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Unwitting Instigators of Doom in video games.

  • Ace Combat
    • In Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere, Rena Hirose is eventually revealed to have been the test pilot for General Resource’s X-49 Night Raven. Thing is, she was a child when she tested the thing, and an interview with her at the age of 9, lead to a massive scandal that forced General Resource to cut their losses, namely by killing anyone and everyone who was involved with the project. One of them was a woman named Yoko Martha Inoue, whose death lead to Abyssal Dision and Simon Orestes Cohen to vow revenge, which lead to Corporate War between General Resource and Neucom.
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    • In Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Rosa Cossette D’Elise, the princess of Erusea, declares war on Osea over the construction of the Lighthouse, under the belief it represents encroaching Osean imperialism on the Usean continent. However, its eventually revealed that she was manipulated by young Erusean officers called the Radicals, who wanted to use the drone army that they had acquired from the Belkans. Said drone army was controlled by an Artificial Intelligence, and with the help of a belkan scientist named Dr. Schroeder, who collected flight and neurological data from the retired Erusean Ace Pilot Mihaly Shilage, the AI controlling the drones was gradually made smarter and smarter. It eventually resulted in the creation of Hugin and Munin, who turned out to be far smarter than they had anticipated, as they sought to spark off a Skynet-like revolution on humanity.
      • Dr. Schroeder also turns out to be one, as it is heavily implied that his research into improving the AI that was controlling Erusea’s drone army will eventually result in the creation of Nemo.
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  • In Bastion The Manipulative Bastard who seduced and betrayed Zia indirectly caused The Calamity by driving Zia's father into sabotaging the Calamity and getting the Mancers panicked enough to set it off.
  • In the Borderlands series:
    • Handsome Jack's hunger for the riches of the mysterious Eridian Vaults unwittingly set into motion an apocalyptic war that would kill billions of people. In fact, Jack was warned about this repeatedly by Colonel Zarpedon and her Lost Legion, whose mission was to either defend the Vaults or destroy them to prevent them from falling into the hands of humans, but Jack dismissed everything they said and was so blinded by his own greed that he never even considered turning back.
    • From The Pre-Sequel, the Watcher's entire plan is this. Starting off with the Meriff's attempt to shoot Jack while his back is turned after Jack chose to spare him teaches Jack that showing mercy to your enemies is a foolish idea that will inevitably come back to bite you in the ass. This, in addition to Roland, Lilith, and Moxxi betraying him later in the game, is what causes Jack to go from someone with genuinely heroic aspirations to a raving megalomaniac who is only the hero in his own mind. Athena even pinpoints the moment that she considers Jack the Hero to have "died", leaving Handsome Jack the Big Bad in his place.
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  • Breath of Fire III has the hooded NPC, Loki. A Lazy Bum and Dirty Coward to the extreme, he convinces Ryu, Teepo and Rei to raid Mayor McNeil's manor to give his riches to the town so that the townspeople won't have to work anymore. What Loki didn't realize until too late was that not only is McNeil as corrupt as they suspected, but he's also got connections to that world's equivalent to The Mafia, who doesn't like being stolen from. Balio and Sunder, Co-Dragons to The Don Mikba, were sent to deal with the troublemakers. Loki turns tail, and Ryu and his friends have to fend for themselves, causing the game's infamous Player Punch when Balio and Sunder beats the crap out of them, and be left for dead.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Varric Tethras once found out about a family of destitute former nobles trying to earn enough coin to buy back their estate. Taking a liking to them and figuring they could help, he decided to let them in on an expedition to the Deep Roads. Through an unlikely chain of events, this eventually leads to a civil war and nearly the apocalypse.
    • The Warden Commander of Ferelden (regardless of whether s/he was the Hero who vanquished the Blight or an Orlesian Warden sent as replacement) took the runaway mage Anders under his/her wing, protected him from the Templars who had been pursuing him, thus showing him that Templars could be openly defied and led him to meet the spirit of Justice, events which started Anders' radicalization and led to the eventual start of the Mage-Templar war.
    • Hawke, and not just because s/he started the Mage-Templar War. In fact, the entire reason the Breach opened and the world is being threatened in Inquisition is because Hawke accidentally released Corypheus from his prison while trying to stop a cult from doing the same in the Legacy DLC.
    • It is revealed in Dragon Age: Inquisition that the capacity for the Rite of Tranquility to strip mages of their magic was discovered when a mage attempted to join the Seekers of Truth. Without that, the Seekers would never have started using the Rite on mages, and its use would not have been abused for political, and occasionally baser, purposes, which are among the things that led mages to rebel. All because of one well-meaning mage who thought he found a reliable way to keep mages from becoming possessed. In addition, the Seekers have always known that it's possible to reverse the Rite but have kept it in the dark. Now the knowledge may only serve to fuel the fire of the conflict.
    • Isabela stole the Tome of Koslun from the qunari, thus leaving the Arishok stuck in Kirkwall. This led to the qunari attack which killed Viscount Dumar, leaving a power vacuum which Meredith stepped in to fill, kicking off the Mage-Templar War and... you know the rest.
  • In Dragon Quest IX, during a pre-game flashback, Serena's father is responsible for Corvus' Start of Darkness by showing up at the worst possible moment lying to the guards that Serena tricked Corvus into drinking a sleeping potion in order to have him sold out to the Gittingham Empire in exchange for their village's safety. Corvus feels that he has been betrayed, and in spite of fulfilling his end of the bargain, Serena's father, and Serena herself, who he was trying to protect, are both still murdered by the soldiers for their trouble, and Corvus is locked up for 300 years. When he is finally freed near the end of the game, he intends to destroy humanity in light of the perceived betrayal he suffered which has led him to believe that Humans Are Bastards. Thanks for nothing, old man.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Aventus Aretino is a boy who wants to summon the Dark Brotherhood to kill the evil headmistress of an orphanage in Riften. Being the Player Character, you, naturally, have to do the deed. By doing so, you actually come into contact with the Brotherhood, who want to recruit you. You can either turn on their leader, silencing what is possibly one of the last branches of the Brotherhood, or you can join them, starting a blood-soaked questline that culminates in you personally killing the Emperor. All because of this little boy's wish.
  • In Fallout 2, the protagonist can go back in time and set in motion the events from the previous game by breaking the water chip.
  • Fatal Frame often has one of these in the past that led to the disaster that happened.
    • In almost all games, a man that made the sacrifice fall for him results in the sacrifice failing and thus hell breaking out.
    • Folklorists such as Makabe in the second game or Asou in the fifth game also tend to draw misfortune by messing with the rituals in one way or another.
    • Kyozo Kururugi from the fifth game managed to unwittingly destroy almost all protections from the Night Spring. He killed countless Mikos on the mountain which haunted Ouse, making her unsteady and also killed the protectors of the Holy Fire which is one of the last resorts to calm the the Night Spring.
  • In Final Fantasy II, the cowardly Prince Gordon eventually musters the courage to assist the rebellion and departs for his home of Kashuan. Except he departs just when Firion's party needs to enter Kashuan Keep, which can only be opened by a member of the Kashuan royal family or the Goddess's Bell, forcing Firion's party to detour to the Snow Cavern to retrieve the Goddess's Bell. Their guide, Josef, doesn't return from the Snow Cavern.
  • Final Fantasy VII Professor Gast certainly counts. While he has the best intentions at heart and tries to obtain knowledge to help make the lives of the people better, he released Jenova from its prison, mistakes it for a Cetra, then writes a journal that Sephiroth reads that kicks off his descent into darkness.
    • To a lesser extent, Shinra executive Reeve counts as well. He's the one who designed the Mako Reactors and the Mako refining process. If he had never made his discovery then Shinra wouldn't have risen to power, probably wouldn't have found Jenova, and the many world-ending events the planet experiences over the next two decades wouldn't have happened. He later becomes The Atoner who tries to make up for the harm he did to the world by helping to build Shinra's power base.
  • Final Fantasy X:
    • The destruction of Kilika Port near the beginning of the game is a result of the actions of several characters. Two NPCs, who were from Kilika, wanted to divert Sin's attention (not heeding Wakka's warnings) to steer it away from their town, only to anger Sin further, and the Crusaders Luzzu and Gatta, whose confidential cargo on board the ship is later revealed to be a Sinspawn; as one character puts it, "Sin will always return for its spawn". But then there's perhaps Tidus himself, when a revelation about Sin a little later in the game makes him realize he's the one that keeps drawing Sin out.
    • So Yuna and her friends have uncovered the truth about Maester Seymour, and are getting ready to send his ass to the Farplane, when Trommel intervenes and interrupts the ritual. Then, Trommel, after being confronted with Seymour's wrongdoing destroys the sphere of Seymour's father warning about his son's Start of Darkness, with the excuse that "the Guado deal with Guado affairs." Needless to say, with this action, Yuna and company are forced into hostile terms with not just the Guado, but the entirety of Spira as well, and the unsent Seymour goes on to attack the party several times, proving to be a deadly recurring villain. The decision does later cause trouble for the Guado when Seymour nearly wipes out the Ronso, leading to the near retaliatory genocide of the Guado in the sequel.
    • In Final Fantasy X-2, Maester Wen Kinoc sent a battalion of Crusaders, known as the "Crimson Squad", on a dangerous mission inside the Den of Woe. The real objective of the mission is to figure out what to make of illusions of an ancient machine being seen inside the cave. The Crimson Squad wind up turning their guns on each other, becoming a total massacre, with only four survivors. That's not the doom part, since Kinoc never intended for any of the Crimson Squad to live, and immediately ordered a hit on the survivors. The real doombringer is how one of the Crimson Squad survivors winds up getting possessed by the evil spirit imprisoned in the cave, who plans on getting revenge on all of Spira, resulting in most of the events of the game.
  • The plot to Find the Cure! kicks off when some scientists travel to Earth from another dimension, revolutionize society, but unwittingly bring an asymptomatic disease that transmits through proximity and kills anyone infected exactly 25 years later.
  • Fire Emblem Archanea
    • Boah becomes this after convincing Princess Nyna to marry Prince Hardin, a man whom she cares for but is not in romantic love with (she loves Camus the Black Knight while Hardin is in love with her), for the sake of the Archanea continent. The consequences? Emperor Hardin finds out later and falls into drunken depression, allowing his defenses to become low enough to get Brainwashed and Crazy when given a certain Dragonsphere by a disguised villain... and ultimately, to have Hardin as the Big Bad of the second part of the game. And Boah pays with his own life, his Famous Last Words to Marth being an apology for the mess he caused while trying to help everyone.
    • It turns out that Nyna's ancestor and the founder of House Archanea, Ardoa the Thief, might have caused pretty much every single plot-relevant disgrace in the Archanea series with his actions. Originally a thief who stole the invaluable Shield of Seals (created by Naga herself) from its place (the Fane of Raman), he took five powerful gemstones off it and sold them to fund his war campaign. Using the funds gained from selling the orbs, Adrah raised an army and used it as well as three stolen weapons (the lance Gradivus, the sword Mercurius, and the bow Parthia) to conquer the world and found the kingdom of Archanea. Since the shield had given him such good fortune, he made it the emblem of the royal family and it was renamed the Fire Emblem. Thing is... by removing magical gemstones off a Seal that Naga had created to seal away the Earth Dragons, who had turned feral and were threatening to destroy humanity, Ardoa weakened said seal and that allowed Medeus and other Earth Dragons to go crazy in one way or another and antagonize humanity. Even worse, the Shield of Seals/Fire Emblem itself would eventually be cursed by Ardoa's descendant Princess Artemis, leading the House of Archanea and many people allied with it in one way or another to lead immensely tragic lives... like it happened to the above-mentioned Nyna, the last member of the Archanea line. Even when the gemstones are eventually returned and put back in the Shield/Emblem, the damage is more or less done.
  • Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade features the King of Bern Desmond, who is venomously jealous at his son Zephiel for being better at him in about everything decent. For this, he abused the prince and topped with poisoning him in his coming-to-age ceremony. Zephiel, however, survived the events miraculously and killed Desmond for retaliation... but it doesn't end there. The poison damaged his brain, turning Zephiel from a would-be The Wise Prince into a Misanthrope Supreme that sees his father as the prime example of Humans Are the Real Monsters and generalized every humans to be like that. Afterwards, he allied with the one he sees to be the true inheritor of Elibe: Dragons; and drummed up a war to wipe out all mankind and have Dragons take over. His war is covered in the game's sequel, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, the story that existed because one father just continued to act like a Sore Loser.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening
    • Near the start of the game, Vaike belches, which offends Maribelle and causes her to storm off, resulting in her being left behind when the rest of the Shepherds head to Regna Ferox. While they're away, Maribelle is captured by the Plegians and accused of being a spy as a Pretext for War, resulting in a war between Ylisse and Plegia that culminates in Emmeryn committing Heroic Suicide to prevent Chrom from handing over the Fire Emblem.
    • In the game, which takes place 2000 years after the Archanea games, the first Exalt of Ylisse used the aforementioned Shield of Seals/Fire Emblem to defeat the Earth Dragon Grima, but could barely handle its enormous power and had four of the gemstones in it removed again from it. As a consequence, the other four gemstones were scattered around the continents of Ylisse and Valm during a schism, which ultimately "helped" a LOT in having Grima revived in the Bad Future. So the last part of the game's plot (plus a three-part DLC) are focused on recovering the stones again and re-putting them on the Emblem, plus preventing them to be used by the Grimleal to awaken Grima.
    • The biggest one, however, is someone that nobody had expected... According to Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, set in the Archanea continuity, there was a blood mage and Mad Scientist named Forneus. His attempt to create the Ultimate Life Form would result in a being determined to bring about The End of the World as We Know It and who would be fated to succeed in at least two timelines. (And the only reason he ultimately failed is because Naga laid contingency plans to Screw Destiny.) And what's the name of that creature? Grima. Yes, GRIMA.
  • The (largely) unseen child killer in the Five Nights at Freddy's series seems to have no idea that his murders have been the cause of every bad thing seen throughout, as his victims haunt the animatronics, leading to the death of at least one security guard, the Bite of '87, the closing of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and, ironically enough, his own death (and subsequent possession of Springtrap).
  • Lord Albion of Glory Of Heracles III hopes to seal the holes that monsters emerge from the Underworld through. To seal the largest hole, he hopes to reanimate the petrified Atlas. Except Prometheus had intended for the heroes to revive a different petrified being, and using the Gorgons' blood on Atlas instead ruins Prometheus's plans to avert Zeus causing The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Ashley Butler, in a cameo in Grand Theft Auto V, has sex with the violently unstable Trevor Phillips for a quick fix. This leads to the death of Johnny Klebitz, the massacre of the entire Liberty City chapter of The Lost, and Ashley herself either being killed by Trevor, or dying in a crack orgy afterwards.
  • A minor example occurs in inFAMOUS Second Son, at the end of the Paper Trail event. Celia, who was sent to Seattle by Augustine as her agent, witnessing Delsin's fight against the DUP, mistaking it for a call to arms against those who fear Conduits, and begun a series of murders reminiscent to the other escaped Conduits, believing that freedom cannot be given, only taken. After witnessing her memories, Delsin has this to say:
    Delsin: Celia, I hate to think that I had a hand in making you what you are. But if I ever find you, I will correct that mistake.
  • Cole Phelps of L.A. Noire is a pretty big one. A good chunk of the horrible things that happen throughout the game are ultimately a result of his glory-hounding and incompetence during the war. Not only was he directly responsible for driving Hogeboom insane and hardening Courtney Sheldon's heart and indirectly for Kelso's code of silence about their respective misdeeds during and after the war, but the military surplus heist was entirely driven by his former comrades' resentment of Cole for his undeserved honors. When Cole realizes what he's responsible for he's ultimately Driven to Suicide.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has the King of Hyrule unwittingly kickstart a series of events that results in Hyrule being in danger and affecting several key characters. 100 years ago, a fortune teller tells the Royal Family that Calamity Ganon will make a return quite soon. In order to prepare, the King has his people unearth ancient technology that was used to battle Ganon 10,000 years prior. Princess Zelda wants to take part in researching the technology so she can assist with the plan, but her father forbids her from "playing scholar" and that she should focus on training her sealing magic so she can be ready to seal Ganon away and he also assigns Link as Zelda's personal knight. Her father also mentions how the townsfolk are spreading rumors on how she is a failure for not being able to wield the power of the goddess passed down to her. As a result, Zelda becomes unconfident with herself since she feels that she is a failure and Link being around is a reminder of that fact, which also causes her to be unable to awaken her powers. When Ganon attacks, he turns all the Guardians and Divine Beasts against their masters, causing the death of the Champions, the King, and nearly causes Link to die as well, which also breaks Zelda since she feels responsible for not being able to prevent the disaster dominoes. After her powers awaken from the traumatic event, Zelda has Link taken to the Shrine of Resurrection while she faced Ganon alone and has been in a deadlock sealing battle with him ever since. Had the King simply allowed Zelda to do what she wished, not only would her confidence not have been shaky, but she would have likely found a way to awaken her powers on her own.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Mass Effect 2 has a slight case of this in Joker. Shepard dies at the start of the game specifically because Joker refused to leave the Normandy when it was going down in flames. Shepard was forced to pull off a Heroic Sacrifice for him. Despite this, Joker is still a popular character, but it did earn him some haters. (Then again, if Shepard hadn't died in the beginning, Cerberus wouldn't have given Shepard the Normandy SR-2 and a whole new Badass Crew, and it's unlikely that the Alliance would have been so generous...)
    • It stops being an elephant in the room in Mass Effect 3. In the Paragon post-Thessia conversation, Joker admits that he blames himself for Shepard dying and now being "like, half-robot at this point - no offense, EDI." It also has some surprising long-range consequences for the ending that no one could have anticipated at the time; because Shepard is a mixture of an organic and a synthetic, s/he can now select the "Synthesis" option, breaking down the barriers between synthetics and organics, but on the down side, "Destroy" will almost certainly kill Shepard along with other synthetics unless the player has enough Effective Military Strength.
  • In Mega Man X, an archaeologist, Doctor Cain, digs up a hundred-year-old genuinely heroic and kind fully sapient robot, X, who is more advanced than anything known to modern science, to the point that parts can't even be understood. Nevertheless, he tries duplicating the robot, and many other people follow suit, since the resulting replica androids are useful for all sorts of tasks and more intelligent than anything previous. This ultimately leads to at least a half-dozen apocalypses and, ultimately, the extinction of the human species (at least as a unique species). After waking X up and popularizing replica androids, Cain more or less never appears again. It is hinted that he died of old age only shortly before everything starts going to hell with the first Colony Drop.
    • As of Mega Man 11, Dr. Light is this for the entire franchise, thanks to a single moment of callousness towards Wily's Double Gear system serving as his Start of Darkness after he loses out on funding for the project. Wily then went on to be the Greater-Scope Villain, with his creation Zero sparking the devastating Maverick Wars and the even more devastating Elf Wars.
  • In Metroid Prime, the Omega Pirate tried to crush Samus upon death, giving her the Phazon Suit. At first the suit proved useful for the protagonist, even helping her to defeat the eponymous Final Boss by using the Hypermode ability for the first time. But after the battle, the remnants of the DNA of Samus (and, by extension, that of the Omega Pirate) in the Phazon Suit led to the creation of Dark Samus, which leads to the events of Echoes and Corruption.
  • In the MOTHER franchise, every evil can be traced back to one act: George, the great grandfather of the first game's protagonist, stealing PSI from an alien race. If he didn't do that, Giygas wouldn't have had to attack Earth. If that never happened, Giygas wouldn't have gone insane in the second game as a result and turn into the embodiment of evil. If that never happened, Porky Minch would never have risen in power. If that never happened, Porky would not have gone into the future in the third game to destroy the world. George definitely did not mean for all of this to happen and only appears in the first game, but if he never stole PSI, the events of the entire franchise would never have happened.
  • Later on in Persona 4, a politician visits Inaba and interviews a young child about the fog. The problem is twofold- people who appear on TV tend to become targets for kidnapping, even if their faces or names aren't mentioned, and the young child is none other than Nanako Dojima, the main character's cousin- which means that the visit ended up causing one of the darkest parts of the game.
  • In Red Dead Redemption II, Arthur Morgan shakes down debtor Thomas Downes in order to get the money his family owes the gang, regardless of how sickly and defenseless the poor guy is. Thomas accidentally ends up passing his tuberculosis to Arthur, which ends up killing him.
    • Even worse, Leopold Strauss' requests for debt-collection - namely, sending Arthur to shake down Thomas Downes - is what leads to Arthur's death a couple months later from tuberculosis.
    • It appears that Thomas isn't the only one with his spread of tuberculosis to Arthur. Although his TB has a latency period that would have stayed for years, it's during Chapter 3 that Colm O'Driscoll must have picked an opportunity to hasten the TB progression into active infection by having his boys knock out and shoot Arthur, and then kidnap and torture him and deny him food and water for days, which, when combined with his smoking and alcoholism, are high risk factors for TB progression; which (unbeknownst to Colm and his boys) could eventually end up sending the high-honor Arthur to the big ranch in the sky. As Austin Hourigan of Game Theory puts it:
    "Being shot with a gun and not being properly fed for days means [Arthur's] going to be suffering from physical trauma and malnutrition, both of which increase the likelihood that his tuberculosis will progress. [...] It's here, at this moment, that Arthur Morgan's fate is solidified; and it's telling that the first real cough that you see from him is after this point in the game. [...] If he wasn't living a risky life of constant violence with no time to rest at all, it's possible he could have recovered from his infection, or possibly not even progressed into active tuberculosis at all."
  • In Resident Evil 2, an unnamed USS agent shoots scientist William Birkin and leaves him for dead while stealing his new virus. Consequently, Birkin injects himself with said virus in an attempt to save himself, and the result is 100,000 deaths and the destruction of an American city at the hands of the United States government by air strike.
  • In "The Trouble with Clones" DLC of Saints Row: The Third the Aisha and Tag Brutes have gotten together and it looks like you'll be able to take them away without further trouble... then a National Guard helicopter blows the Aisha Brute up with a missile and the Tag Brute runs away again.
  • In the Shantae series, the unexpected revival of the Pirate Master in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, turns out to have been unwittingly caused by Risky herself when she used Shantae's magic to create an evil Shantae clone at the end of Risky's Revenge. This act had the unintentional side-effect of creating a new source of Dark Magic converted from Shantae's Light Magic after Risky used it for evil, which re-awakened the Scourge of Sequin Land.
  • In Slime Rancher, largo slimes (formed when a regular slime eats another slime type's plort) can turn themselves into Grey Goo oil monsters, known as "tarr", by eating another kind of plort, leading to all sorts of chaos - particularly if it happens on the ranch, and the tarr begins bouncing around eating your other slimes. The slimes themselves do not realise this, because they're slime creatures with fairly limited brains, meaning that you will likely see lots and lots of tarr outbreaks. The most likely sources of the tarr-pocalypse are pink slimes (which are omnivorous and as such can produce a plort in any location that contains something edible), phosphor slimes (which appear almost everywhere at night, adding a third type of slime to areas that usually only have two and as such would normally be tarr-proof), tabby slimes (which love to run around with things, including plorts), honey slimes (whose plorts are Alien Catnip for other slimes), and tangle slimes (which will grab plorts right out of the next-door corral), but any location that has three or more slime types naturally is going to host a tarr outbreak at one point or another, so it's probably best to go for that water tank sooner, rather than later.
  • Norman Osborn in Spider-Man (PS4) has absolutely no idea that his jerkassery caused the creation of two supervillains (Mr. Negative aka Martin Li and Dr. Octopus aka Otto Octavius) until they spell it out for him.
  • In The Suffering, Torque causes the apocalypse just by setting foot on Carnate Island. He didn't have a choice considering he was being sent to death row at the penitentiary on the island.
  • The whole plot of Terminal Velocity results from Sy Wickens, a janitor from Proxima Seven, getting himself accidentally digitized by S-Max supercomputer. As a result S-Max goes crazy, expands to cover entire planet and starts a crusade against Earth.
  • Until Dawn:
    • Jessica was the one who orchestrated the prank against Hannah in the beginning and unwittingly caused a string of tragedies to occur, from both Hannah and Beth disappearing, Josh's undergoing severe depression, Josh's mad plot to get revenge on all the friends and most damningly, Hannah's transformation into a Wendigo. Of course, Jessica never meant for Hannah to get hurt or for things to go that far, expressing guilt and remorse over the prank.
    • While Josh wanted to get revenge on his friends and traumatized them with his prank, they had never meant for anyone to get physically hurt. But because they invited everyone back to Washington Mountain where the Wendigos were, this can result in some or all the teenagers' deaths.
  • World of Warcraft
    • In the "Invasion of the Firelands" quest chain, the players can become one in a rare instance in which they cause disaster without being an Unwitting Pawn. Shortly before the attack on the Firelands is about to begin, Hamuul asks the player to investigate a Druid of the Flame nearby. The Druid of the Flame, Leyara, attacks the player and Hamuul, badly burning Hamuul and preventing the protectors of Hyjal from going on the offensive until the player gets enough Marks of the World Tree to unlock the next phase of daily quests.
    • There were many people, events and circumstances that caused Garrosh Hellscream to become the Big Bad of Mists of Pandaria. But who ultimately introduced him to Thrall, causing him to bring Garrosh out of his Heroic BSoD and make him his successor as Warchief? The Horde players did, while questing in Nagrand, two expansions before Garrosh's rise to power.
    • In Wrath of the Lich King, the Horde is betrayed by the Royal Apothecary Society of Undercity, under the command of Varimathras and Apothecary Putress. Who did the legwork for most of their twisted experiments with the New Plague? Three guesses, first two don't count. Horde players doing all those Apothecary quests all the way back to Vanilla.
    • Garrosh Hellscream's escape to alternate Draenor is done with the help of a bronze dragon, Kairoz. How does Kairoz manage to open a portal to another dimension despite the bronze dragons losing their powers at the end of Cataclysm? By collecting Epoch Stones from the Timeless Isle to create the Vision of Time, a device that can traverse timelines. And who helps collect those stones? Oh that's right, the player. This could have even bigger ramifications than previously thought- as well as Garrosh's Iron Horde invasion, Warlords of Draenor seems t be building up to a Burning Legion invasion of our Azeroth.
  • One sidequest in Xenoblade Chronicles X occurs after you introduce the Ma-Non to pizza. The Ma-Non love pizza so much that sales from New LA's pizzeria explodes. Unfortunately, the unexpected increase in work drives Camilla, wife and co-owner of the establishment, to depression and subsequent suicide. Her husband, Powell, starts murdering Ma-Non until he ends his own life.
  • While not finalized, there is an idea floating around for Yandere Simulator where Kokona Haruka, the game's pre-release test dummy, asks Ayano for help rehearsing a play about a serial killer where Kokona is playing various victims. This simultaneously serves as the game's tutorial and gives Ayano the idea of using violence to solve her problems.


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