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12th Jan '16 6:06:11 PM nombretomado
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* Bob the Jagex Cat and Postie Pete in ''{{Runescape}}''. The first is the mascot of the game owners, who wanders endlessly across the land and if you are lucky you can spot it sometimes, though it doesn't serve any purpose. He was originally added to test NPC pathfinding but latter [[EnsembleDarkhorse became a character in several quests]]. The second is a walking (hopping...) skull with a hat and a mailman's bag, who goes around Gielinor delivering letters to every character the player writes to (outside of the game). He's actually in the game as a joke from the developers. * in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' there is Hemet Nesingwary, a travelling [[GreatWhiteHunter big game hunter]] who is found all over Azeroth (and beyond) with his buddies, killing things.
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* Bob the Jagex Cat and Postie Pete in ''{{Runescape}}''.''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}''. The first is the mascot of the game owners, who wanders endlessly across the land and if you are lucky you can spot it sometimes, though it doesn't serve any purpose. He was originally added to test NPC pathfinding but latter [[EnsembleDarkhorse became a character in several quests]]. The second is a walking (hopping...) skull with a hat and a mailman's bag, who goes around Gielinor delivering letters to every character the player writes to (outside of the game). He's actually in the game as a joke from the developers. * in In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' there is Hemet Nesingwary, a travelling [[GreatWhiteHunter big game hunter]] who is found all over Azeroth (and beyond) with his buddies, killing things.
18th Dec '15 10:55:35 PM nombretomado
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* The Magimel brothers in ''ShadowHearts: Covenant''.
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* The Magimel brothers in ''ShadowHearts: Covenant''.''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsCovenant''.
6th Sep '15 7:47:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'' avoids the improbable traveling merchant version. Rather than placing merchants in improbable locations in the Underdark and Outer Planes, the game gives you a shopkeeping genie in a bottle that you can summon at will. ** ''NeverwinterNights2'' gave us Guyven of the Road, whom you can eventually convince to come and stay in your keep after meeting him three times in the wilderness.
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* ''NeverwinterNights: ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'' avoids the improbable traveling merchant version. Rather than placing merchants in improbable locations in the Underdark and Outer Planes, the game gives you a shopkeeping genie in a bottle that you can summon at will. ** ''NeverwinterNights2'' ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' gave us Guyven of the Road, whom you can eventually convince to come and stay in your keep after meeting him three times in the wilderness.
1st Jul '15 6:29:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* The merchant from ''FragileDreamsFarewellRuinsOfTheMoon''. "We have a special bond, you and I!" * Not one, but ''three'' characters in ''ProfessorLayton''. We have Granny Riddle, who picks up lost puzzles for you, Pavel the guy who keeps getting lost, and Stachenscarfen. [[spoiler: Out of the three though, the first game revealed everyone as robots, and the second game revealed everyone as a ''hallucination'', so it's debatable about Granny Riddle and Stachenscarfen. Pavel has absolutely no excuse though.]]
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* The merchant from ''FragileDreamsFarewellRuinsOfTheMoon''.''VideoGame/FragileDreamsFarewellRuinsOfTheMoon''. "We have a special bond, you and I!" * Not one, but ''three'' characters in ''ProfessorLayton''.''VideoGame/ProfessorLayton''. We have Granny Riddle, who picks up lost puzzles for you, Pavel the guy who keeps getting lost, and Stachenscarfen. [[spoiler: Out of the three though, the first game revealed everyone as robots, and the second game revealed everyone as a ''hallucination'', so it's debatable about Granny Riddle and Stachenscarfen. Pavel has absolutely no excuse though.]]
10th May '15 3:13:31 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Naturally, this is played for laughs with the shopkeeper in ''PressStart''.
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* Naturally, this is played for laughs with the shopkeeper in ''PressStart''. ''Film/PressStart''.
14th Apr '15 12:09:37 PM nombretomado
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* Merchant Hag Melentia from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2''. She's first seen in the Forest of Giants and later settles down in hub town Majula, but the changes in her item selection through the game suggests she goes around a lot. She seems to be following the player, in fact.
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* Merchant Hag Melentia from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2''.''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII''. She's first seen in the Forest of Giants and later settles down in hub town Majula, but the changes in her item selection through the game suggests she goes around a lot. She seems to be following the player, in fact.
12th Apr '15 12:35:03 AM phoenix
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[[AC:ActionAdventure]] * The merchant from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and his shop pops up nearly everywhere - on the desert, inside a prison, inside sultan's palace and even inside a ''genie's lamp''. However, considering that he's apparently a wizard, this might be somewhat justified. ** Considering that the original scrapped ending to the first movie was meant to reveal that the merchant WAS actually the Genie, his ability to appear anywhere Aladdin does makes perfect sense. * Ooccoo from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' is a slightly more disturbing example, as she is a being that has the bald head of a human, but the size and body of a chicken. She is a rather interesting variation, as she can be used ''as an item'' in the various dungeons. Specifically, she can teleport you to the dungeon entrance if you need to get something from a shop, etc. Her usefulness and the fact that she's a genuinely nice lady more than make up for her odd appearance. She also is a part of the main plot, as the reason she shows up in every dungeon is [[spoiler:that she's trying to find a way to her home, which happens to be the location of the final piece of the Mirror of Twilight. Did I mention that it also happens to be a city in the sky?]] ** There's also a photographer in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening DX'' who shows up throughout the game. ** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', a map-maker named Tingle is hovering on his balloon in the air in every area in the VideoGame/{{Overworld}}. If you pop it, he'll drop down and sell you a map of the area (cheaply) and one of another area (expensively.) Just how he's never seen to move but always manages to be where you show up is a mystery. ** Old Man [=HoHo=] and Beedle from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' * There are several of these in ''{{Okami}}''. There's Waka, who follows you through the entire game [[spoiler: including your fight with the Big Bad]], and is the most reasonable, because he has magic powers. In the last chapter, you have Oki, who manages to follow you [[spoiler:through a magic gateway to 100 years into the past]]. And in the first chapter, you have Susano, the [[FakeUltimateHero inept, stupid, useless fool]] who, despite being completely incompetent, manages to get past the puzzles it takes you hours to solve in a few minutes. How the hell ''did'' he get into [[spoiler:the Moon Cave]], anyway? [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Not that we're complaining, mind]].]] [[AC:AdventureGame]] * Murray the Talking Skull from ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' shows up in every chapter of the game save for the third and last chapters. One ''could'' theorize that he's simply following Guybrush around in hopes of getting his arm back, except he has no legs. * The merchant from ''FragileDreamsFarewellRuinsOfTheMoon''. "We have a special bond, you and I!" * Not one, but ''three'' characters in ''ProfessorLayton''. We have Granny Riddle, who picks up lost puzzles for you, Pavel the guy who keeps getting lost, and Stachenscarfen. [[spoiler: Out of the three though, the first game revealed everyone as robots, and the second game revealed everyone as a ''hallucination'', so it's debatable about Granny Riddle and Stachenscarfen. Pavel has absolutely no excuse though.]] ** In the third game, [[spoiler: Pavel's appearance is even a mark of {{Foreshadowing}} that you're not actually in the future.]] [[AC:EasternRPG]] * Taken to extremes in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter''. As you unseal ancient portals, traverse dusty pathways, and uncover secrets burried for aeons in search of the legendary 'Surface World', the same set of young merchants have gotten there before you, ready to sell you the items you need. Particularly grinding towards the end, as you open a huge, ancient, rusty vault-door, which clearly hasn't moved for centuries, and still find them waiting on the other side... * Merchant Hag Melentia from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2''. She's first seen in the Forest of Giants and later settles down in hub town Majula, but the changes in her item selection through the game suggests she goes around a lot. She seems to be following the player, in fact. * The infamous portrait photographer in ''Videogame/{{Earthbound}}'' literally falls out of the sky to snap a picture of your party. Say fuzzy pickles! ** ''Mother 3'' has the Item Guy, who appears in locations that are so obviously inaccessible ([[spoiler: including the final area, which is thousands of feet underground with the only way to get to it being a one-way elevator controlled by the BigBad]]) it could practically be considered a LampshadeHanging in its own right, even though it's played more or less straight.

** The old man from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'', but this justified as [[spoiler: he is a thing, the Light Crystral.]] * Martel from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon''. * In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', a trio of castle maids can be found in a couple of locations during the adventure. ** Similarly, the Traveling Sisters 3 from ''Videogame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' can be found in many major locations. To a slightly greater extent, Dupree often pops up in one or two more of the major locations (although you have to go back toward the entrance to the Boggly Woods before the end of Chapter 2 to see him there). * The weird stalker who appears at the front of every Gym in the ''{{Pokemon}}'' series to give you advice, later, Scott in Emerald as well. ** In the anime, a character known only as "Magikarp Salesman" who pops up every now and again. ** Subverted with Officer Jennies and Nurse Joys. With the same personality, looks, and accent (with some exceptions) on each runaround, we soon realize that they are all a '''family''' of women who look strikingly similar. ** Prof. Oak's aide, in the early games at least. They ''could'' all be different people who simply dress the same but, come on, how many aides does one guy need? And why station them all over the country like that? ** Cameron in ''Pokémon [=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' would pop up at nearly any location in Kanto and Johto (determined by the day of the week) so he can take a picture of you. He will freely invade private properties and hang out in hard-to-reach areas. He even introduces himself as appearing when one least expects him. * Dr. Edward in ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Guardian Signs'' is encountered several times throughout the game as he makes his rounds. [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsGunman He's actually]] TheManBehindTheMan.]] * Shannon from ''VideoGame/{{Quest 64}}''. [[spoiler: It's no coincidence - she's ''following'' you.]] * In ''RogueGalaxy'', the party often encounters a woman and her young daughter ([[spoiler:actually the wife and daughter of party member Simon]]) in such unlikely places as a sealed temple and a desert in the middle of a sandstorm. Neither of the two are armed or armored, and are usually encountered in a place crawling with enemies capable of easily killing your (heavily armed) party members. ** ''RogueGalaxy'' also contains a diminutive archaeologist named Burton who also shows up in all manner of bizarre places, and is also a total non-combatant. Unlike the previous example, though, this does come back to bite him in the ass: at one point, [[spoiler:his ''ghost'' shows up and informs the party that he got himself killed (and he's remarkably chipper about this, as it now means he can explore the galaxy without being constrained by mortal flesh)]]. Then, after [[spoiler:getting resurrected and going on his merry way again, another cutscene ends with the strong implication that he's crushed by a murderous robot]]. ([[spoiler:He [[DisneyDeath gets better]] that time, too.]]) * There's a traveler in ''VideoGame/SailorMoonAnotherStory'' that keeps turning up in random places--first outside of Usagi's house, then he somehow pops up in the place inside of the Silver Crystal, then he pops up in the Black Moon Kingdom's UFO, then he pops up again in Crystal Tokyo. He's apparently very very lost.

* The Merchant in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. In a logical extension of the idea, it's possible to kill him, whereupon he no longer pops up in the location in which he was killed. He will, however, still appear in other locations. ** They're actually InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals, as they're actually different people. Some of them are actually infected with Las Plagas, and in different stages of the infection too, if you look at their eyes. ** How identical they actually are is debatable, since we never get to see their actual faces, they DO sound exactly the same. * The infamous portrait photographer in ''Videogame/{{Earthbound}}'' literally falls out of the sky to snap a picture of your party. Say fuzzy pickles! ** ''Mother 3'' has the Item Guy, who appears in locations that are so obviously inaccessible ([[spoiler: including the final area, which is thousands of feet underground with the only way to get to it being a one-way elevator controlled by the BigBad]]) it could practically be considered a LampshadeHanging in its own right, even though it's played more or less straight. * The Wonder Chef in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' disguised himself as a random object in every town (even though they were in two different worlds almost no one knows about or can travel to). He even had a dark counterpart.

* The Merchant in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. In a logical extension of Raddle the idea, it's possible to kill him, whereupon he no longer pops up in the location in which he was killed. He will, however, still Traveler and his sometime companion Rumina appear in other locations. ** They're actually InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals, as they're actually different people. Some of them are actually infected with Las Plagas, the first three ''StarOcean'' games, always hopelessly lost, and in different stages fact giving them correct directions will get you prizes of some sort. * In Videogame/SuperMarioRPG, you follow around a shmuck who's looking for the infection too, if you look at their eyes. ** How identical they actually are is debatable, since we never get to see their actual faces, they DO sound exactly the same. * The infamous portrait photographer in ''Videogame/{{Earthbound}}'' literally falls out of the sky to snap a picture of your party. Say fuzzy pickles! ** ''Mother 3'' has the Item Guy, who appears in locations that are so obviously inaccessible ([[spoiler: including the final area, which is thousands of feet underground with the only way to get to it being a one-way elevator controlled by the BigBad]]) it could practically be considered a LampshadeHanging in its own right, even though it's played more or less straight. mythical Grate Guy Casino, while Toad follows ''you'' around. * The Wonder Chef in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' disguised himself as a random object in every town (even though they were in two different worlds almost no one knows about or can travel to). He even had a dark counterpart.counterpart. * An unnamed Travelling Salesman always shows up at each new city you need to go to in ''ValkyrieProfile 2'', including destroyed castles only accessible through deadly caverns full of monsters... even going so far as to show up in Asgard ahead of you. Though, admittedly, this turns out to be the dead spirit of the merchant's ancestor, he still carries the exact same inventory as the living version. * ''VideoGame/WildArms3'' has both a traveling Merchant and a young girl that is part of a lengthy sidequest. * Big Joe is all over the place in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. [[AC:FirstPersonShooter]] * The G-man in ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' starts out this way, but eventually becomes part of the story.

* Taken to extremes in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter''. As you unseal ancient portals, traverse dusty pathways, and uncover secrets burried for aeons in search of the legendary 'Surface World', the same set of young merchants have gotten there before you, ready to sell you the items you need. Particularly grinding towards the end, as you open a huge, ancient, rusty vault-door, which clearly hasn't moved for centuries, and still find them waiting on the other side... * Ooccoo from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' is a slightly more disturbing example, as she is a being that has the bald head of a human, but the size and body of a chicken. She is a rather interesting variation, as she can be used ''as an item'' in the various dungeons. Specifically, she can teleport you to the dungeon entrance if you need to get something from a shop, etc. Her usefulness and the fact that she's a genuinely nice lady more than make up for her odd appearance. She also is a part of the main plot, as the reason she shows up in every dungeon is [[spoiler:that she's trying to find a way to her home, which happens to be the location of the final piece of the Mirror of Twilight. Did I mention that it also happens to be a city in the sky?]] ** There's also a photographer in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening DX'' who shows up throughout the game. ** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', a map-maker named Tingle is hovering on his balloon in the air in every area in the VideoGame/{{Overworld}}. If you pop it, he'll drop down and sell you a map of the area (cheaply) and one of another area (expensively.) Just how he's never seen to move but always manages to be where you show up is a mystery. ** Old Man [=HoHo=] and Beedle from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' * Similarly, an unnamed Travelling Salesman always shows up at each new city you need to go to in ''ValkyrieProfile 2'', including destroyed castles only accessible through deadly caverns full of monsters... even going so far as to show up in Asgard ahead of you. Though, admittedly, this turns out to be the dead spirit of the merchant's ancestor, he still carries the exact same inventory as the living version.
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* Taken to extremes in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter''. As you unseal ancient portals, traverse dusty pathways, and uncover secrets burried for aeons in search of the legendary 'Surface World', the same set of young merchants have gotten there before you, ready to sell you the items you need. Particularly grinding towards the end, as you open a huge, ancient, rusty vault-door, which clearly hasn't moved for centuries, and still find them waiting on the other side... * Ooccoo from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' is a slightly more disturbing example, as she is a being that has the bald head of a human, but the size and body of a chicken. She is a rather interesting variation, as she can be used ''as an item'' in the various dungeons. Specifically, she can teleport you to the dungeon entrance if you need to get something from a shop, etc. Her usefulness and the fact that she's a genuinely nice lady more than make up for her odd appearance. She also is a part of the main plot, as the reason she shows up in every dungeon is [[spoiler:that she's trying to find a way to her home, which happens to be the location of the final piece of the Mirror of Twilight. Did I mention that it also happens to be a city in the sky?]] ** There's also a photographer in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening DX'' who shows up throughout the game. ** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', a map-maker named Tingle is hovering on his balloon in the air in every area in the VideoGame/{{Overworld}}. If you pop it, he'll drop down and sell you a map of the area (cheaply) and one of another area (expensively.) Just how he's never seen to move but always manages to be where you show up is a mystery. ** Old Man [=HoHo=] and Beedle from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' * Similarly, an unnamed Travelling Salesman always shows up at each new city you need to go to in ''ValkyrieProfile 2'', including destroyed castles only accessible through deadly caverns full of monsters... even going so far as to show up in Asgard ahead of you. Though, admittedly, this turns out to be the dead spirit of the merchant's ancestor, he still carries the exact same inventory as the living version. [[AC:MMO]]

* The weird stalker who appears at the front of every Gym in the ''{{Pokemon}}'' series to give you advice, later, Scott in Emerald as well. ** In the anime, a character known only as "Magikarp Salesman" who pops up every now and again. ** Subverted with Officer Jennies and Nurse Joys. With the same personality, looks, and accent (with some exceptions) on each runaround, we soon realize that they are all a '''family''' of women who look strikingly similar. ** Prof. Oak's aide, in the early games at least. They ''could'' all be different people who simply dress the same but, come on, how many aides does one guy need? And why station them all over the country like that? ** Cameron in ''Pokémon [=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' would pop up at nearly any location in Kanto and Johto (determined by the day of the week) so he can take a picture of you. He will freely invade private properties and hang out in hard-to-reach areas. He even introduces himself as appearing when one least expects him. * In ''RogueGalaxy'', the party often encounters a woman and her young daughter ([[spoiler:actually the wife and daughter of party member Simon]]) in such unlikely places as a sealed temple and a desert in the middle of a sandstorm. Neither of the two are armed or armored, and are usually encountered in a place crawling with enemies capable of easily killing your (heavily armed) party members. ** ''RogueGalaxy'' also contains a diminutive archaeologist named Burton who also shows up in all manner of bizarre places, and is also a total non-combatant. Unlike the previous example, though, this does come back to bite him in the ass: at one point, [[spoiler:his ''ghost'' shows up and informs the party that he got himself killed (and he's remarkably chipper about this, as it now means he can explore the galaxy without being constrained by mortal flesh)]]. Then, after [[spoiler:getting resurrected and going on his merry way again, another cutscene ends with the strong implication that he's crushed by a murderous robot]]. ([[spoiler:He [[DisneyDeath gets better]] that time, too.]]) * The merchant from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and his shop pops up nearly everywhere - on the desert, inside a prison, inside sultan's palace and even inside a ''genie's lamp''. However, considering that he's apparently a wizard, this might be somewhat justified. ** Considering that the original scrapped ending to the first movie was meant to reveal that the merchant WAS actually the Genie, his ability to appear anywhere Aladdin does makes perfect sense. * Murray the Talking Skull from ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' shows up in every chapter of the game save for the third and last chapters. One ''could'' theorize that he's simply following Guybrush around in hopes of getting his arm back, except he has no legs. * In Videogame/SuperMarioRPG, you follow around a shmuck who's looking for the mythical Grate Guy Casino, while Toad follows ''you'' around. * In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', a trio of castle maids can be found in a couple of locations during the adventure. ** Similarly, the Traveling Sisters 3 from ''Videogame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' can be found in many major locations. To a slightly greater extent, Dupree often pops up in one or two more of the major locations (although you have to go back toward the entrance to the Boggly Woods before the end of Chapter 2 to see him there). * ''NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'' avoids the improbable traveling merchant version. Rather than placing merchants in improbable locations in the Underdark and Outer Planes, the game gives you a shopkeeping genie in a bottle that you can summon at will. ** ''NeverwinterNights2'' gave us Guyven of the Road, whom you can eventually convince to come and stay in your keep after meeting him three times in the wilderness. * Big Joe is all over the place in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. * Shannon from ''VideoGame/{{Quest 64}}''. [[spoiler: It's no coincidence - she's ''following'' you.]] * The G-man in ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' starts out this way, but eventually becomes part of the story. * The old man from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'', but this justified as [[spoiler: he is a thing, the Light Crystral.]]
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* The weird stalker in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' there is Hemet Nesingwary, a travelling [[GreatWhiteHunter big game hunter]] who appears at the front of every Gym in the ''{{Pokemon}}'' series to give you advice, later, Scott in Emerald as well. ** In the anime, a character known only as "Magikarp Salesman" who pops up every now and again. ** Subverted with Officer Jennies and Nurse Joys. With the same personality, looks, and accent (with some exceptions) on each runaround, we soon realize that they are all a '''family''' of women who look strikingly similar. ** Prof. Oak's aide, in the early games at least. They ''could'' all be different people who simply dress the same but, come on, how many aides does one guy need? And why station them is found all over the country like that? ** Cameron in ''Pokémon [=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' would pop up at nearly any location in Kanto and Johto (determined by the day of the week) so he can take a picture of you. He will freely invade private properties and hang out in hard-to-reach areas. He even introduces himself as appearing when one least expects him. * In ''RogueGalaxy'', the party often encounters a woman and her young daughter ([[spoiler:actually the wife and daughter of party member Simon]]) in such unlikely places as a sealed temple and a desert in the middle of a sandstorm. Neither of the two are armed or armored, and are usually encountered in a place crawling Azeroth (and beyond) with enemies capable of easily his buddies, killing your (heavily armed) party members. ** ''RogueGalaxy'' also contains a diminutive archaeologist named Burton who also shows up in all manner of bizarre places, and is also a total non-combatant. Unlike the previous example, though, this does come back to bite him in the ass: at one point, [[spoiler:his ''ghost'' shows up and informs the party that he got himself killed (and he's remarkably chipper about this, as it now means he can explore the galaxy without being constrained by mortal flesh)]]. Then, after [[spoiler:getting resurrected and going on his merry way again, another cutscene ends with the strong implication that he's crushed by a murderous robot]]. ([[spoiler:He [[DisneyDeath gets better]] that time, too.]]) * The merchant from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and his shop pops up nearly everywhere - on the desert, inside a prison, inside sultan's palace and even inside a ''genie's lamp''. However, considering that he's apparently a wizard, this might be somewhat justified. ** Considering that the original scrapped ending to the first movie was meant to reveal that the merchant WAS actually the Genie, his ability to appear anywhere Aladdin does makes perfect sense. * Murray the Talking Skull from ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' shows up in every chapter of the game save for the third and last chapters. One ''could'' theorize that he's simply following Guybrush around in hopes of getting his arm back, except he has no legs. * In Videogame/SuperMarioRPG, you follow around a shmuck who's looking for the mythical Grate Guy Casino, while Toad follows ''you'' around. * In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', a trio of castle maids can be found in a couple of locations during the adventure. ** Similarly, the Traveling Sisters 3 from ''Videogame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' can be found in many major locations. To a slightly greater extent, Dupree often pops up in one or two more of the major locations (although you have to go back toward the entrance to the Boggly Woods before the end of Chapter 2 to see him there). * ''NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'' avoids the improbable traveling merchant version. Rather than placing merchants in improbable locations in the Underdark and Outer Planes, the game gives you a shopkeeping genie in a bottle that you can summon at will. ** ''NeverwinterNights2'' gave us Guyven of the Road, whom you can eventually convince to come and stay in your keep after meeting him three times in the wilderness. * Big Joe is all over the place in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. * Shannon from ''VideoGame/{{Quest 64}}''. [[spoiler: It's no coincidence - she's ''following'' you.]] * The G-man in ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' starts out this way, but eventually becomes part of the story. * The old man from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'', but this justified as [[spoiler: he is a thing, the Light Crystral.]]things. [[AC:PlatformGame]]

*** [[FridgeLogic And on top of a]] [[GangPlankGalleon Crow's nest]]. * ''ShiningForce'' contains a character named Boken who is apparently on a personal quest, which happens to take him to many of the same locations as you. He even has his own character sprite; oddly, though, he's never recruitable as a Force member, not even in the GBA remake. * This is the case for all named, recruitable [=NPC=]s you meet in taverns in ''[[VideoGame/MountAndBlade Mount & Blade]]'', in addition to a handful of [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking human traffickers, slave traders, and booksellers]]. There are too many of these [=NPC=]s to keep up with, and so one of the dialogue options is, "What's your story again?" * Raddle the Traveler and his sometime companion Rumina appear in the first three ''StarOcean'' games, always hopelessly lost, and in fact giving them correct directions will get you prizes of some sort. * There's a traveler in ''VideoGame/SailorMoonAnotherStory'' that keeps turning up in random places--first outside of Usagi's house, then he somehow pops up in the place inside of the Silver Crystal, then he pops up in the Black Moon Kingdom's UFO, then he pops up again in Crystal Tokyo. He's apparently very very lost. * There are several of these in ''{{Okami}}''. There's Waka, who follows you through the entire game [[spoiler: including your fight with the Big Bad]], and is the most reasonable, because he has magic powers. In the last chapter, you have Oki, who manages to follow you [[spoiler:through a magic gateway to 100 years into the past]]. And in the first chapter, you have Susano, the [[FakeUltimateHero inept, stupid, useless fool]] who, despite being completely incompetent, manages to get past the puzzles it takes you hours to solve in a few minutes. How the hell ''did'' he get into [[spoiler:the Moon Cave]], anyway? [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Not that we're complaining, mind]].]] * Little Timmy shows up several times in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''. At one point he's even selling powerful magic items, ''after he's been killed''. * in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' there is Hemet Nesingwary, a travelling [[GreatWhiteHunter big game hunter]] who is found all over Azeroth (and beyond) with his buddies, killing things. * Elminster shows up many times throughout the BaldursGate series, though its not at all surprising given who he is. ** There's also an unexplained farmer called Lahl in the first game who keeps showing up (with the same dialogue) in different places from Nashkel to Beregost. He's even been spotted in two different copies in the same area, so apparently the game chooses to spawn him near you for some reason.
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*** ** [[FridgeLogic And on top of a]] [[GangPlankGalleon Crow's nest]]. * ''ShiningForce'' contains Wentos the Travelling Salesman from ''SonicUnleashed''. Every once and a character named Boken who is apparently on a personal quest, which happens to take while you'll see him to many of the same locations as you. He even has his own character sprite; oddly, though, he's never recruitable as a Force member, not even in the GBA remake. * This is the case for all named, recruitable [=NPC=]s you meet in taverns in ''[[VideoGame/MountAndBlade Mount & Blade]]'', in addition to a handful of [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking human traffickers, slave traders, and booksellers]]. There town (the places he visits are too many of these [=NPC=]s to keep up with, and so one of the dialogue options is, "What's your story again?" * Raddle the Traveler and his sometime companion Rumina appear in the first three ''StarOcean'' games, always hopelessly lost, and in fact giving them correct directions random) where he will get sell you prizes of some sort. * There's goods at randomly-generated prices. Sometimes you can buy a traveler in ''VideoGame/SailorMoonAnotherStory'' that keeps turning up in random places--first outside of Usagi's house, then he somehow pops up in product from him at [[GameBreaker less than the place inside of the Silver Crystal, then he pops up in the Black Moon Kingdom's UFO, then he pops up again in Crystal Tokyo. He's apparently very very lost. * There are several of these in ''{{Okami}}''. There's Waka, who follows you through the entire game [[spoiler: including your fight with the Big Bad]], and is the most reasonable, because he has magic powers. In the last chapter, you have Oki, who manages to follow you [[spoiler:through a magic gateway to 100 years into the past]]. And in the first chapter, you have Susano, the [[FakeUltimateHero inept, stupid, useless fool]] who, despite being completely incompetent, manages to get past the puzzles it takes you hours to solve in a few minutes. How the hell ''did'' he get into [[spoiler:the Moon Cave]], anyway? [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Not that we're complaining, mind]].]] * Little Timmy shows up several times in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''. At one point he's even selling powerful magic items, ''after he's been killed''. * in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' there is Hemet Nesingwary, a travelling [[GreatWhiteHunter big game hunter]] who is found all over Azeroth (and beyond) with his buddies, killing things. * Elminster shows up many times throughout the BaldursGate series, though its not at all surprising given who he is. ** There's also an unexplained farmer called Lahl in the first game who keeps showing up (with the same dialogue) in different places price]]. So basically, you can buy something from Nashkel to Beregost. He's even been spotted in two different copies in the same area, so apparently the game chooses to spawn him near you and then [[GoodBadBugs sell it back immediately for some reason.a profit]].

*** [[FridgeLogic And on top of a]] [[GangPlankGalleon Crow's nest]]. * ''ShiningForce'' contains a character named Boken who is apparently on a personal quest, which happens to take him to many of the same locations as you. He even has his own character sprite; oddly, though, he's never recruitable as a Force member, not even in the GBA remake. * This is the case for all named, recruitable [=NPC=]s you meet in taverns in ''[[VideoGame/MountAndBlade Mount & Blade]]'', in addition to a handful of [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking human traffickers, slave traders, and booksellers]]. There are too many of these [=NPC=]s to keep up with, and so one of the dialogue options is, "What's your story again?" * Raddle the Traveler and his sometime companion Rumina appear in the first three ''StarOcean'' games, always hopelessly lost, and in fact giving them correct directions will get you prizes of some sort. * There's a traveler in ''VideoGame/SailorMoonAnotherStory'' that keeps turning up in random places--first outside of Usagi's house, then he somehow pops up in the place inside of the Silver Crystal, then he pops up in the Black Moon Kingdom's UFO, then he pops up again in Crystal Tokyo. He's apparently very very lost. * There are several of these in ''{{Okami}}''. There's Waka, who follows you through the entire game [[spoiler: including your fight with the Big Bad]], and is the most reasonable, because he has magic powers. In the last chapter, you have Oki, who manages to follow you [[spoiler:through a magic gateway to 100 years into the past]]. And in the first chapter, you have Susano, the [[FakeUltimateHero inept, stupid, useless fool]] who, despite being completely incompetent, manages to get past the puzzles it takes you hours to solve in a few minutes. How the hell ''did'' he get into [[spoiler:the Moon Cave]], anyway? [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Not that we're complaining, mind]].]] [[AC:RealTimeStrategy]] * Little Timmy shows up several times in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''. At one point he's even selling powerful magic items, ''after he's been killed''. * in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' there is Hemet Nesingwary, a travelling [[GreatWhiteHunter big game hunter]] who is found all over Azeroth (and beyond) with his buddies, killing things. * Elminster shows up many times throughout the BaldursGate series, though its not at all surprising given who he is. ** There's also an unexplained farmer called Lahl in the first game who keeps showing up (with the same dialogue) in different places from Nashkel to Beregost. He's even been spotted in two different copies in the same area, so apparently the game chooses to spawn him near you for some reason.killed''. [[AC:SportsGame]]

* ''VideoGame/WildArms3'' has both a traveling Merchant and a young girl that is part of a lengthy sidequest. * Wentos the Travelling Salesman from ''SonicUnleashed''. Every once and a while you'll see him in a town (the places he visits are random) where he will sell you goods at randomly-generated prices. Sometimes you can buy a product from him at [[GameBreaker less than the selling price]]. So basically, you can buy something from him and then [[GoodBadBugs sell it back immediately for a profit]]. * Not one, but ''three'' characters in ''ProfessorLayton''. We have Granny Riddle, who picks up lost puzzles for you, Pavel the guy who keeps getting lost, and Stachenscarfen. [[spoiler: Out of the three though, the first game revealed everyone as robots, and the second game revealed everyone as a ''hallucination'', so it's debatable about Granny Riddle and Stachenscarfen. Pavel has absolutely no excuse though.]] ** In the third game, [[spoiler: Pavel's appearance is even a mark of {{Foreshadowing}} that you're not actually in the future.]] * Dr. Edward in ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Guardian Signs'' is encountered several times throughout the game as he makes his rounds. [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsGunman He's actually]] TheManBehindTheMan.]] * Martel from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon''. * The merchant from ''FragileDreamsFarewellRuinsOfTheMoon''. "We have a special bond, you and I!" * Merchant Hag Melentia from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2''. She's first seen in the Forest of Giants and later settles down in hub town Majula, but the changes in her item selection through the game suggests she goes around a lot. She seems to be following the player, in fact.
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[[AC:SurvivalHorror]] * ''VideoGame/WildArms3'' has both a traveling The Merchant and a young girl that is part of a lengthy sidequest. * Wentos the Travelling Salesman from ''SonicUnleashed''. Every once and a while you'll see him in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. In a town (the places he visits are random) where he will sell you goods at randomly-generated prices. Sometimes you can buy a product from him at [[GameBreaker less than the selling price]]. So basically, you can buy something from him and then [[GoodBadBugs sell it back immediately for a profit]]. * Not one, but ''three'' characters in ''ProfessorLayton''. We have Granny Riddle, who picks up lost puzzles for you, Pavel the guy who keeps getting lost, and Stachenscarfen. [[spoiler: Out logical extension of the three though, the first game revealed everyone as robots, and the second game revealed everyone as a ''hallucination'', so idea, it's debatable about Granny Riddle and Stachenscarfen. Pavel has absolutely possible to kill him, whereupon he no excuse though.]] ** In longer pops up in the third game, [[spoiler: Pavel's appearance is even a mark of {{Foreshadowing}} that you're not location in which he was killed. He will, however, still appear in other locations. ** They're actually InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals, as they're actually different people. Some of them are actually infected with Las Plagas, and in different stages of the infection too, if you look at their eyes. ** How identical they actually are is debatable, since we never get to see their actual faces, they DO sound exactly the same. [[AC:TurnBasedStrategy]] * ''ShiningForce'' contains a character named Boken who is apparently on a personal quest, which happens to take him to many of the same locations as you. He even has his own character sprite; oddly, though, he's never recruitable as a Force member, not even in the future.]] GBA remake. [[AC:WesternRPG]] * Dr. Edward in ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Guardian Signs'' is encountered several Elminster shows up many times throughout the BaldursGate series, though its not at all surprising given who he is. ** There's also an unexplained farmer called Lahl in the first game as he makes his rounds. [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsGunman who keeps showing up (with the same dialogue) in different places from Nashkel to Beregost. He's actually]] TheManBehindTheMan.]] even been spotted in two different copies in the same area, so apparently the game chooses to spawn him near you for some reason. * Martel from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon''. This is the case for all named, recruitable [=NPC=]s you meet in taverns in ''[[VideoGame/MountAndBlade Mount & Blade]]'', in addition to a handful of [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking human traffickers, slave traders, and booksellers]]. There are too many of these [=NPC=]s to keep up with, and so one of the dialogue options is, "What's your story again?" * The ''NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'' avoids the improbable traveling merchant from ''FragileDreamsFarewellRuinsOfTheMoon''. "We have a special bond, you and I!" * Merchant Hag Melentia from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2''. She's first seen version. Rather than placing merchants in improbable locations in the Forest of Giants Underdark and later settles down in hub town Majula, but the changes in her item selection through Outer Planes, the game suggests she goes around gives you a lot. She seems to be following shopkeeping genie in a bottle that you can summon at will. ** ''NeverwinterNights2'' gave us Guyven of the player, Road, whom you can eventually convince to come and stay in fact.your keep after meeting him three times in the wilderness.
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* Merchant Hag Melentia from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2''. She's first seen in the Forest of Giants and later settles down in hub town Majula, but the changes in her item selection through the game suggests she goes around a lot. She seems to be following the player, in fact.
7th Oct '14 5:01:54 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Chocolina in ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}}''. Which is especially odd, since the game has you hopping around time and space. Sazh's DLC episode confirms that Chocolina is [[spoiler: Dajh's chocobo chick, given a human form by Etro to help those in need, whatever era they may be in.]]
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** Chocolina in ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}}''.''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2''. Which is especially odd, since the game has you hopping around time and space. Sazh's DLC episode confirms that Chocolina is [[spoiler: Dajh's chocobo chick, given a human form by Etro to help those in need, whatever era they may be in.]]
4th Sep '14 9:57:06 AM rexpensive
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* In SuperMarioRPG, you follow around a shmuck who's looking for the mythical Grate Guy Casino, while Toad follows ''you'' around.
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* In SuperMarioRPG, Videogame/SuperMarioRPG, you follow around a shmuck who's looking for the mythical Grate Guy Casino, while Toad follows ''you'' around.

** Similarly, the Traveling Sisters 3 from ''PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' can be found in many major locations. To a slightly greater extent, Dupree often pops up in one or two more of the major locations (although you have to go back toward the entrance to the Boggly Woods before the end of Chapter 2 to see him there).
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** Similarly, the Traveling Sisters 3 from ''PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' ''Videogame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' can be found in many major locations. To a slightly greater extent, Dupree often pops up in one or two more of the major locations (although you have to go back toward the entrance to the Boggly Woods before the end of Chapter 2 to see him there).
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