for the choice of male and female player characters starting with ''Pokémon Crystal''. ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' generally takes both options and TheRival and makes them a PowerTrio of co-protagonists, splitting up the starter Pokémon equally between them.co-protagonists. Zig-zagged by the anime: the main character, Ash, was based on the ''Red and Blue'' PC where male was the only option available, and many of his traveling companions are either gym leaders from the games (such as Misty and Brock in the original series) or original characters (Tracey taking Brock's place for the Orange Islands); however, starting from the seasons adapting ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', the female PC would also usually[[note]]May, [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Dawn]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Serena]] got to travel with Ash, while [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Hilda]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Rosa]] were nowhere to be seen[[/note]] be selected to travel with Ash, leaving the male PC out. Only ''Pokémon Chronicles'' used both player options (from ''Gold and Silver'').
** Plots can also differ due to the games' use of OneGameForThePriceOfTwo; often resolved in canon by releasing a third version of the game combining elements of both of the first two. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Brendan/May]] save Hoenn from Team Magma, that was going to make volcanoes erupt by resurrecting the ancient Kaiju, Groudon? Or did s/he save Hoenn from Team Aqua's plan to literally drown everything by resurrecting Kyogre? No, s/he defeated both evil two.
*** ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' involved opposing
teams Team Magma and stopped Team Aqua; only in ''Ruby'' Team Magma were the villains trying to summon Groudon and Kyogre's battle Team Aqua was heroic, while in ''Sapphire'' Aqua were the bad guys summoning Kyogre and Magma were the ones trying to stop them. ''Pokémon Emerald'' and most adaptations made it so both teams were evil and succeeded in summoning their monster, leading to Groudon and Kyogre fighting each other and the protagonists trying to stop both of them with the help of Rayquaza. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]] Rayquaza.
*** In ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', did Cyrus
try to use the ruler of Time, Dialga, to destroy and recreate the world? Or did he try to use the ruler of Space, Palkia, for that? Well, in ''Pokémon Platinum'' he used both and was then defeated by [[EldritchAbomination Giratina]]. In the anime and ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', both Aqua and Magma were enemies of the protagonists, and the arc ended with a Kyogre/Groudon clash; also, Cyrus summoned both Dialga and Palkia, but was defeated without Giratina's involvement.[[note]] In [[note]]In ''Black and White'', which was released later, Cynthia mentions Dawn/Lucas battling Giratina, implying [[CuttingOffTheBranches Platinum is the canon Gen IV game]].[[/note]]



** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' has no third version to reconcile the Team Flare plot, so the anime instead has Team Flare only target Zygarde and not bother with the cover legendaries. It also serves to [[EarlyBirdCameo debut new forms]] for Zygarde ahead of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''.
** The [=CoroCoro=] manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' has the protagonist partnered with a [[PreciousPuppies Rockruff]] instead of one of the starters.

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** *** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' has no third version to reconcile the whether Team Flare plot, was going after Xerneas or Ylveltal, so the anime instead has Team Flare only target Zygarde and not bother with the cover legendaries. It also serves to [[EarlyBirdCameo debut new forms]] for Zygarde ahead of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''.
** The [=CoroCoro=] manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' has the protagonist partnered with a [[PreciousPuppies Rockruff]] instead of one of the starters.
''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''.
14th Nov '16 6:15:42 AM Synchronicity
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** Plots can also differ due to the games' use of OneGameForThePriceOfTwo; often resolved in canon by releasing a third version of the game combining elements of both of the first two. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Brendan/May]] save Hoenn from Team Magma, that was going to make volcanoes erupt by resurrecting the ancient Kaiju, Groudon? Or did s/he save Hoenn from Team Aqua's plan to literally drown everything by resurrecting Kyogre? No, s/he defeated both evil teams and stopped Groudon and Kyogre's battle with the help of Rayquaza. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]] try to use the ruler of Time, Dialga, to destroy and recreate the world? Or did he try to use the ruler of Space, Palkia, for that? Well, he used both and was then defeated by [[EldritchAbomination Giratina]]. In the anime and ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', both Aqua and Magma were enemies of the protagonists, and the arc ended with a Kyogre/Groudon clash; also, Cyrus summoned both Dialga and Palkia, but was defeated without Giratina's involvement.[[note]] In ''Black and White'', which was released later, Cynthia mentions Dawn/Lucas battling Giratina, implying [[CuttingOffTheBranches Platinum is the canon Gen IV game.[[/note]]

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** Plots can also differ due to the games' use of OneGameForThePriceOfTwo; often resolved in canon by releasing a third version of the game combining elements of both of the first two. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Brendan/May]] save Hoenn from Team Magma, that was going to make volcanoes erupt by resurrecting the ancient Kaiju, Groudon? Or did s/he save Hoenn from Team Aqua's plan to literally drown everything by resurrecting Kyogre? No, s/he defeated both evil teams and stopped Groudon and Kyogre's battle with the help of Rayquaza. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]] try to use the ruler of Time, Dialga, to destroy and recreate the world? Or did he try to use the ruler of Space, Palkia, for that? Well, he used both and was then defeated by [[EldritchAbomination Giratina]]. In the anime and ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', both Aqua and Magma were enemies of the protagonists, and the arc ended with a Kyogre/Groudon clash; also, Cyrus summoned both Dialga and Palkia, but was defeated without Giratina's involvement.[[note]] In ''Black and White'', which was released later, Cynthia mentions Dawn/Lucas battling Giratina, implying [[CuttingOffTheBranches Platinum is the canon Gen IV game.game]].[[/note]]
14th Nov '16 6:15:33 AM Synchronicity
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** Plots can also differ due to the games' use of OneGameForThePriceOfTwo; often resolved in canon by releasing a third version of the game combining elements of both of the first two. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Brendan/May]] save Hoenn from Team Magma, that was going to make volcanoes erupt by resurrecting the ancient Kaiju, Groudon? Or did s/he save Hoenn from Team Aqua's plan to literally drown everything by resurrecting Kyogre? No, s/he defeated both evil teams and stopped Groudon and Kyogre's battle with the help of Rayquaza. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]] try to use the ruler of Time, Dialga, to destroy and recreate the world? Or did he try to use the ruler of Space, Palkia, for that? Well, he used both and was then defeated by [[EldritchAbomination Giratina]]. In the anime and ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', both Aqua and Magma were enemies of the protagonists, and the arc ended with a Kyogre/Groudon clash; also, Cyrus summoned both Dialga and Palkia, but was defeated without Giratina's involvement.

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** Plots can also differ due to the games' use of OneGameForThePriceOfTwo; often resolved in canon by releasing a third version of the game combining elements of both of the first two. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Brendan/May]] save Hoenn from Team Magma, that was going to make volcanoes erupt by resurrecting the ancient Kaiju, Groudon? Or did s/he save Hoenn from Team Aqua's plan to literally drown everything by resurrecting Kyogre? No, s/he defeated both evil teams and stopped Groudon and Kyogre's battle with the help of Rayquaza. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]] try to use the ruler of Time, Dialga, to destroy and recreate the world? Or did he try to use the ruler of Space, Palkia, for that? Well, he used both and was then defeated by [[EldritchAbomination Giratina]]. In the anime and ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', both Aqua and Magma were enemies of the protagonists, and the arc ended with a Kyogre/Groudon clash; also, Cyrus summoned both Dialga and Palkia, but was defeated without Giratina's involvement.[[note]] In ''Black and White'', which was released later, Cynthia mentions Dawn/Lucas battling Giratina, implying [[CuttingOffTheBranches Platinum is the canon Gen IV game.[[/note]]
1st Nov '16 2:51:56 AM Sammettik
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** The upcoming [=CoroCoro=] manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' has the protagonist partnered with a [[PreciousPuppies Rockruff]] instead of one of the starters.

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** The upcoming [=CoroCoro=] manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' has the protagonist partnered with a [[PreciousPuppies Rockruff]] instead of one of the starters.
31st Oct '16 1:17:03 PM Grade0
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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is famous for its odd continuity, but for the several years during which the timeline wasn't known, many fans agreed that ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' resulted in [[AlternateTimeline a split timeline]]: [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker one where Hyrule is flooded after Ganondorf makes good on his promise to return]], and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess one where Ganondorf is executed before he can even attempt his coup d'état[[note]]Well, they try to execute him away.[[/note]]]]. All well and good, except that the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI four]] [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink previously]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast released]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening games]] couldn't logically fit in either of these branches or with the games that took place before Ocarina. When Nintendo finally revealed an official timeline for the series in 2013, it was revealed that there is actually [[TakeAThirdOption a third timeline]] that takes place if Link '''[[TheHeroDies dies]]''' in ''Ocarina of Time'''s final battle.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is famous for its odd continuity, but for the several years during which the timeline wasn't known, many fans agreed that ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' resulted in [[AlternateTimeline a split timeline]]: [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker one where Hyrule is flooded after Ganondorf makes good on his promise to return]], and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess one where Ganondorf is executed before he can even attempt his coup d'état[[note]]Well, d'état]][[note]]Well, they try to execute him away.[[/note]]]].[[/note]]. All well and good, except that the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI four]] [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink previously]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast released]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening games]] couldn't logically fit in either of these branches or with the games that took place before Ocarina. When Nintendo finally revealed an official timeline for the series in 2013, it was revealed that there is actually [[TakeAThirdOption a third timeline]] that takes place if Link '''[[TheHeroDies dies]]''' in ''Ocarina of Time'''s final battle.
21st Oct '16 5:01:21 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The story of the original ''Bible Black'' game has two main routes: viewpoint protagonist Minase either [[spoiler:keeps the eponymous grimoire and becomes Kitami's [[VillainProtagonist apprentice in the dark arts]]]], or (more conventionally) [[spoiler:lets it fall into Saeki's hands and winds up trying to save his [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] Imari from [[GrandTheftMe Kitami's plot]]]]. The anime sacrifices the story's integrity ([[PornWithPlot which, yes, it]] ''[[PornWithPlot did]]'' [[PornWithPlot actually have]]) in order to [[PornWithoutPlot maximize the sex scenes]], [[spoiler:following the former route up to [[MoralEventHorizon Minase delivering Imari to Kitami]], at which point [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Kitami abandons Minase for Saeki]], prompting an instant HeelFaceTurn in Minase, and the latter route takes over]]. Now, this combination [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot might actually have made some sense]] if they'd just included a line or two about [[spoiler:Kitami [[MagnificentBastard stringing Minase along to get at Imari]] (although it still wouldn't have excused Minase's just-too-late "change of heart")]], but [[TheyJustDidntCare they didn't]].

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* The story of the original ''Bible Black'' game has two main routes: viewpoint protagonist Minase either [[spoiler:keeps the eponymous grimoire and becomes Kitami's [[VillainProtagonist apprentice in the dark arts]]]], or (more conventionally) [[spoiler:lets it fall into Saeki's hands and winds up trying to save his [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] Imari from [[GrandTheftMe Kitami's plot]]]]. The anime sacrifices the story's integrity ([[PornWithPlot which, yes, it]] ''[[PornWithPlot did]]'' [[PornWithPlot actually have]]) in order to [[PornWithoutPlot maximize the sex scenes]], [[spoiler:following the former route up to [[MoralEventHorizon Minase delivering Imari to Kitami]], at which point [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Kitami abandons Minase for Saeki]], prompting an instant HeelFaceTurn in Minase, and the latter route takes over]]. Now, this combination [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot might actually have made some sense]] if they'd just included a line or two about [[spoiler:Kitami [[MagnificentBastard stringing Minase along to get at Imari]] (although it still wouldn't have excused Minase's just-too-late "change of heart")]], but [[TheyJustDidntCare they didn't]].didn't.
6th Oct '16 12:02:45 AM Kadorhal
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was an UpdatedRerelease. The US Pokémon Red and Blue are largely based on said rerelease.[[/note]] required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was an UpdatedRerelease. The US Pokémon Red and Blue are largely based on said rerelease.[[/note]] required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof professor happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an [[EnsembleDarkhorse outside fan favorite favorite]] by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.



*** For another case of games taking a third option, ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' feature battles against Red (''Red and Blue''[='s=] player character) and Blue (''Red and Blue''[='s=] Rival). Red's team features all four possible starters (which includes a Pikachu to represent ''Yellow Version''), with the remaining two Pokémon being forced encounters or gifts in ''Red and Blue'' (one of the route-blocking Snorlaxes, alongside either the free Eevee from Celadon in the original versions or the free Lapras from Silph Co. in the remakes). Blue uses the same team he used in ''Red and Blue'' with one exception; in ''Red and Blue'' he'd have his starter in place of one other Pokémon of the same type, while ''Gold and Silver'' makes no such substitutions.
** Outside of starter Pokémon, adaptations also have to account for the choice of male and female player characters starting with ''Gold and Silver''. ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' generally takes both options and TheRival and makes them a PowerTrio of co-protagonists, splitting up the starter Pokémon equally between them. Zig-zagged by the anime: the main character, Ash, was based on the ''Red and Blue'' PC where male was the only option available, and many of his traveling companions are either gym leaders from the games or original characters; however, sometimes the latest games' female PC would also be selected to travel with Ash, leaving the male PC out. Only ''Pokémon Chronicles'' used both player options (from ''Gold and Silver'').

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*** For another case of games taking a third option, ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' feature battles against Red (''Red and Blue''[='s=] player character) and Blue (''Red and Blue''[='s=] Rival). Red's team features all four possible starters (which includes a Pikachu to represent ''Yellow Version''), with the remaining two Pokémon being forced encounters or gifts in ''Red and Blue'' (one of the route-blocking Snorlaxes, alongside either Snorlaxes) or gifts (either the free Eevee from Celadon in the original versions or the free Lapras from Silph Co. in the remakes).remakes) in ''Red and Blue''. Blue uses the same team he used in ''Red and Blue'' with one exception; in ''Red and Blue'' he'd have his starter in place of one other Pokémon of the same type, while ''Gold and Silver'' makes no such substitutions.
** Outside of starter Pokémon, adaptations also have to account for the choice of male and female player characters starting with ''Gold and Silver''.''Pokémon Crystal''. ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' generally takes both options and TheRival and makes them a PowerTrio of co-protagonists, splitting up the starter Pokémon equally between them. Zig-zagged by the anime: the main character, Ash, was based on the ''Red and Blue'' PC where male was the only option available, and many of his traveling companions are either gym leaders from the games (such as Misty and Brock in the original series) or original characters; characters (Tracey taking Brock's place for the Orange Islands); however, sometimes starting from the latest games' seasons adapting ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', the female PC would also usually[[note]]May, [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Dawn]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Serena]] got to travel with Ash, while [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Hilda]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Rosa]] were nowhere to be seen[[/note]] be selected to travel with Ash, leaving the male PC out. Only ''Pokémon Chronicles'' used both player options (from ''Gold and Silver'').



** When the events of the second game are referenced elsewhere in the EU, both of the gender-exclusive companions were in the (female) Exile's crew.
* The ''StarOcean'' series always has mutually exclusive characters, particularly in the second game. The [[TheAnimeOfTheGame anime adaptation]] of ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory The Second Story]]'', which covers the events of the first disc, cuts a few corners and has all the disc 1 characters join Claude and Rena. This caused a small-scale UrbanLegendOfZelda, where people started to believe that it's possible to recruit both Ashton and Opera in the same game as well as recruit Dias on Claude's route. Neither situation is possible in the game. The sequel, ''Blue Sphere'', and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it line in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'''s manual confirm that all ten optional party members were canonically recruited.

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** When the events of the second game are referenced elsewhere in the EU, the Exile is noted to be female, but both of the gender-exclusive companions (the Handmaiden for male and the Disciple for female) were in the (female) Exile's her crew.
* The ''StarOcean'' ''Franchise/StarOcean'' series always has mutually exclusive characters, particularly in the second game. The [[TheAnimeOfTheGame anime adaptation]] of ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory The Second Story]]'', which covers the events of the first disc, cuts a few corners and has all the disc 1 characters join Claude and Rena. This caused a small-scale UrbanLegendOfZelda, where people started to believe that it's possible to recruit both Ashton and Opera in the same game as well as recruit Dias on Claude's route. Neither situation is possible in the game. The sequel, ''Blue Sphere'', and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it line in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'''s manual confirm that all ten optional party members were canonically recruited.



** However, {{Road Cone}}s are still there for the pairing: [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Colette is canonically Lloyd's soulmate.]]
*** Although a bonus scene in the game [[SchrodingersGun allows you to choose even that.]]

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** However, {{Road Cone}}s are still there for the pairing: [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Colette is canonically Lloyd's soulmate.]]
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]] Although a bonus scene in the game [[SchrodingersGun allows you to choose even that.]]



* ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' has an ending where one friend (either [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Anne/Ann or Rolla/Laura]]) survives along with Jennifer (Ending S). Rather than pick between Anne and Rolla and have one appear in both the sequel and the various spinoff media, the developers decided to use the other endings where Jen survives but no one else does (Endings A, B and C).
** Ending C specifically is established as canon in the ending of the later game, when Dan's name (which Jennifer only learns in that ending) is mentioned and Jennifer shrinks back. Which is kind of strange, because you'd have to be using some wacky moon logic to get Ending C normally.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Snake can try to save Meryl depending on a choice made during an ElectricTorture at the middle of the game - if the player chooses to resist, [[spoiler:Otacon stays behind in an attempted HeroicSacrifice to hold open a gate for Snake and Meryl to escape through (although he lives), and Snake tells his real name to Meryl]]; if the player submits, [[spoiler:Otacon comes up onto Rex to talk Snake down (the gate has already been opened by Otacon), and Snake tells his real name to Otacon]]. Both the novel and comic book adaptations went with an ending where [[spoiler:Snake escaped with both Meryl and Otacon at once, and told both of them his real name together]].

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* ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' has an ending where one friend (either [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Anne/Ann or Rolla/Laura]]) survives along with Jennifer (Ending S). Rather than pick between Anne and Rolla and have one appear in both the sequel and the various spinoff media, the developers decided to use the other endings where Jen survives but no one else does (Endings A, B and C).
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C). Ending C specifically is established as canon in the ending of the later game, when Dan's name (which Jennifer only learns in that ending) is mentioned and Jennifer shrinks back. Which is kind of strange, because you'd have to be using some wacky moon logic to get Ending C normally.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Snake can try to save Meryl depending on a choice made during an ElectricTorture at the middle of the game - if the player chooses to resist, [[spoiler:Otacon stays behind in an attempted HeroicSacrifice to hold open a gate for Snake and Meryl to escape through (although he lives), and Snake tells his real name to Meryl]]; if the player submits, [[spoiler:Otacon comes up onto Rex to talk Snake down (the gate has down, having already been opened by Otacon), the gate, and Snake tells his real name to Otacon]]. Both the novel and comic book adaptations went with an ending where [[spoiler:Snake escaped with both Meryl and Otacon at once, and told both of them his real name together]].
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