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7th Feb '18 8:25:20 AM BeerBaron
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* A common thread in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' and and ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games. The player character is usually a normal vault dweller or prisoner thrust into legend. The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' classes, in particular, tend to be especially harmless, like the uber deadly Marriage Counselor. Of course, you don't have to be a badass to save the world. Or at least, [[TookALevelInBadass you don't have to start out that way.]]

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Common throughout the series. In the majority of cases, the PlayerCharacter starts off as a penniless prisoner (or penniless shipwreck survivor) who is thrust into a situation where they are the only person capable of stopping the BigBad from TakingOverTheWorld or even bringing about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. In a few cases, you are TheChosenOne backed by one or more [[OurGodsAreDifferent deities]], but this typically doesn't become apparent until you are already well into the game in question's main questline, meaning you had to choose to put yourself in that position first.
** Prevalent in side quests as well, especially [[SidequestSidestory Guild and Faction questlines]]. Your status as TheChosenOne of the main questline does not directly apply, but you still find yourself in these situations and must act to save the Guild or Faction. (And in a few cases, such as ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''[='s=] [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold]] questline, saving the world from an entirely different threat than the one in the main quest.)
* A common thread in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' and and ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games. series. The player character is usually a normal vault dweller or prisoner thrust into legend. The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' classes, in particular, tend to be especially harmless, like the uber deadly Marriage Counselor.''Marriage Counselor''. Of course, you don't have to be a badass to save the world. Or at least, [[TookALevelInBadass you don't have to start out that way.]]way]].
30th Sep '17 2:28:25 PM igordebraga
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-->'''[[Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard Thomas Gabriel]]:''' On your tombstone, it should read: the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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-->'''[[Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard Thomas Gabriel]]:''' On your tombstone, it should read: the wrong man always in the wrong place at the wrong time.
26th Sep '17 9:22:04 PM infernape612
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Hell, no! You're a man, not a mouse! (Unless your name is Mickey, and if it is you're unlikely to be in that situation in the first place - but [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts we've got]] [[VideoGame/EpicMickey sources]] that say you'd kick ass if found in it anyway.)

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Hell, no! You're a man, not a mouse! (Unless your name is Mickey, WesternAnimation/{{Mickey|Mouse}}, and if it is you're unlikely to be in that situation in the first place - but [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts we've got]] [[VideoGame/EpicMickey sources]] that say you'd kick ass if found in it anyway.)
10th Jun '17 10:19:35 AM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/TurningPointFallOfLiberty'', a game set in an AlternateHistory where WinstonChurchill died in a car accident before UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Carson is a steelworker helping build a skyscraper in New York when the Germans invade. He fights his way out and joins LaResistance.

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* In ''VideoGame/TurningPointFallOfLiberty'', a game set in an AlternateHistory where WinstonChurchill UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill died in a car accident before UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Carson is a steelworker helping build a skyscraper in New York when the Germans invade. He fights his way out and joins LaResistance.
20th Feb '17 1:48:01 PM AnotherGuy
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Also see DieHardOnAnX. A type of ActionSurvivor. On the [[SuperWeight TV Tropes power scale]], these usually rate as Muggle Weight or Iron Weight. Compare FallingIntoTheCockpit and ItBeganWithATwistOfFate, and compare/contrast UnlikelyHero and HeroicBystander.

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Also see DieHardOnAnX. A type of ActionSurvivor. On the [[SuperWeight TV Tropes power scale]], these usually rate as Muggle Weight or Iron Weight. Compare FallingIntoTheCockpit and ItBeganWithATwistOfFate, and compare/contrast UnlikelyHero UnlikelyHero, HeroicBystander and HeroicBystander.
SpannerInTheWorks.
19th Feb '17 11:54:09 AM nighttrainfm
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* The origin stories in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' all have the right person in the wrong place at the wrong time, although for [[RuleOfFun gameplay reasons]] every character has at least some training in combat.
* Hawke of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' rose to prominence and played a key role in one of the most important events in Thedas's history almost totally unintentionally. The plot of the game explains how s/he managed to find themselves in these situations. This is stressed more than in the first game; the FramingDevice consists of a borderline conspiracy theorist who thinks Hawke planned almost everything from the start, and Varric, who was actually there and has to explain how much more complicated it was.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the player character is widely assumed to be TheChosenOne of Andraste. Later on, it turns out that they obtained their rift-sealing Mark by [[spoiler:interrupting Corypheus' ritual to open the Breach. Unless Andraste acted *very* subtly, it was a complete accident.]]

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* Every ''Franchise/DragonAge'' PC is some degree of this:
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The origin stories in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' all have the right person in the wrong place at the wrong time, although for [[RuleOfFun gameplay reasons]] every character has at least some training in combat.
* ** Hawke of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' rose to prominence and played a key role in one of the most important events in Thedas's history almost totally unintentionally. The plot of the game explains how s/he managed to find themselves in these situations. This is stressed more than in the first game; game: the FramingDevice consists of a borderline conspiracy theorist who thinks Hawke planned almost everything from the start, and Varric, who was actually there and has to explain how much more complicated it was.
* ** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the player character is widely assumed to be TheChosenOne of Andraste. Later on, it turns out that they obtained their rift-sealing Mark by [[spoiler:interrupting Corypheus' ritual to open the Breach. Unless Andraste acted *very* subtly, it was a complete accident.]]
2nd Feb '17 8:29:36 PM Nohbody
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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/HaveSpacesuitWillTravel'', the young adult main character wins the title's suit in a contest, repairing it to get it fully operational just in time for him to [[spoiler:save all of humanity.]]
** Heinlein was fond of this trope, especially in his juveniles. ''StarmanJones'' is about a kid who basically lies his way onto a starship, and finds himself in a number of adventures, at least one being a situation that only he could have gotten everyone out of. ''CitizenOfTheGalaxy'' is about a slave boy who gets bought by an old cripple who takes him under his wing, and gets pulled into events beyond his control time and time again.

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* * Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
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In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/HaveSpacesuitWillTravel'', the young adult main character wins the title's suit in a contest, repairing it to get it fully operational just in time for him to [[spoiler:save all of humanity.]]
** Heinlein was fond of this trope, especially in his juveniles. ''StarmanJones'' ''Literature/StarmanJones'' is about a kid who basically lies his way onto a starship, and finds himself in a number of adventures, at least one being a situation that only he could have gotten everyone out of. ''CitizenOfTheGalaxy'' of.
** ''Literature/CitizenOfTheGalaxy''
is about a slave boy who gets bought by an old cripple who takes him under his wing, and gets pulled into events beyond his control time and time again.
29th Jan '17 5:28:41 AM Andrzej
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--> '''[[Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard Thomas Gabriel]]:''' On your tombstone, it should read: the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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--> '''[[Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard -->'''[[Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard Thomas Gabriel]]:''' On your tombstone, it should read: the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time.



--> '''Father Brown''': One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.

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--> '''Father -->'''Father Brown''': One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.



* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/HaveSpacesuitWillTravel'', the young adult main character wins the title's suit in a contest, repairing it to get it fully operational just in time for him to [[spoiler: save all of humanity.]]

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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/HaveSpacesuitWillTravel'', the young adult main character wins the title's suit in a contest, repairing it to get it fully operational just in time for him to [[spoiler: save [[spoiler:save all of humanity.]]



--> '''Doctor''': You didn't always take me where I wanted to go!\\

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--> '''Doctor''': -->'''Doctor''': You didn't always take me where I wanted to go!\\



* Gordon Freeman from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' franchise is the TropeNamer, from the G-Man's quote about him above. Ordinary scientist of theoretical physics, forced to become a OneManArmy against a horde of alien gribblies. And not only does he kill the aliens, he also kills most of the military force sent to contain the situation. Interestingly enough, although the trope is named in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', the situation is a subversion from that point onwards, as the G-Man himself has purposefully left Gordon at a specific place and time, rather than Gordon falling into it by accident or chance. Then again he's still really ''not'' supposed to be there and not at all prepared for the situation, so if you think of it as Gordon just continuing where he left off the trope [[DoubleSubversion is still being played as straight as before]].

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* Gordon Freeman from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' franchise is the TropeNamer, from the G-Man's quote about him above. Ordinary scientist of theoretical physics, forced to become a OneManArmy against a horde of alien gribblies. And not only does he kill the aliens, he also kills most of the military force sent to contain the situation.situation whose orders include [[LeaveNoWitnesses killing any witnesses of the incident]]. Interestingly enough, although the trope is named in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', the situation is a subversion from that point onwards, as the G-Man himself has purposefully left Gordon at a specific place and time, rather than Gordon falling into it by accident or chance. Then again he's still really ''not'' supposed to be there and not at all prepared for the situation, so if you think of it as Gordon just continuing where he left off the trope [[DoubleSubversion is still being played as straight as before]].



* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the player character is widely assumed to be TheChosenOne of Andraste. Later on, it turns out that they obtained their rift-sealing Mark by [[spoiler: interrupting Corypheus' ritual to open the Breach. Unless Andraste acted *very* subtly, it was a complete accident.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the player character is widely assumed to be TheChosenOne of Andraste. Later on, it turns out that they obtained their rift-sealing Mark by [[spoiler: interrupting [[spoiler:interrupting Corypheus' ritual to open the Breach. Unless Andraste acted *very* subtly, it was a complete accident.]]



* The Security Officer from {{Creator/Bungie}}'s ''{{VideoGame/Marathon}}'' series. He (may have) just happened to be the one Durandal roped into his schemes, and as a result saved the human race from alien slavers and a chaos god.

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* The Security Officer from {{Creator/Bungie}}'s ''{{VideoGame/Marathon}}'' Creator/{{Bungie}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series. He (may have) just happened to be the one Durandal roped into his schemes, and as a result saved the human race from alien slavers and a chaos god.



* [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] in the [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider 2013 reboot]]. While it was her theories about Yamatai that led to the crew heading for the island and getting shipwrecked, she certainly didn't ''expect'' it to happen. And once she's there, her [[ActionGirl inner badass]] starts to [[TookALevelInBadass wake up]] (or more accurately, the exterior it's buried under gets [[TraumaCongaLine forcibly ripped away]]). She's one of two actual archaeologists in her team, [[spoiler: and the only one with actual ''competence'', seeing as her mentor Whitman is just a narcissistic self-promoter]] and she's ultimately the one left to piece solve a centuries-old mystery and upset the plans of the local psychotic cult.

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* [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] in the [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider 2013 reboot]]. While it was her theories about Yamatai that led to the crew heading for the island and getting shipwrecked, she certainly didn't ''expect'' it to happen. And once she's there, her [[ActionGirl inner badass]] starts to [[TookALevelInBadass wake up]] (or more accurately, the exterior it's buried under gets [[TraumaCongaLine forcibly ripped away]]). She's one of two actual archaeologists in her team, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and the only one with actual ''competence'', seeing as her mentor Whitman is just a narcissistic self-promoter]] and she's ultimately the one left to piece solve a centuries-old mystery and upset the plans of the local psychotic cult.



* In a sense, the Hero in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'' is this. In all the other games of the series, the Hero has gone to the current setting specifically to either make a name for himself (''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'') or to investigate the problems there (the rest). The Hero did ''not'' intend to make his trip to Mordavia, and instead [[spoiler: was shanghaied by the BigBad and unceremoniously dumped in the middle of the [[EldritchLocation Cave of the Dark One]] when the teleport spell fizzled out]]. With absolutely no knowledge of what the hell is going on, he jumps right into doing what he does best: [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanning the Works]] one minor problem at a time.

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* In a sense, the Hero in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'' is this. In all the other games of the series, the Hero has gone to the current setting specifically to either make a name for himself (''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'') or to investigate the problems there (the rest). The Hero did ''not'' intend to make his trip to Mordavia, and instead [[spoiler: was [[spoiler:was shanghaied by the BigBad and unceremoniously dumped in the middle of the [[EldritchLocation Cave of the Dark One]] when the teleport spell fizzled out]]. With absolutely no knowledge of what the hell is going on, he jumps right into doing what he does best: [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanning the Works]] one minor problem at a time.



* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2005-12-18 This Qlaviql ore freighter captain]] is in command of the only ship able to respond to an attack on his homeworld by a frigate armed with a powerful plasma lance. With guts and a "dream mess" created from the ore mined from asteroids, the frigate is destroyed. This ultimately results in [[spoiler: his being declared the leader of the planet.]]

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2005-12-18 This Qlaviql ore freighter captain]] is in command of the only ship able to respond to an attack on his homeworld by a frigate armed with a powerful plasma lance. With guts and a "dream mess" created from the ore mined from asteroids, the frigate is destroyed. This ultimately results in [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his being declared the leader of the planet.]]
4th Jan '17 5:42:22 PM E1craZ4life
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* Gordon Freeman from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' franchise is the TropeNamer, from the G-Man's quote about him above. Ordinary scientist of theoretical physics, forced to become a OneManArmy against a horde of alien gribblies. And not only does he kill the aliens, he also kills most of the military force sent to contain the situation. Interestingly enough, although the trope is named in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', the situation is a subversion from that point onwards, as the G-Man himself has purposefully left Gordon at a specific place and time, rather than Gordon falling into it by accident or chance. Then again he's still really ''not'' supposed to be there and not at all prepared for the situation, so if you think of it as Gordon just continuing where he left off the trope is still being played as straight as before.

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* Gordon Freeman from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' franchise is the TropeNamer, from the G-Man's quote about him above. Ordinary scientist of theoretical physics, forced to become a OneManArmy against a horde of alien gribblies. And not only does he kill the aliens, he also kills most of the military force sent to contain the situation. Interestingly enough, although the trope is named in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', the situation is a subversion from that point onwards, as the G-Man himself has purposefully left Gordon at a specific place and time, rather than Gordon falling into it by accident or chance. Then again he's still really ''not'' supposed to be there and not at all prepared for the situation, so if you think of it as Gordon just continuing where he left off the trope [[DoubleSubversion is still being played as straight as before.before]].
11th Nov '16 3:37:04 PM Morgenthaler
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You're at your fairly mundane job, which isn't anything martial (military, police, security guard, etc), doing your job, when all the sudden there's an explosion, or gunfire, or someone shouting that you're now a hostage. The professional {{Badass}}es who'd normally kick ass and ChewBubblegum, if they weren't out of bubblegum, are not available for whatever reason (slow to respond, killed, corrupted, etc).

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You're at your fairly mundane job, which isn't anything martial (military, police, security guard, etc), doing your job, when all the sudden there's an explosion, or gunfire, or someone shouting that you're now a hostage. The professional {{Badass}}es badasses who'd normally kick ass and ChewBubblegum, if they weren't out of bubblegum, are not available for whatever reason (slow to respond, killed, corrupted, etc).
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