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26th Aug '17 8:16:10 PM CodyDBuni
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* Hoxton from ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' was [[MeanBrit a crude British robber with a mean wit]], but he generally enjoyed the company of his companions. After being caught by the police and being sent to jail, Hoxton's crew break him out 2 years later in ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' and he has become a bigger ass hole; not only does Hoxton constantly bitches and belittles the crew (sometimes jokingly and sometimes not) for not saving him faster, he also constantly curses out and antagonizes Huston, who was Hoxton's replacement for a while. If the player has Hoxton call out to Huston, Hoxton will only call Huston by some form of vulgarity and he still does this to him if he is incapacitated.

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* Hoxton from ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' was [[MeanBrit a crude British robber with a mean wit]], but he generally enjoyed the company of his companions. After being caught by the police and being sent to jail, Hoxton's crew break him out 2 years later in ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' and he has become a bigger ass hole; not only does Hoxton constantly bitches and belittles the crew (sometimes jokingly and sometimes not) for not saving him faster, he also constantly curses out and antagonizes Huston, Houston, who was Hoxton's replacement for a while. If the player has Hoxton call out to Huston, Houston, Hoxton will only call Huston Houston by some form of vulgarity and he still does this to him if he is incapacitated.
21st Jul '17 7:34:20 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', two entire ''races'' take a level by the time of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
** The Nords, who for much of the series (and backstory) have been a ProudWarriorRace of BoisterousBruiser HornyVikings who would gladly swap battle stories over a tankard of mead even with non-Nords, have become bitter and disillusioned following the Great War. They have become prone to FantasticRacism toward any non-Nords and believe that any Nord who doesn't share the mentality that "Skyrim belongs to the Nords" should be shunned as [[NoTrueScotsman not a "true Nord"]]. Largely [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as Skyrim has been divided by Civil War in which BothSidesHaveAPoint, making it all the more devastating which feeds the disillusionment of the Nords. (The Imperial-aligned Nords believe that Skyrim has always supported the Empire and that you shouldn't abandon an ally just because they have fallen on hard times while the Stormcloaks believe that the Empire is old and weak, exemplified by them agreeing to the crippling White-Gold Concordant with the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] to end the Great War, and that Skyrim is better off being independent.)
** The [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer (High Elves)]], while they've always been [[CulturalPosturing haughty and snobbish]], have taken an extreme level in Jerkass under the leadership of the extremist [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]]. The Thalmor play the Altmer's (not entirely unjustified) racial stereotypes UpToEleven. Their FantasticRacism has hit all time high levels, ''especially'' toward [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence the races of Men]], and they've [[StopBeingStereotypical essentially been left unchecked]] as most [[NoTrueScotsman Altmer who oppose the Thalmor]] have been exiled, arrested, or outright murdered. They also forcefully annexed the province of Valenwood (homeland of the Bosmer (Wood Elves) and used BlatantLies to appeal to the [[CatFolk Khajiit]], gaining Elsweyr as a client state.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', two ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Deep in the series' backstory, the Dragon Cult originated in Atmora, homeland of the [[BarbarianTribe Atmorans]] (ancient [[{{Precursors}} proto-Nords]]). There, the men worshiped the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]], and the priests demanded tribute, as well as set down laws so dragons and men could live together peacefully. When the dragons and their cult moved to Tamriel, they became far less benevolent. They ruled men with an iron fist, eventually enslaving them. No one really knows why the Cult changed, though it is implied that is was the result of [[BigBad Alduin]]'s desire to ''rule'' the world instead of [[BeastOfTheApocalypse end it]].
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entire ''races'' take a level by the time of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
** *** The Nords, who for much of the series (and backstory) have been a ProudWarriorRace of BoisterousBruiser HornyVikings who would gladly swap battle stories over a tankard of mead even with non-Nords, have become bitter and disillusioned following the Great War. They have become prone to FantasticRacism toward any non-Nords and believe that any Nord who doesn't share the mentality that "Skyrim belongs to the Nords" should be shunned as [[NoTrueScotsman not a "true Nord"]]. Largely [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as Skyrim has been divided by Civil War in which BothSidesHaveAPoint, making it all the more devastating which feeds the disillusionment of the Nords. (The Imperial-aligned Nords believe that Skyrim has always supported the Empire and that you shouldn't abandon an ally just because they have fallen on hard times while the Stormcloaks believe that the Empire is old and weak, exemplified by them agreeing to the crippling White-Gold Concordant with the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] to end the Great War, and that Skyrim is better off being independent.)
** *** The [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer (High Elves)]], while they've always been [[CulturalPosturing haughty and snobbish]], have taken an extreme level in Jerkass under the leadership of the extremist [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]]. The Thalmor play the Altmer's (not entirely unjustified) racial stereotypes UpToEleven. Their FantasticRacism has hit all time high levels, ''especially'' toward [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence the races of Men]], and they've [[StopBeingStereotypical essentially been left unchecked]] as most [[NoTrueScotsman Altmer who oppose the Thalmor]] have been exiled, arrested, or outright murdered. They also forcefully annexed the province of Valenwood (homeland of the Bosmer (Wood Elves) and used BlatantLies to appeal to the [[CatFolk Khajiit]], gaining Elsweyr as a client state.
7th Jul '17 7:17:58 AM MyFinalEdits
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*** This is taken even further with Shadow in ''Videogame/SonicBoom''. Shadow may be pretty agressive and destructive at times, but he's ''never'' cruel. He has a strong devotion to protect Earth, and has developed friendships with several characters. His ''Boom'' incarnation has none of these redeeming qualities and appears to be a downright evil villain, with no care for anyone but himself.

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*** This is taken even further with ** Shadow in ''Videogame/SonicBoom''. Shadow may be pretty agressive and destructive at times, but he's ''never'' cruel. He has a strong devotion to protect Earth, and has developed friendships with several characters. His ''Boom'' incarnation has none of these redeeming qualities and appears to be a downright evil villain, with no care for anyone but himself.
7th Jul '17 5:25:58 AM Siempie
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** While both [[AntiHeroTeam Team Dark members]] Shadow and Rouge aren't the most pleasant people to talk to, ''[[VideoGame/SonicRiders Sonic Free Riders]]'' takes their antagonistic tendencies UpToEleven. Shadow's ego and Rouge's greed are inflated to the point of {{Flanderization}} and they basically treat everyone around them like dirt. And that's not even going into the horribly apathetic way they treat E-10000B, working the poor robot to the point where his circuts are overheating from exhaustion. The other teams are outright disgusted at their behavior and Cream in particular practically begs them to get E-10000B fixed.

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** While both [[AntiHeroTeam Team Dark members]] Shadow and Rouge aren't the most pleasant people to talk to, ''[[VideoGame/SonicRiders Sonic Free Riders]]'' takes their antagonistic tendencies UpToEleven. Shadow's ego and Rouge's greed are inflated to the point of {{Flanderization}} and they basically treat everyone around them like dirt. And that's not even going into the horribly apathetic way they treat E-10000B, working the poor robot to the point where his circuts circuits are overheating from exhaustion. The other teams are outright disgusted at their behavior and Cream in particular practically begs them to get E-10000B fixed.fixed.
*** This is taken even further with Shadow in ''Videogame/SonicBoom''. Shadow may be pretty agressive and destructive at times, but he's ''never'' cruel. He has a strong devotion to protect Earth, and has developed friendships with several characters. His ''Boom'' incarnation has none of these redeeming qualities and appears to be a downright evil villain, with no care for anyone but himself.
25th May '17 7:29:59 AM BeerBaron
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* Happens to entire races in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. The Nords, once a race of proud, BoisterousBruiser "come share a tankard of mead" vikings, have become bitter, disillusioned and angry to everyone who isn't them. Any northern human who doesn't fit their mentality that Skyrim belongs to the Nords is shunned as [[NoTrueScotsman not a true Nord]]. The [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer]] are even worse: they were already haughty, but the Thalmor have taken on a doctrine of human hate almost to the point of outright hostility. Worth pointing out that [[StopBeingStereotypical not all elves associate with the Thalmor, though]].
** Considering the backstory, it can actually be understandable why people are so rude and bitter. For the Nords, their once strong, united homeland has been split in half, with one side reeling from Skyrim's king being murdered on his own throne, and the other side chafing from the oppression given by the Thalmar, who murder or arrest anyone who even ''associates'' Talos, who is very popular among Nords, with being a Divine. For the Altmer, their reason is simply that mostly everyone who ''wasn't'' an asshole was arrested, tortured or executed, sometimes all three.

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* Happens to In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', two entire races in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. ''races'' take a level by the time of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
**
The Nords, once a race who for much of proud, the series (and backstory) have been a ProudWarriorRace of BoisterousBruiser "come share HornyVikings who would gladly swap battle stories over a tankard of mead" vikings, mead even with non-Nords, have become bitter, bitter and disillusioned following the Great War. They have become prone to FantasticRacism toward any non-Nords and angry to everyone who isn't them. Any northern human believe that any Nord who doesn't fit their share the mentality that Skyrim "Skyrim belongs to the Nords is Nords" should be shunned as [[NoTrueScotsman not a true Nord]]. "true Nord"]]. Largely [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as Skyrim has been divided by Civil War in which BothSidesHaveAPoint, making it all the more devastating which feeds the disillusionment of the Nords. (The Imperial-aligned Nords believe that Skyrim has always supported the Empire and that you shouldn't abandon an ally just because they have fallen on hard times while the Stormcloaks believe that the Empire is old and weak, exemplified by them agreeing to the crippling White-Gold Concordant with the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] to end the Great War, and that Skyrim is better off being independent.)
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The [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer]] are even worse: they were already haughty, but the Thalmor Altmer (High Elves)]], while they've always been [[CulturalPosturing haughty and snobbish]], have taken on a doctrine of human hate almost to an extreme level in Jerkass under the point leadership of outright hostility. Worth pointing out that the extremist [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]]. The Thalmor play the Altmer's (not entirely unjustified) racial stereotypes UpToEleven. Their FantasticRacism has hit all time high levels, ''especially'' toward [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence the races of Men]], and they've [[StopBeingStereotypical not all elves associate with the Thalmor, though]].
** Considering the backstory, it can actually be understandable why people are so rude and bitter. For the Nords, their once strong, united homeland has
essentially been split in half, with one side reeling from Skyrim's king being murdered on his own throne, and left unchecked]] as most [[NoTrueScotsman Altmer who oppose the other side chafing from the oppression given by the Thalmar, who murder or arrest anyone who even ''associates'' Talos, who is very popular among Nords, with being a Divine. For the Altmer, their reason is simply that mostly everyone who ''wasn't'' an asshole was Thalmor]] have been exiled, arrested, tortured or executed, sometimes all three.outright murdered. They also forcefully annexed the province of Valenwood (homeland of the Bosmer (Wood Elves) and used BlatantLies to appeal to the [[CatFolk Khajiit]], gaining Elsweyr as a client state.
8th May '17 8:16:02 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* Used as a game mechanic in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon''. If a hero gains a certain amount of stress, they have a chance to become afflicted. Afflicted heroes will be heavily affected both stats are personality wise as they become paranoid, selfish, hopeless, or even abusive towards the other party members. This includes verbally abusing or proclaiming TheEndIsNigh to increase others' stress, or to refuse to give heals or cures even if heavily needed, among other things.

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* [[TropesAreTools Used as a game mechanic mechanic]] in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon''. If a hero gains a certain amount of stress, they have a chance to become afflicted. Afflicted heroes will be heavily affected both stats are personality wise as they become paranoid, selfish, hopeless, or even abusive towards the other party members. This includes verbally abusing or proclaiming TheEndIsNigh to increase others' stress, or to refuse to give heals or cures even if heavily needed, among other things.
8th May '17 8:15:04 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* Used as a game mechanic in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon''. If a hero gains a certain amount of stress, they have a chance to become afflicted. Afflicted heroes will be heavily affected both stats are personality wise as they become paranoid, selfish, hopeless, or even abusive towards the other party members. This includes verbally abusing or proclaiming TheEndIsNeigh to increase others' stress, or to refuse to give heals or cures even if heavily needed, among other things.

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* Used as a game mechanic in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon''. If a hero gains a certain amount of stress, they have a chance to become afflicted. Afflicted heroes will be heavily affected both stats are personality wise as they become paranoid, selfish, hopeless, or even abusive towards the other party members. This includes verbally abusing or proclaiming TheEndIsNeigh TheEndIsNigh to increase others' stress, or to refuse to give heals or cures even if heavily needed, among other things.
8th May '17 8:14:34 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* Used as a game mechanic in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon''. If a hero gains a certain amount of stress, they have a chance to become afflicted. Afflicted heroes will be heavily affected both stats are personality wise as they become paranoid, selfish, hopeless, or even abusive towards the other party members. This includes verbally abusing or proclaiming TheEndIsNeigh to increase others' stress, or to refuse to give heals or cures even if heavily needed, among other things.
23rd Apr '17 6:42:47 PM nombretomado
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* Hubert Oswell from ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' is pretty much the biggest Franchise/TalesSeries example of this trope and in the fandom. He starts off as a weak, and easily-terrified little boy, but seven years down the line [[TookALevelInBadass he grows the hell up]] due to [[spoiler:being adopted into the military-based Oswell family of Strahta]]. When he reunites with his older brother Asbel, Hubert reveals that [[spoiler:part of the alliance his new nation has with Windor is that they get Lhant, the brothers' homeland. When Asbel argues, Hubert promptly knocks him down a peg, Mystic Artes him senseless, exiles him from Lhant, rejects his own mother when she tries to intervene (as he feels she did absoltuely nothing to help him,) and then [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking sets himself up as the one true leader of LHant]]]]. The reason for his vitriol is less that he's a military man, and more that he felt he was abandoned by his family in Lhant because [[TheUnfavorite they wanted him out of the way]]. Turns out, Hubert's father [[DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou wanted to spare him from what was going to happen in Lhant as well as to avoid potential strife between the brothers]], although giving Hubert up more or less ended up causing that outcome anyway. Throughout the game, Hubert also [[CharacterDevelopment grows out of it]] and [[TookALevelInKindness takes a level in kindness, too.]]

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* Hubert Oswell from ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' is pretty much the biggest Franchise/TalesSeries VideoGame/TalesSeries example of this trope and in the fandom. He starts off as a weak, and easily-terrified little boy, but seven years down the line [[TookALevelInBadass he grows the hell up]] due to [[spoiler:being adopted into the military-based Oswell family of Strahta]]. When he reunites with his older brother Asbel, Hubert reveals that [[spoiler:part of the alliance his new nation has with Windor is that they get Lhant, the brothers' homeland. When Asbel argues, Hubert promptly knocks him down a peg, Mystic Artes him senseless, exiles him from Lhant, rejects his own mother when she tries to intervene (as he feels she did absoltuely nothing to help him,) and then [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking sets himself up as the one true leader of LHant]]]]. The reason for his vitriol is less that he's a military man, and more that he felt he was abandoned by his family in Lhant because [[TheUnfavorite they wanted him out of the way]]. Turns out, Hubert's father [[DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou wanted to spare him from what was going to happen in Lhant as well as to avoid potential strife between the brothers]], although giving Hubert up more or less ended up causing that outcome anyway. Throughout the game, Hubert also [[CharacterDevelopment grows out of it]] and [[TookALevelInKindness takes a level in kindness, too.]]
22nd Dec '16 1:19:56 PM Steven
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* Ema Skye of the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series is introduced as an aspiring forensic investigator, full of useful investigation techniques and eager to meet people in the business. However, eight years later she finds herself in a job she didn't want (detective work) after doing poorly on her forensic investigation exam and her derailed dream definitely takes its toll on her personality. The Ema of ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' is a sour and jaded woman who doesn't offer much help (unless she can use some of her forensic investigation techniques, at which point some of her original personality leaks out).

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Ema Skye of the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series is introduced as an aspiring forensic investigator, full of useful investigation techniques and eager to meet people in the business. However, eight years later she finds herself in a job she didn't want (detective work) after doing poorly on her forensic investigation exam and her derailed dream definitely takes its toll on her personality. The Ema of ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' is a sour and jaded woman who doesn't offer much help (unless she can use some of her forensic investigation techniques, at which point some of her original personality leaks out). By ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', Ema ''finally'' becomes the forensic investigator she always strived to be and is a much happier person.
** Phoenix Wright, while a nervous wreck most of the time, is a big time FirstPersonSmartass. By the time ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' rolls around, Phoenix is falsely accused of using forged evidence in court and is barred from practicing law. The turn of events has Phoenix become a bit more open with his smartass remarks rather than keeping such thoughts to himself (such as comparing a mob boss' wife to a sherman whale) and is prone to acting very cryptic and aloof, which greatly annoys Apollo to no end. Phoenix returns to his old self in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' since the charges against him were dropped and he was allowed to practice law again.



* ''Franchise/TombRaider'': Lara Croft, a few times. First, between the second and third games, she goes from killing members of an evil cult who want to destroy the world to killing Military Police, museum guards and homeless all for the sake of finding artefacts. The 'saving the world' part only comes in for the last few levels, and by then the only humans left are on her side. The fourth and fifth games see her infamous snark taken UpToEleven, making her even less civil in conversation with other people... and then the sixth game sees her running around two European cities, contaminating crime scenes, breaking into the Louvre, killing police and security personnel, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and being rude to prostitutes]]. [[NotHelpingYourCase All to clear her name of one murder.]]

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* ''Franchise/TombRaider'': Lara Croft, a few times. First, between the second and third games, she goes from killing members of an evil cult who want to destroy the world to killing Military Police, museum guards and homeless all for the sake of finding artefacts. The 'saving the world' part only comes in for the last few levels, and by then the only humans left are on her side. The fourth and fifth games see her infamous snark taken UpToEleven, making her even less civil in conversation with other people... and then the sixth game sees her running around two European cities, contaminating crime scenes, breaking into the Louvre, killing police and security personnel, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and being rude to prostitutes]]. [[NotHelpingYourCase All to clear her name of one murder.]]]] It isn't until the reboot from Crystal Dynamics that Lara's personality dials back the jerk side of her.
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