“Good” Video Game Characters Turned Out To Be Bad From The Start
Video games often present the player caught in a complex conflict involving opposing ideologies and ways of thinking. Sometimes it’s simple good versus evil conflicts, while others are more nuanced. For this reason, the main character must often recruit allies and develop friendships.
That’s why it’s heartbreaking when the characters players think are on their side suddenly turn around and reveal that their intentions lie with the bad guys after all. This is usually a major twist that adds additional emotional stakes to the story and this betrayal can cause the player to be even more determined to defeat the villain. Due to the nature of these reveals, all of these examples are spoilers for their respective games.
ten Kor (Jac 2)
After Jak and Daxter break out of prison early in James II, an old man named Kor approaches the duo. He encourages them to join the underground resistance movement against the ruler of Haven City, Baron Praxis, kicking off the events of the match. The duo continue to interact with this wise old man throughout the game, working with him on behalf of the underground.
However, his true identity is the leader of the Metal Heads, an antagonistic alien race that constantly attacks the city. He had manipulated Jak into disrupting the fragile truce between the Baron and the Metal Heads and obtaining a powerful ancient artifact. The duo finally took him down in a final boss encounter, ending his reign once and for all.
9 Hilda (The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds extends A link to the pastturning it into a parallel Hyrule, a shadow realm known as Lorule. Hilda is the princess of Lorule, the ghost equivalent of Zelda. When Link first arrives in Lorule, she informs him that her kingdom is in danger and needs a hero. Naturally, Link steps in to help.
Hilda’s motives aren’t as pure as they might seem, however, as she ultimately hopes to use Link to steal the Triforce of Hyrule, replacing the destroyed Triforce of Lorule, a move that would prove disastrous for both kingdoms. Luckily, after a battle, she learns the error of her ways and sets things right.
8 Kazuya Mishima (Tekken series)
Fighting games often feature protagonists with lofty goals, wanting to stop someone dangerous or simply testing themselves by challenging the best of the best. First, tekkenKazuya Mishima’s is similar to characters like Ryu or Akira Yuki, especially with his beginner-friendly moveset. Even her goal of revenge could be considered as noble as her target, her father Heihachi, is portrayed as a corrupt villain.
tekken 2 reveals that Kazuya possesses the Devil Gene, which allows him to transform into a powerful demonic entity. His reason for defeating Heihachi was to seize his power for his goal of world domination. Since then, he’s been a major villain on the show, with Tekken 7 seeing him face to face with Heihachi one last time, but not before causing a significant amount of death and destruction along the way.
seven Kendra Daniels (dead space)
At the beginning of dead spaceIsaac Clarke heads to USG Ishimura with a small rescue team, and while some of that crew were chosen early in the game, two others – Zach Hammond and Kendra Daniels – work with Isaac as an effective team. to figure out what happened on the doomed spacecraft.
However, Kendra is not honest in her intentions, as she secretly works for the Earth government in an effort to secure the Marker, the source of the necromorph outbreak, for nefarious purposes. She betrays Isaac and flees before suffering a karmic death from the tentacles of the Necromorph Hive Mind her actions helped free. It will be interesting to see how this betrayal is handled with a more talkative Isaac in the next one. dead space remake.
6 Mary (Silent Hill 2)
There aren’t many friendly faces waiting for James Sunderland in Silent Hill 2. One of the few is a charming woman named Maria, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his late wife. James and Maria keep each other company in the dark and foggy town, and James does his best to keep Maria safe as the horrors pursue her.
However, after witnessing her being repeatedly killed by the town’s monsters, it becomes apparent that something is wrong with Maria. At the end of the game, we learn that it is not real and was built by the town to torment him with his guilt over his wife’s death. A horribly mutated version of Maria is the game’s final boss.
5 Lucy Stillman (Assassin’s Creed)
The Assassin’s Creed revolves around the age-old struggle between Assassins and Templars. In the first game, Desmond Miles, a descendant of the Assassins, finds himself captured by Abstergo, a Templar corporation. However, he soon finds a friend in Lucy Stillman, who turns out to be an assassin spy who breaks him out and inducts him into the Order.
However, skip to the end of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Desmond finds himself possessed to kill Lucy. That’s because what she told Desmond wasn’t quite true – she is, in fact, a Templar spy hiding among the Assassins. It’s a rare instance where she was taken down before her true purposes could be implemented, but it’s still a revelation that has gamers shocked.
4 Captain Qwark (Ratchet & Clank)
In the Ratchet & Clank series, Captain Qwark has been introduced as the famous big hero of the galaxy. However, throughout the first game, it quickly became apparent that he was nothing more than a washed-up celebrity willing to sell his appearance to the highest bidder, happily working as the villain’s PR manager. of this game, President Drek.
He would later be revealed to be the main villain behind the events of Ratchet & Clank 2, unhappy that the titular duo have effectively ended their careers. He’s gotten less villainous over the series, even making an appearance in the latest PS5 game, Flaw apartbut his image as a heroic character remains tarnished.
3 Atlas (BioShock)
When the player first arrives in Rapture in BioShock, they find themselves staring at a Splicer in a malfunctioning Bathysphere. A call from a mysterious figure named Atlas, however, changes their fortunes, and this friendly Irishman becomes a valuable ally, guiding the player through the dangers of the underwater city.
BioShockThe big twist reveals that the player has been manipulated the entire time, and Atlas is Ryan’s political rival, Frank Fontaine, a con man who wants to take over the city and extend his influence to the surface, a task that the player eventually puts an end to.
2 Tohru Adachi (Persona 4)
The plot of Persona 4 revolves around a series of murders with supernatural connections. As the protagonist and his friends investigate the supernatural angle in the shadow world, his police detective uncle Ryotaro Dojima investigates the murders in the real world with his partner, Tohru Adachi.
Adachi exhibits poor investigative skills and leaks sensitive information to anyone within earshot, but this proves to be a facade for his true motives. Adachi is behind it all, his nihilism driving him to destroy the world by pushing unsuspecting victims into the shadow world. This leads to a confrontation with the group near the end of the game which ultimately decides the fate of everyone in Inaba.
1 The Gambler (Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic)
In Knights of the Old Republic, the main character is an amnesiac Jedi who joins the Galactic Republic fighting against the attacks of the Sith Lord, Darth Malak. Forming a group, the player travels the galaxy in search of information on Malak and his military resources, to bring peace to the galaxy.
Unlike other examples on this list, the reveal here is that the player himself is the villain, and the identity he forgot was another deadly Sith Lord, Darth Revan. This naturally doesn’t lead to a grand confrontation, rather the player is offered the direct choice – do they redeem themselves and continue with their new identity or return to the dark side?
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