History MotiveDecay / VideoGames

7th Feb '16 2:03:49 PM nombretomado
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** In the [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI first game]], the Templars are - for the most part - an order of {{well intentioned extremist}}s who want to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans strip humanity of its "free will" in order to bring about peace and stability]]. Their motives are made even more sympathetic by the fact that the events of the game take place during TheCrusades. Yet in the sequel, they have all been reduced to {{card carrying villain}}s who [[KickTheDog kick dogs]] with gay abandon, are motivated purely by their own greed and act only ForTheEvulz. The only possible justification (changes in the organisation between the Crusades and Renaissance) is lost when even the present day Templar doctor who watched Desmond in the first game behaves like more of a Bond villain in the second.
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** In the [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI first game]], the Templars are - for the most part - an order of {{well intentioned extremist}}s who want to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans strip humanity of its "free will" in order to bring about peace and stability]]. Their motives are made even more sympathetic by the fact that the events of the game take place during TheCrusades.UsefulNotes/TheCrusades. Yet in the sequel, they have all been reduced to {{card carrying villain}}s who [[KickTheDog kick dogs]] with gay abandon, are motivated purely by their own greed and act only ForTheEvulz. The only possible justification (changes in the organisation between the Crusades and Renaissance) is lost when even the present day Templar doctor who watched Desmond in the first game behaves like more of a Bond villain in the second.
12th Jan '16 4:52:13 PM Bartzv
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* Ganondorf was revealed in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' to have begun his conquest/invasions intending to make a better life for his people by getting them a home that wasn't as harsh and uninhabitable as the Gerudo Desert. Unfortunately, as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' implies, [[spoiler: he's been latched onto as the host and implement of an ancient demon's death-curse]], resulting in a rapid decay of his motives from "a home for my people" down to "OmnicidalManiac" in a matter of months whenever he tries - judging from what we see, the decay took place entirely during or before his first appearance in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', its just that Link (and thus the player) don't get to learn what he started out wanting until Wind Waker.
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* Ganondorf was revealed in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' to have begun his conquest/invasions intending efforts to conquer Hyrule because he wanted to make a better life for his people by getting giving them a home that wasn't as harsh and uninhabitable as the Gerudo Desert. Unfortunately, as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' implies, [[spoiler: he's been latched onto as the host and implement of an ancient demon's death-curse]], resulting in a rapid decay of his motives from "a better home for my people" down to "OmnicidalManiac" in a matter of months whenever he tries - judging from what we see, the decay took place entirely during or before his first appearance in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', its just that Link (and thus the player) don't get to learn what he started out wanting until Wind Waker.
18th Dec '15 4:31:18 PM Jacob175
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* Bowser from the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Mario series]]. His original motive to kidnap Princess Peach was because she was the only one who could undo the magic spell he put on the Mushroom Kingdom. The second time is apparently just to use her as bait to lure Mario into Dark Land (or maybe to stop her from mailing him magic items). Before long, he was kidnapping her all the time for a totally predictable reason: trying to get her to marry him.
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* Bowser from the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario series]]. His original motive to kidnap Princess Peach was because she was the only one who could undo the magic spell he put on the Mushroom Kingdom. The second time is apparently just to use her as bait to lure Mario into Dark Land (or maybe to stop her from mailing him magic items). Before long, he was kidnapping her all the time for a totally predictable reason: trying to get her to marry him.

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* Bowser from Another protagonist example is in ''VideoGame/{{Lunarosse}}''. Both Corlia and Yliandra have pretty simple motives that they keep up through the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Mario series]]. His whole game, which amount to "Keep my land safe and blow up the other empire". [[spoiler:And the GreaterScopeVillain has his goal of "Manipulate everyone and blow it all up".]] However, the Mnemosyne Company - who are the good guys - lose track of their original motive to kidnap Princess Peach was because she was goal, which is [[spoiler:to get out the only one who could undo dream world they're all stuck in and go home]], and keep getting embroiled in the magic spell he put on conflict between the Mushroom Kingdom. The second time is apparently empires. Initially, it's just to use her as bait manage things to lure Mario into Dark Land (or maybe to stop her keep them from mailing him magic items). Before long, he was kidnapping her destroying everything until they figured out their own goal, but this just results in further escalation until both empires are whipping out their equivalents of tactical nukes on each other. This results in you picking one side or another, but if you decide to TakeAThirdOption, Channing will call them all the time for a totally predictable reason: trying out on how far they've deviated from their goals and they'll go back to get her to marry him.that.
11th Jun '15 3:35:19 PM kome360
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** ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' explains why this trope causes TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The ringleaders of the Golden Path bicker about opposing strategies and ideologies, which goes horribly wrong as their organization grows in power. By the time the king is usurped, the remaining leader will turn Kyrat into a military dictatorship (of what kind depends on who took over the Golden Path completely).
8th Jun '15 10:51:59 PM nombretomado
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** Sephiroth in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' initially turns evil after [[GoMadFromTheRevelation going mad from the (partly false) revelation]] about his origins and deciding to take revenge on humanity on behalf of his mother whom he believes to be a Cetra. After he falls into the Lifestream and floats there for a few years, he returns having decided that it's actually all right that his "mother" is an EldritchAbomination (the one who nearly wiped out the Cetra), and decides to absorb TheLifestream to [[AGodAmI become a god]] and acquire ultimate power. Then [[TheHero Cloud]] defeated him for a second time. In almost every spin-off since Sephiroth is little more than Cloud's archrival, obsessed with defeating him but not before {{MindScrew}}ing him by pointing out how easily he can push Cloud's buttons. He did have a new plot to take over the world in ''[[FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', but he set it aside in the climax for a duel with Cloud and his plan failed when Cloud beat him. [[AllThereInTheManual The accompanying]] novellas reveal he didn't even ''have'' to recreate a physical body for himself to see his plan succeed, he ''chose'' to do it just to rub his rebirth in Cloud's face. At this point Sephiroth is little more than the personification of EvilIsCool, striking iconic poses and dropping quotable one-liners about despair before going off to duel Cloud again. The novellas justify his obsession with Cloud by explaining that his hatred was the only thing that allowed Sephiroth to maintain his individuality in the Lifestream. Sephiroth kept his ego from being absorbed by the Lifestream by thinking really hard about how much he wanted to beat the crap out of Cloud.
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** Sephiroth in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' initially turns evil after [[GoMadFromTheRevelation going mad from the (partly false) revelation]] about his origins and deciding to take revenge on humanity on behalf of his mother whom he believes to be a Cetra. After he falls into the Lifestream and floats there for a few years, he returns having decided that it's actually all right that his "mother" is an EldritchAbomination (the one who nearly wiped out the Cetra), and decides to absorb TheLifestream to [[AGodAmI become a god]] and acquire ultimate power. Then [[TheHero Cloud]] defeated him for a second time. In almost every spin-off since Sephiroth is little more than Cloud's archrival, obsessed with defeating him but not before {{MindScrew}}ing him by pointing out how easily he can push Cloud's buttons. He did have a new plot to take over the world in ''[[FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', but he set it aside in the climax for a duel with Cloud and his plan failed when Cloud beat him. [[AllThereInTheManual The accompanying]] novellas reveal he didn't even ''have'' to recreate a physical body for himself to see his plan succeed, he ''chose'' to do it just to rub his rebirth in Cloud's face. At this point Sephiroth is little more than the personification of EvilIsCool, striking iconic poses and dropping quotable one-liners about despair before going off to duel Cloud again. The novellas justify his obsession with Cloud by explaining that his hatred was the only thing that allowed Sephiroth to maintain his individuality in the Lifestream. Sephiroth kept his ego from being absorbed by the Lifestream by thinking really hard about how much he wanted to beat the crap out of Cloud.
28th Apr '15 9:24:49 AM nombretomado
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** ''BobAndGeorge'' [[strike: filled a plothole]] lampshaded this, with the explanation being that the Soviet government took Dr. Cossack's plans and sold them to Dr. Wily, presumably because he forked over the most cash.
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** ''BobAndGeorge'' ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' [[strike: filled a plothole]] lampshaded this, with the explanation being that the Soviet government took Dr. Cossack's plans and sold them to Dr. Wily, presumably because he forked over the most cash.
24th Apr '15 10:08:09 AM CynicalBastardo
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** ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' covers this as well. Jason's initial motivation is to survive and escape Rook Island with his friends. When he does have an opportunity to get away, he takes the fight to the Privateers instead. In the end, the player must chose whether to play this trope straight and stay with the Rakyat [[spoiler: and be murdered]] or subvert it and escape the island instead.
24th Apr '15 10:05:04 AM CynicalBastardo
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* ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' has an example where it happens with TheProtagonist. You are initially tasked to take out the Jackal, but get caught up in the Civil War while trying to obtain information from both factions. By the time the player catches up with the Jackal, they decide to join forces in order to take out the leadership of the UFLL, the APR and the Private Military Contractors working for both of them and help civilians flee the country.
21st Apr '15 1:43:24 PM PhiSat
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'': In the original game, Miktran/Kronos wanted to use Belcrant to destroy the Er'thers and revive the Aetherian people with clones once that had been achieved, believing the Er'thers had slaughtered his people after winning the war. In the remake, his motive isn't nearly as well-explained and he comes across as wanted to laser the planet ForTheEvulz. He also gained even more hatred for the Er'ther population.
9th Apr '15 6:22:21 PM Discar
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* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'', the Templars are - for the most part - an order of {{well intentioned extremist}}s who want to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans strip humanity of its "free will" in order to bring about peace and stability]]. Their motives are made even more sympathetic by the fact that the events of the game take place during TheCrusades. Yet in the sequel, they have all been reduced to {{card carrying villain}}s who [[KickTheDog kick dogs]] with gay abandon, are motivated purely by their own greed and act only ForTheEvulz. The only possible justification (changes in the organisation between the Crusades and Renaissance) is lost when even the present day Templar doctor who watched Desmond in the first game behaves like more of a Bond villain in the second. ** Motive Decay is possibly justified in AC:Brotherhood, as the player can actually read about the motive decay of the Templars through optional documents. It's clear that the Templars' original motive of taking away free will to create stability has decayed into a flimsy excuse for oppressing the lower class as a means of protecting the interests and prosperity of a small elite. It's true that the villains of ACII were particularly fond of [[KickTheDog kicking puppies]], however. *** After playing AC:Revelations, it seems that this decay was largely limited to the Italian Templars. The Templars in and around Constantinople/Istanbul are a lot more well intentioned. Particularly the BigBad.
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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'': ** In the [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI first ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'', game]], the Templars are - for the most part - an order of {{well intentioned extremist}}s who want to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans strip humanity of its "free will" in order to bring about peace and stability]]. Their motives are made even more sympathetic by the fact that the events of the game take place during TheCrusades. Yet in the sequel, they have all been reduced to {{card carrying villain}}s who [[KickTheDog kick dogs]] with gay abandon, are motivated purely by their own greed and act only ForTheEvulz. The only possible justification (changes in the organisation between the Crusades and Renaissance) is lost when even the present day Templar doctor who watched Desmond in the first game behaves like more of a Bond villain in the second. ** Motive Decay is possibly justified in AC:Brotherhood, ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', as the player can actually read about the motive decay of the Templars through optional documents. It's clear that the Templars' original motive of taking away free will to create stability has decayed into a flimsy excuse for oppressing the lower class as a means of protecting the interests and prosperity of a small elite. It's true that the villains of ACII were particularly fond of [[KickTheDog kicking puppies]], however. *** however. After playing AC:Revelations, ''''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'', it seems that this decay was largely limited to the Italian Templars. The Templars in and around Constantinople/Istanbul are a lot more well intentioned. Particularly the BigBad.

**Haytham's own motives keeps decaying as well, as noted in Assassin's Creed: Forsaken. He initially wanted to avenge his father's murder and rise in the Templar order, and then considers uniting the Assassin and the Templars upon discovering his father was an Assassin. The revelation that Reginald Birch was the man behind his father's death unleashed a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, but even after that he remained a Templar and became more bitter and violent in his old age. As a Grand Master, he works as a behind the scenes Shadow Dictator with vague goals, never explained further beyond a belief that Charles Lee should be in charge, even if Haytham admits notes the latter has no political skills and less tact suggesting that Haytham intended to be The Man Behind the Man. He becomes a pure Templar fanatic in the end, rather than the more thoughtful young man earlier in the game and the book.
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**Haytham's ** Haytham's own motives keeps decaying as well, as noted in Assassin's Creed: Forsaken. He initially wanted to avenge his father's murder and rise in the Templar order, and then considers uniting the Assassin and the Templars upon discovering his father was an Assassin. The revelation that Reginald Birch was the man behind his father's death unleashed a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, but even after that he remained a Templar and became more bitter and violent in his old age. As a Grand Master, he works as a behind the scenes Shadow Dictator with vague goals, never explained further beyond a belief that Charles Lee should be in charge, even if Haytham admits notes that the latter has no political skills and less tact suggesting that Haytham intended to be The Man Behind the Man. He becomes a pure Templar fanatic in the end, rather than the more thoughtful young man earlier in the game and the book.
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