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31st Jan '18 7:39:52 AM Cryoclaste
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* The backstory of the ''GearsOfWar'' series has the Coalition of Ordered Governments launch a simultaneous KillSat attack on every city and strategic resource on the planet except for the capital city and everything around it on the granite plateau that they're built on in order to buy time to fight back against the Locust, which they had been fighting a losing battle against for the past year. This ends up killing billions but also stops the Locust offensive cold, as the COG government was given an estimate of ''six months'' before the Locust rendered humanity extinct, and fulfills its purpose as the COG, through narrowing the front to a relatively easy-to-defend perimeter instead of a massive, planet-wide government where the Locust could pop up anywhere, and allows humanity to hold out for 13 more years before [[PyrrhicVictory finally winning]].

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* The backstory of the ''GearsOfWar'' ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' series has the Coalition of Ordered Governments launch a simultaneous KillSat attack on every city and strategic resource on the planet except for the capital city and everything around it on the granite plateau that they're built on in order to buy time to fight back against the Locust, which they had been fighting a losing battle against for the past year. This ends up killing billions but also stops the Locust offensive cold, as the COG government was given an estimate of ''six months'' before the Locust rendered humanity extinct, and fulfills its purpose as the COG, through narrowing the front to a relatively easy-to-defend perimeter instead of a massive, planet-wide government where the Locust could pop up anywhere, and allows humanity to hold out for 13 more years before [[PyrrhicVictory finally winning]].
7th Jan '18 7:35:52 AM KingLyger
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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', Yuri is defined by this trope as a ChaoticGood vigilante, putting him at odds with the more LawfulGood Flynn. Near the end of the first arc, Yuri [[spoiler:murders Ragou in cold blood and tosses his body into a river]], because in Yuri's eyes, his target was very close to escaping justice their horrendous crimes. Later, Yuri repeats this feat with [[spoiler:Cumore, who was sending people into the desert to die basically because nobody cared to stop him from doing it]] by giving his target a choice between [[MortonsFork drowning in quicksand or being impaled on Yuri's sword]].
** Yuri also does it in the prequel movie, when Repede's father Lambert is possessed by a monster, forcing Yuri to kill him.

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', Yuri is defined by this trope as a ChaoticGood vigilante, putting him at odds with the more LawfulGood Flynn. Near the end of the first arc, Yuri [[spoiler:murders Ragou in cold blood and tosses his body into a river]], because in Yuri's eyes, his target was very close to escaping justice for their horrendous crimes. Later, Yuri repeats this feat with [[spoiler:Cumore, who was sending people into the desert to die basically because nobody cared to stop him from doing it]] by giving his target a choice between [[MortonsFork drowning in quicksand or being impaled on Yuri's sword]].
** Yuri also does it shoots a few dogs in the prequel movie, when Repede's father Lambert is possessed by a monster, forcing Yuri to kill him.
7th Jan '18 7:30:14 AM KingLyger
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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', Yuri is almost defined by this trope. Near the end of the first arc, he [[spoiler: murders Ragou in cold blood and tosses his body into the river, because Ragou was escaping justice for horrendous crimes]]. Later, he repeats it with [[spoiler: Cumore]].
** He also does it [[spoiler:in the prequel movie, when Repede's father Lambert is possessed by a monster, forcing Yuri to kill him]].

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', Yuri is almost defined by this trope. trope as a ChaoticGood vigilante, putting him at odds with the more LawfulGood Flynn. Near the end of the first arc, he [[spoiler: murders Yuri [[spoiler:murders Ragou in cold blood and tosses his body into the river, a river]], because Ragou in Yuri's eyes, his target was very close to escaping justice for their horrendous crimes]]. crimes. Later, he Yuri repeats it this feat with [[spoiler: Cumore]].
[[spoiler:Cumore, who was sending people into the desert to die basically because nobody cared to stop him from doing it]] by giving his target a choice between [[MortonsFork drowning in quicksand or being impaled on Yuri's sword]].
** He Yuri also does it [[spoiler:in in the prequel movie, when Repede's father Lambert is possessed by a monster, forcing Yuri to kill him]].him.
10th Jun '17 8:24:06 PM billybobfred
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* Defied in ''VideoGame/SpyParty'': If you point at Ms. J's dog, Mog (Designed after John's girlfriend's dog, Olive), as a Sniper, he will duck down into the purse, which is made of kevlar. Since you only have one shot, shooting the purse will not harm Mog. [[note]]But will miraculously kill Ms. J.[[/note]]
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.
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