History InformedAbility / VideoGames

29th Apr '18 11:54:14 AM MBG159
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* So Drake from ''VideoGame/DrakeOfThe99Dragons'' is the best and deadliest assassin in the world...Yet his main strategy involves running into rooms shooting everything in sight, [[ThrowAwayGuns pulling two more guns out of his jacket instead of reloading his previous guns]], which is probably the best way to have the cops on your trail, and running after the badguys head on without any sort of disguise. He also dies 5 times in the story, one of which had him jump out of a window because he thought he was invincible.

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* So Drake from ''VideoGame/DrakeOfThe99Dragons'' is the best and deadliest assassin in the world...Yet his main strategy involves running into rooms shooting everything in sight, [[ThrowAwayGuns pulling two more guns out of his jacket instead of reloading his previous guns]], which is probably the best way to have the cops on your trail, and running after the badguys head on without any sort of disguise. He also dies 5 times in the story, one of which had him jump out of a window because he thought he was invincible. And that's not even getting into his deaths in gameplay, where due to terrible lock-on and movement mechanics, the dude has the aiming skills of a blind narcoleptic and the survivability of a suicidal mayfly.
6th Jan '18 5:06:45 PM Peridonyx
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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Princess Peach is said in the first game to have magical powers that can reverse Bowser's curse. This is never shown, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and is not mentioned again past this game]] [[note]]That being said, she does prove to be something of an impressive WhiteMage in several [=RPGs=], though those are all side games instead of main platformers.[[/note]] It's worth pointing out that this, as well as the "curse", are only mentioned in the American translation of the instruction manual and aren't likely {{Canon}} to begin with.

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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
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Princess Peach is said in the first game to have magical powers that can reverse Bowser's curse. This is never shown, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and is not mentioned again past this game]] [[note]]That being said, she does prove to be something of an impressive WhiteMage in several [=RPGs=], though those are all side games instead of main platformers.[[/note]] It's worth pointing out that this, as well as the "curse", are only mentioned in the American translation of the instruction manual and aren't likely {{Canon}} to begin with.with.
** Hilariously deconstructed in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''. In World 3-3, Dimentio claims that his PocketDimension makes him 256 times stronger (which, given how he's already a MasterOfIllusion and RealityWarper, does sound OhCrap-worthy); it doesn't seem to happen. Turns out, said boost [[EpicFail automatically affects everyone inside (not just him), thus canceling his advantage]] -- to which he can only invoke IMeantToDoThat.
28th Dec '17 8:12:51 AM Peridonyx
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** The other characters regard Master Xehanort as the ultimate schemer, leaving nothing to chance and being skilled in long-term plans with multiple back-ups just in case. However, this status of his only comes about due to ''3D'' retconning the actions of Maleficent, Ansem, and Xemnas as them acting in accordance with Master Xehanort's plans, and everything that happened in the prior games was AllAccordingToPlan. Also, his ManipulativeBastard successes frequently and noticeably involve his targets holding the Idiot Ball until it's too late (which certainly isn't helped by his Obviously Evil-ness). Further, all of Xehanort's incarnations are rather frequently blindsided or make mistakes, which Master Xehanort even admits in ''3D''. He's really not so much a great schemer as he is lucky at playing GambitRoulette, and having PlotArmor until ''Kingdom Hearts III''.

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** The other characters regard Master Xehanort as the ultimate schemer, leaving nothing to chance and being skilled in long-term plans with multiple back-ups just in case. However, this status of his only comes about due to ''3D'' retconning the actions of Maleficent, Ansem, and Xemnas as them acting in accordance with Master Xehanort's plans, and everything that happened in the prior games was AllAccordingToPlan. Also, his ManipulativeBastard successes frequently and noticeably involve his targets holding the Idiot Ball IdiotBall until it's too late (which certainly isn't helped by his Obviously Evil-ness).ObviouslyEvil-ness). Further, all of Xehanort's incarnations are rather frequently blindsided or make mistakes, which Master Xehanort even admits in ''3D''. He's really not so much a great schemer as he is lucky at playing GambitRoulette, and having PlotArmor until ''Kingdom Hearts III''.
28th Dec '17 8:12:10 AM Peridonyx
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** The other characters regard Master Xehanort as the ultimate schemer, leaving nothing to chance and being skilled in long-term plans with multiple back-ups just in case. However, this status of his only comes about due to ''3D'' retconning the actions of Maleficent, Ansem, and Xemnas as them acting in accordance with Master Xehanort's plans, and everything that happened in the prior games was AllAccordingToPlan. Further, all of Xehanort's incarnations are rather frequently blindsided or make mistakes, which Master Xehanort even admits in ''3D''. He's really not so much a great schemer as he is lucky at playing GambitRoulette.

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** The other characters regard Master Xehanort as the ultimate schemer, leaving nothing to chance and being skilled in long-term plans with multiple back-ups just in case. However, this status of his only comes about due to ''3D'' retconning the actions of Maleficent, Ansem, and Xemnas as them acting in accordance with Master Xehanort's plans, and everything that happened in the prior games was AllAccordingToPlan. Also, his ManipulativeBastard successes frequently and noticeably involve his targets holding the Idiot Ball until it's too late (which certainly isn't helped by his Obviously Evil-ness). Further, all of Xehanort's incarnations are rather frequently blindsided or make mistakes, which Master Xehanort even admits in ''3D''. He's really not so much a great schemer as he is lucky at playing GambitRoulette.GambitRoulette, and having PlotArmor until ''Kingdom Hearts III''.
26th Dec '17 6:00:50 AM pikafan
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** Similarly, Blue in the first generation games is supposed to be an incredibly skilled trainer, but his team's setup by the time he's the Champion is pretty awful. His Rhydon has two moves that do the exact same thing and no Rock or Ground moves, his Alakazam has Psybeam and Psychic even though the former is just a weaker version of the latter, his Charizard has Rage, one of the worst moves in the game, his Gyarados has kept Dragon Rage long after when it would be useful, his Arcanine is still using Ember, and his Exeggutor has ''three moves'', which is ''[[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard impossible]]'' by the mechanics of the game. The remakes mostly fixed this, and by the time of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold/SoulSilver]]'', he's an [[ThatOneBoss actual threat]].

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** Similarly, Blue in the first generation games is supposed to be an incredibly skilled trainer, but his team's setup by the time he's the Champion is pretty awful. His Rhydon has two moves that do the exact same thing and no Rock or Ground moves, his Alakazam has Psybeam and Psychic even though the former is just a weaker version of the latter, his Charizard has Rage, one of the worst moves in the game, his Gyarados has kept Dragon Rage long after when it would be useful, his Arcanine is still using Ember, and his Exeggutor has ''three moves'', which is ''[[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard impossible]]'' by the mechanics of the game. moves'' The remakes mostly fixed this, and by the time of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold/SoulSilver]]'', he's an [[ThatOneBoss actual threat]].
9th Oct '17 9:07:31 AM Peridonyx
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* In ''KingdomHearts'', [[TheGambler Luxord]] of Organization XIII is stated to have time-based powers, which extends to putting a "Time Limit" in his boss battle that really just ends up being "Hit Luxord a lot" and fights more with his [[DeathDealer cards]].
** Master Xehanort is said to be "a devious tactician", against whom "there is nothing {you} can do that he will not, to some extent, be able to predict". However, it should be noted that almost all of his successes so far have been: (A) merely {{Retcon}}s simply turning him into a GreaterScopeVillain over other villains' well-established accomplishments, and/or (B) largely dependent on the good guys repeatedly holding the IdiotBall. His ObviouslyEvil attributes only make it even more glaring that he's somehow managed to manipulate as many people as he has.

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* In ''KingdomHearts'', ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
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[[TheGambler Luxord]] of Organization XIII is stated to have time-based powers, which extends to putting a "Time Limit" in his boss battle that really just ends up being "Hit Luxord a lot" and fights more with his [[DeathDealer cards]].
** The other characters regard Master Xehanort is said to be "a devious tactician", against whom "there is as the ultimate schemer, leaving nothing {you} can do that he will not, to some extent, be able to predict". chance and being skilled in long-term plans with multiple back-ups just in case. However, it should be noted this status of his only comes about due to ''3D'' retconning the actions of Maleficent, Ansem, and Xemnas as them acting in accordance with Master Xehanort's plans, and everything that almost happened in the prior games was AllAccordingToPlan. Further, all of his successes so far have been: (A) merely {{Retcon}}s simply turning him into a GreaterScopeVillain over other villains' well-established accomplishments, and/or (B) largely dependent on the good guys repeatedly holding the IdiotBall. His ObviouslyEvil attributes only Xehanort's incarnations are rather frequently blindsided or make it mistakes, which Master Xehanort even more glaring that he's somehow managed to manipulate as many people admits in ''3D''. He's really not so much a great schemer as he has.is lucky at playing GambitRoulette.
23rd Sep '17 4:18:24 AM lillolillo
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** The tie-in novel ''{{The Shattering|PreludeToCataclysm}}'' informs that Aggra is an exemplary shaman in her own right. As far as she's actually written, however? She's Thrall's SatelliteLoveInterest [[spoiler:and [[BabiesEverAfter eventual]] [[BirthDeathJuxtaposition babymama]]]], but little else.

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** The tie-in novel ''{{The Shattering|PreludeToCataclysm}}'' ''Literature/TheShatteringPreludeToCataclysm'' informs that Aggra is an exemplary shaman in her own right. As far as she's actually written, however? She's Thrall's SatelliteLoveInterest [[spoiler:and [[BabiesEverAfter eventual]] [[BirthDeathJuxtaposition babymama]]]], but little else.
6th Sep '17 12:12:04 PM MBG
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** Gilgamesh, the BigBad of one route and TheDragon of another apparently has such a high charisma (A+ rank) that his goes beyond "Can be said to have achieved the greatest level of popularity as a human being" (which is A rank). However, you never, never see him doing anything remotely charismatic. Quite the opposite, actually. He spends his whole time being a {{Jerkass}}, SmugSnake, SocialDarwinist who tries to rape Saber.

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** Gilgamesh, the BigBad of one route and TheDragon of another apparently has such a high charisma (A+ rank) that his goes beyond "Can be said to have achieved the greatest level of popularity as a human being" (which is A rank). However, you never, never see him doing anything remotely charismatic. Quite the opposite, actually. He spends his whole time being a {{Jerkass}}, SmugSnake, SocialDarwinist who tries to rape Saber. He does end up showing some of it off in ''Anime/FateZero'', where he manages to talk Kirei Kotomine into his StartOfDarkness, but Kirei was pretty clearly on the edge already.
31st Aug '17 5:24:32 AM NNinja
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** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Cyan, the greatest knight of Doma, has the unique in-game ability of [[TierInducedScrappy standing around waiting for thirty seconds while monsters kick him and every other party member in the face before he can use his mostly useless sword techniques]].
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