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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]].
27th Mar '17 12:07:14 PM Drakkenmensch
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** Even [[Creator/TonyJay the narrator]] has a hard time [[{{Corpsing}} holding back his snickers]] as he describes your demise.
8th Mar '17 11:59:59 AM BeerBaron
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** ''[[''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':

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** ''[[''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':



** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' 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'' ''[[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...
8th Mar '17 11:59:31 AM BeerBaron
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* The first quest for the Fighter's Guild in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has you killing a room full of rats.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' plays it straight by starting you off in a dungeon/secret passage largely populated by rats, but inverts it with the first Fighter's Guild quest -- you're told a local woman has a "rat problem" in her basement, but the problem is that they're her pets and ''mountain lions'' are killing them.
** When asked about "Rumors," some [=NPCs=] will [[LampshadeHanging point out]] how the tasks given to new recruits always seem to have something to do with rats.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' also has an archetypal "clearing out rats" quest, 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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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** ''[[''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
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The first quest for the Balmora Fighter's Guild in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has you killing a room full of rats.
*** ''Tribunal'' has the "Crimson Plague" side questline, which involves you killing some rats who are spreading the disease. (It averts the "beginner" quest part, however, as the quest soon escalates to you needing to kill a notorious DamageSpongeBoss.)
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' plays ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''
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it straight by starting you off in a dungeon/secret passage largely populated by rats, but inverts it with the first Fighter's Guild quest -- you're told a local woman has a "rat problem" in her basement, but the problem is that they're her pets and ''mountain lions'' are killing them.
** *** When asked about "Rumors," some [=NPCs=] will [[LampshadeHanging point out]] how the tasks given to new recruits always seem to have something to do with rats.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' also has an archetypal "clearing out rats" quest, 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 ''real'' task...
27th Dec '16 6:10:31 AM MiddleEighth
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[[AC: Fan Works]]
*Played straight and averted in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. In Gothmarik Citadel, rats are some of the opponents in there. But because the four are [[ActualPacifist Actual Pacifists]] and won't kill anything, John simply immobilizes them with warm ice timed to melt in a few hours.
19th Dec '16 9:36:46 PM PricklySeahorse
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** However, [[https://data.archive.moe/board/tg/image/1381/43/1381436344408.png rats can be genuinely dangerous for non-adventurers.]]

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** However, [[https://data.archive.moe/board/tg/image/1381/43/1381436344408.[[https://i.sli.mg/OhwfdR.png rats can be genuinely dangerous for non-adventurers.]]
5th Oct '16 4:16:42 PM nombretomado
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* In Pokémon, 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.
* ''EveOnline'', even being a WideOpenSandbox, is not immune, except the rats are low level NPC pirates in spaceships...which the players call "rats", and the act of cruising for [=NPCs=] in asteroid belts "ratting". And not just because of the Fun With Abbreviations to be had with pi''RAT''e... player pirates don't get called that.

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* In Pokémon, ''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.
* ''EveOnline'', ''VideoGame/EveOnline'', even being a WideOpenSandbox, is not immune, except the rats are low level NPC pirates in spaceships...which the players call "rats", and the act of cruising for [=NPCs=] in asteroid belts "ratting". And not just because of the Fun With Abbreviations to be had with pi''RAT''e... player pirates don't get called that.



* In ''EternalSonata'', while there's a tiny part of the game before it, Allegretto and Beat's first battles are in an AbsurdlySpaciousSewer with a lot of rats in it. The only ones you're ''required'' to fight, however, are the ones in the bottleneck that serve as a combat tutorial for item use, Special Attacks, and light levels, should you elect to let it be one, and the boss and entourage at your destination.

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* In ''EternalSonata'', ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', while there's a tiny part of the game before it, Allegretto and Beat's first battles are in an AbsurdlySpaciousSewer with a lot of rats in it. The only ones you're ''required'' to fight, however, are the ones in the bottleneck that serve as a combat tutorial for item use, Special Attacks, and light levels, should you elect to let it be one, and the boss and entourage at your destination.
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