History EpicFail / VideoGames

10th May '17 4:18:08 AM Rorosilky5
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* In ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot'', when you beat a stage, you're beat over the head with the crates you missed. In the UpdatedRerelease, Crash physically reacts to the crates, covering his head - after ten crates, he takes a knee; after twenty crates, he flops on the ground, covering his head. After 30 crates, he gives up and just lets them pummel him.

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* In ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot'', ''[[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot1996 Crash Bandicoot]]'', when you beat a stage, you're beat over the head with the crates you missed. In the ''[[VideoGame/CrashBandicootNSaneTrilogy N. Sane Trilogy]]'' UpdatedRerelease, Crash physically reacts to the crates, covering his head - after ten crates, he takes a knee; after twenty crates, he flops on the ground, covering his head. After 30 crates, he gives up and just lets them pummel him.
28th Apr '17 6:40:33 AM Cryoclaste
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* Reportedly, it is possible in the ''{{VideoGame/X-COM}}'' SpiritualSuccessor games ''[[VideoGame/UFOAfterBlank UFO: After* ]]'' to throw a grenade so poorly that it lands yards behind your thrower. Without bouncing.

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* Reportedly, it is possible in the ''{{VideoGame/X-COM}}'' ''{{VideoGame/XCOM}}'' SpiritualSuccessor games ''[[VideoGame/UFOAfterBlank UFO: After* ]]'' to throw a grenade so poorly that it lands yards behind your thrower. Without bouncing.
24th Apr '17 8:13:02 PM Blazer
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai 2 and 3'', it was quite possible to get a number of these failures by screwing up the QuickTimeEvent when using Ultimate Attacks or Fusions. For some of the more comical ones, failing Hercule's "Present For You" will have his opponent throw the game console at Hercule as he sets off its explosive, failing Great Saiyaman's "Justice Pose" will have his opponent unimpressed and Gohan throwing a tantrum, Gotenks or Super Buu failing the "Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack" has the ghost accidentally detonate on them and the OriginalGeneration Super Buu (Yamcha and Tien Absorbed) failing the "Spirit Ball" attack has the attack smack them in the face. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIJh_FQEUIw This video]] has a good idea of what to expect.
23rd Apr '17 9:29:31 AM TheGreenHerring
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* In the Wii version of ''Videogame/QuantumOfSolace,'' it is all too possible, should you forget how to throw a grenade, to essentially pull the pin out of said grenade and ''[[ExplosiveStupidity stick it in your pocket]]''. Not even kidding here.



* From ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', we have...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NysMwcSG648 this]].

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* From ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', we have...have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NysMwcSG648 this]].this attempt]] to retrieve a treasure from a high place by gunshot. [[spoiler:It fails because the player uses a ''rocket launcher'', which causes a boulder to collapse on top of him.]]
23rd Apr '17 1:10:20 AM TheGreenHerring
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* In ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'', you manage to so utterly and completely prove a man to be the real murderer that Miles Edgeworth, the last person you'd expect to hear it from, says to him "I believe the correct term is 'you fail'!"
* In ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', the "Ice Pillar Smash" bonus game involves tapping the Punch button to build up strength so your hero can [[BrickBreak break a stack of four huge blocks of ice in half]]. Normally, failure to do this results in smashing "only" one to three of these blocks. However, if your strength is low enough, your hero will ''break his wrist'' on the blocks, complete with an OhCrap face and LosingHorns. The only way to see this is to put in no effort at button mashing whatsoever.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', the Joker is severely wounded from losing the boss fight of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''. So he and Harley Quinn escape custody to avoid a transfer to the new prison, but in the ensuing chase they wind up breaking '''in''' to Arkham City by accident.
* Suicides in ''[[VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany Battlefield: Bad Company 2]]'' will have the game declare your death an "Epic Fail".



* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
** The infamous ''Brawl'' video wherein Fox jumps up in the air, then comes down in a Landmaster, which promptly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UbvVe4YHCA falls through the tiny hole in the center of the Yoshi's Island (Melee) stage.]]
** Sometimes when fighting the Ice Climbers, killing Popo but leaving Nana alive results in Nana smashing you off the stage by herself. Especially funny when it happens on the last stock, netting Ice Climbers the victory.
** When demonstrating how Lucario's aura was buffed for ''[=WiiU/3DS=]'' compared to ''Brawl'', Sakurai demonstrates a potential downside to it by having Lucario use his Up-Special and flying away from the lower blast zone on one side of the stage, over the platform, and landing in the lower blast zone on the ''other'' side of the stage.
** A fully charged Wario Waft is one of the strongest moves in the game. However, it also possesses a unique property in that Wario is able to KO himself with it if he flies off the top of screen as a result of its upwards propulsion. It's all too possible to land a decisive blow and simultaneously KO yourself in the process if you aren't careful with it.
* Reportedly, it is possible in the ''{{VideoGame/X-COM}}'' SpiritualSuccessor games ''[[VideoGame/UFOAfterBlank UFO: After* ]]'' to throw a grenade so poorly that it lands yards behind your thrower. Without bouncing.
** Hell, that's not too far a stretch from the [[RedShirt abysmal soldier stats]] of ''X-COM'' proper.
* In the Wii version of ''Videogame/QuantumOfSolace,'' it is all too possible, should you forget how to throw a grenade, to essentially pull the pin out of said grenade and ''[[ExplosiveStupidity stick it in your pocket]]''. Not even kidding here.
* ''VideoGame/NetHack'' has the proud tradition of [=YASD=], or YetAnotherStupidDeath, for when you find a new and exciting way of getting yourself killed.
** It's not unusual for a beginning knight to die on their very first action:
-->Salutations Lancealot, welcome to ''[=NetHack=]''! You are a lawful male human Knight. \\
# ride\\
You slip while trying to get on the saddled pony. --More--\\
You die... Do not pass Go. [[TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}} Do not collect 200]] VideoGame/{{zork}}mids.--More--\\
Lancealot, slipped while mounting a saddled pony.
** Speedrunner ais523 demonstrated that it's possible to die [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9oMSPzChgk before taking one's first turn]] if the RandomNumberGod is hostile enough. [[spoiler:Grayswandir was generated on the upstairs, he picked it up due to autopickup, and it blasted him.]] He estimated the chance of this occurring at roughly one in three million.
* ''{{VideoGame/Spelunky}}'s'' pseudo-random level generator coupled with its extremely {{roguelike}} style of platforming often leads to [[RuleOfCool over-the-top]], [[HilarityEnsues awesomely funny]], [[YetAnotherStupidDeath accidental deaths]] caused by [[LeeroyJenkins careless]] or [[RandomNumberGod unlucky]] players.
** For example, in the first major area of the caves, it is possible to misjudge a fall and [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou stun yourself on impact with the ground]], triggering an [[RagnarokProofing ancient arrow trap]] and alerting a [[GoddamnedBats bat]] in the process. As you lay there stunned, the arrow bounces off a nearby wall and hits you, the force of the impact [[BlownAcrossTheRoom flinging you to a nearby overhang]]. [[LedgeBats The bat then hits you, the impact pushing you off]]...onto a [[SpikesOfDoom bed of spikes]]. Granted, the bat is what actually kills you in this example; [[HumiliationConga the spikes just add insult to injury]].
* In the ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'' series, likely half of TheManyDeathsOfYou are Epic Fails of some kind for protagonist Roger Wilco. Probably the biggest is right at the start of ''Space Quest III'', where attempting to pick up a piece of scrap metal lying on a ship one room away would result in Wilco cutting himself. Most people would just get a gash on their palm or finger, albeit one needing to be disinfected and bandaged. Wilco, on the other hand, manages to ''sever an artery'' and promptly dies of blood loss. Approximate playing time from start to death: 20 seconds.
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'': Oh, look, a sword to collect! '''YOU JUMPED INTO A SWORD! YOU RETARD!'''
* The ''VideoGame/HenryStickminSeries'' has a ton of these. In a series that actively ''encourages'' players to collect all the fails, the commentary on the failure screen is usually a good indication of which ones are ''epic'' fails:
-->'''Fail Screen:''' (''after the "Distract" option in "Fleeing the Complex"'') I... Wh... I just... [[FlatWhat Whaat]].
* Franchise/{{Pokemon}}:
** Annoying trainers in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' (and the remakes) will call you every once in a while...and some call to say that they failed to catch a ''Pidgey''. Yes, a ''[[ComMons Pidgey]]''. You have about a 33% chance of catching Pidgey that's at full strength with no status conditions and a plain old Poké Ball, yet they were ''trying'' and couldn't catch it!
** ''"Hitmonlee used High Jump Kick! Hitmonlee kept going and crashed! Hitmonlee fainted!"'' [[note]]High Jump Kick has a 10% chance of missing, and when it does it takes off half of the user's max HP. Using this move can easily result in knocking your own Pokemon out. The move used to give back half the damage it would have inflicted on the target, so failing to hit a target with a large pool of HP or low defense, like a Blissey, would definitely have killed the user.[[/note]]
** ''"Foe Geodude used Selfdestruct! It doesn't affect Gengar... Geodude fainted!"'' [[note]]Selfdestruct is a move that deals massive damage to the opponent(s), but also knocks out the user. As a [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Normal-type move, it does not affect Ghost-types]] such as Gengar. Similarly embarrassing is using Selfdestruct against an opponent using Dig, Fly, or Dive - moves which make the user (mostly) invulnerable for one turn).[[/note]]
** ''"Enemy Weezing used Explosion! Enemy Weezing's attack missed! Enemy Weezing fainted!"'' [[note]]In the first generation, every move except Swift had at least a [[OneInAMillionChance 1/256]] chance of missing. This can be increased with moves such as Sand-Attack or Double Team.[[/note]]
** ''"Deoxys is confused! It hurt itself in its confusion! Deoxys fainted!"'' [[note]]Confusion is a status condition in which a Pokemon may attack itself with a 30 base power typeless attack. Some Pokemon, such as Deoxys' Attack Forme, are such [[GlassCannon that they effectively commit suicide when confused]].[[/note]]
** ''"Shedinja used Final Gambit!"'' [[note]]Final Gambit sacrifices the user to deal damage equal to the user's current HP. Shedinja is a OneHitPointWonder, in a game where literally every other Pokémon can achieve over 100 HP (and many of them get well over 200) if its level is high enough.[[/note]]
** ''Electrode used [[TakingYouWithMe Explosion]]! Electrode fainted! [[YetAnotherStupidDeath Red is out of usable Pokémon! Red blacked out!]]''
* Entering "Epic Fail" in ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' creates a nuclear explosion that kills everything onscreen, including the player.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
** The infamous ''Brawl'' video wherein Fox jumps up
''VideoGame/BrainDead13'' has this in the air, then comes down in a Landmaster, which promptly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UbvVe4YHCA falls through com/watch?v=v0LPEbjisWI&t=3m52s Vivi's Salon.]] During the tiny hole scene in the center of the Yoshi's Island (Melee) stage.]]
** Sometimes when fighting the Ice Climbers, killing Popo but leaving Nana alive results in Nana smashing you off the stage by herself. Especially funny when it happens on the last stock, netting Ice Climbers the victory.
** When demonstrating how Lucario's aura was buffed for ''[=WiiU/3DS=]'' compared to ''Brawl'', Sakurai demonstrates a potential downside to it by having Lucario use his Up-Special and flying away
which Fritz escapes from the lower blast zone spiked coffin, he puts on one side of the a spiked arm with a switch, but just as Fritz was charging at Lance, he '''trips over a skull.'''
* In ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot'', when you beat a
stage, you're beat over the platform, head with the crates you missed. In the UpdatedRerelease, Crash physically reacts to the crates, covering his head - after ten crates, he takes a knee; after twenty crates, he flops on the ground, covering his head. After 30 crates, he gives up and landing just lets them pummel him.
* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' has a boss named the Brigand Cannon. It's a massive cannon with several brigands manning it, one of which is the Brigand Lighter, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin who lights it]]. Once lit, the cannon will fire, doing massive damage to the party... except for that rare occasion when it ''misfires''. This ''reduces your party's stress'', as they take amusement (and relief) in being spared.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Gilgamesh's]] [[LimitBreak EX Burst]] in ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy]]''. Every character's EX Burst has a perfect and failed version, with the failed version doing less damage, but Gilgamesh takes failure to its extreme. A recurring joke
in the lower blast zone on series is Gilgamesh's continued search for the ''other'' side of legendary Excalibur, but he always confuses it with the stage.
** A fully charged Wario Waft is
counterfeit Excalipoor, which only ever deals 1 point of damage when it hits the opponent. In his EX Burst, the player must pick the Excalibur out from several Excalipoors. If they fail, Gilgamesh takes up one of the strongest moves in the game. However, it also possesses a unique property in that Wario is able to KO himself with it if he flies off the top of screen as a result of its upwards propulsion. It's all too possible to land a decisive blow Excalipoors and simultaneously KO yourself in the process if you performs a series of epic, over-the-top attacks on them...then realizes his attacks aren't careful with it.
* Reportedly,
doing anything and throws it is possible away, moaning that he picked the wrong one.
** Of course, thanks to a bug
in the ''{{VideoGame/X-COM}}'' SpiritualSuccessor games ''[[VideoGame/UFOAfterBlank UFO: After* ]]'' original Excalipoor, it did as much damage as the Excalibur ''when thrown''. So when Gilgamesh's opponent is inevitably hit by the sword that Gilgamesh threw away, it hits for massive damage.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} Dota 2]]'' has enough ways for players
to throw a grenade so poorly fail horribly that it lands yards behind your thrower. Without bouncing.
** Hell, that's not too far a stretch from the [[RedShirt abysmal soldier stats]] of ''X-COM'' proper.
* In the Wii version of ''Videogame/QuantumOfSolace,'' it is all too possible, should you forget how to throw a grenade, to essentially pull the pin out of said grenade and ''[[ExplosiveStupidity stick it in your pocket]]''. Not even kidding here.
* ''VideoGame/NetHack'' has the proud tradition of [=YASD=], or YetAnotherStupidDeath, for when you find a new and exciting way of getting yourself killed.
** It's not unusual for a beginning knight to die on their very first action:
-->Salutations Lancealot, welcome to ''[=NetHack=]''! You are a lawful male human Knight. \\
# ride\\
You slip while trying to get on the saddled pony. --More--\\
You die... Do not pass Go. [[TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}} Do not collect 200]] VideoGame/{{zork}}mids.--More--\\
Lancealot, slipped while mounting a saddled pony.
** Speedrunner ais523 demonstrated that it's possible to die [[http://www.
warranted its own long-running "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9oMSPzChgk before taking one's first turn]] if com/playlist?list=PLE14F2057980335BE Fails of the RandomNumberGod is hostile enough. [[spoiler:Grayswandir was generated on the upstairs, he picked it up due Week]]" series. Heroes that are particularly prone to autopickup, and it blasted him.]] He estimated the chance of this occurring at roughly one in three million.
* ''{{VideoGame/Spelunky}}'s'' pseudo-random level generator coupled with its extremely {{roguelike}} style of platforming often leads to [[RuleOfCool over-the-top]], [[HilarityEnsues awesomely funny]], [[YetAnotherStupidDeath accidental deaths]] caused by [[LeeroyJenkins careless]] or [[RandomNumberGod unlucky]] players.
** For example, in
include Pudge[[note]]whose hook snags the first major area of the caves, unit it is possible to misjudge a fall touches - friend or foe - and [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou stun yourself on impact with the ground]], triggering an [[RagnarokProofing ancient arrow trap]] and alerting a [[GoddamnedBats bat]] in the process. As you lay there stunned, the arrow bounces off a nearby wall and hits you, the force of the impact [[BlownAcrossTheRoom flinging you pulls them back to a nearby overhang]]. [[LedgeBats The bat then hits you, the impact pushing you off]]...onto a [[SpikesOfDoom bed of spikes]]. Granted, the bat is what actually kills you in this example; [[HumiliationConga the spikes just add insult to injury]].
* In the ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'' series, likely half of TheManyDeathsOfYou are Epic Fails of some kind for protagonist Roger Wilco. Probably the biggest is right at the start of ''Space Quest III'', where attempting to pick up a piece of scrap metal lying on a ship one room away would result in Wilco cutting himself. Most people would just get a gash on their palm or finger, albeit one needing to be disinfected and bandaged. Wilco, on the other hand, manages to ''sever an artery'' and promptly dies of blood loss. Approximate playing time from start to death: 20 seconds.
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'': Oh, look, a sword to collect! '''YOU JUMPED INTO A SWORD! YOU RETARD!'''
* The ''VideoGame/HenryStickminSeries'' has a ton of these. In a series
Pudge... that actively ''encourages'' players to collect all the fails, the commentary on the failure screen is usually a good indication of which ones are ''epic'' fails:
-->'''Fail Screen:''' (''after the "Distract" option in "Fleeing the Complex"'') I... Wh... I just... [[FlatWhat Whaat]].
* Franchise/{{Pokemon}}:
** Annoying trainers in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' (and the remakes) will call you every once in a while...and some call to say that they failed to catch a ''Pidgey''. Yes, a ''[[ComMons Pidgey]]''. You have about a 33% chance of catching Pidgey that's at full strength with no status conditions and a plain old Poké Ball, yet they were ''trying'' and couldn't catch it!
** ''"Hitmonlee used High Jump Kick! Hitmonlee kept going and crashed! Hitmonlee fainted!"'' [[note]]High Jump Kick has a 10% chance of missing, and when it does it takes off half of the user's max HP. Using this move can easily result in knocking your own Pokemon out. The move used to give back half the damage it would have inflicted on the target, so failing to hit a target with a large pool of HP or low defense, like a Blissey, would definitely have killed the user.[[/note]]
** ''"Foe Geodude used Selfdestruct! It
is, if he [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy doesn't affect Gengar... Geodude fainted!"'' [[note]]Selfdestruct is a move that deals massive damage to just miss outright]][[/note]], Naga Siren[[note]]whose ultimate, Song of the opponent(s), Siren, puts nearby enemies to sleep but also knocks out the user. As a [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Normal-type move, it does not affect Ghost-types]] such as Gengar. Similarly embarrassing is using Selfdestruct against an opponent using Dig, Fly, or Dive - moves makes them invulnerable, which make can easily screw up allies' spell combos[[/note]], and (for some reason) Nature's Prophet.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', toward
the user (mostly) invulnerable end of the Orzammar plot arc, has the losing candidate for one turn).[[/note]]
** ''"Enemy Weezing used Explosion! Enemy Weezing's attack missed! Enemy Weezing fainted!"'' [[note]]In
King attempt a coup right there in the first generation, every move except Swift had at least a [[OneInAMillionChance 1/256]] chance of missing. This can be increased meeting chamber with moves such as Sand-Attack or Double Team.[[/note]]
** ''"Deoxys is confused! It hurt itself in its confusion! Deoxys fainted!"'' [[note]]Confusion is a status condition in which a Pokemon may attack itself with a 30 base power typeless attack. Some Pokemon, such as Deoxys' Attack Forme, are such [[GlassCannon that they effectively commit suicide when confused]].[[/note]]
** ''"Shedinja used Final Gambit!"'' [[note]]Final Gambit sacrifices
all the user guards [[SuicidalOverconfidence and the heroes who just got through carving up a thousand Dark Spawn]]. Needless to deal damage equal say, it doesn't go well for them. Listen to the user's current HP. Shedinja town crier afterward. He'll shout out about what happened and throw in his usual color commentary which goes like this, quoted word for word:
-->''Town Crier: Harrowmont
is king! Bhelen is stupid and dead! [[CrowningMomentOfFunny EPIC FAIL!]]''
** While that is the biggest example of Epic Fail; if the other candidate is chosen and he chooses to order the execution of his rival. The Town crier then adds Epic Fail, but it's not ''quite'' as epic.
* ''VideoGame/DrakeOfThe99Dragons'' has
a OneHitPointWonder, in a game scene rather early on where literally every other Pokémon can achieve over 100 HP (and many of them Drake starts to get well over 200) if its level is high enough.[[/note]]
** ''Electrode used [[TakingYouWithMe Explosion]]! Electrode fainted! [[YetAnotherStupidDeath Red is
stronger from stolen souls, declares himself invincible...and then immediately ''jumps out of usable Pokémon! Red blacked out!]]''
* Entering "Epic Fail" in ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' creates
a nuclear explosion that kills everything onscreen, including the player.penthouse window'' to his death.



* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'': Ryu's attacks can be used to cancel and punish anyone and anything from Raging Demons to Shinryukens... unless your name is Hugo (from VideoGame/FinalFight) and you plow through those punishing attacks.
** Likewise, Akuma's Raging Demon is a fearsome attack, able to kill a man [[EvilVersusEvil with his own sins.]] What can stop such a unstoppable attack? ''Dan Hibiki's [[VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever Otoko Michi]] and [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Shisso Buraiken]] attacks, the first of which '''being a knockoff of Raging Demon itself.'''''
** Dan Hibiki in general takes epic failing to such an art form that he becomes a LethalJokeCharacter.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', toward the end of the Orzammar plot arc, has the losing candidate for King attempt a coup right there in the meeting chamber with all the guards [[SuicidalOverconfidence and the heroes who just got through carving up a thousand Dark Spawn]]. Needless to say, it doesn't go well for them. Listen to the town crier afterward. He'll shout out about what happened and throw in his usual color commentary which goes like this, quoted word for word:
-->''Town Crier: Harrowmont is king! Bhelen is stupid and dead! [[CrowningMomentOfFunny EPIC FAIL!]]''
** While that is the biggest example of Epic Fail; if the other candidate is chosen and he chooses to order the execution of his rival. The Town crier then adds Epic Fail, but it's not ''quite'' as epic.
* In ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'', you manage to so utterly and completely prove a man to be the real murderer that Miles Edgeworth, the last person you'd expect to hear it from, says to him "I believe the correct term is 'you fail'!"
* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'': When Kirby gets Bomb ability, he immediately pulls one out. Forget to throw it immediately? Boom.
* From ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', we have...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NysMwcSG648 this]].

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* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'': Ryu's attacks can be used ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', the sorcerer Inwold was hired by some smugglers operating out of Palansour
to cancel summon Daedra to use as muscle. However, his Ogrim and punish anyone and anything from Raging Demons to Shinryukens... unless your name is Hugo (from VideoGame/FinalFight) and you plow through those punishing attacks.
** Likewise, Akuma's Raging Demon is a fearsome attack, able to kill a man [[EvilVersusEvil with his own sins.]] What can stop such a unstoppable attack? ''Dan Hibiki's [[VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever Otoko Michi]] and [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Shisso Buraiken]] attacks, the first
Scamps got out of which '''being a knockoff of Raging Demon itself.'''''
** Dan Hibiki in general takes epic failing to such an art form that he becomes a LethalJokeCharacter.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', toward the end
control, killed all of the Orzammar plot arc, smugglers, and left Inwold imprisoned in nothing but a skirt and a hat ([[AndYourRewardIsClothes which he offers you for freeing him]].) The series has had some really terrible users of magic, but Inwold might just take the losing candidate for King attempt cake.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has killcams, where landing
a coup right there in the meeting chamber killing blow on an enemy can lead to a CoupDeGraceCutscene with all a special FinishingMove. Originally, these only occurred if you were fighting in melee, but a patch introduced killcams (sans finisher) for ranged and magical attacks. Killcams are triggered when the guards [[SuicidalOverconfidence and the heroes who attack you just got through carving up a thousand Dark Spawn]]. Needless to say, let out will kill the enemy you're engaging with. Sounds good so far. However, it doesn't go well take into account whether or not your attack will actually hit. This isn't a huge deal for them. Listen melee finishers, since they're guaranteed to the town crier afterward. He'll shout out about what happened and throw in his usual color commentary which goes like this, quoted word hit, but for word:
-->''Town Crier: Harrowmont is king! Bhelen is stupid and dead! [[CrowningMomentOfFunny EPIC FAIL!]]''
** While that is the biggest example of Epic Fail; if the other candidate is chosen and he chooses to order the execution of his rival. The Town crier then adds Epic Fail, but
ranged attacks, it's not ''quite'' as epic.
* In ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'', you manage
entirely possible for your opponent to so utterly and completely prove a man to be move after the real murderer cutscene is triggered. If that Miles Edgeworth, happens, you're treated with a slow-mo view of your arrow/projectile wooshing past your opponent's head and hitting a wall.
* Two of ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'''s greatest battles,
the last Battle of Asakai and the Battle of [=B-R5RB=], were caused by incredible blunders - Asakai's because the person you'd expect to hear it from, says to him "I believe pushed the correct term wrong button, jumping his ''Titan'' into a battlefield instead of jump bridging in his support fleet and [=B-R5RB=] when a player forgot to pay the rent to his coalition's fortification, and it went up for grabs.
* In ''Videogame/{{Fallout 3}}'' or ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'', when going into VATS mode you're given a chance to hit a target from range. You then open fire, and are treated to a cinematic view of your shots being fired. But if you're standing, say, just behind a boulder and your rifle ends up pointing at the boulder when you execute your VATS attack, you'll be treated to the sight of every single bullet you shot skipping off the rock right in front of you. Can get particularly hilarious if the enemy
is 'you fail'!"
* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'': When Kirby gets Bomb ability, he immediately pulls one out. Forget to
standing behind some thin piece of cover like a signpost when you execute you 95% chance-to-hit shot, resulting in sending a hundred bullets downrange from your minigun, and every single shot hits the sign instead of the person standing just behind it. Or [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace if a bystander or companion is between you and the target]]. Even worse is when you throw a Nuka Grenade in VATS Mode only for it immediately? Boom.
to strike an overhead obstruction and bounce back to land at your feet- [[ThisIsGonnaSuck VATS Mode won't end]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard until the grenade explodes]].
* From ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', we have...In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', sometimes a CriticalMiss shot will ''pass right through'' the enemy.
* ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'' allows you to fail the [[VideoGameTutorial tutorial]]. Under normal circumstances this is impossible, as the demonstration enemy can't hurt you unless you turn off your shields. Other means of utter failure include opening all doors on the ship, including airlocks, or shutting off oxygen, asphyxiating the crew either way. All three of these actions are at no point necessary to complete the tutorial. Regardless of your method of suicide, the game gives you a NonstandardGameOver, pictured above.
** It's also very possible due to the procedural generated enemy, to die on the very first jump if you get unlucky.
* In the ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'' series, failing a licensed test results in the display of the word FAIL in big white letters, sometimes with SoundtrackDissonance.
**
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NysMwcSG648 this]].com/watch?v=sg9LipFU6ek An entire grid of Fiat 500F's gets stuck on the Eiger Nordwand G Trail]].



* In the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' universe, it is revealed that the attempts of the Aperture Science researchers to put {{Restraining Bolt}}s on their {{AI|IsACrapshoot}} MasterComputer [=GLaDOS=] approaches the level of this trope. When they first attempted to wake her up, she went [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters homicidally]] [[KillAllHumans berserk]] within 1/14 of a picosecond. Their solution to this was to attach all sorts of personality cores to her to modify her behavior, including one that fed her a cake recipe; another that was, if anything, even more murderous than she was; and one that fed her stupid ideas to counter her intelligence. Yet after all this, they were easily suckered into giving her access to a [[DeadlyGas deadly neurotoxin]], with which she killed them. Their epic failure comes full circle when the aforementioned "Intelligence Dampening Sphere" ends up [[spoiler:taking over the Enrichment Center from [=GLaDOS=] and nearly destroying it]], thanks to the same built-in imperatives designed to control her.
** It's best to say that Aperture Science only succeeds through epic failure. The portal gun was originally intended as a shower curtain. The acceleration and repulsion gels were intended as dietary aids, and some supplementary materials indicate that [=GLaDOS=] was originally intended to de-ice fuel lines. Nothing Aperture Science ever built functioned as intended, and they were too poorly managed to turn lemons into lemonade with what they did have.
*** [[CrazyAwesome They instead took the lemons and turned them into incendiary grenades]].
* In ''Videogame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', when dueling Bandit Keith, he can and will tribute three monsters to summon the Winged Dragon of Ra... in Sphere Mode. A Divine Monster with 0 Attack and Defense. (Even worse, a Divine Monster cannot defeat any other monster using the [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Attribute advantage house rules]], making it ''completely'' worthless. This is even funnier if beforehand, his monsters had been defeating you.)
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan'': at one time when Guybrush guesses the answer to one of De Cava's three-out-of-six questions wrong, Morgan rolls her eyes and says, "Fail," in a ShoutOut to the "FAIL" meme. (Even De Cava says "Failure!" when the question is guessed wrong.) However, this trope (and imminent death) is averted as many times as possible, when De Cava will always repeat the same first series of the three questions thanks to the repeated pleadings from Guybrush.
* Speaking of Monkey Island, during one section of ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', Guybrush can attempt to "audition" to be the 4th member of Edward Van Helgen's barbershop quartet by singing for him. Every attempt Guybrush makes is especially bad, and is chided by Van Helgen as such, until make a fifth attempt...
--> '''Van Helgen:''' ...that's odd.
--> '''Guybrush:''' What? You like it??
--> '''Van Helgen:''' No, no, no. It was dreadful. It's just that my queasiness has subsided... ...but now I'm beginning to taste metal and see spots before my eyes. I'm afraid that your singing is so bad that it has caused me to have a stroke.

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* The ''VideoGame/HenryStickminSeries'' has a ton of these. In the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' universe, it is revealed a series that actively ''encourages'' players to collect all the attempts of fails, the Aperture Science researchers to put {{Restraining Bolt}}s commentary on their {{AI|IsACrapshoot}} MasterComputer [=GLaDOS=] approaches the level of this trope. When they first attempted to wake her up, she went [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters homicidally]] [[KillAllHumans berserk]] within 1/14 of a picosecond. Their solution to this was to attach all sorts of personality cores to her to modify her behavior, including one that fed her a cake recipe; another that was, if anything, even more murderous than she was; and one that fed her stupid ideas to counter her intelligence. Yet after all this, they were easily suckered into giving her access to a [[DeadlyGas deadly neurotoxin]], with which she killed them. Their epic failure comes full circle when screen is usually a good indication of which ones are ''epic'' fails:
-->'''Fail Screen:''' (''after
the aforementioned "Intelligence Dampening Sphere" ends up [[spoiler:taking over "Distract" option in "Fleeing the Enrichment Center from [=GLaDOS=] and nearly destroying it]], thanks to the same built-in imperatives designed to control her.
** It's best to say that Aperture Science only succeeds through epic failure. The portal gun was originally intended as a shower curtain. The acceleration and repulsion gels were intended as dietary aids, and some supplementary materials indicate that [=GLaDOS=] was originally intended to de-ice fuel lines. Nothing Aperture Science ever built functioned as intended, and they were too poorly managed to turn lemons into lemonade with what they did have.
*** [[CrazyAwesome They instead took the lemons and turned them into incendiary grenades]].
* In ''Videogame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', when dueling Bandit Keith, he can and will tribute three monsters to summon the Winged Dragon of Ra... in Sphere Mode. A Divine Monster with 0 Attack and Defense. (Even worse, a Divine Monster cannot defeat any other monster using the [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Attribute advantage house rules]], making it ''completely'' worthless. This is even funnier if beforehand, his monsters had been defeating you.)
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan'': at one time when Guybrush guesses the answer to one of De Cava's three-out-of-six questions wrong, Morgan rolls her eyes and says, "Fail," in a ShoutOut to the "FAIL" meme. (Even De Cava says "Failure!" when the question is guessed wrong.) However, this trope (and imminent death) is averted as many times as possible, when De Cava will always repeat the same first series of the three questions thanks to the repeated pleadings from Guybrush.
* Speaking of Monkey Island, during one section of ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', Guybrush can attempt to "audition" to be the 4th member of Edward Van Helgen's barbershop quartet by singing for him. Every attempt Guybrush makes is especially bad, and is chided by Van Helgen as such, until make a fifth attempt...
--> '''Van Helgen:''' ...that's odd.
--> '''Guybrush:''' What? You like it??
--> '''Van Helgen:''' No, no, no. It was dreadful. It's just that my queasiness has subsided... ...but now I'm beginning to taste metal and see spots before my eyes. I'm afraid that your singing is so bad that it has caused me to have a stroke.
Complex"'') I... Wh... I just... [[FlatWhat Whaat]].



* In the Last Story of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', when Perfect Chaos starts rampaging, Dr. Eggman flies in with his Egg Carrier 2, a new version of the huge ship he piloted for most of the game. Eggman made it specifically for if Chaos went out of control like he was doing at that moment. Chaos took it down in one blast.
** After defeating the boss of [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Chemical Plant Zone]], it's very possible for a player who has let their guard down to fall through one of the tiles.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Gilgamesh's]] [[LimitBreak EX Burst]] in ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy]]''. Every character's EX Burst has a perfect and failed version, with the failed version doing less damage, but Gilgamesh takes failure to its extreme. A recurring joke in the series is Gilgamesh's continued search for the legendary Excalibur, but he always confuses it with the counterfeit Excalipoor, which only ever deals 1 point of damage when it hits the opponent. In his EX Burst, the player must pick the Excalibur out from several Excalipoors. If they fail, Gilgamesh takes up one of the Excalipoors and performs a series of epic, over-the-top attacks on them...then realizes his attacks aren't doing anything and throws it away, moaning that he picked the wrong one.
** Of course, thanks to a bug in the original Excalipoor, it did as much damage as the Excalibur ''when thrown''. So when Gilgamesh's opponent is inevitably hit by the sword that Gilgamesh threw away, it hits for massive damage.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Lose an Arena round without killing a single opponent, and you get the message "[[FlawlessVictory FLAWLESS]] [[InvertedTrope DEFEAT]]!"
--> '''The Administrator:''' "You didn't kill ''any'' of them!" "...next time, try killing ''one'' of them."
** It's also possible to total party wipe in Mann vs. Machine mode, at which point the Administrator is also most displeased.
--> '''The Administrator''': "Do ''not'' all die at once!"
** In the Replay Update of ''Team Fortress 2'', a contest called the Saxxy Awards was created to share with people their most awesome kills, biggest dominations, and of course, most epic fails. [[http://www.teamfortress.com/saxxyawards/winners.php?category=16 All the lovely fails can be found here.]]
*** The winner was a Soldier who wanted to show off and destroy an enemy dispenser using a taunt kill, but the Engineer moves the dispenser before he can finish the taunt. What makes this an Epic Fail is that said taunt kills the Soldier as well as whoever's standing by, and unfortunately, no one's standing by. You can probably guess what happened.
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'': Failing to cook a dish that you have a 90% success rate for will result in a Super Fail. The game plays with the trope in that not only are Super Fails a favored gift for Sofia (one of your [[DatingSim potential brides]]) but they're a powerful poison, that can take chunks of life off even bosses.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'': Not with the game itself but for a piece of hardware designed specifically for the game, Steel Series released a [[http://gamingweapons.com/starcraft-2-zboard-keyset/ StarCraft II-themed keyboard]], only they misspelt "protoss".
* In the ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'' series, failing a licensed test results in the display of the word FAIL in big white letters, sometimes with SoundtrackDissonance.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg9LipFU6ek An entire grid of Fiat 500F's gets stuck on the Eiger Nordwand G Trail]].
* In the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' games, when an assassin, spy, gentleman, or ninja fails in a mission, the video of their attempt shows them attempting and then failing in some hilarious fashion. Sometimes it's an amusing or unfortunate error, like stabbing the shadow of a kneeling samurai but just hitting his armor stand, or getting caught trying to set a house on fire. Other times, the failure will be something hilariously epic. For example, a gentleman engaging in a duel, but his weapon misfires, and while investigating the faulty pistol, he ends up [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8JSH-brgBg shooting himself in the face]]. Or an assassin waiting behind a door to stab a target, only to end up stabbing himself when the target slams the door into his face.
** ''VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2'' has a failure animation for a Ninja assassination. Ninja sneaks inside a castle perched high up on a cliff. Ninja finds target looking out over a balcony over said cliff. Ninja takes a run up to attempt a flying kick at the target's head to force him over the balcony. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Target ducks]].
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', the Joker is severely wounded from losing the boss fight of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''. So he and Harley Quinn escape custody to avoid a transfer to the new prison, but in the ensuing chase they wind up breaking '''in''' to Arkham City by accident.
* ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'' has this in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0LPEbjisWI&t=3m52s Vivi's Salon.]] During the scene in which Fritz escapes from the spiked coffin, he puts on a spiked arm with a switch, but just as Fritz was charging at Lance, he '''trips over a skull.'''

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* In the Last Story of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', when Perfect Chaos starts rampaging, Dr. Eggman flies in with his Egg Carrier 2, ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'': Oh, look, a new version of the huge ship he piloted for most of the game. Eggman made it specifically for if Chaos went out of control like he was doing at that moment. Chaos took it down in one blast.
** After defeating the boss of [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Chemical Plant Zone]], it's very possible for a player who has let their guard down to fall through one of the tiles.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Gilgamesh's]] [[LimitBreak EX Burst]] in ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy]]''. Every character's EX Burst has a perfect and failed version, with the failed version doing less damage, but Gilgamesh takes failure to its extreme. A recurring joke in the series is Gilgamesh's continued search for the legendary Excalibur, but he always confuses it with the counterfeit Excalipoor, which only ever deals 1 point of damage when it hits the opponent. In his EX Burst, the player must pick the Excalibur out from several Excalipoors. If they fail, Gilgamesh takes up one of the Excalipoors and performs a series of epic, over-the-top attacks on them...then realizes his attacks aren't doing anything and throws it away, moaning that he picked the wrong one.
** Of course, thanks to a bug in the original Excalipoor, it did as much damage as the Excalibur ''when thrown''. So when Gilgamesh's opponent is inevitably hit by the
sword that Gilgamesh threw away, it hits for massive damage.
to collect! '''YOU JUMPED INTO A SWORD! YOU RETARD!'''
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Lose an Arena round without killing a single opponent, and you get This is half the message "[[FlawlessVictory FLAWLESS]] [[InvertedTrope DEFEAT]]!"
--> '''The Administrator:''' "You didn't kill ''any''
fun of them!" "...next time, try killing ''one'' of them."
** It's also possible to total party wipe in Mann vs. Machine mode, at which point
''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram''. Nothing says "epic fail" as watching your rocket's thrusters become deadly missiles as they separate from your rocket or, even worse, slam into your cockpit. And then an update made the Administrator is also most displeased.
--> '''The Administrator''': "Do ''not'' all die at once!"
** In the Replay Update of ''Team Fortress 2'',
Space Center buildings themselves, meaning a contest called the Saxxy Awards was created to share with people their most awesome kills, biggest dominations, and of course, most epic fails. [[http://www.teamfortress.com/saxxyawards/winners.php?category=16 All the lovely fails [[ExpospeakGag rapid unplanned disassembly]] can be found here.]]
*** The winner was a Soldier who wanted to show off and destroy an enemy dispenser using a taunt kill, but the Engineer moves the dispenser before he can finish the taunt. What makes this an Epic Fail is that said taunt kills the Soldier as well as whoever's standing by, and unfortunately, no one's standing by. You can probably guess what happened.
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'': Failing to cook a dish that you have a 90% success rate for will
now result in a Super Fail. The game plays surviving kerbal standing forlornly in the smoldering ruins.
* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 2002'', Orochi Shermie has a hidden move, usable only at low health, in which she stuns her opponent
with the trope in that an [[ShockAndAwe electric burst]] and then calls down a bolt of lightning. Problem is, not only are Super Fails a favored gift for Sofia (one of your [[DatingSim potential brides]]) is the location chosen at random, but they're a powerful poison, that can take chunks Shermie herself is not immune to it. Cue the dramatic scene of life off even bosses.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'': Not
Shermie calling to the heavens, complete with the game itself but for a piece of hardware designed specifically for the game, Steel Series released a [[http://gamingweapons.com/starcraft-2-zboard-keyset/ StarCraft II-themed keyboard]], only they misspelt "protoss".
* In the ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'' series, failing a licensed test results in the display
distant shot of the word FAIL in big white letters, sometimes with SoundtrackDissonance.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg9LipFU6ek An entire grid of Fiat 500F's gets stuck on
thunder clouds as the Eiger Nordwand G Trail]].
* In
lightning comes down... and the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' games, when an assassin, spy, gentleman, or ninja fails in a mission, the video all-powerful wielder of their attempt shows them attempting and then failing in some hilarious fashion. Sometimes it's an amusing or unfortunate error, like stabbing the shadow of a kneeling samurai but just hitting his armor stand, or getting caught trying to set a house on fire. Other times, the failure will be something hilariously epic. For example, a gentleman engaging in a duel, but his weapon misfires, and lightning being [[HoistByHisOwnPetard fatally struck by her own element]]. All while investigating the faulty pistol, her opponent survives completely unscathed. [[SetSwordsToStun KO!]]
* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'': When Kirby gets Bomb ability,
he ends up [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8JSH-brgBg shooting himself in the face]]. Or an assassin waiting behind a door immediately pulls one out. Forget to stab a target, only to end up stabbing himself when the throw it immediately? Boom.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', Blue Shells
target slams the door into his face.
** ''VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2'' has
current race leader. If you use a failure animation for a Ninja assassination. Ninja sneaks inside a castle perched high up on a cliff. Ninja finds target looking out over a balcony over said cliff. Ninja takes a run up to attempt a flying kick at the target's head to force him over the balcony. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Target ducks]].
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', the Joker is severely wounded from losing the boss fight of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''. So he and Harley Quinn escape custody to avoid a transfer to the new prison, but
Blue Shell in the ensuing chase they wind up breaking '''in''' to Arkham City by accident.
* ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'' has this in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0LPEbjisWI&t=3m52s Vivi's Salon.]] During the scene in which Fritz escapes from the spiked coffin, he puts on a spiked arm with a switch, but just as Fritz was charging at Lance, he '''trips over a skull.
first place, '''you will hit yourself.'''



* ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'': the game tracks Nemesis, for who killed you the most, and Bait, for who you killed the most. Also, there is no FriendlyFireproof here, meaning that you can occasionally kill yourself with a bad grenade toss. The awesome failure comes when a unit is listed as ''its own'' Nemesis ''and'' Bait. Meaning he committed grenade-related [[ArtificialStupidity suicide]] more often than he killed ''anyone else''.
* Posted on the old [=WoW=] forums in a 'what was your most epic death' thread:
--> I am a warlock. \\
I am ''undead''. \\
I drowned. [[note]] Warlocks have a water breathing spell, and at the time, Forsaken (undead) characters had a breath meter three times longer than anyone else.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/RedFaction Guerilla'' is a game where WreakingHavok and EverythingBreaks is par for the course. Protagonist Alec Mason is MadeOfIron and is a OneManArmy when it comes to StuffBlowingUp and [[DropTheHammer Dropping the Hammer.]] This is a person who is expected to walk into an enemy installation and come out the other side effectively having traversed a straight line. However, as noted by [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]], it is possible to kill yourself by chopping away at a building's supports, with the [[TheRuntAtTheEnd very last sliver of plumbing]] holding out far longer than is proper, and having the stupid thing drop on you. It is possible for Alec Mason to kill himself with a ''hollow dome house'' this way, when three dozen infantry squads and their vehicles are so much hammer fodder.
* ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'' allows you to fail the [[VideoGameTutorial tutorial]]. Under normal circumstances this is impossible, as the demonstration enemy can't hurt you unless you turn off your shields. Other means of utter failure include opening all doors on the ship, including airlocks, or shutting off oxygen, asphyxiating the crew either way. All three of these actions are at no point necessary to complete the tutorial. Regardless of your method of suicide, the game gives you a NonstandardGameOver, pictured above.
** It's also very possible due to the procedural generated enemy, to die on the very first jump if you get unlucky.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', the sorcerer Inwold was hired by some smugglers operating out of Palansour to summon Daedra to use as muscle. However, his Ogrim and Scamps got out of control, killed all of the smugglers, and left Inwold imprisoned in nothing but a skirt and a hat ([[AndYourRewardIsClothes which he offers you for freeing him]].) The series has had some really terrible users of magic, but Inwold might just take the cake.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has killcams, where landing a killing blow on an enemy can lead to a CoupDeGraceCutscene with a special FinishingMove. Originally, these only occurred if you were fighting in melee, but a patch introduced killcams (sans finisher) for ranged and magical attacks. Killcams are triggered when the attack you just let out will kill the enemy you're engaging with. Sounds good so far. However, it doesn't take into account whether or not your attack will actually hit. This isn't a huge deal for melee finishers, since they're guaranteed to hit, but for ranged attacks, it's entirely possible for your opponent to move after the cutscene is triggered. If that happens, you're treated with a slow-mo view of your arrow/projectile wooshing past your opponent's head and hitting a wall.
* Similarly, in ''Videogame/{{Fallout 3}}'' or ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'', when going into VATS mode you're given a chance to hit a target from range. You then open fire, and are treated to a cinematic view of your shots being fired. But if you're standing, say, just behind a boulder and your rifle ends up pointing at the boulder when you execute your VATS attack, you'll be treated to the sight of every single bullet you shot skipping off the rock right in front of you. Can get particularly hilarious if the enemy is standing behind some thin piece of cover like a signpost when you execute you 95% chance-to-hit shot, resulting in sending a hundred bullets downrange from your minigun, and every single shot hits the sign instead of the person standing just behind it. Or [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace if a bystander or companion is between you and the target]]. Even worse is when you throw a Nuka Grenade in VATS Mode only for it to strike an overhead obstruction and bounce back to land at your feet- [[ThisIsGonnaSuck VATS Mode won't end]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard until the grenade explodes]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', sometimes a CriticalMiss shot will ''pass right through'' the enemy.
* ''Franchise/{{Worms}}'' gives players the chance to mess up so spectacularly, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP_0PDUEnVE they can compile their most hilarious fails into a conga of comical chew-ups]].
* Two of ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'''s greatest battles, the Battle of Asakai and the Battle of [=B-R5RB=], were caused by incredible blunders - Asakai's because the person pushed the wrong button, jumping his ''Titan'' into a battlefield instead of jump bridging in his support fleet and [=B-R5RB=] when a player forgot to pay the rent to his coalition's fortification, and it went up for grabs.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', if you played so poorly that you end up with an E Ranking, you get [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yODLkaF8F-Y this masterpiece]] playing.
* Suicides in ''[[VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany Battlefield: Bad Company 2]]'' will have the game declare your death an "Epic Fail".
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Koumakyou: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil'' has Cirno's "Icicle Fall" spellcard on Easy, which has a blatant blind spot ''directly in front of her''. Even the Stage 1 boss, Rumia, doesn't bear the same kind of stupidity.



* In ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', Blue Shells target the current race leader. If you use a Blue Shell in first place, '''you will hit yourself.'''

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* In ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', Blue Shells target ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'':
** During one section of ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', Guybrush can attempt to "audition" to be
the current race leader. If you use 4th member of Edward Van Helgen's barbershop quartet by singing for him. Every attempt Guybrush makes is especially bad, and is chided by Van Helgen as such, until make a Blue Shell fifth attempt...
--> '''Van Helgen:''' ...that's odd.
--> '''Guybrush:''' What? You like it??
--> '''Van Helgen:''' No, no, no. It was dreadful. It's just that my queasiness has subsided... ...but now I'm beginning to taste metal and see spots before my eyes. I'm afraid that your singing is so bad that it has caused me to have a stroke.
** Parodied
in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan'': at one time when Guybrush guesses the answer to one of De Cava's three-out-of-six questions wrong, Morgan rolls her eyes and says, "Fail," in a ShoutOut to the "FAIL" meme. (Even De Cava says "Failure!" when the question is guessed wrong.) However, this trope (and imminent death) is averted as many times as possible, when De Cava will always repeat the same first place, '''you will hit yourself.'''series of the three questions thanks to the repeated pleadings from Guybrush.



* This is half the fun of ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram''. Nothing says "epic fail" as watching your rocket's thrusters become deadly missiles as they separate from your rocket or, even worse, slam into your cockpit. And then an update made the Space Center buildings themselves, meaning a [[ExpospeakGag rapid unplanned disassembly]] can now result in a surviving kerbal standing forlornly in the smoldering ruins.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has its "Duty Officer System", which allows you to send RedShirts to do boring jobs around the ship and elsewhere. It's not uncommon to see them come back injured or killed, though you have to question their competence when they get injured doing something harmless like scanning particles. It's probably why one of the options for the Klingon characters is listed as "Execute Officers for Incompetence".

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* This is half ''VideoGame/NetHack'' has the fun proud tradition of ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram''. Nothing says "epic fail" as watching your rocket's thrusters become deadly missiles as they separate from your rocket or, even worse, slam into your cockpit. And then an update made the Space Center buildings themselves, meaning a [[ExpospeakGag rapid unplanned disassembly]] can now result in a surviving kerbal standing forlornly in the smoldering ruins.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has its "Duty Officer System", which allows
[=YASD=], or YetAnotherStupidDeath, for when you to send RedShirts to do boring jobs around the ship find a new and elsewhere. exciting way of getting yourself killed.
**
It's not uncommon unusual for a beginning knight to see them come back injured or killed, though you have to question die on their competence when they very first action:
-->Salutations Lancealot, welcome to ''[=NetHack=]''! You are a lawful male human Knight. \\
# ride\\
You slip while trying to
get injured doing something harmless like scanning particles. It's probably why on the saddled pony. --More--\\
You die... Do not pass Go. [[TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}} Do not collect 200]] VideoGame/{{zork}}mids.--More--\\
Lancealot, slipped while mounting a saddled pony.
** Speedrunner ais523 demonstrated that it's possible to die [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9oMSPzChgk before taking one's first turn]] if the RandomNumberGod is hostile enough. [[spoiler:Grayswandir was generated on the upstairs, he picked it up due to autopickup, and it blasted him.]] He estimated the chance of this occurring at roughly
one of the options for the Klingon characters is listed as "Execute Officers for Incompetence".in three million.



* In ''VideoGame/WanganMidnight Maximum Tune'', if you're playing Story Mode or Versus Mode your opponent is less than 700 meters from the goal and is so far ahead of you, the "Keep Going!" alert that shows up at this point doesn't even show up. In other words, you've screwed up so badly that the game implicity tells you that you should just give up all hope of winning.[[note]]This doesn't apply in Ghost Battle mode; when your opponent crosses the finish line, the race will continue and the game will encourage you to [[{{Determinator}} "Run to the very end!"]] so you can record your ghost data; unlike in other modes, Ghost Battle only ends when you cross the finish line or time out (which you'd have to ''try'' to do, as the timer is extremely lenient).[[/note]]
* In ''Pokemon Art Academy'', every single one of your rival's drawings is this. He improves as time goes on, but only marginally.
* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare'', SnakeOilSalesman Nigel West Dickens tries to create and market a zombie repellant. He somehow creates zombie ''bait.''
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'':
** It takes a fair bit of effort for a fairly zippy Hellcat to get encircled and outflanked in a pincer movement by a slow-as-dirt TOG II, [[https://youtu.be/DzC_Ryr3Zvc?t=21m31s but it is both possible and hilarious]].
** Anytime someone doesn't know the map very well or doesn't watch where they're driving, incompetence will make itself known. Most notably, players accidentally driving into deep lakes or along roads that lead them off cliffs at full speed, leading to the amusing spectacle of a (briefly) airborne light tank.
** Some vehicles specialize in firing high explosive rounds, mostly anything that packs a howitzer. It's possible to fire the weapon at an enemy that's next to you and kill ''yourself'' because of SplashDamage and the GlassCannon nature of many howitzer-packing machines.
** Players who forget the relative weights of tanks and try to ram something bigger than themselves will often end up suiciding on the heavier hull of an opponent while merely dealing ScratchDamage to their victim. Incredibly hilarious when a string of light vehicles do this on a single hugely heavy target.
** The Erlenberg map provides numerous opportunities for players on both sides to screw up in amazing ways (mostly involving stupidity near water) and has become known as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFaPhSEUNRY Derpenberg]].
* A relative of ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'' is ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarships'', and it should come as no surprise that some embarrassing failures have come out of this game as well. Inherently foolish mistakes like ramming larger craft with smaller ones happen, but the kicker probably has to be [[https://youtu.be/djemtzmh3tI?t=15m21s this battle]] between an intact tier 4 aircraft carrier versus a sub-optimal, badly battered tier 3 destroyer. The carrier manages to lose the encounter... [[HoistByHisOwnPetard by torpedoing himself with his own bombers]] while trying to sink the destroyer.
* ''VideoGame/DrakeOfThe99Dragons'' has a scene rather early on where Drake starts to get stronger from stolen souls, declares himself invincible...and then immediately ''jumps out of a penthouse window'' to his death.
* ''VideoGame/{{QWOP}}''. Apparently, your country's Olympic training program is so underfunded that athletes in training don't even know how to ''walk'' and even just "running" ten meters by hopping and doing the splits is considered an achievement. Which leads to these things happening far more than they should:
** Walking backwards far enough to not only achieve a negative distance, but also hit the concrete wall behind you.
** Flipping 720 degrees before hitting your head on the ground.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCGoIpP0ulg Falling through the ground!]]



* ''[[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} Dota 2]]'' has enough ways for players to fail horribly that it warranted its own long-running "[[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE14F2057980335BE Fails of the Week]]" series. Heroes that are particularly prone to this include Pudge[[note]]whose hook snags the first unit it touches - friend or foe - and pulls them back to Pudge... that is, if he [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy doesn't just miss outright]][[/note]], Naga Siren[[note]]whose ultimate, Song of the Siren, puts nearby enemies to sleep but also makes them invulnerable, which can easily screw up allies' spell combos[[/note]], and (for some reason) Nature's Prophet.
* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' has a boss named the Brigand Cannon. It's a massive cannon with several brigands manning it, one of which is the Brigand Lighter, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin who lights it]]. Once lit, the cannon will fire, doing massive damage to the party... except for that rare occasion when it ''misfires''. This ''reduces your party's stress'', as they take amusement (and relief) in being spared.
* ''Tales of Symphonia'' has the cooking mechanic. Every recipe has a chance of failing. The first recipe in the game is for a Sandwich. Which leads to a wonderful post-battle message that reads ''Failed at making a Sandwich''.
** This is especially heinous/hilarious with Raine, who only uses the most basic ingredients to cook anything. All that Sandwiches require in this game is bread. Raine can fail at ''serving bread.''
* In ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot'', when you beat a stage, you're beat over the head with the crates you missed. In the UpdatedRerelease, Crash physically reacts to the crates, covering his head - after ten crates, he takes a knee; after twenty crates, he flops on the ground, covering his head. After 30 crates, he gives up and just lets them pummel him.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', during [[BrutalBonusLevel The Perfect Run]], it is entirely possible to fall off the edge of the planet where the Star is. Yes, really. Not the area where the Star appeared in The Ultimate Test, but a completely separate planet with no real hazards whatsoever. There is no possible reasonable explanation for why you'd do this.
* In ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', the "Ice Pillar Smash" bonus game involves tapping the Punch button to build up strength so your hero can [[BrickBreak break a stack of four huge blocks of ice in half]]. Normally, failure to do this results in smashing "only" one to three of these blocks. However, if your strength is low enough, your hero will ''break his wrist'' on the blocks, complete with an OhCrap face and LosingHorns. The only way to see this is to put in no effort whatsoever.



* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 2002'', Orochi Shermie has a hidden move, usable only at low health, in which she stuns her opponent with an [[ShockAndAwe electric burst]] and then calls down a bolt of lightning. Problem is, not only is the location chosen at random, but Shermie herself is not immune to it. Cue the dramatic scene of Shermie calling to the heavens, complete with a distant shot of the thunder clouds as the lightning comes down... and the all-powerful wielder of lightning being [[HoistByHisOwnPetard fatally struck by her own element]]. All while her opponent survives completely unscathed. [[SetSwordsToStun KO!]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 2002'', Orochi Shermie ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Annoying trainers in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' (and the remakes) will call you every once in a while...and some call to say that they failed to catch a ''Pidgey''. Yes, a ''[[ComMons Pidgey]]''. You have about a 33% chance of catching Pidgey that's at full strength with no status conditions and a plain old Poké Ball, yet they were ''trying'' and couldn't catch it!
** ''"Hitmonlee used High Jump Kick! Hitmonlee kept going and crashed! Hitmonlee fainted!"'' [[note]]High Jump Kick
has a hidden 10% chance of missing, and when it does it takes off half of the user's max HP. Using this move can easily result in knocking your own Pokemon out. The move used to give back half the damage it would have inflicted on the target, so failing to hit a target with a large pool of HP or low defense, like a Blissey, would definitely have killed the user.[[/note]]
** ''"Foe Geodude used Selfdestruct! It doesn't affect Gengar... Geodude fainted!"'' [[note]]Selfdestruct is a move that deals massive damage to the opponent(s), but also knocks out the user. As a [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Normal-type
move, it does not affect Ghost-types]] such as Gengar. Similarly embarrassing is using Selfdestruct against an opponent using Dig, Fly, or Dive - moves which make the user (mostly) invulnerable for one turn).[[/note]]
** ''"Enemy Weezing used Explosion! Enemy Weezing's attack missed! Enemy Weezing fainted!"'' [[note]]In the first generation, every move except Swift had at least a [[OneInAMillionChance 1/256]] chance of missing. This can be increased with moves such as Sand-Attack or Double Team.[[/note]]
** ''"Deoxys is confused! It hurt itself in its confusion! Deoxys fainted!"'' [[note]]Confusion is a status condition in which a Pokemon may attack itself with a 30 base power typeless attack. Some Pokemon, such as Deoxys' Attack Forme, are such [[GlassCannon that they effectively commit suicide when confused]].[[/note]]
** ''"Shedinja used Final Gambit!"'' [[note]]Final Gambit sacrifices the user to deal damage equal to the user's current HP. Shedinja is a OneHitPointWonder, in a game where literally every other Pokémon can achieve over 100 HP (and many of them get well over 200) if its level is high enough.[[/note]]
** ''Electrode used [[TakingYouWithMe Explosion]]! Electrode fainted! [[YetAnotherStupidDeath Red is out of
usable Pokémon! Red blacked out!]]''
** In ''Pokemon Art Academy'', every single one of your rival's drawings is this. He improves as time goes on, but
only at low health, in marginally.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' universe, it is revealed that the attempts of the Aperture Science researchers to put {{Restraining Bolt}}s on their {{AI|IsACrapshoot}} MasterComputer [=GLaDOS=] approaches the level of this trope. When they first attempted to wake her up, she went [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters homicidally]] [[KillAllHumans berserk]] within 1/14 of a picosecond. Their solution to this was to attach all sorts of personality cores to her to modify her behavior, including one that fed her a cake recipe; another that was, if anything, even more murderous than she was; and one that fed her stupid ideas to counter her intelligence. Yet after all this, they were easily suckered into giving her access to a [[DeadlyGas deadly neurotoxin]], with
which she stuns her killed them. Their epic failure comes full circle when the aforementioned "Intelligence Dampening Sphere" ends up [[spoiler:taking over the Enrichment Center from [=GLaDOS=] and nearly destroying it]], thanks to the same built-in imperatives designed to control her.
** It's best to say that Aperture Science only succeeds through epic failure. The portal gun was originally intended as a shower curtain. The acceleration and repulsion gels were intended as dietary aids, and some supplementary materials indicate that [=GLaDOS=] was originally intended to de-ice fuel lines. Nothing Aperture Science ever built functioned as intended, and they were too poorly managed to turn lemons into lemonade with what they did have.
*** [[CrazyAwesome They instead took the lemons and turned them into incendiary grenades]].
* ''VideoGame/{{QWOP}}''. Apparently, your country's Olympic training program is so underfunded that athletes in training don't even know how to ''walk'' and even just "running" ten meters by hopping and doing the splits is considered an achievement. Which leads to these things happening far more than they should:
** Walking backwards far enough to not only achieve a negative distance, but also hit the concrete wall behind you.
** Flipping 720 degrees before hitting your head on the ground.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCGoIpP0ulg Falling through the ground!]]
* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare'', SnakeOilSalesman Nigel West Dickens tries to create and market a zombie repellant. He somehow creates zombie ''bait.''
* ''VideoGame/RedFaction Guerilla'' is a game where WreakingHavok and EverythingBreaks is par for the course. Protagonist Alec Mason is MadeOfIron and is a OneManArmy when it comes to StuffBlowingUp and [[DropTheHammer Dropping the Hammer.]] This is a person who is expected to walk into an enemy installation and come out the other side effectively having traversed a straight line. However, as noted by [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]], it is possible to kill yourself by chopping away at a building's supports, with the [[TheRuntAtTheEnd very last sliver of plumbing]] holding out far longer than is proper, and having the stupid thing drop on you. It is possible for Alec Mason to kill himself with a ''hollow dome house'' this way, when three dozen infantry squads and their vehicles are so much hammer fodder.
* From ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', we have...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NysMwcSG648 this]].
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'': Failing to cook a dish that you have a 90% success rate for will result in a Super Fail. The game plays with the trope in that not only are Super Fails a favored gift for Sofia (one of your [[DatingSim potential brides]]) but they're a powerful poison, that can take chunks of life off even bosses.
* Entering "Epic Fail" in ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' creates a nuclear explosion that kills everything onscreen, including the player.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** In the Last Story of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', when Perfect Chaos starts rampaging, Dr. Eggman flies in with his Egg Carrier 2, a new version of the huge ship he piloted for most of the game. Eggman made it specifically for if Chaos went out of control like he was doing at that moment. Chaos took it down in one blast.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'', after defeating the boss of Chemical Plant Zone, it's very possible for a player who has let their guard down to fall through one of the tiles.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', if you played so poorly that you end up with an E Ranking, you get [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yODLkaF8F-Y this masterpiece]] playing.
* In the ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'' series, likely half of TheManyDeathsOfYou are Epic Fails of some kind for protagonist Roger Wilco. Probably the biggest is right at the start of ''Space Quest III'', where attempting to pick up a piece of scrap metal lying on a ship one room away would result in Wilco cutting himself. Most people would just get a gash on their palm or finger, albeit one needing to be disinfected and bandaged. Wilco, on the other hand, manages to ''sever an artery'' and promptly dies of blood loss. Approximate playing time from start to death: 20 seconds.
* ''{{VideoGame/Spelunky}}'s'' pseudo-random level generator coupled with its extremely {{roguelike}} style of platforming often leads to [[RuleOfCool over-the-top]], [[HilarityEnsues awesomely funny]], [[YetAnotherStupidDeath accidental deaths]] caused by [[LeeroyJenkins careless]] or [[RandomNumberGod unlucky]] players.
** For example, in the first major area of the caves, it is possible to misjudge a fall and [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou stun yourself on impact with the ground]], triggering an [[RagnarokProofing ancient arrow trap]] and alerting a [[GoddamnedBats bat]] in the process. As you lay there stunned, the arrow bounces off a nearby wall and hits you, the force of the impact [[BlownAcrossTheRoom flinging you to a nearby overhang]]. [[LedgeBats The bat then hits you, the impact pushing you off]]...onto a [[SpikesOfDoom bed of spikes]]. Granted, the bat is what actually kills you in this example; [[HumiliationConga the spikes just add insult to injury]].
* ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'': Not with the game itself but for a piece of hardware designed specifically for the game, Steel Series released a [[http://gamingweapons.com/starcraft-2-zboard-keyset/ StarCraft II-themed keyboard]], only they misspelt "protoss".
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has its "Duty Officer System", which allows you to send RedShirts to do boring jobs around the ship and elsewhere. It's not uncommon to see them come back injured or killed, though you have to question their competence when they get injured doing something harmless like scanning particles. It's probably why one of the options for the Klingon characters is listed as "Execute Officers for Incompetence".
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'': Ryu's attacks can be used to cancel and punish anyone and anything from Raging Demons to Shinryukens... unless your name is Hugo (from VideoGame/FinalFight) and you plow through those punishing attacks.
** Likewise, Akuma's Raging Demon is a fearsome attack, able to kill a man [[EvilVersusEvil with his own sins.]] What can stop such a unstoppable attack? ''Dan Hibiki's [[VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever Otoko Michi]] and [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Shisso Buraiken]] attacks, the first of which '''being a knockoff of Raging Demon itself.'''''
** Dan Hibiki in general takes epic failing to such an art form that he becomes a LethalJokeCharacter.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'': the game tracks Nemesis, for who killed you the most, and Bait, for who you killed the most. Also, there is no FriendlyFireproof here, meaning that you can occasionally kill yourself with a bad grenade toss. The awesome failure comes when a unit is listed as ''its own'' Nemesis ''and'' Bait. Meaning he committed grenade-related [[ArtificialStupidity suicide]] more often than he killed ''anyone else''.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', during [[BrutalBonusLevel The Perfect Run]], it is entirely possible to fall off the edge of the planet where the Star is. Yes, really. Not the area where the Star appeared in The Ultimate Test, but a completely separate planet with no real hazards whatsoever. There is no possible reasonable explanation for why you'd do this.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
** The infamous ''Brawl'' video wherein Fox jumps up in the air, then comes down in a Landmaster, which promptly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UbvVe4YHCA falls through the tiny hole in the center of the Yoshi's Island (Melee) stage.]]
** Sometimes when fighting the Ice Climbers, killing Popo but leaving Nana alive results in Nana smashing you off the stage by herself. Especially funny when it happens on the last stock, netting Ice Climbers the victory.
** When demonstrating how Lucario's aura was buffed for ''[=WiiU/3DS=]'' compared to ''Brawl'', Sakurai demonstrates a potential downside to it by having Lucario use his Up-Special and flying away from the lower blast zone on one side of the stage, over the platform, and landing in the lower blast zone on the ''other'' side of the stage.
** A fully charged Wario Waft is one of the strongest moves in the game. However, it also possesses a unique property in that Wario is able to KO himself with it if he flies off the top of screen as a result of its upwards propulsion. It's all too possible to land a decisive blow and simultaneously KO yourself in the process if you aren't careful with it.
* ''Tales of Symphonia'' has the cooking mechanic. Every recipe has a chance of failing. The first recipe in the game is for a Sandwich. Which leads to a wonderful post-battle message that reads ''Failed at making a Sandwich''.
** This is especially heinous/hilarious with Raine, who only uses the most basic ingredients to cook anything. All that Sandwiches require in this game is bread. Raine can fail at ''serving bread.''
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Lose an Arena round without killing a single opponent, and you get the message "[[FlawlessVictory FLAWLESS]] [[InvertedTrope DEFEAT]]!"
--> '''The Administrator:''' "You didn't kill ''any'' of them!" "...next time, try killing ''one'' of them."
** It's also possible to total party wipe in Mann vs. Machine mode, at which point the Administrator is also most displeased.
--> '''The Administrator''': "Do ''not'' all die at once!"
** In the Replay Update of ''Team Fortress 2'', a contest called the Saxxy Awards was created to share with people their most awesome kills, biggest dominations, and of course, most epic fails. [[http://www.teamfortress.com/saxxyawards/winners.php?category=16 All the lovely fails can be found here.]]
*** The winner was a Soldier who wanted to show off and destroy an enemy dispenser using a taunt kill, but the Engineer moves the dispenser before he can finish the taunt. What makes this an Epic Fail is that said taunt kills the Soldier as well as whoever's standing by, and unfortunately, no one's standing by. You can probably guess what happened.
* In the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' games, when an assassin, spy, gentleman, or ninja fails in a mission, the video of their attempt shows them attempting and then failing in some hilarious fashion. Sometimes it's an amusing or unfortunate error, like stabbing the shadow of a kneeling samurai but just hitting his armor stand, or getting caught trying to set a house on fire. Other times, the failure will be something hilariously epic. For example, a gentleman engaging in a duel, but his weapon misfires, and while investigating the faulty pistol, he ends up [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8JSH-brgBg shooting himself in the face]]. Or an assassin waiting behind a door to stab a target, only to end up stabbing himself when the target slams the door into his face.
** ''VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2'' has a failure animation for a Ninja assassination. Ninja sneaks inside a castle perched high up on a cliff. Ninja finds target looking out over a balcony over said cliff. Ninja takes a run up to attempt a flying kick at the target's head to force him over the balcony. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Target ducks]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Koumakyou: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil'' has Cirno's "Icicle Fall" spellcard on Easy, which has a blatant blind spot ''directly in front of her''. Even the Stage 1 boss, Rumia, doesn't bear the same kind of stupidity.
* Reportedly, it is possible in the ''{{VideoGame/X-COM}}'' SpiritualSuccessor games ''[[VideoGame/UFOAfterBlank UFO: After* ]]'' to throw a grenade so poorly that it lands yards behind your thrower. Without bouncing.
** Hell, that's not too far a stretch from the [[RedShirt abysmal soldier stats]] of ''X-COM'' proper.
* In ''Videogame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', when dueling Bandit Keith, he can and will tribute three monsters to summon the Winged Dragon of Ra... in Sphere Mode. A Divine Monster with 0 Attack and Defense. (Even worse, a Divine Monster cannot defeat any other monster using the [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Attribute advantage house rules]], making it ''completely'' worthless. This is even funnier if beforehand, his monsters had been defeating you.)
* In ''VideoGame/WanganMidnight Maximum Tune'', if you're playing Story Mode or Versus Mode your
opponent with an [[ShockAndAwe electric burst]] is less than 700 meters from the goal and then calls down a bolt is so far ahead of lightning. Problem is, not only is you, the location chosen "Keep Going!" alert that shows up at random, but Shermie herself is not immune to it. Cue this point doesn't even show up. In other words, you've screwed up so badly that the dramatic scene game implicity tells you that you should just give up all hope of Shermie calling to winning.[[note]]This doesn't apply in Ghost Battle mode; when your opponent crosses the heavens, complete with a distant shot of finish line, the thunder clouds as the lightning comes down... race will continue and the all-powerful wielder game will encourage you to [[{{Determinator}} "Run to the very end!"]] so you can record your ghost data; unlike in other modes, Ghost Battle only ends when you cross the finish line or time out (which you'd have to ''try'' to do, as the timer is extremely lenient).[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'':
** It takes a fair bit
of lightning being effort for a fairly zippy Hellcat to get encircled and outflanked in a pincer movement by a slow-as-dirt TOG II, [[https://youtu.be/DzC_Ryr3Zvc?t=21m31s but it is both possible and hilarious]].
** Anytime someone doesn't know the map very well or doesn't watch where they're driving, incompetence will make itself known. Most notably, players accidentally driving into deep lakes or along roads that lead them off cliffs at full speed, leading to the amusing spectacle of a (briefly) airborne light tank.
** Some vehicles specialize in firing high explosive rounds, mostly anything that packs a howitzer. It's possible to fire the weapon at an enemy that's next to you and kill ''yourself'' because of SplashDamage and the GlassCannon nature of many howitzer-packing machines.
** Players who forget the relative weights of tanks and try to ram something bigger than themselves will often end up suiciding on the heavier hull of an opponent while merely dealing ScratchDamage to their victim. Incredibly hilarious when a string of light vehicles do this on a single hugely heavy target.
** The Erlenberg map provides numerous opportunities for players on both sides to screw up in amazing ways (mostly involving stupidity near water) and has become known as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFaPhSEUNRY Derpenberg]].
* Posted on the old ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' forums in a 'what was your most epic death' thread:
--> I am a warlock. \\
I am ''undead''. \\
I drowned. [[note]] Warlocks have a water breathing spell, and at the time, Forsaken (undead) characters had a breath meter three times longer than anyone else.[[/note]]
* A relative of ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'' is ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarships'', and it should come as no surprise that some embarrassing failures have come out of this game as well. Inherently foolish mistakes like ramming larger craft with smaller ones happen, but the kicker probably has to be [[https://youtu.be/djemtzmh3tI?t=15m21s this battle]] between an intact tier 4 aircraft carrier versus a sub-optimal, badly battered tier 3 destroyer. The carrier manages to lose the encounter...
[[HoistByHisOwnPetard fatally struck by her torpedoing himself with his own element]]. All bombers]] while her opponent survives completely unscathed. [[SetSwordsToStun KO!]]trying to sink the destroyer.
* ''Franchise/{{Worms}}'' gives players the chance to mess up so spectacularly, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP_0PDUEnVE they can compile their most hilarious fails into a conga of comical chew-ups]].
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* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 2002'', Orochi Shermie has a hidden move, usable only at low health, in which she stuns her opponent with an [[ShockAndAwe electric burst]] and then calls down a bolt of lightning. Problem is, not only is the location chosen at random, but Shermie herself is not immune to it. Cue the dramatic scene of Shermie calling to the heavens, complete with a distant shot of the thunder clouds as the lightning comes down... and the all-powerful wielder of lightning being [[HoistByHisOwnPetard fatally struck by her own element]]. All while her opponent survives completely unscathed. [[SetSwordsToStun KO!]]
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* It is possible to commit suicide in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' by standing in any Zanverse field, then using the Photon Art "Maron Strike" or "Melon Strike" while standing in point blank range. This is an ActionRPG where self-inflicted damage almost never happens.
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** Likewise, Akuma's Raging Demon is a fearsome attack, able to kill a man [[EvilVersusEvil with his own sins.]] What can stop such a unstoppable attack? ''Dan Hibiki's [[VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever Otoko Michi]] and [[StreetFighterIV Shisso Buraiken]] attacks, the first of which '''being a knockoff of Raging Demon itself.'''''

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** Likewise, Akuma's Raging Demon is a fearsome attack, able to kill a man [[EvilVersusEvil with his own sins.]] What can stop such a unstoppable attack? ''Dan Hibiki's [[VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever Otoko Michi]] and [[StreetFighterIV [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Shisso Buraiken]] attacks, the first of which '''being a knockoff of Raging Demon itself.'''''
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* In ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', the "Ice Pillar Smash" bonus game involves tapping the Punch button to build up strength so your hero can [[BrickBreak break a stack of four huge blocks of ice in half]]. Normally, failure to do this results in smashing "only" one to three of these blocks. However, if your strength is low enough, your hero will ''break his wrist'' on the blocks, complete with an OhCrap face and LosingHorns. The only way to see this is to put in no effort whatsoever.
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* ''RoosterTeeth'' has a weekly series called ''[[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?sid=fails Fails of the Weak]]'' which is a compilation of the most epic failures ever captured on video for ''VideoGame/HaloReach''.

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* ''RoosterTeeth'' ''Creator/RoosterTeeth'' has a weekly series called ''[[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?sid=fails Fails of the Weak]]'' which is a compilation of the most epic failures ever captured on video for ''VideoGame/HaloReach''.
This list shows the last 10 events of 156. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=EpicFail.VideoGames