History OnlySaneMan / VideoGames

4th Jan '17 3:54:55 PM nombretomado
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** There's also the [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen never seen in-game character]], Doug Rattmann, who has taken the time to write "the cake is a lie" at least 40 times in small dens throughout the game. Not to mention he covered the calendars' pictures of people with a companion cube. It is thus even sadder to note that [[spoiler: he's also the only sane man among the scientists who created Glados, as he thought that perhaps giving the crazy AI access to deadly gas wasn't a good idea. He was the only one.]]
*** Given whatwas later revealed about Doug Rattman heading into ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', the irony of his having been the sane one speaks volumes of just how bad it must have been at Aperture around the time GLaDOS made her move..

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** There's also the [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen never seen in-game character]], Doug Rattmann, who has taken the time to write "the cake is a lie" at least 40 times in small dens throughout the game. Not to mention he covered the calendars' pictures of people with a companion cube. It is thus even sadder to note that [[spoiler: he's also the only sane man among the scientists who created Glados, [=GlaDOS=], as he thought that perhaps giving the crazy AI access to deadly gas wasn't a good idea. He was the only one.]]
*** Given whatwas later revealed about Doug Rattman heading into ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', the irony of his having been the sane one speaks volumes of just how bad it must have been at Aperture around the time GLaDOS [=GlaDOS=] made her move..
21st Dec '16 9:21:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* Lee, the protagonist of ''Telltale Games' VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', depending on the player's choices of course. [[GuestStarPartyMember Molly]], the {{Badass}} survivalist girl who briefly joins the group for Chapter 4, also notably acts like a normal human being or even as a sort of surrogate for many of the players, doing things like calling out the party's [[WeAreStrugglingTogether chronic infighting]] and refusing to tolerate [[TokenEvilTeammate Kenny's]] [[ItsAllAboutMe abrasive personality]].

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* Lee, the protagonist of ''Telltale Games' VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', depending on the player's choices of course. [[GuestStarPartyMember Molly]], the {{Badass}} badass survivalist girl who briefly joins the group for Chapter 4, also notably acts like a normal human being or even as a sort of surrogate for many of the players, doing things like calling out the party's [[WeAreStrugglingTogether chronic infighting]] and refusing to tolerate [[TokenEvilTeammate Kenny's]] [[ItsAllAboutMe abrasive personality]].
12th Dec '16 6:01:27 PM LentilSandEater
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* Vayne from ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis'', aside from being TheHero of the story, has only one other role: to {{lampshade}} the weirdness of the fellow members of his [[TrueCompanions workshop]]. Like [[HammerSpace the absurd amount of items Jess' bag can hold]], or Flay's 'butterfly mask' that can fool ''[[ClarkKenting anyone]]'', among others...
** Yet it was amusingly subverted where he's '''not''' the OnlySaneMan (ironically, '''''[[IdiotHero Nikki]]''''' played the role) when the party recruited ''a '''slug-like alien''' masquerading as an exchange student''...
*** An ObviouslyEvil slug-like alien bent on world domination, no less. Nikki is the only one to notice the evil part, the world domination rants, etc.

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* Vayne from ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis'', aside from being TheHero of the story, has only one other role: to {{lampshade}} the weirdness of the fellow members of his [[TrueCompanions workshop]]. Like [[HammerSpace the absurd amount of items Jess' bag can hold]], or Flay's 'butterfly mask' that can fool ''[[ClarkKenting anyone]]'', among others...
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others. Yet it was amusingly subverted where he's '''not''' the OnlySaneMan (ironically, '''''[[IdiotHero Nikki]]''''' played the role) when the party recruited ''a '''slug-like alien''' masquerading as an exchange student''...
*** An ObviouslyEvil slug-like alien bent on world domination, no less. Nikki is the only one to notice the evil part, the world domination rants, etc.
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** CJ, protagonist of ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', wants to be one of these, but he has a crippling weakness: he can be made to go along with any crazy scheme by [[BerserkButton calling him a "buster" for pointing out why said scheme is likely to get him killed]].
*** Most of the GTA protagonists (three and after) fall into this category.
*** ''VideoGame/{{Grand Theft Auto V}}'' has Michael discuss this with Franklin, pondering if it's San Andreas that's making people around them crazy or are they just born that way.

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** * CJ, protagonist of ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', wants to be one of these, but he has a crippling weakness: he can be made to go along with any crazy scheme by [[BerserkButton calling him a "buster" for pointing out why said scheme is likely to get him killed]].
*** Most of the GTA protagonists (three and after) fall into this category.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Grand Theft Auto V}}'' has Michael discuss this with Franklin, pondering if it's San Andreas that's making people around them crazy or are they just born that way.
12th Dec '16 6:00:30 PM LentilSandEater
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** You have the only ''domesticated'' dog. Wolves are everywhere.
14th Nov '16 7:35:27 PM nombretomado
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* Kenji and Hisao both claim they're this in ''KatawaShoujo''. Kenji is quite offended at Hisao's claim: "There can't be two last sane men... There can only be one, like in [[Film/{{Highlander}} that foreign movie]] where there could only be one, and in the end there is only one dude left, because that was the point." (In other words, Hisao is, Kenji [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy only thinks he is]].)

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* Kenji and Hisao both claim they're this in ''KatawaShoujo''.''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. Kenji is quite offended at Hisao's claim: "There can't be two last sane men... There can only be one, like in [[Film/{{Highlander}} that foreign movie]] where there could only be one, and in the end there is only one dude left, because that was the point." (In other words, Hisao is, Kenji [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy only thinks he is]].)
5th Nov '16 9:17:09 PM Bionicman
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** Jacob Taylor in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is a sane, well-adjusted, non-angsty man in a RagtagBunchOfMisfits ''par excellence'' and extreme DysfunctionJunction. The only other party member who comes ''close'' to his level-headed outlook is Tali, who has some hidden but deep-seated issues over the fact that for her people, EverythingTryingToKillYou is almost literally the case.
*** Now now, don't be speciesist: Legion is perfectly sane [[spoiler:for a Geth]].
*** Hey, [[KnightErrant Samara]] is perfectly sane. [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld She has had nine hundred years to work out how to deal with any issues that come up, after all.]]
*** Except for a relatively minor and totally justifiable bit of anger-management trouble, [[CowboyCop Garrus]] is quite well-adjusted. He limits himself to [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic comments]].
*** Thane is well-adjusted for a dying alien. Kasumi is well-grounded. Zaeed may be a sociopath but he's not ''nuts''. Really, the only characters you may or may not team up with that might be considered not entirely there are Mordin (distracted mad scientist), Jack (homicidally pissed off experimental subject), Morinth (sociopathic sex-killer), and Liara (extreme guilt complex).

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** Jacob Taylor in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is a sane, well-adjusted, non-angsty man in a RagtagBunchOfMisfits ''par excellence'' and extreme DysfunctionJunction. The only other party member who comes ''close'' to his level-headed outlook is Tali, who has some hidden but deep-seated issues over the fact that for her people, EverythingTryingToKillYou is almost literally the case.\n*** Now now, don't be speciesist: Legion is perfectly sane [[spoiler:for a Geth]].\n*** Hey, [[KnightErrant Samara]] is perfectly sane. [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld She has had nine hundred years to work out how to deal with any issues that come up, after all.]]\n*** Except for a relatively minor and totally justifiable bit of anger-management trouble, [[CowboyCop Garrus]] is quite well-adjusted. He limits himself to [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic comments]].\n*** Thane is well-adjusted for a dying alien. Kasumi is well-grounded. Zaeed may be a sociopath but he's not ''nuts''. Really, the only characters you may or may not team up with that might be considered not entirely there are Mordin (distracted mad scientist), Jack (homicidally pissed off experimental subject), Morinth (sociopathic sex-killer), and Liara (extreme guilt complex).



*** Believe or not, Councilor Sparatus (the turian councilor) in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Despite being a complete {{Jerkass}}, and bordering on FantasticRacism, in the first two games, he is the ONLY councilor to step up right away to give Shepard a chance to form an alliance against the Reapers. This is helped both by the militaristic (but mostly reasonable) culture of the turians, as well as the fact that Palaven, the turian homeworld, and Earth are the only ones currently getting hammered by the Reapers. The asari and salarian homeworlds merely have the Reapers "Pressing on our borders."
29th Oct '16 12:30:51 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', the [[GTARadio mock-public radio station]] hosts a debate program moderated by Maurice Chavez. Chavez is an egocentric fool, but he still nonetheless comes across as being reasonable and rational compared to the fanatical, deranged and downright ''insane'' guests he is forced to deal with.

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* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', the [[GTARadio [[Radio/GTARadio mock-public radio station]] hosts a debate program moderated by Maurice Chavez. Chavez is an egocentric fool, but he still nonetheless comes across as being reasonable and rational compared to the fanatical, deranged and downright ''insane'' guests he is forced to deal with.
22nd Aug '16 2:43:12 AM pinkdalek
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* Bartz in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is much more normal than his companions--an amnesiac old goofball, a crossdressing pirate, and a recklessly altruistic princess. Granted, he has his moments too, but he's usually the one not involved in whatever high melodrama the others are engaging in.

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
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Bartz in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is much more normal than his companions--an amnesiac old goofball, a crossdressing pirate, and a recklessly altruistic princess. Granted, he has his moments too, but he's usually the one not involved in whatever high melodrama the others are engaging in.



* Invoked with Squall Leonhart from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', who is a character who thinks ''he'' is the OnlySaneMan. Considering his past and his views on relationships with others, not to mention that he ''is'' surrounded by a rather quirky mixture of people, and it's not hard to see why he feels this way. [[spoiler:In reality, he has suffered from memory loss from Guardian Force usage and his personality is built around how a child believes an adult should act. The real Only Sane Man in the party is [[ObfuscatingStupidity Irvine]].]]
* Sazh Katzroy from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is very sane even if he does wear a chocobo on his head. He's just a civilian pilot dragged along with the vengeful, guilt-ridden, and actively delusional members of their little gang of the doomed.

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* ** Invoked with Squall Leonhart from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', who is a character who thinks ''he'' is the OnlySaneMan. Considering his past and his views on relationships with others, not to mention that he ''is'' surrounded by a rather quirky mixture of people, and it's not hard to see why he feels this way. [[spoiler:In reality, he has suffered from memory loss from Guardian Force usage and his personality is built around how a child believes an adult should act. The real Only Sane Man in the party is [[ObfuscatingStupidity Irvine]].]]
* ** Sazh Katzroy from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is very sane even if he does wear a chocobo on his head. He's just a civilian pilot dragged along with the vengeful, guilt-ridden, and actively delusional members of their little gang of the doomed.doomed.
** Wol in ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy'', due to being a BlankSlate, is the only person who appears to be aware of how weird Palamecia is and how he's being [[PinballProtagonist railroaded by the plot]] into [[ChronicHeroSyndrome doing stupid things]]. He mostly expresses this with good-natured [[DeadpanSnarker brutal sarcasm]].
19th Aug '16 4:36:50 AM res20stupid
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* By some weird twist of fate, the [[BloodKnight Doom]][[{{Jerkass}} Guy]] in ''VideoGame/Doom2016]] is one of these, compared to the other humans and the [[MegaCorp UAC]] as a whole. He doesn't buy any of the shit [[WellIntentionedExtremist Hayden]] feeds him about why they [[spoiler: started using Hell as an energy source]] and constantly destroys the equipment needed to extract Argent Energy to Hayden's anger and annoyance. Yes, he's effectively going to cause an energy crisis the likes have never been seen before on Earth... but considering what happened on Hell ''it's definitely for the better''.

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* By some weird twist of fate, the [[BloodKnight Doom]][[{{Jerkass}} Guy]] in ''VideoGame/Doom2016]] ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' is one of these, compared to the other humans and the [[MegaCorp UAC]] as a whole. He doesn't buy any of the shit [[WellIntentionedExtremist Hayden]] feeds him about why they [[spoiler: started using Hell as an energy source]] and constantly destroys the equipment needed to extract Argent Energy to Hayden's anger and annoyance. Yes, he's effectively going to cause an energy crisis the likes have never been seen before on Earth... but considering what happened on Hell ''it's definitely for the better''.
19th Aug '16 4:35:16 AM res20stupid
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* By some weird twist of fate, the [[BloodKnight Doom]][[{{Jerkass}} Guy]] in ''VideoGame/Doom2016]] is one of these, compared to the other humans and the [[MegaCorp UAC]] as a whole. He doesn't buy any of the shit [[WellIntentionedExtremist Hayden]] feeds him about why they [[spoiler: started using Hell as an energy source]] and constantly destroys the equipment needed to extract Argent Energy to Hayden's anger and annoyance. Yes, he's effectively going to cause an energy crisis the likes have never been seen before on Earth... but considering what happened on Hell ''it's definitely for the better''.
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