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*** The first game ends with the BigBad successfully [[spoiler:convincing the hero to make a HeroicSacrifice and become the [[SealedEvilInACan can to seal the evil in]]]], which in ''Diablo II'' proves to be [[spoiler:a SenselessSacrifice]]. ''Diablo II'' ends with [[spoiler:the successful EvilPlan of the BiggerBad]]. In the expansion, the new BigBad [[spoiler:manages to corrupt the CosmicKeystone enough to force the protagonists to destroy it]]. However, this paves the way for ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' because [[spoiler:the keystone was the only thing preventing a full-scale demonic invasion]].

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*** The first game ends with the BigBad successfully [[spoiler:convincing the hero to make a HeroicSacrifice and become the [[SealedEvilInACan can to seal the evil in]]]], which in ''Diablo II'' proves to be [[spoiler:a SenselessSacrifice]]. ''Diablo II'' ends with [[spoiler:the successful EvilPlan of the BiggerBad]].EvilPlan]]. In the expansion, the new BigBad [[spoiler:manages to corrupt the CosmicKeystone enough to force the protagonists to destroy it]]. However, this paves the way for ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' because [[spoiler:the keystone was the only thing preventing a full-scale demonic invasion]].


*** The first game had two possible endings, the canonical ending is the one in which the orcs win and burn down the human city. Some portions of the human campaign are canon, though- for example, rather than being killed by Doomhammer as he is in the orc campaign, King Llaine is killer by Garona.

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*** The first game had two possible endings, the canonical ending is the one in which the orcs win and burn down the human city. city of Stormwind, while the player character, later revealed to be Orgrim Doomhammer, assumes the position of Warchief. Some portions of the human campaign are canon, though- for example, rather than being killed by in a battle with Doomhammer as he is in the orc campaign, King Llaine is killer assassinated by Garona.Garona Halforcen.


** In ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'', [[spoiler:Dr. Eggman wins the final race and technically beats Sonic. However, the treasure he sought out turns out to be just a carpet, making the victory empty for Eggman.]]
** In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', [[spoiler: Mephiles succeeds in his plan to kill Sonic, causing Iblis to escape from Princess Elise so he can merge with it to become Solaris. Fortunately, everyone's able to revive Sonic and hit the ResetButton to stop Solaris from destroying all of creation.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'', [[spoiler:Dr. Eggman wins the final race and technically beats Sonic. However, the treasure he sought out turns out to be just a carpet, making the victory empty for Eggman.]]
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** In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', [[spoiler: Mephiles succeeds in his plan to kill Sonic, causing Iblis to escape from Princess Elise so he can merge with it to become Solaris. Fortunately, everyone's able to revive Sonic and hit the ResetButton to stop Solaris from destroying all of creation.]]creation]].
** ''[[VideoGame/SonicChronicles Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood]]'' ends with [[spoiler:Eggman having taken over the world]].



** ''[[VideoGame/SonicChronicles Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood]]'': Cliffhanger + ExecutiveMeddling= The Bad Guy Wins. Before you're allowed to think that Sonic and friends are doomed, the game is set up with a cliffhanger, and it's implied that a sequel is on the way to keep Eggman away from a victory. But this was never to be: after the game's release, Creator/BioWare was purchased by EA. [=BioWare=]'s handheld division was split up by EA--of course--and, although a sequel was penned, there is no plans for it to ever enter production. So this is a case of an accidental DownerEnding in a series renowned for its positivity. Way to freaking go, EA...


* In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', everyone on the planet is {{Doomed By|Canon}} [[Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach Canon]] and the Covenant completely overruns the planet, turning it into a smoldering wasteland and destroying a large amount of the UNSC fleet. Counts double as a PyrrhicVictory for the Covenant, who lose far more ships than the UNSC.

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* In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', everyone on the planet is {{Doomed By|Canon}} by|Canon}} [[Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach Canon]] and the Covenant completely overruns the planet, turning it into a smoldering wasteland and destroying a large amount of the UNSC fleet. Counts double as a PyrrhicVictory for the Covenant, who lose far more ships than the UNSC.



* Nyarlathotep gets to make the MoralEventHorizon his bitch in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'' [[spoiler: when everything on Earth save for Sumaru City is put through Class 6 ApocalypseHow after Maya Amano is killed by Maya Okamura]]. ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Eternal Punishment'' is all about trying to stop him from doing it all over again.

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* In the various ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games, choosing to side with Law or Chaos can get you something like this. Generally, a Law or Chaos ending will permanently solve the given game's conflict, but at a steep cost that the game makes it clear is very much not worth it (which tends to be humanity's free will in Law and its peace in Chaos).
** A canon example happens in the interim between ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' and ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' -- TheHero has been [[TheHeroDies killed]] [[DyingAlone alone]] in a secluded cavern, the peace he hoped to forge has been shattered by the Messian Church, and God's preparing to fire the [[KillSat Megiddo Arc]] to annihilate all life on Earth.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'':
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Nyarlathotep gets to make the MoralEventHorizon his bitch in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'' [[spoiler: when everything on Earth save for Sumaru City is put through Class 6 ApocalypseHow after Maya Amano is killed by Maya Okamura]]. ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Eternal Punishment'' is all about trying to stop him from doing it all over again.again.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} [[UpdatedRerelease Golden]]'' has the Accomplice Ending, wherein you befriend the villain and help cover up his crimes by destroying evidence. Unlike the game's other bad endings, [[EarnYourBadEnding you have to be trying for this one]], and [[YouBastard the game actually insults you for pursuing it]].



* A few of the endings of ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', to varying degrees. It's quite easy for [[spoiler: Scott Shelby]] to merely make off as a KarmaHoudini, if he kills whoever he fights in the final battle and also [[spoiler:doesn't save Lauren]]. Quite possibly the biggest downer has all the heroes making it to the last confrontation, and dying, getting arrested, or otherwise failing, while the bad guy walks off into the rain, 100% ready and willing to kill again. You even get an achievement for it, called "So close..."

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* A few of the endings of ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', to varying degrees. It's quite easy for [[spoiler: Scott [[spoiler:Scott Shelby]] to merely make off as a KarmaHoudini, if he kills whoever he fights in the final battle and also [[spoiler:doesn't save Lauren]]. Quite possibly the biggest downer has all the heroes making it to the last confrontation, and dying, getting arrested, or otherwise failing, while the bad guy walks off into the rain, 100% ready and willing to kill again. You even get an achievement for it, called "So close..."



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona4}} [[UpdatedRerelease Golden]]'' has the Accomplice Ending, wherein you befriend the villain and help cover up his crimes by destroying evidence. Unlike the game's other bad endings, [[EarnYourBadEnding you have to be trying for this one]], and [[YouBastard the game actually insults you for pursuing it]].



** ''[[VideoGame/SonicChronicles Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood]]'': Cliffhanger + ExecutiveMeddling= The Bad Guy Wins. Before you're allowed to think that Sonic and friends are doomed, the game is set up with a cliffhanger, and it's implied that a sequel is on the way to keep Eggman away from a victory. But this was never to be- after the game's release, Creator/BioWare was purchased by EA. [=BioWare=]'s handheld division was split up by EA- of course- and, although a sequel was penned, there is no plans for it to ever enter production. So this is a case of an accidental DownerEnding in a series renowned for its positivity. Way to freaking go, EA...
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' [[spoiler: as Catwoman, you can actually walk out and let Batman die. Roll credits.]] [[spoiler: Subverted when the credits stop mid-way through and the game rewinds to the point [[ButThouMust before Catwoman chose to abandon Batman]].]]

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** ''[[VideoGame/SonicChronicles Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood]]'': Cliffhanger + ExecutiveMeddling= The Bad Guy Wins. Before you're allowed to think that Sonic and friends are doomed, the game is set up with a cliffhanger, and it's implied that a sequel is on the way to keep Eggman away from a victory. But this was never to be- be: after the game's release, Creator/BioWare was purchased by EA. [=BioWare=]'s handheld division was split up by EA- of course- and, EA--of course--and, although a sequel was penned, there is no plans for it to ever enter production. So this is a case of an accidental DownerEnding in a series renowned for its positivity. Way to freaking go, EA...
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as Catwoman, you can actually walk out and let Batman die. Roll credits.]] [[spoiler: Subverted [[spoiler:Subverted when the credits stop mid-way through and the game rewinds to the point [[ButThouMust before Catwoman chose to abandon Batman]].]]



* ''VideoGame/{{Phoenotopia}}'' has this, although it's not the [[BigBad Kobolds]] who win - it's actually the Galactic Federation. [[spoiler:Billy is bound to curb-stomp them with the Phoenix Weapons whenever he deems it appropriate, but he's arguably even worse.]]
* In the various ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games, choosing to side with Law or Chaos can get you something like this. Generally, a Law or Chaos ending will permanently solve the given game's conflict, but at a steep cost that the game makes it clear is very much not worth it (which tends to be humanity's free will in Law and its peace in Chaos).
** A canon example happens in the interim between ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' and ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' - TheHero has been [[DyingAlone killed alone]] in a secluded cavern, the peace he hoped to forge has been shattered by the Messian Church, and God's preparing to fire the [[KillSat Megiddo Arc]] to annihilate all life on Earth.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Phoenotopia}}'' has this, although it's not the [[BigBad Kobolds]] who win - -- it's actually the Galactic Federation. [[spoiler:Billy is bound to curb-stomp them with the Phoenix Weapons whenever he deems it appropriate, but he's arguably even worse.]]
* In the various ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games, choosing to side with Law or Chaos can get you something like this. Generally, a Law or Chaos ending will permanently solve the given game's conflict, but at a steep cost that the game makes it clear is very much not worth it (which tends to be humanity's free will in Law and its peace in Chaos).
** A canon example happens in the interim between ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' and ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' - TheHero has been [[DyingAlone killed alone]] in a secluded cavern, the peace he hoped to forge has been shattered by the Messian Church, and God's preparing to fire the [[KillSat Megiddo Arc]] to annihilate all life on Earth.
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* In a chain of sidequests in the first chapter of ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', each of the [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad Jobmasters]] are accompanied by Ciggma Khint, a ProfessionalKiller who has no remorse being hired by criminals. Even though he dies by the player's hands he states that he have got all of the money he wanted to accomplish his goal: [[spoiler: [[HitmanWithAHeart advance Eternia's medicine for his ill daughter's medical treatment]].]]
** And in ''VideoGame/BravelySecond'', it can be argued that [[TheDragon Anne]] succeeded in her goals, since [[spoiler:The Moon (and it's Ba'al defense system) is gone, sent to the far end of space and time, along with [[BigBad The Kaiser]] and Agnes, leaving the way open for the true [[GreaterScopeVillain Villain]] of the setting.]]

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* In a chain of sidequests in the first chapter of ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', each of the [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad Jobmasters]] are accompanied by Ciggma Khint, a ProfessionalKiller who has no remorse being hired by criminals. Even though he dies by the player's hands he states that he have got all of the money he wanted to accomplish his goal: [[spoiler: [[HitmanWithAHeart [[spoiler:[[HitmanWithAHeart advance Eternia's medicine for his ill daughter's medical treatment]].]]
** And in ''VideoGame/BravelySecond'', it can be argued that [[TheDragon Anne]] succeeded in her goals, since [[spoiler:The Moon (and it's its Ba'al defense system) is gone, sent to the far end of space and time, along with [[BigBad The Kaiser]] and Agnes, Agnès, leaving the way open for the true [[GreaterScopeVillain Villain]] the true villain]] of the setting.]]setting]]. That is, until NewGamePlus sees [[spoiler:the party travel back in time via the SP Hourglass to negate the events of the previous timeline and seriously derail Anne and Providence's plans]].



* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the ''Conquest'' campaign plays around with this since, on one hand, the Nohr kingdom ''does'' manage to conquer its rival realm, Hoshido, just like King Garon wanted from the very beginning... but on the other hand, Garon's true form is revealed and he's killed immediately afterwards, Hinoka survives and becomes Queen of Hoshido so she and Sakura can start rebuilding her lands, while the Avatar's Nohrian older brother Xander inherits the Nohrian throne and succeeds Garon as the ruler of Nohr, so he and the Avatar can ''properly'' begin to change Nohr from within, making it more like "The Anti-Villains Win". [[spoiler: Plus the actual plan of the one behind Garon, the Spirit King Anankos (who is thoroughly defeated only in the GoldenPath), is to ''destroy both kingdoms'', which logically doesn't happen. '''And''', considering how much energy he pumped into corrupting Garon for years (and then on corrupting the FinalBoss, a {{more than mind control}}led Prince Takumi), he's probably been crippled and depowered so won't be able to try anything for many years, '''''specially''''' not in the reigns of [[TheGoodKing King Xander]] and [[TheHighQueen Queen Hinoka]].]]
** The closest to this trope ''actually'' taking place in the Fates universe is... [[spoiler: the ''Heirs of Fates'' DLC stages. Anankos has taken several ''Fates'' worlds (some following the ''Birthright'' contonuity, others following the ''Conquest'' one) plus their Deeprealms and destroyed them, with only one member of the Secod Gens surviving ''per world'', and also destroyed [[BigGood Shigure]]'s own ''Revelations'' realm. The overall plot is about the survivors meeting up and stopping Anankos from doing it to the Multiverse.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'': After the player defeat the last boss in Chapter 5 of Genealogy of the Holy War, Sigurd and his army are escorted to the castle to be met by [[spoiler:the entire army being betrayed by the person who everyone thought of as a friend. Sigurd himself is executed by Lord Alvis and the army scatters to the wind, with the surviving units living out the rest of the lives in hiding or dying from one cause or another. In the 17 years following the massacre, the various countries that the group helped liberate from cruel rulers have become oppressive empires and the citizens are essentially slaves. Chapter 6 begins with Sigurd's son leading a liberation army comprised of children from the men and women who fought in Sigurd's army.]] It's a partial example because the player eventually wins in the end; it just takes nearly two decades before the protagonists can fix everything.

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the ''Conquest'' campaign plays around with this since, on one hand, the Nohr kingdom ''does'' manage to conquer its rival realm, Hoshido, just like King Garon wanted from the very beginning... but on the other hand, Garon's true form is revealed and he's killed immediately afterwards, Hinoka survives and becomes Queen of Hoshido so she and Sakura can start rebuilding her lands, while the Avatar's Nohrian older brother Xander inherits the Nohrian throne and succeeds Garon as the ruler of Nohr, so he and the Avatar can ''properly'' begin to change Nohr from within, making it more like "The Anti-Villains Win". [[spoiler: Plus the actual plan of the one behind Garon, the Spirit King Anankos (who is thoroughly defeated only in the GoldenPath), is to ''destroy both kingdoms'', which logically doesn't happen. '''And''', considering how much energy he pumped into corrupting Garon for years (and then on corrupting the FinalBoss, a {{more than mind control}}led Prince Takumi), he's probably been crippled and depowered so won't be able to try anything for many years, '''''specially''''' not in the reigns of [[TheGoodKing King Xander]] and [[TheHighQueen Queen Hinoka]].]]
''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** The closest to this trope ''actually'' taking place in the Fates universe is... [[spoiler: the ''Heirs of Fates'' DLC stages. Anankos has taken several ''Fates'' worlds (some following the ''Birthright'' contonuity, others following the ''Conquest'' one) plus their Deeprealms and destroyed them, with only one member of the Secod Gens surviving ''per world'', and also destroyed [[BigGood Shigure]]'s own ''Revelations'' realm. The overall plot is about the survivors meeting up and stopping Anankos from doing it to the Multiverse.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'':
After the player defeat defeats the last boss in Chapter 5 of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar Genealogy of the Holy War, War]]'', Sigurd and his army are escorted to the castle to be met by [[spoiler:the entire army being betrayed by the person who everyone thought of as a friend. Sigurd himself is executed by Lord Alvis and the army scatters to the wind, with the surviving units living out the rest of the lives in hiding or dying from one cause or another. In the 17 years following the massacre, the various countries that the group helped liberate from cruel rulers have become oppressive empires and the citizens are essentially slaves. Chapter 6 begins with Sigurd's son leading a liberation army comprised of children from the men and women who fought in Sigurd's army.]] It's a partial example because the player eventually wins in the end; it just takes nearly two decades before the protagonists can fix everything.everything.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the ''Conquest'' campaign plays around with this since, on one hand, the Nohr kingdom ''does'' manage to conquer its rival realm, Hoshido, just like King Garon wanted from the very beginning... but on the other hand, Garon's true form is revealed and he's killed immediately afterwards, Hinoka survives and becomes Queen of Hoshido so she and Sakura can start rebuilding her lands, while the Avatar's Nohrian older brother Xander inherits the Nohrian throne and succeeds Garon as the ruler of Nohr, so he and the Avatar can ''properly'' begin to change Nohr from within, making it more like "The Anti-Villains Win". [[spoiler:Plus the actual plan of the one behind Garon, the Spirit King Anankos (who is thoroughly defeated only in the GoldenPath), is to ''destroy both kingdoms'', which logically doesn't happen. '''And''', considering how much energy he pumped into corrupting Garon for years (and then on corrupting the FinalBoss, a {{more than mind control}}led Prince Takumi), he's probably been crippled and depowered so won't be able to try anything for many years, ''especially'' not during the reigns of [[TheGoodKing King Xander]] and [[TheHighQueen Queen Hinoka]].]]
*** The closest to this trope ''actually'' taking place in the ''Fates'' universe is... [[spoiler:the Heirs of Fates DLC stages, the game's answer to The Future Past DLC chapters from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]''. Anankos has taken several ''Fates'' worlds (some following the ''Birthright'' continuity, others following the ''Conquest'' one) plus their Deeprealms and destroyed them, with only one member of the second gens surviving ''per world'', and also destroyed [[BigGood Shigure]]'s own ''Revelations'' realm. The overall plot is about the survivors meeting up and stopping Anankos from doing it to the multiverse.]]



* Xehanort has a surprisingly high win streak in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2 Days]]'' - being an interquel with ({{anti|villain}}) villain protagonists - is an inbetween example. ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]]'' takes place at least 10 years before the first game so, yes, Xehanort wins. ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]]'' seems to be a win for Sora but ''358/2 Days'' gives it context and... it's at most a tie. And with ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance 3D]]'', Sora and Riku have managed to hold off Xehanort but Xehanort clearly has all the cards and is just slightly upset that he had to put off his ultimate victory.

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* Xehanort has a surprisingly high win streak in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2 Days]]'' - -- being an interquel with ({{anti|villain}}) villain protagonists - -- is an inbetween in-between example. ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]]'' takes place at least 10 years before the first game so, yes, Xehanort wins. ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]]'' seems to be a win for Sora but ''358/2 Days'' gives it context and... it's at most a tie. And with ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance 3D]]'', Sora and Riku have managed to hold off Xehanort but Xehanort clearly has all the cards and is just slightly upset that he had to put off his ultimate victory.



* It really doesn't matter which ending you get in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', because there are no happy endings. [[spoiler: If you get the easiest ending to achieve, you're kicked out of the dream and awaken to a regular Yharnam, with your character forgetting the power of Mergo or the dangers of the hunt which will persist regardless due to the [[EldritchAbomination eldritch terrors of the night.]] If you get the second ending, your character is forever trapped in the dream with the doll (who will take care of you), but you're wheelchair bound for eternity. If you get the hardest to achieve ending, the fate of the world is left up in the air as you become the new surrogate being for the eldritch gods of the world.]]

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* It really doesn't matter which ending you get in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', because there are no happy endings. [[spoiler: If [[spoiler:If you get the easiest ending to achieve, you're kicked out of the dream and awaken to a regular Yharnam, with your character forgetting the power of Mergo or the dangers of the hunt which will persist regardless due to the [[EldritchAbomination eldritch terrors of the night.]] If you get the second ending, your character is forever trapped in the dream with the doll (who will take care of you), but you're wheelchair bound for eternity. If you get the hardest to achieve ending, the fate of the world is left up in the air as you become the new surrogate being for the eldritch gods of the world.]]



* At the end of VideoGame/{{Furi}}, [[spoiler: [[VillainProtagonist you]] finally leave your prison, leaving the corpses of the Jailers, most of them good people, behind, and [[WalkingWasteland corrupting the soil]] as you walk on the Free world. And then you launch an alien invasion. [[MultipleEndings Or not]], should you choose to subvert it.]]

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* At the end of VideoGame/{{Furi}}, [[spoiler: [[VillainProtagonist ''VideoGame/{{Furi}}'', [[spoiler:[[VillainProtagonist you]] finally leave your prison, leaving the corpses of the Jailers, most of them good people, behind, and [[WalkingWasteland corrupting the soil]] as you walk on the Free world. And then you launch an alien invasion. [[MultipleEndings Or not]], should you choose to subvert it.]]



* ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'': [[spoiler:The Clockwork Sun]] is ''heavily'' implied to be [[spoiler:The Dawn Machine]] from ''VideoGame/SunlessSea'' and has insinuated itself into Albion at the highest level, as you will see if you deliver your port reports to the authorities of London. In other words, [[spoiler:The British Empire is currently run by a malevolent, mind-controlling, man-made God that imposes its own will on the population... And there is nothing you can do about it]]. And if you thought the Revolutionaries of both ''Videogame/FallenLondon'' and ''Sunless Sea'' were the bigger villains of the setting, well there's bad news for you too: [[spoiler:Eleutheria is an entire region of space where [[WorldOfChaos the Liberation of Night]] is going ''swimmingly'', with all the horror it implies]].

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* ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'': [[spoiler:The Clockwork Sun]] is ''heavily'' implied to be [[spoiler:The Dawn Machine]] from ''VideoGame/SunlessSea'' and has insinuated itself into Albion at the highest level, as you will see if you deliver your port reports to the authorities of London. In other words, [[spoiler:The British Empire is currently run by a malevolent, mind-controlling, man-made God that imposes its own will on the population... And there is nothing you can do about it]]. And if you thought the Revolutionaries of both ''Videogame/FallenLondon'' ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'' and ''Sunless Sea'' were the bigger villains of the setting, well there's bad news for you too: [[spoiler:Eleutheria is an entire region of space where [[WorldOfChaos the Liberation of Night]] is going ''swimmingly'', with all the horror it implies]].



* It's heavily implied that Sigma's goal in ''VideoGame/MegaManX8'' was ultimately to ensure that he and his ideals live on in the New Generation Reploids, all of which bear his reploid DNA in their copy chips. Thus, even though he may have finally been KilledOffForReal, and Lumine claimed he was TheManBehindTheMan, Sigma had already won from the moment Lumine decided that he and the New Generation Reploids are the future of reploidkind, and that both humans and old-gen reploids need to just lay down and die.

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* It's heavily implied that Sigma's goal in ''VideoGame/MegaManX8'' was ultimately to ensure that he and his ideals live on in the New Generation Reploids, all of which bear his reploid Reploid DNA in their copy chips. Copy Chips. Thus, even though he may have finally been KilledOffForReal, and Lumine claimed he was TheManBehindTheMan, Sigma had already won from the moment Lumine decided that he and the New Generation Reploids are the future of reploidkind, Reploidkind, and that both humans and old-gen reploids Reploids need to just lay down and die.



* The OmegaEnding in the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/AceCombat3Electrosphere'', [[spoiler: reveals that the whole game was a simulation by Simon Orestes Cohen, and that the PlayerCharacter, Nemo, is an ArtificialIntelligence that he created specifically to kill a BrainUpload version of Abyssal Dision, because he blamed him for the death of Yoko Martha Inoue. Since the simulation showed that Nemo will indeed kill Dision, Simon creates a fresh copy of the [=AI=], purges the simulation, and goes on to unleash Nemo upon the world, and instigate the Corporate War that the simulation predicted to kill Dision.]]

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* The OmegaEnding in the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/AceCombat3Electrosphere'', [[spoiler: reveals [[spoiler:reveals that the whole game was a simulation by Simon Orestes Cohen, and that the PlayerCharacter, Nemo, is an ArtificialIntelligence that he created specifically to kill a BrainUpload version of Abyssal Dision, because he blamed him for the death of Yoko Martha Inoue. Since the simulation showed that Nemo will indeed kill Dision, Simon creates a fresh copy of the [=AI=], A.I., purges the simulation, and goes on to unleash Nemo upon the world, and instigate the Corporate War that the simulation predicted to kill Dision.]]


* If we assume Calypso winning can be considered fitting this Trope in the ''Franchise/TwistedMetal'' series (given that pretty much ''everyone'' is evil, although he's the BigBad), he will usually triumph in the end and screw over the winner by perverting his or her wish. (The key word is ''usually''. With the exception of the third game and the reboot, there are a few endings where someone gets the better of him, although, in the reboot, his victories are all cases Karmic Justice.)

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* If we assume Calypso winning can be considered fitting this Trope in the ''Franchise/TwistedMetal'' ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' series (given that pretty much ''everyone'' is evil, although he's the BigBad), he will usually triumph in the end and screw over the winner by perverting his or her wish. (The key word is ''usually''. With the exception of the third game and the reboot, there are a few endings where someone gets the better of him, although, in the reboot, his victories are all cases Karmic Justice.)


* This is what happens if you lose all your lives or save and quit the game in ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''. [[spoiler: [[WickedWitch Gruntilda]] tells [[TheIgor Klungo]] to activate that ugly-fying machine, and she takes Tootie's beauty. [[FaceHeelTurn Mumbo offers to marry the witch]] and Tootie comes out of the machine looking like an ogre.]]

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* [[ItsAWonderfulFailure This is what happens if you lose all your lives lives]] or [[GuiltBasedGaming save and quit the game game]] in ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''. [[spoiler: [[WickedWitch Gruntilda]] tells [[TheIgor Klungo]] to activate that ugly-fying machine, and she takes Tootie's beauty. [[FaceHeelTurn Mumbo offers to marry the witch]] and Tootie comes out of the machine looking like an ogre.]]

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* While he was killed early on by a widowed and grieving ComicBook/{{Superman}} in the opening scene of ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', ComicBook/TheJoker manages to totally break Big Blue by twisting him into something as evil and monstrous as himself [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred the kind of result]] that is his dearest goal in his StrawNihilist mindset after tricking Supes to kill Lois Lane and nuke Metropolis. To the Joker, it doesn't matter at all if [[ThanatosGambit he was killed as a consequence,]] as exemplified by his HannibalLecture to Superman. However, [[AlternateTimeline this takes place in an alternate universe to the main one,]] so instead of what would be expected, Superman goes through with it. At the end of the game, the mainstream Superman comments that he would've done the same thing if put in similar circumstances. The fact that things haven't changed much in ''VideoGame/Injustice2'' even shows the sickening legacy Joker left, especially with the Justice League falling apart into two opposite camps, ComicBook/{{Batman}} and Superman remaining on bad terms, and most importantly, the the Injustice-verse remaining a CrapsackWorld.


* In the ''Star Wars Episode III'' game, after the player has completed the story missions, an alternate final level is revealed, where the player takes on the role of Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) fighting Obi-Wan Kenobi. When the player completes this level, there is a cutscene where Anakin jumps from the moving lava river platform, lands behind Obi-Wan and runs him through with his lightsaber. He then goes back to the landing platform, where he meets with Emperor Palpatine, flanked by a number of clone troopers. Palpatine then says, "Excellent work, my apprentice. There are non left to oppose us. The galaxy is ours now." and hands Anakin a new lightsaber. Anakin activates it and runs the emperor through. The troopers barely respond, only raising their guns a little, but stand down as Anakin says to them, "No... [[ICanRuleAlone the galaxy belongs to me!]]"

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* In the ''Star Wars Episode III'' game, after the player has completed the story missions, an alternate final level is revealed, where the player takes on the role of Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) fighting Obi-Wan Kenobi. When the player completes this level, there is a cutscene where Anakin jumps from the moving lava river platform, lands behind Obi-Wan and runs him through with his lightsaber. He then goes back to the landing platform, where he meets with Emperor Palpatine, flanked by a number of clone troopers. Palpatine then says, "Excellent work, my apprentice. There are non none left to oppose us. The galaxy is ours now." and hands Anakin a new lightsaber. Anakin activates it and runs the emperor through. The troopers barely respond, only raising their guns a little, but stand down as Anakin says to them, "No... [[ICanRuleAlone the galaxy belongs to me!]]"


* In the ''Star Wars Episode III'' game, after the player has completed the story missions, an alternate final level is revealed, where the player takes on the role of Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) fighting Obi-Wan Kenobi. When the player completes this level, there is a cutscene where Anakin jumps from the moving lava river platform, lands behind Obi-Wan and runs him through with his lightsaber. He then goes back to the landing platform, where he meets with Emperor Palpatine, flanked by a number of clone troopers. Palpatine then says, "Excellent work, my apprentice. There are non left to oppose us. The galaxy is ours now." and hands Anakin a new lightsaber. Anakin activates it and runs the emperor through. The troopers barely respond, only raising their guns a little, but stand down as Anakin says to them, "No... the galaxy belongs to me...!"

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* In the ''Star Wars Episode III'' game, after the player has completed the story missions, an alternate final level is revealed, where the player takes on the role of Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) fighting Obi-Wan Kenobi. When the player completes this level, there is a cutscene where Anakin jumps from the moving lava river platform, lands behind Obi-Wan and runs him through with his lightsaber. He then goes back to the landing platform, where he meets with Emperor Palpatine, flanked by a number of clone troopers. Palpatine then says, "Excellent work, my apprentice. There are non left to oppose us. The galaxy is ours now." and hands Anakin a new lightsaber. Anakin activates it and runs the emperor through. The troopers barely respond, only raising their guns a little, but stand down as Anakin says to them, "No... [[ICanRuleAlone the galaxy belongs to me...!"me!]]"

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* In ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', [=LeChuck=] takes Guybrush to the carnival. Guybrush and [=LeChuck=] are now children returning to their parents, leaving Elaine wondering how Guybrush is doing.


* Subverted in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''. [[spoiler:While [[MagnificentBastard Revolver Ocelot]] is the target for most of the game and does succeed in his plans, it's revealed that him succeeding in his plans have actually made the world a better place and that he was GoodAllAlong.]]
** [[spoiler:He wasn't GoodAllAlong. He thought that destroying the Patriots would lead to global anarchy and chaos, or as he puts it, "the Wild West all over again". Like Liquid and Big Boss before him, he wanted a world of perpetual conflict for soldiers to find meaning in, without the Patriots or anyone else pulling their strings. In that, he failed, even though his plan actually succeeded. It ''is'' a subversion, but not of that type.]]

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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''. [[spoiler:While [[MagnificentBastard Revolver Ocelot]] is the target for most of the game and does succeed in his plans, it's revealed that him succeeding in his plans have backfired in creating a "new Wild West" and actually made the world a better place and that he was GoodAllAlong.]]
** [[spoiler:He wasn't GoodAllAlong. He thought that destroying the Patriots would lead to global anarchy and chaos, or as he puts it, "the Wild West all over again". Like Liquid and Big Boss before him, he wanted a world of perpetual conflict for soldiers to find meaning in, without the Patriots or anyone else pulling their strings. In that, he failed, even though his plan actually succeeded. It ''is'' a subversion, but not of that type.
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' series is infamous for these because of the length of the Erebonia arc in the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries''. The first game ends with [[TheRival Crow]] utterly trouncing [[TheHero Rean]] in their [[HumongousMecha Divine Knight]] fight, forcing Valimar to retreat and Rean leaving his friends and classmates behinds to their fates. The second game ends with [[EvilChancellor Osborne]] actually revealed to be alive and winning the CivilWar [[LateArrivalSpoiler as stated by]] ''[[VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki Ao no Kiseki]]'' and Rean is forced to become [[FakeUltimateHero Erebonia's national hero]] such that Rean becomes the government's unwilling lapdog. The third game ends with [[spoiler:Rean playing into Osborne's hands by killing the corrupted Nameless One, the only thing that kept the curse from spreading all over Erebonia and beyond, being unable to prevent Millium's death, and getting himself captured by Osborne.]] And while the fourth game [[spoiler:finally gives Rean a complete and decisive victory, an argument can be made that Osborne still managed to obtain his objective: get rid of the curse of Erebonia for good.]]

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' is a prequel to the rest of the series, with the antagonist being the ancient god Demise. [[spoiler: While the game ends with him defeated, he curses Link and Zelda to constantly be faced with an incarnation of his hatred, which will be the evil Ganon. Because of Demise's curse, there will always have to be a Link and Zelda to fight the evil, which will always cause catastrophe for Hyrule before being defeated.]]

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* The OmegaEnding in the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/AceCombat3Electrosphere'', [[spoiler: reveals that the whole game was a simulation by Simon Orestes Cohen, and that the PlayerCharacter, Nemo, is an ArtificialIntelligence that he created specifically to kill a BrainUpload version of Abyssal Dision, because he blamed him for the death of Yoko Martha Inoue. Since the simulation showed that Nemo will indeed kill Dision, Simon creates a fresh copy of the [=AI=], purges the simulation, and goes on to unleash Nemo upon the world, and instigate the Corporate War that the simulation predicted to kill Dision.]]

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