History MilesGloriosus / VideoGames

3rd Nov '16 2:00:34 PM Kadorhal
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* At the outset of the Happy Trails expedition in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Honest Hearts'', one of the expedition members is "Deadeye" Ricky, a badass who fought deathjaws (which are like deathclaws, but have bigger teeth), sniped a Brotherhood of Steel paladin with his [=11mm=] submachine gun, is an honorary member of Vault 22, and has a third nut that glows in the dark. All of that is a lie. The only things he has are a broken [=PipBoy=], a stolen Vault 22 suit, a [=10mm SMG=], and a crippling addiction to Psycho. If the Courier can see through his lies, he can get Ricky booted out of the caravan or blackmail him into acting as a pack mule.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' you have Prancelot of Scufflewick (German: Parzalon von Streitzig) who comes over as such - claiming the glory and rewards for being a hero, but disappearing as soon as any fight might begin. After the abduction at Rattle Farm has been solved, he even runs ahead to the questgiver to claim all the glory. In the prequel ''River of time'' a younger version can be encountered, who already acts exactly the same.

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* At the outset of the Happy Trails expedition in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Honest Hearts'', one of the expedition members is "Deadeye" Ricky, a badass who fought deathjaws (which are like deathclaws, but have bigger teeth), sniped a Brotherhood of Steel paladin through the eye-slits with his [=11mm=] submachine gun, is an honorary member of Vault 22, and has a third nut that glows in the dark. All of that is a lie. The only things he has are a broken [=PipBoy=], a stolen Vault 22 suit, a [=10mm SMG=], and a crippling addiction to Psycho. If the Courier can see through his lies, he can get Ricky booted out of the caravan caravan, or blackmail him into acting as a pack mule.
mule to let you carry more of your own stuff along for the trip.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' you have Prancelot of Scufflewick (German: Parzalon von Streitzig) who comes over as such - claiming the glory and rewards for being a hero, but disappearing as soon as any fight might begin. After the abduction at Rattle Farm has been solved, he even runs ahead to the questgiver to claim all the glory. In the prequel ''River of time'' Time'' a younger version can be encountered, who already acts exactly the same.
16th Oct '16 1:52:04 PM nombretomado
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* The Head Editor in ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' is a perfect mold of this trope. He claims to be able to handle his own, but no matter what mission you do with him, he's ALWAYS at level 10 and half of the time, he gets too scared or nervous to fight, relying on your clan to do the dirty work. His only ability is Camouflage, which lets him hide. In one mission, he brags that the Owner (his boss) is more powerful than he is, but ''he is only at level 1!''.

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* The Head Editor in ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' is a perfect mold of this trope. He claims to be able to handle his own, but no matter what mission you do with him, he's ALWAYS at level 10 and half of the time, he gets too scared or nervous to fight, relying on your clan to do the dirty work. His only ability is Camouflage, which lets him hide. In one mission, he brags that the Owner (his boss) is more powerful than he is, but ''he is only at level 1!''.
18th Jul '16 9:59:20 PM TheCuza
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* "The Fearsome" Captain Blade, a PosthumousCharacter in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' "Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty" campaign. Though no coward, he was a pacifist who manufactured the image of a bloodthirsty, fearless cutthroat in order to keep his pirate crew in line. When his crew discovered that he had faked his executions of insubordinates and had never killed anyone in his life, they banded together to violently depose him [[spoiler:and he ended up killing them all in self-defense.]]

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* "The Fearsome" Captain Blade, a PosthumousCharacter in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' "Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty" campaign. Though no coward, he was a pacifist who manufactured the image of a bloodthirsty, fearless cutthroat in order to keep his pirate crew in line. When his crew discovered that he had faked his executions the execution of insubordinates an insubordinate crew member and had never killed anyone in his life, they banded together to violently depose him [[spoiler:and him. Blade was unwilling to kill his own men even in self-defence and so decided to just sit back and wait to be murdered. [[spoiler:But at the last moment, he just couldn't bring himself go through with it and ended up killing them the lot of them.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Captain Blade:''' ''[[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone devastated]]]'' They're
all in self-defense.dead. They attacked just after daybreak. I promised myself I'd let 'em kill me but I... I couldn't let it-- I... I fought back. The deck is sticky with their blood. Today... they finally met... "The Fearsome Captain Blade"...]]
8th Jun '16 2:41:21 AM Vir
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* ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'': Zachary Hale Comstock, [[MetaphoricallyTrue hero of Wounded Knee]] and of [[BlatantLies the Battle of Peking]].

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* ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'': ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'': Zachary Hale Comstock, [[MetaphoricallyTrue hero of Wounded Knee]] and of [[BlatantLies the Battle of Peking]].
15th Mar '16 5:51:42 AM jormis29
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* ''AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' had a Borgia captain giving a speech to his soldiers, saying that he knows the Assassins inside and out, that he has survived numerous scraps with them, and how he will defend his soldiers if they do attack. Reveal your prescence, and he spurs his horse to head for the hills.

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* ''AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' had a Borgia captain giving a speech to his soldiers, saying that he knows the Assassins inside and out, that he has survived numerous scraps with them, and how he will defend his soldiers if they do attack. Reveal your prescence, and he spurs his horse to head for the hills.
6th Feb '16 7:40:21 PM Yalsaris63
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* Flint/[[spoiler:Magpie]] from ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'': Call of Pripyat. The first time you get to Yanov station, you'll probably hear him bragging about his exploits, like finding a new route between Zaton and Yanov, killing a Controller, finding the Oasis, clearing out a bloodsucker lair and killing a Chimera. The catch? All of these are things that ''you'' did. Fortunately, you get multiple opportunities to call him on his bullshit.

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* Flint/[[spoiler:Magpie]] from ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'': ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}: Call of Pripyat.Pripyat''. The first time you get to Yanov station, you'll probably hear him bragging about his exploits, like finding a new route between Zaton and Yanov, killing a Controller, finding the Oasis, clearing out a bloodsucker lair and killing a Chimera. The catch? All of these are things that ''you'' did. Fortunately, you get multiple opportunities to call him on his bullshit.
13th Sep '15 4:39:08 PM KingLyger
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* A prime example of this trope would be Captain Linebeck, from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass''. He ''acts'' the part of the dashing hero, but it's quite obvious to everyone that he's really just an enormous coward. Still, even he proves useful, if largely ineffectual, when the chips are down so perhaps he can be excused...
** Thanks to CharacterDevelopment, he's made the move from this trope to CowardlyLion by the end of the story. He even tops off Ciela's thanks for [[spoiler:taking on the BigBad single-handedly when Link was rendered a BadassInDistress]] with a ThinkNothingOfIt. Unfortunately, the BigBad possesses him and becomes an ElderitchAbomination of himself, the BigBad, and a Phantom.

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* A prime example of this trope would be Captain Linebeck, from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass''. He ''acts'' acts the part of the dashing hero, but it's quite obvious to everyone that he's really just an enormous coward. Still, even he proves useful, if largely ineffectual, when the chips are down so perhaps he can be excused...
down.
** Thanks to CharacterDevelopment, he's made the move from this trope to CowardlyLion by the end of the story. He even tops off Ciela's thanks for [[spoiler:taking on the BigBad single-handedly when Link was rendered a BadassInDistress]] with a ThinkNothingOfIt. Unfortunately, the BigBad possesses him and becomes an ElderitchAbomination EldritchAbomination of himself, the BigBad, and a Phantom.



* The Golem Boss in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' tries to scare you with a big countdown. The problem is he's afraid of heights. And you're fighting him on the wing of a plane. His true nature reveals itself after about ten seconds.

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* The Golem Boss in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' tries to scare you with a big countdown. The problem is he's afraid of heights. And you're fighting him on the wing of a plane. His [[ZeroEffortBoss true nature nature]] reveals itself after about ten seconds.
24th Jul '15 6:58:49 AM Roach
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' you have Prancelot of Scufflewick (German: Parzalon von Streitzig) who comes over as such - claiming the glory and rewards for being a hero, but disappearing as soon as any fight might begin. After the abduction at Rattle Farm has been solved, he even runs ahead to the questgiver to claim all the glory. In the prequel ''River of time'' a younger version can be encountered, who already acts exactly the same.
3rd Jun '15 5:43:23 PM nombretomado
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* Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom the MagnificentBastard from ''JadeEmpire'' fits this trope to a T. He's an obnoxious blowhard who seems to be a cross between Don Quixote and a British Imperialist. Subverted in that you can fight him, and he has the strongest weapon in the game (a blunderbuss! In a game based on ancient China! Not quite fair).

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* Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom the MagnificentBastard from ''JadeEmpire'' ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' fits this trope to a T. He's an obnoxious blowhard who seems to be a cross between Don Quixote and a British Imperialist. Subverted in that you can fight him, and he has the strongest weapon in the game (a blunderbuss! In a game based on ancient China! Not quite fair).
14th Jan '15 5:20:44 AM Medictf2
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** Thanks to CharacterDevelopment, he's made the move from this trope to CowardlyLion by the end of the story. He even tops off Ciela's thanks for [[spoiler:taking on the BigBad single-handedly when Link was rendered a BadassInDistress]] with a ThinkNothingOfIt.

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** Thanks to CharacterDevelopment, he's made the move from this trope to CowardlyLion by the end of the story. He even tops off Ciela's thanks for [[spoiler:taking on the BigBad single-handedly when Link was rendered a BadassInDistress]] with a ThinkNothingOfIt. Unfortunately, the BigBad possesses him and becomes an ElderitchAbomination of himself, the BigBad, and a Phantom.
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