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10th Oct '17 4:18:57 PM TheNerevarine
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* Season 1 of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' has Lee go through so much. His wife cheated on him with a senator and he apparently killed him in retaliation, which has Lee arrested and being hauled away to jail by the sheriff. He gets caught up in the ZombieApocalypse and meets an 8 year old girl named Clementine whose parents went missing when the walkers attacked. Every survivor Lee meets is either crazy, hotheaded, hates his guts, or puts everyone in danger. Lee eventually runs into his brother, who had become a zombie and has no choice but to kill him in order to get a key. True to ''The Walking Dead'' formula, most of the survivors Lee meets will wind up dead sooner or later. Clementine is put in danger several times (something another survivor points out to Lee to criticize him), causing Lee to go through hell and back just to keep her safe. Did you not side with Kenny whenever he got too hotheaded with Lee or another survivor? He'll make things harder for Lee in crucial moments out of spite. The van Lee's group uses to get away from the motel invaded by bandits? It's either stolen by a survivor in the group that snaps or the engine fails. Kenny's idea of finding a boat in the heart of the city? Yeah, there ain't any boats by the time Lee's group arrive. And just to seal the deal, [[spoiler: Lee gets bitten by a walker and will become one himself in a matter of time. Even if you choose to have Lee's infected arm amputated, it doesn't slow the infection at all. In the end, Lee dies and the only thing you can have Clementine tearfully do is either leave Lee handcuffed to the radiator so he'll turn while restrained or have her shoot him so that he can [[DyingAsYourself die while still human.]]]]

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* Season 1 of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' has Lee go through so much. His wife cheated on him with a senator and he apparently killed him in retaliation, which has Lee arrested and being hauled away to jail by the sheriff. He gets caught up in the ZombieApocalypse and meets an 8 year old girl named Clementine whose parents went missing when the walkers attacked. Every survivor Lee meets is either crazy, hotheaded, hates his guts, or puts everyone in danger. Lee eventually runs into his brother, who had become a zombie and has no choice but to kill him in order to get a key. True to ''The Walking Dead'' formula, most of the survivors Lee meets will wind up dead sooner or later. Clementine is put in danger several times (something another survivor points out to Lee to criticize him), causing Lee to go through hell and back just to keep her safe. Did you not side with Kenny whenever he got too hotheaded with Lee or another survivor? He'll make things harder for Lee in crucial moments out of spite. The van Lee's group uses to get away from the motel invaded by bandits? It's either stolen by a survivor in the group that snaps or the engine fails. Kenny's idea of finding a boat in the heart of the city? Yeah, there ain't any boats by the time Lee's group arrive. And just to seal the deal, [[spoiler: Lee gets bitten by a walker and will become one himself in a matter of time. Even if you choose to have Lee's infected arm amputated, it doesn't slow the infection at all. In the end, Lee dies and the only thing you can have Clementine tearfully do is either leave Lee handcuffed to the radiator so he'll turn while restrained or have her shoot him so that he can [[DyingAsYourself die while still human.]]]]]]]]
* ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfWar'' becomes this due to ForegoneConclusion and DoomedByCanon given its set before ''Franchise/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy. [[spoiler:Talion and Celebrimbor are unable to defeat Sauron (partly because he is indestructible so long as his One Ring exists and nobody knows its currently in [[Literature/TheHobbit Bilbo Baggins']] possession), he manages to conquer Minas Ithil and turn it into Minas Morgul. By the end of the game, Celebrimbor (who has become corrupted himself and plans to rule Middle-Earth as the Bright Lord) abandons Talion and goes on to fight Sauron himself only to be defeated. After the FinalBoss, Talion becomes a renegade Ringwraith and decides to hold his position in Mordor in hopes of containing the Dark Lord's forces, and he does so for many decades until he too gets corrupted and becomes another minion of Sauron, rendering his struggle also pointless. The only silver-linings to this trope that Sauron is destined to be destroyed at the end of ''Return of the King'' and Talion will be released from his curse after his death]].
21st Sep '17 12:45:10 PM ZorotheGallade
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** Which makes the [[EasterEgg "wait" ending]] even worse in retrospect. [[spoiler: You're just waiting for the victim to pass out from her wounds, disease and poison without her being able to do anything to reach you]].
20th Sep '17 4:22:01 PM DrakeKelson
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'': The crown prince and his three bodyguards set out on a quest to stop an empire from experimenting with a highly unstable crystal, which could unleash a horde of demons into the world by infesting entire towns of humans with dark essence. [[spoiler:THEY FAIL. They might even reach level 100, but Ardyn has ResurrectiveImmortality and a near-unlimited healing factor, so they can't stop him from casting a demon-summoning spell he's been working on for the past four thousand years with summoning circles in thousands of remote locations, not to mention he has his OWN god on his side. The world undergoes an apocalypse for the next decade as the WORLD STOPS ROTATING so the entire continent is shrouded in endless night with hordes of imps and house-sized demon knights roam the land, free of their weakness to sunlight and the population of the world goes from millions to tens of thousands. The prince has to use a kamikaze attack to stop Ardyn and fix the earth's rotation so demons will hide from the sun once more, and by that time the survivors are now addicted to demon hunting and hunt down the (formerly human) demons for sport, damning the shattered world even further.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'': The crown prince and his three bodyguards set out on a quest to stop an empire from experimenting with a highly unstable crystal, which could unleash a horde of demons into the world by infesting entire towns of humans with dark essence. [[spoiler:THEY FAIL. They might even reach level 100, but Ardyn has ResurrectiveImmortality and a near-unlimited healing factor, so they can't stop him from casting a demon-summoning spell he's been working on for the past four thousand years with summoning circles in thousands of remote locations, not to mention he has his OWN god on his side. The world undergoes an apocalypse for the next decade as the WORLD STOPS ROTATING so the entire continent is shrouded in endless night with hordes of imps and house-sized demon knights roam the land, free of their weakness to sunlight and the population of the world goes from millions to tens of thousands. The prince has to use a kamikaze attack to stop Ardyn and fix the earth's rotation so demons will hide from the sun once more, more. By then, however, the ending SUBVERTS this, with the heroes efforts ultimately succeeding as light is returned to the world, daemons are banished FOREVER, and by finally the EvilEmpire that time sparked the survivors are entire plot is now addicted to demon hunting long gone, with Noctis TogetherInDeath with Lunafreya and hunt down the (formerly human) demons for sport, damning other heroes implied to either be PeacefulInDeath or helping to rebuild the shattered world even further.and set it on a course for a brighter future. All in all, everything LOOKS like it's a ShaggyDogStory, but it ultimately is one of the most powerful subversions in the series yet.]]
17th Sep '17 7:23:43 AM Doug86
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* One possible ending in ''ShadowOfDestiny'' has the main character [[spoiler: escape death and, in the process, [[AnAesop realise how precious life is]]. It's all very heartwarming... and then he lies down to look at the sky and is promptly run over by a car. End of game.]]

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* One possible ending in ''ShadowOfDestiny'' ''VideoGame/ShadowOfDestiny'' has the main character [[spoiler: escape death and, in the process, [[AnAesop realise how precious life is]]. It's all very heartwarming... and then he lies down to look at the sky and is promptly run over by a car. End of game.]]
12th Sep '17 6:48:29 PM kome360
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles: Echoes of Time'', [[spoiler:Larkeicus spent 2,000 years planning a way to restore the crystals to the world, building a tower miles high to reach the place the cataclysm would occur. It then occurs anyway, only BECAUSE of the methods he used in the process, and since he's there at the time it ends up killing him. To top that off, the only reason it happened so nauseatingly high in the sky was because he built the tower that high.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'''s first half is a ShootTheShaggyDog story; for the first time in the Final Fantasy series, the bad guy canonically wins by ascending to godhood and destroying the world. The second half involves saving what is left of the wasteland from him, which is only possible because he was sorely de-powered by nihilism when he came to the epiphany that ''ALL gods in the Final Fantasy Universe are NOT divine beings but other MORTAL constructs created by some combination of chaos and corrupt humans'', meaning there is no purpose to the FFU other than the players' amusement, which is only confirmed as you order your apocalypse-scarred team to destroy him and all the magic on the planet completely. If there were ever a definition for "The FINAL Fantasy", this would be it.



** Bonus points if you get 100PercentCompletion, which doesn't change the ending but DOES ''laugh directly in your face'': [[spoiler:You try so hard that Caius realizes you exist. He then insults you for spending hundreds of hours trying to rewrite an ending that was already (A)canon, and (B)supported by beings with higher stats in EVERYTHING than the player and the player character multiplied]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'': The crown prince and his three bodyguards set out on a quest to stop an empire from experimenting with a highly unstable crystal, which could unleash a horde of demons into the world by infesting entire towns of humans with dark essence. [[spoiler:THEY FAIL. They might even reach level 100, but Ardyn has ResurrectiveImmortality and a near-unlimited healing factor, so they can't stop him from casting a demon-summoning spell he's been working on for the past four thousand years with summoning circles in thousands of remote locations, not to mention he has his OWN god on his side. The world undergoes an apocalypse for the next decade as the WORLD STOPS ROTATING so the entire continent is shrouded in endless night with hordes of imps and house-sized demon knights roam the land, free of their weakness to sunlight and the population of the world goes from millions to tens of thousands. The prince has to use a kamikaze attack to stop Ardyn and fix the earth's rotation so demons will hide from the sun once more, and by that time the survivors are now addicted to demon hunting and hunt down the (formerly human) demons for sport, damning the shattered world even further.]]



* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles: Echoes of Time'', [[spoiler:Larkeicus spent 2,000 years planning a way to restore the crystals to the world, building a tower miles high to reach the place the cataclysm would occur. It then occurs anyway, only BECAUSE of the methods he used in the process, and since he's there at the time it ends up killing him. To top that off, the only reason it happened so exhaustingly high in the sky was because he built the tower that high.]]
22nd Aug '17 10:30:27 PM spectertv
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** Ending 6, "Submarine", You walk into the main hall, and see [[spoiler:Ace, Santa, and Clover on the staircase, covered in blood. Along with Seven and Lotus, you flee through a series of rooms, which had been unlocked, util you reach the Sun Room. Akane lay dead, and you find the dead bodies Seven and Lotus. With all of the others presumably dead, you run over and examine a strange submarine bobbing on the water. Then... you are stabbed and die, with all of your questions unanswered, and much more mysteries apparent.]]

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** Ending 6, "Submarine", You walk into the main hall, and see [[spoiler:Ace, Santa, and Clover on the staircase, covered in blood. Along with Seven and Lotus, you flee through a series of rooms, which had been unlocked, util until you reach the Sun Room. Akane lay lays dead, and you find the dead bodies Seven and Lotus. With all of the others presumably dead, you run over and examine a strange submarine bobbing on the water. Then... you are stabbed and die, with all of your questions unanswered, and much more mysteries apparent.]]
13th Aug '17 2:49:33 AM Silverblade2
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* This trope is at the utter core of the DarknessInducedAudienceApathy afflicting the ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' series, as many of the things done by the protagonists are used as openings for the villains to make things worse; in particular, there is not a single damn thing Ragna the Bloodedge (the series' main protagonist, we should inform you) has ever accomplished that wasn't used to hurt him in turn. He attempts to defeat Nu in Kagutsuchi? She impales him anyway and drags into the cauldron. Noel stops him from falling in and ends the depressing timeloop that would have resulted, but SelfDemonstrating/YuukiTerumi uses that to kickstart his plans to destroy the Master Unit. Ragna tries to fight Terumi? Terumi jams Ragna's Azure Grimoire and puts him at a disadvantage. Ragna beats the shit out of Terumi after Lambda's HeroicSacrifice? Terumi ''wanted to die'' so he could infiltrate and lobotomize Takamagahara, and Relius finishes him off so he can. Ragna fights Mu-12 and reverts her to her "incomplete" state as Noel? The window of opportunity Terumi needed to do the job. [[spoiler:Ragna fights Nu at Ibukido and holds his ground without the Azure Grimoire? Izanami uses Takamagahara to jam it and push the fight to a stalemated deathmatch. Ragna, Jin and Noel decom Take-Mikazuchi with Ragna later beating Nu with the Grimoire turned off? Izanami reanimates Nu, merges her with Ragna (like what Ragna was trying to avoid in Kagutsuchi), and he can only keep himself from outright killing his two colleagues, with Noel injured and Jin beaten to an inch of his life.]] And that is ''not'' including all the crap he goes through on the way, like getting carved by Carl and Ada, being conned out of what little money he has by Tao and Platinum (the former has no idea the meaning of money, to her only credit), [[spoiler:getting pwned by Kagura with Celica in proximity, getting smacked down by Jin, and nearly losing control over his Azure Grimoire when facing Azrael.]] There are very, ''very'' few who haven't jumped ship or started mocking the games' story that don't wish he could just get something resembling a break from all of it, one which preferably doesn't involve [[spoiler:his death]].

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* This trope is at the utter core of the DarknessInducedAudienceApathy afflicting the ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' series, as many of the things done by the protagonists are used as openings for the villains to make things worse; in particular, there is not a single damn thing Ragna the Bloodedge (the series' main protagonist, we should inform you) has ever accomplished that wasn't used to hurt him in turn. He attempts to defeat Nu in Kagutsuchi? She impales him anyway and drags into the cauldron. Noel stops him from falling in and ends the depressing timeloop that would have resulted, but SelfDemonstrating/YuukiTerumi Yuuki Terumi uses that to kickstart his plans to destroy the Master Unit. Ragna tries to fight Terumi? Terumi jams Ragna's Azure Grimoire and puts him at a disadvantage. Ragna beats the shit out of Terumi after Lambda's HeroicSacrifice? Terumi ''wanted to die'' so he could infiltrate and lobotomize Takamagahara, and Relius finishes him off so he can. Ragna fights Mu-12 and reverts her to her "incomplete" state as Noel? The window of opportunity Terumi needed to do the job. [[spoiler:Ragna fights Nu at Ibukido and holds his ground without the Azure Grimoire? Izanami uses Takamagahara to jam it and push the fight to a stalemated deathmatch. Ragna, Jin and Noel decom Take-Mikazuchi with Ragna later beating Nu with the Grimoire turned off? Izanami reanimates Nu, merges her with Ragna (like what Ragna was trying to avoid in Kagutsuchi), and he can only keep himself from outright killing his two colleagues, with Noel injured and Jin beaten to an inch of his life.]] And that is ''not'' including all the crap he goes through on the way, like getting carved by Carl and Ada, being conned out of what little money he has by Tao and Platinum (the former has no idea the meaning of money, to her only credit), [[spoiler:getting pwned by Kagura with Celica in proximity, getting smacked down by Jin, and nearly losing control over his Azure Grimoire when facing Azrael.]] There are very, ''very'' few who haven't jumped ship or started mocking the games' story that don't wish he could just get something resembling a break from all of it, one which preferably doesn't involve [[spoiler:his death]].
6th Jun '17 11:38:45 AM Nintendoman01
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* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''. At two points in the game you have to save [[spoiler:Dr. Young, getting a NonStandardGameOver if you fail. After you save her the second time she dies ''about a minute later anyway'' falling for a trap left by the Joker. That being said, you DO end up stopping the Joker afterwards, so at least there's that.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'':
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[[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''. At two points in the game you have to save [[spoiler:Dr. Young, getting a NonStandardGameOver if you fail. After you save her the second time she dies ''about a minute later anyway'' falling for a trap left by the Joker. That being said, you DO end up stopping the Joker afterwards, so at least there's that.]]
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', the Joker has a moment that almost perfectly fits this trope, but he's an antagonist instead of a protagonist. [[spoiler:Despite all his plans to save himself from dying of Titan poisoning, he comes extremely close to manipulating Batman to bring him the cure. In fact, Batman has the cure and Joker is in the very same room as him [[BackstabBackfire when Joker stabs Batman in the shoulder, making him drop the cure and dooming Joker, who would have lived if he could have seen that Batman would never intentionally let him die]].]]
** Joker's character arc in the first two games could qualify. His plan to tear down Gotham with Titan enhanced inmates is stopped by Batman; if the ending of Asylum is anything to go by, the Titan would've worn off in less than an hour anyway, so his goons probably wouldn't have reached Gotham in time to do any serious damage. Even if he killed Batman, Joker and his gang would've been rounded up once they turned back to normal and be arrested, thrown into Arkham City, and killed in Protocol 10 (although Catwoman's NonStandardGameOver instead puts forth the idea that he and his goons would have survived the protocol and overthrown Strange). In ''City'', his plan to poison Gotham is thwarted, he ultimately didn't leave any offspring behind as seen in ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', and he dies.
** Batman gets a perfect moment in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''. [[spoiler:He spends a significant amount of time and resources trying to find a way to cure [[CloneByConversion the Joker infected]], even [[LockedOutOfTheLoop deliberately keeping Robin in the dark about Barbara's kidnapping and eventual death to ensure he'll focus on finding the cure]]. Then it turns out that Henry Adams, who Batman hoped would be the key to finding said cure, was [[EvilAllAlong faking his immunity]] the whole time, killing the other infected and then himself when he sees Batman himself is infected. The Joker hallucination that haunts Batman throughout the game takes great delight in rubbing in Batman's face about how he forced Robin to work on a nonexistent cure rather than be an effective ally in the field.
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2nd Jun '17 10:10:06 AM AlienPatch
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* Played straight in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''. At two points in the game you have to save [[spoiler:Dr. Young, getting a NonStandardGameOver if you fail. After you save her the second time she dies ''about a minute later anyway'' falling for a trap left by the Joker.]]

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* Played straight [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''. At two points in the game you have to save [[spoiler:Dr. Young, getting a NonStandardGameOver if you fail. After you save her the second time she dies ''about a minute later anyway'' falling for a trap left by the Joker. That being said, you DO end up stopping the Joker afterwards, so at least there's that.]]



* ''VideoGame/BioShock'' had an AlternateRealityGame for [[VideoGame/BioShock2 the sequel]] called 'Something in the Sea' who's main character became well-liked enough to be placed in the game. Many a fan cheered when they saw Mark Meltzer's first audio diary in the game recording his heroic efforts to rescue his kidnapped daughter. [[spoiler: Not so much cheering at hearing his last...since you take it off his corpse...after YOU kill him personally...with his daughter a few feet away from his body. Because he had been turned into a Big Daddy by Sofia Lamb.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BioShock'' had an AlternateRealityGame for [[VideoGame/BioShock2 the sequel]] called 'Something in the Sea' who's whose main character became well-liked enough to be placed in the game. Many a fan cheered when they saw Mark Meltzer's first audio diary in the game recording his heroic efforts to rescue his kidnapped daughter. [[spoiler: Not so much cheering at hearing his last...since you take it off his corpse...after YOU kill him personally...with his daughter a few feet away from his body. Because he had been turned into a Big Daddy by Sofia Lamb.]]
29th May '17 9:19:59 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/PeasantsQuest'' (a video game spin-off from WebAnimation/HomestarRunner and parody of old {{Sierra}} games) -- The goal is to gather up everything needed to be allowed to go fight the dragon, Trogdor, and then get past the traps guarding the gate to his lair. If you fail, of course, you die. If you succeed... [[spoiler: Trogdor tells you how impressed he is that you got this far, and then burnininates you because, of course, silly peasant, you can't defeat a DRAGON! Fortunately, you get a statue in your honor, so it's not ''completely'' pointless...]]

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* ''VideoGame/PeasantsQuest'' (a video game spin-off from WebAnimation/HomestarRunner and parody of old {{Sierra}} Creator/{{Sierra}} games) -- The goal is to gather up everything needed to be allowed to go fight the dragon, Trogdor, and then get past the traps guarding the gate to his lair. If you fail, of course, you die. If you succeed... [[spoiler: Trogdor tells you how impressed he is that you got this far, and then burnininates you because, of course, silly peasant, you can't defeat a DRAGON! Fortunately, you get a statue in your honor, so it's not ''completely'' pointless...]]
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