Beyond The Impossible / Video Games

Events in Video Games that are not possible. Only list examples that fit this description.

  • Ace Combat: Joint Assault: In the second phase of the final Sulejmani fight, he can suddenly do a bullshit roll maneuver to dodge all your missiles, something no one else can do. Not even you in the same plane.
  • Ar tonelico has three examples and justified in all of them:
    • Melody of Elemia: It is technically possible for a Reyvateil to craft a song outside her cosmosphere and without the aid of a Hymn Crystal, but it's so difficult and happens so rarely that anyone who sees it happen will say it's impossible.
    • Ar Tonelico 2 Melody of Metafalica. The game likes to mention how only one person at a time can dive into a single reyvateil with a two person dive being a big deal that only the most skilled therapist can perform. Jacqil says Frelia can handle four people at once. Everyone shouts how impossible this is, and normally they would be right, but Jacqil reminds them that Frelia is a goddess and so can handle it easily. Croix' response is essentially, "oh yeah....I forgot..."
    • Ar Tonelico 3 Knell of Ar Ciel: When the Rinkernator is open, Reyvateils can't use Song Magic because the source of it is disabled. Coccona can cast anyways because she is registered to an entirely different server called Infel Phira instead of the Third Tower whose Rinkernator was open at the time. There's a cutscene showing the energy transfer through space.
  • In Asura's Wrath, at one point Asura becomes so mad, he gains the level of power it took his fellow Deities nearly 12000 YEARS to accumulate. Yasha even states that this is impossible by the standards they were using.
    • Similarly, killing Chakravartin was said by Chakravartin himself to be an impossibility.
    • Deus even uses this trope as his motto:
    Deus:"Power without a purpose is meaningless and worthless. A purpose that is firm can change the impossible to the possible."
  • Battle Clash: Eddie and the ST Valius. This guy is so fast he can jump out of the corner of one side of the screen and reappear from the other less than a second later, landing in the same exact spot. In other words, he manages to cover the entire span of the stage you're on in a single jump. The stage in question (the Tower of Babel) is a giant space elevator.
  • In Borderlands, Some class abilities allow more ammo to be used than some guns can hold. In some cases this allows for five shotgun rounds to be used when onlytwo are loaded as well as sub-machinegun and assault rifles being able to hold as much as THOUSANDS of rounds. With the right character skills, even revolvers with a clearly-visible number of chambers can hold more rounds than should be possible.
    • In the sequel, Gaige has an ability called Anarchy, which increases her damage but reduces her accuracy for every stack. Under normal circumstances, the max number of stacks is 400, which equals 700% bonus to damage and an equal penalty to accuracy. However, with a special class mod that drops from a raid boss, you can get up to 600 stacks, for 1,050%. Once you pass about 550 stacks, bullets stop making any sort of sense. They'll zig-zag in mid-air, land behind you, bounce up and down, and all sorts of crazy stuff. In the rare event you actually hit something, they'll take so much damage, Ludicrous Gibs is almost guaranteed.
    • In the same sequel, Salvador's "5 Shots or 6" gives him a chance to gain 2 ammo upon shooting (1 is automatically consumed via said shooting, the other is added to his magazine), maxed out at 25%. Class mods (Most notably the Legendary Hoarder) can raise it to 50% or even 55%, meaning he's capable of spontaneously generating more ammo just by shooting. Vladof Rocket launchers don't consume ammo every 3rd shot and the Butcher shotgun randomly generates more ammo every few shots or so, meaning with these guns, Salvador can literally have his ammo gauge bounce from nearly empty to max, empty again, and keep going up and down. Once you reach this level of insanity, the best way to conserve ammo is to shoot as fast as possible and as much as possible.
  • Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter: In order to finish off Chetyre, Ryu uses D-Breath to push his D-Ratio up to 169% and counting, when normally hitting 100% causes a Nonstandard Game Over due to his body being taken over by Odjn: the reason why he still manages to survive afterwards is because Odjn severs their bond afterwards.
  • Devil Survivor: It's a Running Gag that Midori's innocence a la The Power of Love is actually helping the demonic situation. Surprisingly, this is even able to convince a Black Frost to join the main cast.
  • Digimon World Data Squad: Yuma managed to make the physical embodiment of Lust feel pure love.
  • Dwarf Fortress
    • The "Deathgate" succession fort has a Battery that produces power from nothing. "The physics is weeping".
    • Several long-running succession forts (including Failcannon) have well-documented cases where the fortress's layout is so labyrinthine, so complex and bizarre, that it actually breaks the game's pathing engine. (In the case of Failcannon, this saved them from the wrath of at least one Forgotten Beast which wanted to ascend to the populated levels, and knew a path existed, but couldn't find it.) As if that weren't impossible enough Bizarchitecture, rooms sometimes exist that none of the players can locate. They can scroll without impediment throughout the entire fortress, and yet the only way to find these rooms is consistently to wait for a dwarf to come in and then zoom to them. Somehow, looking for it any other way, it cannot be found...
  • In the final battle of EarthBound, Paula's Pray command breaks the fourth wall and gets the Player to attack and destroy Giygas, a being so powerful and alien that humans cannot grasp its true form.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, all Skill Scores are capped at 100 for all characters, including the PCs, representing the peak of mortal ability (you can raise them further temporarily with magic, but never permanently). And then there is Oghma Infinitum, a Tome of Eldritch Lore that contains knowledge so otherworldly, it will actually raise your skills permanently above 100 (if they're already maxed out). It helps that the book's Daedric master, Hermaeus Mora, is an Eldritch Abomination that transcends reality, anyway.
  • A character in Fallout: New Vegas claims to have done the impossible and shot a Brotherhood of Steel Paladin through the eye hole of their Power Armor. If you've met the Brotherhood and gotten in their good books you can challenge these Blatant Lies by pointing out that their eye protection is bullet proof.
  • Final Fantasy V After seeing his granddaughter and teammates fall to Exdeath's magical traps, Galuf stands up to the Big Bad, shakes off his magical bindings, gets knocked down to 0 HP and still keeps fighting regardless of what high-level spells Exdeath keeps tossing at him, and through Heroic Sacrifice saves the rest of the party. When an enraged --but astonished-- Exdeath demands to know what kind of ''hate'' could drive Galuf to such an extreme, the latter replies that it isn't hate that powers him.
  • Final Fantasy X:
    • One fact that you're unlikely to discover during the main quest: you can break the cap on HP and MP! Granted, it's only by one digit each.
    • The first time you discover that there is such a thing as an Unsent, and that people don't necessarily turn into monsters after they die and go unexorcised, it probably seems like this trope. But then, the story goes on to break that rule so many times and in so many different ways that things veer toward a different trope entirely.
  • Iji: Assassin Asha can dodge almost all attacks you throw at him on his second fight, including a nuke, even though you're fighting him within an enclosed space. A nuke. A nuke that, in his previous fight with you, triggered an instant victory.
  • Kingdom Hearts
    • Near the climax, Beast, in order to find Belle, tears through dimensions by sheer force of will. Maleficent comments on how this was impossible; everyone else (herself included) either needs aid from the Heartless or a gummi ship to cross dimensions. Beast doesn't know how he did it. He just wanted to see Belle that badly.
    • Also, the Nobodies. Their entire existence is supposed to be impossible, and Namine is even more impossible.
  • Mass Effect 3
    • Almost all of Cerberus is semi-huskified and heavily indoctrinated. Check out their reaction to Shepard showing up on Mars;
    Cerberus Trooper: HOLY SHIT! IT'S SHEPARD!
    • Now realize that Shepard is actually scaring the hell out of people who can no longer think or feel anything for themselves. They merely duplicate the thoughts and feelings of those who control them. So Shepard "merely" strikes fear in the hearts of the Reapers.
    Rannoch Reaper: Shepard.
    Shepard: You know who I am?
    Rannoch Reaper: Harbinger speaks of you.
    • At one point in Mass Effect 3, Garrus and Legion are debating weapon calibration. Legion insists that the maximum possible improvement is .32% percent. Garrus tinkers with the weapon, and manages to pull .43% improvement, baffling Legion. To drive the point further, Legion is an extremely sophisticated AI that is able to link directly to the machine. Garrus is 'just' a skilled technician.
    • In the Citadel DLC, a humorous example, but no less awesome: "The Vakarian tango", in which a romanced Garrus manages to get Shepard to dance goood.
  • Mega Man Battle Network:
    • Explicit in the fifth chapter of Takamisaki's manga, regarding how quickly Lan and Mega Man achieve Full-Synchro.
    I'll be...You've just redefined what's possible!!!
    • There's an implicit example in the epilogue, where MegaMan and ProtoMan's fight is dubbed "Tera-class". Those familiar with the series should recognize the fact that the series Battle Chip Tiers don't go beyond Giga.
  • M.U.G.E.N has original characters that are so game-breaking that they can defeat their opponent before the match even starts!!!
  • Myst: Yessha's mother Catherine was good at this. In the novels she's mentioned as having written "Torus", an stable doughnut-shaped Age, which features a huge waterfall that falls through the planet's core, turns into rain and gets carried back by clouds to refill the Ocean, that in turn, feeds the Waterfall. Atrus' reaction to first seeing this was that until then, he had thought it impossible to do such things with the Art.
  • Pirate101: El Toro uses a whip for attacking and swinging over obstacles. He can even latch onto thin air with it.
  • The Nameless One of Planescape: Torment, if eloquent enough, can argue a person into nonexistence by logically proving to him he cannot exist.
  • Pokémon has one in Rayquaza, specifically Mega Rayquaza. Like many other Pokemon from the sixth Generation, it gains Mega Evolution (a temporary Super Mode only available in Battle). Unlike other Pokemon who can mega evolve, Rayquaza does not need a mega stone to do so. Justified due to it having a unique organ that has properties similar to that of a mega stone.
    • Mega Rayquaza is so overpowered, it broke the metagame. It was deemed too strong for even the highest tier, Ubers, where many of the Purposefully Overpowered Legendary (and pseudo-Legendary) Pokemon go. Smogon was forced to create a new tier, Anything Goes, just so Mega Rayquaza could be used without being banned. This makes Rayquaza more powerful than Arceus, the god of the Pokemon world.
  • Pokémon Colosseum: Duking finds Wild Pokemon in Orre, the desert land where no Pokemon can exist except imported ones. Normally this would not be impossible (strictly speaking) but the fact that no wild Pokemon exist in Orre is the defining aspect of both the story and gameplay. This has been expanded upon in the game's sequel Pokémon XD where he invented the means to lure wild Pokémon out of their hiding using bait he specifically made for this purpose. You can use said bait (which he sells through Pokémarts) to find and capture wild Pokémon in a region that's otherwise barren of wild Pokémon.
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones: The Vizier turns himself into a god... so the Prince and Farah kill him even though he's supposed to be unkillable.
  • In SaGa Frontier, Gen has the ability to cut rope with a lead pipe with Implausible Fencing Powers. T260G momentarily comments on the impossibility of this.
  • Saints Row IV. It's made pretty clear from the start that the computer virus-like Dominatrix in the Enter the Dominatrix DLC is a very powerful opponent within the simulation, but it doesn't become fully clear just how powerful until near the end of the DLC when she resets the DLC. Remember: not only are parts of Enter the Dominatrix not even set in the simulation, i.e. the only place her powers should logically be usable, the Framing Device for the entire DLC is that it's a flashback about the Dominatrix. Try not to think too hard about this one.
  • In Shogun: Total War, In the Mongol Invasion campaign, you cannot perform a ceasefire from both sides- The Mongols neither have a Leader active and cannot make Emissaries. You can, however can stop the "At war" status on accident, by utilizing a Rebel revolt and not having any other borders touching the Opposing side. An example from the mongol side.
  • The main villain Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Clockwerk, has been in a feud with Sly's family for millennia. Turns out he turned himself into a robot that runs on the power of his own hatred in order to live so long. This is closer to Magitek than the rest of the more mundane science in the rest of the series.
  • Split/Second: The reality TV premise would be impossible in Real Life; it's more or less just an excuse to blow as much stuff up during a race as possible.
  • The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night Post stage 1 of the boss fight. Scratch and Sniff manage to somehow pick Skabb off the ground and carry him out the window despite him being gigantic compared to them. Spyro and Sparx lampshade this.
  • In The Force Unleashed, carbonite is known for its ability to sever a Jedi's Force connection. However, Starkiller can still use the Force to break out of carbonite with ease.
  • Double Subverted in Sonic Colors, Sonic (who can run at least faster than the speed of sound), is able to outrun a black hole (remember, this is something that's gravity prevents anything -which, if close enough, even includes light- from escaping from it). He resisted it for a good 30 seconds, and was almost sucked back in. Even Tails is amazed that he made it back to their world in one piece.
  • Street Fighter: Gouki/Akuma hits Gen with the Shun Goku Satsu, an attack which attacks the very soul of the opponent, invariably killing them. Gen, despite having never experienced it AND being an old, sick man, managed to empty his soul in time to withstand it.
  • Super Robot Wars Original Generation 2, during the Dygenguard's debut, the machine fails to use the default TC-OS operating system. Filio Presty reboots and reprograms the actual JINKI-1 OS...in a matter of seconds, just before Vigagi can get a bead on Sanger Zonvolt. Jonathan Kazahara lampshades this trope and how it shouldn't be possible to do what Filio just did.
  • In Sword of the Stars II the normal maximum number of armour layers anything can have is 5. How many do Mesonic Torpedoes ignore? 10!
  • Tomb Raider: Jacqueline Natla certainly gets her money's worth out of her immortality which explains how she survived things like a pillar crashing on her or plunging into lava, but at one point she had an artifact that was capable of killing gods thrown at her. It didn't work.
  • Touhou features Yuugi Hoshiguma, a famous oni encountered having a rowdy drunken party in Hell's former capital. Now most oni already have some form of Super Strength, but even among her kin, Yuugi is known as "the Strong." What takes her Beyond the Impossible is the extent of this strength - Yuugi's special power is stated to be "the ability to wield unexplainable phenomena," an abbreviation of a saying about how Confucius never discussed the supernatural. One way of interpreting this is that Yuugi is so strong, her physical feats defy reason, so she could theoretically pull stunts like dispersing a typhoon by punching it.
  • Unchained Blades: You find a Plant Person in a dungeon filled with magma, and she was all alone!
  • Undertale's Undyne, perhaps taking cues from Viral, manages to produce her own Determination, which monsters are stated to be unable to do. She adamantly refuses to die when the player kills her - until she melts. In the No Mercy route, the player character has to kill her twice - she determines herself into a more powerful form just to stop you.
    • There's Dr. W. D. Gaster, who at some point in development was the royal scientist but wound up getting cut from the final product (the in-game justification is that he fell into the CORE.) while still remaining in the game's code, fully aware of his situation. One of the few remaining things in the game pertaining to him is a lab entry written in Wingdings (implied to be what Gaster would've spoken in) that is entirely unused. It mentions negative photon readings, which are physically impossibile.


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