Created By: KoverasFebruary 19, 2013 Last Edited By: KoverasFebruary 26, 2013
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Alignment-Based Endings

When a game's ending is based on moral choice.

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A subtrope of Multiple Endings, where said endings can be mapped onto the Good Vs Evil, Order Versus Chaos, occasionally Neutrality, or some other form of Character Alignment. Which ending you get is usually either based on your Karma Meter standing at the end of the game, or follows from a Last Second Ending Choice.

Often results in No Canon For The Wicked if the evil ending is retroactively declared non-canon. Compare Faction-Specific Endings and Segmented Endings.

Examples:

Star Wars
Since all of Star Wars media are deeply rooted in the franchise-spanning Light vs. Dark Side of the Force dichotomy, it gets its own section. Also notably, the Dark Side endings are NEVER canon.

  • In Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight, the ending is determined by a hidden Karma Meter. In Jedi Academy, you instead explicitly choose your side in the penultimate story mission.
  • In Knights Of The Old Republic, the player is free to choose the ending, although the ultimate decision takes place shortly before The Very Definitely Final Dungeon. In the sequel, by contrast, the ending you get depends on your alignment in the endgame.
  • Both The Force Unleashed and its sequel feature Light and Dark side endings.
  • The class-specific campaigns in Star Wars The Old Republic are mostly linear but the player's moral choices alter them cosmetically. Also, while the Light Side path is canon for Republic characters, the Dark Side is this for the Empire classes, e.g. the Sith Inquisitor is referred as Darth Nox (a Dark Side title) rather than Darth Imperius (Light Side) in the later canon materials.

Action Adventure
  • In Infamous, Cole's actions effects the story's endings. He can either be good, or he can be evil. The choices are rather obvious as to whether they're good or evil, though.
  • Enclave features two campaigns, Light and Dark, and accordingly a good and an evil ending.

Adventure Game

Fighting Game
  • In Blaz Blue, each characters ending can be effected by their decisions, such as if Hakumen gets too confident and tries to beat Terumi alone, the ending may change.

First-Person Shooter
  • In Bioshock, you get different endings depending on how many Little Sisters you killed, if at all.

RPG -- Eastern

RPG -- Western

Real-Time Strategy
  • Dawn Of War II Chaos Rising has multiple endings depending on the corruption of your squads (which fills in for the Karma Meter in the game) as well as several choices you make over the plot of the story. They range from Your Commander replacing Davian Thule as captain of the Fourth Company and helping Gabriel Angelos and Apollo Diomedes cleanse the Blood Ravens of corruption to Your Commander fleeing with your squads into the Eye of Terror and joining the Black Legion.

Will go under Videogame Tropes, Ending Tropes, and Morality Tropes.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • February 19, 2013
    MokonaZero
    • In Infamous Cole's actions effects the story's endings. He can either be good, or he can be evil. The choices are rather obvious as to whether they're good or evil, though.

    • In Blaz Blue each characters ending can be effected by their decisions, such as if Hakumen gets too confident and tries to beat Terumi alone, the ending may change.

    • In Agarest Senki You have an alignment between Light, Dark, and Neutral, whether you stay neutral, good, or evil, will effect your ending.

  • February 19, 2013
    ArkadyDarell
    Adventure Game
  • February 19, 2013
    Chernoskill
    • In Bioshock, you get different endings depending on how many Little Sisters you killed, if at all.
  • February 19, 2013
    StarSword
    Results in No Canon For The Wicked if the evil ending is non-canon.

    WRPG:
  • February 20, 2013
    MrRuano
    • Dawn Of War II Chaos Rising has multiple endings depending on the corruption of your squads as well as several choices you make over the plot of the story. They range from Your Commander replacing Davian Thule as captain of the Fourth Company and helping Gabriel Angelos and Apollo Diomedes cleanse the Blood Ravens of corruption to Your Commander fleeing with your squads into the Eye of Terror and joining the Black Legion.
  • February 21, 2013
    Koveras
    To people giving me hats for this one: Please also take a look at Faction-Specific Endings and Segmented Endings. If possible, I would like to launch all three of them simultaneously.
  • February 22, 2013
    KTera
    • In Jade Empire, your ending is decided by whether you chose to kill the Water Dragon (freeing her from imprisonment and allowing her to be reincarnated) or steal her power for yourself.
  • February 22, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ How does it correlate with the game's morality meter?
  • February 26, 2013
    Koveras
    Bumping for examples and the last hat.

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