History MotiveDecay / VideoGames

28th Mar '17 6:05:17 AM Siempie
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* [[spoiler: Wheatley]] from ''Videogame/Portal2'' spends the first act with [[HeroicMime Chell]], and helps her slip under [[BigBad [=GLaDOS=]]]'s radar in order to escape Aperture Labs. At the end of Chapter 5, Chell helps him take over the facility from [=GLaDOS=]. [[spoiler: At first it seems like he's letting her go, but then he [[OhCrap suddenly]] [[DrunkWithPower and]] [[FaceHeelTurn dramatically]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity goes off the deep end]], becoming obsessed with testing to a sadistic degree and reveals he intends to keep Chell there until she outlives her usefulness, effectively becoming the new BigBad]].
22nd Mar '17 6:59:17 PM BigKlingy
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* In the original ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem]]'', Medus the Earth Dragon king was essentially a military dictator who just happened to be a dragon, who wanted to subjugate the world for power and party as revenge for how humans used to oppress the dragons. By the time of his resurrection in ''Mystery of the Emblem'', he's become a [[DarkIsEvil Shadow Dragon]] and a straight-up OmnicidalManiac with little characterization. In any later games where he's referenced, he's treated as something akin to an UltimateEvil. Though since the series establishes that dragons who live too long without sealing their powers eventually go mad, it's possible there's an in-universe justification for this. From the same games, Gharnef was originally TheStarscream to Medeus, whose main goal was to gather the legendary weapons, [[BatmanGambit trust Marth to kill off his competition]] and take over himself. By ''Mystery'', he's Medeus' loyal [[TheDragon Dragon]] who just wants to resurrect him for, again, OmnicidalManiac reasons. It's possible CameBackWrong via the Darksphere is to blame here.
* Nergal in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'' is a justified In-Universe example. Play through most of the main storyline, and he comes across as a GenericDoomsdayVillain who wants to open the Dragon's Gate and release the dragons on the world ForTheEvulz. Hidden sidequests only available in [[AnotherSideAnotherStory Hector Mode]] reveal that he was once [[spoiler: a kind, loving father who was [[InterspeciesRomance married to a dragon]]. When his wife vanished, he sought to open to Dragon's Gate to find her again.]] He studied Dark Magic extensively to find a way to do this, which unfortunately [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity slowly eroded his mind]] to the point where he's left with an all-consuming desire to open Dragon's Gate at any cost without remembering ''why''. It's also heavily implied that he's [[spoiler: Nils and Ninian]]'s father, which makes the fact that he [[spoiler: uses them as pawns in his schemes, and even forces Eliwood to kill Ninian, without any qualms]] very sad in retrospect.
21st Mar '17 5:54:48 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Ganondorf was revealed in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' to have begun his efforts to conquer Hyrule because he wanted to make a better life for his people by 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.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Ganondorf was revealed in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' to have begun his efforts to conquer Hyrule because he wanted to make a better life for his people by 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 it's just that Link (and thus the player) don't get to learn what he started out wanting until Wind Waker.''Wind Waker''.
10th Feb '17 2:44:48 AM Silverblade2
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* On A meta level, most games have a feature or mini-game that can distract the player from their original task. Players may begin the game trying to beat it, only to grow addicted to acquiring loot, score attack challenges, or finding all the fanservice collectibles. See SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer for more details.
22nd Dec '16 11:37:11 AM kome360
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* On A meta level, most games have a feature or mini-game that can distract the player from their original task. Players may begin the game trying to beat it, only to grow addicted to acquiring loot, score attack challenges, or finding all the fanservice collectibles. See SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer for more details.
18th Dec '16 8:56:02 PM TheDiego908
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* Neo Team Plasma from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. After the events of the first game, their original motivation of liberating Pokémon from mankind for their own sakes was lost thanks to [[spoiler:their leader revealing his true intentions by the end of the first game]]. Now they behave like an outright terrorist group that only cares about taking over Unova by force instead of following their ideals. A small faction that tries to live up their original goals still exists, though.

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* Neo Team Plasma from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. After the events of the first game, their original motivation of liberating Pokémon from mankind for their own sakes was lost thanks to [[spoiler:their leader revealing his true intentions by the end of the first game]]. Now they behave like an outright terrorist group that only cares about taking over Unova by force instead of following their ideals. A small faction that tries to live up to their original goals still exists, though.
18th Dec '16 8:54:58 PM TheDiego908
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* Neo Team Plasma from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. After the events of the original games, their original motivation of liberating Pokémon from mankind for their own sakes was lost thanks to [[spoiler:their leader revealing his true intentions by the end of the first game]]. Now they behave like an outright terrorist group that only cares about taking over Unova by force instead of following their ideals. A small faction that tries to live up their original goals still exists, though.

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* Neo Team Plasma from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. After the events of the original games, first game, their original motivation of liberating Pokémon from mankind for their own sakes was lost thanks to [[spoiler:their leader revealing his true intentions by the end of the first game]]. Now they behave like an outright terrorist group that only cares about taking over Unova by force instead of following their ideals. A small faction that tries to live up their original goals still exists, though.
18th Dec '16 8:53:38 PM TheDiego908
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* Neo Team Plasma from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. After the events of the original games, their original motivation of liberating Pokémon from mankind for their own sakes was lost thanks to [[spoiler:their leader revealing his true intentions by the end of the end of the first game]]. Now they behave like an outright terrorist group that only cares about taking over Unova by force instead of following their ideals. A small faction that tries to live up their original goals still exists, though.

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* Neo Team Plasma from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. After the events of the original games, their original motivation of liberating Pokémon from mankind for their own sakes was lost thanks to [[spoiler:their leader revealing his true intentions by the end of the end of the first game]]. Now they behave like an outright terrorist group that only cares about taking over Unova by force instead of following their ideals. A small faction that tries to live up their original goals still exists, though.
18th Dec '16 8:52:09 PM TheDiego908
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* Neo Team Plasma from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. After the events of the original games, their original motivation of liberating Pokémon from mankind for their own sakes was lost thanks to [[spoiler:their leader revealing his true intentions by the end of the end of the first game]]. Now they behave like an outright terrorist group that only cares about taking over Unova by force instead of following their ideals. A small faction that tries to live up their original goals still exists, though.
2nd Dec '16 11:58:54 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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.

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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 [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil 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.
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