The gore tag is only there in case you consider the splatoon 2 game over screen a spoiler, that and what is going on with my inkling Cherim.
Story behind this picture.
I had gotten Splatoon 2 the day it came out and decided to play story mode, after all it's splatoon world and lore I like more than the gameplay after all.
I start playing through story mode and then I get my first game over, I assumed it would be a basic "game over" screen but no it's far worse.
The way I have Cherim's story is that everything that happens to me in game is canon but seeing a big "Rest in Peace" on the game over screen broke my heart, Nintendo how dare you kill my 14 year old squidboy?!?!? ;A;
I had to express my sorrow and anger for my beloved main character dying, that and I needed to come up with an excuse on how he's gonna survive permadeath.
To be honest I wasn't expecting this to be the first picture to post of my character Storm but here she is, she's the key to his survival.
In short Storm is a splatoon hacker- well at least my head canon version on how one would work "in universe" and she uses super advanced science to do the things splatoon hackers can do in game among many other things.
Storm and Desdemona are great friends so when Cherim went off to look for her the hacker couldn't just let this in inexperienced kid go off to a place where he could easily die so she'd been following him using invisibility and flying cheats, when Cherim dies she uses her reality bending to bring him back to life and wipes everyones' memories of him dying and makes them think he was just splatted.
Of course Agent 4 still remembers vague things from when he died, mainly so he's able to avoid making the same mistakes again.
I imagine being forced to respawn when you die is really painful, that's why Cherim looks sick in the picture.
Storm looks pretty pissed because she's tired of how often he's dying. (at the time of posting this he has died 10 times and I'm only on world 3 level 13)
Cherim is wearing the broken hero suit in case no one noticed, it was hard getting a good reference of it.
All jokes aside, who at Nintendo said it was a good idea to tell the player their squid dies when they game over?
I may have never played Splatoon 1 but I looked it up and that game over screen just said "splatted' and not "R.I.P." like the sequel.