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27th Mar '17 12:24:39 PM BeerBaron
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A combination of EasterEgg and YouBastard, this occurs when a player does something strange or unusual. They may [[VideogameCrueltyPotential attack a friendly NPC]], try to go OffTheRails, abuse CombinatorialExplosion, or do something OutOfCharacter -- an arachnophobic character approaching a spider's nest, for example. Or maybe just [[StopPokingMe demanding a little too much attention]]. Another character -- or [[BreakingTheFourthWall the game itself]] -- then calls the player out on his peculiar behavior, noting that it's particularly cruel, strange, [[VideogamePerversityPotential perverted]] or [[RuleOfFunny funny.]] They stand up and ask: "What the Hell, Player?" The calling out is inconsequential unless otherwise programmed (e.g. ''VideoGame/{{Outcast}}'', where if you act needlessly violent, the {{Non Player Character}}s refuse to interact with you).

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A combination of EasterEgg and YouBastard, this occurs when a player does something strange or unusual. They may [[VideogameCrueltyPotential attack a friendly NPC]], try to go OffTheRails, abuse CombinatorialExplosion, or do something OutOfCharacter -- an arachnophobic character approaching a spider's nest, for example. Or maybe just [[StopPokingMe demanding a little too much attention]]. Another character -- or [[BreakingTheFourthWall the game itself]] -- then calls the player out on his peculiar behavior, noting that it's particularly cruel, strange, [[VideogamePerversityPotential perverted]] or [[RuleOfFunny funny.]] They stand up and ask: "What the Hell, Player?" The calling out is inconsequential unless otherwise programmed (e.g. ''VideoGame/{{Outcast}}'', where if you act needlessly violent, the {{Non Player Character}}s refuse skrefuse to interact with you).



* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
** Go ahead and kill Paarthurnax. Never mind that the dragon once led a revolt against [[BigBad Alduin]], acts as a mentor throughout the game, and is the de-facto leader of the Greybeards. Talking to Arngeir after doing so will earn you a furious speech, and being shunned from any further interaction with the group.
** On the other hand, the Blades will refuse to assist you towards the end of the game if you decide not to do the deed.
** The CityGuards will whine at you for randomly Shouting in town.
** More than a few of the followers seem to be aware that their purpose is to carry items for you. This goes from Lydia's sarcastic "I am sworn to carry your burdens" to Marcurio angrily declaring that he is an apprentice mage, not a pack mule. In the ''Dawnguard'' expansion, Serana's "trade equipment" dialogue consists of her hoping that you won't just dump all the heavy stuff you don't want to carry on her.
** Your companions will say things along this line if you attack them. Though most of the time (If you aren't killing them on purpose) it's in a close heated battle in which they keep [[ArtificialStupidity walking between you and the enemy]] hitting them by accident.

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* ** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
** *** Go ahead and kill Paarthurnax. Never mind that the dragon once led a revolt against [[BigBad Alduin]], acts as a mentor throughout the game, and is the de-facto leader of the Greybeards. Talking to Arngeir after doing so will earn you a furious speech, and being shunned from any further interaction with the group.
** *** On the other hand, the Blades will refuse to assist you towards the end of the game if you decide not to do the deed.
** *** The CityGuards will whine at you for randomly Shouting in town.
** *** More than a few of the followers seem to be aware that their purpose is to carry items for you. This goes from Lydia's sarcastic "I am sworn to carry your burdens" to Marcurio angrily declaring that he is an apprentice mage, not a pack mule. In the ''Dawnguard'' expansion, Serana's "trade equipment" dialogue consists of her hoping that you won't just dump all the heavy stuff you don't want to carry on her.
** *** Your companions will say things along this line if you attack them. Though most of the time (If you aren't killing them on purpose) it's in a close heated battle in which they keep [[ArtificialStupidity walking between you and the enemy]] hitting them by accident.
27th Mar '17 12:24:11 PM BeerBaron
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* From ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', "With this character's death, the thread of prophecy is severed. Restore a saved game to restore the weave of fate, or persist in the doomed world you have created."
** This, note, was the game stepping briefly out-of-character to tell you that a character considered necessary for the main quest has died and that this could have rendered the Main Quest impossible to complete for that playthrough. Later Elder Scrolls games would cause this "essential" tag to simply make a character impossible to kill.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', toward the end of the Kvatch quest, tell Savius Mattius that the count died in a pool of his own blood. The guy will, quite reasonably, be furious with you, saying "How ''dare'' you mock the Count, even in death! Were you not so instrumental in aiding us, I'd cut you down where you stand!"
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': Go ahead and kill Paarthurnax. Never mind that the dragon once led a revolt against [[BigBad Alduin]], acts as a mentor throughout the game, and is the de-facto leader of the Greybeards. Talking to Arngeir after doing so will earn you a furious speech, and being shunned from any further interaction with the group.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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From ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', "With this character's death, the thread of prophecy is severed. Restore a saved game to restore the weave of fate, or persist in the doomed world you have created."
** This, note, was
" (This message is the game stepping briefly out-of-character to tell you that a character considered necessary for the main quest has died and that this could have rendered the Main Quest impossible to complete for that playthrough. Later Elder Scrolls games would cause this "essential" tag to simply make a character impossible to kill.
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In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', toward the end of the Kvatch quest, tell Savius Mattius that the count died in a pool of his own blood. The guy will, quite reasonably, be furious with you, saying "How ''dare'' you mock the Count, even in death! Were you not so instrumental in aiding us, I'd cut you down where you stand!"
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
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Go ahead and kill Paarthurnax. Never mind that the dragon once led a revolt against [[BigBad Alduin]], acts as a mentor throughout the game, and is the de-facto leader of the Greybeards. Talking to Arngeir after doing so will earn you a furious speech, and being shunned from any further interaction with the group.



** In the ''Dawnguard'' expansion, Serana's "trade equipment" dialogue consists of her hoping that you won't just dump all the heavy stuff you don't want to carry on her.
*** More than a few of the followers seem to be aware that their purpose is to carry items for you. This goes from Lydia's sarcastic "I am sworn to carry your burdens" to Marcurio angrily declaring that he is an apprentice mage, not a pack mule.

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** In the ''Dawnguard'' expansion, Serana's "trade equipment" dialogue consists of her hoping that you won't just dump all the heavy stuff you don't want to carry on her.
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More than a few of the followers seem to be aware that their purpose is to carry items for you. This goes from Lydia's sarcastic "I am sworn to carry your burdens" to Marcurio angrily declaring that he is an apprentice mage, not a pack mule. In the ''Dawnguard'' expansion, Serana's "trade equipment" dialogue consists of her hoping that you won't just dump all the heavy stuff you don't want to carry on her.
27th Mar '17 10:46:19 AM crazysamaritan
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' franchise is full of these.
** In ''Beyond Zork'', swearing caused your Intelligence stat to go down a point. (Opening an umbrella indoors [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything reduced Luck by a point]].)

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' franchise is full of these.
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** In ''Beyond Zork'', swearing caused your Intelligence stat to go down a point. (Opening an umbrella indoors [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything [[DevelopersForesight reduced Luck by a point]].)



** There's also the monitors with Wheatley's face on them, [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything all of which can be destroyed.]] Each one you take out gets you an increasingly funny speech from Wheatley (eventually making him question your sanity), and taking them all out gets you an achievement.

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** There's also the monitors with Wheatley's face on them, [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything [[DevelopersForesight all of which can be destroyed.]] Each one you take out gets you an increasingly funny speech from Wheatley (eventually making him question your sanity), and taking them all out gets you an achievement.



* In ''VideoGame/NetHack'', [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything there is nothing you can do that has not been anticipated.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/NetHack'', [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything [[DevelopersForesight there is nothing you can do that has not been anticipated.]]



* In the ''Franchise/StarWars''-based {{MUD}} ''Legends of the Jedi'', [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything The Dev Team Thought of Everything]]. You get feedback on virtually every command you give. This includes commands that make zero sense, like "approach self".

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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars''-based {{MUD}} ''Legends of the Jedi'', [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything The Dev Team Thought of Everything]]. [[DevelopersForesight You get feedback on virtually every command you give. give.]] This includes commands that make zero sense, like "approach self".



* Many main series ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games. Try stealing an NPC's Pokémon without a GameShark and you'll get told "Come on now, don't be a thief".

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* Many main series ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games. games:
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Try stealing an NPC's Pokémon without a GameShark and you'll get told "Come on now, don't be a thief".



* In the ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' games, answering a question with the wrong answer (usually something embarrassing or rude) will annoy Kalas or Sagi.
** They even work this into the story; in ''Origins'', [[spoiler:the Heart-to-Heart scene is essentially Sagi giving you a massive What The Hell, Player? speech]].

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* In the ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' games, answering games:
** Answering
a question with the wrong answer (usually something embarrassing or rude) will annoy Kalas or Sagi.
Sagi.
** They even work this into the story; in In ''Origins'', [[spoiler:the Heart-to-Heart scene is essentially Sagi giving you a massive What The Hell, Player? speech]].
12th Mar '17 7:02:57 AM draph91
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** An even better example is when [[spoiler:Zsasz is about to kill Dr. Young, if you wait too long because you wanted to hear all the dialogue of the scene, or you carelessly throw a batarang without bothering to time it right, he kills her. In the ensuing failure screen, the Joker says, quite sarcastically, "Who would have thought the psychotic madman would have actually killed the poor defenseless doctor?"]].

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** An even better example is when [[spoiler:Zsasz is about to kill Dr. Young, if you wait too long because you wanted to hear all the dialogue of the scene, or you carelessly throw a batarang without bothering to time it right, he kills her. In the ensuing failure screen, the Joker says, quite sarcastically, "Who "Now that was unexpected! Who'd have figured the deranged murderer would have thought the psychotic madman would have actually killed kill the poor defenseless doctor?"]].little doctor?!"]].
11th Mar '17 8:20:23 AM nombretomado
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* As the host of ''ThePriceIsRight'', Bob Barker was fond of this whenever a contestant did not seem to understand either how to play the game or price an item.
* Similar to the above, Steve Harvey will really lay into a player on ''FamilyFeud'' if they say something stupid, raunchy, offensive, or any combination of the three.

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* As the host of ''ThePriceIsRight'', ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', Bob Barker was fond of this whenever a contestant did not seem to understand either how to play the game or price an item.
* Similar to the above, Steve Harvey will really lay into a player on ''FamilyFeud'' ''Series/FamilyFeud'' if they say something stupid, raunchy, offensive, or any combination of the three.
5th Mar '17 7:03:10 PM BigKlingy
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** Something similar happens in ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight Arkham Knight]]'' if you let Penguin kill Nightwing while he has him at gunpoint.
21st Feb '17 4:08:17 PM Angeldeb82
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Very common in InteractiveFiction, where attempting to [[GuessTheVerb Get Ye Flask]] will frequently elicit such a remark.

HostageSpiritLink may be a subtrope, depending on how you look at it. ShopliftAndDie is another common subtrope. Frequently a result of VideogameCrueltyPotential. If taken to extremes, results in VideogameCrueltyPunishment and possibly a NonstandardGameOver. Closely related to WhatTheHellHero, and is (usually) a subtrope of TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything. See also AddressingThePlayer.

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Very common in InteractiveFiction, where attempting to [[GuessTheVerb [[YouCantGetYeFlask Get Ye Flask]] will frequently elicit such a remark.

HostageSpiritLink may be a subtrope, depending on how you look at it. ShopliftAndDie is another common subtrope. Frequently a result of VideogameCrueltyPotential. If taken to extremes, results in VideogameCrueltyPunishment and possibly a NonstandardGameOver. Closely related to WhatTheHellHero, and is (usually) a subtrope of TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything.DevelopersForesight. See also AddressingThePlayer.



* There's a secret message in ''[[{{Metroid}} Metroid: Fusion]]'' if you use a DungeonBypass to get out of an area early. Though they're actually more impressed that you managed to make it to the room to hear the message.

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* There's a secret message in ''[[{{Metroid}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Metroid: Fusion]]'' if you use a DungeonBypass to get out of an area early. Though they're actually more impressed that you managed to make it to the room to hear the message.
19th Feb '17 4:07:30 AM LucaEarlgrey
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** If you maintain a [[KillEmAll No Mercy]] run up to Snowdin Forest, Sans shows up at the end of the bridge knowing you're going to fight his brother Papyrus soon, and gives out this warning:
--> '''Sans''': if you keep going the way you are now... [[spoiler:''([[EyeLightsOut the shines in his eyes go out]])'' '''you're gonna have a bad time.''' ''(the screen momentarily turns black, and then Sans is [[OffscreenTeleportation suddenly gone]].)'']]
16th Feb '17 1:40:11 PM ILikeRobots
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** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: New Mystery of Emblem]]'', the strict commander Jeigan will evaluate your battle performances once in a while. If you let people die or force-retreat, he will put a big "Unsatisfactory" remark on your face.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: New Mystery the remake of Emblem]]'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'', the strict commander Jeigan Jagen will evaluate your battle performances once in a while. If you let people die or force-retreat, he will put a big "Unsatisfactory" remark on your face.
11th Feb '17 11:08:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''VideoGame/JamesBondEverythingOrNothing'': What The Hell Player + Dame Creator/JudiDench = very awesome, and even makes the player feel somewhat ashamed for doing whatever ended the level. To wit: "Civilian casualties are quite unacceptable. Your role in this mission has ended."

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* ''VideoGame/JamesBondEverythingOrNothing'': ''VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'': What The Hell Player + Dame Creator/JudiDench = very awesome, and even makes the player feel somewhat ashamed for doing whatever ended the level. To wit: "Civilian casualties are quite unacceptable. Your role in this mission has ended."
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