History CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass / VideoGames

7th Sep '17 8:40:36 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The Vortigaunts in the ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' series are an entire species of this trope. In ''Half-Life'' and its expansions they're a relatively weak mid-level enemy slaughtered by the dozens and used as manual labourers by the more powerful members of the Nihilanth's army. By ''Half-Life 2'' they are freed from their enforced servitude [[HeelFaceTurn and join Earth's]] LaResistance against the Combine, providing Gordon with cryptic statements and the occasional charge for his [[PoweredArmor HEV suit]]. At the beginning of ''Episode One'' however they render the nigh-unstoppable [=GMan=] ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu completely powerless]]'', saving Gordon and Alyx in the process, and when three of them are faced with an army of [[BigCreepyCrawlies Antlions]] in ''Episode Two'' they proceed to ''slaughter every last one'', then use what is essentially Antlion feces to [[spoiler:raise Alyx from the dead]]. Given that they were at the time also hunting and presumably killing the horrifically powerful Combine Advisors, hopefully they will return for the expected battle/s with them in ''Episode Three''.

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* The Vortigaunts in the ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' series are an entire species of this trope. In ''Half-Life'' and its expansions they're a relatively weak mid-level enemy slaughtered by the dozens and used as manual labourers by the more powerful members of the Nihilanth's army. By ''Half-Life 2'' they are freed from their enforced servitude [[HeelFaceTurn and join Earth's]] LaResistance against the Combine, providing Gordon with cryptic statements and the occasional charge for his [[PoweredArmor HEV suit]]. At the beginning of ''Episode One'' however they render the nigh-unstoppable [=GMan=] ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu completely powerless]]'', saving Gordon and Alyx in the process, and when three of them are faced with an army of [[BigCreepyCrawlies Antlions]] in ''Episode Two'' they proceed to ''slaughter every last one'', then use what is essentially Antlion feces to [[spoiler:raise Alyx from the dead]]. Given that they were at the time also hunting and presumably killing the horrifically powerful Combine Advisors, hopefully they will return for the expected battle/s with them in ''Episode Three''.
5th Sep '17 6:18:46 PM Dere
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** Sonic himself can be this sometimes. Extremely laid back, constantly cracking jokes and running headlong into danger without a thought, he will regularly destroy entire armies of robots by simply jumping and spinning. Also, God help any bad guy if he gets together the seven Chaos Emeralds or, even worse, the Super Emeralds.

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** Sonic himself can be this sometimes.[[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]], namely in recent games like ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' and ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''. Extremely laid back, constantly cracking jokes and running headlong into danger without a thought, he will regularly destroy entire armies of robots by simply jumping and spinning. Also, God help any bad guy if he gets together the seven Chaos Emeralds or, even worse, the Super Emeralds.Emeralds.
** [[BigBad Doctor Eggman]]. [[{{Manchild}} Extremely childish]] and goofy, he has shown again and again that he can be a really dangerous foe, especially [[BewareTheSillyOnes if you underestimate him]].
30th Aug '17 11:07:33 AM BeerBaron
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** Sheogorath, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[MadGod Madness]]. Just because he is [[CloudCuckoolander insane]] ([[MadHatter and proud of it]]) ''does not'' mean that he is stupid. He is extremely fond of the BatmanGambit, and can be every bit of the ManipulativeBastard that any other Daedric Prince can be. The ''16 Accords of Madness'' series details how he managed to trick three other Daedric Princes ([[EgomaniacHunter Hircine]], [[YourWorstNightmare Vaermina]], and [[AllTheOtherReindeer Malacath]]) into losing bets with him by defeating ''themselves''. And he does all of this mostly [[ItAmusedMe because it amuses him]].
29th Jul '17 3:57:06 AM f
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* Junpei Iori from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' is established as an idiot early in the game, but when someone he cared for is murdered his Persona Hermes transforms into Trismegistus. Immediately after the transformation he attacked the ones who stole his loved one from him with a massive fire attack in a fit of rage. While he still behaves as a loveable idiot throughout the game he acts more maturely in serious situations.
3rd Jul '17 1:05:17 PM HarpieSiren
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* [[DamselInDistress Princess Peach]] from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', when she [[LetsGetDangerous decides to fight]]. Especially her ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' incarnation.
** Even more so in "Comicbook/SuperMarioAdventures" where, after being kidnapped by Bowser, she easily breaks herself out, finds out Mario has been captured trying to rescue ''her'' and proceeds to break back in and rescue Mario.
** Toad fits into this as well.
** One could argue whether Mario himself, a somewhat clumsy [[BigEater pasta-obsessed]] plumber fits into this category as well. Especially evident in the Creator/DiCEntertaiment cartoons.
** His brother Luigi is a bumbling coward and often the ButtMonkey of the series, so that must mean he's a pushover, right? Wrong. When in a real fight he's every bit as competent as his big bro, and if you go after [[VideoGame/LuigisMansion Mario]] or [[NewSuperLuigiU Peach]] he will kick your ass just as hard. [[VideoGame/MarioIsMissing Not]] to [[VideoGame/LuigisMansion mention]] he's [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga saved]] his [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory brother]] several [[VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon times]] and, in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', [[spoiler:is the cornerstone of a prophecy about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]

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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
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[[DamselInDistress Princess Peach]] from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', when she [[LetsGetDangerous decides to fight]]. Especially her ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' incarnation.
** Even more so in
In "Comicbook/SuperMarioAdventures" where, after being kidnapped by Bowser, she easily breaks herself out, finds out Mario has been captured trying to rescue ''her'' and proceeds to break back in and rescue Mario.
** Toad fits into this as well.
** One could argue whether
Mario. Likewise, in ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'', Mario himself, a somewhat clumsy [[BigEater pasta-obsessed]] plumber fits and Luigi are captured and the whole kingdom is thrown into this category as well. Especially evident in chaos because of out of control emotions, but Peach saves the Creator/DiCEntertaiment cartoons.
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** His Mario's little brother Luigi is a bumbling coward and often the ButtMonkey of the series, so that must mean he's a pushover, right? Wrong. When in a real fight he's every bit as competent as his big bro, and if you go after [[VideoGame/LuigisMansion Mario]] or [[NewSuperLuigiU Peach]] he will kick your ass just as hard. [[VideoGame/MarioIsMissing Not]] to [[VideoGame/LuigisMansion mention]] he's [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga saved]] his [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory brother]] several [[VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon times]] and, in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', [[spoiler:is the cornerstone of a prophecy about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]


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** Toads seem to be nothing more than weak, clumsy, cowards, but there are many heroic Toads that step up to the plate to save the day along with the Mario Bros.
13th Jun '17 5:34:59 AM Piterpicher
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** One could argue whether Mario himself, a somewhat clumsy [[BigEater pasta-obsessed]] plumber fits into this category as well. Especially evident in the {{DiC|Entertainment}} cartoons.

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** One could argue whether Mario himself, a somewhat clumsy [[BigEater pasta-obsessed]] plumber fits into this category as well. Especially evident in the {{DiC|Entertainment}} Creator/DiCEntertaiment cartoons.
14th May '17 11:17:34 AM Discar
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* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': Benny seems like a rich asshole in an expensive suit, and his relationship with his benefactor comes across as a spoiled rich kid trying to overthrow daddy because he's too greedy to know any better. But before Mr. House revitalized the Strip, the area was under the control of a number of raider tribes. Benny became leader of his tribe by killing the previous leader in fair combat, and then agreed to work with House. In the tie-in graphic novel ''All Roads'', one of the Great Khans he is crossing the wasteland with reacts with shock to the revelation that he used to be a tribal. His friend responds that "It's midday and he's setting the pace. You tell me."
28th Apr '17 7:54:49 AM BeerBaron
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** From ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Cicero the jester. He's a crazy loon dressed up like a complete idiot. He's also the Keeper of the Night Mother (meaning he was chosen by the Void to be the Night Mother's protector) and a deadly knife fighter. When he snaps after Astrid dismisses the Night Mother one time too many, he nearly kills the entire Dark Brotherhood in his fury. The guy who pursues him -- a ''werewolf'' -- nearly gets gutted for his troubles, [[spoiler:while Cicero is apparently unharmed though he plays possum.]]



* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'': Cicero the jester. He's a crazy loon dressed up like a complete idiot. He's also the Keeper of the Night Mother (meaning he was chosen by the Void to be the Night Mother's protector) and a deadly knife fighter. When he snaps after Astrid dismisses the Night Mother one time too many, he nearly kills the entire Dark Brotherhood in his fury. The guy who pursues him -- a ''werewolf'' -- nearly gets gutted for his troubles, [[spoiler:while Cicero is apparently unharmed though he plays possum.]]
27th Apr '17 1:02:13 PM BeerBaron
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* The Khajiit race in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series come across as quite thick. But just ask the wood-elves how their border-disputes with the Khajiit are going, the phrases 'vertical ambush' and 'terrifying humanoid lions' will probably come up.
** Even better are the Argonians. While their females are known for being mages, they're generally considered a lesser race, uncivilized, poor, and beastly in nature. And yet, the black marsh was the last area conquered by the Empire. Better still, during the Oblivion crisis, the Argonians invaded Dagon's realm through the portals, forcing the Dremora to close them for fear of being overrun. Lizards indeed.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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The Khajiit Khajiit, a race in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series come across as quite thick. But just ask of CatFolk native to the wood-elves how their border-disputes deserts of Elsweyr in southern Tamriel, have a reputation for being rather simple and often morally ambiguous. [[LanguageEqualsThought Their language has no word for "rules"]] and they take a rather ''loose'' view of what constitutes "personal property," frequently getting them in trouble in the lands of other races where what they do is considered "theft." As a race, they are also highly susceptible to [[FantasticDrug Moon Sugar]] addiction, as well its stronger derivative Skooma. Given all of this, it is not surprising that they are frequent victims of FantasticRacism. Despite it all, however, they are not a race to be underestimated. They are capable warriors with a number of [[FantasticFightingStyle Fantastic Martial Arts]] and have no qualms with using [[CombatPragmatist underhanded tactics]] to win. In a border dispute with the Bosmer (Wood Elves) known as the "Five Year War," the Khajiit are going, defeated the phrases 'vertical ambush' Bosmer and 'terrifying humanoid lions' will probably come up.
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extended their territory with the use of tactics including the "vertical ambush." When the Khajiit broke the war-ending truce and continued their attacks, the Bosmer were forced to use the DangerousForbiddenTechnique known as TheWildHunt, in which they [[GodzillaThreshold irreversibly turn into terrible monsters]] in order to finally stop the Khajiit. Even the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Aldmeri]] [[AntiHumanAlliance Dominion]] in the 4th Era got the Khajiit to join as vassals rather than via conquest, looking to avoid open conflict with the Khajiit.
** The Argonians, a race of LizardFolk native to the Black Marsh in southeastern Tamriel, are viewed with [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent extreme]] FantasticRacism by the other races and are thought to have a thoroughly uncivilized culture. They were a flat out SlaveRace to the Dunmer for thousands of years and were not treated much
better are the Argonians. While their females are known for being mages, they're generally considered a lesser race, uncivilized, poor, and beastly in nature. And yet, the black marsh was the last area conquered by the Empire. Better still, during rest of Tamriel. Their lack of typical human facial features leads many of the Oblivion crisis, other races to view them as TheStoic, incapable of feeling or showing emotion (which is decidedly untrue). This all began to change around the end of the 3rd Era when the Hist ([[TimeAbyss ancient]], [[WiseTree sentient]], and possibly {{omniscient}} trees native to the Black Marsh who the Argonians worship) had a vision of the upcoming [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion Crisis]] and the [[Literature/TheElderScrolls trials]] that would [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim follow]]. They recalled most of the Argonians in Tamriel to the Black Marsh where the Hist, through their sap which the Argonians drink to communicate with the Hist and grow, began to [[TookALevelInBadass transform the Argonians]] into greater weapons of war. During the Oblivion Crisis, the followers of [[BigBad Mehrunes Dagon]] had to stop setting up Oblivion Gates in the Black Marsh because the Argonians were driving TheLegionsOfHell back and ''invading Oblivion itself''. One of their favored tactics within their homeland is to [[ExploitedImmunity drag their enemies underwater and hold them there until they drown]]. Later, when the [[ColonyDrop Red]] [[ChekhovsVolcano Year]] decimated Morrowind, the Argonians [[TheDogBitesBack invaded Dagon's realm through the portals, forcing homeland of their long time oppressors]] and conquered most of the Dremora to close them for fear still-habitable areas of Morrowind. By the 4th Era, the Argonians are considered only one of two races who could fend off a full scale attack by the Aldmeri Dominion. (The other being overrun. Lizards indeed.the [[ProudWarriorRace Redguards]] of Hammerfell.)
** The Tang Mo, an [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] race of "[[EverythingIsBetterWithMonkeys monkey-folk]]", are described as kind and brave but also simple and mad. Despite this, they are capable of raising armies when they must and have successfully defended themselves from attack by ''all'' of their hostile neighbors (which include the Kamal "[[EvilIsDeathlyCold snow demons]]" and the Tsaesci "[[SnakePeople snake vampires]]").
24th Apr '17 4:29:21 AM Siempie
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* Wheatley from ''Videogame/{{Portal 2}}''. The "moron" is intentional as he's "the product of the greatest minds of a generation working together with the express purpose of building the dumbest moron who ever lived." This, however, precludes the fact that he was the person who woke Chell in the first place, willingly performed a series of personal efforts that he had been told would kill him, came up with the plan to [[spoiler:sabotage [=GladOS=]'s turret production and neurotoxin production]], [[spoiler:managed to outsmart both Chell ''and'' [=GladOS=] by laying a trap that relied on them assuming he's too stupid to do it properly]], and demonstrated an incredible amount of foresight when it came time for the final battle. [[spoiler:In the last case, CutscenePowerToTheMax is the only reason Chell survives; without that, Wheatley would have succeed where [=GladOS=] failed]]. Of course, he fulfills his programming in that [[spoiler:even if he managed to win... he still would have ''blown himself up''. Because he couldn't be bothered to figure out how to keep the facility from blowing up.]]

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* Wheatley from ''Videogame/{{Portal 2}}''. The "moron" is intentional as he's "the product of the greatest minds of a generation working together with the express purpose of building the dumbest moron who ever lived." This, however, precludes the fact that he was the person who woke Chell in the first place, willingly performed a series of personal efforts that he had been told would kill him, came up with the plan to [[spoiler:sabotage [=GladOS=]'s turret production [[spoiler: sabotage [=GLaDOS=]'s turrets and neurotoxin production]], [[spoiler:managed [[spoiler: managed to outsmart both Chell ''and'' [=GladOS=] [=GLaDOS=] by laying a trap that relied on them assuming he's too stupid to do it properly]], and demonstrated an incredible amount of foresight when it came time for the final battle. [[spoiler:In the last case, CutscenePowerToTheMax is the only reason Chell survives; without that, Wheatley would have succeed where [=GladOS=] [=GLaDOS=] failed]]. Of course, he fulfills his programming in that [[spoiler:even [[spoiler: even if he managed to win... he still would have ''blown himself up''. Because up'' because he couldn't be bothered to figure out how to keep the reactor core powering the facility from blowing up.overheating.]]
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