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8th Aug '16 8:15:38 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* 343 Guilty Spark, and later Cortana, in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series.

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* 343 Guilty Spark, Cortana starts becoming this in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' as her rampancy worsens. [[spoiler:Nonetheless, she remains 100% loyal to the Chief, and later Cortana, is crucial in helping him save the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series.day.]]
31st Jul '16 10:07:26 PM trentongm
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** There is also an easter egg where one of the telepathic monkeys uses the comm system to offer the player fruit, nuts, a tire swing, and "an attractive hirsute companion" if he defects.
17th Jul '16 5:24:08 AM hollow49
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Prime offenders are Doc Scratch; who outright tells the heroes he's working for the BigBad, Terezi; who's on the good guy's side but is nuts and trying to screw over her rival, and Vriska; who while tenuously good is mainly trying to make herself look good and struggles to care about anyone who isn't Vriska.\\

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Prime offenders are are: Doc Scratch; Scratch, who outright tells the heroes he's working for the BigBad, Terezi; BigBad; Terezi, who's on the good guy's side but is nuts and trying to screw over her rival, rival; and Vriska; Vriska, who while tenuously good is mainly trying to make herself look good and struggles to care about anyone who isn't Vriska.\\
4th Jul '16 2:13:01 AM valos
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Strife}}'', Blackbird becomes this if you end up in the bad ending, abruptly revealing herself as [[spoiler:The Entity]] having manipulated you into bringing The Sigil to it. Presumably she was killed and replaced at some point after the bad ending is set in motion.
27th Jun '16 5:58:26 AM longWriter
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This trope covers any subject that could be MissionControl, but is clearly insane, clearly evil, or otherwise not nearly as good at aiding the character as it should be. Compare TreacherousQuestGiver, where the person giving you directions does ''not'' have your best interests at heart; StopHelpingMe, which is annoying or unhelpful, but not intentionally so. When used in video games, MissionControlIsOffItsMeds can be considered a variant of UnreliableNarrator or LemonyNarrator. More extreme and surreal variants (such as the page quote) can dip into WordSaladHorror.

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This trope covers any subject that could be MissionControl, but is clearly insane, clearly evil, or otherwise not nearly as good at aiding the character as it should be. Compare TreacherousQuestGiver, where the person giving you directions does ''not'' have your best interests at heart; StopHelpingMe, AnnoyingVideoGameHelper, which is annoying or unhelpful, but not intentionally so. When used in video games, MissionControlIsOffItsMeds can be considered a variant of UnreliableNarrator or LemonyNarrator. More extreme and surreal variants (such as the page quote) can dip into WordSaladHorror.



* At the end of the expansion of the first ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'', Jack of Blades becomes this, replacing the [[StopHelpingMe familiar]] promptings of the guildmaster with taunts and advice that makes you more [[KarmaMeter evil]] if followed.

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* At the end of the expansion of the first ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'', Jack of Blades becomes this, replacing the [[StopHelpingMe [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper familiar]] promptings of the guildmaster with taunts and advice that makes you more [[KarmaMeter evil]] if followed.
25th Jun '16 4:57:41 PM LentilSandEater
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Prime offenders are Doc Scratch; who outright tells the heroes he's working for the BigBad, Terezi; who's on the good guy's side but is nuts and trying to screw over her rival, and Vriska; who while tenuously good is mainly trying to make herself look good and who cares about anyone else, right?\\

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Prime offenders are Doc Scratch; who outright tells the heroes he's working for the BigBad, Terezi; who's on the good guy's side but is nuts and trying to screw over her rival, and Vriska; who while tenuously good is mainly trying to make herself look good and who cares struggles to care about anyone else, right?\\who isn't Vriska.\\



Dirk Strider's autoresponder has a few things to answer for itself. It's an AI programmed by Dirk at age 13 to be a perfect copy of his personality at that time, and has developed in its own fashion since then. It seems relatively benign of intent but it still has its own agenda, and is pretty cagey about disclosing what that agenda is. Even better the real Dirk hates it argues with it all the time.

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Dirk Strider's autoresponder has a few things to answer for itself. It's an AI programmed by Dirk at age 13 to be a perfect copy of his personality at that time, and has developed in its own fashion since then. It seems relatively benign of intent but it still has its own agenda, and is pretty cagey about disclosing what that agenda is. Even better the real Dirk hates it and argues with it all the time.
25th Jun '16 4:56:01 PM LentilSandEater
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', many characters do this. Prime offenders are Doc Scratch, Terezi, and Vriska. Kernelsprites merit special mention because although they have access to a great deal of important information about Sburb, they are required to present it one or two pieces at a time, in a roundabout way.
** Also, the exiles, especially the ones who don't really know what the consoles do. But with few exceptions, none of them are actively malicious, just kind of adorably incompetent.
** Dirk Strider's autoresponder has a few things to answer for itself. It's an AI programmed by Dirk at age 13 to be a perfect copy of his personality at that time, and has developed in its own fashion since then. It seems relatively benign of intent but it still has its own agenda, and is pretty cagey about disclosing what that agenda is.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', many characters do this. Like many ideas in Homestuck, it shows what would happen if you gave video game roles to sentient living beings. They make mistakes, they get angry, they try and manipulate you for their own ends, they die, come back and ''die again''. Even guides created by the InUniverse game are zany and odd.\\
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Prime offenders are Doc Scratch, Terezi, Scratch; who outright tells the heroes he's working for the BigBad, Terezi; who's on the good guy's side but is nuts and Vriska. trying to screw over her rival, and Vriska; who while tenuously good is mainly trying to make herself look good and who cares about anyone else, right?\\
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Kernelsprites merit special mention because although they have access to a great deal of important information about Sburb, they are required to present it one or two pieces at a time, in a roundabout way.
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way. The only exception to the rule is Davesprite, who helps main-Dave as best he can with no bullshit.\\
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Also, the exiles, especially the ones who don't really know what the consoles do. But with few exceptions, none of them are actively malicious, just kind of adorably incompetent.
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incompetent.\\
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Dirk Strider's autoresponder has a few things to answer for itself. It's an AI programmed by Dirk at age 13 to be a perfect copy of his personality at that time, and has developed in its own fashion since then. It seems relatively benign of intent but it still has its own agenda, and is pretty cagey about disclosing what that agenda is. Even better the real Dirk hates it argues with it all the time.
13th Jun '16 12:42:00 AM jormis29
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' mod [[http://www.moddb.com/mods/conscientious-objector Conscientious Objector]] features a mission control which constantly taunts or insults you, and attempts to lead you into traps.
* [[spoiler:The Mother]] from ''VideoGame/{{Prey}}''.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' ''VideoGame/Doom3'' mod [[http://www.moddb.com/mods/conscientious-objector Conscientious Objector]] features a mission control which constantly taunts or insults you, and attempts to lead you into traps.
* [[spoiler:The Mother]] from ''VideoGame/{{Prey}}''.''VideoGame/Prey2006''.
23rd Mar '16 7:22:35 AM Delta497
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* Castle Heterodyne in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' acts like this to the team of prisoners attempting to repair it. While it's homicidal at the best of times, the problem is intensified by the castle's damage causing a fracturing of its personality. Fragment A might kill all repair crews entering an area that Fragment B desperately wanted repaired, for instance. However, even once Agatha fully restores it, it still ''hugely'' abuses its repair crews ForTheEvulz.

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* [[GeniusLoci Castle Heterodyne Heterodyne]] in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' acts like this to the team of prisoners attempting to repair it. While it's homicidal at the best of times, the problem is intensified by the castle's damage causing a fracturing of its personality. Fragment A might kill all repair crews entering an area that Fragment B desperately wanted repaired, for instance. However, even once Agatha fully restores it, it still ''hugely'' abuses its repair crews ForTheEvulz.
20th Mar '16 3:20:41 PM Aiguille
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* First-person horror game ''VideoGame/{{Daylight}}'' begins InMediaRes, although it becomes pretty clear rather quickly that there's something sinister and not-quite-right about the mysterious voice on the radio giving you orders.

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* First-person horror game ''VideoGame/{{Daylight}}'' begins InMediaRes, InMediasRes, although it becomes pretty clear rather quickly that there's something sinister and not-quite-right about the mysterious voice on the radio giving you orders.
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