History JerkAss / VideoGames

12th Dec '17 5:37:22 PM eroock
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* VideoGame/AlanWake, from the game of the same name, is a slightly milder case of this than usual. He and his wife Alice travel to [[TheOtherRainforest Bright Falls]] for a vacation, but when Alice reveals that she brought a typewriter along to try and end his two-year writer's block, he immediately flips out, yelling at her and storming out of their cabin into the night, knowing full well that Alice is afraid of the dark. He punches out a psychologist who ''also'' tries to help him with the writer's block (although the psychologist ''is'' a SmugSnake). In an interview seen via flashback, he's mentioned as having a temper, and is strongly implied to have punched a member of the paparazzi. His tendency to be a jerk is basically limited to these incidents, though.

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* VideoGame/AlanWake, from the game of the same name, is a slightly milder case of this than usual. He and his wife Alice travel to [[TheOtherRainforest [[UsefulNotes/TheOtherRainforest Bright Falls]] for a vacation, but when Alice reveals that she brought a typewriter along to try and end his two-year writer's block, he immediately flips out, yelling at her and storming out of their cabin into the night, knowing full well that Alice is afraid of the dark. He punches out a psychologist who ''also'' tries to help him with the writer's block (although the psychologist ''is'' a SmugSnake). In an interview seen via flashback, he's mentioned as having a temper, and is strongly implied to have punched a member of the paparazzi. His tendency to be a jerk is basically limited to these incidents, though.
7th Dec '17 8:33:54 PM Loekman3
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** Unova's [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Ghetsis]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Harmonia]]]], though it's arguable he's less of this trope and more [[ManipulativeBastard pure]] [[AbusiveParents evil]]. [[spoiler:He is one of the few villains who gives off very heavy implications he not only abused his mons but the [[MoralEventHorizon possibility of]] [[OffingTheOffspring killing his stepson once he outlived his usefulness]], who, mind you, he specifically groomed to be [[AmbiguousInnocence innocent]] and to further his own ends, earning his trust and essentially brainwashing him since early childhood, so that by the time he's 20 in ''Black'' and ''White'' he still has the emotional maturity and [[BlackAndWhiteMorality morality]] of a child. At the end of ''Pokemon Black'' and ''White'' [[BreakTheCutie he berates and verbally lashes out at said stepson before outright telling him that he's a freak and that he himself never cared about Pokemon]], sending the poor man into a state of confusion and spiraling into a HeroicBSOD.]] Oh, and in the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 sequel]], he potentially almost kills ''[[WouldHurtAChild you]]''.

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** Unova's [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Ghetsis]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Harmonia]]]], though it's arguable he's less of this trope and more [[ManipulativeBastard pure]] [[AbusiveParents evil]]. [[spoiler:He is one of the few villains who gives off very heavy implications he not only abused his mons but the [[MoralEventHorizon possibility of]] [[OffingTheOffspring killing his stepson once he outlived his usefulness]], who, mind you, he specifically groomed to be [[AmbiguousInnocence innocent]] and to further his own ends, earning his trust and essentially brainwashing him since early childhood, so that by the time he's 20 in ''Black'' and ''White'' he still has the emotional maturity and [[BlackAndWhiteMorality morality]] of a child. At the end of ''Pokemon Black'' and ''White'' [[BreakTheCutie he berates and verbally lashes out at said stepson before outright telling him that he's a freak and that he himself never cared about Pokemon]], sending the poor man into a state of confusion and spiraling into a HeroicBSOD.]] Oh, and in HeroicBSOD]]. In the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 sequel]], he potentially almost kills goes as far as to nearly freeze ''[[WouldHurtAChild you]]''.you]]'' and an AlternateSelf of him even goes as far as to slap a little girl and threaten to ''murder'' her with his bare hands unless the player surrender themselves to him.
22nd Nov '17 1:51:46 PM nombretomado
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* The entire cast of ComicJumper can be seen as this, with main character Captain Smiley being the mildest example, because while egotistical, self-centered, and petty, he at least has concern for innocent human life. Not so much the rest of the cast, particularly his chest emblem/sidekick Star.

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* The entire cast of ComicJumper ''VideoGame/ComicJumperTheAdventuresOfCaptainSmiley'' can be seen as this, with main character Captain Smiley being the mildest example, because while egotistical, self-centered, and petty, he at least has concern for innocent human life. Not so much the rest of the cast, particularly his chest emblem/sidekick Star.
13th Nov '17 9:13:28 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'': Episode Two introduced Dr. Arne Magnusson. He is insensitive to the emotional needs of others, will yell at you to keep moving when you are pinned down by enemy fire, and after you save the base (using a weapon he invented) tries to take all the credit (which, for a scientist, is a mortal sin). Strangely, the vortigaunts (aliens allied to humanity) seem to like him.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'': ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'': Episode Two introduced Dr. Arne Magnusson. He is insensitive to the emotional needs of others, will yell at you to keep moving when you are pinned down by enemy fire, and after you save the base (using a weapon he invented) tries to take all the credit (which, for a scientist, is a mortal sin). Strangely, the vortigaunts (aliens allied to humanity) seem to like him.
20th Oct '17 12:51:11 PM BeerBaron
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*** Master Neloth in the ''Dragonborn'' DLC. He's an InsufferableGenius and magical MadScientist who truly believes [[ItsAllAboutMe Its All About Him]], and even believes that the ''return of the Dragons'' is an attempt to kill him by one of his many enemies. Much of what he does is simply ForScience and he has [[DudeWheresMyRespect very little respect]] for any other mortal, including a world-saving hero like [[PlayerCharacter the Dragonborn]]. His ComedicSociopathy is one of his few redeeming traits.
15th Sep '17 10:54:37 AM BeerBaron
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** Similarly in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', you start off as a prisoner of the Empire, having been in the wrong place at the wrong time, being captured along with [[RebelLeader Ulfric Stormcloak]] and his supporters. Despite having committed no real crime, the Imperial guard captain orders that you are to be executed as well for no apparent reason, and does so in a tone more befitting of berating a lower ranking soldier than sentencing someone ''to death''. So grating is her jerkassery that many players have cited her as the reason for joining the Stormcloaks (a group of [[FantasticRacism openly racist]], [[HonorBeforeReason short-sighted]], [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters rebel organization]] who follow a man that [[TheKingslayer openly assassinated the former High King of Skyrim]] using an archaic DuelToTheDeath law as justification) to ''bring down the Empire'' within Skyrim.

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** Similarly in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', you Skyrim]]'':
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start off as a prisoner of the Empire, having been in the wrong place at the wrong time, being captured along with [[RebelLeader Ulfric Stormcloak]] and his supporters. Despite having committed no real crime, the Imperial guard captain orders that you are to be executed as well for no apparent reason, and does so in a tone more befitting of berating a lower ranking soldier than sentencing someone ''to death''. So grating is her jerkassery that many players have cited her as the reason for joining the Stormcloaks (a group of (an [[FantasticRacism openly racist]], [[HonorBeforeReason short-sighted]], [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters rebel organization]] who follow a man that [[TheKingslayer openly assassinated the former High King of Skyrim]] using an archaic DuelToTheDeath law as justification) to ''bring down the Empire'' within Skyrim.Skyrim.
*** Alduin, the draconic BigBad. Like most of the series' deities, he is technically AboveGoodAndEvil and operates on his own scale of BlueAndOrangeMorality. It is his divine mandate to "[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt eat the world]]" at the end of every "kalpa" ([[EternalRecurrence cycle of time]]) so that it can be remade anew. As such, there are those (like the Greybeards) who don't automatically accept that stopping Alduin is a good thing. However, given his behavior, whether or not he's evil, whether or not he's in the right, it's hard to deny that Alduin is an ''asshole''.
6th Sep '17 9:13:15 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', directly after you decide what race and sex your character is, you find yourself in a prison cell. A dark elf prisoner across the hall gets your attention, then procedes to insult you and your entire race, then claims that the guards are going to kill you. Of course, in the event that you choose to become a dark elf, he doesn't insult you or your race... if you're male, he says that you probably have a wife or girlfriend back home, and then he says that he'll find her and "comfort" her about your death when he's freed. If you're female, he says that he'll get the guards to let you into his cell, to have some "fun." In both cases, he does tell you that you're going to be killed, though. Not a nice person. [[spoiler:Ironically, in one of the Dark Brotherhood quests, ''you'' end up killing ''him''. And his sentence was almost up, too.]]
** [[spoiler: The Dark Brotherhood quest ends up casting him in a new, sympathetic light, as they are prone to do before forcing you to kick the dog. He's only callous as a defense mechanism, a fact which everybody around him realizes, and nobody takes him seriously for. The guard even tries to comfort him or at least engage him in a conversation, although he ends up getting insulted for his troubles, with blatant lies that come off far more pathetic and depressing then enraging. Of course, you still have to kill him.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', directly ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'':
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after you decide what race and sex your character is, you find yourself in a prison cell. A dark elf prisoner across the hall gets your attention, then procedes to insult you and your entire race, then claims that the guards are going to kill you. Of course, in the event that you choose to become a dark elf, he doesn't insult you or your race... if you're male, he says that you probably have a wife or girlfriend back home, and then he says that he'll find her and "comfort" her about your death when he's freed. If you're female, he says that he'll get the guards to let you into his cell, to have some "fun." In both cases, he does tell you that you're going to be killed, though. Not a nice person. [[spoiler:Ironically, in one of the Dark Brotherhood quests, ''you'' end up killing ''him''. And his sentence was almost up, too.]]
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]] [[spoiler: The Dark Brotherhood quest ends up casting him in a new, sympathetic light, as they are prone to do before forcing you to kick the dog. He's only callous as a defense mechanism, a fact which everybody around him realizes, and nobody takes him seriously for. The guard even tries to comfort him or at least engage him in a conversation, although he ends up getting insulted for his troubles, with blatant lies that come off far more pathetic and depressing then enraging. Of course, you still have to kill him.]]]]
*** In the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, this a trait of the Aureals (aka Golden Saints), a form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] in service to [[MadGod Sheogorath]]. They are a ProudWarriorRace {{Matriarchy}} which openly looks down upon all mortals. Even at the the end, when [[spoiler:you [[AGodIsyou inherit the mantle]] of Sheogorath]], they don't get much nicer.
** Similarly in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', you start off as a prisoner of the Empire, having been in the wrong place at the wrong time, being captured along with [[RebelLeader Ulfric Stormcloak]] and his supporters. Despite having committed no real crime, the Imperial guard captain orders that you are to be executed as well for no apparent reason, and does so in a tone more befitting of berating a lower ranking soldier than sentencing someone ''to death''. So grating is her jerkassery that many players have cited her as the reason for joining the Stormcloaks (a group of [[FantasticRacism openly racist]], [[HonorBeforeReason short-sighted]], [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters rebel organization]] who follow a man that [[TheKingslayer openly assassinated the former High King of Skyrim]] using an archaic DuelToTheDeath law as justification) to ''bring down the Empire'' within Skyrim.
4th Aug '17 4:30:28 PM Crackalacking
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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': Steve Haines, Devin Weston, Stretch, Wei Cheng, Michael's family, Franklin's aunt, Trevor's mother, [[VillainProtagonist Trevor[[ ''[[VillainProtagonist himself]]'' most of the Strangers & Freaks.

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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': Steve Haines, Devin Weston, Stretch, Wei Cheng, Michael's family, Franklin's aunt, Trevor's mother, [[VillainProtagonist Trevor[[ Trevor]] ''[[VillainProtagonist himself]]'' himself,]]'' most of the Strangers & Freaks.
4th Aug '17 4:29:35 PM Crackalacking
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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': Steve Haines, Devin Weston, Stretch, Wei Cheng, Michael's family, Franklin's aunt, Trevor's mother, [[VillainProtagonist Trevor ''himself,'']] most of the Strangers & Freaks.

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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': Steve Haines, Devin Weston, Stretch, Wei Cheng, Michael's family, Franklin's aunt, Trevor's mother, [[VillainProtagonist Trevor ''himself,'']] Trevor[[ ''[[VillainProtagonist himself]]'' most of the Strangers & Freaks.
4th Aug '17 4:27:56 PM Crackalacking
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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': Steve Haines, Devin Weston, Stretch, Wei Cheng, Michael's family, Franklin's aunt, Trevor's mother, most of the Strangers & Freaks.

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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': Steve Haines, Devin Weston, Stretch, Wei Cheng, Michael's family, Franklin's aunt, Trevor's mother, [[VillainProtagonist Trevor ''himself,'']] most of the Strangers & Freaks.
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