9 Seemingly Minor Details That Ended Up Being Major Plot Points
In most stories, including video games, it’s pretty obvious when you’re presented with a major plot element. Something is very clearly highlighted and implied as important later, encouraging you to keep an eye on it. The next level, then, is when a story can sneak past you without you realizing it.
Perhaps an important element is disguised as a running joke or coincidence – or if not, the characters don’t do anything special to draw your attention to it. When this stealth action is beyond you, the eventual reveal becomes all the more surprising.
9 Aiba’s Zone-Outs – Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
Throughout the story of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, the protagonist, Takumi/Ami Aiba, is shown to have a rather…short attention span. They regularly drift apart during long-winded conversations and expositions, with whom they converse often having to bring them back to reality.
This is played as a joke for the vast majority of the game’s story, but in the final arc it’s revealed that these zone-outs aren’t the result of a short attention span. On the contrary, Aiba’s digital body had gradually collapsed, causing problems with their brain’s processing ability. As the digital world and the eaters encroached on the real world, Aiba’s body and mind slowly deteriorated, and if left unchecked, they would eventually die.
8 Brutally join Cait Sith – Final Fantasy 7
When Cloud and company first encounter the strange feline fortune teller Cait Sith in Gold Saucer, they don’t really have a connection. Cait Sith reads an ominous fortune from Cloud and suddenly forces his way into the party because he wants to see it come true. In most RPGs, it wouldn’t be particularly unusual for a random character to suddenly make its way into your party, especially if it’s a goofy mascot.
In reality, however, it was a bit of a misdirection; Cait’s joining seemed forced because her controller, Shinra’s manager Reeve, needed to find a reason right now to follow Cloud, and it was the best he could do on short notice. It only worked because no one would think twice about a goofy mascot following them into an RPG.
seven Ganon’s Grudge – The Legend Of Zelda
In almost every entry in the Legend of Zelda series, there’s always a link, there’s always a Zelda, and there’s always a Ganon. For a long time this went completely unexplained, beyond perhaps a brief nod at the end of Ocarina of Time when the original Ganondorf swears revenge after his defeat. Beyond that, it was just a given that Link, Zelda, and Ganon would dance their endless dance.
However, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword reveals that it actually goes much deeper than that. Ganon is not reincarnated based on his own grudge, but rather the grudge of the primordial demon king, Demise. When Demise was defeated by Link, he swore his hatred would span the centuries and take many forms, all to torment endlessly those who had the blood of the goddess Hylia. What has long been assumed to be a lingering grudge from a lone wizard goes much, much deeper than that.
In the first two Metal Gear games, Solid Snake appears to be quite young – in his late twenties or early thirties. In Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2, however, he has become visibly older, possibly as old as his 40s. Originally this was supposed to be a simple matter of design change, an update of Snake’s design between 2D and 3D games. Gray Fox even makes a flippant joke about it in Metal Gear Solid, saying he’s aged poorly.
However, due to a deliberate story choice or retcon, it wasn’t just about changing the design. As Snake was a clone of Big Boss, his genetic structure was unstable, resulting in severe premature aging. That’s why in Metal Gear Solid 4 he looks old enough to be 70 years old when he’s only about half.
5 Rei’s Appetite – Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Shortly after Persona Q’s story begins, after shedding her initial shyness, Rei suddenly develops a voracious appetite. As SEES and the Investigation Team escort her around the endless school festival, she is more than happy to eat absolutely every snack on offer and never seems to stop getting hungry.
What is originally presented as a harmless character trait, however, takes on darker connotations when the truth about Rei’s identity is revealed – she is dead. Rei died long ago of a terminal illness and only exists in the festival’s infinite space thanks to the extradimensional intervention of her friend Zen. Her constant hunger is actually an impulse from her fleeting body desperately trying to convince itself that she is still alive.
4 The Pizza Bat Corporation – More Heroes
In the first No More Heroes game, one of the assassination side gigs that Travis is tasked with is to assassinate the CEO of the Pizza Butt company, along with his two sons in subsequent gigs. These gigs don’t have any glitz or special circumstances, with the CEO of Pizza Butt and his sons looking identical to all of their other henchmen you encounter throughout the game.
Ultimately, however, these seemingly low-level assassinations set off the entire sequence of events leading up to the second game’s story, as the CEO had a final son, Jasper Batt Jr. Thirsty for revenge, Jasper revamps Pizza Butt in Pizza Bat, buys almost all of Santa Destroy and orders Travis’ best friend, Bishop, to be beaten up, all to get payback for his murdered family.
3 The Mistletoe Arrow – God Of War
After saving Sindri from the dragon Hræzlyr in God of War, the dwarf rewards Kratos and Atreus with a bundle of braided mistletoe arrows. Neither are particularly impressed with the gift, but they accept it nonetheless, and when the strap of Atreus’ bow snaps, Kratos uses one of the arrows to fashion a clasp into him. a clever moment of father-son bonding.
This unique bonding moment proved vital, however, as the mistletoe was the only thing that could break the spell of immortality placed on the Norse god, Baldur. When Baldur strikes Atreus in the final story arc, he grazes the mistletoe, lifting his curse and leaving him vulnerable. This weakness was hinted at when Freya burned all the other mistletoe arrows after Atreus showed them to her.
2 Sora and Riku’s clothes – Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
In Kingdom Hearts 3D, when Sora and Riku are brought to the Sleeping Worlds by Master Yen Sid for their respective Mark of Mastery exams, they find that their clothes have been magically transformed into new adventure outfits. Sora’s shirt features a large white X on the front, while Riku’s vest features the symbol of a Spirit Dream Eater on the back. At first, it looks like an aesthetic choice with no particular meaning.
Later in the story, however, it is revealed that these two aesthetic choices are very important. Riku has a Dream Eater symbol on his back because his exam is in sora, making him a dream eater in his own right. The X on Sora’s shirt, meanwhile, is actually Xehanort’s Recusant Sigil, a magical marker he used to track and direct Sora’s path through the Sleeping Worlds to his clutches.
1 Captain Square – Live A Live
In the Distant Future chapter of Live A Live, the crew of the Cogito ergo sum meet briefly in the recreation room to talk to the captain of the ship. During this encounter, the helmsman, Kirk, is playing a retro game, Captain Square, in the corner of the room. Cube can play the game by talking to him, but it’s entirely possible to advance the story without doing so.
During the chapter’s climax, however, this game console becomes a vital tool in stopping the ship’s rogue AI, OD-10. The AI controls every terminal on the ship, with the sole exception of the game console. It is only through this console that Cube can hack into the ship’s systems and attack OD-10 directly.
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