History IdiotPlot / VideoGames

11th Mar '18 3:46:02 AM Kadorhal
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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': Snake has been told by both the DARPA chief, Anderson, and the Armstech president, Baker that they each gave up their half of the nuclear code necessary to launch a nuke. Anderson says they got his half by reading his mind, but Baker says that they both have implants in their brains to prevent this very thing. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. Then he finds himself in a cell with Anderson's corpse, which has clearly been rotting for days, despite the fact that Snake spoke with him hours ago. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. Then, as Raven is dying, he tells Snake that the man who he spoke to, ''the man who told him that the terrorists had his code'' was not the DARPA chief, but Decoy Octopus, a master of disguise. Campbell even mentioned this guy during the mission briefing, but the possibility was never broached before then. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. It never occurs to him that everything Octopus said is suspect, including that the terrorists have the codes needed. Otacon even tells him that the card keys are two-way - if the system is unlocked, they lock it, and if it's locked, they unlock it - ''and'' specifically mentions the fact that they're a one-use-only deal and can't, say, immediately re-lock the system after they're used to unlock it. Snake doesn't catch on until it's too late. This guy has an IQ of 180?

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': Snake has been told by both the DARPA chief, Anderson, and the Armstech president, Baker that they each gave up their half of the nuclear code necessary to launch a nuke. Anderson says they got his half by reading his mind, but Baker says that they both have implants in their brains to prevent this very thing. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. Then he finds himself in a cell with Anderson's corpse, which has clearly been rotting for days, despite the fact that Snake spoke with him hours ago. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. Then, as Raven is dying, he tells Snake that the man who he spoke to, ''the man who told him that the terrorists had his code'' was not the DARPA chief, but Decoy Octopus, a master of disguise. Campbell even mentioned this guy during the mission briefing, but the possibility was never broached before then. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. It never occurs to him that everything Octopus said is suspect, including that the terrorists have the codes needed. Otacon even tells him that the card keys Baker gave him are two-way - if the system is unlocked, they lock it, and if it's locked, they unlock it - ''and'' [[{{Foreshadowing}} specifically mentions mentions]] the fact that they're a one-use-only deal and can't, say, immediately re-lock the system after they're used to unlock it. Snake doesn't catch on until it's too late. This guy has an IQ of 180?
9th Feb '18 3:31:18 PM jormis29
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21st Jan '18 3:02:24 PM Kadorhal
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* The ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' game as well as the ''X3'' trilogy and ''X: Rebirth'' sequels (''X2: The Threat'' is a completely different story altogether) would have never happened in the first place had the developers not written [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory]] that made responsible the existence of an IdiotPlot. Had the Terrans possessed the common sense to take their time to meticulously and thoroughly fix that one buggy software update meant for the Terraformers, there would be no rampant genocidal self-replicating robots out there to menace the galaxy, if not, the universe, and there also would not have been made possible the birth of an offshoot faction of the Terrans who would end up becoming a LostColony and then get locked into a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with their parent faction over seven centuries later because of paranoiac xenophobia of Artificial General Intelligence ships. It's not like there was some sort of deadline to test it out on the Terraformers or something (although we may never know if there was a something like that). However, [[HumansAreMorons since the virtue of patience isn't found on the Terrans]], [[AIIsACrapshoot we all knew what happened next]]. It seems the developers decided to make an IdiotPlot [[EnforcedTrope the driving force]] of the ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' games as we know today.

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* The ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' game as well as the ''X3'' trilogy and ''X: Rebirth'' sequels (''X2: The Threat'' is a completely different story altogether) would have never happened in the first place had the developers not written [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory]] that made responsible the existence of an IdiotPlot. Had the Terrans possessed the common sense to take their time to meticulously and thoroughly fix that one buggy software update meant for the Terraformers, there would be no rampant genocidal self-replicating robots out there to menace the galaxy, if not, not the universe, and there also would not have been made possible the birth of an offshoot faction of the Terrans who would end up becoming a LostColony and then get locked into a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with their parent faction over seven centuries later because of paranoiac xenophobia of Artificial General Intelligence ships. It's not like there was some sort of deadline to test it out on the Terraformers or something (although we may never know if there was a something like that). However, [[HumansAreMorons since the virtue of patience isn't found on the Terrans]], [[AIIsACrapshoot we all knew what happened next]]. It seems the developers decided to make an IdiotPlot [[EnforcedTrope the driving force]] of the ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' games as we know today.



* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': Snake has been told by both the DARPA chief, Anderson, and the Armstech president, Baker that they each gave up their half of the nuclear code necessary to launch a nuke. Anderson says they got his half by reading his mind, but Baker says that they both have implants in their brains to prevent this very thing. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. Then he finds himself in a cell with Anderson's corpse, which has clearly been rotting for days, despite the fact that Snake spoke with him hours ago. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. Then, as Raven is dying, he tells Snake that the man who he spoke to, ''the man who told him that the terrorists had his code'' was not the DARPA chief, but Decoy Octopus, a master of disguise. Campbell even mentioned this guy during the mission briefing, but the possibility was never broached before then. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. It never occurs to him that everything Octopus said is suspect, including that the terrorists have the codes needed. Otacon even tells him that the card keys are two-way; if the system is unlocked, they lock it, and if it's locked, they unlock it. Snake doesn't catch on until it's too late. This guy has an IQ of 180?
** Play the entirety of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' and count the number of times Snake has a completely clear, uninhibited shot at [[BigBad Liquid Ocelot]] and doesn't simply pull the trigger. The events of the game could have been solved as early as the ''first act'' had Snake [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shot the guy]]. It's idiotic enough even when you don't factor in how Snake ''has'' to try to get close the first time, because he insists on using his pistol for the job - despite invariably having picked up at least one long arm that could easily make the shot from much further away, without leaving him in the midst of five dozen of Ocelot's soldiers who would have immediately reacted to the old guy taking a shot at their leader. Then the next time Snake gets a chance to take Ocelot out, he decides to just stupidly '''wander up to him''' instead of just shooting - not only resulting in him [[CurbStompBattle getting the supreme shit kicked out of him via CQC]], but this is also what allows Liquid to achieve his NearVillainVictory to begin with.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': Snake has been told by both the DARPA chief, Anderson, and the Armstech president, Baker that they each gave up their half of the nuclear code necessary to launch a nuke. Anderson says they got his half by reading his mind, but Baker says that they both have implants in their brains to prevent this very thing. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. Then he finds himself in a cell with Anderson's corpse, which has clearly been rotting for days, despite the fact that Snake spoke with him hours ago. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. Then, as Raven is dying, he tells Snake that the man who he spoke to, ''the man who told him that the terrorists had his code'' was not the DARPA chief, but Decoy Octopus, a master of disguise. Campbell even mentioned this guy during the mission briefing, but the possibility was never broached before then. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. It never occurs to him that everything Octopus said is suspect, including that the terrorists have the codes needed. Otacon even tells him that the card keys are two-way; two-way - if the system is unlocked, they lock it, and if it's locked, they unlock it - ''and'' specifically mentions the fact that they're a one-use-only deal and can't, say, immediately re-lock the system after they're used to unlock it. Snake doesn't catch on until it's too late. This guy has an IQ of 180?
** Play the entirety of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' and count the number of times Snake has a completely clear, uninhibited shot at [[BigBad Liquid Ocelot]] and doesn't simply pull the trigger. The events of the game could have been solved as early as the ''first act'' had Snake [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shot the guy]]. It's idiotic enough even when you don't factor in how Snake ''has'' to try to get close the first time, because he insists on using his pistol for the job - despite invariably having picked up at least one long arm that could easily make the shot from much further away, without leaving him in the midst of five dozen of Ocelot's soldiers who would have immediately reacted to the old guy taking a shot at their leader.leader - or that when he does realize the potential of a long arm for a long-range assassination, only does so for TheDragon who's already been visibly demonstrated multiple times to [[ImplacableMan not be killable by any conventional means]]. Then the next time Snake gets a chance to take Ocelot out, he decides to just stupidly '''wander up to him''' instead of just shooting - not only resulting in him [[CurbStompBattle getting the supreme shit kicked out of him via CQC]], but this is also what allows Liquid to achieve his NearVillainVictory to begin with.
28th Dec '17 10:35:35 AM ShorinBJ
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' the major town in the second act has a castle under generally heavy guard. The chapter would be SO much easier if the king in your party would just come right out and say, "I'm King Albert, here's my proof, and I can vouch for these people." But he never does. Oddly enough he even comes right out and says he will not bring up his royalty to get around, despite the rather massive stakes.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'', the major town in the second act has a castle under generally heavy guard. The chapter would be SO much easier if the king in your party would just come right out and say, "I'm King Albert, here's my proof, and I can vouch for these people." But he never does. Oddly enough enough, he even comes right out and says he will not bring up his royalty to get around, despite the rather massive stakes.



** If the entire cliques are wise enough to not trust Gary's words and lies, there wouldn't have a need for most of the conflicts that happen in the story. The only person who is immune to this is Gary himself, making himself look smart when really its because everyone else is an idiot to trust him in the first place.

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** If the entire cliques are wise enough to not trust Gary's words and lies, there wouldn't have a need for most of the conflicts that happen in the story. The only person who is immune to this is Gary himself, making himself look smart when really its it's because everyone else is an idiot to trust him in the first place.



* Play the entirety of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' and count the number of times Snake has a completely clear, uninhibited shot at [[BigBad Liquid Ocelot]] and doesn't simply pull the trigger. The events of the game could have been solved as early as the ''first act'' had Snake [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shot the guy]]. It's idiotic enough even when you don't factor in how Snake ''has'' to try to get close the first time, because he insists on using his pistol for the job - despite invariably having picked up at least one long arm that could easily make the shot from much further away, without leaving him in the midst of five dozen of Ocelot's soldiers who would have immediately reacted to the old guy taking a shot at their leader. Then the next time Snake gets a chance to take Ocelot out, he decides to just stupidly '''wander up to him''' instead of just shooting - not only resulting in him [[CurbStompBattle getting the supreme shit kicked out of him via CQC]], but this is also what allows Liquid to achieve his NearVillainVictory to begin with.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': Snake has been told by both the DARPA chief, Anderson, and the Armstech president, Baker that they each gave up their half of the nuclear code necessary to launch a nuke. Anderson says they got his half by reading his mind, but Baker says that they both have implants in their brains to prevent this very thing. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. Then he finds himself in a cell with Anderson's corpse, which has clearly been rotting for days, despite the fact that Snake spoke with him hours ago. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. Then, as Raven is dying, he tells Snake that the man who he spoke to, ''the man who told him that the terrorists had his code'' was not the DARPA chief, but Decoy Octopus, a master of disguise. Campbell even mentioned this guy during the mission briefing, but the possibility was never broached before then. Snake is confused, but quickly moves on. It never occurs to him that everything Octopus said is suspect, including that the terrorists have the codes needed. Otacon even tells him that the card keys are two-way; if the system is unlocked, they lock it, and if it's locked, they unlock it. Snake doesn't catch on until it's too late. This guy has an IQ of 180?
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Play the entirety of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' and count the number of times Snake has a completely clear, uninhibited shot at [[BigBad Liquid Ocelot]] and doesn't simply pull the trigger. The events of the game could have been solved as early as the ''first act'' had Snake [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shot the guy]]. It's idiotic enough even when you don't factor in how Snake ''has'' to try to get close the first time, because he insists on using his pistol for the job - despite invariably having picked up at least one long arm that could easily make the shot from much further away, without leaving him in the midst of five dozen of Ocelot's soldiers who would have immediately reacted to the old guy taking a shot at their leader. Then the next time Snake gets a chance to take Ocelot out, he decides to just stupidly '''wander up to him''' instead of just shooting - not only resulting in him [[CurbStompBattle getting the supreme shit kicked out of him via CQC]], but this is also what allows Liquid to achieve his NearVillainVictory to begin with.
12th Dec '17 7:52:18 PM MasterN
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*** On the other hand, at one point in he story, the character flat-out states that they know what's happening, but they need to see it through to fight their 'true enemy' ([[spoiler:[[GreaterScopeVillain Ouroboros]]).

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*** On the other hand, at one point in he story, the character flat-out states that they know what's happening, but they need to see it through to fight their 'true enemy' ([[spoiler:[[GreaterScopeVillain Ouroboros]]).Ouroboros]]]]).
12th Dec '17 7:52:05 PM MasterN
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*** On the other hand, at one point in he story, the character flat-out states that they know what's happening, but they need to see it through to fight their 'true enemy' (Ouroboros).

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*** On the other hand, at one point in he story, the character flat-out states that they know what's happening, but they need to see it through to fight their 'true enemy' (Ouroboros).([[spoiler:[[GreaterScopeVillain Ouroboros]]).
5th Dec '17 9:16:36 AM WaywardTotodile
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* IdiotPlot/KingdomHearts franchise



* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'':
** The plot only really keeps going because the main heroes are idiots that [[PoorCommunicationKills lack common sense and social skills]]. [[UnwittingPawn Terra]] and [[WhatAnIdiot Eraqus]] are the worst examples, [[spoiler:[[TooDumbToLive and Eraqus even gets taken out for his role in starting the mess]]]], but [[PlotCoupon Ventus]] and [[TeamMom Aqua]] aren't much better. (The former mostly has [[BigBrotherWorship denial issues]] and the latter is a little TOO willing to call Terra out.) By the time they wise up enough to take on the BigBad, [[spoiler: [[TooDumbToLive it turns out to be too late and their stupid decisions catch up to them]] leading to a DownerEnding.]]
** To give one a view of the tree of lack of communication that keeps the plot going: Aqua immediately believes Maleficent's claim that [[spoiler:Terra removed [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]]'s heart]], even though the person telling her that is, well, [[DevilInPlainSight Maleficent]] [[note]] that was only very partially true[[/note]]. Terra, we should note, believes in just about every Disney villain he comes across (save one or two exceptions), and has his journey driven by the words of [[DevilInPlainSight Master Xehanort]]. You could say he isn't guilty of trusting Xehanort, and that is true, since Eraqus didn't give him any reason to not do so... but he ''should have''; Eraqus for whatever reason never seems to mention that Xehanort [[spoiler: kind of tried to commit genocide for shits and giggles]], instead opting for presenting him to his pupils as a righteous, good Master. The plot moves along because the good guys never, ''ever'' seem to stop and tell each other why they are doing what they're doing, or what have they found out about their particular quests, which increasingly accumulates doubt and grievances among them. [[spoiler: Predictably, it doesn't end well for any of them]].
** It's not the first time in the series either. The entire plot of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' happens because Sora and Co. decide to follow a ominous guy in a black coat that might as well have [[ObviouslyEvil EVIL written across his chest]] into an creepy castle, and once they realize their memories are being screwed with but before any real brainwashing happens they decide to keep going instead of just leaving. By the time Sora gets halfway up the castle he's too brainwashed to even consider going back.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' isn't immune to this either. Yen Sid tells Riku and Sora that they haven't had any formal training and thus are not as strong as they could be. Fair enough; but then he strips them of their experience, and sends them on their way to learn through experience...exactly as they had done before. Sora himself points this out roughly three to five minutes into the plot and that compared to their feats, the Mark of Mastery is at this point just a formality. Which means that ''there is no need for them to take this exam'' unlike in ''[=Birth By Sleep=]'' where the master was trusted with a few secrets about things. At one point, Yen Sid feels Xehanort's manipulations and can't do anything to stop the exam. This leads to [[spoiler: Sora's heart being broken by Xehanort in the process.]] All of which culminates in Riku becoming a keyblade master while Sora gets screwed over; which to viewers felt like Sora was disqualified on an exam because some other kid (Xehanort) screwed him.
*** Though in Yen Sid's defence, it is stated that awakening the sleeping worlds would grant a power to help stop Xehanort which does show up as a plot point in the end. Turning it into a test, in a way, really was a formality.
** Almost all the tension and conflicts of ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' wouldn't have happened if the trio of Roxas, Axel, and Xion actually communicate with each other but especially the latter two. Axel withholds information from Roxas and Xion because he thinks that it is "for their own good". Xion also keeps the secrets she learned from both of them to the point that they actually have to pursue her. Ultimately their inability to communicate causes their bonds and friendship to fall apart, leading to the series' first DownerEnding,
5th Dec '17 9:12:33 AM WaywardTotodile
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* IdiotPlot/FinalFantasy franchise



* ''FinalFantasyIII'''s plot happened because the antagonist was stripped of his immortality as a ''reward'' for mastering magic. The entire game could've been avoided if the "villain"'s master thought for a moment about what he was doing before making him mortal, or allowed him to trade rewards with one of his two fellow students, who consider mortality to be a gift.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''.
** The Crowning Moment of Stupidity comes when one of your party members ''blows himself up for absolutely no reason whatsoever''.
** The above example only hints with what's really wrong with [=FF4=]: the game's tendency to make too many of its heroes commit [[StupidSacrifice acts of self-sacrifice]], simply to shuffle new characters into the mix. With [[spoiler: Tellah (who died trying to summon meteor to kill [[BigBad Golbez]]) and The Black/White Mage twins (who turned into stone to stop moving walls from crushing the heroes)]], those acts made sense. But when later characters do the same thing with increasingly arbitrary methods, players have a [[FridgeLogic very hard time suspending disbelief]]. [[spoiler: Exactly how does a monk with no experience with technology manage to stop an exploding computer, or how does a mechanic bombing the entrance to a world seal it away?]] To make the entire thing even dumber, [[spoiler: with the exception of Tellah, all of the dead heroes came back, [[DeathIsCheap having survived their near-death experiences]] ]].
** Worse still after having defeated the main antagonist in battle right before he can steal one of the last {{Mac Guffin}}s, they just turn around and walk out leaving him on the floor where he promptly gets up, takes the MacGuffin and warps away. Seriously. Particularly baffling considering the fact that it's a plot point that the main antagonist is out trying to get one of the {{Mac Guffin}}s when they assault his tower. They easily could have just repelled him the first time only for him to come back and steal it when they were busy storming his tower. Would certainly make a lot more sense then just ignoring him after his defeat.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', at one point [[BigBad Exdeath]] tricks the party into [[NiceJobBreakingItHero destroying]] [[spoiler: the spirits guarding the [[CosmicKeystone Crystals]] in Galuf's world]]. The party fell for this despite the fact that [[spoiler: this involved a boss fight with exactly four enemies, each visibly crystalline in form, and each using spells of a specific element, and they had seen Exdeath trick others into destroying Crystals on at least three separate occasions already]].
** This in a game that started with the (unexpected and devastating) destruction of the Wind Crystal, after which no one in authority showed any interest in listening to you about the danger to the Water or Fire crystals.
* The second half of the second disc of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' pretty much runs on this, with a generous helping of LetsYouAndHimFight for added flavor. At the midpoint of the disc, [[BigBad Sephiroth]] summons an enormous meteor which, if allowed to impact with the planet, will wipe out all life other than him. One would think that under these circumstances, someone among the party or the leadership of Shinra corporation would have the bright idea to [[EnemyMine put aside their differences for at least long enough to work out how to stop the impending apocalypse.]] One would think. Instead, the substantial majority of this segment of the story is devoted to the two groups fighting each other.
* The end of the first disc of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is rife with people making bad decisions. Rinoa has her Odine Bangle plot, which depends entirely on a powerful sorceress not only being unaware of what Odine jewelry does, but willing to believe that a random girl got past security unannounced to give her a nice, totally trustworthy present. Then you have Quistis criticizing this plan, going all the way to her mission objective point, and then changing her mind and wanting to apologize, which wastes a huge amount of time and almost ruins everything. Then you have Irvine, who waits until the very last second to admit that he's actually a terrible sniper because he chokes under pressure [[spoiler: and although this is probably a lie to get out of shooting Edea, he still only comes up with that lie right at the last second]].
* Practically everyone in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' has a surgically-implanted IdiotBall with a [[PowerGlows glowing scar]] at the insertion site.
** The Sanctum initiates the [[KillEmAll Purge]] to eliminate a handful of Pulse l'Cie, ''all of whom have visible brands on their bodies!'' The brands are common knowledge, and they sometimes even [[PowerGlows GLOW]]!
** The only reason there even ARE Pulse l'cie on Cocoon is because the authorities on Cocoon used a big chunk of Pulse as building material without noticing [[SealedEvilInACan the Pulse fal'cie that was inside]]. This happened hundreds of years ago.
*** And by the way, the highest authorities on Cocoon are fal'cie and l'cie, who would have personal experience with how these things work even if it weren't common knowledge.
** The [[EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity fal'cie]] transform humans into [[BadassAbnormal l'cie]] to force them to perform some kind of task, with the penalty for [[YouHaveFailedMe failure]] a FateWorseThanDeath [[spoiler:and success not being much better]], but ''[[CanNotSpitItOut refuse to just TELL them what their job is]]''. [[spoiler:This ends up subverted -- they're doing this not because they're stupid, but because they actually ''actively hate humanity'' and want them to suffer.]]
** The party can't seem to figure out whether their job is to [[SaveTheWorld save Cocoon]], [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy]] [[ColonyDrop Cocoon]], [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs save Cocoon]] '''[[DestructiveSavior by destroying it]]''', or something else entirely, nor can they agree on whether or not they're [[ScrewDestiny going to actually DO this job]]. All they get is a cryptic vision of a giant monster (with no indication if they're supposed to stop it, kill it, help it, become it, or if it's some kind of threat about what will happen to them if they fail), some [[ShroudedInMyth old legends]], and the cryptic last words of a woman most of them didn't even know as she [[TakenForGranite turned to crystal]].
*** There are two characters in the very first chapter who know the answers to these questions, but one of them never speaks at all, and the other is keeping it a secret.
*** Eventually, Vanille comes to the conclusion that since the BigBad's plan involves someone in their group, [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight the best thing to do is to do nothing at all]]. Even after generally agreeing with her, they still charge on like nothing. Despite Cid telling them the exact same thing literally seconds later.
5th Dec '17 9:04:50 AM WaywardTotodile
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* IdiotPlot/MegaMan franchise



* ''VideoGame/MegaMan''.
** ''9'' Dr. Wily, the villain for the last 9 games, appears on TV to declare that Dr. Light, the man who helped put him away the last 8 times, is the true villain. He then goes on to ask for money to be transferred into his SwissBankAccount, so that he can fight Dr. Light himself. For some reason, a planet full of idiots falls for this, and Dr. Light is arrested.
** In ''10'':
*** Many robots are [[spoiler:infected by a computer virus that makes robots violent.]] No one is able to make a cure because humanity doesn't have the support that robots provide. No one, not even Dr. friggin' Light himself, decides to either just cut their losses, back up as much data as possible, and reset the robots to factory settings to purge the virus. Hell, this game points out how stupid humanity is since they followed Dr. Light's example and made the robots that friggin' complicated in the first place.
*** ''10'' also gets a special notice in that it's the '''third''' time Dr. Wily has gotten something of his to Dr. Light's lab. The first was when Dark Man kidnapped Dr. Light in ''5's'' intro. The second time was Bass infiltrating Light's lab in 7 so he could steal Mega Man's Rush Adapter. Instead of piloting his flying saucer himself Dr. Wily could've flown it by remote with a bomb inside and turned Mega Man into a crater. Heck, just shooting Dr. Light at ''any'' point in 5 would've saved Wily so much trouble.
** Every Mega Man game is full of idiots. In ''VideoGame/MegaManX'', humans actually thought it was a good idea to build robots with free will, without taking any time to test their morality as X was, then give them a massive amount of built-in weapons, and then keep producing them till they outnumber humans. And later on, they make them godlike by giving them copychips, which allow them to transform into anyone else. And, of all people, they put the thoughts of the '''''main villain Sigma''''' into the chips.
*** The plot of ''X4'', where the Repliforce is implicated in the destruction of a space colony and the Maverick Hunters ask their Colonel to disarm and come to their HQ for questioning, wherein the Colonel [[HonorBeforeReason promptly refuses due to a fault in his programming.]] But, even if he refused to surrender, the proper authorities could have gone to the Repliforce with warrants and whatnot to investigate and get testimony. [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Because he was a Reploid,]] [[KillEmAll the humans decided to just label the Repliforce as Mavericks and put the Hunters on their tail.]] The Reploids are fully sapient and capable of feelings like humans, but humans make them to serve as convenient super powered workers without giving them a choice in the matter to begin with. Then they get surprised when the ones that aren't infected by the Sigma Virus turn on them anyways.
** However, the final nail in the coffin is that despite their claims to the contrary, there's no evidence the Repliforce hasn't gone Maverick. In fact, The Reveal that General has been in contact with Sigma, possibly for months, makes it rather likely that he contracted the Sigma Virus and spread it to the rest of his troops. While Colonel refuses to surrender and be questioned (something all military is forced to do) They (the rest of the unit) refuse to disarm and come in for questioning about their suspicious presence at the Sky Lagoon, they declare they will break away to form their own nation and attack humans and Maverick Hunters in their plan to do so, and at no point do they attempt to reason with X or Zero. Furthermore, the English manual mentions that Repliforce was formed to support the Hunters in fighting Mavericks, but since their formation the number of outbreaks has increased, which is rather suspicious. As far as can be told from their actions, X and Zero have perfectly valid reasons that they have gone Maverick, and act like it as every turn while trying to insist they aren't.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'':
** In every sequel people ''anyone'' seem to forget that Lan saved the world in the previous game(s), which makes for a bunch of dialogue of how he is just an ''ordinary kid'' or how ''inexperienced'' he is to fight this time.
** Lan doesn't really help his own case, as he not only [[BagOfSpilling regularly throws away his godly chipsets and configurations altogether]], but also [[ForcedTutorial seems to forget how to battle or use chips at all]] after every world-saving. It's part GameplayAndStorySegregation, but some fans offer some FridgeBrilliance [[note]]Someone thought that maybe Lan received updates since his PET appears to have been updated and likewise the old chips probably wouldn't have been useful anymore[[/note]]...and in ''5'', he's actually acknowledged as the person who saved the world from the WWW. Though any time Lan goes to the undernet he acts fearful of it.. despite defeating the administrator of said undernet AND the guy who defeated the administrator before him, two of the most powerful navis to ever exist.
*** The update theory would then lead to the implication that Lan get updates that would debilitate Megaman without gathering helpful available equipment beforehand (buying updated chips to use after the update rather than having near nothing) and without actually knowing how to use them (still needing to be taught basic battle techniques).
** Although there might be some reasonable explanations for chips, such as Lan selling them to help pay for damages caused or them becoming useless, let's not forget the ''people''. Good freaking Bass, those people can be idiots. Now, for the most part it's slightly characteristic, people learn about navis and netbattle and whatever other hobbies and don't learn about extensive stuff, but that doesn't excuse some of the reasons for plot events. Let's start with the most obvious one: Mr. Match. In one game out of all them that he's actually honest, the last one, the rest of them he's still working against Lan. In the third one SciLab, after having already witnessed his crimes, actually put him on as a scientist there. After he's already tried to cripple the world twice before.
** Also the fact, terrorists can and do constantly hack into every single household item through the net (in which every single item in existence is connected to) said terrorists can do things like [[note]] not all of these actually happened but are possible examples in-universe [[/note]] burning your house down, locking you inside a hot shower as the temperature slowly increases, or programming your robotic teddy bear to murder you in your sleep. You'd think people would be paranoid enough to simply shut down the net entirely [[note]] especially since the net is barely anything more than glorified digital highways [[/note]] and allow everything to run like our real world counterparts (Thus eliminating the need for [=NetBattles=] aside from sport) while still keeping [=NetNavis=] for casual use like E-Mail, remembering events, or simply just for conversation. But apparently it's too important, that the Government has to continue risking billions of innocent lives.
** And let's talk about the entire plot of [=BN3=]. The bad guys want to get the keys to unlock a cyber abomination that would destroy the world. Where are these keys? Places where there are a lot of vulnerable civilians. A school, a zoo, a hospital, and a lab that hired the aforementioned pyromaniac. No one thought to put the keys somewhere secure or better yet, destroy the keys entirely. Keep in mind there's nothing preventing destroying the keys to Sealed Evils in a Can unlike most fantasy settings. BN1 had a similar problem. It is a wonder that the local police officials haven't been deposed by an angry mob for leaving keys to the apocalypse so easily accessible. Twice.
*** And where does [=SciLab=] put said Sealed Evil? They put it ''on the internet'' instead of, say, on an isolated computer hidden deep in a military base and protected 24/7 by armed personnel.
** Inversely, the bad guys almost never think to try to stop people from reaching internet access points. No matter how powerful Mega Man is he can't do anything at all if he can't access the electronic device that's being hacked. Despite this, one of the only times an active attempt is made on protecting an access point is when Bubble Man uses killer dishwashers (seriously) and makes them specifically lack external access ports. Or even failing that, that when inside Mega Man still needs constant support from Lan to fight effectively. All they would have to do to dramatically raise the chance of success for any given evil plot is hire a goon or two to walk over and restrain a high school kid.
5th Dec '17 9:02:44 AM WaywardTotodile
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