Playing With: Multiple Endings
Basic Trope: The game's ending varies depending on your actions throughout the gameplay.
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- Straight: In Trope Quest II, your dialogue choices, the party members you recruit, your interaction with said members and how much of the game you clear by the time you face the final boss will determine which one of four endings you get.
- Every single little thing you do in the game, no matter how minor it may seem at first, will become vital to scoring the best ending.
- There are no less than one hundred endings.
- Downplayed: There are only two endings, and both have the same outcome — all that changes is the last scene, depending on whether you cleared everything in the game or not.
- Justified: The game puts you in the shoes of our protagonist, and that means what outcome your actions will bring.
- Subverted: Throughout the game, you as Hiro are hinted several times that your actions will bring a different outcome. They only have initial reactions, the ending is the same.
- Double Subverted: But then you get the New Game+, which does have multiple endings.
- Parodied: At the start of the game, it is possible for you as Hiro to leave the stove on when you leave your house for adventure. Midway through the game, it will strike Hiro that he left the stove on, and have a Heroic BSOD, refusing to carry on with the adventure.
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Averted: There is only one ending.
- Enforced: The developers gave the game multiple endings for an extra layer of challenge and replay value.
- Lampshaded: "How will the story end? You decide."
- Invoked: You as Hiro are given many choices throughout the game as to where the story goes.
- Exploited: The developers wanted the game to have more replay value, and multiple endings was the best way to achieve this.
- Defied: The game was originally intended to have multiple endings before being Dummied Out.
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: ???
- Played For Laughs: In one of the (joke) endings, The Dog Was the Mastermind.
- Played For Drama: The game has a bad ending where either Hiro and the rest of the Five-Man Band fail to defeat Emperor Evulz or, worse, Hiro will join forces with Evulz, only to betray him and take over the world for himself, causing The End of the World as We Know It and become even more evil than Evulz ever was.
But, there must be a good ending, right? Well... Not really, because the closest thing to one is the instance where the entire group performs a Heroic Sacrifice in order to stop Evulz once and for all. And even then, the epilogue hints all they did was delaying the inevitable.
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