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21st Aug '17 11:26:17 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In Creator/TimothyZahn's ''[[HandOfThrawn Spectre Of The Past]]'', Control directs Luke (in disguise as a pilot) through the pirates' base. Then he taunts him about the Jedi trap he led him into.

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* In Creator/TimothyZahn's ''[[HandOfThrawn ''[[Literature/HandOfThrawn Spectre Of The Past]]'', Control directs Luke (in disguise as a pilot) through the pirates' base. Then he taunts him about the Jedi trap he led him into.
16th Jun '17 4:19:22 AM Gosicrystal
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* [[spoiler:{{Satan}}]] from ''VideoGame/{{Messiah}}'', once he reveals his true colors.

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* [[spoiler:{{Satan}}]] [[spoiler:Satan]] from ''VideoGame/{{Messiah}}'', once he reveals his true colors.
25th Apr '17 12:40:21 PM IchigoMontoya
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-->-- '''The Colonel''', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''

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-->-- '''The Colonel''', '''Colonel Campbell''', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''
25th Apr '17 12:38:28 PM IchigoMontoya
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MissionControl has been acting strangely. It's acting like it can't make up its mind whether it [[{{Tsundere}} loves you or hates you]]. It gives you orders which, if followed, get you brutally killed. It taunts, belittles, and lies to you. What's going on? You've just encountered Mission Control Is Off Its Meds.

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MissionControl has been acting strangely. It's acting like it can't make up its mind whether it [[{{Tsundere}} [[MoodSwinger loves you or hates you]]. It gives you orders which, if followed, get you brutally killed. It taunts, belittles, and lies to you. What's going on? You've just encountered Mission Control Is Off Its Meds.



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; 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.

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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; AnnoyingVideoGameHelper, which is annoying or unhelpful, but not intentionally so. When used in video games, MissionControlIsOffItsMeds Mission Control Is Off Its Meds can be considered a variant of UnreliableNarrator or LemonyNarrator. More extreme and surreal variants (such as the page quote) can dip into WordSaladHorror.
12th Apr '17 4:19:53 PM epoxy
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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, 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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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. 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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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.

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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, who
odd.
**Doc Scratch
outright tells the heroes he's working for the BigBad; Terezi, who's BigBad.
**Terezi is
on the good guy's side but is nuts and trying to screw over her rival; and Vriska, who while rival.
**Vriska is
tenuously good is but mainly trying acts to make herself look good and struggles to care about anyone who isn't Vriska.\\
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Kernelsprites merit special mention because although they
Vriska.
**Kernelsprites
have access to a great deal of important information about Sburb, SBURB, but they are required to present it one or two pieces at a time, in a roundabout 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,
bullshit.
**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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Dirk
incompetent.
**Dirk
Strider's autoresponder auto-responder 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 better, the real Dirk hates it and argues with it all the time.
7th Apr '17 4:03:59 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** [[spoiler:In the secret ending, the Judge realizes that Derek might be the person prophetized to kill him, and more directly intervenes in story by trying to kill Derek. Of course, he thereby gives Derek a chance to make that prophecy [[SelfFulfillingProphecy self-fulfilling]]...

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** [[spoiler:In the secret ending, the Judge realizes that Derek might be the person prophetized to kill him, and intervenes even more directly intervenes in story by trying to kill Derek. Of course, he thereby gives Derek a chance to make that prophecy [[SelfFulfillingProphecy self-fulfilling]]...]]
7th Apr '17 4:03:17 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Poacher}}'', [[spoiler:the narrator, a.k.a. the Judge, tries to prevent Derek from rescuing Rebecca from the Abyss by indicating to the player that Derek is supposed to leave without her. Of course, Derek refuses to do this, and kills the Judge in the secret ending]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Poacher}}'', [[spoiler:the narrator, a.k.a. the Judge, tries to prevent Derek from rescuing Rebecca from the Abyss by indicating to the player that Derek is supposed to leave without her. Of course, Derek refuses to do this, and kills the Judge in this]].
** [[spoiler:In
the secret ending]].ending, the Judge realizes that Derek might be the person prophetized to kill him, and more directly intervenes in story by trying to kill Derek. Of course, he thereby gives Derek a chance to make that prophecy [[SelfFulfillingProphecy self-fulfilling]]...
19th Mar '17 2:39:28 PM nombretomado
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* Mission control in ''[[{{Nitrome}} Canary]]'' (a parody of SurvivalHorror in general and ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' in particular) is fighting his own battle while you fight yours, under assault by hundreds of monsters. Right after he seems to have been overwhelmed, he [[TheVirus suddenly and suspiciously informs you that everything is fine]].

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* Mission control in ''[[{{Nitrome}} ''[[{{Creator/Nitrome}} Canary]]'' (a parody of SurvivalHorror in general and ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' in particular) is fighting his own battle while you fight yours, under assault by hundreds of monsters. Right after he seems to have been overwhelmed, he [[TheVirus suddenly and suspiciously informs you that everything is fine]].
11th Mar '17 12:07:51 PM nombretomado
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* Jodie from ''MetalWolfChaos'' may be unambiguously on the player's side, but also happens to be completely '''[[AxCrazy insane]]'''.

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* Jodie from ''MetalWolfChaos'' ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'' may be unambiguously on the player's side, but also happens to be completely '''[[AxCrazy insane]]'''.
20th Feb '17 1:12:32 PM bt8257
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