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11th May '17 6:32:51 PM billybobfred
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* Standard procedure in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' for anyone [[{{Brainwashed}} tempered]] by a primal is to put them to death. Even if you could imprison them safely, their newfound devotion [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly is making the primal stronger]], and as far as anyone knows there's no way to ''un''-temper someone.
15th Apr '17 7:02:25 PM BattleMaster
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* The "quadruquel" VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda has a few optional moments to gun down canines too. While rescuing the Moshae for the Angaara, you are given the opportunity to destroy a Kett facility with brainwashed Angaara captives still in it. You can also let Sloane Kelly, a VillainWithGoodIntentions [[spoiler: get shot by a sniper, by just not choosing to intervene via QTE, in order to prop up a different VillainWithGoodIntentions who is more agreeable]]. You will also have to sacrifice either the salarian pathfinder or some krogan scouts, in order to rescue the salarian ark.

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* The "quadruquel" VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda has a few optional moments to gun down canines too. While rescuing the Moshae for the Angaara, you are given the opportunity to destroy a Kett facility with brainwashed Angaara captives still in it. You can also let Sloane Kelly, a VillainWithGoodIntentions [[spoiler: get shot by a sniper, by just not choosing to intervene via QTE, in order to prop up a different VillainWithGoodIntentions who is more agreeable]]. You will also have to sacrifice either it; the salarian pathfinder or some krogan scouts, in order to alternative lets you rescue the salarian ark.captives but leave the facility intact (with very little justification given for why you can't rescue the captives then blow the facility beyond [[IGaveMyWord you giving your word]] to someone you're given the option of [[BoomHeadshot shooting in the face]] seconds later).
8th Apr '17 7:48:50 AM manofwarb
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* The "quadruquel" VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda has a few optional moments to gun down canines too. While rescuing the Moshae for the Angaara, you are given the opportunity to destroy a Kett facility with brainwashed Angaara captives still in it. You can also let Sloane Kelly, a VillainWithGoodIntentions [[spoiler: get shot by a sniper, by just not choosing to intervene via QTE, in order to prop up a different VillainWithGoodIntentions who is more agreeable]]. You will also have to sacrifice either the salarian pathfinder or some krogan scouts, in order to rescue the salarian ark.
4th Mar '17 11:17:53 PM BattleMaster
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* While you can easily be a MessianicArchetype in most of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', when it comes to the dwarven city of Orzammar, if you attempt to give it at least a somewhat happy ending in the epilogue, you will be forced to Shoot the Dog repeatedly because apparently, in dwarven society, NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished. Examples include: [[spoiler: A dwarven girl wishes to study in the Circle of Magi. Seems innocent enough, but helping her may eventually cause the Chantry to start an Exalted March against Orzammar for harboring apostates, so you'll have to shoot her dream down. The same situation will occur in the epilogue when you help an Andrastian priest with his simple request to build a local Chantry church, so you'll have to deny him all help as well. Finally, during the main quest, you'll be forced to work with the MagnificentBastard Bhelen who killed his eldest brother Trian and let the Dwarf Noble PC take the blame, causing him to become exiled; rather than the ReasonableAuthorityFigure Lord Harrowmont. Because once made king, Harrowmont will fall ill, Orzammar will close itself off from the world and fall into political chaos. But if Bhelen becomes king, he becomes a benevolent dictator who abolishes many of the restrictive dwarven policies (like the Caste System) and opens up Orzammar to the world.]]
** [[spoiler: Actually, the Exalted March only starts if you help the Brother trying to spread the Chantry teachings; however, the epilogue is notoriously buggy, so you might get that ending anyway.]]

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* While you can easily be a MessianicArchetype in most of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', when it comes to the dwarven city of Orzammar, if you attempt to give it at least a somewhat happy ending in the epilogue, you will be forced to Shoot the Dog repeatedly because apparently, in dwarven society, NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished. Examples include: [[spoiler: A dwarven girl wishes to study in the Circle of Magi. Seems innocent enough, but helping her may eventually cause the Chantry to start an Exalted March against Orzammar for harboring apostates, so you'll have to shoot her dream down. The same situation will occur in the epilogue when you help an An Andrastian priest with his a simple request to build a local Chantry church, church. Doing so you'll have will result in religious unrest in the city, ultimately leading to deny him all help as well. Finally, the priest's murder and the Chantry contemplating a holy war against Orzammar. Then, during the main quest, you'll be forced to work with the MagnificentBastard Bhelen who killed his eldest brother Trian and let the Dwarf Noble PC take the blame, causing him to become exiled; rather than the ReasonableAuthorityFigure Lord Harrowmont. Because once made king, Harrowmont will fall ill, prove to be an utterly ineffective leader and Orzammar will close itself off from the world and fall into political chaos. But if Bhelen becomes king, he becomes a benevolent dictator who abolishes many of the restrictive dwarven policies (like the Caste System) and opens up Orzammar to the world.]]
** [[spoiler: Actually, the Exalted March only starts if you help the Brother trying to spread the Chantry teachings; however, the epilogue is notoriously buggy, so you might get that ending anyway.
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14th Jan '17 7:41:30 PM contrafanxxx
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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', Snake's ultimate mission is to [[spoiler: eliminate his old mentor, The Boss, in order to avert a nuclear war.]] At the very end, she lays there dying, and orders him to fire the bullet that will end her life. [[PlayerPunch The game forces you to pull the trigger]].

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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', Snake's ultimate mission is to [[spoiler: eliminate his old mentor, The Boss, in order to avert a nuclear war.]] At the very end, she lays there dying, and orders him to fire the bullet that will end her life. [[PlayerPunch The game forces you to pull the trigger]].trigger.
28th Oct '16 5:55:25 AM Dravencour
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* Played straight, [[{{AvertedTrope}} averted,]] [[{{SubvertedTrope}} subverted,]] and all-around [[{{DeconstructorFleet}} torn apart]] in ''[[{{VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine}} Spec Ops: The Line]]''. All of the [[{{WarIsHell}} many,]] [[{{FromBadToWorse}} many,]] '''[[{{MoralEventHorizon}} many]]''' horrible things that happen throughout the game are done by people who claim to be doing it for the greater good or consider the acts a necessary evil. In almost every case, they're just deluding themselves.

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* Played straight, [[{{AvertedTrope}} averted,]] [[{{SubvertedTrope}} subverted,]] and all-around [[{{DeconstructorFleet}} torn apart]] [[{{Deconstructor Fleet}} deconstructed to hell and back]] in ''[[{{VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine}} Spec Ops: The Line]]''. All of the [[{{WarIsHell}} many,]] [[{{FromBadToWorse}} many,]] '''[[{{MoralEventHorizon}} many]]''' horrible things that happen throughout the game are done by people who claim to be doing it for the greater good or consider the acts a necessary evil. In almost every case, they're just deluding themselves.
13th Aug '16 11:52:48 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}'', Sgt Johnson says Keyes must shoot him and herself to prevent themselves from being used to activate the Halos. However, it turns into a KickTheDog when Truth intervenes and kills Keyes himself. WhyDontYouJustShootHim Truth that is. He didn't appear to have a shield ala Regret.
** A more tragic example happened to her father in [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved the first game]]. He was turned into a Flood Proto-Gravemind, and the Chief had to kill him to prevent the Flood from taking over.

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In ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}'', Sgt Sgt. Johnson says Miranda Keyes must shoot him and herself to prevent themselves from being used to activate the Halos. However, it turns into a KickTheDog when Truth intervenes and kills Keyes himself. WhyDontYouJustShootHim Truth that is. He didn't appear to have a shield ala Regret.\n
** A more tragic example happened to her Miranda's father in [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved the first game]]. He was turned into a Flood Proto-Gravemind, and the Chief had to kill him to get his neural lace and prevent the Flood from taking over.obtaining vital information.
24th Nov '15 4:27:21 AM jormis29
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* In ''VideoGame/SplinterCell: Double Agent'', one of your earlier "karma choices" is to [[spoiler: decide whether to shoot the pilot of the helicopter that the terrorist organization hijacked, as an act of loyalty to the terrorists. If Sam decides to instead hesitate and stay loyal to the government, Sam's only friend in the organization does it instead in a last-minute decision to save Sam's face.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/SplinterCell: Double Agent'', ''VideoGame/SplinterCellDoubleAgent'', one of your earlier "karma choices" is to [[spoiler: decide whether to shoot the pilot of the helicopter that the terrorist organization hijacked, as an act of loyalty to the terrorists. If Sam decides to instead hesitate and stay loyal to the government, Sam's only friend in the organization does it instead in a last-minute decision to save Sam's face.]]



*** The above example is made even worse when WordOfGod revealed in ''Conviction'' that not only Sam [[spoiler:killing Lambert]] is canon, but that [[spoiler: Lambert did '''everything''' in Double Agent to protect Sam's daughter, thus only adding to the guilt of killing a friend on a whim.]]

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*** The above example is made even worse when WordOfGod revealed in ''Conviction'' ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction Conviction]]'' that not only Sam [[spoiler:killing Lambert]] is canon, but that [[spoiler: Lambert did '''everything''' in Double Agent ''Double Agent'' to protect Sam's daughter, thus only adding to the guilt of killing a friend on a whim.]]
8th Oct '15 10:56:22 AM Octoya
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* It's not necessary but highly advised you kill your infected friend Billy in ''[[VideoGame/DontEscape Don't Escape 2]]'', or he'll turn into a zombie by nightfall and make your chances of survival a lot tougher. The player character can choose to kill him in a handful of different ways.

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* It's not necessary but highly advised you kill your infected friend Billy Bill in ''[[VideoGame/DontEscape Don't Escape 2]]'', or he'll turn into a zombie by nightfall and make your chances of survival a lot tougher. The player character can choose to kill him in a handful of different ways.
8th Oct '15 9:59:17 AM Protectronics
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* It's not necessary but highly advised you kill your infected friend Billy in ''[[VideoGame/DontEscape Don't Escape 2]]'', or he'll turn into a zombie by nightfall and make your chances of survival a lot tougher. The player character can choose to kill him in a handful of different ways.
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