History MotiveDecay / VideoGames

11th Aug '16 6:04:04 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Didact of ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' started out as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who did not want to fire the Halo superweapons because he knew they would destroy billions of innocents along with [[EldritchAbomination the Flood]]. With a change of writers came a change of motive, and the Didact of ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}'' has become more of an imperialist, who would go as far as to [[spoiler:attempt genocide on humanity (twice!) to turn their bodies into droid soldiers solely to avoid firing the rings]]. ''Literature/HaloSilentium'' works to justify his descent, revealing that [[spoiler:not only did the Flood drive him mad, but when he was then [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in can/Cryptum]] for a hundred millennia, ''[[GoMadFromTheIsolation he was awake the entire time]]'']]. It also retconned the previous reasonable actions of his to have been done by a clone of him, so that the original was always a bigot.

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* The Didact Ur-Didact of ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' started starts out as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who did not want to fire the Halo superweapons because he knew they would destroy billions of innocents along with [[EldritchAbomination the Flood]]. With While he may have been a change of writers came a change of motive, proud Forerunner who didn't like humanity very much, he certainly didn't want to completely wipe them out either, and even had some grudging respect for them. By the Didact of time we meet him in ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}'' has 4}}'', he's become more of an imperialist, who would go as far as a ruthless imperialist whose attempts to [[spoiler:attempt avoid firing the Halos included [[spoiler:attempting genocide on humanity (twice!) to turn their bodies by turning them into droid soldiers solely to avoid firing fight the rings]]. Flood]]; even now, he still wants to do the same, despite there being no apparent Flood to fight. ''Literature/HaloSilentium'' works to justify his descent, revealing that [[spoiler:not only did the Flood drive him mad, but when he was then [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in can/Cryptum]] a Cryptum]] for a hundred millennia, ''[[GoMadFromTheIsolation he was awake the entire time]]'']]. It also retconned the previous reasonable actions of his to have been done by a clone of him, so that the original was always a bigot.
27th May '16 10:14:44 PM Ramidel
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** Wiegraf/Wiglaf from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' started off as a HeroAntagonist rebel fighting to get his men their back pay and recognition from a bankrupt kingdom. Then Ramza kills his sister in combat, and he turns his attention to getting revenge against him, and after his Death Corps is wiped out, joins up with the Shrine Knights. Then, after another battle with Ramza leaves him mortally wounded, he makes a DealWithTheDevil and becomes the Zodiac Brave Velius. The next time you meet him, he doesn't give a damn about Miliuda; he just wants to burn the world and hear humans scream.
18th May '16 5:52:26 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': [[BigBad Master Xehanort]] was initially a WellIntentionedExtremist, believing that the universe was too full of light and believed [[OrderVersusChaos a balance between light and darkness]] was the way for a perfect world to exist. His solution begin a Keyblade War to engulf the worlds in darkness, and when he wins and claims the power of Kingdom Hearts, he can remake it in his image of balance. Nowadays, however, he's become DrunkOnTheDarkSide and merely wants power and knowledge for their own sake.
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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* Another protagonist example is in ''VideoGame/{{Lunarosse}}''. Both Corlia and Yliandra have pretty simple motives that they keep up through the 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 goal, which is [[spoiler:to get out the dream world they're all stuck in and go home]], and keep getting embroiled in the conflict between the empires. Initially, it's just to manage things to keep them from 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 out on how far they've deviated from their goals and they'll go back to 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.
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