History CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass / VideoGames

13th Feb '18 9:37:46 PM MegaMarioMan
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** 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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** 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 [[VideoGame/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.]]
6th Nov '17 10:02:51 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', Papyrus is portrayed as a foolish, though ultimately [[NiceGuy kind-hearted]] CloudCuckoolander. His boss fight, however, is a WakeUpCallBoss that can be surprisingly challenging even though he barely pays attention to you. Undyne even admits that [[spoiler: he's a perfectly capable fighter, but he's too sweet and innocent to join the Royal Guard.]]
** There's also [[spoiler: Sans, Papyrus' brother who at first appears as a lazy bum that loves to [[LazyBum slack off]] and [[PungeonMaster crack jokes]]. However, should the player [[VillainProtagonist take the Genocide route]], Sans shows up as the FinalBoss and he is by far the hardest boss in the game. Even his Check description uses ExactWords to deceive you into believing that he is weak, saying that he only has a defense of 1 and can only deal 1 damage. This is true, but left unsaid is the fact that [[FragileSpeedster he can avoid any attack]] and that his attacks deal 1 damage ''per frame'', bypassing MercyInvincibility. '''And''' apply a lingering damage over time effect.]]
** Both Toriel and [[spoiler:Asgore]] can be argued to be this as well. Toriel's badassery is established early on when she effortlessly blows away the HopelessBossFight in one hit, but it's easy to forget about it as she dotes on the character, literally holding them by the hand through puzzles. [[spoiler:Asgore is [[TheGoodKing a big fluffy pushover of a king]] who would like nothing more than to offer you tea, but for the sake of his subjects, he has to kill you - and even though he can barely find in himself the will to attack you, his attacks are still hellish to avoid.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', Papyrus is portrayed as a foolish, though ultimately [[NiceGuy kind-hearted]] CloudCuckoolander. His boss fight, however, is a WakeUpCallBoss that can be surprisingly challenging even though he barely pays attention to you. Undyne even admits that [[spoiler: he's a perfectly capable fighter, but he's too sweet and innocent to join the Royal Guard.Guard (indeed, even if you do lose his fight, you don't die like what happens if you lose against any other monster. Papyrus just captures you and you can fairly easily escape him).]]
** There's also [[spoiler: Sans, Papyrus' brother who at first appears as a lazy bum that loves to [[LazyBum slack off]] and [[PungeonMaster crack jokes]]. And for most routes of the game, he remains as such with no reason to fight you, though you'll learn that Flowey considers him the most dangerous monster of the Underground and has died to him multiple times. However, should the player [[VillainProtagonist take the Genocide route]], Sans shows up one go KillEmAll, you'll have to fight him as the FinalBoss and FinalBoss. And you ''will'' (as he warns you) have a bad time, because he is ''[[ThatOneBoss by far the hardest boss in the game. Even game]]''. Sure, his Check description uses ExactWords to deceive you into believing that he is weak, saying that he only has a defense stats are the lowest of 1 and can only deal 1 damage. This is true, all characters, but left unsaid this is negated by the fact that [[FragileSpeedster a) you can't hit him, as he can avoid any attack]] and that will dodge everything you throw at him (he's the only character to use this ability), b) his 1 damage means his attacks deal 1 ignore MercyInvincibility (so you take one damage ''per frame'', bypassing MercyInvincibility. '''And''' frame''- and his attacks are really hard to dodge), and c) getting hit even once will apply a lingering damage over damage-over time effect.effect that can bleed your health down ''quite a lot''. It's even possible to die to the ''first attack'', since he starts his fight with one of his most powerful moves.]]
** Undyne herself can be considered this. Though she's a perfectly capable fighter, she's also a HotBlooded LargeHam of a fish lady who is clearly modeling herself on shounen anime (which she thinks is real). [[spoiler: She becomes ''much'' more of a threat during the [[KillEmAll Genocide Run]], where she proves to be the one monster able to use [[TheDeterminator DETERMINATION]], allowing her to transform into Undyne the Undying, who is your first real threat of the run and the first monster who ''won't'' die in one hit to you. She's (arguably) even harder than Sans, since she's fought earlier in the run and thus with less health.
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** Both Toriel and [[spoiler:Asgore]] can be argued to be this as well. Toriel's badassery is established early on when she effortlessly blows away the your first HopelessBossFight in one hit, but it's easy to forget about it as she dotes on the character, literally holding them by the hand through puzzles.several puzzles, making them pie, and generally acting like someone who the fandom dubbed "[[TeamMom Goat Mom]]". Her boss fight, however, has her holding back a lot, to the point where it's very difficult to die to her as her attacks will start avoiding you if your health is low. [[spoiler:Asgore is [[TheGoodKing a big fluffy pushover of a king]] who would like nothing more than to offer you tea, but for the sake of his subjects, he has to kill you - and even though he can barely find in himself the will to attack you, his attacks are still hellish to avoid.]]
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.
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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.]]
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