History EstablishingCharacterMoment / VideoGames

8th Feb '17 6:59:57 AM Zxzyzx
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' also has a few notable introductions. Primarily, Midna's mysterious and sudden appearance showcases her mockingful and less than serious nature, along with a bit of her JerkAss and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] aspects.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' also has a few notable introductions. Primarily, Midna's mysterious and sudden appearance showcases her mockingful and less than serious nature, along with a bit some of her JerkAss [[JerkAss impertinent]] and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] aspects.



** [[spoiler:Ganon's]] introduction also shows he hasn't lost any of his [[spoiler: cruel or ruthless]] nature.
** Zelda's austere introduction also shows off her more bleak personality compared to the other games.

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** [[spoiler:Ganon's]] [[spoiler:Ganondorf's]] introduction also shows he hasn't lost any of his [[spoiler: cruel or ruthless]] nature.
** Zelda's austere gloomy introduction also shows off her more bleak somber personality compared to the other games.
8th Feb '17 6:52:10 AM Zxzyzx
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' also has a few notable introductions. Primarily, Midna's mysterious and sudden appearance showcases her mockingful and less than serious nature, along with a bit of her JerkAss and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] aspects.
** The times you first see or hear about Zant paint a picture of him as menacing and composed, which is accurate to when you finally get along to meeting him yourself. [[spoiler: Of course, it later turns out he's faking it and is actually quite the opposite - a deranged madman]].
** [[spoiler:Ganon's]] introduction also shows he hasn't lost any of his [[spoiler: cruel or ruthless]] nature.
** Zelda's austere introduction also shows off her more bleak personality compared to the other games.
1st Feb '17 10:25:09 PM Stealth
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** Papyrus shows up on the scene not long after Sans and quickly demonstrates his HotBlooded LargeHam CloudCuckoolander ManChild tendencies in both his speech to his brother and his animation, along with the fact that his brother's puns drive him up the wall, ''especially'' when he's enjoying them.
** Temmie Village is just ''weird'' from the word go. It starts with the music and gets stranger from there, along with the unusually primitive Temmie sprites, their disjointed dialogue, and the fact that logic seems to apply even less than usual with them. You quickly come to realize that Temmies are strange overall.
1st Feb '17 8:45:04 PM KillerClowns
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** [[EruditeStoner Zahua]] from ''The White March'' is found meditating in a barrel of rotting fish guts. He happily explains that meditating in a barrel of rotting fish guts is a perfectly reasonable part of his WarriorMonk training. And that another part of his training is the powerful psychedelic drugs he's been tripping on for the entire conversation.
1st Feb '17 8:39:06 PM KillerClowns
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* In ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'', many of your potential companions get such introductions when you first meet them.
** [[CosmicPlaything Aloth]] is switching between trying to talk his way out of a fight with a bunch of local roughs in a nervous, refined accent, and randomly insulting them in a sharp Scottish-esque brogue. It's blatantly clear he's trying to hide something, but he's doing a terrible job of it; the details are revealed only later.
** [[SadClown Edér]] is smoking a pipe, looking up at a tree full of hanged corpses. He answers the Watcher's questions helpfully, and [[GallowsHumor cracks jokes about the tree even as he notes he's likely to get hung up there himself soon]].
** [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Durance]] is seen [[LargeHam hamtastically]] muttering bizarre things to himself by a statue to Magran. When spoken to, he recognized the Watcher for what they are and dials up the ham. In a swarm of religious metaphors equally poetic and disgustingly crude, he explains himself and offers to follow and serve the Watcher in order to see how they handle the upcoming tests and trials.
** [[WideEyedIdealist Kana Rua]] greets the Watcher jovially, instantly trusting them with no evidence, and muses about Caed Nua's history, about which he proves fairly knowledgable. He also very casually mentions the assassins trying to kill him, noting he's made some efforts to avoid killing them despite their clear desire to murder him.
** [[CreepyGood Grieving Mother]] appears to be just another peasant woman until the Watcher looks closely and sees past her PerceptionFilter.
1st Feb '17 6:59:54 PM Lightning4119
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* Very early into ''Videogame/{{Prototype 2}}'', when James Heller first catches sight of Alex Mercer, he slits the latter's throat. [[HealingFactor It doesn't take,]] but it and the subsequent dogged pursuit firmly show that if anyone can take Alex down, it'll be James and his depleted uranium balls.

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* Very early into The entire first mission of ''Videogame/{{Prototype 2}}'', when 2}}'' is one for James Heller Heller. When first we see him, he's sharpening a large combat knife while inside an APC that is patrolling a zone full of viral zombies. After the rest of his squad is wiped out, he proceeds to kill a Hunter with nothing but the knife. Hunters are known to tear apart ''tanks'' with minimal effort. When he catches sight of up to Alex Mercer, he slits the latter's throat. [[HealingFactor It doesn't take,]] but it and the subsequent dogged pursuit firmly show that if anyone can take Alex down, it'll be James and his depleted uranium balls. It's so impressive that Mercer infects him rather than simply eat him.


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* In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'', Isaac Carver is quickly established as a non-action engineer who's only on the Ishimura mission to find his girlfriend. His ActionSurvivor tendencies don't get established until later on.
** A minor version happens in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', considering we've already got Isaac as a returning character, but if you didn't play it, you'll get two moments that very quickly tell you what kind of a man Isaac is. When things first go to hell, the man who's trying to rescue him gets turned into a Necromorph about six inches away from Isaac's face - and his response is to ''headbutt it''. When he's cut loose from his straightjacket a little later, Isaac jury-rigs a surgical plasma cutter and a flashlight together into a serviceable weapon - that can carry you through the entire game - in about five seconds. Badass engineer cred proven, along with the assurance that his two years in the loony bin haven't slowed him down.


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* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', within the first level Adam Jensen is shown to be snarky, sniping at Pritchard while they're in the elevator and quipping at Megan Reed, but when things get bad he immediately proves [[OneManArmy there's a reason he was hired as chief of security]] when he tears through a pack of corporate mercenaries and survives being beaten to a pulp and ''shot in the head''. Likewise, most of the characters that will prove to be significant get minor establishing moments in the first ten minutes.
14th Jan '17 7:11:06 PM nombretomado
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* If you're an IdiotHero in the ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' series, you'll have one of these for sure.

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* If you're an IdiotHero in the ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' series, you'll have one of these for sure.
5th Dec '16 2:14:07 PM DustSnitch
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* [[MeaningfulName Id]] of ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' first appears destroying everything in sight in his giant [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority red]] robot, then gets the [[CoolShip Yggdrasil]] dropped on him while he's threatening [[TheLancer Bart]]. Bart and his crew on the ship breathe a sigh of relief, then [[OhCrap the ship's bulkheads start to buckle]] [[{{Badass}} as Id lifts it up into the air with one hand.]]

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* [[MeaningfulName Id]] of ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' first appears destroying everything in sight in his giant [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority red]] robot, then gets the [[CoolShip Yggdrasil]] dropped on him while he's threatening [[TheLancer Bart]]. Bart and his crew on the ship breathe a sigh of relief, then [[OhCrap the ship's bulkheads start to buckle]] [[{{Badass}} as Id lifts it up into the air with one hand.]]



*** Rufus Shinra's introduction when he arrives in a helicopter to find his father killed by Sephiroth. Aerith/Aeris says of him "I've heard that no one's ever seen him bleed or cry." His appointment speech, along with fighting SuperSoldier Cloud and surviving, and managing to escape by holding on to the helicopter with one hand while heavily wounded all perfectly establish him as the BadAss CorruptCorporateExecutive that he is.

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*** Rufus Shinra's introduction when he arrives in a helicopter to find his father killed by Sephiroth. Aerith/Aeris says of him "I've heard that no one's ever seen him bleed or cry." His appointment speech, along with fighting SuperSoldier Cloud and surviving, and managing to escape by holding on to the helicopter with one hand while heavily wounded all perfectly establish him as the BadAss badass CorruptCorporateExecutive that he is.



* Rachel from the Xbox remake of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' appears staring down a fiend larger than herself and {{One Hit Kill}}ing it. This particular type of fiend is one that remains annoying even with later health and weapon upgrades. CutscenePowerToTheMax or not, it nicely makes her out to be some {{Badass}} ActionGirl...so it's funny how Ryu ends up having to save her repeatedly, eh? From the same title, Gamov shows himself by speaking up from a hitherto unseen corner, making some cryptic comments and then showing a capacity for OffscreenTeleportation that leaves our {{Ninja}} protagonist befuddled, clearly setting up his MysteriousWatcher role.

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* Rachel from the Xbox remake of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' appears staring down a fiend larger than herself and {{One Hit Kill}}ing it. This particular type of fiend is one that remains annoying even with later health and weapon upgrades. CutscenePowerToTheMax or not, it nicely makes her out to be some {{Badass}} badass ActionGirl...so it's funny how Ryu ends up having to save her repeatedly, eh? From the same title, Gamov shows himself by speaking up from a hitherto unseen corner, making some cryptic comments and then showing a capacity for OffscreenTeleportation that leaves our {{Ninja}} protagonist befuddled, clearly setting up his MysteriousWatcher role.



** The intro sequence of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea5}}'' tells us what you need to know about the two leads -- [[{{Ojou}} Seraphina]] [[TheBeautifulElite would rather enjoy herself]] [[UpperClassTwit than understand what fighting the Lost amounts to]], and [[{{Badass}} Killia]] [[BigEater loves to enjoy a good bowl of curry]] [[CurbStompBattle before wrecking his enemies' shit]].

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** The intro sequence of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea5}}'' tells us what you need to know about the two leads -- [[{{Ojou}} Seraphina]] [[TheBeautifulElite would rather enjoy herself]] [[UpperClassTwit than understand what fighting the Lost amounts to]], and [[{{Badass}} Killia]] Killia [[BigEater loves to enjoy a good bowl of curry]] [[CurbStompBattle before wrecking his enemies' shit]].



** Wes of ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' has the best introduction of any character in the series, handheld or not--he ''blows up a criminal hideout with dynamite''. As the only non-KidHero playable, he already stood out, but it was that moment that marked him as one of the best human {{badass}}es in the series.

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** Wes of ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' has the best introduction of any character in the series, handheld or not--he ''blows up a criminal hideout with dynamite''. As the only non-KidHero playable, he already stood out, but it was that moment that marked him as one of the best human {{badass}}es badasses in the series.



** Thane Krios' first appearance has him show up in the middle of a conversation, [[{{Badass}} breaking necks and coldly shooting his target]] - before bowing his head in prayer. Shepard asks him why he's praying for a monster, and he replies that [[TheAtoner he's praying for himself.]]

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** Thane Krios' first appearance has him show up in the middle of a conversation, [[{{Badass}} breaking necks and coldly shooting his target]] target - before bowing his head in prayer. Shepard asks him why he's praying for a monster, and he replies that [[TheAtoner he's praying for himself.]]



** Yuri is introduced [[{{Badass}} looking awesome]] in the Lower Quarter. Within his first few lines he reveals his Flynncentric inferiority complex, then leaps out the window to go rescue the district while [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]] at his dog.

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** Yuri is introduced [[{{Badass}} looking awesome]] awesome in the Lower Quarter. Within his first few lines he reveals his Flynncentric inferiority complex, then leaps out the window to go rescue the district while [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]] at his dog.



** Tear shows up to assassinate Van at Luke's manor, [[{{Badass}} easily taking out]] all the guards with a [[MusicalAssassin fonic hymn.]] When she and Luke are then teleported miles away from the fight, [[CodeOfHonour she declares that it's her duty to see him safely back.]]

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** Tear shows up to assassinate Van at Luke's manor, [[{{Badass}} easily taking out]] out all the guards with a [[MusicalAssassin fonic hymn.]] When she and Luke are then teleported miles away from the fight, [[CodeOfHonour she declares that it's her duty to see him safely back.]]



** Kratos saves the rest of the party and [[{{Badass}} takes out a group of mooks with no trouble.]] He behaves quite [[TheStoic coldly]], although he reacts strangely [[{{Foreshadowing}} when Lloyd reveals his name.]]

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** Kratos saves the rest of the party and [[{{Badass}} takes out a group of mooks with no trouble.]] trouble. He behaves quite [[TheStoic coldly]], although he reacts strangely [[{{Foreshadowing}} when Lloyd reveals his name.]]



* ''VideoGame/Doom2016'': Mere seconds after waking up and finding himself surrounded by zombies, the Doomguy breaks free of the manacles holding him, backhands the first one to get near him hard enough to draw blood, then grabs and smashes its head into the slab/operating table he's on hard enough to [[YourHeadASplode turn it into a bloody smear]]. Even if you've never played any of the previous games, you'll know instantly why he's one of the iconic {{Badass}}es of FPS.

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* ''VideoGame/Doom2016'': Mere seconds after waking up and finding himself surrounded by zombies, the Doomguy breaks free of the manacles holding him, backhands the first one to get near him hard enough to draw blood, then grabs and smashes its head into the slab/operating table he's on hard enough to [[YourHeadASplode turn it into a bloody smear]]. Even if you've never played any of the previous games, you'll know instantly why he's one of the iconic {{Badass}}es badasses of FPS.
13th Nov '16 9:36:29 PM AlisonPuzzle
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** An odd case with [[spoiler: Sans again, this time in his boss fight.]] You may have [[spoiler: met him before]], now things are completely different, as they are [[Understatement irked]] at you, and show it through [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard cheating, taking the first attack]], [[CombatPragmatist starting with an absurdly strong attack]], and [[SNKBoss generally making your life hell]].

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** An odd case with [[spoiler: Sans again, this time in his boss fight.]] You may have [[spoiler: met him before]], now things are completely different, as they are [[Understatement [[{{Understatement}} irked]] at you, and show it through [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard cheating, taking the first attack]], [[CombatPragmatist starting with an absurdly strong attack]], and [[SNKBoss generally making your life hell]].
1st Sep '16 4:31:19 AM AnotherEpicFail
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** Illuminati handler [[ComedicSociopath Kirsten Geary]] introduces herself to new recruits with a scream of "I FUCKING LOVE OLD-SCHOOL HIP-HOP! DON'T YOU?" apparently for the sake of surprising you. The rest of her introduction is spent [[MotorMouth bombarding you with a high-speed stream of instructions]], pausing only to inform you that any failure on your part will reflect badly on her - and result in her [[YouHaveFailedMe nailing your head to the wall]] [[MakeAnExampleOfThem as a warning to the next fuckup]].

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** Illuminati handler [[ComedicSociopath Kirsten Geary]] introduces herself to new recruits with a scream of "I FUCKING LOVE OLD-SCHOOL HIP-HOP! DON'T YOU?" apparently just for the sake of surprising you. The rest of her introduction is spent [[MotorMouth bombarding you with a high-speed stream of instructions]], pausing only to inform you that any failure on your part will reflect badly on her - and result in her [[YouHaveFailedMe nailing your head to the wall]] [[MakeAnExampleOfThem as a warning to the next fuckup]].



** Also in the Illuminati introduction, [[MadScientist Dr Zurn]] gets his moment when the player wakes up strapped to an operating table in his lab. At one point, Zurn holds up a syringe and ominously asks "[[Film/MarathonMan Is it safe]]?" only to crack up and admit that he was just kidding. Then, while [[{{Keet}} spinning around]] in [[SwivelChairAntics his swivel chair]] and taking hits from a [[FunctionalAddict suspicious-looking inhaler]], he gives you a full-body workout for your new powers with a single injection. Undoubtedly crazy, [[AffablyEvil surprisingly amiable]], and [[BunnyEarsLawyer undeniably effective]].

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** Also in the Illuminati introduction, [[MadScientist Dr Zurn]] gets his moment when the player wakes up strapped to an operating table in his lab. At one point, Zurn Having already asked security guards if they've ever seen people void their bowels under the influence of pink noise and cheerfully informed players that they're about to lose all motor function, he then holds up a syringe and ominously asks "[[Film/MarathonMan Is it safe]]?" only to crack up and admit that he was safe]]? Nah, I'm just kidding. fuckin' with ya." Then, while [[{{Keet}} spinning around]] in [[SwivelChairAntics his swivel chair]] and taking hits from a [[FunctionalAddict suspicious-looking inhaler]], he gives you a full-body workout for your new powers with a single injection. Undoubtedly crazy, [[AffablyEvil surprisingly amiable]], and [[BunnyEarsLawyer undeniably effective]].



** [[CoolOldLady Dame Julia]] of the Templars phones you apropos of nothing, and [[TechnologicallyBlindElders spends the first few seconds trying to figure out which button she should press next]] and [[GrumpyOldMan grumbling loudly]] about being given a smartphone by the tech division ("I don't need smart, I need functional!"), before informing you that you're in line for a promotion - but you'll have to do a little something extra if you want to earn it. She then asks you to return to London at your earliest convenience... your earliest convenience being ''right now.''

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** [[CoolOldLady Dame Julia]] of the Templars phones you apropos of nothing, and [[TechnologicallyBlindElders spends the first few seconds trying to figure out which button she should press next]] and [[GrumpyOldMan grumbling loudly]] about being given a smartphone by the tech division ("I don't need smart, I need functional!"), before informing you that you're in line for a promotion - but you'll have to do a little something extra if you want to earn it. She then asks you to return to London at your earliest convenience... your earliest convenience being ''right now.''''
** [[FortuneTeller Madame Roget]] kicks off "The Raven" by waving her hands over her crystal ball and speaking of things to come in a blatantly fake Romany accent, giving every impression of being being a bog-standard PhonyPsychic... only for her to drop the accent and refuse all offers of readings for money. ''Then'' she admits to suffering nightmares - nightmares that just so happen to come true, and the course of the mission proves that she isn't lying.''
** Ellis Hill immediately proves himself more than just an ordinary small-town mechanic by drawing a gun on you and demanding - in a strangely ''official'' way - that you identify yourself. Once he calms down, he offers a handshake; naturally, [[HandshakeRefusal you're a little hesitant to return it]], but Ellis actually approves, noting that handshakes can "give away a lot of a person's soul." And every word he says gives the subtle impression that there's something ''off'' about Ellis...
** "The Breakfast Cult" serves as this to the surviving members of [[WizardingSchool Innsmouth Academy]]: Headmaster [[CloudCuckooLander Hayden Montag]] scarcely seems bothered by the mass-slaughter of all other faculty members or the monsters currently besieging his office, blithely observing that accidents like this are hardly out of the ordinary at Innsmouth ("You cannot vivisect a ghoul without breaking a few legs!") and assuring you that a full investigation will follow as soon as new staff have been hired and their [[BreadEggsMilkSquick predecessors' corpses have been dissolved with acid]]. Meanwhile, [[HotWitch Ms Annabel Usher]] does her best to [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder keep Montag from drifting too far off track]] or from revealing anything ''too'' unpleasant, all the while [[TeamMom keeping an concerned eye on Carter]]. Carter herself spends most of the mission intro sitting at the computer, extensively bloodstained and quite clearly shell-shocked - and the two remaining staff members seem to be [[MacGuffinSuperPerson doing their best to keep her out of danger]]...
** On seeing you approaching, Marianne Chen tries to discourage you from getting any closer by bombarding you with regulations and official-sounding declarations... only to collapse into nervous stuttering and give up on the facade once it becomes clear that you're not buying it. She then admits that she's the only surviving member of the CDC investigators, having seen the rest of her team succumb to the Filth over the last few days, leaving her alone in the camp, too scared to leave and too scared to take off her hazmat suit.
-->[[TheWoobie Frankly, if it didn't violate protocol, I could really use a hug]].
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