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16th Jun '16 5:02:16 AM WhatArtThee
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** The Sea Mauville scenario in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which also develops Professor Cozmo and Gym Leader Wattson, adds a large helping of material normally not used in kid's shows. It includes a SenpaiKouhai schoolgirl couple locking themselves into a side room for a private moment, finding abandoned documents narrating the rise and fall of the Mauville MegaCorp, an account of an employee's failing marriage from the perspective of a child, books about dealing with unemployment, debtors losing their Lopunnite Mega Stones to their debt collectors as collateral, and perhaps darkest of all, [[spoiler:''the harvesting of the life-energy of Pokémon as fuel'']], which is also implied to have [[spoiler:led Wattson to forcibly tank ''all of New Mauville'']]. Among such grown-up themes, it's clear that the writers were expanding on the maturation of Pokemon narrative content as seen in X & Y.

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** The Sea Mauville scenario in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which also develops Professor Cozmo and Gym Leader Wattson, adds a large helping of material normally not used in kid's shows. It includes a SenpaiKouhai schoolgirl couple locking themselves into a side room for a private moment, finding abandoned documents narrating the rise and fall of the Mauville MegaCorp, an account of an employee's failing marriage from the perspective of a child, books about dealing with unemployment, debtors losing their Lopunnite Mega Stones to their debt collectors as collateral, and perhaps darkest of all, [[spoiler:''the harvesting of the life-energy of Pokémon as fuel'']], which is also implied to have [[spoiler:led Wattson to forcibly tank ''all of New Mauville'']]. Among such grown-up themes, it's clear that the writers were expanding on the maturation of Pokemon narrative content as seen in X & Y.
16th Jun '16 4:59:18 AM WhatArtThee
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* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'': The first four ''Ratchet & Clank'' games are rated T.[[note]]Although they would later be rerated E10+ when they were remade in HD.[[/note]] After the E10+ rating was invented, subsequent games were labeled as such despite increasing rates of violence and innuendo. Even Insomniac states that the games aren't meant for kids; they say their audience is 18-34 year olds.
22nd May '16 5:12:39 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is intended to be family friendly, and it is, for the most part. However, should you decide to play through a [[KillEmAll Genocide route]], the game reacts by turning into a grim, depressing slog, arguably darker than some horror games, as you cut a bloody (or dusty, rather) swath across the underground, killing tons of lovable characters along the way--and unambiguously murdering a few! Unlike most of the rest of the game, ''none'' of it is played for laughs at all.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is intended to be family friendly, and it is, for the most part. However, should you decide to play through a [[KillEmAll Genocide route]], the game reacts by turning into a grim, depressing slog, arguably darker than some horror games, as you cut a bloody (or dusty, rather) swath across the underground, killing tons of lovable characters along the way--and unambiguously murdering a few! Unlike most of the rest of the game, ''none'' of it is played for laughs at all.
22nd May '16 2:18:43 PM Midna
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** In ''SonicTheHedgehog2006'', the main villain wants to destroy all of time and space, and Sonic ''gets murdered'' at the end of the game. (He gets better)

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** In ''SonicTheHedgehog2006'', the main villain wants to destroy all of time and space, and Sonic ''gets murdered'' at the end of the game. (He gets better)better.)


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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is intended to be family friendly, and it is, for the most part. However, should you decide to play through a [[KillEmAll Genocide route]], the game reacts by turning into a grim, depressing slog, arguably darker than some horror games, as you cut a bloody (or dusty, rather) swath across the underground, killing tons of lovable characters along the way--and unambiguously murdering a few! Unlike most of the rest of the game, ''none'' of it is played for laughs at all.
3rd May '16 6:17:38 AM MegaMarioMan
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** The DS sequel has [[SuddenDownerEnding the infamous ending]], a woman nearly ''committing suicide'' so her son could be Mayor, and the main villain's [[WellIntentionedExtremist reasons behind]] his scheme to [[spoiler: seemingly]] end the world.
* ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' has the infamous boss fight against [[spoiler: the TrueFinalBoss, Zero, a giant eye with a red iris who freaking shoots ''blood'' at you as an attack, and later ''rips its own iris out of its body'' in a gory manner to keep fighting and then ''explodes, shooting blood '''everywhere'''''!]] That boss fight is ''why'' ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' is reputed as SurpriseCreepy.

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** The DS sequel has [[SuddenDownerEnding the infamous ending]], a woman nearly ''committing suicide'' so her son could be Mayor, and the main villain's [[WellIntentionedExtremist reasons behind]] his scheme to [[spoiler: seemingly]] [[spoiler:seemingly]] end the world.
* ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' has the infamous boss fight against [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the TrueFinalBoss, Zero, a giant eye with a red iris who freaking shoots ''blood'' at you as an attack, and later ''rips its own iris out of its body'' in a gory manner to keep fighting and then ''explodes, shooting blood '''everywhere'''''!]] That boss fight is ''why'' ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' is reputed as SurpriseCreepy.



* ''MagicalStarsign'' starts as a cute, fluffy game but once the second act starts things swiftly go downhill. There's too much horrible stuff going on here to list it all without taking up pages, but to sum it up: [[spoiler: The main plot is about bringing mages to a planet where just being there turns them into into gummy-like inanimate blobs to be used as fuel for a space worm]].

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* ''MagicalStarsign'' starts as a cute, fluffy game but once the second act starts things swiftly go downhill. There's too much horrible stuff going on here to list it all without taking up pages, but to sum it up: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The main plot is about bringing mages to a planet where just being there turns them into into gummy-like inanimate blobs to be used as fuel for a space worm]].



** ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' looks like an average kid's game, but is the darkest series in the franchise, with the main plot being hinged upon ''genocide''. And somehow the ESRB saw fit to give this game an ''E rating''. From the bloody intro of Mega Man Zero to [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Elpizo's]]]] [[SensoryAbuse ear-grating scream]], it's baffling on why it's rated E. And then there's [[PersonOfMassDestruction Omega]] and [[MadScientist Dr. Weil.]]

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** ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' looks like an average kid's game, but is the darkest series in the franchise, with the main plot being hinged upon ''genocide''. And somehow the ESRB saw fit to give this game an ''E rating''. From the bloody intro of Mega Man Zero to [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Elpizo's]]]] [[SensoryAbuse ear-grating scream]], it's baffling on why it's rated E. And then there's [[PersonOfMassDestruction Omega]] and [[MadScientist Dr. Weil.]]



** ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion''. You begin with the story being that Samus was ''nearly killed'' by a parasite called the X, and you're dropped right into the BSL Research Station, which is, as far as you know, completely devoid of human life thanks to the X. Early on you have to navigate a series of eerie unlit corridors because there's been an ''explosion'' in the quarantine room. Turns out it's just a Hornoad-X, but if you explore a bit you find a room completely frozen. If you decide to continue further inside, despite the damage you take from the cold (you've been injected with Metroid DNA) you see [[spoiler: '''Ridley''' (Who was supposed to be '''dead''') frozen in a block of ice.]] Play farther into the game, go down the Main Elevator, and what appears to be [[spoiler: Samus]] bursts into the shaft. [[spoiler: Then it zooms ''right'' in on 'her' face, revealing that it's some kind of mimic.]] You later find out that this mysterious entity is called the [[spoiler: SA-X, and that ''it's tracking you.'' You also can't even hope to kill it yet. You are told to ''run'' if you encounter it.]] And it '''does''' catch up with you. Then there's a boss called the [[spoiler: Nightmare]]. It's been flying through the background of the damaged area of the ARC Sector, startling you the first few times it happens. Then you [[spoiler: fight it]]. It has [[spoiler: a creepy mask, and when you damage it enough the mask breaks, revealing its disgusting alien face that, as you damage it further, begins ''dripping'']].

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** ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion''. You begin with the story being that Samus was ''nearly killed'' by a parasite called the X, and you're dropped right into the BSL Research Station, which is, as far as you know, completely devoid of human life thanks to the X. Early on you have to navigate a series of eerie unlit corridors because there's been an ''explosion'' in the quarantine room. Turns out it's just a Hornoad-X, but if you explore a bit you find a room completely frozen. If you decide to continue further inside, despite the damage you take from the cold (you've been injected with Metroid DNA) you see [[spoiler: '''Ridley''' [[spoiler:'''Ridley''' (Who was supposed to be '''dead''') frozen in a block of ice.]] Play farther into the game, go down the Main Elevator, and what appears to be [[spoiler: Samus]] [[spoiler:Samus]] bursts into the shaft. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then it zooms ''right'' in on 'her' face, revealing that it's some kind of mimic.]] You later find out that this mysterious entity is called the [[spoiler: SA-X, [[spoiler:SA-X, and that ''it's tracking you.'' You also can't even hope to kill it yet. You are told to ''run'' if you encounter it.]] And it '''does''' catch up with you. Then there's a boss called the [[spoiler: Nightmare]].[[spoiler:Nightmare]]. It's been flying through the background of the damaged area of the ARC Sector, startling you the first few times it happens. Then you [[spoiler: fight [[spoiler:fight it]]. It has [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a creepy mask, and when you damage it enough the mask breaks, revealing its disgusting alien face that, as you damage it further, begins ''dripping'']].



** In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam'', you have to save the world from an impending comet while fighting against a Gengar that accuses you of being a cruel traitor that was cursed for selling out his own Pokemon. In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers of Time and Darkness'', the plot is that you have to change the future because, as it is, [[spoiler: it is a world of ''complete'' and ''utter darkness'', where the sun never rises and the wind never blows.]] Besides that, innocent Pokemon get kidnapped, you have extremely freaky visions and, above all else, this whole game is a [[spoiler: ''suicide'' mission. That's right. You ''die'' at the end and you ''know'' you're going to die.]] Chew on that. Finally, in the rerelease of ''Time and Darkness'', they have mini-stories. And each one of those has a bad part, but the worst is probably in the last one, when one of the antagonists plans to [[spoiler: ''suck your soul out of your body (think [[Franchise/HarryPotter dementors]]), possess you, and go to the past in your body to convince people he is you.'']] In the post-credits story, [[spoiler: the BigBad disguises himself as a good guy, visits you in your dreams, and tells you that the world is going to end, that it's all your fault, and that ''you and your partner should kill yourselves.'']]
** ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'' appears to be LighterAndSofter... until [[spoiler: you get betrayed by a fake damsel in distress, learn that the BigBad is an homicidal nihilist who has murdered potentially ''dozens'' of other humans summoned to stop him, see one of your allies ''frozen into a block of ice and shattered into pieces'' and fight a non-Pokemon EldritchAbomination composed of hopelessness, mistrust and despair]]. [[SarcasmMode Definitely kid-friendly.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam'', you have to save the world from an impending comet while fighting against a Gengar that accuses you of being a cruel traitor that was cursed for selling out his own Pokemon. In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers of Time and Darkness'', the plot is that you have to change the future because, as it is, [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it is a world of ''complete'' and ''utter darkness'', where the sun never rises and the wind never blows.]] Besides that, innocent Pokemon get kidnapped, you have extremely freaky visions and, above all else, this whole game is a [[spoiler: ''suicide'' [[spoiler:''suicide'' mission. That's right. You ''die'' at the end and you ''know'' you're going to die.]] Chew on that. Finally, in the rerelease of ''Time and Darkness'', they have mini-stories. And each one of those has a bad part, but the worst is probably in the last one, when one of the antagonists plans to [[spoiler: ''suck [[spoiler:''suck your soul out of your body (think [[Franchise/HarryPotter dementors]]), possess you, and go to the past in your body to convince people he is you.'']] In the post-credits story, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the BigBad disguises himself as a good guy, visits you in your dreams, and tells you that the world is going to end, that it's all your fault, and that ''you and your partner should kill yourselves.'']]
** ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'' appears to be LighterAndSofter... until [[spoiler: you [[spoiler:you get betrayed by a fake damsel in distress, learn that the BigBad is an homicidal nihilist who has murdered potentially ''dozens'' of other humans summoned to stop him, see one of your allies ''frozen into a block of ice and shattered into pieces'' and fight a non-Pokemon EldritchAbomination composed of hopelessness, mistrust and despair]]. [[SarcasmMode Definitely kid-friendly.]]



* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'':

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* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'':''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'': The first four ''Ratchet & Clank'' games are rated T.[[note]]Although they would later be rerated E10+ when they were remade in HD.[[/note]] After the E10+ rating was invented, subsequent games were labeled as such despite increasing rates of violence and innuendo. Even Insomniac states that the games aren't meant for kids; they say their audience is 18-34 year olds.



* The two ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' games are this trope in Australia, where they somehow managed to get PG ratings despite the first game having violent deaths and occasional blood in cutscenes and pretty explicit sexual references (there's jokes about bondage kinks) and the second game being BloodierAndGorier, featuring huge amounts of blood in death cutscenes, terrorist attacks complete with masses of bloody civilian bodies (in one of the first areas of the game, at that), sexual references as normal and ''incredibly'' dark themes towards the end of the game. (The main character has to [[spoiler: murder his brother to save the world]])

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* The two ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' games are this trope in Australia, where they somehow managed to get PG ratings despite the first game having violent deaths and occasional blood in cutscenes and pretty explicit sexual references (there's jokes about bondage kinks) and the second game being BloodierAndGorier, featuring huge amounts of blood in death cutscenes, terrorist attacks complete with masses of bloody civilian bodies (in one of the first areas of the game, at that), sexual references as normal and ''incredibly'' dark themes towards the end of the game. (The main character has to [[spoiler: murder [[spoiler:murder his brother to save the world]])world]].)
27th Apr '16 11:29:28 AM WhatArtThee
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* ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'' and [[VideoGame/ArTonelicoIIMelodyOfMetafalica both of its]] [[VideoGame/ArTonelicoQogaKnellOfArCiel sequels]] have a lot of [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything extremely suggestive themes]] but most of them are just [[DoubleEntendre innuendos in dialogues]] and suggestive outfits. However in the third game there is a straight up sex scene. And these games got extremely low ratings (First one: T in US and 7+ in Europe, Second one: T in US and 12+ in Europe, Third one a [[UpToEleven whooping]] M in US, but only 12+ in Europe)
* ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'':
** The protagonist gets to die in all sorts of graphically violent ways, which has made it extremely hard to understand why this was given a K-A rating [[note]](Kids to Adults, the mid-90's equivalent to the Everyone rating)[[/note]] then.

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* ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'' and [[VideoGame/ArTonelicoIIMelodyOfMetafalica both of its]] [[VideoGame/ArTonelicoQogaKnellOfArCiel sequels]] have ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'' is a lot of [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything extremely suggestive themes]] but most of them are just [[DoubleEntendre innuendos in dialogues]] and suggestive outfits. However in the third game there is a straight up sex scene. And these games got extremely low ratings (First one: T in US and 7+ in Europe, Second one: T in US and 12+ in Europe, Third one a [[UpToEleven whooping]] M in US, but only 12+ in Europe)
* ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'':
** The
where the protagonist gets to die in all sorts of graphically violent ways, which has made it extremely hard to understand why this was given a K-A rating [[note]](Kids to Adults, the mid-90's equivalent to the Everyone rating)[[/note]] then.



* ''VideoGame/DevilChildren'', a LighterAndSofter ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' spinoff series. Most of the games never released outside Japan because they are so far from what is viewed as "appropriate for children" in the West, and even the ones that did had to be chopped up a fair bit -- though, surprisingly, Lucifer kept his name and his status as one of the good guys.
* There's a game called ''Dog's Life'' for UsefulNotes/PlayStation2. It's premise seems nothing bad. A cute game where you play as a dog trying to rescue his damsel-in-distress from a dog catcher, with some ToiletHumor and anatomically correct dogs (only in the CG, though) added in. By the end of the game [[spoiler:you learn the whole thing was a plan by the creepy cat food maker Ms. Peaches, who wants to make dogs into her cat food. You have to save Daisy from being killed by a long line of increasingly violent implements. And in the end Ms. Peaches holds both of you at gunpoint, spouts a bit of profanity, and eventually ends up falling into the now-defunct machine and getting caught in a comically large can as she curses you. And then her machine detects an error in the canning process, draws her back, and ''[[SurpriseCreepy brutally dismembers her]]'' to fit her into more standardized cans while speaking in edgy salesperson-like voice, even using her name as if it knows for a fact it's killing it's creator.]] This game was rated 3+ in Europe, but T in North America. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7bC_kAR-wU You can see that ending here.]]



* The game "Learning with the [=PooYoo=] Part: 1" is supposed to be rated Early Childhood (in other words no violence) but has a moment where if you guess a question wrong an innocent animal falls from the cloud it's trying to jump to and dies.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':

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* The game "Learning with the [=PooYoo=] Part: 1" is supposed to be rated Early Childhood (in other words no violence) but ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has a moment where if you guess a question wrong an innocent animal falls from the cloud it's trying to jump to and dies.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
several examples of this:



* ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'':
** ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' is, for the most part, a fairly innocent, cartoonish romp through childhood wonder and quirkiness. Once in a while you encounter something a little off, like a distinctly cult-like religious group that partakes in human sacrifice. Once in a while you encounter something ''extremely'' off, like ''willingly allowing yourself to have your arms, eyes, ears, and legs slowly taken off''. Very few of these things have any build up, nor are they dwelled upon. They just sort of... happen, leaving the player wondering exactly how they should feel about it. [[spoiler:Then it's final boss time.]]
** ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'': [[spoiler:Multiple incidents of FamilyUnfriendlyDeath, characters going through realistic emotional issues as a result, a scene where the characters (MushroomSamba) go on a terrifying hallucinogenic drug trip]], a villain who represents [[AllegoricalCharacter the sins of humanity]], animal abuse, child suicide, etc.

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* ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'':
** ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' is, for the most part, a fairly innocent, cartoonish romp through childhood wonder and quirkiness. Once in a while you encounter something a little off, like a distinctly cult-like religious group that partakes in human sacrifice. Once in a while you encounter something ''extremely'' off, like ''willingly allowing yourself to have your arms, eyes, ears, and legs slowly taken off''. Very few of these things have any build up, nor are they dwelled upon. They just sort of... happen, leaving the player wondering exactly how they should feel about it. [[spoiler:Then it's final boss time.]]
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''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'': 3}}'', with [[spoiler:Multiple incidents of FamilyUnfriendlyDeath, characters going through realistic emotional issues as a result, a scene where the characters (MushroomSamba) go on a terrifying hallucinogenic drug trip]], a villain who represents [[AllegoricalCharacter the sins of humanity]], animal abuse, child suicide, etc.



* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games are considered all-ages rather than strictly for kids, but still have a situation similar to some of the games here:

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* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games are considered all-ages rather than strictly for kids, but still have a situation similar to some of the games here:games:



** The first four games are rated T.[[note]]Although it would later be rerated E10+ when it was remade in HD[[/note]] After the E10+ rating was invented, subsequent games were labeled as such despite increasing rates of violence and innuendo. Even Insomniac states that the games aren't meant for kids. They say their audience is 18-34 years old.
** "A Crack in Time" was originally supposed to be called "Clockblockers".
** "All 4 One" was supposed to be called "4-Play".



* While ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is intended to be family friendly (and it is, for the most part, assuming you take the [[EveryoneLives Pacifist Route]]), certain parts, such as [[spoiler:Omega Flowey and the entirety of the True Lab]] fall squarely under NightmareFuel. [[spoiler: Not to mention, Alphys strongly implies that she was considering suicide, and appears to actually go through with it on certain Neutral routes.]] And that's not even touching on the [[KillEmAll No Mercy Route…]]
25th Apr '16 8:27:02 AM Darthrai
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** ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' had Crocomire's [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath horrific death]], and it got a K-A rating. Then when it came to Virtual Console in 2007, it still kept its Everyone rating.

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** ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' had Crocomire's is a creepy, dark and atmospheric game that features one boss [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath horrific death]], being stripped to the bone]], and it got a K-A rating. Then when it came to Virtual Console in 2007, it still kept its Everyone rating. When it came to New 3DS Virtual Console in 2016, it was re-rated to a more appropriate Everyone 10+.
28th Mar '16 11:45:02 PM MyFinalEdits
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' definitely ''looks'' like it's for kids, and had an ''E for Everyone'' rating to match. Then you start playing and the first thing you see is an intro screen describing that Hyrule and it's inhabitants were destroyed [[TheGreatFlood biblical style]], then you get to see the [[NightmareFuel Re-Deads]], ''then'' there's the climax [[spoiler:where Link impales Ganondorf through the head and he turns to stone]]. Given these elements, saying this game is "kiddie" is a ''serious'' FandomBerserkButton.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' definitely ''looks'' like it's for kids, and had an ''E for Everyone'' rating to match. Then you start playing and the first thing you see is an intro screen describing that Hyrule and it's its inhabitants were destroyed [[TheGreatFlood biblical style]], then you get to see the [[NightmareFuel Re-Deads]], ''then'' there's the climax [[spoiler:where Link impales Ganondorf through the head and he turns to stone]]. Given these elements, saying this game is "kiddie" is a ''serious'' FandomBerserkButton.
26th Mar '16 4:20:33 PM Waddle
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** ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' looks like an average kid's game, but is the darkest series in the franchise, with the main plot being hinged upon ''genocide''. And somehow the ESRB saw fit to give this game an ''E rating''. From the bloody intro of Megaman Zero to [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Elpizo's]]]] [[SensoryAbuse ear-grating scream]], it's baffling on why it's rated E. And then there's [[PersonOfMassDestruction Omega]] and [[MadScientist Dr. Weil.]]

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** ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' looks like an average kid's game, but is the darkest series in the franchise, with the main plot being hinged upon ''genocide''. And somehow the ESRB saw fit to give this game an ''E rating''. From the bloody intro of Megaman Mega Man Zero to [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Elpizo's]]]] [[SensoryAbuse ear-grating scream]], it's baffling on why it's rated E. And then there's [[PersonOfMassDestruction Omega]] and [[MadScientist Dr. Weil.]]



** ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'' appears to be LighterAndSofter... until [[spoiler: you get betrayed by a fake damsel in distress, learn that the BigBad is an omnicidal nihilist who has murdered potentially ''dozens'' of other humans summoned to stop him, see one of your allies ''frozen into a block of ice and shattered into pieces'' and fight a non-Pokemon EldritchAbomination composed of hopelessness, mistrust and despair]]. [[SarcasmMode Definitely kid-friendly.]]

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'' appears to be LighterAndSofter... until [[spoiler: you get betrayed by a fake damsel in distress, learn that the BigBad is an omnicidal homicidal nihilist who has murdered potentially ''dozens'' of other humans summoned to stop him, see one of your allies ''frozen into a block of ice and shattered into pieces'' and fight a non-Pokemon EldritchAbomination composed of hopelessness, mistrust and despair]]. [[SarcasmMode Definitely kid-friendly.]]



** The first four games are rated T.[[note]]Although it would later be rerated E10+ when it was remade in HD[[/note]] After the E10+ rating was invented, subsequent games were labeled as such despite increasing rates of violence and innuendo. Even Insomniac states that the games aren't meant for kids. They say their audience is 18-34 year olds.

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** The first four games are rated T.[[note]]Although it would later be rerated E10+ when it was remade in HD[[/note]] After the E10+ rating was invented, subsequent games were labeled as such despite increasing rates of violence and innuendo. Even Insomniac states that the games aren't meant for kids. They say their audience is 18-34 year olds.years old.



** ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' features mass government killings,including a terminally ill 12 year old girl, Eggman using "Weapons of mass destruction", blowing up the moon, and putting a gun against Amy's head, and Sonic nearly dying in the equivalent of being ''chained to a bomb''.

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** ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' features mass government killings,including killings, including a terminally ill 12 year old girl, Eggman using "Weapons of mass destruction", blowing up the moon, and putting a gun against Amy's head, and Sonic nearly dying in the equivalent of being ''chained to a bomb''.



* The two ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' games are this trope in Australia, where they somehow managed to get PG ratings despite the first game having violent deaths and occasional blood in cutscenes and pretty explicit sexual references (there's jokes about bondage kinks) and the second game being BloodierAndGorier, featuring huge amounts of blood in death cutscenes, terrorist attacks complete with masses of bloody civillian bodies (in one of the first areas of the game, at that), sexual references as normal and ''incredibly'' dark themes towards the end of the game. (The main character has to [[spoiler: murder his brother to save the world]])

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* The two ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' games are this trope in Australia, where they somehow managed to get PG ratings despite the first game having violent deaths and occasional blood in cutscenes and pretty explicit sexual references (there's jokes about bondage kinks) and the second game being BloodierAndGorier, featuring huge amounts of blood in death cutscenes, terrorist attacks complete with masses of bloody civillian civilian bodies (in one of the first areas of the game, at that), sexual references as normal and ''incredibly'' dark themes towards the end of the game. (The main character has to [[spoiler: murder his brother to save the world]])
7th Mar '16 1:06:05 PM Diamond10974
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* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' looks like an average kid's game, but is the darkest series in the franchise, with the main plot being hinged upon ''genocide''. And somehow the ESRB saw fit to give this game an ''E rating''. From the bloody intro of Megaman Zero to [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Elpizo's]]]] [[SensoryAbuse ear-grating scream]], it's baffling on why it's rated E. And then there's [[PersonOfMassDestruction Omega]] and [[MadScientist Dr. Weil.]]

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* *''Franchise/MegaMan''
** ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'' was when the Mega Man X series started to get dark. In Zero's opening cutscene, Zero is having a [[NightmareFuel Nightmare]] in which there is blood on his hands. And don't get us started on [[AxCrazy Double]]. Mega Man X4 has an [=E=] rating.
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''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' looks like an average kid's game, but is the darkest series in the franchise, with the main plot being hinged upon ''genocide''. And somehow the ESRB saw fit to give this game an ''E rating''. From the bloody intro of Megaman Zero to [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Elpizo's]]]] [[SensoryAbuse ear-grating scream]], it's baffling on why it's rated E. And then there's [[PersonOfMassDestruction Omega]] and [[MadScientist Dr. Weil.]]
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