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19th Jan '16 10:13:54 AM WWRU
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* Papyrus from ''[[VideoGame/{{Undertale}}]]'', when you first meet him. Unlike the Royal Guard, he's not actually out to ''kill'' the player character, but he still wants to run them through a gauntlet of puzzles before capturing them and sending them to King Asgore (who's killed six other children already). But he's not particularly good at it - with some covert help from his brother Sans, his puzzles become a non-issue, and the bars of his prison cell are wide enough to walk through (escape enough times and he'll ask you to let him know beforehand next time, because he got worried about you when you disappeared. And he ''means it''). Averted, though, when his boss fight hits - first [[WakeUpCallBoss he drops the "ineffectual" part]], then he decides to let the player character go, becoming a sweet and loyal friend for the rest of the game.

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* Papyrus from ''[[VideoGame/{{Undertale}}]]'', ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', when you first meet him. Unlike the Royal Guard, he's not actually out to ''kill'' the player character, but he still wants to run them through a gauntlet of puzzles before capturing them and sending them to King Asgore (who's killed six other children already). But he's not particularly good at it - with some covert help from his brother Sans, his puzzles become a non-issue, and the bars of his prison cell are wide enough to walk through (escape enough times and he'll ask you to let him know beforehand next time, because he got worried about you when you disappeared. And he ''means it''). Averted, though, when his boss fight hits - first [[WakeUpCallBoss he drops the "ineffectual" part]], then he decides to let the player character go, becoming a sweet and loyal friend for the rest of the game.
19th Jan '16 10:13:19 AM WWRU
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%%* Portal 2. [[spoiler: Wheatley. Oh, Wheatley.]]


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* Papyrus from ''[[VideoGame/{{Undertale}}]]'', when you first meet him. Unlike the Royal Guard, he's not actually out to ''kill'' the player character, but he still wants to run them through a gauntlet of puzzles before capturing them and sending them to King Asgore (who's killed six other children already). But he's not particularly good at it - with some covert help from his brother Sans, his puzzles become a non-issue, and the bars of his prison cell are wide enough to walk through (escape enough times and he'll ask you to let him know beforehand next time, because he got worried about you when you disappeared. And he ''means it''). Averted, though, when his boss fight hits - first [[WakeUpCallBoss he drops the "ineffectual" part]], then he decides to let the player character go, becoming a sweet and loyal friend for the rest of the game.
16th May '15 6:04:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Halo}}'' has the Unggoy/Grunts, the main cannon fodder for the Covenant. Small (by Covenant standards), requiring gas masks to breathe in non-methane atmosphere, mistreated by the other races, they're slaves who come across as cowards. In large part because, fearing an uprising, the Covenant doesn't want to give them any actual combat training. Half the fandom feels sorry for them. The other half [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential loves to slaughter them]]. Averted in ''Halo3'' and ''Halo3: ODST'': there, they take [[TookALevelInBadass so many levels in badassery]].

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* ''{{Halo}}'' ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has the Unggoy/Grunts, the main cannon fodder for the Covenant. Small (by Covenant standards), requiring gas masks to breathe in non-methane atmosphere, mistreated by the other races, they're slaves who come across as cowards. In large part because, fearing an uprising, the Covenant doesn't want to give them any actual combat training. Half the fandom feels sorry for them. The other half [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential loves to slaughter them]]. Averted in ''Halo3'' and ''Halo3: ODST'': there, they take [[TookALevelInBadass so many levels in badassery]].
28th Apr '15 7:47:54 AM Maxaphone
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* [[spoiler:Wheatley]] in ''[[VideoGame/PortalTwo Portal 2]]''. Which makes sense, seeing as he's ''programmed'' to be stupid.
5th Apr '15 7:17:12 AM Hanz
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* Professor Nakayama in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC add-on "Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt". He's ''evil'', sure, and has a plan that he simply can't be allowed to carry out, but he's also scared out of his mind by the player characters. He sees you killing his minions with ease and is frightened by your power -- he's a bad guy but not a brave, confident, or competent one. [[spoiler: You don't even get to fight him. After putting a stop to his "plan", he walks out to confront you himself... annnnnndd promptly falls down some stairs and dies. Thus, you're spared from feeling like a total prick; he's just that pitiful.]]

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* Professor Nakayama in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC add-on "Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt". He's ''evil'', sure, and has a plan that he simply can't be allowed to carry out, but he's also scared out of his mind by the player characters. He sees you killing his minions with ease and is frightened by your power -- he's a bad guy but not a brave, confident, or competent one. [[spoiler: You don't even get to fight him. After putting a stop to his "plan", he walks out to confront you himself... annnnnndd promptly falls down some stairs and dies. Thus, you're spared from feeling like a total prick; he's just that pitiful.]] He's even more pathetic in [[Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel the Pre-Sequel]], in which he is characterized for his obsessive crush on Handsome Jack.
-->'''Claptrap''': Man, what a loser! And that means a lot coming from ME.
24th Feb '15 10:46:00 AM Silverblade2
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* Portal 2. [[spoiler: Wheatley. Oh, Wheatley.]]

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* %%* Portal 2. [[spoiler: Wheatley. Oh, Wheatley.]]
16th Feb '15 2:38:12 AM MyTimingIsOff
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* Bowser in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' is trying his hardest to be the BigBad, but is always one or more steps behind the rest of the cast. Also has a very not-intimidating appearance in the Glitz Pit.
*** What about [[IronButtMonkey Jr. Troopa]] from the first Paper Mario game? He tries ''so'' hard to be intimidating and actually puts up a bit of a fight later on, only to be humiliated and beaten by Mario on a regular basis. The game also allows you to jump on him, hammer him, hit him with Kooper's Shell, and even ''bomb'' him. The poor guy even gets frozen after beating him in Shiver Snowfield. Yet he [[TheDeterminator never gives up]].

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* Bowser in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' is trying his hardest to be the BigBad, but is always one or more steps behind the rest of the cast. Also has a very not-intimidating appearance in the Glitz Pit.
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[[IronButtMonkey Jr. Troopa]] from the first Paper Mario game? He ''VideoGame/{{Paper Mario|64}}'' tries ''so'' hard to be intimidating and actually puts up a bit of a fight later on, only to be humiliated and beaten by Mario on a regular basis. The game also allows you to jump on him, hammer him, hit him with Kooper's Shell, and even ''bomb'' him. The poor guy even gets frozen after beating him in Shiver Snowfield. Yet he [[TheDeterminator never gives up]].up]].
** Bowser in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' is trying his hardest to be the BigBad, but is always one or more steps behind the rest of the cast. Also has a very not-intimidating appearance in the Glitz Pit.
16th Feb '15 2:20:06 AM Perseus
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* Kamek from the ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' games. Seriously, you'd have to be a pretty pathetic Magikoopa to be beaten by infants ''three times''.
2nd Feb '15 1:13:37 PM Klavice
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*** What about [[IronButtMonkey Jr. Troopa]] from the first Paper Mario game? He tries ''so'' hard to be intimidating and actually puts up a bit of a fight later on, only to be humiliated and beaten by Mario. The game also allows you to jump on him, hammer him, hit him with Kooper's Shell, and even ''bomb'' him. The poor guy even gets frozen after beating him in Shiver Snowfield. Yet he [[TheDeterminator never gives up]].

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*** What about [[IronButtMonkey Jr. Troopa]] from the first Paper Mario game? He tries ''so'' hard to be intimidating and actually puts up a bit of a fight later on, only to be humiliated and beaten by Mario.Mario on a regular basis. The game also allows you to jump on him, hammer him, hit him with Kooper's Shell, and even ''bomb'' him. The poor guy even gets frozen after beating him in Shiver Snowfield. Yet he [[TheDeterminator never gives up]].
2nd Feb '15 1:12:52 PM Klavice
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** What about [[IronButtMonkey Jr. Troopa]] from the first Paper Mario game? He tries ''so'' hard to be intimidating and actually puts up a bit of a fight later on, only to be humiliated and beaten by Mario. The game also allows you to jump on him, hammer him,
hit him with Kooper's Shell, and even ''bomb'' him. The poor guy even gets frozen after beating him in Shiver Snowfield. Yet he [[TheDeterminator never gives up]].

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** *** What about [[IronButtMonkey Jr. Troopa]] from the first Paper Mario game? He tries ''so'' hard to be intimidating and actually puts up a bit of a fight later on, only to be humiliated and beaten by Mario. The game also allows you to jump on him, hammer him,
him, hit him with Kooper's Shell, and even ''bomb'' him. The poor guy even gets frozen after beating him in Shiver Snowfield. Yet he [[TheDeterminator never gives up]].
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