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Many more recent games with {{Heroic Mime}}s use this so the game has a character who can actually have reactions to the plot, and [[VoiceForTheVoiceless actually engage in dialogue]] with other {{NPC}}s. In this case, they not only act as a tutorial of sorts, but keep track of the story and help [[ContinueYourMissionDammit move it along]]. [[SmallAnnoyingCreature Some sidekicks]] have a tendency to do this ''too'' often, at which point the player is likely to shout, "StopHelpingMe"

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Many more recent games with {{Heroic Mime}}s use this so the game has a character who can actually have reactions to the plot, and [[VoiceForTheVoiceless actually engage in dialogue]] with other {{NPC}}s. In this case, they not only act as a tutorial of sorts, but keep track of the story and help [[ContinueYourMissionDammit move it along]]. [[SmallAnnoyingCreature Some sidekicks]] have a tendency to do this ''too'' often, at which point the player is likely to shout, "StopHelpingMe"
"[[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper Stop Helping Me!]]"



** Navi from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' is the most notorious of these, and [[TheScrappy the most hated]] because of [[StopHelpingMe the annoying frequency with which she bugs the player excessively]].

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** Navi from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' is the most notorious of these, and [[TheScrappy the most hated]] because of [[StopHelpingMe [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper the annoying frequency with which she bugs the player excessively]].



** ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'' casts the star sprite Starlow in the same role. Amusingly, she pretends to be a ''different'' ExpositionFairy for Bowser ("Chippy"), directing him to perform Mario-supporting actions and occasionally driving him to StopHelpingMe levels.

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** ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'' casts the star sprite Starlow in the same role. Amusingly, she pretends to be a ''different'' ExpositionFairy for Bowser ("Chippy"), directing him to perform Mario-supporting actions and occasionally driving him to StopHelpingMe [[UnwantedAssistance Stop Helping Me]] levels.



* Later ''SonicTheHedgehog'' games had this, the two most recognizable being [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Tikal]] and [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Omochao]]. Ironically, despite looking very similar to Navi, Tikal herself is [[EnsembleDarkhorse adored by fans]]. Although occasionally vague, for the most part her advice was understandable enough that you could figure it out while not being treated like an idiot. Further helping this along is the fact that she stays in side-areas of both hub worlds and levels, so was generally easy to avoid if you didn't want her advice. However if you did, you simply had to jump on her sprite and move on. Oh, and she has a [[MysteriousWaif interesting backstory]] [[HeroicSacrifice that justifies]] [[SpiritAdvisor her helping]] [[BigGood that's critical to resolving the plot]]. [[TheScrappy Whereas Omochao]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment appears out of nowhere with no explanation as to what he/she/it/ is]], [[StopHelpingMe is all too easy to accidentally activate]], and [[CaptainObvious doles out insultingly obvious directions]] [[MostAnnoyingSound in an obnoxious, childlike voice]]. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Omochao can be picked up and thrown at enemies/shot at by your mecha, etc]], [[TakeThatScrappy which satisfies a player's seething hatred for the little robot]], [[WhatTheHellPlayer only for it to immediately chew you out for the abuse]].
** There's always someone helping you in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''. If Shadow is currently doing a Dark Mission, it's either "Doom's Eye" (an extension of the Black Arms) or Dr. Eggman; if he's doing a Heroic Mission, it's one of the heroes of the franchise, like Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Rouge, and others. (Regardless, their persistent advice often gets to the StopHelpingMe point.) A little experimentation with the control scheme reveals you can change between them at will, as well as get both of them to disappear (although there are certain points in which one or the other will automatically rejoin you); in this case, Shadow will [[ThinkingOutLoud talk to himself]] upon coming across a puzzle.

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* Later ''SonicTheHedgehog'' games had this, the two most recognizable being [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Tikal]] and [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Omochao]]. Ironically, despite looking very similar to Navi, Tikal herself is [[EnsembleDarkhorse adored by fans]]. Although occasionally vague, for the most part her advice was understandable enough that you could figure it out while not being treated like an idiot. Further helping this along is the fact that she stays in side-areas of both hub worlds and levels, so was generally easy to avoid if you didn't want her advice. However if you did, you simply had to jump on her sprite and move on. Oh, and she has a [[MysteriousWaif interesting backstory]] [[HeroicSacrifice that justifies]] [[SpiritAdvisor her helping]] [[BigGood that's critical to resolving the plot]]. [[TheScrappy Whereas Omochao]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment appears out of nowhere with no explanation as to what he/she/it/ is]], [[StopHelpingMe [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper is all too easy to accidentally activate]], and [[CaptainObvious doles out insultingly obvious directions]] [[MostAnnoyingSound in an obnoxious, childlike voice]]. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Omochao can be picked up and thrown at enemies/shot at by your mecha, etc]], [[TakeThatScrappy which satisfies a player's seething hatred for the little robot]], [[WhatTheHellPlayer only for it to immediately chew you out for the abuse]].
** There's always someone helping you in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''. If Shadow is currently doing a Dark Mission, it's either "Doom's Eye" (an extension of the Black Arms) or Dr. Eggman; if he's doing a Heroic Mission, it's one of the heroes of the franchise, like Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Rouge, and others. (Regardless, their persistent advice often gets to the StopHelpingMe AnnoyingVideoGameHelper point.) A little experimentation with the control scheme reveals you can change between them at will, as well as get both of them to disappear (although there are certain points in which one or the other will automatically rejoin you); in this case, Shadow will [[ThinkingOutLoud talk to himself]] upon coming across a puzzle.



** Chip doesn't narrate anything when triggered in the [=PS360=] version of the game, however he goes into StopHelpingMe territory in the [=WiiS2=] version, where he appears during the tutorial levels and the final boss, narrates things, and this is out of your control.
** Replacing all of those in VideoGame/SonicColors, is Tails himself. Much like Tikal, Omochao, and 360-Chip, Tails only talks when you touch a "?" circle. Tails' text can be skipped, however, possibly Subverting the StopHelpingMe portion of this trope. A further subversion occurs when facing the final boss: There's a "?" at the start, but Tails' voice is replaced with static, so he can't help.

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** Chip doesn't narrate anything when triggered in the [=PS360=] version of the game, however he goes into StopHelpingMe AnnoyingVideoGameHelper territory in the [=WiiS2=] version, where he appears during the tutorial levels and the final boss, narrates things, and this is out of your control.
** Replacing all of those in VideoGame/SonicColors, is Tails himself. Much like Tikal, Omochao, and 360-Chip, Tails only talks when you touch a "?" circle. Tails' text can be skipped, however, possibly Subverting the StopHelpingMe AnnoyingVideoGameHelper portion of this trope. A further subversion occurs when facing the final boss: There's a "?" at the start, but Tails' voice is replaced with static, so he can't help.



* Ford Cruller in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' offers you hints on where to go, information on enemies, and has a few other services he can provide for you (such as instantly [[WarpWhistle teleporting you to his lab]]). You can summon his services by waving a piece of bacon around. He rarely pops in to provide information unbidden--[[StopHelpingMe thankfully]]--but he will if it's obvious the player [[GuideDangIt has absolutely no idea what to do.]]

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* Ford Cruller in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' offers you hints on where to go, information on enemies, and has a few other services he can provide for you (such as instantly [[WarpWhistle teleporting you to his lab]]). You can summon his services by waving a piece of bacon around. He rarely pops in to provide information unbidden--[[StopHelpingMe unbidden--[[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper thankfully]]--but he will if it's obvious the player [[GuideDangIt has absolutely no idea what to do.]]



* Pey'j and Double H from ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' frequently fill these roles, offering advice on where to go, what to do, and information on the world, from time to time. Most of their more detailed advice is optional--[[StopHelpingMe thank goodness]]--but Double H has the habit (moreso than Pey'j) of [[CaptainObvious shouting out the completely obvious unbidden.]] "There's the secret passageway we need to get in!"

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* Pey'j and Double H from ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' frequently fill these roles, offering advice on where to go, what to do, and information on the world, from time to time. Most of their more detailed advice is optional--[[StopHelpingMe optional--[[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper thank goodness]]--but Double H has the habit (moreso than Pey'j) of [[CaptainObvious shouting out the completely obvious unbidden.]] "There's the secret passageway we need to get in!"



** The only reason Strong Bad even agreed to disentangle the worlds was to [[StopHelpingMe stop Homestar from popping up everywhere]].[[note]]Granted, the burnination of Strong Badia played a part, but it was mainly Homestar.[[/note]]

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** The only reason Strong Bad even agreed to disentangle the worlds was to [[StopHelpingMe [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper stop Homestar from popping up everywhere]].[[note]]Granted, the burnination of Strong Badia played a part, but it was mainly Homestar.[[/note]]



* Tutorial Pig in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''. Shows you how to use the controller via bubbles on-screen, offers you checkpoints throughout a level, and [[MostAnnoyingSound annoyingly]] [[StopHelpingMe offers the Super Guide]] ''when'' you die enough times.

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* Tutorial Pig in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''. Shows you how to use the controller via bubbles on-screen, offers you checkpoints throughout a level, and [[MostAnnoyingSound annoyingly]] [[StopHelpingMe [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper offers the Super Guide]] ''when'' you die enough times.



* Sunny, Mezzo's Umbreon in ''Roleplay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'', takes this role in an October 2011 sideplot, as a ShoutOut to the exposition fairies in Zelda. Included is the ability to cast portals on the ground, Midna-style, justified in that he's a Dark-type Pokémon. Fortunately, [[StopHelpingMe he gives]] [[AvertedTrope competent]] [[StopHelpingMe advice]].

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* Sunny, Mezzo's Umbreon in ''Roleplay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'', takes this role in an October 2011 sideplot, as a ShoutOut to the exposition fairies in Zelda. Included is the ability to cast portals on the ground, Midna-style, justified in that he's a Dark-type Pokémon. Fortunately, [[StopHelpingMe [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper he gives]] [[AvertedTrope competent]] [[StopHelpingMe [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper advice]].
4th Sep '16 5:19:14 PM BSonirachi
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* Other characters to fill the role throughout the series include [[VideoGame/SonicShuffle Lumina]], [[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Shahra, Merlina and Caliburn]].

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* ** Other characters to fill the role throughout the series include [[VideoGame/SonicShuffle Lumina]], [[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Shahra, Merlina and Caliburn]].
4th Sep '16 5:18:57 PM BSonirachi
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** There's always someone helping you in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''. If Shadow is currently doing a Dark Mission, it's either "Doom's Eye" (an extension of the Black Arms) or Dr. Eggman; if he's doing a Heroic Mission, it's one of the heroes of the franchise, like Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Rouge, and others. (Regardless, their persistent advice often gets to the StopHelpingMe point.) A little experimentation with the control scheme reveals you can change between them at will, as well as get both of them to disappear (although there are certain points in which one or the other will automatically rejoin you); in this case, Shadow will [[ThinkingOutLoud talk to himself]] upon coming across a puzzle.



** There's always someone helping you in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''. If Shadow is currently doing a Dark Mission, it's either "Doom's Eye" (an extension of the Black Arms) or Dr. Eggman; if he's doing a Heroic Mission, it's one of the heroes of the franchise, like Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Rouge, and others. (Regardless, their persistent advice often gets to the StopHelpingMe point.) A little experimentation with the control scheme reveals you can change between them at will, as well as get both of them to disappear (although there are certain points in which one or the other will automatically rejoin you); in this case, Shadow will [[ThinkingOutLoud talk to himself]] upon coming across a puzzle.
4th Sep '16 5:18:06 PM BSonirachi
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** There's always someone helping you in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''. If Shadow is currently doing a Dark Mission, it's either "Doom's Eye" (an extension of the Black Arms) or Dr. Eggman; if he's doing a Heroic Mission, it's one of the heroes of the franchise, like Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Rouge, and others. (Regardless, their persistent advice often gets to the StopHelpingMe point.) A little experimentation with the control scheme reveals you can change between them at will, as well as get both of them to disappear (although there are certain points in which one or the other will automatically rejoin you); in this case, Shadow will [[ThinkingOutLoud talk to himself]] upon coming across a puzzle.



* Other characters to fill the role throughout the series include [[VideoGame/SonicShuffle Lumina]], [[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Shahra, Merlina and Caliburn]].



* There's always someone helping you in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''. If Shadow is currently doing a Dark Mission, it's either "Doom's Eye" (an extension of the Black Arms) or Dr. Eggman; if he's doing a Heroic Mission, it's one of the heroes of the franchise, like Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Rouge, and others. (Regardless, their persistent advice often gets to the StopHelpingMe point.) A little experimentation with the control scheme reveals you can change between them at will, as well as get both of them to disappear (although there are certain points in which one or the other will automatically rejoin you); in this case, Shadow will [[ThinkingOutLoud talk to himself]] upon coming across a puzzle.
20th Aug '16 7:33:11 PM RBLyndon
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** Adam, Samus's AI advisor in ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion''. She has no choice but to listen to him, as he was part of the deal that got her a replacement spaceship; he's eventually revealed to be part of a GovernmentConspiracy, but pulls a HeelFaceTurn in the closing moments of the game.

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** Adam, Samus's AI advisor in ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion''. She has no choice but to listen to him, as he was part of the deal that got her a replacement spaceship; he's spaceship. [[spoiler: He's eventually revealed to be part of a GovernmentConspiracy, but pulls a HeelFaceTurn in the closing moments of the game.game]].
5th Aug '16 2:46:33 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has two: Cortana, and the 343 Guilty Spark.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' generally has two: Cortana, and [=AIs=] fill this role:
** Cortana for
the Chief in the mainline games.
**
343 Guilty Spark.Spark sometimes does this.
** Auntie Dot in ''VideoGame/HaloReach''.
** Serina in ''VideoGame/HaloWars''.
5th Jul '16 9:41:23 PM Gingerkitteh
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* Later ''SonicTheHedgehog'' games had this, the two most recognizable being [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Tikal]] and [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Omochao]]. Ironically, despite looking very similar to Navi, Tikal herself is [[EnsembleDarkhorse adored by fans]]. Although occasionally vague, for the most part her advice was understandable enough that you could figure it out while not being treated like an idiot. Further helping this along is the fact that she stays in side-areas of both hub worlds and levels, so was generally easy to avoid if you didn't want her advice. However if you did, you simply had to jump on her sprite and move on. Oh, and she has a [[MysteriousWaif interesting backstory]] [[HeroicSacrifice that justifies]] [[SpiritAdvisor her helping]] [[BigGood that's critical to resolving the plot]]. [[TheScrappyWhereas Omochao]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment appears out of nowhere with no explanation as to what he/she/it/ is]], [[StopHelpingMe is all too easy to accidentally activate]], and [[CaptainObvious doles out insultingly obvious directions]] [[MostAnnoyingSound in an obnoxious, childlike voice]]. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Omochao can be picked up and thrown at enemies/shot at by your mecha, etc]], [[TakeThatScrappy which satisfies a player's seething hatred for the little robot]], [[WhatTheHellPlayer only for it to immediately chew you out for the abuse]].

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* Later ''SonicTheHedgehog'' games had this, the two most recognizable being [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Tikal]] and [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Omochao]]. Ironically, despite looking very similar to Navi, Tikal herself is [[EnsembleDarkhorse adored by fans]]. Although occasionally vague, for the most part her advice was understandable enough that you could figure it out while not being treated like an idiot. Further helping this along is the fact that she stays in side-areas of both hub worlds and levels, so was generally easy to avoid if you didn't want her advice. However if you did, you simply had to jump on her sprite and move on. Oh, and she has a [[MysteriousWaif interesting backstory]] [[HeroicSacrifice that justifies]] [[SpiritAdvisor her helping]] [[BigGood that's critical to resolving the plot]]. [[TheScrappyWhereas [[TheScrappy Whereas Omochao]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment appears out of nowhere with no explanation as to what he/she/it/ is]], [[StopHelpingMe is all too easy to accidentally activate]], and [[CaptainObvious doles out insultingly obvious directions]] [[MostAnnoyingSound in an obnoxious, childlike voice]]. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Omochao can be picked up and thrown at enemies/shot at by your mecha, etc]], [[TakeThatScrappy which satisfies a player's seething hatred for the little robot]], [[WhatTheHellPlayer only for it to immediately chew you out for the abuse]].
28th Mar '16 8:55:55 AM TheHeroHartmut
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* Chao of the ''VideoGame/DistortedTravesty'' series acts as MissionControl alongside her brother Jeremy. She seems to have more free reign than Jeremy does, however, and so is able to take on a form similar to that of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Navi]] to be used as an enemy scanner (to provide information about attack patterns and weapon weaknesses). In the third game, she gets kidnapped when the party travels [[spoiler:into the Vault]], thus rendering the player unable to scan enemies for a time.
31st Jan '16 2:08:29 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* Iwazaru of ''VideoGame/{{Killer 7}}'' drops into view on occasion (he hangs from a bungee cord) and informs the title assassins of what they need to do next, often by insulting them (for example, when he complains about MASK DE Smith, you have to switch to MASK to advance). The ending [[spoiler:reveals that Iwazaru is Kun Lan in disguise, explaining why someone supposedly loyal to the Smiths has so little respect]]. Aside from the gimp, the Smiths travel with an entire retinue of 'quirky' exposition ghosts. Easygoing Travis ([[NoMoreHeroes no relation]]) also offers hints and is generally more trustworthy, Kess Bloodysunday is a shell-shocked [[UndeadChild ghost kid]] who tells you how to beat the bosses, and severed head Susie... [[AxCrazy the less said the better]].

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* Iwazaru of ''VideoGame/{{Killer 7}}'' drops into view on occasion (he hangs from a bungee cord) and informs the title assassins of what they need to do next, often by insulting them (for example, when he complains about MASK DE Smith, you have to switch to MASK to advance). The ending [[spoiler:reveals that Iwazaru is Kun Lan in disguise, explaining why someone supposedly loyal to the Smiths has so little respect]]. Aside from the gimp, the Smiths travel with an entire retinue of 'quirky' exposition ghosts. Easygoing Travis ([[NoMoreHeroes no relation]]) also offers hints and is generally more trustworthy, Kess Bloodysunday is a shell-shocked [[UndeadChild ghost kid]] who tells you how to beat the bosses, and severed head Susie... [[AxCrazy the less said the better]].
9th Jan '16 8:52:05 AM billybobfred
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* ''VideoGame/FantasyLife'' inverts this -- Flutter, by being clueless of Life in Reveria, prompts other [=NPCs=] to explain details that the player character would have already known about.
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