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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** One main bone of contention is whether Terry Fawles had special needs/mental issues or not. If he does, then [[spoiler:it makes Dahlia even more evil for manipulating him, as he wouldn't have understood that being in love with a 14-year old is squicky. If he doesn't, then many fans would lose sympathy for him completely.]] And if he does have mental deficiencies, that puts a whole new slant on the trial process of the game, since it's never brought up once that he may not be competent enough to stand trial.
** As for [[spoiler:Dahlia herself, there are a few people who think that she has a FreudianExcuse. In-Universe, her sister is among those people; Iris says that they had similar circumstances, but while Iris sees Bikini as a ParentalSubstitute, Dahlia had no one of the sort.]]
** Godot. A BunnyEarsLawyer with deep personal issues, or [[spoiler:a man driven nearly insane by his own guilt who manages to hide it behind a mask of simple eccentricity?]]. Perhaps a KnightInShiningArmor, steadfastly protecting the family of his beloved lady from devious plots that even TheHero was blissfully ignorant of? Or how about a self-righteous, self-pitying hero-wannabe, who [[spoiler: was fine with arranging a murder-risky situation and then blaming said murder on his accomplice (and prosecuting against said person, no less), just so that he could live out his sexist savior fantasy and/or take revenge on long-dead foes]].
** Then there's Phoenix himself. The people who most accept his change in ''Apollo Justice'' are the ones that argue that he's always bent the law in the pursuit of the truth, and that he's always been a bit of a snarky jerk on the inside. Others think that the aforementioned people are going too far in interpreting Phoenix's actions and that he'd never go as far as he did in ''Apollo Justice''. Is he a {{badass}} lawyer who managed to win cases which seemed downright impossible through a combination of intelligence and grit? Or is he a [[IdiotHero dumbass]] who simply [[BornLucky lucked his way]] out of everything thrown at him?
** Matt Engarde. [[spoiler:A guy with [[SplitPersonality multiple personality disorder]], or a monster who hid his true nature behind a mask?]]
* One existing interpretation of ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' is that the heroes of the story aren't Alan and Barry, but Tor and Odin Anderson, who wrote a couple of songs ("Children of the Elder Gods" and "The Poet and The Muse") that came true, describing Alan's quest to rescue his wife and defeat the Dark Presence. The entire game is, in this interpretation, an epic bit of Norse-inspired mythology written by the Andersons to defeat the Dark Presence.
* The Faction Leaders from ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. A rare case in that this is ''encouraged'' by the game, and whether the factions are good or bad depends largely on your play style.
** Pravin Lal of The Peacekeeping Forces: Voice of humanitarianism or far too attached to his outdated ideals?
** Prokhor Zakharov of The University of Planet: Bringer of the light of knowledge or ruthless, amoral MadScientist?
** Miriam Godwinson of The Lord's Believers: Dogmatic luddite or OnlySaneWoman in a far-too-rapidly technologically advancing world?
** Sheng-Yi Yang of The Human Hive: Ruthless, self-serving despot or a man with a reasonable vision of Utopia and a firm belief that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans?
** Corazon Santiago of The Spartan Federation: Defender of humanity against a hostile world or war-crazed gun-nut?
** Deidre Skye of Gaia's Stepdaughters: Advocate of peace and balance, or eco-terrorist with a taste for MindRape?
** Nwabudike Morgan of Morgan Enterprises: Believes in liberty or believes in profit?
* ''VideoGame/{{Antichamber}}'': The black block (the only thing in the game that you could tentatively call a character) is pretty creepy, so it's easy to think of it as an antagonist, [[YankTheDogsChain a tease]], an EldritchAbomination, etc. But you could also interpret it as just...[[spoiler:lost]]. It seems to be [[spoiler:trying to find its way home]]. This also gives us an alternate interpretation of the ''player's'' role — instead of just being "the player", you're [[spoiler:a ''hero'' of sorts. This poor black block can't find its way home, and you swoop in to save the day and personally escort it back to its proper place. With this in mind, the GainaxEnding can feel like a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming]].
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII''[==]'s Shaun Hastings: JerkAss or SurvivorGuilt?
** Another theory is "half-baked Simon Cowell knockoff". Seems to be the thing these days. Really, is there any other reason for being so rude to someone who ''saved his life''? Even gets a bit of a lampshade in the Carnival Performers file.
** [[TakeAThirdOption Third interpretation]]: a completely normal person with DeadpanSnarker tendencies, put through trauma and under stress, which brings out the more negative aspects of his personality. [[TruthInTelevision Likelier than you'd believe.]]
** Even more possible is pretty severe inferiority complex (Shaun is a historian and analyst, so he may be feeling a bit inadequate in the company of biology and computer specialists) masked by fake cockiness. His complex may be exacerbated by the fact that his female colleagues seem to be focused entirely on Desmond. Even though he is an Assassin, [[NonActionGuy doesn't have much of actual ''assassination'' skills or general self-defense skills compared to the rest...]] He gets spooked on a ''food run'', where the job description of Assassin will have you handle much worse.
** Some have interpreted that Shaun may have secretly harboured feelings for Lucy, so he's jealous of the growing attraction between her and Desmond, hence the reason for his open hostility.
* [[LetsPlay AmbisagrusSA]] posted [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7fzhtMZNJs this video]] as an AprilFoolsDay joke. Nevertheless, it's an interesting AlternateEnding to the ''BitTrip'' series, with [[TheHero CommanderVideo]] being a vain, ignorant fool with many clever allegories hidden in his life.
* There are many interpretations available for each ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' cast, but the biggest one for the moment would be Litchi Faye-Ling, especially [[spoiler:after her FaceHeelTurn]]. Is she a genuinely kind person cornered in a completely bad situation [[spoiler:that as much as she didn't like it, she would have to join NOL/Hazama while juggling her morality if she wants a shot at survival and the cure for the person she loves]]? Or is she a completely selfish woman who is obsessed at Arakune [[spoiler:that will join ANY faction who can offer the cure for Arakune, even if it is even worse than NOL/Hazama, completely disregarding her morality]]?
* Xion from the ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar'' series officially isn't evil; when not possessed by one of a handful of floating spirits, he's a fairly boring neutral. Given, however, that he's spent the majority of the games possessed and trying to directly harm the planet or the heroes, most people consider him inherently twisted.
* ''VideoGame/BombermanLand'' has a few.
** Cute Pink a sweet cute girl or a slut?
** Is Racer Bomber TheGenericGuy or a really rabid YaoiFanboy?
* Handsome Jack, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', gets quite a bit of this. There's no question he's a villain, but there's debate on whether he's just a petty monster hiding under a thin veneer of civility or a WellIntentionedExtremist suffering from some really bad cases of MoralMyopia and EvilFeelsGood.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' fanon, the Greasers are often portrayed as nice guys - when in the game they're the misbehaving students (next to the actual bullies) like you see in every school. Gary is often portrayed as a JerkassWoobie and Jimmy Hopkins is... the title's sake, a {{Jerkass}} bully.
** Some signs to show that [[EvenEvilHasStandards even if Jimmy is a bully, he has standards]] when he tries to bring order back to the school, tells the bullies to stop picking on weaker kids, and is storyline-wise never shown being mean to a girl or young kid. (In fact; harassing girls and kids, especially ''beating them up'', is considered among the worst things you can do.)
* The Chronology Nut [[http://chronologynut.tumblr.com/post/2552036913/belmonts-revenge-story-notes offers up the theory that]] the "Revenge" in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIBelmontsRevenge'' refers to [[FlatCharacter Soleiyu]]'s revenge ''[[AntagonisticOffspring on his father]]'' for forcing him to take up the Belmont clan's responsibility (all the while stuck in Christopher's shadow) without any regard to [[RefusalOfTheCall Soleiyu's personal interests]], escalating Dracula's hold on him from mere DemonicPossession to WillingChanneler and a DealWithTheDevil.
-->"Belmont’s Revenge, in my opinion, refers to Soleiyu's revenge against his father, against his bloodline, and against his hated destiny. Given that it causes the resurrection of Dracula and sends his father out on another death-defying adventure to stop the world's ultimate evil, that's a pretty good teenage angst scheme. There's all sorts of metaphors for growing up and accepting your situation in the world here, if you look hard enough." (''{{beat}}'') [[LampshadeHanging "Or maybe I'm just looking harder than the developers did."]]
* Most characters in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' are prone to have many different interpretations due to most of them having strange accents and short screen time, especially the minor characters. Many fanfic authors either modify or remove the strange accent that belongs to a character.
** Serge is a silent protagonist in the game, but in fanfics, many authors let him talk.
** Guile speaks with SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, but many authors make his speech more casual in fanfics.
* ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'': Practically every single player has a different take on each Affinity choice due to personal preference and roleplaying style. The general question is each Affinity radical, conservative or willing to TakeAThirdOption, but some of the more common interpretations are:
** Supremacy: {{Science Hero}}es willing to defy traditional taboos and dogma to secure humanity's place in a cold, uncaring universe? {{Machine Worship}}pers with their own varying degrees of dogma from GoodShepherd to KnightTemplar? Are they blindly rushing down the ScaleOfScientificSins and preparing to become [[Franchise/StarTrek The Borg]] by another name? Is Supremacy really about creating a society they believe humanity has always wanted [[CannotTellFictionFromReality based on skewed ideas of surviving science fiction stories]]?
** Harmony: {{Nature Hero}}es [[TheAtoner taking the harsh lesson of the Great Mistake at heart]], and making sure that [[GreenAesop humanity co-exists gracefully with the new planet so they don't destroy it again]]? Hedonists willing to forsake dreams of galactic conquest in favour of creating an {{Arcadia}} of simple pleasures and living in communion with their new home? Or a bunch of misguided [[GaiasVengeance eco-terrorist]] fools who are willingly or perhaps even [[UnwittingPawn unwittingly]] giving in to the corrupting influence of a HiveMind? Are Harmonists actually being played for suckers by the planet into [[LetsYouAndHimFight exterminating their fellow humans]] and allowing their biology to devolve to the point where they're just another one of the planet's organisms?
** Purity: [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Men]] protecting humanity's identity and culture while [[TranshumanTreachery everyone else rushes off to become cyborgs and mutants]]? Well-intentioned but otherwise proud and foolish individuals clinging to the past? Or EvilLuddite SpaceRomans [[ANaziByAnyOtherName fundamentally devoted to the idea that cyborgs and mutants]] [[NoTranshumanismAllowed should not exist]]? Does Purity's opposition to transhumanism stem from FantasticRacism, or [[ItWillNeverCatchOn simple belief that it's an unsustainable future for humanity]]?
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': Due to the fairly confusing ending and inconsistencies with [[spoiler: the game's manual]], there is some dispute over the motivation of [[spoiler: Jeremiah.]] TheReveal involves [[spoiler: Jeremiah stating that he has been DeadAllAlong and EvilAllAlong and that he used Patrick to kill off his siblings so that he could use the power of the Undying King for himself.]] However, the [[spoiler: journal entries written by him in the manual after his "death" in WorldWarOne are written as though his "cover story" was true]] meaning that there are two general explanations: [[spoiler: Jeremiah was telling the truth in TheReveal and the journal entries were misinformation- which leads to some FridgeLogic-]] or [[spoiler: Jeremiah chose to lie to some degree during TheReveal and was trying to goad Patrick into killing him for an unknown reason.]]
** Alternatively, [[spoiler:some part of the old Jeremiah still survived and wrote the diary but, ultimately, the evil undead counterpart took over completely. As for goading Patrick into killing him with the Scythe, that was the point, to be final sacrifice for the Undying King to awake - the last Covenant was needed and Patrick couldn't have been a replacement.]]
*** That might even be too optimistic. [[spoiler: Consider that, upon realizing the Undying King is about to break free, Jeremiah asks for help from Galloway, an old war buddy. How did the Undying King get sealed away originally again? By burying a warrior alive at the standing stones.]]
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'': Is Kane just a megalomanical madman bent on dominating the globe by manipulating countless millions of followers to destroy his enemies, or does he honestly care about humanity and earnestly believe in his purported quest to help mankind evolve and ascend? (Kane's depiction varies considerably from game to game. The writers promised to answer the questions with the release of [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianTwilight C&C4]]. They didn't. Not even one of them.)
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' invites this with every character, but most notably with the Primordial Serpents, Frampt and Kaathe.
** Frampt, [[spoiler:who's willing to use deception to allow the Age of Fire to persevere, is either a WellIntentionedExtremist, or he simply wants he and/or his allies in Gwyn's family to maintain their power.]]
** Likewise, Kaathe [[spoiler:could be honest in his intention to give rise to mankind by ushering in the Age of Dark, or he's being just as deceitful as Frampt, and that the Age of Dark will not be good for any mortal.]]
** In the [[spoiler: Dark Lord ending, both Frampt and Kaathe pledge to serve you. Does this mean that they were always working together to play both sides?]]
** Gwyndolin gets hit with this pretty hard. [[spoiler: Is he the true villain of the game who drove away the other gods so he could rule Anor Londo himself? Is his desire to continue the Age of Fire at the expense of the player make him the ultimate enemy of mankind? Is he a fiend who uses deception to rule and manipulate others merely to benefit himself? Is he a pragmatist who is aware of how disastrous the coming darkness will be for everyone, not just the gods and realizes that some sacrifices must be made? Is his status as the last deity in Anor Londo not something he actually intended? Is his use of the illusory Gwynevere a sign of vulnerability rather than manipulation? Is he secretly Velka, the black haired witch goddes of sin?]]
** Griggs is unambiguously a spy for Vinheim. Is he really the NiceGuy he appears to be?
** Abysswalker Artorias; [[spoiler: Did he become a monsters by succumbing to darkness or was he convinced by Kaathe that the Age of Fire needs to end, and that the Age of Darkness, of Humanity must begin? Was his covenant with the Darkwraiths an alliance of convenience with Kaathe, so that he could gain the power to easily hunt the Darkwraiths? Find out in the [[UpdatedRerelease PC version!]] ([[StoryBreadcrumbs Or not.]]) ]]
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'': Much the same as its predecessor, several characters' motivations are hard to pin down exactly.
** The Emerald Herald[[spoiler:/Shanalotte]]: [[spoiler:Is she an AntiHero, AntiVillain, or a straight-up ManipulativeBastard acting on a ZerothLawRebellion? Her dialogue, character design and role lead the player to trust her right from the beginning. By the end, however, it becomes clear that she guided you through this whole ordeal herself. While her gameplay function is similar to [[VideoGame/DemonsSouls The Maiden in Black]], her role in the story places her far closer to [[VideoGame/DarkSouls Gwyndolin and Frampt]]. [[AllThereInTheManual Supplementary materials]] even reveal that she was even the old woman from the opening. [[MindScrew Somehow]]. She ''may'' have done it [[WellIntentionedExtremist for the right reasons]] and (depending on the AmbiguousEnding), [[TheExtremistWasRight it might've even worked]]. Really, though, all we know is that she told several random shmucks that the cure for the Undead Curse is in Drangleic ([[ILied it isn't]]) so she could pull them into a conflict that really wasn't their problem.]]
** Queen Nashandra: [[spoiler: Though apparently out for power over the Throne of Want, and by extension the First Flame, some of her motives are a bit harder to pin down. Was she a queen of a differen kingdom before she came to Drangleic? Was her warning about the Giant invasion just a lie to stir up trouble, or were the Giants indeed planning invasion and she turned the situation to her advantage? How much of the Undead curse was her doing? Is her desire to make the Undead hero "one with the Dark" simply [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness the removal of an unneeded chess piece]], or a [[MercyKill kinder fate than Shanalotte intended]]? What would she have done with the Throne's power if she had gotten it?]]
** Duke Aldia: [[spoiler: A genius sorcerer, brother to King Vendrick, whose mansion is full of his horrific experiments. Was he a WellIntentionedExtremist or a MadScientist who loved PlayingWithSyringes ForScience? Was his desire to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans save Drangleic]], or simply to [[ImmortalitySeeker become immortal, whatever the cost to others]]? Did he [[DeadAllAlong die before the game began]], or is he [[WasOnceAMan the true identity of the "Ancient" Dragon]]?]]
*** [[UpdatedRerelease Scholar of the First Sin]] casts some light on a few of these, most pertaining to Aldia: [[spoiler:he isn't the Ancient Dragon, but he IS the titular Scholar, and has become an EldritchAbomination to boot]]. However, it raises many others. [[spoiler:What is his purpose for guiding the player on their journey? Does he wish to preserve the Age of Fire, or is he trying to usher in the Age of Dark? Does he seek [[TakeAThirdOption a different outcome entirely]]? Or is he simply interested in seeing what the player will decide for themselves and doesn't really care about the outcome? Is he related in some way to the Bed of Chaos as his appearance seems to suggest? What is exactly is the First Sin and what connection does it have to the balance of Light and Dark?]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition''
** Thomas [=MacLaine=]. [[spoiler:Was he simply homosexual and enjoyed dressing up as a woman or is he actually a transsexual woman?]] Players are divided between the first and second option, though the game neither denies or admits either option. Quite the opposite, it gives enough evidence for ''both'', while remaining ambiguous.
** Strangely enough, Kaysen's dog, Willie, was talked a lot about. Then WordOfGod kicked in. [[spoiler:Since Willie was clearly more than just a regular dog, it was figured he was likely a deity. But was he benevolent or evil? According to the creators, Willie is the latter. He is Kaysen's keeper, his connection to the Red World and giving him information.]]
** The original Raincoat Killer, a complete monster or more a mercy killer? [[spoiler:When Harry recollects the events, the Raincoat Killer comes across as a beast, who killed anyone who came too close and even attacked his own son. Then, when the player actually experiences the events from the Raincoat Killer's point of view, he appears more like his killing the villagers was a mere act of ending their suffering the fastest way, when he realized that he couldn't stop the purple fog anymore.]]
* The Illuminati and Morgan Everett in ''VideoGame/DeusEx''. Are the Illuminati against [=MJ12=] because [=MJ12=] controls the U.N., so, is in the position where the Illuminati want to be? Or is it because they believe that [=MJ12=] aren't doing what is best for the world? Is Morgan's hypocrisy a sign that he is no better than [=MJ12=] or that he needs to be the lesser of two evils? Given the fact there are sign of both sides, the answer's a guess at best.
** Tracer Tong: dangerously naive idealist, or the only one who wishes to bring freedom to humanity? Does he work for the Triads for protection, uses them as his tool, or does he [[MoralDissonance just not care]] about the drug trade and human trafficking?
* Vergil from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' is ostensibly a power-hungry villain, but some fans believe this hunger developed from being too weak to save his (and Dante's) mother from demons when they were younger. His bio in ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]'' seems to support this view.
** The apparent split between Dante's playful stunt-pulling and his serious side has led to certain fans postulating that he might be using either ObfuscatingStupidity or a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass triggered by demons.
** It's possible, however unlikely, that Dante as depicted in ''[=DMC3=]'' and ''[=DMC4=]'' is actually something of a GeniusDitz, spitting out cliche one-liners and corny catchphrases while at the same time dishing out obscene amounts of punishment to the damned in the most stylish fashion imaginable.
** It's been shown that Dante's usual opponents are demons who are, at least on a base power level, far stronger than he is. However, Dante is no slouch himself, and has the advantage of appearing human. So he acts like a jerk in order to piss off the demons, goading them into making stupid mistakes (thinking he is just a human with a big mouth) and then thrashing them with his unexpected strength in their moment of weakness. Dante has been shown to be extremely efficient when he is sure of what he is up against (see the opening of ''[=DMC4=]'', not a pun made, just wham bam blast the old man) or when he knows his opponent has his measure (like Vergil).
** Dante's final line (complete with a CheshireCatGrin) in ''[=DMC3=]'' right before he and Lady team up to kick demon ass ("Well bring it on! I love this! This is what I live for! I'm absolutely ''crazy'' about it!") makes him come across as a bit of a BloodKnight when it comes to demon hunting. However, when you consider all of the crap he had to deal with in no more than the span of a day or two (never mind Dante [[spoiler:mourning Vergil's "death"]] not too long before that moment), it wouldn't be out of the question to interpret this as a physically and emotionally exhausted guy ''forcing'' himself to enjoy this fight. It's not even completely incongruent with Dante's LetsGetDangerous moments across the board or his spiel to Trish in the first game that he's in the business with the hopes of eventually [[YouKilledMyFather hitting the jackpot and avenging his family]].
** Dante in ''2''. With the game's placement at the farthest end of the timeline so that Capcom can continue to conveniently forget the black sheep of the series, ''something'' had to have happened to our favorite devil hunter between games to explain the glaring dichotomy [[TheStoic his personality]] presents when juxtaposed against ''every other'' depiction of the character. Perhaps Dante finally mellowed out over the years, but some fans even go as far as to offer up [[KillEmAll theories of a]] [[SoleSurvivor more cataclysmic nature]].
** For a character who has been described as little more than [[DisposableWoman "human bride of Sparda, mother of Dante and Vergil,"]] the ([[HesJustHiding maybe]]) [[PosthumousCharacter late]] Eva isn't safe from this either, particularly where Dante's descriptions of her in the first game are concerned. Eva looks like a kindly housewife and loving ([[MamaBear if not fiercely protective]]) mother with SilkHidingSteel vibes at a first glance, but Dante's comment to [[ActionGirl Trish]] that she lacks Eva's fire and his recount of her HeroicSacrifice [[ActionMom might say otherwise]]. Accepting elements from the non-canonical ''[=DMC2=]'' novel and ''[=DMC3=]'' manga and counting [[VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe two]] [[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} other]] games by the original ''DMC''[='s=] [[Creator/HidekiKamiya creator]] as part of the ''DMC'' mythos infinitely complicates things.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG2zaSVvG84 This]] ''VideoGame/DigDug'' video.
* [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doomguy]]: OneManArmy fighting to save the universe, or BloodKnight extraordinaire?
** All of the demons attacking Mankind: Either they're out to [[KillAllHumans kill humanity]] or [[BloodKnight challenging its greatest warriors]] to endless combat?
* On the surface, Debora of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' is a shallow, conceited, self-absorbed RichBitch, a sharp contrast with her SpoiledSweet little sister Flora. Nearly everything she says makes it clear that in her view, [[ItsAllAboutMe It's All About Her]]. However, she can also be read as an extremely '''TSUN-TSUN''' {{Tsundere}}, a DefrostingIceQueen who fights to keep any vulnerabilities safely hidden behind a veneer of all-consuming {{Pride}}. Despite being [[SpoiledBrat spoiled rotten]], it's made clear that she's TheUnfavorite compared to her [[PuritySue dear, gentle, sweet sister, who's loved by everyone]] while Debora herself is regarded with dismay. And if at least part of her attitude is a front, then the next question is: how much of it is an act, and how much is simple self-confidence?
* Andrew Ryan from ''VideoGame/BioShock'' has numerous different interpretations, not surprising given his politically charged nature. Its easy to view him as a tragic figure who tried to make a city that championed free will above all else and had to become the evil that he sought to destroy in order to keep the government from his city. He could have also just been trying to create a city where he, and he alone, was allowed to reach his full potential and enjoy unmitigated freedom. From a more objective (hehe) standpoint it seems to be a little of both. While its extremely unlikely that he founded rapture just so he could be its tyrant (after all everything in the city talks about the evils of tyrants and government), he didn't act entirely selflessly and fairly either. How much of his actions are done for the sake of ideology and how much is done for himself alone is still very much up for debate.
* "This game stars multi-billion dollar rich fuck [=Scrooge McDuck=] on an intercontinental quest to become even richer. Now, imagine flying into someone else's country, [[InferredHolocaust killing them with a cane and then taking all their treasure]]. Well, he's Scrooge [=McDuck=], and I guess he can do [[ScrewTheRulesIhaveMoney whatever the fuck he wants]]. [[SpoofAesop And remember: No matter how much money you got, it is always worth killing people with a cane for just a little bit more]]." (''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' reviews ''VideoGame/DuckTales'')
* ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail''- being filled with [[MoralDissonance unintentional]] grey morality- has wildly interpretative characters.
** Is General Gaius a genocidal warmongerer who only cares about [[FantasticRacism his kind]]? Or a patriot who's JustFollowingOrders and risks [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight his own life]] to save a friend ([[spoiler:Dust/Cassius, the amnesiac protagonist]]) from brainwashing? (In particular, his dialogue conflicts a lot with the Moonbloods' portrayal of him.)
-->"But [[spoiler:Cassius]] is gone...as is the world we once loved. Cherish it."
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' and [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms the work it is based on]] has a crapton of this. These are mostly on the Shu side, but to make it short...
** Is Liu Bei really a noble ruler and warrior? Or is he just a naive and ambitious warlord who is NotSoDifferent from his rivals and deluded by his ideals?
** Is Zhuge Liang really a brilliant honourable strategist who wishes to see justice brought back to the world? Or is he just in it for his own prestige and fame?
** Liu Shan. Is he really just a moron or even outright mentally handicapped? He was dropped on his head as a baby. Or is he actually a BrilliantButLazy[=/=]BookDumb leader who employs ObfuscatingStupidity to get the upper hand?
** The Shu Kingdom in general. Is it really the sapling for a new world of virtue and benevolence free from the bonds of the old, decadent and corrupt Chinese dynasties? Or are they just a nation of deluded {{Knight Templar}}s who are only interested in glory and conquest? Worth pointing out that for all their talk of benevolence, in the ending of ''Dynasty Warriors Next'', they pretty much do KillEmAll on their defeated enemies, [[NotSoDifferent much like Wei does]] (Wu, the most openly expansionist and aggressive nation, is interestingly the only one that allows the other warlords to live and even [[DefeatMeansFriendship views them as valued allies with a rightful place in their new kingdom]]). [[IDidWhatIHadToDo Pragmatism]], or a sign of Shu's darker side?
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has this pouring out of every possible orifice simply by the nature of how it's told:
** Is Vivec of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' a just and kind god-king who has done some bad things, or a murdering traitor who may or may not have been redeemed over the four millennia since he became a god? Is he a genuine humanitarian as suggested be works x, y and z, or is he a petty- but MagnificentBastard as suggested by works 1, 2 and 3? Is he, in fact, right when he says that all beings are the illusions of a gigantic dreaming god that he is aware of and therefore the only absolute God of the 'verse, or is that simply an excuse for Michael Kirkbride to continue using him as an AuthorAvatar after he lost his plot importance. There's even debates as to whether the constant use of him when Kirkbride writes in-Universe documents makes him simply a very heavily examined character or an outright MartyStu.
*** Or is he all at once? Or is THAT idea simply a way for people to believe one thing or another about him despite evidence to the contrary?
** The Aedra (Nine Divines): benevolent Gods or SealedEvilInACan? The Daedra play the opposite, Sealed evil or benevolent Gods?
** Uriel Septim: Benevolent Emperor or conniving Machiavellian?
*** That could be asked about the whole Septim line, at least the ones who weren't outright mad. Berenziah's bio shows both benevolent and bastardly sides of Tiber.
** Mehrunes Dagon: The closest the series has to a BigBad, or the Fake FinalBoss before the Real BigBad, who happens to be the chief god of the Imperial Pantheon? Cue EpilepticTrees a-shakin' when an in-Universe document about how the Nords view the creation of the world has Akatosh turning Dagon into what he is in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''.
** Mannimarco and the Order of the Black Worm: Genocidal, batshit insane sadists that give Necromancy a bad name, or staunch freedom fighters boldly fighting against Archmage Traven's tyranny?
*** Given the whole slaughtering innocents and general bloodletting that was to be started if Mannimarco ruled, i'm going to have to go with the former.
*** Necromancy: merely an icky branch of magic that ''tends'' to attract the wrong sorts, inherently wrong due to messing with the dead, or is there something about it that drives people towards being genocidal, batshit insane sadists? In Morrowind, where necromancers ''cannot'' be upstanding citizens - by longstanding and deeply held tradition and law, necromancy is punished by death in the region it takes place in - yet we meet more than one necromancer that, while not necessarily good, aren't evil, either. In Oblivion, where necromancy is perfectly legal and, up until shortly before the game began, openly done by the Mages' Guild, there are no non-evil necromancers to be found.
** On the other side of the coin, Hannibal Traven. Is he the OnlySaneMan in the Mages Guild who recognized the threat and evil of necromancy and did right in washing the Guilds hands of it? Or is he a KnightTemplar whose zealous actions only ended up weakening the Guild as a whole?
** Is the player character in ''Oblivion'' really just a wayfaring adventurer who gets a lucky break, or are they actually a [[MagnificentBastard magnificent]] [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] who take advantage of the political crisis brought on by Uriel Septim's assassination to pole-vault into a position whereby they are the head of ''every single major guild'' in Cyrodiil, all at once? Think about it - by the end of the various questlines, every mage, thief and assassin in the province now works for them directly, and headship of the Fighters' Guild gives them their own personal army as well. Meanwhile, the fact that they're the Grand Champion of the Arena (and Champion of Cyrodiil) means they're a popular hero as well, while possible membership of the Blades gives them an ear in the political backrooms of the Imperial Palace. The player character need never overthrow the paralysed Elder Council - they rule the province far more directly than the council ever could. Oh, and since they may also be a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], they could conceivably hold this power ''forever''. [[spoiler: And this without mentioning that the PC also becomes one of the Daedric Lords, the MadGod of the Shivering Isles.]]
** Is the hero of Morrowind Lord Nerevar reborn seeking to regain his power? A true reincarnation but lacking in any of the original's memories? A simple adventurer who'll fulfill whatever prophecy he has to if it stops the annoying storms? A master manipulator who's using the prophecies to gain unimaginable power over every faction - even ones that otherwise hate each other? It's a question only you can answer.[[spoiler: In addition to this, the PC is immortal and immune to all diseases, so like the PC in Oblivion can hold this position ''forever''.]]
** Is the last dragonborn of Skyrim a selfless hero with a heart of gold that's out to free Skyrim from the ever-looming threat of the dragon invasion, or a power-hungry bastard that becomes a master with his voice, highly influential in the major cities of Skyrim, the head of each guild, a member of either the original government or the new upcoming one (depending on the player's choice), the person that brings the Dark Brotherhood back into prominence, a possible monster of lycanthropic or vampiric power, and ultimately the chessmaster that aims to replace Alduin as the most powerful threat to Skyrim [[spoiler: hinted at even more by having a shout that's similar to the one most often used by Alduin]]
*** As with all the other TES protagonists above, one has to note that, since the game generally uses a pretty "hands off" attitude when it comes to characterizing them, these interpretations could all be completely and one hundred percent true depending on the player.
** King Hlaalu Helseth. Brilliant, fair minded MagnificentBastard who skillfully manages to both act in the best interest of his people and province ''and'' keep a healthy diplomatic relationship with the rest of the Empire, or a tyrant who ruthlessly exploits and oppresses his people for personal gain?
** Just how much of a 'Good' Daedra is Azura, really? For that matter, ''did'' she curse the Chimer into becoming the Dunmer, or did she just point it out while warning the Tribunal that there was going to be consequences for what was done? (The official interpretation is that ''none'' of the Daedra are truly good or evil. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality They all have their own goals]], it's just that Azura's tend to be aligned with traditionally "good" mortals more often.)
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Stormcloaks are either brave rebels fighting against religious and imperialist oppression, StupidGood pawns of the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] playing into their DivideAndConquer strategy, or racist bastards. The Empire, meanwhile, is either a tyrannical pawn of the Thalmor, a pitiful VestigialEmpire due to be wiped away, or the only hope Tamriel has against Thalmor oppression that's simply playing along with their decrees until it can defeat them.
** Paarthurnax -An [[TheAtoner Atoner]] who feels genuine remorse for his actions during the Dragon War and wants to lead the remaining dragons into a peaceful coexistence with humanity, or a [[TheStarscream Starscream]] to Alduin who uses the PlayerCharacter to dispose of him so that he can take over?
** By the same token, are the Blades Esbern and Delphine justified in demanding Paarthurnax killed for the crimes he committed and right to believe that, since he betrayed Alduin once, he is likely to one day betray the people of Skyrim as well, or are they just unable to get past the fact that, due to the Thalmor, they've been hunted and driven underground and can't truly trust anyone, as well as loyalty to their cause as dragon-hunters?
* Loads of this in the Disney game ''EpicMickey''.
** Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, for example, has gone from a character similar in personality to Mickey Mouse, to Mickey's bitter and distrustful older half-brother. Although, being abandoned by Walt Disney, being replaced by Mickey, and living in a world of darkness and suffering for a few years might make this particular example a JustifiedTrope.
** In several continuities, the Blot's just a crook who aspires world domination, but in Epic Mickey, he's an EldritchAbomination made of Ink and Thinner, with the possible goal of erasing everything.
* The [[BigBad Institute]] in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''. Are they true {{Science Hero}}es, doing [[IDidWhatIHadToDo whatever is necessary]] for the future of mankind? Deeply flawed but redeemable {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s with admirable goals who just need guidance from an InternalReformist leader to help the synths and repair relations with the Commonwealth? Cowardly {{Insufferable Genius}}es and slavers ranging from myopic to sociopathic, hiding behind their vastly superior tech to avoid a well-deserved retribution from the surface? Or [[KnowNothingKnowItAll arrogant posers]] whose technology and scientists are merely stolen and imitated, kept shiny with a hearty helping of slave labor?
* ''FatalFrame 2's'' Mayu can be viewed several different ways. Is she a sweet, helpless girl who the main antagonist has taken particular interest in and who [[VideoGameCaringPotential you want to keep safe at all times]]? Is she an irritating little wimp who [[TheLoad you need to keep safe at all times]]? Or is she [[spoiler: an obsessively crazy young woman who deliberately fell off a cliff just to guilt Mio into staying with her forever?]]
** There's an in-universe example that appears to apply to Ayako:
--->'''Sakuya''': That child goes around with an air of evil and fear around her, but I know she is really very gentle and vulnerable.
* Alma, of ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R]]'': is she a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds with a major FreudianExcuse, or is she an evil, crazy, ghost of an evil, crazy, girl with psychic powers who does terrible things for no reason, and was was killed off for the good of the world?
* Due to the vague nature of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' and [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 the sequel]], the characters are interpreted differently:
** Mike Schmidt/Jeremy Fitzgerald is either the child murderer, an innocent guy who is desperate for money, or someone who takes the job on purpose to find out the truth behind the restaurant's past.
** The Phone Guy is either the real villain, someone who worked with the true villain, or someone who's just trying to help out the night guards.
** The manager is either someone who honestly wants the pizzeria to be successful or is the true villain.
* Tai from ''VieoGame/GearsOfWar'' may have been a little bit psychotic ''before'' he was mentally broken and DrivenToSuicide by Locust torture.
** "I like the glow of Locust blood in this light." "You've got a sick mind, Tai."
** Augustus Cole is TheBigGuy of the game's FiveManBand. A former Thrashball player (essentially an {{Expy}} of the NFL), he always shown to be upbeat and fearless, usually spouting some sports-related terminology ("We're going into overtime," and "Get back in the game, Baby!" are both things he says upon reviving a downed teammate). He is only playable as the viewpoint character once in the entire series, for half a chapter in ''Gears of War 3.'' In that chapter, he starts hallucinating (or possibly just vividly reminiscing, since it occurs on the field of his team's home stadium, where he later the best games of his career), seeing his enemies as players on a rival Thrashball team as he recklessly charges across the battlefield. After this, one has to wonder if maybe Cole has been so upbeat and fearless because ''he was playing Thrashball in his head for the entire war''.
*** The novelizations by Creator/KarenTraviss include a scene where Bernie Mataki finds Cole writing a letter to his mother. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He says he writes to her as often as he can]]. [[MoodWhiplash Then]] he says [[TearJerker she died on E-Day]], which was over fifteen years ago. Clearly Cole has had to develop some coping mechanisms over the years.
** The Locust themselves, while portrayed as bloodthirsty, mindless, genocidal monsters from the human's point of view, the backstory reveals that the Locust only attacked humanity first because they were certain that humanity would wipe out the Locust if they knew they existed, not to mention that the locust, far from being mindless, are all highly intelligent, tactically minded individuals.
* Claude of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' has this, due to his HeroicMime status. Is he motivated by revenge against Catalina? Against anyone who betrays him? Is he merely a PunchClockVillain who takes all these jobs for money? Power? [[BloodKnight Blood lust?]] Some combination of the above? On a smaller scale: Did Claude actually [[spoiler: shoot Maria]] or did he merely [[spoiler: fire into the air to shut her up?]]
** Tommy Vercetti from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' -- is he a smart entrepreneur who managed to live out the American Dream, or a sociopathic thug who bought out the city and betrayed the men that he had sworn an oath to in the name of personal gain? or worse, he's a complete PsychoForHire? Some view Tommy Vercetti as a needlessly callous, cold-blooded maniac. He absolutely feels no remorse for killing Sonny Forelli, who is portrayed almost like a family figure for Tommy. He has a KickTheDog moment when he smugly accepts [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels Mitch Baker's]] challenge to go on a rampage across downtown, meaning the [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential shoot-outs the player embarks on outside of missions]] are completely [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration in-character]] for the guy.
*** Lance Vance -- a self-serving sociopath who betrayed Vercetti simply because he was a greedy bastard? Or, perhaps, his tragic life and drug use made him feel compelled to betray his colleague?
** CJ from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' is a divisive character, due to his more {{anti hero}}ic attributes. Some view him as an ultimately good person who has to do bad things to help the people he loves. Others view him as just as much a monster as every other GTA protagonist.
*** Also from ''San Andreas'': Is Sweet Johnson a Jerkass who ran his brother out of town, blaming him for his little brother's death, disrespects said brother for trying to get his family out of the ghetto, and deserves everything he gets? Or is he a stand-up guy who cares deeply about his home, family and friends, and wants to get everything back to what it was in the good old days and ends up in a deep pile of crap he didn't deserve because of it?
** Toni Cipriani from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories''. Is he a righteous man who delights only commit atrocities because just follow orders? Or he's a PsychoForHire? This theory is quite credible, because Toni is probably the protagonist who committed the greatest atrocities canonical, including killing a man with an ax and carrying his remains to a butcher shop, and this was done intentionally and not to follow an order, without mention several atrocities that go by Donald Love and Ned Burner's orders. While still repents of his sins in a confessional, he never sought redemption when he bombed the area of ​​Fort Staunton.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V7xt22nk6w This review]] of the freeware game ''VideoGame/GuardianOfParadise'' is a prime example of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' Canon gives a bit of a mixed message about the undead lord Palawa Joko. The background lore and the Battle of Jahai bonus mission seem to portray him as a genuine ''EvilOverlord'', and teaser lore for Guild Wars 2 reveal that [[spoiler:he will succeed at conquering Elona]], but in all his other appearances he seems [[HarmlessVillain somewhat inept]] and comical at times. Some of the fans have tried to reconcile these, taking into account that Joko's something of a DracoInLeatherPants and the fact that his non-Battle of Jahai appearances were [[spoiler:during an EnemyMine with the player character]] by saying that Joko was ''ObfuscatingStupidity'' to make sure he seemed like the lesser threat and gain your sympathy, and generally keep the status quo intact (The game does not give you a choice).
* Gordon Freeman from ''VideoGame/HalfLife''. Is he a MessianicArchetype, a pure and just bringer of intervention when the time is right, or a monster with the intention of killing everything he can. FreemansMind puts him in the middle, as a self serving nutjob who thinks that gnomes are real, and would like one as a pet.
** The G-Man faces just as much interpretation. Is he good? Evil? Selfish? Is he just working for a higher power? [[EpilepticTrees Is he Gordon from the future or something?]] Is he the "mystery element of ''Half-Life''" that fans adore so much or a manipulative bastard who brought humanity near to extinction just because of his... e-employers? And of course, while deciding this, remember what he did to Adrian Shepard.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': John-117: Badass SuperSoldier or tragic hero?
** The second probably comes from the ExpandedUniverse with the [=SPARTAN-IIs=]' rather unfortunate conscription - the concept of John-117 being trained from a child wasn't explicitly stated in the games (apart from the [[http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Final_Grunt "Final Grunt"]] EasterEgg) until ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''. Also, he was trained in the first place to surpress rebels who really did have some legitimate grievances against the UNSC. He could almost be considered a villain, and certainly is from the Covenant's perspective. He's slaughtered thousands of them, many of which were slaves forced to fight against their will, with the Unggoy (Grunts) in particular often running from you in fear and screaming for mercy (those who don't try to suicide-bomb you instead, anyways).
*** Almost, save for the fact that he's trying to stop the Covenant from not just killing all humans, but ''destroying the galaxy''.
** A hero, or a [[TykeBomb weapon]]?
*** Very compelling. Exactly how much free will does John possess? Is he doing what he thinks is right, or what he's been forced into thinking is right? (Is there any difference?) Are his amazing feats the result of true heroism and ingenuity or ''exactly what he was designed to do?'' (Again, difference?)
*** In ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', he does have to decide while making a somewhat minor decision between what is morally right (preserving a friend's life) and what may possibly be best for humanity (ending it); he chooses the former.
*** Ever since 343i took over the franchise, this issue has been explored much more extensively, with the prologue to ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' basically asking that very same question.[[note]]"Do you believe the Master Chief succeeded because he was, at his core, broken?"[[/note]] Ultimately, we finally get to see in the games that he does have a moral sense independent from that of his superiors when he defies orders to [[spoiler: surrender Cortana]]. Master Chief even goes rogue in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' when he [[spoiler: dreams of Cortana contacting him. When he discovers her FaceHeelTurn, he is noticeably disgusted with her body count.]]
** The above all applies to every Spartan-II in existence by extension.
** The Rookie from ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' could be thought of as merely another silent protagonist. But when you look at his history, you will find that he recently endured a horrific massacre of his previous squad and all other forces there, implying (though not directly stating) that he has some major PTSD.
** Noble Six from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' could qualify as a TragicHero along with his/her typical "hero" depiction when you think about it and have some knowledge of the ''Halo'' universe outside of the games. He/she was orphaned as a child by the war, "recruited" by the military not soon afterwards, and was one of only a few survivors from a roughly 300-strong SPARTAN-III company that were almost all killed in a suicide mission before they had even passed prematurely-induced puberty. Then on Reach, [[spoiler: he/she fails to defend Reach, witnessing the death of most of his/her teammates (who themselves share the same backstory as him/her or the Chief) and all other friendly forces, and dies alone to top it all off.]] Not what you would call a happy life.
** The Elites/Sangheili: {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s or homicidal {{Jerkass}}es? Canon seems to indicate that they don't slot into rigid moral categories any more easily than humans.
*** {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s: They customarily welcome their defeated enemies into their ranks as brothers and forgive all sins at the end of wars, with many of them arguing for humanity to be allowed to join the Covenant rather than be entirely wiped out, and growing to later deeply regret the atrocities they had committed against humanity, with one Sangheili Shipmaster going so far as to lose his entire sense of meaning; he eventually decides to single-handedly wander a planet he personally glassed to find both atonement and a new purpose.
*** {{Jerkass}}es: Many of them are virulent racists who treat most other species abominably, even those allied to them, with the Grunts/Unggoy in particular regarded as little more than slaves to be abused. Additionally, a number of Elites, even after the Covenant was revealed to be founded on a lie, ''still'' want to finish their genocide against humanity. Additionally, even their sense of HonorBeforeReason has a vicious edge to it, with torture being a common punishment for violating their code of conduct.
** Could Palmer's issues with Halsey be a way of transferring her family's anti-intellectual abuse? [[http://i.imgur.com/51ifP.png At least one person thinks it possible.]]
* The Origami Killer a.k.a [[spoiler:Scott Shelby]] from ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''. Is he really a broken person driven by his grief and dark past to kill in order to fulfill an insane "test" that even he knows is wrong, and trying to make up for the pain he caused by helping his victims' parents, or is he just a psychopathic manipulator using Lauren Winter and the others around him to achieve his ends, while covering his tracks?
** It's a possibility that Ethan Mars, Madison Paige, Norman Jayden, and Scott all investigate the Origami Killer [[DeathSeeker so that they could die]].
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** Is ''Watanagashi-hen'' version of [[spoiler:Shion]] a typical {{Yandere}} or an [[TheWoobie unlucky girl with thorn in heart]] because her true love has been taken away from her, or WideEyedIdealist that couldn't stand out living in CrapsackWorld and just has to [[BreakTheCutie snap]] sooner or later, an immature girl unaware of her actions consequences until it's to late, or just girl that never been loved by anyone and her actions were desperate cry for help? Was her [[ThePollyanna pollyanna-esque]] face only a [[StepfordSmiler mask]] to hide her longing or would she fully recover from loss if she had never meet [[spoiler: Keiichi]]. Or everything at the same time?
** Are Dr. Irie's jokes about his {{Lolicon}} tendencies only jokes, or something more....
** Rika is ripe for this. Is she a poor, innocent girl [[spoiler:trapped in an [[GroundhogDayLoop endless game]] she can't escape from]], or is she a selfish (indirect) [[spoiler:mass-murderer who will make everyone else suffer for her own happiness]]? ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'''s Bernkastel is essentially the second interpretation given form. This is conveyed well in the arguably BetterThanCanon Silly Hat work seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYRRY66qDC4 here]]. Although even she could be given an alternate interpretation as a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}'': Mary. Is she a GreenEyedMonster with {{Yandere}}-esque tendencies toward Ib, who is willing to do anything to escape, or is she just a [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds lonely little girl]] who has been driven utterly insane by her hellish reality and [[TheDeterminator desperately wants to escape to the world beyond]]? The fact that she's least sympathetic in the one ending where she does escape doesn't help matters.
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'': Were the Brothers Sun ''actually'' in the wrong when it came to the siege of Dirge? The Empire was ''dying.'' Hundreds of thousands had perished already, and the drought would have continued for 3 more years, killing thousands more and collapsing the Empire. The Water Dragon [[JerkassGod had it in her power to end the suffering and refused]]. The Spirit Monks were perfectly willing to let more people die and civilization collapse in order to serve the whims of their Goddess. Queue one massive tragedy that leaves the Monks dead, the Emperor an insane ghost, the youngest brother's spirit bound to an abomination, and the surviving brother off in the backwoods [[ThePlan planning]] to ''force'' Order back onto Creation. On the other hand, Sun Hai admits during the conversation with his daughter and his MotiveRant before fighting the hero that he was largely motivated by wanting to keep his throne, and given that his brothers try to betray him in order to seize power, it can also be argued that everyone involved was selfish.
** While at first the Water Dragon may seem to be a JerkassGod for withholding water from the Empire, she really isn't when one takes a look at the [[BalanceBetweenGoodandEvil way the world works.]] If she gave water to the Empire then another land would suffer their drought, she admits as much near the end of the game. People were going to die from drought no matter what she did, the only thing that would change is the location of the people dying.
* Is Daxter from ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' a loudmouth, wise cracking, cowardly sidekick or secretly a great hero in waiting ready to take Jak's place if the time ever comes? Is what happened in his GaidenGame the truth or is it just Daxter telling more tall tales?
* Iwanako of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', the girl who confessed to Hisao on the day of his heart attack, visits him in the hospital for six weeks, their conversations growing more awkward over time, until she leaves for the last time, and months later, sends a DearJohnLetter to him. She can be interpreted as callously casting him aside like his other old friends did, or having tried to be there for him, only to be unable to help him as his depression pushed her away. It helps that Hisao's opinion on her letter, ranging from tossing it aside in disgust (Lilly's route) to conceding that he had pushed her away (Shizune's route) depends on the route, and who, if anyone, he talks to about it.
** There's also the question of how much of Kenji's [[HeManWomanHater misogynistic]] ConspiracyTheorist personality is genuine, and how much is a facade, as well as what it could be a facade for. The fact that he used to have a girlfriend, and he bears no hard feelings toward her (pointing out that he only hates feminists), and he can show a kinder and more empathetic side on occasion can be interpreted as cases of him [[PetTheDog petting the dog]] or actually dropping his conspiracy theorist act when the situation warrants it.
* The Nobodies in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' are either uncaring monsters that act like people, entirely victims of propaganda, victims of manipulations, victims that have been manipulated into being uncaring monsters. Some of these seem to both be true, most commonly people point out that they certainly do monstrous things but it seems clear that everything [=DiZ=] says about them isn't true. (Others have said that "if Nobodies are a race, then Sora and Riku are guilty of genocide and Ansem is a racist.")
** What Diz says is true, when talking about ''normal Nobodies.'' The problem is that he applies the same ideas to Roxas, who can and does feel emotions, (probably something to do with [[spoiler:Ventus]]) and Namine, who he ''admits'' in the Secret Ansem Reports is almost nothing like a Nobody to begin with.
*** And then comes the big revelation in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance KH3D]]'' that [[spoiler:Nobodies ''can'' grow hearts over time based off of their memories and that Xemnas and Xigbar neglected to tell this everyone else to further their own goals. Thus, in a sense, almost all of the fan interpretations of Organization XIII are true.]]
** Others decide to interpret other characters. Such as how Sora is often portrayed as [[IdiotHero being a blithering idiot]] or how Kairi and Namine are [[DieForOurShip portrayed as being evil.]] And Riku is a full-on [[TheWoobie woobie]] who certainly didn't ''mean'' to KickTheDog throughout the first game.
** Is Sora in the FanFic ''Kingdom Hearts: The Short and Honest Version'' really schizophrenic? It makes sense when you take into account all the CharacterDevelopment he went through. Oh yeah, and Bob Marley's Ghost. And the others.
*** Also, because Namine is often seen drawing, there's a good number of {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s who think that she's... well, a YaoiFangirl.
** Due to graphical limitations and some ambiguous dialogue, Axel can be seen as an AxCrazy psycho in the original ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories]]''. Not so much in the remake or sequels (he was certainly a cold-blooded killer in ''Chain of Memories'', but the 3D version shows that it's clearly not of the psychotic variety) but the damage has been done.
** Then there's the tons of fanwank over the various personalities of the members of Organization XIII when they're not trying to regain their identities and generally be evil. Most of these interpretations have been influenced by {{Flanderization}}, DracoInLeatherPants and the endless supply of HoYay connected to this group.
** By the end of ''358/2 Days'', it's all made less confusing and pretty clear that none of the members, except perhaps Xion, Roxas, and (after he's sincerely befriended the two of them) Axel, can feel anything and are more than happy to murder or manipulate the fellow members of the Organization to further their own goals. This is exemplified by Xemnas himself who [[spoiler:orders Xion and Roxas to fight to the death. He may have tried to arrange this before, too. In the end, Roxas defeats Xion and absorbs her, ending her existence entirely.]]
*** [[spoiler:When Xion fights Roxas, she is not only attacking him but taunting him despite that they're friends. It's actually highly possible to see this as a ThanatosGambit since Roxas still benefits from her supposed death. They're so close to each other that Xion's willing to sacrifice herself so Roxas can go on living and benefit...which some people ''will'' do.]]
** In light of ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]]'', Xemnas, believe it or not, is subjected to this in spades because, unlike the other incarnations of Xehanort, [[spoiler:he's influenced by both Xehanort ''and'' Terra]]. Is Xemnas [[spoiler:a TragicVillain suffering from WistfulAmnesia while being manipulated by [[GambitRoulette a plan set into motion over a decade ago that is, by all means, completely out of his hands]]]] or is he simply an irredeemable MagnificentBastard ''[[CrazyPrepared par excellence]]''? Something in the middle, perhaps? Taking into account his origins as [[spoiler:(Master) Xehanort and Terra]] and TheReveal of ''3D'' seems to pile on more and more layers of possible interpretation.
*** And then there's his exchange with Sora when he appears to die ([[FakingTheDead only to come back for three more fights]]) after their second battle in ''II'' and disappears after claiming that he ''can't'' remember all of the feelings that make up a heart, something which causes [[SympathyForTheDevil Sora to sympathize with his plight]], even if it was slightly and briefly. Genuine (but ultimately negated) attempt at an AlasPoorVillain moment or was Xemnas simply lying through his teeth?
** Mention must be made of the ''other'' ambiguously sympathetic Xehanort incarnation: [[spoiler:Young Xehanort]], who plays the role of TheHeavy throughout ''Dream Drop Distance''. Is he every bit as wicked as the rest of the gang or was he coerced into [[spoiler:jumping through time to help his future selves and [[TheFatalist is now resigned to that duty]] [[BecauseDestinySaysSo because the rule of time travel states you cannot change events already meant to transpire]]]]? The fact that [[spoiler:Xehanort is responsible for his own StartOfDarkness]] is bad enough, but things get really eye-crossing when [[spoiler:Young Xehanort even admits he doesn't fully know what will come next; all he can be assured of is that the memories in his heart of his time travel experience [[StableTimeLoop will spur him on to enact the events in the future he'll lose knowledge of upon returning to his era]]]]. It wouldn't be far-fetched to write him off as a victim of circumstance as opposed to an actual villain. Furthermore, he's [[PunchClockVillain rather impersonal in his efforts against the heroes]] (abnormal when you consider that the various other Xehanorts are not above [[KickTheDog kicking puppies with glee and reckless abandon]]), he's the only one of the bunch who [[spoiler:is ''not'' corrupted by darkness]], and [[spoiler:the fight with him at the end of the game, as per WordOfGod, was due to a VillainOverride by the elder Master Xehanort]]. Going past this, this is [[spoiler:Master Xehanort (who is painted in his backstory as more kindly and noble character who merely yearned to explore other worlds--[[ShadowArchetype much like Riku]]--and [[WellIntentionedExtremist had understandable albeit morally gray motives]]) ''before'' he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope careened into villainy at breakneck speeds]]]]. [[AmbiguouslyEvil The question of how emotionally vested he is in his group's master plan and how evil he is truly up in the air.]] Case in point: [[Creator/BenDiskin his voice actor]] [[http://www.khinsider.com/news/Exclusive-KHInsider-Interviews-Ben-Diskin-3022 was deliberately told when recording to not make the character sound outright villainous.]]
* Kain of ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'', Why did he choose to reign the Nosgoth instead of saving it? Does he seek balance or total annihilation of humans? Does he respect Raziel, or is he just a pawn to him?
** In fact, this trope can be -- and has been -- applied to nearly all significant characters in the series. Raziel: Genuine villain [[TheAtoner turned-hero-seeking-redemption]] or vengeful AxeCrazy maniac with delusions of grandeur? Moebius: MagnificentBastard, WellIntentionedExtremist or just another clueless pawn? Vorador: Gluttonous sado-hedonist or a disillusioned cynic? Ariel: Helpful spirit or undead manipulator? The Elder God: Parasite? {{God}}? Parasite who genuinely thinks he's (a) god? Parasite who ''[[StrawHypocrite claims]]'' to be (a) god (presumably for the ability to more easily draw victims to itself)? The list goes on like that.
** ''Soul Reaver 2'' brings up a completely different possibility. When faced with the SadisticChoice, Kain decided to TakeAThirdOption and make a StableTimeLoop until, as he put it, [[HeadsTailsEdge the coin lands on its edge]].
*** Which brings up another ACI. Did Kain let the pillars fall out of selfishness and realized later there was another way or did he have a plan from start?
*** Being the Scion of Balance, Kain could have weighed both choices, and his powers as Scion made him realize ''both'' choices were unbalanced (due to all the conditions around sacrifice or survival being rigged on every level), and thus, neither really mattered. As survival at least gives one the chance to fix things later, he probably sensed that one as being "the least unbalanced" and went for it. As well, by that point in the story, he was quickly becoming the cynical bastard we knew and loved later.
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'' has an InUniverse ACI for the entire world of Fa'Diel - The storyteller Pokiehl and the Sproutlings believe that Fa'Diel is AllJustADream. This, combined with the imagery in the opening cutscene suggests therefore that the events of the game are [[spoiler:the DyingDream of the Mana Tree as it goes up in flames]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Limbo}}'': Does the boy's simple quest to reunite with his sister make him the innocent he appears to be, or is the game deconstructing standard progression in video game narratives by forcing the boy to [[VillainProtagonist commit repeated, brutal atrocities against his fellow living beings (most of whom, like the dog and the mosquito, are entirely innocent)]], until the game's final moment when he at last reaches his sister [[PlayerPunch only for her to stiffen in alarm at the monster his journey has made of him]]?
** Under that interpretation, given that the boy is ceaselessly driven by the desire to move to the right, the brain worms' initial forced change of direction to the left may render them symbolically heroic; note their luminescence amidst the black, hostile world and the sinister appearance of their ceiling-mounted predators.
** Is the spider truly malicious, or just a simpleminded animal looking for a meal - ''or'' preemptively attempting to eliminate the threat posed by the boy?
** Is the surrounding world limbo, or is the game's title merely a reference to its own moral ambiguity (or both)? In either case, was the world always like this, or as the scenery suggests, is the boy exploring a post-apocalyptic ruin, possibly brought about by man's brutalization of nature via the likes of the weather-controlling machine that the boy in turn brutalizes an innocent dog in order to use?
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'': Considering that the ''Marathon'' trilogy has far more {{Fanon}} than actual {{Canon}}, there's plenty of room for interpretation. Is [[MissionControl Durandal]] a self-centered psychopathic [[AIIsACrapshoot computer]] saving the colony ship and universe just because he's in it, or TheAtoner trying to make up for what he did under Strauss's control (and possibly even before he was known as Durandal)? Though not as obvious, almost all of interpretations about [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] above can be applied to the player character, The Security Officer.
* The Reapers in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' periodically kill of all sapient life in the galaxy as a ''game''. If they were just [[OmnicidalManiac Berserkers]] their behavior doesn't make a whole lot of sense: a smart Berserker would just ruin the environment of any planet capable of supporting advanced life, making sure no future threats ever get a chance to evolve. Waiting for your enemies to develop advanced technology before killing them makes much more sense if you're doing it because you want a challenge.
** The Reapers are machines of war, it is made clear that their sole reason of existence is to destroy. However, they are machines and thus were built by someone; likely the first group of species to have lived in this galaxy. It is very possible that they are the left-over relics of a race that built an all-too perfect weapon, one that destroyed their enemies and then turned on their masters. Who is to say that the tech of a Reaper, which seems god-like to the people of the galaxy, was not just advanced tech to the creatures that made them? Following this logic, the Reapers do not destroy life because it is a game, or because they are following some 'higher purpose we can not comprehend'; it is because they are machines, and as machines, they are doing as their programming commands; it is just what they do because it is what their most baseline code tells them to do. The Reapers, could in fact, be slaves to themselves incapable of free will, thought, or emotion.
** The latter interpretation is confirmed in the ''Leviathan DLC'' for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', where [[spoiler: it's revealed that that the Catalyst, the controlling intelligence that directs the Reapers is the highly-sophisticated AI, working on faulty programming. The Leviathan created it to prevent wars between the human and synthetic races they ruled over, only for the Catalyst to fail in it's task, decide that the galaxy needed routine cleansing to remove the problem entirely and turn on it's creators, seeing them as another part of the problem]].
*** Actually, [[spoiler: conversation with the Leviathans at the end of the DLC reveal that the reason they have done nothing to stop the Reapers over the millenia is because, while not beneficial to their species, the Reapers have performed their assigned task TO THE LETTER.]]
** As of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' the Geth, who existed entirely to sink bullets into in the first game, are shown to be a machine race that has no interest in wiping out the quarians and other races. The Reaper-supporting Geth are even considered heretics by the primary Geth culture.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' invokes this trope with Cerberus. The first game painted them as terrorists--possibly ''omnicidal'' terrorists. The sequel suggests that the darker actions of the first ''Mass Effect'' were isolated incidents, and that, at worst, the group best fits the mold of WellIntentionedExtremist, devoted to humanity's interests while not necessarily causing any harm to any other sapient life.
*** Jossed by ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', where its revealed that The Illusive Man ''intentionally'' recruited sympathetic individuals (mostly disaffected Ex-Alliance members) to be part of Shepard's crew in order to gain both his/her sympathies and secure their investment in completing the mission, with Kelly Chambers, Ken Donnelly, Gabby Daniels, and Dr. Chakwas all being specifically chosen to provide trustworthy faces.
*** It's also revealed that Cerberus has been [[spoiler: Indoctrinating human refugees with Reaper tech to bolster their ranks and has no problem in using them as test subjects on their experiments. It's unclear however whether this augmentation began ''before'' or ''after'' the main number of their ranks became Indoctrinated]].
** Aria T'Loak: is she the ruthless, amoral Pirate Queen driven exclusively by PragmaticVillainy, or is she an AntiHero of a particularly hardcore bent who is controlling [[WretchedHive Omega]] in [[KnightTemplar the only way possible?]]
** Tali'Zorah nar Rayya: kind, caring engineer entitled to occassional snappiness from her upbringing in a paranoid society and being biased against by the galaxy, or snippy, hyper-defensive shrew that sees FantasticRacism in seemingly everything?
** Quarians/geth in general. Was the [[RobotWar Morning War]] justifiable as a product of panic and ignorance? What about their [[spoiler:assault on geth-occupied Rannoch during the Reaper invasion]]? As for the geth: should they have tried harder to seek alternate ways to avoid annihilation at the hands of the quarians? Are the non-heretic geth responsible for the actions of the heretics? [[spoiler:Are they still trustworthy after they allied with the Reapers to save themselves from the quarian invasion?]]
** Is the Virmire Survivor a paranoid UngratefulBastard, is he or she right to be upset by his or her former commander (and possible lover) joining up with a terrorist organization, or is he or she blowing the issue out of proportion due to a combination of seeing Shepard again and having just experienced a devastating attack on Horizon in which he or she thinks Cerberus might have played a role, thus causing him or her to be more emotional and judgmental than normal?
*** Interestingly enough, Garrus (and in DummiedOut content, Tali), despite being aliens who have even less reason to trust Cerberus, argue that the Virmire Survivor is too focused on Cerberus and ignoring the real threat. Is the Virmire Survivor taking this personally because Cerberus is a ''human'' terrorist organization (that claims to be on humanity's, and thus the Virmire Survivor's, side), and misjudging who they should be concerned about? Or do they understand how untrustworthy Cerberus is in ways that Shepard and his/her former crew, who rely on their help, do not?
** Is Ashley Williams someone whose distrust toward aliens is [[ProperlyParanoid justified]] (the Council) or at least understandable (a krogan mercenary, a turian CowboyCop and the daughter of TheDragon), is she a good person with prejudices that she gradually learns to overcome, or is she simply a racist jerk? Is her opposition to Cerberus and Terra Firma proof that she isn't completely racist (or at least a PetTheDog moment), [[EvenEvilHasStandards a refusal to go as far as they do]] or outright hypocrisy?
** Liara T'soni: The truest friend Shepard has ever had or a StalkerWithACrush who is borderline obsessed with him/her to the point of keeping a piece of Shepard's old N7 armor enshrined in her apartment? Did she do the right thing when [[spoiler:she retrieved Shepard's body and gave it to Cerberus]] or was she being disrespectful to the memory of Commander Shepard for selfish reasons? Was her inability to articulate the true story about Shepard and Cerberus to the Virmire Survivor [[PoorCommunicationKills miscommunication]], lack of understanding, or Liara's jealousy trying to eliminate rivals for Shepard's attention? Was her cabin visits in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' a true concern for Shepard's well being or is she just being very possessive of Shepard? Is her isolation from everyone else for many years a justified excuse of every issue that is being pointed out?
** Are the Citadel Council stubborn, willingly blind anti-human racists whose incompetence hamstrings Shepard and imperils the galaxy? Or are they, if not quite a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, open to being convinced about humanity's merits, the threat of the Reapers, and Shepard's plan to stop them if shown enough evidence?
** Humanity. Is the rest of the galaxy keeping them from rising to power out of jealousy and paranoia? Or does humanity simply need to learn to make compromises and sacrifices in order to become part of the galactic community, as well as accept that it will take time for them to integrate, much less rise to the top? Furthermore, when the Reapers attack Earth, is the Council callously abandoning them, or are they merely unwilling to commit to a seemingly hopeless battle without adequate preparation? Is the Alliance right to focus the Allied fleet's attention on Earth, where there is still a sizable population in need of evacuation and a resistance in need of backup? Or are they [[EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse putting too much emphasis on their own homeworld]] when the other races are suffering just as badly or even worse?
*** Humanity's preoccupation with reclaiming Earth is lampshaded in the third game, when background conversations between two of the ''Normandy'' personnel have one take the position that Earth is being abandoned by the Council, while the other points out that the other races would feel exactly the same if it was their homeworld on the line and that the turians ''are'' getting waylaid by the Reapers too. The asari even state that their reason for not helping is to fall back to Thessia and defend their own borders, [[spoiler: yet even the most advanced technology in the galaxy at their disposal still doesn't stop Thessia being the ''only'' world to fall entirely to the Reapers]].
* Anetta in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork''. She is a member of the cyberterrorists WWW, but she wants to protect nature, and at one point, even indirectly helps Lan save Mamoru's life. Her Navi, [=PlantMan=], on the other hand, seems to goad her on. Lord Wily even seems to act a little differently around her. This has caused a lot of people to think that Anetta is simply a WellIntentionedExtremist, and [=PlantMan=] acts as an evil conscience to her. A few theories have suggested that Wily created [=PlantMan=] ''specifically'' to control her.
* Capcom's characterisation of ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' characters varies from game to game, so some fanfics aren't exactly "alternate" as much as they are 'trying to pick one'. X himself ranges from a [[{{Uke}} whiny doe-eyed wuss]] who depends on Zero for everything, a noble fighter sometimes hamstrung by his doubts, a [[GoodIsDumb naive dope]] who trusts everyone, or a macho warrior killing every Maverick on sight. Zero is either a womanizing loud-mouth warrior, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, a nice guy with a JerkassFacade because he's been betrayed so many times, or a [[BloodKnight cold-hearted killer]]. Thanks to [[VideoGame/MegaManMaverickHunterX the first game's remake]], is Sigma just a Maverick infected by Wily who wants to dominate the world, or is he just staging a rebellion to test X's abilities in the interest of the good of the Reploids?
** Here's a new one for X, due to sourcebook info stating that Dr Light created a "suffering circuit" to enable X to examine moral matters more deeply: Is he putting himself through all this because he truly wants to make the world a better place for human and Reploid alike, or did the 30 year testing phase in his capsule enslave him to Dr. Light's ideals?
*** The prequel anime included in the remake does clear a few things up about X, at least for the sake of that particular continuity: [[spoiler:he does hesitate in decisive moments, but a flashback where he actually talked with Dr. Light before being sealed away, exchanging the testing phase with Dr. Light saying [[YouAreNotReady humanity wasn't mature enough to accept X yet]] shows he ''chose'' to fight of his own free will, with Dr. Light saying he wanted X to guide humans and robots, not ordering him.]]
** Axl, the latest hero character, ranges from a hyper-active little kid, a good-natured rookie, a [[CreepyChild creepy]] ChildSoldier who sees everything as a game, or an angsty cutter. (Yes, really.)
** Iris, Zero's romantic interest, varies from a [[IncorruptiblePurePureness complete saint]], a seemingly sweet person who is [[{{Yandere}} secretly crazy]], a [[{{Moe}} cute girl]] who wants everyone to get along, or a [[ClingyJealousGirl petty little brat]] who doesn't want to realize that Zero doesn't like her or tries to between the HoYay. Alia tends to fall into some of these as well.
** Vile: A [[AxCrazy complete psychopath]] who wants to kill X to [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou get even for his defeat]], or is he a cynical RebelliousSpirit who isn't [[NotSoDifferent all that different]] from the heroes or a Reploid with an [[LoveMakesYouEvil obsession]] with X and will do [[StalkerWithACrush anything to be with him]]?
** For that matter, the entire "Maverick" thing. Canonically it's caused by viruses, but especially in the first and fourth games, there's very little to suggest that it was anything other than what it looked like on the surface: a rebellion. If that's what it was, were they even necessarily bad? Moreover, was Repliforce in ''X4'' really bad at all or were the Maverick Hunters and/or humans just paranoid and overzealous bastards who couldn't stand the thought of robots not following orders? This is compounded severalfold by the fact that in the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' series (same universe, just a hundred years or so later), the Irregulars ''are'' a genuine robot rebellion (and the good guys) against a tyrannical society which seems to hate all Reploids, and the leader of their enemies is ''a copy of X''.
*** Alternatively alternatively, they're an army answerable to the world governments, and therefore they have agreed to obey orders unless they were needlessly suicidal or would involve doing the kinds of things they were framed for. Throw in the parts where their troops and their equipment were seen at the scene of an atrocity, and their steadfast refusal to come in for questioning so they could potentially clear themselves came not from the worry that they'll be scapegoated but rather a glorified mechanical pissing contest (which would look really suspicious), and it becomes less "overzealous bastards who couldn't stand the thought of robots not obeying orders" and more "panicked but justifiable reaction."
*** It's stated in [[AllThereInTheManual the manual]] that Signas took over the Maverick Hunters after the previous commander retired out of shame over the events of ''X4'', so there's some credence to the belief that the Maverick Hunters are basing their definition of "Maverick" more on whether they follow orders rather than whether they're actively causing harm to humans/Reploids, either willingly or through a virus.
*** The Cadre fits this a little more. Initially they seem to be a bunch of greedy, power-hungry sociopaths who cruelly oppress and subjugate everyone in Giga City -- until you find that a few of their members are surprisingly fair and honorable people, the fact that they're the project of unethical experiments and are being manipulated by TheManBehindTheMan. Even Ferham, the seemingly sadomasochistic [[TheBaroness Baroness]], has a genuinely tender moment with a fellow comrade. Their leader might even have a point that using force really might be the only way for a group of Reploids to be heard. Despite all the horrible things they've done in the game, they're a hard lot to figure out, which is even reflected in the game when they're posthumously deferred Maverick status.
*** Similarly, fanon popularly puts up a dividing line between "infected" Mavericks and just regular Reploids who are criminals. What becomes of the latter falls into this as well - are they shot on sight in a display of FantasticRacism?
*** Maverick Hunters didn't really start their KnightTemplar tendencies until after the Repliforce incident. Did the Maverick Hunters start their shoot first, ask questions later ''because'' of Repliforce, where free-willed Mavericks proved to be just as dangerous as viral Mavericks? Magma Dragoon dropped a floating city, killing millions, to draw the protagonists into a fight with him, and the Repliforce preferred to start a shooting war over clearing themselves from a frame job for ''incredibly'' petty reasons. Is it any wonder humans don't trust Reploids? Was Repliforce the catalyst for the later games' morally ambiguous nature of the Maverick Hunters?
** [[http://www.destructoid.com/dr-wily-the-man-who-tried-to-save-the-world-199795.phtml Destructoid's Tony Ponce takes a look into Dr. Wily's character.]] Is he actually the OnlySaneMan on the outlook of human-robot relations, seeing RidiculouslyHumanRobots as a danger to society, and eventually BecomingTheMask as a MadScientist bent on [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]]?
** Then there's the BigBad of the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' series, Dr. Weil. Him being evil is completely undeniable. At first, his actions in the Elf Wars seem purely because [[FantasticRacism he thinks people are superior to Reploids]]. But consider all the attacks by Mavericks, the moral ambiguity of the Maverick Hunters (who only exist because humans are essentially defenseless against said Mavericks), the collateral damage... Oh, and also a crazy Maverick tries to destroy everyone via ColonyDrop. And this all happens in around a decade. When you think about it, Dr. Weil [[StrawmanHasAPoint has a pretty good reason to hate Reploidkind]].
** Dr. Light is ostensibly the BigGood of the entire ''Mega Man'' franchise, but, [[http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab250/LavanyaSix/1349445992123.jpg as an anon on 4chan points out,]] his relentless idealism spawned wars, mayhem, carnage, hatred, and destruction on such a scale as to make a decent case for him being the greatest ''villain'' in all of video games.
* Aoko Aozaki from ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood''. Doing it for the lulz or carefully manipulating events to ScrewDestiny?
* Does [[spoiler:Big Boss]] actually apologize to Snake and hug him at the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', or is the entire sequence Snake's hallucination before he kills himself? Or even Snake's personal heaven, where his daddy always loved him and everything turns out okay? People remark the ending of ''[=MGS4=]'' feels out of place, is that why? Actually, is Snake in ''[=MGS4=]'' even Solid Snake at all, or Raiden in the same MindScrew that he ended ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' in? The fact that static is used to represent damage and the game over screen reads "Mission Failed" (which is used throughout the series to indicate failing a ''VR'' mission; failing actual gameplay gets "Game Over"), as well as the more outlandish plot elements, characterisation decisions and Raiden as an NPC supports this interpretation.
** Notice that all of the characters that help [[spoiler:bring back Big Boss]] die, HeroicSacrifice or Snake covering his tracks to make his illusion more believable? Or the fact that the [[ExpoSpeak conspiracy theory explanation]] from [[spoiler:Big Boss]] doesn't bring exactly anything that the player hasn't heard before (he repeats everything that Eva said about Big Boss and the AIs) the only thing that may deflate this theory is the fact that Major Zero is there and killed, but the end seems like a GainaxEnding.
** Similarly, is Rose in ''Metal Gear Solid 2'' a well-intentioned person doing an immoral job that she comes to regret, a canny spy pretending to be a well-intentioned person doing an immoral job that she comes to regret as part of a BatmanGambit to convince Raiden to complete the mission, or a combination of an insane computer and Raiden's own personal delusions? Even in ''[=MGS4=]'' she's still sporting the dyed hair and the contact lenses she denounced as fake in ''[=MGS2=]'', and she's only seen in person by Raiden and the Colonel off-camera (and the Colonel [[spoiler:was an AI]] in ''[=MGS2=]'').
** [[BigBad Senator Armstrong]] from ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' is ripe for differing interpretations given what an erratic character he is; even Raiden is so baffled by his various monologues that he just declares him "batshit insane" in order to make sense of it all. At first Armstrong appears to be motivated by greed, a lust for power, or both, but then after the Metal Gear Excelsus fight, he tells Raiden "the truth": He seeks to turn America into a vaguely anarchic society where people are free to pursue whatever they wish with the strength of their own convictions. When he describes a country where "the law bends to suit the individual," does he mean an uprooted and extensively retooled political system where the policymakers genuinely have everyone's best interests in mind, or does he mean a state of full-blown lawlessness where nothing is illegal and only the strongest will survive? In either case, is this really his goal? Or is he merely using that as an excuse to mask his aforementioned pursuit of money and/or power?
*** The lyrics to his two {{Villain Song}}s, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dPaVk4G1jg "Collective Consciousness"]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlJaMc_PCN8 "It Has To Be This Way,"]] compared and contrasted with each other and Armstrong's dialogue, just add fuel to the fire.
* [[VideoGame/MetalSlug Morden]]: WellIntentionedExtremist who tries to prevent events like his son's death, or just another lunatic? Are the protagonists actually bad guys, who protect a corrupt government by slaughtering a larger rebellion army?
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'':
** [[FinalBoss The Enderdragon]] will stop at nothing to kill you, and from getting the Dragon egg, a reward you get for killing it. While usually thought of as evil, the Enderdragon could just be doing its job as a mom, protecting the egg.
** The villagers are usually thought of as nice, innocent people, but some players think they're {{Jerkass}} conmen who are trying to swindle you out of your emeralds. Some of them will charge ridiculous prices, like 7 emeralds for an iron sword, and some will charge you more than other villagers for the same amount of stuff.
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': TheReveal that [[spoiler:the Order killing the Ender Dragon was a fraud]] puts Ivor in this light: [[spoiler:did he want to humiliate Gabriel and be the hero himself as revenge for being dropped from the legends, to prove to the world the Order was a fraud,]] or [[spoiler:to give Gabriel and/or himself a chance to kill a REAL monster and become genuine heroes]]?
* The Runners in ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' refuse to be part of the unbearably oppressive and emotionless society of The City created by the oppressive surveillance state that began some decades ago, which gets them in constant trouble with the police. But in the game, you only get the runner's word for it, as you never meet or even see any civilians and the only confirmed occasion of police brutally breaking up a riot was over eighteen years ago, when the characters were still young children. While there are no reasons to think that the government is not authoritarian and the corporate executives corrupt, you can't completely shake the feeling that the Runners might get a slightly distorted view of society from their hideouts high on the roofs of skyscrapers.
** An AlternativeCharacterInterpretation is even done within the game by Celeste, who tells Faith that survival is meaningless if you don't also live a little bit. [[spoiler:It is later revealed that she didn't mean that Faith should losen up a bit and have some fun at times. In fact she secretly accepted a job offer by the government to work as a state employed assassin, which is about the only job her skill and abilities qualify her for. She'd much rather try her luck at rejoining society and have at least some kind of life, instead of hiding on the roofs until she gets shot by the police or falls 80 meters to her death.]]
* June of VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors openly invites this given her role. Is she a bit more of the sweet, positive, and [[AgentMulder slightly kooky]] girl we meet initially or [[spoiler:is she much more of the [[GuileHero cold, calculating Zero personality she presumes when]] kidnapping mostly good people from their homes to save herself and get revenge]]? It hurts more when WordOfGod is taken into consideration, where it's stated that she [[spoiler:has been traumatized from the experience of the first Nonary Games, but doesn't state how close her fake personality is to the real one]].
** [[spoiler: VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward gives us both answers: in the timeline the games follow, June becomes colder and more calculating the longer she lives and the stronger her ability to see into other timelines becomes. By the time the second game comes around, she's nothing like the girl Junpei knew. And, perhaps even worse, because of the way time travel works in this universe, a person can't change their ''own'' timeline, they can only create alternate timelines. There may well be a world out there where the real June is the sweet, optimistic girl he fell in love with... but it's not one we've seen yet.]]
** WordOfGod confirms that June was being honest when she told [[spoiler:Kyle that she wanted to be with Junpei]]...but she didn't end up doing that, so why? [[spoiler:Was she nobly sacrificing any chance at a normal life so she could work to save the world? Did her plans, evil or not, take priority over that love? Was she ashamed of what she'd become? Was she ''not'' ashamed, and preferred being Zero over Akane? Or has she actually been working to create a happy timeline- where her murderers are neutralized and Radical-6 is never released- so she can be with him?]]
** [[spoiler:Future!Sigma]]: Was he a essentially good, if socially awkward, scientist who devoted his life to [[spoiler:changing history]] and averting the apocalypse, or a cold, calculating murderer who enslaved sapient beings ([[spoiler:Luna and K]]) in a crazed attempt to atone for his mistakes?
* ''VideoGame/PacMan'' is actually destroying the world he lives in. The pellets protect the fabric of his reality and the ghosts are desperately trying to stop him. Upon reaching [[KillScreen level 256]], Pac-Man has eaten enough pellets that the game crashes and the world is destroyed.
** So that may explain why in ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', Pac-Man is the only game where the player character is the enemy while the protagonists of the film play the antagonists of the game. Pac-Man definitely causes a lot of destruction in the city.
* ''VideoGame/{{Paperboy}}'': The default and lightest possible interpretation of the Paperboy is that he delivers newspapers to subscribers and vandalizes non-subscribers for fun or out of spite. A darker interpretation is that it was never about the papers at all and the whole thing is one big [[ShameIfSomethingHappened protection racket]], which his superiors, and the police (who will only charge the Paperboy after he leaves the paper), are a part of. In some of the games, non-subscribers will convert to subscribers if they fall victim to enough vandalism.
* [[VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} Tatsuya]]: Did he intentionally commit the sin of [[spoiler:refusing to forget everything to save Maya and stop Nyarlathotep]] because he was just greedy or too unwilling to make a sacrifice, thereby deserving the Eternal Punishment? Or did he just commit the "Innocent Sin" in the title and not really deserve any Eternal Punishment?
** Philemon: {{Jerkass}} god playing a Book of Job-like game with the protagonists' lives; or a caring guardian deity trapped in a Manichean struggle against his equally powerful evil counterpart, giving humans the power to protect themselves, and willing to make the hard decision of sacrificing the happiness of a few to save the whole?
* [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Fuuka]]: Simple paragon of meek passivity and sweetness, or Woobie whose obsession with pleasing others and self-deprecation is a result of constant emotional abuse?
* The HeroicMime protagonists of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. Are they brave and charismatic heroes? Or power-hungry {{Manipulative Bastard}}s? Or are they {{Empty Shell}}s simply looking for acceptance? Or, are they [[BatmanGambit manipulating others, knowing doing so is the only way to gain the power needed to save the world?]]
** Frighteningly, the EmptyShell theory gets some credibility in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
* Almost any party member in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
** Kanji: A closet homosexual who refuses to admit his sexual orientation to himself or just a teenager who is struggling with feeling at ease around guys, rather than girls, because they simply do not make fun of his "feminine" hobbies.
** Yosuke: An arrogant and homophobic guy that tries too hard to look cool or a poor guy that [[TheWoobie never had friends, so he doesn't how to act]] and [[ButtMonkey everyone keeps bullying]]? Also, it's implied he sees the MC as perfect but what are his feelings?. Is he secretly jealous? Is Yosuke so pitiful he idolizes him because it's his only friend? Or does he loves the MC but [[ArmouredClosetGay would never admit it]]?
** Rise: A girl that isn't ashamed to show how much she loves the MC and knows she doesn't doesn't need to be an idol to have friends or a hypocrital bitch, that keeps flirting with him and becomes a singer again as soon as she can.
* There are some alternate interpretations of the character Fall-From-Grace in ''PlanescapeTorment'', is she an honest defector who found a new philosophy to escape her ChaoticEvil nature? A Baatezu spy? Is her chaste priestess demeanor a real attempt to rise above her former life as a succubus (which she calls "childish and immature") or simply a sign that she's a ''really good'' temptress? The game's not telling, and the main information comes from a distinctly unreliable source.
** Her character sheet alignment really says something different...
* Eothas of ''VideoHame/PillarsOfEternity'' qualifies even in-game, thanks to lack of information on his motives during The Saint's War. Outwardly, he seemed to go kind of insane, invoking AGodAmI and LightIsNotGood in a campaign of brutal conquest. However, there are some characters - including those who know far more about the situation than most - who suspect he was actually the OnlySaneMan among the pantheon, who took [[WellIntentionedExtremist drastic measures]] to [[spoiler: save the world]] because no one else could or would. Unfortunately, [[PoorCommunicationKills he never really explained himself,]] leaving the entire thing an AmbiguousSituation.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': SelfDemonstrating/GLaDOS can be interpreted in countless different ways. One large factor in this is that everything she says may or may not be a lie (such as [[TheCakeIsALie the cake]]).
** "And when you're dead I will be still alive." Threat of a future murder attempt on Chell, boast of immortality, or ''lamentation'' of immortality?
** Did the test go horribly wrong, resulting in [=GLaDOS=]'s death, or did it go horribly right, and showed the portal gun at its finest? Both? Neither?
** Is she trying to protect herself, or is she a sarcastic liar who secretly ''wants'' death?
*** The death-seeker interpretation has an [[http://www.game-ism.com/2008/04/04/still-alive-shes-free/ article on game-ism about it]]. Take from it what you will, like any interpretation.
** Does she hate Chell, or is she just an ass (that does not quite hate Chell)? Does she show possessive affection towards Chell in her own insane way?
*** The ending of the second game and the lyrics of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVVZaZ8yO6o "Want You Gone"]] have added serious fuel to this fire. Another question this spawns is, assuming that [=GLaDOS=] really does care about Chell, whether it goes all the way back to the first game or is something that developed during ''Portal 2''.
** In the first game (seemingly debunked in the sequel): Is she not an AI at all, and simply a sophisticated but buggy user interface, full of pre-recorded statements?
*** Again, possible in the first game but contradicted by the sequel: Did Chell just defeat the evil computer and save herself, or did [=GLaDOS=] just finish yet another test with a human specimen by pretending that the incinerator was the end of the obstacle course? (The latter interpretation might explain why [[FollowThePlottedLine the facility is laid out in a strictly linear path that inevitably leads to GLaDOS's chamber]].)
** In the sequel, is the facility really in disrepair, and is [=GLaDOS=] really mad at Chell, or is it all an act with more pre-planned tests?
** Caroline with regard to the cut dialogue: Goofy and victimized assistant of Cave Johnson? Or complicit psychopath who only considered the horrific implications of her work when it came barreling down on her? (If you're skeptical of the latter possibility, remember: [[spoiler:Her brain is the basis for GLaDOS]].)
** Cave Johnson -- An honestly well-meaning guy who is simply down on his luck and clueless to how to appropriately use his products in the real world, or a deranged man bent on testing his products as much as possible to sate his curiosity? Nevertheless, one thing everybody can agree on is his obvious lack of sanity.
** Wheatley, in regards to how much of his FaceHeelTurn was [=GLaDOS's=] programming corrupting him, and how much was him being DrunkWithPower. His apology seems to point to the latter; if it was merely programming, why is he so sorry? Either way, most people forgive him.
* Is Ratchet from ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' a great hero, saving the galaxy whenever the time needs him or is he secretly an OmnicidalManiac just using the hero excuse so he can kill innocent beings that get in his way with really big guns?
** Easily the former. There are a huge number of venues to legally murder wave upon wave of creature for profit and earn a very good living doing so all around him -- that he never partakes in these competitions until he has to (as evidenced by him always being the new unknown challenger) as opposed to doing it professionally shows he's doing it cause he has to, and the player is doing it cause they're an OmnicidalManiac just using the hero excuse so they can kill innocent beings with really big guns.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has a few, mainly centering around Edgar Ross: outright evil sadist, an overzealous, single-minded KnightTemplar too caught up in his own ideals to see his hypocrisy, a decent guy just following orders or just another pawn in the big game of politics and manipulation the characters find themselves stuck in?
** Dutch Van Der Linde: Was he ever the Robin Hood of the West John makes him out to be before going insane? Or was he always a manipulative, brutal psychopath and John was blind to it because Dutch was the first person to really treat him as worth anything? And then, did he genuinely care for his "charges," or were they just pawns to him?
* Gehn of ''VideoGame/{{Riven}}''. Some feel that his tragic backstory -- losing his [[DisappearedDad father]] and ''civilization'' at the age of 8, running away from home at fourteen, his beloved wife [[DeathByChildbirth dying of childbirth]] while they were still in their teens - doesn't ''[[FreudianExcuse justify]]'' his AGodAmI tendencies, but makes him somewhat more [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic.]]
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'' has Shara. Sweet, innocent girl who cares only about your general well-being? Or manipulative bitch who has her family guilt trip you into marrying her? The fact she gets kinda nasty at times after you marry her doesn't help her case.
* In ''[[VideoGame/ChzoMythos 7 Days a Skeptic]]'', the events of the game show er, John trying to warn everybody about the supernatural phenomena, but in ''6 Days a Sacrifice'', it shows John, aka [[spoiler:Malcolm]] killing several Welders, Yahtzee implies in the commentary that [[spoiler:everything was all ''Malcolm's'' story, and he killed everybody]] he hasn't confirmed, though.
** And the most interesting part is, there is a bit of evidence supporting the possession, in the game, [[spoiler:Malcolm constantly sees the ghost of Serena, for no other reason than to [[MindScrew screw with your head]]]], and also the fact the first death in the flashback in the last game is [[spoiler:"The Welder" being impaled]], and every death shown afterward. This, again, could be reinterpreted, as the first death in ''7'' is [[spoiler:the captain]], who is found impaled on the same device you later use to kill the Welder, though the pose of the body is wrong.
* VisualNovel/SayaNoUta: Yousuke is a calm, quiet family man who enjoys his calm, quiet life, until [[spoiler: Saya]] causes him to hallucinate the same way Fuminori does and he immediately becomes a violent psychopath [[spoiler: whose first instinct is to kill the "monsters", his wife and daughter, and rape the only girl he can find, Saya.]] This happens in a matter of ''minutes''. Considering how long it took Fuminori to sink that low, it begs the question of just how sane was Yousuke, really? Did he really go insane, or was he always two steps away from being a lunatic and [[spoiler: Saya]] just happened to bring it to a boil by messing with his brain?
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'':
** Maria: Although in the main scenario she seems to be the product of James' delusion created to seduce him, remind him of his guilt, or even to punish him, she is shown in different way --more human, independent and having her own will-- in the "Born from a Wish" scenario. It suggests that Maria is rather a tragic character, not an evil creature. Also, her outcome depends on player activity during the game.
** James, as ''all'' the information regarding him is provided either by him or products of his delusions. How much did he really love his wife? To what extent did her illness affect him? [[spoiler:Did he kill her because of mercy? Anger? Frustration? Desire?]] Even his fate is left to interpretation, as WordOfGod states that it is up to the player which of the four MultipleEndings is the "real" ending.
** Did the real Mary emotionally abuse James until he put her out of her misery, or does he just tell himself that to ease his guilt? Laura would claim the latter, but she seems to be a manifestation of childish spite herself, and if she really believed that, would she willingly leave Silent Hill with James?
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' offers an in-game alternate character explanation from Vincent: "They look like ''monsters'' to you?" He very quickly backs off from this, claiming that he was kidding, but given the MindScrew nature of the game in general, you have to wonder...
* ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'' may be this in regards to the first game of the series, interpreting ''everyone'' in different ways. Is Harry really a PapaWolf, [[spoiler:or is that how Cheryl ''wants'' to see him as, was he nothing more than a lecherous ass]]? Cheryl gets this too, [[spoiler:interpreting her as slightly not right in the head after her dad dies]]. In fact, [[spoiler:one theory is that the entire first game was imagined up by Cheryl]]. This being ''Franchise/SilentHill'', we'll ''never'' be sure...
* VideoGame/{{Sinistar}}. Villain or tragic character? When he arrives he tells the player to Beware, and to "Run! Run! Run!," before finally being overtaken by evil, letting out an angry and sorrowful shout before giving chase to the player.
** [[http://onastick.net/drew/sinistar/ Sinistar is deep.]]
* The title character of ''VideoGame/{{Slender}}''. Is he really a demonic creature seeking new victims or is he a lonely monster wanting someone to hang out with?
** Multiple movies and games do have Slender to be the former, but other games aren't clear about what he would or could do to the player.
* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog and his friends characterisations differ greatly between the various Sonic series'.
** Sonic himself has been portrayed as a [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM wisecracking resistance commando who engages in bouts of]] WellExcuseMePrincess with the team's leader, a [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog good-natured drifter who for all his attitude shows respect for genuine authority and behaves like an ideal father to his]] KidSidekick, a [[ComicBook/SonicTheComic self-centered, sharp-tongued, hotheaded jerkass without a nice thing to say to anyone]], or [[Anime/SonicX a free spirit who hardly speaks and is happy to tag along with a lonely rich kid]]. Sega's own employees are not exempt from this, some they say Sonic's a nature loving hero with great appreciation for beauty and relaxation, and some say that he's so hyperactive he can never sit still let alone sit and look at the scenery, some also say he's a loner and likes his peace while others say he's gregarious and likes a lively atmosphere.
*** In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', pay attention to Sonic's theme, particularly the line, "It doesn't matter who is wrong or who is right." Another one: selfless hero courageously risking his life to protect people, or thrill-seeking action junkie who gets involved with the events of a given story simply because he enjoys the chase?
** [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog Tails on occasion shows traits of being]] a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM an easily excited fanboy of Sonic's who sometimes acts like a]] RecklessSidekick, or [[ComicBook/SonicTheComic a butt monkey who suffers from an inferiority complex and gets flustered easily]] or a [[Anime/SonicX techno-wiz with maturity beyond his years and shows leadership skills]].
*** And, sometimes, he's [[InnocentProdigy portrayed as having some measure of each]].
** Tails' maturity and intelligence [[DependingOnTheWriter fluctuates between continuities]].
** A kind of meta-example, [[http://www.triplepeeps.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=128&start=0#2230 from the fandom:]] "Amy is Sonic Team's way of vilifying western culture's take on feminism. Don't believe me? Amy is a very "western" girl: extremely outspoken, very assertive, very confident, and very goal-oriented. And yet, Sonic doesn't trust her worth a damn. He trusts Tails, Knuckles, and Shadow without uttering a word; they're men, after all, and only men are allowed to be outspoken. Sonic also trusts Cream, who knows when to shut up, and Elise, a girl who makes Cinderella seem downright heroic. But Amy? No way. Amy ANNOYS Sonic. Because Sonic Team is so set in their own culture; that women should not be so outspoken."
*** Another meta-example could be that Amy could be defined as the "Anti-Peach" like Sonic was the "Anti-Mario."
** Sonic's apparent complete indifference to girls despite being 15 years old has sparked many speculations among people, maybe he's gay, may be he's unwilling to utilize his PopularityPower to get into bed with someone because he sees it as shallow, or he's [[{{Asexuality}} asexual]]. Love seems to confuse him. Maybe it's because of how young everyone is, or perhaps he really ''does'' love Amy, but [[TheDrifter isn't ready to settle down yet]] and/or [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies doesn't want Robotnik to pick up on said affections and]] [[IHaveYourWife kidnap]] ([[StuffedIntoTheFridge and possibly hurt, or even]] ''[[StuffedIntoTheFridge kill]]'') [[IHaveYourWife Amy]] [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies just to get to him]]. [[labelnote:+]]Sure, Amy is quite capable of taking care of herself, but who says Robotnik couldn't send in an army to overwhelm her or plan an ambush to capture her without even allowing her a chance to fight back? The guy ''is'' a genius, he can probably come up with a tactically sound plan, even if his immaturity usually gets in the way.[[/labelnote]], Sonic however has already shown some signs of interest in some female characters, examples would include some heavy subtext with Blaze the Cat and some playful flirting with Rouge the Bat, some examples could be listed below.
*** Sonic does flirt with Rouge in ''VideoGame/SonicBattle'' for the GBA, and then you could say Rouge flirts with everyone and means nothing by it, he was just giving her a taste of her own medicine.
*** Sonic's relationship with Amy could also be considered abusive, with him brushing her off at every turn and not even making the effort to reciprocate, and then. If he's largely established as not being interested, why should he reciprocate in the least?
*** In the ''Anime/SonicX'' continuity however, Sonic/Amy seem to be [[ShipTease heavily implied]] in some scenes, especially in the ending of Ep. 42, in contrast to his game interpretation, some like to use that interpretation of the character for their portrait of Sonic's relationship with Amy in the game continuity.
*** Sonic is more likely a ChasteHero than an {{Asexual}}.
*** ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'' has lightly implied Sonic may be gaining feelings for Amy, which is an alternative interpretation of game!Sonic ''and'' ''STC''!Sonic.
*** To make thinks even more complicated game!Sonic can be seen developing a rather [[ShipTease warm friendship]] with Blaze the Cat, some scenes including much closer interaction than most of the characters in the game continuity.
** Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik is seriously mixed up within the canons. He could be the repressed evil side of the genuinely good Dr. Kintobor, brought out through a lab accident; a genuinely evil tyrant who just wants to roboticize everything and rule a planet of machines; or [[EmperorScientist a benevolent wannabe tyrant]], who merely wants to take over, and will stop at nothing to get his way. He's also portrayed with varying degrees of competence, from a comic buffoon in ''[=AoStH=]'', to a genuine menace to the world in ''[=SatAm=]''.
*** One interpretation, though, is that the character isn't even a villain. He wants to make the world a better place, and has the intelligence to create the inventions that can help the world, and make it a truly utopian society. It's just that before he can get his plans into action Sonic always interferes. Since Sonic's too impatient to let Robotnik explain, Sonic always assumes Robotnik's short term villainy is the main goal, and stops Robotnik before the good in his plans an be completed. Sure, Robotnik's attempts to take control of the world aren't exactly the normal way to bring about positive changes, but he understands PR, and that his continual early defeats against Sonic means that if he wants to better the world, then he has to do it by force, and that includes techniques such as holding it hostage. Robotnik might then be a villain for how he will take over the world, but once he gets in power he's got his master plan to sort everything out. He's just too much of an egotist to merely ''explain'' his proposals to current world leaders, and wants all the glory for himself.
*** Or maybe he fears that they would disregard his ideas, and thinks he has to ''force'' his ideas upon the world in order to get people to accept them.
*** It seems that Eggman's main goal is to create his "Eggman Land," an over-the-top Egopolis amusement park that he has actually succeeded in building in a few games. This suggests that all he really wants is a land of his own to command, it doesn't have to be the whole world. Even though all he's commanding is a legion of obedient robots. However, he knows that to successfully pull this off, he needs the Chaos Emeralds, which he can only get by force.
*** Consider Eggman's many mechas. They're bright and carnival-based. Eggman may, deep down, [[ManChild be a little child]]. Taking over the world is like playing with his toys. And Sonic? He may be the closest thing Eggman has to a genuine friend.
*** The epilogue of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', wherein Eggman expresses his admiration for Gerald Robotnik and states he wanted to become a great scientist because of what his grandfather accomplished, further implies that he turned to villainy at least partially out of a desire to right the injustices that led to Gerald's wrongful death at the hands of the world government, with MotiveDecay [[TakeOverTheWorld possibly seeping in over time]].
** Metal Sonic didn't defy Eggman in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', the entire thing was Eggman's {{plan}} to allow Metal Sonic to get more data to copy, specifically that of Perfect Chaos, and Shadow, in order to enhance his abilities further.
*** Or Metal Sonic could [[ZerothLawRebellion have concluded that Eggman was too incompetent to get rid of Sonic and friends, and that the best way for him (Metal Sonic) to fulfill Eggman's goals was to do the whole thing himself, getting Eggman safely out of the way by locking him up aboard his flagship]].
** While not appearing in nearly as many canons, Amy can be seen in different ways. [[Anime/SonicX An obsessive adolescent in love]], [[VideoGame/SonicR a young tomboyish girl who]] [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD falls for her much older hero]], [[ComicBook/SonicTheComic a serious yet teasing, lethal sideman to said hero]], or just a [[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog kid who wants her crush to like her]]. Her post-''[[VideoGame/SonicAdventureSeries Adventure]]'' personality also has changed quite a few times.
*** [[TakeAThirdOption She's schizo?]]
*** Her personality in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' changed overtime, to change right back in the last arc. The more well-known personality is the result of ExecutiveMeddling in relation to role models for girls. The original Amy was supposed to be more of a comical foil to Sonic who fights, but not much. The changed personality made her into a {{Badass}} (or {{Badbutt}}) character in stark contrast to any other of her personalities, with emphasis on romance (though in this continuity it's implied her crush is small and she just likes teasing Sonic). It becomes noticeable how different the personalities are when the last arc comes and Amy does ''nothing'' action-related, when before she would be right in the action.
** Some fan theories state that [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 The Duke of Soleanna]] is actually evil.
* People find Purge from ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5 Part 2'' to be a villain, but in reality he was just trying to make people happy. He probably went insane though...
* Roger Wilco of ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest''. Bumbling, lazy idiot who only manages to succeed through sheer blind luck, or underestimated (though unmotivated) hero who manages to get ahead by using his cunning and resources to save the day? BigBad Sharpei of ''Space Quest VI'' feels it's a bit of both, that Roger is a bumbling idiot but he couldn't have survived the way he has without some degree of genuine capacity.
** After playing through the games, there's an even darker variant of the second theory. Roger is far from the sharpest knife in the drawer, but [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer he is surrounded by a universe that seems to care more for appearances than realities, and is horrified by the]] ''[[AllOfTheOtherReindeer very notion]]'' [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer that a mop jockey can save their butts]]. At least once per game, [[WhatYouAreInTheDark he could have said "Screw it, not my problem" and no one would have thought any different of him - or even considered it a preferable action to heroics]]. In the first game, he had a ship and could have gone anywhere. He knew damn well the Sariens had a lot of ways to make him die painfully -- he still went after them to destroy the Star Generator. In the third game, he had a ship and a few hundred buckazoids -- he didn't ''have'' to go rescue the Two Guys. In ''Space Quest IV'', he had a freaking time machine. Why go back to the CrapsackWorld of ''Space Quest I & II'' which was even ''worse'' than the Sarien ship? ''Space Quest V'' had Starcon perfectly willing to blow off Beatrice's reports of illegal dumping of toxic sludge and look the other way because their golden boy Quirk was the "hero type" they wanted. It may have been a total fluke that put Roger in the captain's chair of the Eureka, but he manged to win the loyalty of the surly crew (risking his life for theirs more than once), accomplish his missions, blow the lid off the conspiracy, and save the Confederation from the pukoid monster. In the last game, he's busted back down to Janitor. Part of the charges against him were "consorting with a female of higher rank," which is nasty on a couple fronts -- no one was bitching when Quirk was trying to force himself on her, and Bea is perfectly capable of making her own choices as to a partner! [[KangarooCourt The admiral that was presiding over the alleged tribunal turned out to be allied with Sharpei later]]. Speaking of Sharpei, Starcon was all too willing to write off Stellar's ''highly suspicious'' alleged death because the [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections wealthy and well-connected Sharpei was considered beyond suspicion or reproach]]. Worse, no one believed Roger when he tried to tell them something was wrong. Yet, he couldn't let that injustice lie, no matter how badly Starcon wanted it to do so. [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished Given how many times he stepped up, only to get kicked in the teeth, insulted, and hurt]] ''[[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished every time]]'', who can blame the guy for being unmotivated or believing he's worth less than the stuff he mops off the floor?
* ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'', a discussion on the Fridge section brought this idea: The Shopkeeper has a lot of health and items. The only way for most players to get similar levels of power is via Kali's temples, which always seem to have fresh blood on them. So the Shopkeeper is probably conducting HumanSacrifice. However, the alternative alternative character interpretation is that with Kali's temples willing to take any sacrifices regardless of morality, he might have been culling the bad guys before you came along. And that because of [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential opportunistic little jerks like the player]] running around, he's had to adopt the "Shotgun at the first inkling of trouble" policy lest these "heroic" adventurers try to steal from or murder him.
* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' also has a few:
** Arcturus Mengsk: power-obsessed sociopath with a God complex or trying to unite the Terrans of the Koprulu sector in order to ensure their survival?
*** Or both?
*** [[spoiler: "I will not be stopped. Not by you, or the Confederacy, or the protoss, or anyone! I will rule this sector or see burnt to ashes around me!"]]
** The Confederacy: Corrupt and despotic or just politically (and tactically) inept?
** The UED: imperialistic aggressors or defenders of all mankind? This one's pretty clear-cut: They're canonically the former via ANaziByAnyOtherName, but it's quite literally AllThereInTheManual and you probably wouldn't know if you never read it.
** The Protoss: shining beacon of hope for the galaxy or arrogant, self-righteous bastards that give a shit about other races? This is actually an in-universe issue, as in the first game quite a few of the Protoss leaders were clearly the latter, while Tassadar was one of the few who was unarguably the former.
** The Dark Templar: tragic heroes or manipulative bastards?
** James Raynor: shining hero or moronic drunkard messing around with things that are a few numbers too big for him? Or an Average Joe trying to do the best he can in a conflict that's way over his head?
** [[WhamEpisode The Protoss mini-campaign in Wings of Liberty]] gave a huge one to the [[HiveMind Overmind]]. [[spoiler:Apparently it infested Kerrigan so that the Zerg could gain independence and stand a chance against the [[GreaterScopeVillain Dark Voice]] and its hybrid armies.]]
** Nova. She may be one of Mengsk loyal assassins, or just someone who was brainwashed into serving the Dominion. [[spoiler:With the ghost programing which includes Mindwipe as part of its training, she may not know who exactly she's working for.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'':
** Admiral T'nae: Some interpret her as a BloodKnight given her open FantasticRacism against the Romulans. See [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2011/10/love-letter-to-admiral-tnae.html here.]]
** Theoretically the main reason for the Federation-Klingon War is that the Federation is heavily infiltrated by the Undine. However, in the KDF storyline the Undine aren't even mentioned until you get to the "Cloaked Intentions" episode (where the Fedside fiasco on P'Jem gets a throwaway mention while you're decoding some Tal Shiar files). Couple that with the war having ''actually'' started when the Klingons decided to return to their conquistador days and started attacking Federation colonies, and one starts to wonder if the Undine infiltration isn't really just a convenient PretextForWar.
** Is D'Tan a genuine reformer who is doing what he feels is best for his people and honestly wants friendship with both of the remaining Alpha/Beta Quadrant superpowers (the official interpretation), a traitor to the Romulan way of life, or a particularly shrewd manipulator who is PlayingBothSides to improve the Romulans' situation?
** [[BrokenBase Roughly the same debate plays out regarding the Romulan Republic as a whole.]] Some hate them and call them "space hippies" for wanting to coexist peacefully with their neighbors rather than being the scheming villains we saw in the Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration-era shows. (The Republic military plays more towards the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy honor-bound soldiers]] portrayal of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', and Cryptic used Creator/DianeDuane's ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' worldbuilding extensively.) Others point out that among other things, hippies don't arm ships with thalaron generators. And then there's the guys that are just openly RootingForTheEmpire and want to join the Tal Shiar.
* ''Franchise/{{Tales|Series}}'' series:
** While we're on the subject of ''Tales'' characters, let's have a look at ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'':
** Jade Curtiss: a genuine sociopath incapable of normal human emotion, or just a man so completely out of touch with his own feelings that he can't identify them when he has them, combined with a logical mind that simply sees the world differently? The game seems to point toward both explanations at different times.
** Van Grants has this going on even within the game's canon, let alone outside it. How sympathetic you find his abusive childhood and WellIntentionedExtremist goals, compared with his manipulation and betrayal of Luke and Asch and disregard for the lives of others except as tools, varies widely from person to person.
** Leon Magnus in the PSX version of ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'': Arrogant sadistic nihilist perpetrating the cycle of abuse, or a traumatized kid forced to grow up much too soon who lashes out at everyone and anyone so they'll leave him alone? The original game only hinted at much of the abuse Leon was shown to have gone through in the remake, which took the second view and ran with it.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'': Did Elraine truly believe free will to be so evil that it needed to be eliminated for humanity to be happy, or was she just DrunkWithPower? As Reala points out several times, the people under Elraine's rule in the BadFuture ''were'' truly happy, even though they'd been ConditionedToAcceptHorror in many ways.
** Fortuna: Was she crazy all along, or did being abandoned by her creation right when she was finally able to come back to life drive her over the edge of despair? Was her priority really ruling over humanity, or making them happy, as she claimed?
** Harold Berselius, from the same game: ObfuscatingInsanity [[ItAmusedMe for her own amusement]], or genuine [[MadScientist amoral]] {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who just happens to also be an irreplaceable genius?
** [[VideoGame/TalesOfGraces Pascal]]. Is she just ObfuscatingStupidity, in love with Sophie (in a creepy way), or is she just Autistic?
** Cheria, from the same game: Is she a genuinely nice person with a habit of scolding pushed over the edge at times by frustration at her {{Love Interest|s}}, or is she a BitchInSheepsClothing whom Asbel needs a restraining order against?
** Colette from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' is a {{deconstruction}} of a MarySue. She is blonde-haired and blue-eyed. Everyone likes her. Can never think about herself. Her mum died, her father is a angel. She is the MessianicArchetype of the religion she follows. However, she's a klutz. If she isn't helping someone or helping herself, she gets depressed for not thinking about everyone else. [[spoiler:Her religion is a EvilPlan to bring back a dead sister to life. Her father is not an angel. She gets sick with a disease that slowly turns her into crystal, but doesn't tell anyone, for she doesn't like people thinking about helping her when other people need their help. She also slowly loses her humanity, to the point where she can't sleep, eat, taste, feel, or even speak, for her manipulated religion.]] Her entire character could be seen of how being a Mary Sue could [[GoneHorriblyWrong Go Horribly Wrong]].
** Yuan from the same game. Is he a cold-hearted ManipulativeBastard who [[WellIntentionedExtremist couldn't care less how many regular people he has to run over]] in order to sprout the Great Seed? Is he madly driven by hatred for the BigBad? Or is he genuinely making the best of a very bad situation, [[NecessarilyEvil regretting the necessity of spilling innocent blood]], but seeing it as [[IDidWhatIHadToDo the most likely path to succeed]] in saving the world, while at the same time sacrificing everything that ever mattered to him personally along the way?
** Why couldn't we let Richter have his way when [[spoiler:his plot wouldn't have any consequences for the human world]]. Then again, [[spoiler:it would have caused him to [[FateWorseThanDeath burn in hell for all eternity]]]], so maybe it was for the better.
** Eagle-eyed fans of the game might note that [[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Yuri Lowell's]] character has been under debate on numerous other pages, in a very polarizing way. Indeed, what may be a likable, snarky Robin Hood type to some may be a self-righteous, immature asshole to others.
** Zagi from the same game deserves mention. Homicidal creepily evil dude with a thirst for blood and an [[HoYay unhealthy obsession with fighting Yuri Lowell]]; a young assassin who is the best at what he does, but has not seen enough challenge in life until he meets Yuri, which fuels him with passion and a desire to continuously battle to the death with a worthy rival; or perhaps a troubled soul who is isolated because of his profession, and in finding someone who could best him, [[{{Kuudere}} finally has someone he can call a friend but doesn't know how to express it]]?
** Some people believe Flynn to be a straight example of a LawfulStupid FakeUltimateHero, while others believe he's just making the best of his circumstances and trying not to waste all the progress he's made in rising in the Imperial Knights' rank.
** Rita: Funny DeadpanSnarker who calls people out on their stupidity, or unrepentant violent KarmaHoudini who needs to be knocked down a peg?
** Are Raven and [[spoiler:Schwann]] the same person using ObfuscatingStupidity, or are they two separate personalities entirely?
** Is Ioder entirely a nice guy, or did he pass a law outlawing homosexuality at some point before the events of the game?
** Is Karol TheHeart binding the group together and with a solid CowardlyLion character arc, or does his cowardice and reliable tendency to run away when things get serious bad indicate he has no business going on a dangerous journey and make him a liability for the others? Is his drive to overcome his fears and emulate the Don's strength admirable, or a sign he's trying to force himself into a role that really doesn't suit him when he'd do better to look for another dream?
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', having an ExcusePlot and paper-thin characterization, can support a variety of interpretations, though beginning with the recent WAR update each major revamp has started to fill in the backstories a bit more. Some fans attempt to stay within the framework of the information provided, others throw all of that out the window and create a number of SailorEarth-types who are more or less just "my character, as this Class".
* Azazel from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. In the franchise, he's the ultimate evil. In [=MasterOfNintendo=]'s ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic MLP]]'' fanfiction series, he's the powerful, loyal, truly good husband of Celestia and king of all Equestria.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'': There has been discussion about whether the player character is a VillainProtagonist. After all, while there are bosses who attack without provocation (like the Eye of Cthulhu and the three mechanical bosses), most bosses need to be summoned with an item. Others, like Queen Bee or Plantera, only attack after the player destroys their progeny. Are they truly malevolent, or just victims of a BloodKnight who destroys everything in his or her path?
* An awful lot of people are convinced that [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] is a SociopathicHero due to her willingness to violently gun down not just criminals and monsters, human and [[OurMonstersAreDifferent non-human]]), but also endangered animals and even security guards and police officers (though they do attack her), and also her apparent lack of respect for the ancient sites she raids. ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' even parodied this in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK4H_IOBJ_U one of their sketches.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' needs to get special mention here. Beyond the absurdly high fans-to-source-material ratio meaning there's a ton of this to begin with, ''[=UFO=]'''s A and B paths not only affect the characters abilities but their personalities as well. So Reimu is either driven primarily by a need for money or out of genuine concern for people, and both versions are equally canon.
** Reimu, overworked BarrierMaiden trying her best to handle the various superpowered beings she is meant to prevent from causing trouble or a [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Racist]] that would exterminate them all given the opportunity? [[CuteWitch Marisa]], well-meaning but impetuous or a sadistic {{youkai}} hunter? Yukari, [[TheChessmaster secretly protecting Gensokyo from behind the scenes]], amoral OmniscientMoralityLicense holder with [[RealityWarper the power to support it]] or simply a lazy woman who will get to that eventually? [[EnsembleDarkhorse Cirno]], a determined but overconfident and simplistic fairy or a criminally retarded moron who could forget to breathe? Flandre, a CheerfulChild that doesn't entirely comprehend her [[PersonOfMassDestruction ridonkulous levels of power]] or an AxeCrazy monster [[EnfanteTerrible hiding behind a facade]] -- if there's even a facade at all? Yuyuko, intelligent but occasionally absent-minded or an airheaded ditz with a desire for food [[BigEater equaled only by a black hole]]? Alice, {{tsundere}} who just wants friends but doesn't know how to make them, the only sane woman surrounded by gibbering maniacs, or creepy, {{yandere}} doll-{{otaku}} who's best shunned? Really, pick any character and you will find at least three of these floating around somewhere.
** In ZUN's comments on Reimu in ''Strange Creators of Outer World'' states that this applies to her in-universe. Everyone has a different idea on who Reimu is, causing her to have drastic changes in personality since no story has been told in Reimu's perspective.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}:
** Toriel is the first non hostile friendly monster you meet in the underground and she solves some puzzles for you while making sure you're not hurt. After arriving at her house, she is not only overjoyed that she has company again in a long time, she even has a room set up for you and lessons prepared to educate you. If you try to leave her so you can return to your home with the humans, she blocks the way and attacks you to see if you're really capable of standing up on your own two feet. Is Toriel an extreme case of MyBelovedSmother or is she just really worried about the player character's safety and doesn't want anything bad to happen to them? [[spoiler: It's only during the true pacifist route where you discover that Toriel and her husband had two kids of their own that died at the same time before the game started.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'':
** Lord British is a genocidal cult leader who [[TakeOverTheWorld who conquered the planet]] by ruthlessly crushing all who oppose him and enforcing a state religion of his own devising
** The Avatar is an AxCrazy psychopath who acts as British's attack dog, and is allied with him only so he can murder everyone around him with impunity and royal sanction
* Due to the nature of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', it practically breathes this trope. What really happened in 1986? Was there a real culprit, or was everything just magic? Are Shannon and Kanon [[spoiler:real people, or actually Yasu [[SweetPollyOliver in disguise]]]]? Is Beatrice [[spoiler:one person, or several]]? When considering who's real and who's not, you can end up with an endless array of mystery/fantasy stories. But the most important question, which drives the whole plot and is never truly answered, is "[[DrivingQuestion Magic or Trick]]"?
** There's a whole lot of this in-universe, especially between Battler and Ange's perspective of characters. The final game was created by Battler specifically to remind Ange of the loving family who had fun together, rather than the [[BileFascination worst characterizations]] that the WildMassGuessing 'Witch Hunt' fanatics speculated.
* Nathan Drake of ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' is presented as an unlucky everyman. However, people have taken issue with this to varying degrees, with his alternate characterization ranging from merely too skilled to be an everyman to a murderer, but one you'd buy a drink for in a bar to a mass murderer to a full-blown sadistic sociopath. Nate stays jokey almost the whole time he kills the numerous mercenaries after him and sometimes seems a bit too eager for violence. For instance, there's a museum infiltration level where Nate says he doesn't want to kill anyone, but his non-lethal takedowns still include neck snaps and he throws an unaware guard over a hundred feet down into the ocean, in a series that usually averts SoftWater. You can see the guard swimming away, but even the developers admit this is a cop-out. In ''[[VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception Drake's Deception]]'', Marlowe actually brings this up, claiming [[BloodKnight he gets off on violence]], before [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot completely discarding that line of thought]].
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has a few of these:
** Faldio's motives. Did he [[spoiler:shoot Alicia]] because it was the only trump card he had and nobody else had any better ideas? Or was he just plain power-hungry and jealous of Welkin?
*** Faldio: irredeemable asshole who jumped at the chance to [[spoiler:shoot his best friend's girl]] as much out of jealousy as patriotism, or the only person [[IDidWhatIHadToDo with the guts]] to choose [[DesignatedEvil the many over the one]] when his back was against the wall? It's usually a matter of how you feel about the romance plot.
** There's also [[TheHero Welkin]]: the game plays up the idea that he's a cute, well-meaning nature-nerd who only wants to save his country so he go home and be a teacher, but some fans speculate that he's got a nasty {{Jerkass}} streak, and isn't actually that smart -- mainly that he seems very comfortable with ignoring Alicia's existential crisis until it's time for him to [[BigDamnHeroes save the day]], he physically assaulted Faldio because he couldn't argue with his logic, and anyone with any kind of deductive reasoning could have told that the river was shallower where there were plants growing up out of it.
*** Welkin in general. Is he the sweet, good-hearted biology genius the story makes him out to be? Or are the conspicuous [[InformedAbility lapses in his intelligence]] hinting at something darker under the surface?
** Jaeger. Renegade lone wolf cooperating with his oppressors just enough to keep them off his back, or opportunistic KarmaHoudini out for his own best interests?
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' fans like to make these up. Bringing them up on a forum can cause {{Flame War}}s, so beware.
** The Night Elves: From the Alliance perspective, a peaceful, beautiful, spiritual race; purple Na'vi with magic and big ears. From the Horde perspective, however, they're a bunch of reclusive, omnicidal, xenophobic snobs.
** Thrall: [[MessianicArchetype The Jesus of Azeroth]], a power-hungry, warlike despot who just fools people into thinking he cares about the orcs' traditions and freedom to keep his power, or a weak, naive fool, who lets himself be manipulated by the true evils of Azeroth, such as the Forsaken and the Blood Elves? This seems to be breaking up facets of his "canon" self--a competent leader who wants to find peace in the world and is willing to work with morally ambiguous people because his race was no better--into the dominant trait.
*** The Forsaken and the Blood Elves themselves are open to debate as well. When it comes to the Forsaken, are they just defending themselves from a world that already viewed them as monsters, even before some of their more vile actions, or have they taken their ideas of self-preservation too far and become little better than the Scourge? Meanwhile, with the Blood Elves, do they deserve to be pitied for all the suffering they have endured and should it be believed that they are truly seeking a "cure" for their magical addiction, or have they already gone past the point of no return, and not only will their addiction eventually destroy them, but everyone else as well?
*** Well as of ''Cataclysm'''s announcements, anything is up for debate now. Point in case, Night Elves are getting mages and delving into Arcane Magic... ''which is the thing that they got shitty with the High/Blood Elves over to begin with''. This does soundly say that the Night Elves can shut up their preaching about the evils of Arcane Magic though.
** Arthas (before his FaceHeelTurn): A spoiled, overzealous and vengeful brat who never would have made a good king anyways, or everything a paladin and prince was ever meant to be, or someone who was doing the best he could and wound up breaking down under the pressure? The human campaign takes place in a VERY short period of time. In ''Warcraft III'', Arthas wasn't given more than a few days of rest between the first mission in which he meets the Scourge, the one in which his forces are nearly overrun by undead, and his attempt to nurse his ego and "cleanse" Stratholme. It would seem Ner'zhul thought that if he had the time to retreat and take council with his father, things would have turned out differently. Also, the "let's destroy the beasts!" line from the first mission and the "I should be king" line from clicking on him enough sort of proves that the paladin training hadn't really taken root very deeply - not yet, anyway. The real question would be how Arthas would've reacted if given a chance to grow a bit - or to consider his options.
*** Now with his [[TearJerker death]] the question remains: did he truly [[DyingAsYourself die with his humanity restored]] or was he unrepenant to the end and what he said were intended to show disappointment in his failure and dread of actually dying? WordOfGod seems to deny that he was redeemed in any way, but given the [[DeathOfTheAuthor myriad interpretations of his final words]] along with some of the quests that relate to his passing (the one with Jaina's locket) it could only be Metzen's interpretation and not an official one, we may never know...
*** During his undead life, was he a BadBoss or a BenevolentBoss? He's shown to be both, with sending the death knights out on a suicide mission, caring very little for some of his soldier's deaths yet he mourns troops who couldn't keep going on during the third war, Thought of Kel'Thuzad as a friend instead of a servant and declared he wouldn't let his followers get killed by the rebels.
** Illidan: A WellIntentionedExtremist who was a slave to his addiction but never wanted to harm anyone or a greedy SOB who was up to no good?
*** A little of both. He's clearly addicted to power and is extremely ruthless, but isn't completely heartless. He did sincerely love Tyrande, and he didn't get into any of the "force her to love me" routine. For the most part, however, his motives to appear to selfish.
** Orgrim Doomhammer: A tragic hero who wanted the best for the orcs, even if it meant the destruction of the humans, or a murderous, backstabbing warlord? (It's entirely possible, using the demonic corruption backstory, that it was first one, and then the other.)
*** Orgrim was one of the notable few who [[spoiler: didn't drink from the chalice which turned most of the orcs into demon-like brutes]]. He's also the PlayerCharacter. HumansAreBastards or HumansAreSpecial.
*** One of the reasons Orgrim is up to so may interpretations is the number of retcons relating to him; originally he decieved and ambushed Lothar (greatest human hero ever); later this was retconned into killing him in an honorable, on on one fight -- something a lot of people didn't like. Also, he was known among the orcs as "The Backstabber" for usurping the position of Warchief from Blackhand. A lot of people took this to mean he stabbed Blackhand in the back in a cowardly assassination attempt; it was never clearly stated in the original lore and was someone in line with his behavior, like ambushing Lothar. It was later explained that he killed Blackhand in a fair fight-- he was called the backstabber because Blackhand was [[VillainWithGoodPublicity popular]]. From there, Orgrim was mainly doing what was best for the orcs even if it meant wiping out the humans.
** Daelin Proudmoore: A prejudiced, violent psychopath who couldn't let go of the past, a noble but tragically short-sighted hero who couldn't let go of the past, or a hero who was betrayed by his own daughter?
** Jaina Proudmoore: A philanthropist who is trying to avert pointless tragedies, or a traitor and appeaser who refuses to see the big picture? Her actions willfully condemned her own father to death and later denied the Alliance a golden opportunity to decapitate the Horde's leadership: was she saving lives or ensuring a longer, bloodier war later on?
*** And that's not even getting into the theories that her support of Thrall (and thereby the Horde) may have a [[{{Shipping}} deeper motive]].
*** Or she's just plain evil. Two of her boyfriends and arguably her father have gone insane, she manipulated Thrall into bumping off Daddy, and everything which happens seems to consolidate her powerbase. Now in Cataclysm, Alliance forces (presumably under her command) have invaded the Barrens.
** Sylvanas Windrunner: has she, as an undead horror, retained any of her former heroism and nobility, or is she a [[FallenHero twisted, irrevocably corrupted mockery of everything she was in life]]? Interestingly enough, this particular one is occasionally discussed ''in-game'', especially among the Blood Elves in Quel'thalas to whom Sylvanas has offered her protection and sponsorship. There are ''more'' than enough hints of both a genuine sadness and a merciless, ruthless streak, as revealed in various events that emphasize either her bitterness or her melancholy, though currently she seems slightly closer towards good than evil. (The RPG books listed Sylvanas as Lawful Evil, but they're a bit out of date in the timeline, and Blizzard seems to ''love'' teasing players with this one.)
*** The Lament of the Highborne and The Lady's Necklace quests seem to support the genuine sadness part. However, after you finish the quest, she yells at the player character who was thinking she was weak and holding on to the past. Maybe she's just kidding herself?
*** She also becomes increasingly ruthless in Cataclysm, [[spoiler:raising undead for the Horde and using the same New Plague that was used at the Wrathgate]]. One interpretation is that having accomplished her goal of revenge against the Lich King, she has lost sight of all other goals she once had. Another is that the incident and the Horde bailing her out solidified her loyalty to the Horde and that she's trying to help them against the Alliance while refusing to accept that they don't like the assistance that they're getting.
*** She also essentially blackmails the Blood Elves into joining the Horde's war against the Scourge by threatening to cut off all Horde support (Forsaken included) in their lands in Lor'themar's short story, ''In The Shadow Of The Sun'', implying she doesn't care much for her old people either.
*** Furthermore, even later novels set during the third war show that her WeHaveReserves strategy extends to ''when she was still alive''.
** Rexxar: noble defender of a threatened people, uncaring wildman, or bloodthirsty tool of Thrall's tyranny?
** King Varian Wrynn: A proud and noble ruler who stands up for what he believes in and refuses to let anything harm the Alliance ever again or a hotheaded, barbaric racist looking for an excuse to declare war out of revenge for what happened to him? Or is he just human, a person who tries to be a good king and father, but is held back by his Lo'Gosh persona and personal failings?
** Garrosh Hellscream: violent and insane berserker who wants power at any cost (usually goes with Messiah!Thrall) or the only one who can run the Horde efficiently (usually goes with Naive!Thrall)?
*** The short story "Heart Of War" asks us to make another decision on Garrosh; Is he an honorable person who is trying to protect his people from the Alliance's aggression in the only place they can call home, or is he too afflicted with MoralMyopia and unfamiliar with the past conflicts to think that people have reason to hate the Horde, and whose "standards" are a way of seeming better than his enemies?
** Grom Hellscream: father of the above character, subject of similar interpretations, even in-universe. Revered as a hero of the Horde by Thrall for his RedemptionEqualsDeath HeroicSacrifice, most members of the Alliance would rather remember what he did during the previous wars. Mercilessly mowing down people with his giant axe, that's what he did. Including an elven demigod, ''after'' he was supposedly redeemed the first time and corrupted again.
*** Notably, some members of the Horde, such as Cairne and Varok, are grateful for what he did for the Orcs, but also acknowledge his misdeeds.
** Kael'Thas Sunstrider: WellIntentionedExtremist trying vainly to save his slaughtered kin and their addiction to magic... or fallen power mad Prince in service of those that slaughtered his people? There's a lot of Lore Rage about Kael... and Illidan...
** Tyrande Whisperwind: Noble and respected leader of the Sentinels during the Long Vigil who did what she had to do to defend her people or disobedient, racist, and unfaithful woman who justifies the manipulation of the men who love her and unleashes a great evil on Azeroth with her goddess?
*** Malfurion notes upon emerging from the Emerald Dream and seeing her for the first time in 1,000 years that she's different than he remembers, and she notes that it's because she has been fighting for her people all this time. It's possible that she started out as a kind person, then became colder as a result of fighting alone against many enemies for a millennium, but after being reunited with her beloved Malfurion, learning the value of cooperation in the battle on Mount Hyjal (she tells Jaina, "Your plan is a bold one, girl. Perhaps I have misjudged you outlanders") and joining the Alliance, opened up to others again.
** Malfurion himself: Is he a wise and noble leader who recognizes the pointlessness of Alliance/Horde conflict, or a useless hypocrite who refuses to stand up to the Horde when they attack the Night Elves?
** Murlocs: Demon fish-people who slaughter other races for fun and profit, or noble souls forced from their deep-sea homes and trying to survive a world of hate?
** In ''Cataclysm'', Donna, a young girl in Stormwind who had previously been chasing William to get her doll back, steals William's Grindgear Gorilla and runs off with it. Is this meant to teach William a lesson, or does it show that she is, deep down, as much of a jerk as he is?
*** Obviously this is a very deep statement by Blizzard on the nature of the [=PvP=] system. One side attacks the other, then the attacked side responds in kind. Then everyone respawns and we do it all again, day-in day-out. No one ever "wins the war" and no one is ever on top for very long. It's an odd statement for Blizzard to make, given that they're the ones who set up the faction system in such a way that conflict is the only way the two sides are capable of interacting.
*** Or maybe we're overthinking it.
** Another ''Cataclysm'' example: Trade Prince Gallywix: Callous {{Jerkass}} who represents traditional Goblin Values and is the best representation of a leader for their race? Or a callous {{Jerkass}} who have done so many [[MoralEventHorizon horrible things]] that he is hated by everyone for good reason and is unfit to lead the goblins?
** The Twilight's Hammer Cult: opportunists in search of power? People driven to what they believe is the only path available by the dark times? Victims of Old God brainwashing?
** Emperor Lei Shen? A tyrannical, fascist, SocialDarwinist and KnightTemplar that only sought absolute power to enslave those he deemed inferior under the delusion of doing the "work" of the Titans? An WellIntentionedExtremist who had to commit these actions to survive and rid the Mogu of th curse of flesh? Or a visionary who brought order to Pandaria after disunity and protected it from the Mantid despite the high loss of life? Or all three? Or just a pawn of the Zandalari in their attempt to resurrect their empire?
** At the end of "Dark Heart of Pandaria," Grizzle Gearslip and his goblin workers have finished their mission, with many casualties, and [[TheDragon Malkorok]] gives Grizzle only a fraction of the promised payment. Grizzle protests, but Malkorok says "the Warchief does not compensate the dead", and they should see an honorable death as its own reward before launching into a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech against Grizzle's greed. Is Grizzle trying to get Malkorok to abide by the original terms of the contract (albeit for not completely noble reasons), only to get cheated out of his payment due to Malkorok and Garrosh's racism against goblins who died doing a dangerous job for the Horde? Or is Malkorok simply acting out of a principle of loyalty and honor (albeit which compel him to do terrible things at times), and rightly calling Grizzle out on his trying to make money off of his dead workers?
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' (or It's A Wonderful World) has many of the characters being easily able to be Alternatively Characterized, and in fact has an extra chapter where it does just that, expanding on many of the traits already visible in the main story.
** Joshua's {{ambiguously gay}}ness, having the ambiguous part taken out. This can even be further alternatively characterized as him simply messing with Neku, and in fact being straight.
*** In the end, was Joshua a SmugSnake, MagnificentBastard who [[spoiler:enjoyed forcing people to play games and in fact knew he wouldn't destroy Shibuya from the first day]], or was he [[spoiler:inspired by Neku's refusal to shoot him]]?
** Shiki is either cheerful and positive because she's pretending to be more like Eri, or because that's how she is, but she's too shy and unconfident to show it.
** Neku either genuinely hates people, or can't bear to be close to them, afraid he'll get hurt (the second seems more likely, though, given what the top of Pork City reveals). He could also be afraid that he'll hurt them, indirectly.
*** Does Neku have a romantic interest in Shiki, or is it simply the first person he's opened up to that she becomes [[spoiler:his fee for the second week]]?
** Is Beat so stupid he doesn't notice what's going on, or is he so driven by his goals he doesn't notice?
** Kariya is either too lazy to get promoted, or he enjoys Uzuki's company so much he doesn't want to leave their partnership.
*** Or he's perfectly aware of how corrupt the higher-ups are and has no intention of joining them.
** Another Day does a number on Rhyme. Is she a genuinely pure, wise little girl, or is that just a façade to obscure her cruel, manipulative nature?
* ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' has this on a wider scale than most games due to the fact that, while most characters core traits remain, the way they treat you is often determined by your choices.
** In Season One, Kenny can be either a loyal friend of Lee's who goes through things no man should have to experience but still supports Lee to the end, or a redneck asshole who gets angry at Lee for weeks because Lee wouldn't help him murder a pensioner or for other stupid reasons, and unable to take any criticism. This continues in Season Two, where he's either a determined leader who still suffers much more than others and occasionally vents his anger on people who don't deserve but is overall the most helpful member of your group, or a self-centered man who once again cannot take criticism, fails to see the error in his ways, constantly looks for someone to take his anger out on, and ultimately [[spoiler:tries to murder the only other survivor left in your group]]. Regardless of what choices you made, it can't be denied that Kenny CantTakeCriticism, but also cares about more people than most others in your group.
** Depending on a single choice, The Stranger can be either the HeroOfAnotherStory who lost everything because [[spoiler:Lee took everything he had left]], has suffered just as much as anyone else, and had no bad intentions until you showed up, or he can be a lunatic who lost everything because of his own stupidity, chose to blame it on Lee despite Lee having nothing to do with it, talks to a decapitated zombie head, and thinks he can raise a child better than Lee despite all his problems starting off when he lost his own child.
** Jane in Season Two. Is she an unreliable ally who only sticks around if she feels it's necessary, cares only about herself and puts AJ's life in danger while at the same time [[spoiler:Indirectly but intentionally killing Kenny]], or is she a friend who simply doesn't know how to handle being in a group, but still helpful, pragmatic and willing to make the tough decisions?
** Bonnie is an odd one, and a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor to boot. She's either a lackey of the ArcVillain who tries to convince Clem that it's not so bad being a prisoner, but eventually gets cold feet and helps you escape - only to soon turn out to be fairly useless without someone to tell her what to do, unable to take responsibility if she [[spoiler:gets Luke killed]], and eventually gets cold feet again and tries to make off with all your remaining supplies, or she's an innocent young woman who's somewhat oblivious to the world she lives in, leading her to change sides, but again unable to take the strain the world puts on her.
** Arvo -- Either a crippled young man who gets robbed, loses his entire group when they try to get revenge, becomes a prisoner, harshly beaten by Kenny, and may have [[spoiler:died off-screen in Season 2 Episode 5]], or a survivor who helped turn a gang of Russian thugs against you over a little mistreatment, disrespected the only people in your group who were nice to him, came close to getting himself killed a few times, and was last seen holding the gun that shot [[spoiler:none other than ''you'']] no matter how nice you tried to be to him.
** Lee and Clementine, as the player characters, are completely decided by your choices. They can be moral, pragmatic, kind, self-centered, assholes, or simply mute.
* Common in anything made by Creator/ZapDramatic, chief among them the player character(s). Since none of them are really ''defined'', some people just like to pretend its the same guy every time.
** A popular interpretation of Helen from ''Ambition'' is that she is the [[OnlySaneMan only sane woman]] in a world full of pretentious idiots. Her actions in "The Tryst" are interpreted as the result of years of putting up with this taking a toll on her psyche.
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