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14th Apr '18 9:23:40 PM DanaO
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* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing''. You start out fetching a mosquito larva from a forest and clearing out a tavern owner's basement of rats - including the miniboss [[DastardlyWhiplash Baron von Ratsworth]]. However, the rats [[MookMaker just keep coming]] until you find and turn off the [[RuleOfFunny rat faucet]].

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* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing''. You The ''tutorial's'' RatStomp features bunnies(!), but you start out fetching a mosquito larva from a forest and clearing out a tavern owner's basement of rats - including the miniboss [[DastardlyWhiplash Baron von Ratsworth]]. However, the rats [[MookMaker just keep coming]] until you find and turn off the [[RuleOfFunny rat faucet]]. (This area is more significant than it appears; cranking the challenge level up beyond what a new player can handle can get you extra ''types'' of rats, potentially enabling a risk-for-reward shortcut against far more dangerous rats in a quest well down the line.)
8th Mar '18 8:20:53 AM AjWargo
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' also has an archetypal "clearing out rats" quest during the ThievesGuild questline, but it's not possible to do it before a number of other quests have been finished. Interestingly, you also fight a boss who's been expiermenting on the rats, and he can actually be a little tough if you aren't prepared. Also, exterminating pests will only be a cover for the ''real'' task...[[note]]putting rat poison in the mead so the brewery fails [[TheInspectorIsComing the health inspection]].[[/note]]

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' also has an archetypal "clearing out rats" quest during the ThievesGuild questline, but it's not possible to do it before a number of other quests have been finished. Interestingly, you also fight a boss man named Hamelyn who's been expiermenting expermenting on the rats, and he can actually be a little tough if you aren't prepared. Also, exterminating pests will only be a cover for the ''real'' task...[[note]]putting rat poison in the mead so the brewery fails [[TheInspectorIsComing the health inspection]].[[/note]]
8th Mar '18 8:18:55 AM AjWargo
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' also has an archetypal "clearing out rats" quest during the ThievesGuild questline, but it's not possible to do it before a number of other quests have been finished. Also, exterminating pests will only be a cover for the ''real'' task...[[note]]putting rat poison in the mead so the brewery fails [[TheInspectorIsComing the health inspection]].[[/note]]

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' also has an archetypal "clearing out rats" quest during the ThievesGuild questline, but it's not possible to do it before a number of other quests have been finished. Interestingly, you also fight a boss who's been expiermenting on the rats, and he can actually be a little tough if you aren't prepared. Also, exterminating pests will only be a cover for the ''real'' task...[[note]]putting rat poison in the mead so the brewery fails [[TheInspectorIsComing the health inspection]].[[/note]]
22nd Feb '18 10:39:07 AM WillKeaton
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* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' has a [[http://nwn.bioware.com/support/patchdetails127.html demo module]] for rats and dire rats, named "[[TalkLikeAPirate Thar be Rats! Yarrr!]]".

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* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' has a [[http://nwn.bioware.com/support/patchdetails127.html demo module]] for rats and dire rats, named "[[TalkLikeAPirate Thar be Rats! Yarrr!]]".Yarrr!]]"
5th Jan '18 1:57:34 AM Cryoclaste
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** It gets parodied in IcewindDale 2, when you encounter another group of low level adventurers who were given the exact same quest and chose to solve it by tossing a cat into the room with the rats.

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** It gets parodied in IcewindDale 2, ''Icewind Dale 2'', when you encounter another group of low level adventurers who were given the exact same quest and chose to solve it by tossing a cat into the room with the rats.
24th Dec '17 9:15:00 PM TheKaizerreich
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A common early quest in many [[RolePlayingGame RPGs]], particularly of the Western, tabletop-derived variety. Rats may be [[RodentsOfUnusualSize of unusual size]], or substituted with some similarly non-threatening and easily killed critter, and indeed the basement may well be a different room entirely. This may even be part of the game's combat tutorial. Whatever the specifics, there's an area filled with small squishy things that need squishing. Get to it.

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A common early quest in many [[RolePlayingGame RPGs]], particularly of the Western, tabletop-derived variety. Rats may be [[RodentsOfUnusualSize of unusual size]], or substituted with some similarly non-threatening and easily killed critter, critter (the Eastern equivalent is typically one or more slimes), and indeed the basement may well be a different room entirely. This may even be part of the game's combat tutorial. Whatever the specifics, there's an area filled with small squishy things that need squishing. Get to it.
23rd Aug '17 8:37:03 AM TheHeroHartmut
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* The reboot of ''TheBardsTale'' starts with the Bard trying to impress a Barmaid by taking care of her rat problem. Turns out that the 'problem' is a giant, fire-breathing rat, and the locals regularly get a kick out of watching cocky adventurer types being beaten by it.
** Even [[Creator/TonyJay the narrator]] has a hard time [[{{Corpsing}} holding back his snickers]] as he describes your demise.

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* The reboot of ''TheBardsTale'' ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'' starts with the Bard trying to impress a Barmaid by taking care of her rat problem. Turns out that the 'problem' is a giant, fire-breathing rat, and the locals regularly get a kick out of watching cocky adventurer types being beaten by it.
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it. Even [[Creator/TonyJay the narrator]] has a hard time [[{{Corpsing}} holding back his snickers]] as he describes your demise.demise.
-->'''Narrator:''' [[SarcasmMode All hail the Bard; Rat Killer and Rodent Bane, who has bravely made the cellars once again safe for buxom barmaids and wanton widows!]] ...Or has he?



* In ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'', the first Pokémon you will find in the wild will be a Rattata in the first and second generation, and Patrat, in the fifth generation.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'', the first Pokémon you will you'll find in the wild will likely be a Rattata [[ComMons Rattata]] in the first [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue first]] and second generation, [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver second]] generations, and Patrat, Patrat in the fifth [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite fifth]] generation.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 1}}'' you have to enter your basement towards the beginning of the game to retrieve a certain item, where there is a chance that you will fight rats.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 1}}'' ''VideoGame/EarthboundBeginnings'' you have to enter your basement towards the beginning of the game to retrieve a certain item, where there is a chance that you will fight rats.



* ''Webcomic/TheNoob'', being a parody of the MMO genre, has plenty of fun with this trope. From the disappointment that the heroic adventure starts with collection [[TwentyBearAsses rat tails]], to the ExplosiveBreeder needed to repopulate the starting zone, to the elf-players looking down on the humans starting with ratstomping (while [[HypocriticalHumor starting elf players are all stuck killing spiders]]), to the starting-zone rats being made into [[DemonicSpider giant spiked monstrosities]] because the head developer ordered the team to ramp up the difficulty or be fired (he only meant the endgame dungeon).

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* ''Webcomic/TheNoob'', being a parody of the MMO genre, has plenty of fun with this trope. From the disappointment that the heroic adventure starts with collection [[TwentyBearAsses rat tails]], to the ExplosiveBreeder needed to repopulate the starting zone, to the elf-players looking down on the humans starting with ratstomping (while [[HypocriticalHumor starting elf players are all stuck killing spiders]]), to the starting-zone rats being made into [[DemonicSpider giant spiked monstrosities]] because the head developer ordered the team to ramp up the difficulty or be fired (he only meant the endgame dungeon).

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dungeon).
18th Aug '17 9:12:00 PM Sonofstranger
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' also has an archetypal "clearing out rats" quest during the ThievesGuild questline, but it's not possible to do it before a number of other quests have been finished. Also, exterminating pests will only be a cover for the ''real'' task...

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' also has an archetypal "clearing out rats" quest during the ThievesGuild questline, but it's not possible to do it before a number of other quests have been finished. Also, exterminating pests will only be a cover for the ''real'' task...[[note]]putting rat poison in the mead so the brewery fails [[TheInspectorIsComing the health inspection]].[[/note]]
28th May '17 6:54:02 AM edderiofer
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** However, [[https://i.sli.mg/OhwfdR.png rats can be genuinely dangerous for non-adventurers.]]

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** However, [[https://i.sli.mg/OhwfdR.imgur.com/w7xm40n.png rats can be genuinely dangerous for non-adventurers.]]
11th May '17 10:18:38 AM Mhazard
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* Brutally subverted in most RPG created by ''Creator/FromSoftware'', particularly ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' and ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', rats can be seen early on, but it isn't you who stomp rats, [[RussianReversal it's the rats who stomp you]]. Not only they are twice larger than you, they are also poisonous and [[ZergRush can swarm you]].

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* Brutally subverted Subverted in most RPG created by ''Creator/FromSoftware'', particularly ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' and ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', rats can be seen early on, but it isn't you who stomp rats, [[RussianReversal it's the rats who stomp you]]. Not only they are [[RodentsOfUnusualSize twice larger than you, you]], they are also poisonous and [[ZergRush can swarm you]].
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