History KickTheDog / VideoGames

27th Oct '16 3:40:09 AM Dravencour
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', one thing that really establishes just how morally grey this incarnation of the Brotherhood of Steel are is their leader, [[AscendedExtra Elder Arthur Maxson]], giving a long speech about how [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Synths]] are abominations even worse than the atomic bombs that destroyed civilisation 200 years ago, that they must be exterminated down to the last, and that no thinking machine could ever be the equal of a man. What makes this such a KickTheDog is that you will have definitely met Nick Valentine and Codsworth (who are a Synth and a Mister Handy respectively, and both are sentient and very nice) by this point in the story, and they aren't even the only examples of friendly robots you will encounter.
** [[BigBad The Institute]] do this all the time. Examples include testing the FEV on kidnapped wastelanders essentially for shits and giggles and then releasing the converted mutants into the wastes rather than euthanising them, replacing the patriarch of a wastelander family with a [[ArtificialHuman synth]] [[TheMole plant]] to monitor them and the settlement they live in with the intention to wipe them all out should the synth be exposed, occasionally attacking your settlements and other neutral civilians, [[spoiler:ordering all of the other inhabitants of Vault 111 besides Shaun and the player character to be left to die alone in their pods]], [[spoiler:sabotaging the formation of the Commonwealth Provisional Government and leaving the Commonwealth in the state it's currently in]], and [[spoiler:wiping out the entire population of University Point just because a girl stumbled upon a cache of pre-war military technology buried under the town]]. They're not very kind to their synths either -- they're threatened with brain-wiping if they show signs of developing autonomy, they're not even considered to be actual people, and in one scene as you're touring the Institute, an asshole scientist wants to have a Gen-2 scrapped for having a faulty cleaning chip instead of, you know, having it sent for repairs.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', one thing that really establishes just how morally grey this game's incarnation of the Brotherhood of Steel are is their leader, [[AscendedExtra Elder Arthur Maxson]], giving a long speech about how [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Synths]] are abominations even worse than the atomic bombs that destroyed civilisation 200 years ago, that they must be exterminated down to the last, and that no thinking machine could ever be the equal of a man. What makes this such a KickTheDog is that you will have definitely met Nick Valentine and Codsworth (who are a Synth and a Mister Handy respectively, and both are sentient and very nice) by this point in the story, and they aren't even the only examples of friendly robots you will encounter.
** [[BigBad The Institute]] do this all the time. Examples include testing the FEV on kidnapped kidnapping wastelanders to test the FEV on them essentially for shits and giggles and then releasing the converted mutants into the wastes rather than euthanising them, replacing the patriarch of a wastelander family with a [[ArtificialHuman synth]] [[TheMole plant]] to monitor them and the settlement they live in with the intention to wipe them all out should the synth be exposed, occasionally attacking your settlements and other neutral civilians, [[spoiler:ordering all of the other inhabitants of Vault 111 besides Shaun and the player character to be left to die alone suffocate to death in their pods]], [[spoiler:sabotaging the formation of the Commonwealth Provisional Government and leaving the Commonwealth in the state it's currently in]], and [[spoiler:wiping out the entire population of University Point just because a girl stumbled upon a cache of pre-war military technology buried under the town]]. They're not very kind to their synths either -- they're threatened with brain-wiping if they show signs of developing autonomy, they're not even considered to be actual people, and in one scene as you're touring [[spoiler:touring the Institute, Institute]], an asshole scientist wants to have a Gen-2 scrapped for having a faulty cleaning chip instead of, you know, having it sent for repairs.repairs. Before then capping it off by expressing his hope that "something useful" will come out of it.
20th Oct '16 12:43:46 PM thatmadork
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** In ''Skyrim'', the Silver Hand don't just hunt werewolves, they capture and torture them to death as well. They seem to have a hatred for regular wolves too given the mutilated bodies strung around their camps - making this a rather literal example of the trope.
*** [[NonIndicativeName Grelod the Kind]] at the orphanage in Riften gets introduced telling the children that they'll get ''extra'' beatings to those that shirk their duties, and spitefully telling them that they'll never be adopted. This is your cue that you shouldn't feel bad about being there to murder her for the Dark Brotherhood. [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing The children certainly won't.]]
17th Oct '16 3:46:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''LegoUniverse'' has a rather brutal example, upon the rather idiotic creation of the Maelstrom, the first thing the one Spiderling did was crush a puppy with its leg. It gets repaired though, don't worry.
* ''LuminousArc'' begins with the player in command of a group of [[CrystalDragonJesus Church]] soldiers hunting "Witches"—until it turns out that some of the Witches are actually friendly, even willing to help break a curse that has turned one character's arm into a dragon claw. Unfortunately, a [[KnightTemplar superior officer]] appears to remind your party of its duties, ordering you to attack the Witches. The characters poignantly struggle with this moral conflict...for about 10 seconds, at which point the knight [[spoiler:gets fed up and decides to kill everyone]], incidentally revealing that [[spoiler:he had been planning to kill the party anyway once they disposed of the Witches]]. And if THAT wasn't enough, when the accompanying bishop asks him not to kill the cursed character, the knight's response is: "[[spoiler:We only need the arm to do experiments on, right?]]".

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* ''LegoUniverse'' ''VideoGame/LegoUniverse'' has a rather brutal example, upon the rather idiotic creation of the Maelstrom, the first thing the one Spiderling did was crush a puppy with its leg. It gets repaired though, don't worry.
* ''LuminousArc'' ''VideoGame/LuminousArc'' begins with the player in command of a group of [[CrystalDragonJesus Church]] soldiers hunting "Witches"—until it turns out that some of the Witches are actually friendly, even willing to help break a curse that has turned one character's arm into a dragon claw. Unfortunately, a [[KnightTemplar superior officer]] appears to remind your party of its duties, ordering you to attack the Witches. The characters poignantly struggle with this moral conflict...for about 10 seconds, at which point the knight [[spoiler:gets fed up and decides to kill everyone]], incidentally revealing that [[spoiler:he had been planning to kill the party anyway once they disposed of the Witches]]. And if THAT wasn't enough, when the accompanying bishop asks him not to kill the cursed character, the knight's response is: "[[spoiler:We only need the arm to do experiments on, right?]]".



* BreathOfFireIII had a couple characters who are this fairly early in the game. [[DualBoss Balio and Sunder]] are brothers who were first seen [[HopelessBossFight killing off your party]] for stealing from a corrupt mayor. After Ryu survives he will soon approach these two again on the path to Wyndia, one of them will think you're a ghost. After running around a bit his brother will approach him and to prove to him that Ryu is a ghost he will proceed the stab Ryu in the back. Afterward Ryu will lie unconscious after a short dragon transformation and these two will capture Ryu and present him to the King of Wyndia. By the time the unveil Ryu, he will have already transformed back into his human form where these two brothers get the idea that kicking the cage several times will make Ryu transform back. After this fails both Ryu and the brothers are sent to a jail within the castle. Shortly after princess Nina will appear to free Ryu and was stopped when the brothers call for her to free her promising that they "will not hurt that kid again." After a short hesitation, Nina decides to free them and shortly afterward, the brothers proceed to kick her in the face and ran off with her for a ransom. After having to break out of the cell by ramming into it twice, you chase after the princess. Upon arriving to the scene where she is being held captive these two pricks decide to kick the princess yet again just because they are getting sick of Ryu. Both Ryu and Nina are about 10 at this point in the game.
* ''{{Homefront}}'' starts with such a moment when before the game even starts proper you witness GKR troops kill a mother in front of her son, while she tells him not too look.
* In ''ManiacMansion'', you can put a hamster into a microwave, set it on and the rodent will explode in a bloody mess. You can even give the remains to the original owner...

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* BreathOfFireIII ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' had a couple characters who are this fairly early in the game. [[DualBoss Balio and Sunder]] are brothers who were first seen [[HopelessBossFight killing off your party]] for stealing from a corrupt mayor. After Ryu survives he will soon approach these two again on the path to Wyndia, one of them will think you're a ghost. After running around a bit his brother will approach him and to prove to him that Ryu is a ghost he will proceed the stab Ryu in the back. Afterward Ryu will lie unconscious after a short dragon transformation and these two will capture Ryu and present him to the King of Wyndia. By the time the unveil Ryu, he will have already transformed back into his human form where these two brothers get the idea that kicking the cage several times will make Ryu transform back. After this fails both Ryu and the brothers are sent to a jail within the castle. Shortly after princess Nina will appear to free Ryu and was stopped when the brothers call for her to free her promising that they "will not hurt that kid again." After a short hesitation, Nina decides to free them and shortly afterward, the brothers proceed to kick her in the face and ran off with her for a ransom. After having to break out of the cell by ramming into it twice, you chase after the princess. Upon arriving to the scene where she is being held captive these two pricks decide to kick the princess yet again just because they are getting sick of Ryu. Both Ryu and Nina are about 10 at this point in the game.
* ''{{Homefront}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'' starts with such a moment when before the game even starts proper you witness GKR troops kill a mother in front of her son, while she tells him not too look.
* In ''ManiacMansion'', ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', you can put a hamster into a microwave, set it on and the rodent will explode in a bloody mess. You can even give the remains to the original owner...
14th Sep '16 1:51:59 PM Dravencour
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** [[BigBad The Institute]] do this all the time. Examples include testing the FEV on kidnapped wastelanders essentially for shits and giggles and then releasing the converted mutants into the wastes rather than euthanising them, replacing the patriarch of a wastelander family with a [[ArtificialHuman synth]] [[TheMole plant]] to monitor them and the settlement they live in with the intention to wipe them all out should the synth be exposed, occasionally attacking your settlements and other neutral civilians, [[spoiler:ordering all of the other inhabitants of Vault 111 besides Shaun and the player character to be left to die alone in their pods]], [[spoiler:sabotaging the formation of the Commonwealth Provisional Government and leaving the Commonwealth in the state it's currently in]], and [[spoiler:wiping out the entire population of University Point just because a girl stumbled upon a cache of pre-war military technology buried under the town]].

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** [[BigBad The Institute]] do this all the time. Examples include testing the FEV on kidnapped wastelanders essentially for shits and giggles and then releasing the converted mutants into the wastes rather than euthanising them, replacing the patriarch of a wastelander family with a [[ArtificialHuman synth]] [[TheMole plant]] to monitor them and the settlement they live in with the intention to wipe them all out should the synth be exposed, occasionally attacking your settlements and other neutral civilians, [[spoiler:ordering all of the other inhabitants of Vault 111 besides Shaun and the player character to be left to die alone in their pods]], [[spoiler:sabotaging the formation of the Commonwealth Provisional Government and leaving the Commonwealth in the state it's currently in]], and [[spoiler:wiping out the entire population of University Point just because a girl stumbled upon a cache of pre-war military technology buried under the town]]. They're not very kind to their synths either -- they're threatened with brain-wiping if they show signs of developing autonomy, they're not even considered to be actual people, and in one scene as you're touring the Institute, an asshole scientist wants to have a Gen-2 scrapped for having a faulty cleaning chip instead of, you know, having it sent for repairs.
14th Sep '16 1:42:00 PM Dravencour
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-->'''Shepard:''' "Please send this to an animal shelter for proper disposal, as a warship is not an appropriate..." Ohoho...that is NOT okay. (S)He messed with my hamster, guys. Now ItsPersonal.

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-->'''Shepard:''' "Please send this to an animal shelter for proper disposal, as a warship is not an appropriate..." Ohoho...Oh ho ho...that is NOT okay. (S)He messed with my hamster, guys. Now ItsPersonal.'''not''' okay.
14th Sep '16 1:38:22 PM Dravencour
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-->'''Shepard:''' "Please send this to an animal shelter for proper disposal, as a warship is not an appropriate..." Ohoho...that is NOT okay. (S)He messed with my hamster, guys. Now ItsPersonal.
31st Aug '16 3:16:54 AM thatmadork
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*** One location, the Sandy Coves Convalescent Home, houses several non-hostile Mr. Handies as well as a bunch of house cats. Once you're further in, a synth patrol will show up and kill every "hostile presence" unless you stop them. ''Yes, that includes the cats.''
27th Aug '16 5:27:45 AM Dravencour
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--->''[[spoiler:I never flinched when I knew her purpose. Daughters are a cheap thing.]]''

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--->''[[spoiler:I --->''[[spoiler:Leah was never my daughter. She was Diablo's daughter in truth. I felt blessed to have given the product of my body to my master. He had no interest in me, but in the product of my womb, he found life again. I never flinched when I knew her purpose. Daughters are a cheap thing.]]''
27th Aug '16 5:23:07 AM Dravencour
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* Pretty much every character in Corpse Party that's crossed that Moral Event Horizon ends up doing something that makes kicking a dog look kind:

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* Pretty much every character in Corpse Party ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'' that's crossed that Moral Event Horizon MoralEventHorizon ends up doing something that makes kicking a dog look kind:



** Takamine Yanagihori, the Principal, tries to [[spoiler: rape Yoshie Shinozaki and then knocks her down a flight of stairs, breaking her neck and killing her...right in front of her 5 year old daughter Sachiko; who he then proceeds to strangle to death in front of her mother's body so she won't tell anyone. He even desecrates her body years later by cutting out her tongue.]]
** [[spoiler: Sachiko Shinozaki brutally murders three elementary school children...by essentially experimenting on each by seeing what she can do with a pair of sewing scissors until she kills each one.]]

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** Takamine Yanagihori, the Principal, tries to [[spoiler: rape [[spoiler:rape Yoshie Shinozaki and then knocks her down a flight of stairs, breaking her neck and killing her...right in front of her 5 year old daughter Sachiko; who he then proceeds to strangle to death in front of her mother's body so she won't tell anyone. He even desecrates her body years later by cutting out her tongue.]]
** [[spoiler: Sachiko Shinozaki [[spoiler:Sachiko brutally murders three elementary school children...by essentially experimenting on each by seeing what she can do with a pair of sewing scissors until she kills each one.]]
19th Aug '16 10:45:26 AM pinkdalek
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', Seifer actually goes and kicks a mongrel the first time he's in the party.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', Vayne crosses the line when he seizes power. While Drace has opposed his authority and openly rebelled, proving Vayne couldn't trust her, there was no need to have her killed... And less need to command Gabranth, which he refers to as a ''dog'', to kill her himself in order to prove his loyalty. That was really cold and cruel, since Gabranth and Drace were comrades, and perhaps even friends. One scene, two dogs kicked.

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
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In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', Seifer actually goes and kicks a mongrel the first time he's in the party.
* ** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', Vayne crosses the line when he seizes power. While Drace has opposed his authority and openly rebelled, proving Vayne couldn't trust her, there was no need to have her killed... And less need to command Gabranth, which he refers to as a ''dog'', to kill her himself in order to prove his loyalty. That was really cold and cruel, since Gabranth and Drace were comrades, and perhaps even friends. One scene, two dogs kicked.



* There's also this gem from ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012 FinalFantasy]]'', specifically [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]]'s treatment of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Kuja]] after the latter is defeated/killed by [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Lightning]]:

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* ** There's also this gem from ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012 FinalFantasy]]'', specifically [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]]'s treatment of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Kuja]] after the latter is defeated/killed by [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Lightning]]:


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** In ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy'', Garland grabs a Moogle and hurls it off into the distance.
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