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** If that weren't bad enough, ('''MAJOR SPOILERS''') [[spoiler: the woman named Emma that Harald tried to create Aura as their sort of 'daughter'? She was a leading member of "mama" who Harald fell in love with, but was just personally exploiting the man's programming talents to her own ends. The Epitaph of Twilight? Essentially a blueprint for Harald to emulate, meaning all of The World R:1's problems were plotted out by a wealthy eco-terrorist with too much influential power, even if she couldn't have foretold how they would play out. And by all means, [[TheBadGuyWins she technically succeeded]] in her plans to cause the birth of Aura. Emma Wielant was, in essence, a GreaterScopeVillain for the entire franchise, and to top it off she may have even faked her own death and [[KarmaHoudini gotten away with all of it.]]]]

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** If that weren't bad enough, ('''MAJOR SPOILERS''') [[spoiler: the woman named Emma that Harald tried to create Aura for as their sort of 'daughter'? She was a leading member of "mama" who Harald fell in love with, but was just personally exploiting the man's programming talents to her own ends. The Epitaph of Twilight? Essentially a blueprint for Harald to emulate, meaning all of The World R:1's problems were plotted out by a wealthy eco-terrorist with too much influential power, even if she couldn't have foretold how they would play out. And by all means, [[TheBadGuyWins she technically succeeded]] in her plans to cause the birth of Aura. Emma Wielant was, in essence, a GreaterScopeVillain for the entire franchise, and to top it off she may have even faked her own death and [[KarmaHoudini gotten away with all of it.]]]]


** If that weren't bad enough, ('''MAJOR SPOILERS''') [[spoiler: the woman named Emma that Harald tried to create Aura as their sort of 'daughter'? She was a leading member of "mama" who Harald fell in love with, but was just personally exploiting the man's programming talents to her own ends. The Epitaph of Twilight? Essentially a blueprint for Harald to emulate, meaning all of The World R:1's problems were plotted out by a wealthy eco-terrorist with too much influential power, even if she couldn't have foretold how they would play out. And by all means, [[TheBadGuyWins she technically succeeded]] in her plans to cause the birth of Aura. Emma Wieland was, in essence, a GreaterScopeVillain for the entire franchise, and to top it off she died in an automobile accident before the series even began, so she can't even be punished for her crimes.]]

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** If that weren't bad enough, ('''MAJOR SPOILERS''') [[spoiler: the woman named Emma that Harald tried to create Aura as their sort of 'daughter'? She was a leading member of "mama" who Harald fell in love with, but was just personally exploiting the man's programming talents to her own ends. The Epitaph of Twilight? Essentially a blueprint for Harald to emulate, meaning all of The World R:1's problems were plotted out by a wealthy eco-terrorist with too much influential power, even if she couldn't have foretold how they would play out. And by all means, [[TheBadGuyWins she technically succeeded]] in her plans to cause the birth of Aura. Emma Wieland Wielant was, in essence, a GreaterScopeVillain for the entire franchise, and to top it off she died in an automobile accident before the series may have even began, so she can't even be punished for faked her crimes.]]
own death and [[KarmaHoudini gotten away with all of it.]]]]


** If that weren't bad enough, ('''MAJOR SPOILERS''') [[spoiler: the woman named Emma that Harald tried to create Aura as their sort of 'daughter'? She was a leading member of "mama" who Harald fell in love with, but was just personally exploiting the man's programming talents to her own ends. The Epitaph of Twilight? Essentially a blueprint for Harald to emulate, meaning all of The World R:1's problems were unintentionally plotted out by a wealthy eco-terrorist with too much influential power. Emma Wieland was, in essence, a GreaterScopeVillain for the entire franchise, and to top it off she died in an automobile accident before the series even began, so she can't even be punished for her crimes.]]

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** If that weren't bad enough, ('''MAJOR SPOILERS''') [[spoiler: the woman named Emma that Harald tried to create Aura as their sort of 'daughter'? She was a leading member of "mama" who Harald fell in love with, but was just personally exploiting the man's programming talents to her own ends. The Epitaph of Twilight? Essentially a blueprint for Harald to emulate, meaning all of The World R:1's problems were unintentionally plotted out by a wealthy eco-terrorist with too much influential power.power, even if she couldn't have foretold how they would play out. And by all means, [[TheBadGuyWins she technically succeeded]] in her plans to cause the birth of Aura. Emma Wieland was, in essence, a GreaterScopeVillain for the entire franchise, and to top it off she died in an automobile accident before the series even began, so she can't even be punished for her crimes.]]


* Speaking of ''Beyond the World'', the entire concept of the EcoTerrorist group, "mama". To wit, [[spoiler: they're not only infiltrating governments and organizations in an attempt to [[WellIntentionedExtremist create a digital utopia for humanity so that Earth is left alone]], but they're totally willing to gun down and kill people who get in their way if they can get away with it. They are singlehandedly the highest escalation of a threat level in the franchise, and entirely human at that.]]

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* Speaking of ''Beyond the World'', the entire concept of the EcoTerrorist group, "mama". To wit, [[spoiler: they're not only infiltrating governments and organizations in an attempt to [[WellIntentionedExtremist create a digital utopia for humanity so that Earth is left alone]], but they're totally willing to gun down and kill people who get in their way if they can get away with it. They were also the founders of ALTIMIT, meaning that the monopolization of a single operating system in a post-Pluto's Kiss internet really ''was'' a conspiracy. They are singlehandedly the highest escalation of a threat level in the franchise, and entirely human at that.]]


* Speaking of ''Beyond the World'', the entire concept of the EcoTerrorist group, "mama". To wit, [[spoiler: they're not only infiltrating governments and organizations in an attempt to [[WellIntentionedExtremist create a digital utopia for humanity so that Earth is left alone]], but they're totally willing to gun down and kill people who get in their way if they can get away with it.]] Even worse, they turn out to retroactively [[spoiler: [[GreaterScopeVillain be the cause of the entire series]] by encouraging Harald to create an AI in the first place, so that Aura could help create that utopia. And the person that caused this was none other than Harald's ''own wife'' that was so crucial to the Epitaph of Twilight.]]

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* Speaking of ''Beyond the World'', the entire concept of the EcoTerrorist group, "mama". To wit, [[spoiler: they're not only infiltrating governments and organizations in an attempt to [[WellIntentionedExtremist create a digital utopia for humanity so that Earth is left alone]], but they're totally willing to gun down and kill people who get in their way if they can get away with it.]] Even worse, they turn out to retroactively [[spoiler: [[GreaterScopeVillain be They are singlehandedly the cause highest escalation of the entire series]] by encouraging Harald to create an AI a threat level in the first place, so that Aura could help create that utopia. And the person that caused this was none other than Harald's ''own wife'' that was so crucial to the Epitaph of Twilight.franchise, and entirely human at that.]]
** If that weren't bad enough, ('''MAJOR SPOILERS''') [[spoiler: the woman named Emma that Harald tried to create Aura as their sort of 'daughter'? She was a leading member of "mama" who Harald fell in love with, but was just personally exploiting the man's programming talents to her own ends. The Epitaph of Twilight? Essentially a blueprint for Harald to emulate, meaning all of The World R:1's problems were unintentionally plotted out by a wealthy eco-terrorist with too much influential power. Emma Wieland was, in essence, a GreaterScopeVillain for the entire franchise, and to top it off she died in an automobile accident before the series even began, so she can't even be punished for her crimes.]]



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* Speaking of ''Beyond the World'', the entire concept of the EcoTerrorist group, "mama". To wit, [[spoiler: they're not only infiltrating governments and organizations in an attempt to [[WellIntentionedExtremist create a digital utopia for humanity so that Earth is left alone]], but they're totally willing to gun down and kill people who get in their way if they can get away with it.]] Even worse, they turn out to retroactively [[spoiler: [[GreaterScopeVillain be the cause of the entire series]] by encouraging Harald to create an AI in the first place, so that Aura could help create that utopia. And the person that caused this was none other than Harald's ''own wife'' that was so crucial to the Epitaph of Twilight.]]


** It gets ''worse''; in the ''SORA: Beyond the World'' manga, Virus Bugs appear yet again and put more people into comas. Why? Because CC Corp '''created''' them this time around to attempt to force people to buy their anti-virus software, except they GrewBeyondTheirProgramming and started wreaking havoc on society. Simple corporate greed ended up threatening a social collapse not unlike Morganna and the Phases, and the only people with remotely any proof of this was a federal agency that had no capability of acting on it themselves. It's hard to tell if they're even StupidEvil or just that apathetic in the hunt for profit.

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** It gets ''worse''; in the ''SORA: Beyond ''Beyond the World'' manga, story, Virus Bugs appear yet again and put more people into comas. Why? [[spoiler: Because CC Corp '''created''' them this time around to attempt to force people to buy their anti-virus software, except they GrewBeyondTheirProgramming and started wreaking havoc on society. society.]] Simple corporate greed ended up threatening a social collapse not unlike Morganna and the Phases, and the only people with remotely any proof of this was a federal agency that had no capability of acting on it themselves. It's hard to tell if they're even StupidEvil or just that ''that'' apathetic in the hunt for profit.


** It gets ''worse''; in the ''SORA: Beyond the World'' manga, Virus Bugs appear yet again and put more people into comas. Why? Because CC Corp ''created'' them this time around to attempt to force people to buy their anti-virus software, except they GrewBeyondTheirProgramming and started wreaking havoc on society. Simple corporate greed ended up threatening a social collapse not unlike Morganna and the Phases, and the only people with remotely any proof of this was a federal agency that had no capability of acting on it themselves.

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** It gets ''worse''; in the ''SORA: Beyond the World'' manga, Virus Bugs appear yet again and put more people into comas. Why? Because CC Corp ''created'' '''created''' them this time around to attempt to force people to buy their anti-virus software, except they GrewBeyondTheirProgramming and started wreaking havoc on society. Simple corporate greed ended up threatening a social collapse not unlike Morganna and the Phases, and the only people with remotely any proof of this was a federal agency that had no capability of acting on it themselves.
themselves. It's hard to tell if they're even StupidEvil or just that apathetic in the hunt for profit.


** ItGetsWorse; in the ''SORA: Beyond the World'' manga, Virus Bugs appear yet again and put more people into comas. Why? Because CC Corp ''created'' them this time around to attempt to force people to buy their anti-virus software, except they GrewBeyondTheirProgramming and started wreaking havoc on society. Simple corporate greed ended up threatening a social collapse not unlike Morganna and the Phases, and the only people with remotely ''any'' proof of this was a federal agency that had no capability of acting on it themselves.

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** ItGetsWorse; It gets ''worse''; in the ''SORA: Beyond the World'' manga, Virus Bugs appear yet again and put more people into comas. Why? Because CC Corp ''created'' them this time around to attempt to force people to buy their anti-virus software, except they GrewBeyondTheirProgramming and started wreaking havoc on society. Simple corporate greed ended up threatening a social collapse not unlike Morganna and the Phases, and the only people with remotely ''any'' any proof of this was a federal agency that had no capability of acting on it themselves.



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** ItGetsWorse; in the ''SORA: Beyond the World'' manga, Virus Bugs appear yet again and put more people into comas. Why? Because CC Corp ''created'' them this time around to attempt to force people to buy their anti-virus software, except they GrewBeyondTheirProgramming and started wreaking havoc on society. Simple corporate greed ended up threatening a social collapse not unlike Morganna and the Phases, and the only people with remotely ''any'' proof of this was a federal agency that had no capability of acting on it themselves.


* A sort of unintentional BiggerBad throughout the entire franchise is the CC Corp, named after the developers CyberConnect2 that made the .hack franchise in the first place. At first they seem like IncompetenceInc, what with how they constantly try to cover up the glitches and abnormalities, and even ban players that dig too deeply while being fishy as hell the entire time. Then the end of the original series comes around, and afterwards [[spoiler: they experimented on the Epitaph and [[OhCrap nearly caused Cubia to revive]], which is what caused one employee to go and burn down the R:1 servers so the idiots didn't end the goddamn world again.]] They're so wildly inept at anything other than trying to cover their own asses and silence the truth, that by the time of G.U. as things escalate yet again, they almost veer straight into an apathetic routine of demonstrating just how little they care about anything other than their profit margin while the lives of their players constantly dangle in the jaws of danger. ''In almost every other series or installment.''

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* A sort of unintentional BiggerBad throughout the entire franchise is the The CC Corp, named after the developers CyberConnect2 that made the .hack franchise in the first place. At first they seem like IncompetenceInc, what with how they constantly try to cover up the glitches and abnormalities, and even ban players that dig too deeply while being fishy as hell the entire time. Then the end of the original series comes around, and afterwards [[spoiler: they experimented on the Epitaph and [[OhCrap nearly caused Cubia to revive]], which is what caused one employee to go and burn down the R:1 servers so the idiots didn't end the goddamn world again.]] They're so wildly inept at anything other than trying to cover their own asses and silence the truth, that by the time of G.U. as things escalate yet again, they almost veer straight into an apathetic routine of demonstrating just how little they care about anything other than their profit margin while the lives of their players constantly dangle in the jaws of danger. ''In almost every other series or installment.''


* A sort of unintentional BiggerBad throughout the entire franchise is the CC Corp, named after the developers CyberConnect2 that made the .hack franchise in the first place. At first they seem like IncompetenceInc, what with how they constantly try to cover up the glitches and abnormalities, and even ban players that dig too deeply while being fishy as hell the entire time. Then the end of the original series comes around, and afterwards [[spoiler: they experimented on the Epitaph and [[OhCrap nearly caused Cubia to revive]], which is what caused one employee to go and burn down the R:1 servers so the idiots didn't end the goddamn world again.]] They're so wildly inept at anything other than trying to cover their own asses and silence the truth, that by the time of G.U. as things escalate yet again, they almost veer straight into an apathetic routine of demonstrating just how little they care about anything other than their profit margin.

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* A sort of unintentional BiggerBad throughout the entire franchise is the CC Corp, named after the developers CyberConnect2 that made the .hack franchise in the first place. At first they seem like IncompetenceInc, what with how they constantly try to cover up the glitches and abnormalities, and even ban players that dig too deeply while being fishy as hell the entire time. Then the end of the original series comes around, and afterwards [[spoiler: they experimented on the Epitaph and [[OhCrap nearly caused Cubia to revive]], which is what caused one employee to go and burn down the R:1 servers so the idiots didn't end the goddamn world again.]] They're so wildly inept at anything other than trying to cover their own asses and silence the truth, that by the time of G.U. as things escalate yet again, they almost veer straight into an apathetic routine of demonstrating just how little they care about anything other than their profit margin.margin while the lives of their players constantly dangle in the jaws of danger. ''In almost every other series or installment.''


** How stupid are they? [[spoiler: When a crazed Sakaki threatens to cause more coma incidents and wreak havoc on the players of The World by way of blackmailing CC Corp, they silently '''[[WhatAnIdiot give him control of the game]]''' while trying to yet again save face in public and act like nothing's happening.]]]

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** How stupid are they? [[spoiler: When a crazed Sakaki threatens to cause more coma incidents and wreak havoc on the players of The World by way of blackmailing CC Corp, they silently '''[[WhatAnIdiot give him control of the game]]''' while trying to yet again save face in public and [[NeverMyFault act like nothing's happening.]]] ]]]]


* A sort of unintentional BiggerBad throughout the entire franchise is the CC Corp, named after the developers CyberConnect2 that made the .hack franchise in the first place. At first they seem like IncompetenceInc, what with how they constantly try to cover up the glitches and abnormalities, and even ban players that dig too deeply while being fishy as hell the entire time. Then the end of the original series comes around, and [[spoiler: they ''experimented on certain individuals'' that had the Epitaphs attached to them, which is what caused one man to go insane and burn down the R:1 servers before perishing in the aftermath.]] They're so wildly inept at anything other than trying to cover their own asses and silence the truth, that by the time of G.U. as things escalate yet again, they almost veer straight into an apathetic routine of demonstrating just how little they care about anything other than their profit margin.
** Granted, a lot of the real serious problems happened due to Harold's desperate attempts to cause the birth of sentient AI with a massive lack of hindsight about the idea, but it says something that despite having a high level admin working with the .hackers and knowing just how deep the rabbit hole goes, their inclination during the [[spoiler: final battle with Morganna in the original series]] is to try to shut down the servers and hope the problem goes away. Which would either render all the comatose victims unable to be saved, or potentially even outright ''kill them'', while having a high probability of failing to contain the threat.

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* A sort of unintentional BiggerBad throughout the entire franchise is the CC Corp, named after the developers CyberConnect2 that made the .hack franchise in the first place. At first they seem like IncompetenceInc, what with how they constantly try to cover up the glitches and abnormalities, and even ban players that dig too deeply while being fishy as hell the entire time. Then the end of the original series comes around, and afterwards [[spoiler: they ''experimented experimented on certain individuals'' that had the Epitaphs attached Epitaph and [[OhCrap nearly caused Cubia to them, revive]], which is what caused one man employee to go insane and burn down the R:1 servers before perishing in so the aftermath.idiots didn't end the goddamn world again.]] They're so wildly inept at anything other than trying to cover their own asses and silence the truth, that by the time of G.U. as things escalate yet again, they almost veer straight into an apathetic routine of demonstrating just how little they care about anything other than their profit margin.
** How stupid are they? [[spoiler: When a crazed Sakaki threatens to cause more coma incidents and wreak havoc on the players of The World by way of blackmailing CC Corp, they silently '''[[WhatAnIdiot give him control of the game]]''' while trying to yet again save face in public and act like nothing's happening.]]]
** Granted, a lot of the real serious problems happened due to Harold's Harald's desperate postmortem attempts to cause the birth of sentient AI with a massive lack of hindsight about the idea, but it says something that despite having a high level admin working with the .hackers and knowing just how deep the rabbit hole goes, their inclination during the [[spoiler: final battle with Morganna in the original series]] is to try to shut down the servers and hope the problem goes away. Which would either render all the comatose victims unable to be saved, or potentially even outright ''kill them'', while having a high probability of failing to contain the threat.


** Granted, a lot of the real serious problems happened due to Harold's desperate attempts to cause the birth of sentient AI with a massive lack of hindsight about the idea, but it says something that despite having a high level admin working with the .hackers and knowing just how deep the rabbit hole goes, their inclination during the [[spoiler: final battle with Morganna in the original series]] is to try to shut down the servers and hope the problem goes away. Which would either rescue all the comatose victims unable to be saved, or potentially even outright ''kill them'', while having a high probability of failing to contain the threat.

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** Granted, a lot of the real serious problems happened due to Harold's desperate attempts to cause the birth of sentient AI with a massive lack of hindsight about the idea, but it says something that despite having a high level admin working with the .hackers and knowing just how deep the rabbit hole goes, their inclination during the [[spoiler: final battle with Morganna in the original series]] is to try to shut down the servers and hope the problem goes away. Which would either rescue render all the comatose victims unable to be saved, or potentially even outright ''kill them'', while having a high probability of failing to contain the threat.

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