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13th Dec '17 3:58:00 PM JAG001
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'''You'd Think:''' The citizens of Scuttle Town would impeach Mayor Scuttlebutt from office immediately upon having their town restored. The Mayor kicked off the plot of the game by selling Ammo Baron the town in the first place, using the money to buy chocolates so he couldn't buy it back (and not even ''good'' chocolates!), and leaving Scuttle Town under the control of a warlord intent on destroying it and turning it into a firebase from which to launch a campaign to take over Sequin Land. Oh, and in the same process, he gave Ammo Baron legal grounds to fire Shantae and press assault charges against her, which very nearly left Sequin Land with no one capable of saving it from a much bigger threat.\\

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'''You'd Think:''' The citizens of Scuttle Town would impeach Mayor Scuttlebutt from office immediately upon having their town restored. The Mayor kicked off the plot of the game by selling Ammo Baron the town in the first place, using the money to buy chocolates so he couldn't buy it back (and not even ''good'' chocolates!), and leaving Scuttle Town under the control of to a local warlord intent on destroying it and turning it into a firebase from which to launch a campaign to take over Sequin Land.Land, and then the Mayor used the money to buy chocolates so he couldn't buy it back (and not even ''good'' chocolates!). Oh, and in the same process, he gave Ammo Baron legal grounds to fire Shantae and press assault charges against her, which very nearly left Sequin Land with no one capable of saving it from a much bigger threat.\\
13th Dec '17 3:55:41 PM JAG001
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* At the end of ''[[VideoGame/{{Shantae}} Santae and the Pirate's Curse]]'', the day is saved, Ammo Baron's been run out of Scuttle Town, and [[StatusQuoIsGod all is back to normal]].\\
'''You'd Think:''' The citizens of Scuttle Town would impeach Mayor Scuttlebutt from office immediately upon having their town restored. The Mayor kicked off the plot of the game by selling Ammo Baron the town in the first place, using the money to buy chocolates so he couldn't buy it back (and not even ''good'' chocolates!), and leaving Scuttle Town under the control of a warlord intent on destroying it and turning it into a firebase from which to launch a campaign to take over Sequin Land. Oh, and in the same process, he gave Ammo Baron legal grounds to fire Shantae and press assault charges against her, which very nearly left Sequin Land with no one capable of saving it from a much bigger threat.\\
'''Instead:''' They let him have his old office back. [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity He fires Shantae again in the next game]], and [[spoiler: the entire town almost loses their memories to the replacement he hired.]]
5th Dec '17 4:01:15 PM WaywardTotodile
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* In the anime of ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'', Bob Copper suspects Geo Stelar to be Mega Man. He follows Geo all over the city. Please note that "Mega Man" has the same hair, eyes and voice as Geo. Geo also shows up all the time whenever trouble is brewing... Or after. It's no surprise Copper is suspicious. In a following incident, Copper locks Geo in his car as a test to see if he's Mega Man. Mega Man does show up, and Copper finds Geo inside the car after that. However, anyone could conclude that Geo could have actually escaped, changed into Mega Man, fought the bad guy, and then locked himself in the car again to avoid suspicion. [[spoiler: This is what actually happened, as Zack Temple demonstrates the fallacies of "childproof" touch-command door locks by opening the door and letting Geo loose.]]\\
'''You'd expect''': Put two and two together and either accuse Geo of being Mega Man... or continue suspecting him, at least, and tailing him all the time.\\
'''Instead''': He immediately assumes Geo to be one of Mega Man's ''groupies''. Cue [[FaceFault surprise on Geo's part]]. ClarkKenting seems to work better than people think... or one can wonder how a man who can come to such ridiculous conclusions actually got onto the force.
5th Dec '17 3:56:25 PM WaywardTotodile
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** ''WhatAnIdiot/MegaManBattleNetwork''



* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork''
** While Lan's Net Navi Megaman is incredily powerful, Lan himself is still just an ordinary kid with little fighting skills or experience.\\
'''You'd Expect''': While Lan is currently distracted netbattling against an enemy Navi, the operator just confront him physically and knock him out, taking him to the BigBad in question while abducting the PET away from him, leaving him completely defenseless.\\
'''Instead''': They never think of doing this until the last segment of the final game when three adults realize they could take on Lan unarmed but by then, they already invented Copybot that allows the Navi to enter the real world.
** In 3, during the ''Hero of ACDC'' arc, Mr Match approaches Lan and uses peer pressure to trick him into loading in mysterious code "packages" laden with malware that eventually cause a fire in a research laboratory. Mr Match had previously used a series of planted WWW agents and some clever social engineering to bluff Lan into believing that he had genuinely reformed, and preyed on the resulting trust to trick Lan in this fashion.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Lan to check the packages or get someone like his father to vet them before doing anything with them.\\
'''Instead''': He allows Mr Match to play on his ego and manipulate him into playing along, disregarding standard IT security practices, resulting in the endangerment of the lives of the researchers ''including his father''.
** The program data packets Mr. Match gives Lan are named "[=FireData=]", "[=HeatData=]", and "[=FlamData=]". Objects with "____Data" names are typically [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literal cyberspace versions of whatever is in the blank.]] These data packets are no different; the program [=NPCs=] [=MegaMan=] delivers them to comment that the packets are very hot to the touch (which surely [=MegaMan=] would've noticed) and become painfully overheated immediately upon installing the data into themselves. It should be noted that [=MegaMan=] is the more observant and level-headed of the two protagonists.\\
'''You'd Think:''' [=MegaMan=] would put two and two together and realize the infamous cyberterrorist pyromaniac arsonist is NOT reformed, and is tricking Lan into installing obviously-named data for virtual fire on key Scilab systems so he can set the internet ablaze again. Upon realizing that, he would refuse to cooperate with Lan until he does the above.\\
'''Instead:''' Although he does question it a few times, he rolls with it when Lan dismisses the concern and goes on making the deliveries and installing the data as instructed. Cue the game's second instance of the Energy Change ScrappyMechanic and the player wishing he'd stocked up on more water-element chips to put out virtual fires with.\\
'''Even Worse:''' [=HeatData=] was a PlotCoupon late in the previous game, so [=MegaMan=] has handled it before. The [=MrProg=] he got it from even explained as he was handing it over that [=MrProgs=] not explicitly specialized to resist [=HeatData=]'s extreme heat output would overheat and burn up if they tried to install it.
** By the final chapter of the same game, it should have been proven beyond any doubt that anything and everything with a computer and a jack-in port can and will be hacked and used to attack those around it by WWW. After a series of incidents caused by WWW operatives, the organization has finally managed to capture Alpha, the ArtifactOfDoom mentioned throughout the game that will bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt when they finish bringing it online. The military decides that this has officially escalated things past the GodzillaThreshold, places the real world under martial law, and begins deploying tanks in civilian areas to protect against WWW.\\
'''You’d Expect:''' the military to field manned, non-computerized machinery that can’t be hacked and made to attack them or nearby civilians instead of deploying automated robotic war machines originally created by the BigBad.\\
'''Instead:''' they deploy automated robotic war machines originally created by the BigBad. WWW’s work on Alpha causes the tanks to go haywire and start firing on civilians the same morning they’re deployed.
** The entirety of 3's plot runs on idiocy. The WWW is trying to unleash a Sealed Evil in a Can.\\
'''You’d Expect:''' that the keys to unseal that can would be kept in tightly secured locations. Or better yet, destroyed entirely so the can could never be unlocked.\\
'''Instead:''' the keys are kept in unsecured locations and are basically unguarded by anyone. It is only because the Hero happens to be in the area on that day that the villains face any opposition.\\
'''Even Worse:''' Three of the locations are in areas of high civilian traffic. A school, a zoo, and a hospital. Should some radical terrorist group decide to go looking for those keys, a lot of people could be endangered, which is what happens. It is a wonder that anyone in charge of the game's security forces is still employed in the sequels.
1st Dec '17 9:56:49 AM WaywardTotodile
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'''Result:''' The Boss promptly punches him out and proceeds to beat the crap out of him. It's only through the intervention of the Saints and a WhatTheHellHero speech from Kinzie that prevents Matt from suffering a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.\\

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'''Result:''' The Boss promptly punches him out and proceeds to beat the crap out of him. It's only through the intervention of the Saints and a WhatTheHellHero speech from Kinzie that prevents Matt from suffering a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.\\
30th Nov '17 9:04:50 PM WaywardTotodile
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* ''WhatAnIdiot/ResidentEvil'' series



* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'':
** HUNK and his teammate have just critically wounded William Birkin, the head researcher of the G-Virus project and are standing alone in his laboratory. They have at least two more men positioned outside. They are all highly trained, heavily armed and armored professional killers whose only likely opposition are a 110-pound woman with no combat experience and her pre-pubescent daughter.\\
'''You'd Expect''': They would do a sweep of the room, searching for any additional virus samples and checking to see if the man they were sent to kill and just riddled with bullets was in fact dead.\\
'''Instead''': They book it, grabbing the virus samples and getting out. Not only did Birkin survive the attack, though gravely injured, he happened to have a sample of the monster-making virus on his person. When he injects himself with it, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge the results]] [[CurbstompBattle are predictable]]. This not only leads to the near-complete decimation of the team, but also results in the virus infecting the entire city and leading to the downfall of Umbrella.\\
'''Even Worse''': ''This happened before'', chronologically anyway. Dr. James Marcus was similarly assassinated by the U.S.S--it's entirely possible and even speculated that HUNK was a part of that operation--and a similar outcome led to Marcus coming back to life, infecting a train, destroying two Umbrella facilities and nearly becoming unstoppable were it not for the timely intervention of a rookie cop and an ex-Marine.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'':
** Jill and Carlos meet up in a gas station when they hear a horde of zombies coming to their location. They start to panic a little bit since they are effectively trapped.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Jill and Carlos try to find another way out or at least barricade the door and windows.\\
'''Instead''': Carlos decides to [[LeeroyJenkins play hero by going ''outside where the zombies are'' and attempt to mow them all down with his assault rifle.]] Somehow, Carlos doesn't die, but you can find him slumped over and passed out from his injuries, which he wakes up from and can still walk.
** A viral outbreak of an insanely contagious virus able to cross-infect almost any species of living organism--everything from humans to earthworms to plants--has occurred in Raccoon City, a small city located within the heart of the mainland United States. If this were in real life, it would make the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster Bhopal disaster]] look like a fart in a crowded room by comparison. In this beyond worst-case scenario, Umbrella decides to send in teams of soldiers on behalf of the U.S Government to try evacuating survivors from the city.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Umbrella to do some sort of damage control. Yes, this incident is bad. Beyond bad, it's a horrifying nightmare, but with a juicy government contract on the line, you would think they would attempt to save face in some manner by having this team actually attempt to rescue civilians.\\
'''[[VillainBall But This Being]] [[ForTheEvulz Umbrella]]''': They decide instead that it is a better idea to send these mercenaries in--who are by the way a group of [[ArmyofThievesAndWhores terrorists, war criminals and dishonorable discharges all facing death penalties]] with a casualty rate of ''[[RedShirt 98%]]''--to die by the hands of their escaped biological monstrosities to gather combat data, rather than actually rescue civilians.\\
'''It Gets Worse''': They insert "supervisors" into the command ranks of the mercenaries to gather said combat data, who Umbrella plans to extract once they have completed this task, or at the very least the data they hand in. All well and good, until one of them decides to pull a ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'' and bump off all the other Supervisors to take ''their'' combat data and sell it off to the highest bidder. [[spoiler: Canonically, he escapes, so out of this fracas Umbrella didn't even get ''that much'' out of it.]]
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'':
** Osmund Saddler has kidnapped the President's daughter, Ashley Graham, and infected her with a parasite that will allow him to mind control her when it matures, and he plans on using her to infect the President.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Saddler would let the girl go quickly, since the plan.\\
'''Instead''': When a rescuer shows up, Saddler has ''him'' infected with a plaga while monologuing about it, and repeatedly attempts to re-kidnap Ashley.
** When initially researching las Plagas, Saddler had Luis Sera build a machine that could kill a plaga without harming the host.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Saddler to immediately dismantle the machine once his plan to kidnap and mind-control the President's Daughter begins since he does not need it anymore, or at the very least keep it password protected and make sure Ashley is never anywhere near it.\\
'''Instead''': It's kept fully operational, ready to use, and nearby to where Ashley is held.
** At several points, Salazar appears and starts monologuing to the tune of "You have done well to make it this far, Meester Kennedy. But you will never stop our master plan!" Most of the time, he is only accompanied by a couple of those Granados Leon's been mowing down all game, and at one point Leon even finds him completely alone and defenseless.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Leon to blow his brains out, sparing himself the trouble of dealing with him later on down the line.\\
'''Instead:''' Leon squanders 5 golden opportunities to kill him.\\
'''The Result:''' Leon has to fight him as a giant tentacle monster.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'':
** Wesker confronts Chris and Sheva in his jet. He puts the former down with one punch on his side and two punches on his chin, and a kick then focuses on the latter with Chris' gun. As Chris tries to shoot him, he [[DodgeTheBullet dodges every bullet]] [[FlashStep he throws at him]]. Next, he pulls out his Samurai Edge and points it at Chris' head.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Wesker uses this as an opportunity to blow his brains out, finally killing Chris.\\
'''Instead''': [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim He basically says]], "[[EvilGloating A new Genesis is at hand]], [[AGodAmI and I will be the creator]]." Five seconds after, Sheva, whom he's not focused at that time, tries to attack him with a knife, missing the chance.
** Excella Gionne.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Now that she gets the position of being CEO of Tricell, she wouldn't blindly follow orders from some mysterious guy who is [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder prone in betraying everyone he worked with]] in the first place. Even if she knew Wesker is really dangerous, she would try to betray him in some way.\\
'''Instead''': Not only does she do so, but she continues to get involved with him that she ended up getting betrayed in the end.
** Chris pulls a gun on Wesker, at which point Wesker reveals that one of the minions flanking him is [[spoiler:Jill (Chris's NotQuiteDead friend).]]\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Chris to stay alert, especially since [[spoiler:Jill]] is clearly not his ally anymore.\\
'''Instead:''' He lowers his gun and tries to reason with [[spoiler:Jill]]. Both [[BrainwashedAndCrazy she]] and Wesker take this opportunity to attack Chris.

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* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'':
** HUNK and his teammate have just critically wounded William Birkin, the head researcher of the G-Virus project and are standing alone in his laboratory. They have at least two more men positioned outside. They are all highly trained, heavily armed and armored professional killers whose only likely opposition are a 110-pound woman with no combat experience and her pre-pubescent daughter.\\
'''You'd Expect''': They would do a sweep of the room, searching for any additional virus samples and checking to see if the man they were sent to kill and just riddled with bullets was in fact dead.\\
'''Instead''': They book it, grabbing the virus samples and getting out. Not only did Birkin survive the attack, though gravely injured, he happened to have a sample of the monster-making virus on his person. When he injects himself with it, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge the results]] [[CurbstompBattle are predictable]]. This not only leads to the near-complete decimation of the team, but also results in the virus infecting the entire city and leading to the downfall of Umbrella.\\
'''Even Worse''': ''This happened before'', chronologically anyway. Dr. James Marcus was similarly assassinated by the U.S.S--it's entirely possible and even speculated that HUNK was a part of that operation--and a similar outcome led to Marcus coming back to life, infecting a train, destroying two Umbrella facilities and nearly becoming unstoppable were it not for the timely intervention of a rookie cop and an ex-Marine.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'':
** Jill and Carlos meet up in a gas station when they hear a horde of zombies coming to their location. They start to panic a little bit since they are effectively trapped.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Jill and Carlos try to find another way out or at least barricade the door and windows.\\
'''Instead''': Carlos decides to [[LeeroyJenkins play hero by going ''outside where the zombies are'' and attempt to mow them all down with his assault rifle.]] Somehow, Carlos doesn't die, but you can find him slumped over and passed out from his injuries, which he wakes up from and can still walk.
** A viral outbreak of an insanely contagious virus able to cross-infect almost any species of living organism--everything from humans to earthworms to plants--has occurred in Raccoon City, a small city located within the heart of the mainland United States. If this were in real life, it would make the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster Bhopal disaster]] look like a fart in a crowded room by comparison. In this beyond worst-case scenario, Umbrella decides to send in teams of soldiers on behalf of the U.S Government to try evacuating survivors from the city.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Umbrella to do some sort of damage control. Yes, this incident is bad. Beyond bad, it's a horrifying nightmare, but with a juicy government contract on the line, you would think they would attempt to save face in some manner by having this team actually attempt to rescue civilians.\\
'''[[VillainBall But This Being]] [[ForTheEvulz Umbrella]]''': They decide instead that it is a better idea to send these mercenaries in--who are by the way a group of [[ArmyofThievesAndWhores terrorists, war criminals and dishonorable discharges all facing death penalties]] with a casualty rate of ''[[RedShirt 98%]]''--to die by the hands of their escaped biological monstrosities to gather combat data, rather than actually rescue civilians.\\
'''It Gets Worse''': They insert "supervisors" into the command ranks of the mercenaries to gather said combat data, who Umbrella plans to extract once they have completed this task, or at the very least the data they hand in. All well and good, until one of them decides to pull a ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'' and bump off all the other Supervisors to take ''their'' combat data and sell it off to the highest bidder. [[spoiler: Canonically, he escapes, so out of this fracas Umbrella didn't even get ''that much'' out of it.]]
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'':
** Osmund Saddler has kidnapped the President's daughter, Ashley Graham, and infected her with a parasite that will allow him to mind control her when it matures, and he plans on using her to infect the President.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Saddler would let the girl go quickly, since the plan.\\
'''Instead''': When a rescuer shows up, Saddler has ''him'' infected with a plaga while monologuing about it, and repeatedly attempts to re-kidnap Ashley.
** When initially researching las Plagas, Saddler had Luis Sera build a machine that could kill a plaga without harming the host.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Saddler to immediately dismantle the machine once his plan to kidnap and mind-control the President's Daughter begins since he does not need it anymore, or at the very least keep it password protected and make sure Ashley is never anywhere near it.\\
'''Instead''': It's kept fully operational, ready to use, and nearby to where Ashley is held.
** At several points, Salazar appears and starts monologuing to the tune of "You have done well to make it this far, Meester Kennedy. But you will never stop our master plan!" Most of the time, he is only accompanied by a couple of those Granados Leon's been mowing down all game, and at one point Leon even finds him completely alone and defenseless.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Leon to blow his brains out, sparing himself the trouble of dealing with him later on down the line.\\
'''Instead:''' Leon squanders 5 golden opportunities to kill him.\\
'''The Result:''' Leon has to fight him as a giant tentacle monster.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'':
** Wesker confronts Chris and Sheva in his jet. He puts the former down with one punch on his side and two punches on his chin, and a kick then focuses on the latter with Chris' gun. As Chris tries to shoot him, he [[DodgeTheBullet dodges every bullet]] [[FlashStep he throws at him]]. Next, he pulls out his Samurai Edge and points it at Chris' head.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Wesker uses this as an opportunity to blow his brains out, finally killing Chris.\\
'''Instead''': [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim He basically says]], "[[EvilGloating A new Genesis is at hand]], [[AGodAmI and I will be the creator]]." Five seconds after, Sheva, whom he's not focused at that time, tries to attack him with a knife, missing the chance.
** Excella Gionne.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Now that she gets the position of being CEO of Tricell, she wouldn't blindly follow orders from some mysterious guy who is [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder prone in betraying everyone he worked with]] in the first place. Even if she knew Wesker is really dangerous, she would try to betray him in some way.\\
'''Instead''': Not only does she do so, but she continues to get involved with him that she ended up getting betrayed in the end.
** Chris pulls a gun on Wesker, at which point Wesker reveals that one of the minions flanking him is [[spoiler:Jill (Chris's NotQuiteDead friend).]]\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Chris to stay alert, especially since [[spoiler:Jill]] is clearly not his ally anymore.\\
'''Instead:''' He lowers his gun and tries to reason with [[spoiler:Jill]]. Both [[BrainwashedAndCrazy she]] and Wesker take this opportunity to attack Chris.



30th Nov '17 9:01:11 PM WaywardTotodile
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* ''WhatAnIdiot/RedDeadRedemption''



* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'':
** [[spoiler: Agent Ross has manipulated John Marston into killing all of his former gang. Ross wants the glory for this, so he plans to kill Marston to take all the credit.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Ross would just shoot Marston in the back right at the site of the battle with Dutch's gang, or order the Army to kill him right then and there, allowing him to blame the death on Dutch.\\
'''Instead''': He lets Marston go and re-unite with his family for several days before invading his ranch with a company of trained soldiers. Marston, with the advantage of fighting on his own turf and resting up, kills dozens of them. Marston then dies right before his son's eyes. The same son then returns to get his vengeance on Ross (and Ross' family, if the player feels particularly vindictive)]] On the other hand...
** [[spoiler: John has just killed off dozens of army regulars almost single-handedly, not even counting the duels won, forts stormed, revolutions started, and hundreds of men killed before. He's told his wife and daughter to run and save themselves and prepares to meet his possible end. He knows that there is a good amount of men outside the barn door. What should he do?\\
'''You'd Expect''': You'd think that John would call upon his years of experience and realize that pushing open the door and boldly striding out into the open would be rather less than ideal as a tactic for survival. Even if he's accepted his death, you would expect him to try to stay alive as long as possible to divert attention away from his wife and son. John (and the player) has dealt worse situations before, why start making bad decisions now?\\
'''Instead''': John boldly pushes the barn door open and strides toward the firing line of men who are all pointing guns at him. A quick player can get maybe half of them before the death by cutscene. A noble end, sure, but...]] WhatAnIdiot.
** In the beginning of the game, John Marston is in front of Fort Mercer. Above him is his target, Bill Williamson and at least two other men. All have guns trained on him. During the conversation, it's becoming clear that Bill won't listen to him.\\
'''You'd Expect''': John Marston accepts Bill's offer to leave while he still had the chance.\\
'''Instead''': He pulls out his cattleman revolver, but in a split-second, one of the bandits shoot him in the ribs, causing him to nearly bleed to death. He's lucky he was saved soon afterward and that the bandit in question didn't instead shoot him in the head.
** John Marston knows people who are willing to help him in his quest.\\
'''You'd Expect''': He'd be civil with them, even though they appear to be wasting his time.\\
'''Instead''': He threatens to blow their brains out every chance he gets. Seriously, buddy, ''no one is being made to help you''! Especially not Abraham Reyes, the goddamned leader of the revolution in the Mexico arc.
** There's also the matter of in-game cartoon character Beaumont The Burly. He goes to a women's suffrage support meeting, and doesn't agree with it.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Him to keep his mouth shut.\\
'''Instead''': He walks up to the speaker, and tells her to quit it, and go home and get ready to make supper. The women attending respond by [[LaserGuidedKarma beating him to a pulp, tying him up, and dumping him on a railway line]].
** Allende, leader of Mexico during the Mexican Arc, is not spared this.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Knowing that Marston only came to Mexico to get [[spoiler: Bill Williamson, who is under Allende's protection]], Allende would simply give this strange American bounty hunter what he wants and wave him goodbye as he curb-stomps the rebels.\\
'''Instead''': He repeatedly refuses to give Marston the man he wants, has Marston help him fight a war Marston wanted no part of, [[spoiler: orders Marston executed, which causes Marston to fall to the rebels, and after a series of events, Marston ends up helping the rebels secure complete, total victory. Allende's government is overthrown, and Marston/Reyes gets to kill Allende himself.]] Really, dude? ''Really??''
30th Nov '17 8:50:06 PM WaywardTotodile
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* ''WhatAnIdiot/LegendOfZelda'' series



* Characters in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' series are prone to stupid decisions at times.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', [[MagnificentBastard Ganondorf]], surprisingly enough, gets one of these. After Link meets Zelda in the Temple of Time and obtains the light arrows from her, he traps Zelda inside a crystal so that he can get the triforce of wisdom.\\
'''You'd Expect''' He would trap Link too while he was distracted by the monologuing, obtaining all three triforce parts and being able to rule the kingdom of [[TheKingdom Hyrule]] without any opposition.\\
'''Instead''' He allows Link to enter his castle, and gets defeated twice, and then trapped in another dimension.
** Yet another one for Ganondorf, which occurs after Link removes the Master Sword from its pedestal and opens the gateway to the Sacred Realm.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Ganondorf to kill Link before he is sealed within the Sacred Realm. Not only is Link an easy target (being only a child), but it would also eliminate the only true threat to Ganondorf's reign and potentially give him access to both the Triforces of Power and Courage.\\
'''Instead:''' He simply monologues about how Link essentially hands him Hyrule on a silver platter, then laughs. Seven years later, and his entire regime is practically undone by Link.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'': Link, Tetra/Zelda, King Daphnes and Ganondorf are atop Ganon's tower. Tetra's out cold, Link barely conscious and Ganondorf thus managed to snatch their Triforce pieces and reassemble the whole Triforce. Now, he must only touch it and all his wishes will come true- except King Daphnes beats him to it and touches the thing first.\\
'''You'd Expect''' The King would wish Ganondorf out of existence, heal Tetra's and Link's wounds and restore Hyrule for the people of the (apparently fishless, you mind) Great Sea to live in.\\
'''Instead''' He wishes for Hyrule to be gone. Yeah, nothing else, just washing away this perfectly nice kingdom for no real reason, while Link and Tetra (still barely able to stand on their feet), have to battle Ganondorf, who now suffers a VillainousBreakdown, since his plans are derailed. Even made worse by the fact that, after the battle is won, Ganondorf dead and Link visibly wounded, the king walks up to the kids and ''apologizes that they've got nothing left except to just carry on with the hope they've got now''. When he, technically, could have given them Hyrule. Like the goddesses ''intended'' him to. It was the whole freakin' purpose his soul was still around. No wonder that the ''The King of Hyrule is a Jerk'' comics are so popular...
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''
*** [[spoiler:Link has learned that Ghirahim is pretty damn angry about losing Zelda and Impa to the Gate of Time in Lanayru province, which Impa explicitly destroyed to prevent pursuit - this is learned because Ghirahim banters on about the second Gate of Time prior to the battle at the Fire Sanctuary. Link activated the Gate of Time in Faron province to learn about the Triforce and Zelda's role in current events, and not only did he manage to get his hands on the Triforce in its entirety, but Link also uses it as it was intended by Zelda - to utterly annihilate the Imprisoned beyond all hope of recovery. Zelda is scheduled to wake up shortly due to her seal no longer being needed, but Ghirahim is still out there.]]\\
'''You'd expect''' [[spoiler: Link to blow up the Faron Gate of Time or ask old lady Impa to dismiss the gate, since Hylia's loyalists no longer have a use for it. Ghirahim explicitly ''wanted'' to know about this gate so he could get his hands on Zelda, after all, and with him at large, leaving the Gate operational is a bad thing.]]\\
'''Instead''' [[spoiler: Link walks up to greet Zelda as she awakens from her crystallized sleep. If you still couldn't put two and two together by now, Ghirahim kidnaps Zelda, drags her through the Gate of Time, and offers up her soul to Demise in sacrifice - and since Zelda's soul is Hylia's, Demise awakens from his thousand-year imprisonment 999 years early. You know, guys, ''you could have prevented this whopper''!]]
*** Earlier, Ghirahim sees Link enter the Forest Temple and recognizes him as the boy from earlier when he conjured the tornado to bring Zelda to the surface world.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Ghirahim to kill Link now and spare himself any future problems. Even if Link is just a human, it's best to not take any chances.\\
'''Instead:''' Ghirahim toys with Link, believing him to be no threat at all, even letting him live when he can no longer sense Zelda's presence at the temple.\\
'''Result:''' Link continues to interfere with Ghirahim's plans again and again and even manages to [[spoiler:use the Triforce to kill Demise in the present, forcing Ghirahim to go to the past with Zelda and attempt to resurrect Demise there.]] By the time he faces Link for the final time, Ghirahim admits that letting Link live was a fatal mistake.
** Zant in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' gets lot of these moments throughout the game thanks to his overwhelming arrogance.
*** Prior to the events of the game, Zant has received his newfound powers from Ganondorf and has begun his hostile takeover of the Twilight Realm. During the coup, he has Midna cornered on the balcony of the Palace of Twilight.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Zant to simply kill her now so he'd be rid of the only opposition to his rule as the rest of the Twili have been transformed into loyal Shadow Beasts under his control.\\
'''Instead:''' He merely turns her into an imp and lets her live.\\
'''Result:''' Midna escapes into the Light World and eventually meets Link, and the two of them team up to defeat Zant, essentially making him responsible for the events of the game.
*** After the heroes find the final Fused Shadow and dispelled the Twilight around Hyrule, Zant confronts Link and Midna at Lanaryu's spring and takes the Fused Shadows from them.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Zant, seeing how much trouble Link is, would simply kill him and Midna and spare himself further headache.\\
'''Instead:''' Zant merely curses Link to permanently remain in Wolf form and nearly kills Midna by exposing her to light. He doesn't even bother taking the Fused Shadow Midna is wearing.\\
'''Result:''' Link manages to escort a barely-alive Midna to Zelda, who heals her wounds. The two then go on to break Zant's curse using the Master Sword and eventually make their way to Zant's front door. Midna all but spells it out for him when they finally meet.
--->'''Midna:''' Isn't this ironic? Here we are, all thanks to the dark magic curse you placed on Link!
*** Later, Zant meets Link and Midna at Arbiter Grounds. Realizing they're still alive, Zant reanimates Stallord to distract the heroes while he goes to destroy the Mirror of Twilight, the only link between the Light World and the Twilight Realm, and thus, the only means the heroes have of reaching Zant. However, as he is not the true King of Twilight, he can only fragment the mirror into four shards, so he scatters three of the shards to the far reaches of Hyrule.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Zant to take the final mirror shard with him and keep it with him at all times. That way, even if the heroes find the other three shards, they'll never be able to fully restore the Mirror of Twilight without the final shard. Or alternatively, you'd expect Zant to take all four shards with him and deprive the heroes of the only method of reaching him as he is the only character who can travel between the Twilight Realm and the Light World at will without the Mirror of Twilight.\\
'''Instead:''' For some inexplicable reason, he leaves the final mirror shard at Arbiter Grounds, '''''right where Link and Midna can get it!''''' This allows them to simply find the three shards and restore the Mirror of Twilight.\\
'''Even Worse:''' At no point in the second half of the game does Zant even ''attempt'' to stop the heroes from restoring the Mirror. [[OrcusOnHisThrone He just sits on his throne and awaits the inevitable confrontation.]] Speaking of which...
*** Link and Midna have finally managed to fight their way through the Palace of Twilight and are about to battle Zant.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Zant, remembering that he took the Fused Shadows from them earlier, would actually '''use''' them. He knows what they are and what they can do, and while he doesn't have the complete set[[note]]Midna's helmet is the fourth Fused Shadow.[[/note]], the power boost he would get from just the three fragments would be more than enough to help him beat Link.\\
'''Instead:''' He doesn't bother using them and fights Link with his own power, even though Link has grown strong enough to actually challenge Zant. Thus, though he puts up a good fight, Link manages to defeat him.

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* Characters in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' series are prone to stupid decisions at times.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', [[MagnificentBastard Ganondorf]], surprisingly enough, gets one of these. After Link meets Zelda in the Temple of Time and obtains the light arrows from her, he traps Zelda inside a crystal so that he can get the triforce of wisdom.\\
'''You'd Expect''' He would trap Link too while he was distracted by the monologuing, obtaining all three triforce parts and being able to rule the kingdom of [[TheKingdom Hyrule]] without any opposition.\\
'''Instead''' He allows Link to enter his castle, and gets defeated twice, and then trapped in another dimension.
** Yet another one for Ganondorf, which occurs after Link removes the Master Sword from its pedestal and opens the gateway to the Sacred Realm.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Ganondorf to kill Link before he is sealed within the Sacred Realm. Not only is Link an easy target (being only a child), but it would also eliminate the only true threat to Ganondorf's reign and potentially give him access to both the Triforces of Power and Courage.\\
'''Instead:''' He simply monologues about how Link essentially hands him Hyrule on a silver platter, then laughs. Seven years later, and his entire regime is practically undone by Link.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'': Link, Tetra/Zelda, King Daphnes and Ganondorf are atop Ganon's tower. Tetra's out cold, Link barely conscious and Ganondorf thus managed to snatch their Triforce pieces and reassemble the whole Triforce. Now, he must only touch it and all his wishes will come true- except King Daphnes beats him to it and touches the thing first.\\
'''You'd Expect''' The King would wish Ganondorf out of existence, heal Tetra's and Link's wounds and restore Hyrule for the people of the (apparently fishless, you mind) Great Sea to live in.\\
'''Instead''' He wishes for Hyrule to be gone. Yeah, nothing else, just washing away this perfectly nice kingdom for no real reason, while Link and Tetra (still barely able to stand on their feet), have to battle Ganondorf, who now suffers a VillainousBreakdown, since his plans are derailed. Even made worse by the fact that, after the battle is won, Ganondorf dead and Link visibly wounded, the king walks up to the kids and ''apologizes that they've got nothing left except to just carry on with the hope they've got now''. When he, technically, could have given them Hyrule. Like the goddesses ''intended'' him to. It was the whole freakin' purpose his soul was still around. No wonder that the ''The King of Hyrule is a Jerk'' comics are so popular...
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''
*** [[spoiler:Link has learned that Ghirahim is pretty damn angry about losing Zelda and Impa to the Gate of Time in Lanayru province, which Impa explicitly destroyed to prevent pursuit - this is learned because Ghirahim banters on about the second Gate of Time prior to the battle at the Fire Sanctuary. Link activated the Gate of Time in Faron province to learn about the Triforce and Zelda's role in current events, and not only did he manage to get his hands on the Triforce in its entirety, but Link also uses it as it was intended by Zelda - to utterly annihilate the Imprisoned beyond all hope of recovery. Zelda is scheduled to wake up shortly due to her seal no longer being needed, but Ghirahim is still out there.]]\\
'''You'd expect''' [[spoiler: Link to blow up the Faron Gate of Time or ask old lady Impa to dismiss the gate, since Hylia's loyalists no longer have a use for it. Ghirahim explicitly ''wanted'' to know about this gate so he could get his hands on Zelda, after all, and with him at large, leaving the Gate operational is a bad thing.]]\\
'''Instead''' [[spoiler: Link walks up to greet Zelda as she awakens from her crystallized sleep. If you still couldn't put two and two together by now, Ghirahim kidnaps Zelda, drags her through the Gate of Time, and offers up her soul to Demise in sacrifice - and since Zelda's soul is Hylia's, Demise awakens from his thousand-year imprisonment 999 years early. You know, guys, ''you could have prevented this whopper''!]]
*** Earlier, Ghirahim sees Link enter the Forest Temple and recognizes him as the boy from earlier when he conjured the tornado to bring Zelda to the surface world.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Ghirahim to kill Link now and spare himself any future problems. Even if Link is just a human, it's best to not take any chances.\\
'''Instead:''' Ghirahim toys with Link, believing him to be no threat at all, even letting him live when he can no longer sense Zelda's presence at the temple.\\
'''Result:''' Link continues to interfere with Ghirahim's plans again and again and even manages to [[spoiler:use the Triforce to kill Demise in the present, forcing Ghirahim to go to the past with Zelda and attempt to resurrect Demise there.]] By the time he faces Link for the final time, Ghirahim admits that letting Link live was a fatal mistake.
** Zant in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' gets lot of these moments throughout the game thanks to his overwhelming arrogance.
*** Prior to the events of the game, Zant has received his newfound powers from Ganondorf and has begun his hostile takeover of the Twilight Realm. During the coup, he has Midna cornered on the balcony of the Palace of Twilight.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Zant to simply kill her now so he'd be rid of the only opposition to his rule as the rest of the Twili have been transformed into loyal Shadow Beasts under his control.\\
'''Instead:''' He merely turns her into an imp and lets her live.\\
'''Result:''' Midna escapes into the Light World and eventually meets Link, and the two of them team up to defeat Zant, essentially making him responsible for the events of the game.
*** After the heroes find the final Fused Shadow and dispelled the Twilight around Hyrule, Zant confronts Link and Midna at Lanaryu's spring and takes the Fused Shadows from them.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Zant, seeing how much trouble Link is, would simply kill him and Midna and spare himself further headache.\\
'''Instead:''' Zant merely curses Link to permanently remain in Wolf form and nearly kills Midna by exposing her to light. He doesn't even bother taking the Fused Shadow Midna is wearing.\\
'''Result:''' Link manages to escort a barely-alive Midna to Zelda, who heals her wounds. The two then go on to break Zant's curse using the Master Sword and eventually make their way to Zant's front door. Midna all but spells it out for him when they finally meet.
--->'''Midna:''' Isn't this ironic? Here we are, all thanks to the dark magic curse you placed on Link!
*** Later, Zant meets Link and Midna at Arbiter Grounds. Realizing they're still alive, Zant reanimates Stallord to distract the heroes while he goes to destroy the Mirror of Twilight, the only link between the Light World and the Twilight Realm, and thus, the only means the heroes have of reaching Zant. However, as he is not the true King of Twilight, he can only fragment the mirror into four shards, so he scatters three of the shards to the far reaches of Hyrule.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Zant to take the final mirror shard with him and keep it with him at all times. That way, even if the heroes find the other three shards, they'll never be able to fully restore the Mirror of Twilight without the final shard. Or alternatively, you'd expect Zant to take all four shards with him and deprive the heroes of the only method of reaching him as he is the only character who can travel between the Twilight Realm and the Light World at will without the Mirror of Twilight.\\
'''Instead:''' For some inexplicable reason, he leaves the final mirror shard at Arbiter Grounds, '''''right where Link and Midna can get it!''''' This allows them to simply find the three shards and restore the Mirror of Twilight.\\
'''Even Worse:''' At no point in the second half of the game does Zant even ''attempt'' to stop the heroes from restoring the Mirror. [[OrcusOnHisThrone He just sits on his throne and awaits the inevitable confrontation.]] Speaking of which...
*** Link and Midna have finally managed to fight their way through the Palace of Twilight and are about to battle Zant.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Zant, remembering that he took the Fused Shadows from them earlier, would actually '''use''' them. He knows what they are and what they can do, and while he doesn't have the complete set[[note]]Midna's helmet is the fourth Fused Shadow.[[/note]], the power boost he would get from just the three fragments would be more than enough to help him beat Link.\\
'''Instead:''' He doesn't bother using them and fights Link with his own power, even though Link has grown strong enough to actually challenge Zant. Thus, though he puts up a good fight, Link manages to defeat him.



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* ''WhatAnIdiot/MassEffect''



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* ''WhatAnIdiot/MassEffect''''WhatAnIdiot/MetalGearSolid'' series



* ''Videogame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'': At the end of the Mexico level, the hostage-taking cutscene features some really boneheaded thinking on the part of both the scumbag scientist and Raiden.
** '''You'd expect the scientist to''': Avoid direct confrontation with the ninja killing machine named Raiden at all costs, booking it in the opposite direction and calling for security to escort him to safety before either sending another team to subdue Raiden or evacuating the lab entirely. Raiden hasn't found him yet, he has a clear path of escape that doesn't involve going through Raiden, and if dozens of military-grade cyborgs coudn't capture Raiden before, then an unaugmented middle-aged lab nerd with a pistol and some hostages isn't going to do any better.\\
'''Instead''': The scientist picks up the VillainBall by waltzing into the room with a gun pointed at George's head while demanding Raiden's unconditional surrender. Sure he could blow George's brains out if Raiden tries anything funny, and he's presenting Raiden with a SadisticChoice by flooding the remaining children's cell with lethal levels of chloroform, but aside from his hostages there is literally nothing standing between him and Raiden's blade. He has no backup plan when it turns out that Raiden is willing to risk George's life to take him down, and ends up HalfTheManHeUsedToBe.
** '''You'd expect Raiden to''': Cut open the glass the instant he sees the gas pumping into the children's cell, instead of uselessly pounding on the glass with his palms until the scientist shows up with George as a hostage six seconds later. Once he misses that chance, you'd still expect him to either (A), break the glass anyway and count on the scientist knowing better than to kill his only bargaining chip, which even in the worst case could save multiple hostages' lives at the cost of one, or (B), tell George to struggle or wait for him to do it himself, and use the opening to neatly decapitate the scientist without cutting a hair on George's head with the help of his superhuman speed and precision.\\
'''Instead''': Raiden vacillates and wastes precious seconds for the children in the gas chamber by listening to the scientist's EvilGloating, and when he finally does decide to choose George over them, he wastes the unobstructed shot at the hostage-taker's head/neck/gun arm that George gave him by jerking downward, and instead chops right ''through'' George to get the guy behind him, permanently maiming and almost killing George when it was completely unecessary. Even worse, Raiden's team doesn't blame Raiden for cutting the boy in half and forcing them to put him back together with cybernetics!
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': When Snake finds the DARPA Chief, the chief tells Snake that Psycho Mantis read his mind in order to figure out the chief's detonation code. But when Snake talks to Kenneth Baker, Baker informs Snake that both he and the DARPA Chief have been fitted with anti-ESP nanomachines, and the terrorists tortured Baker to figure out his code. So how did they get the DARPA Chief's code? [[spoiler:They didn't. The Chief Snake met was actually Decoy Octopus, a master of disguise, and Ocelot accidentally killed the real Chief in an interrogation.]]\\
'''You'd Expect''' Snake to figure out that the terrorists [[spoiler:do not, in fact, have the ability to launch a nuke]] or at least ponder how strange all this is.\\
'''Instead''' Snake, even after ''seeing a psychic hallucination of what happened to the DARPA Chief before he arrived'', doesn't catch on, and proceeds to use the card key he has to [[spoiler: activate Metal Gear, since he THOUGHT it was active already but it actually isn't, and now it IS active. And he can't shut off Metal Gear because Liquid climbs into the thing and starts shooting before he gets the chance.]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'': Seal Team 10's Bravo Team are trying to stop Dead Cell from taking President Johnson, the Dead Cell member in particular that they are facing is Fortune, famous for not having a single bullet hit her. They try to gun her down, but sure enough, the bullets just curve away from her.\\
'''So you'd think''': Bravo team would just realise that they are wasting bullets and run.\\
'''Instead''': They continue firing at her, and Fortune, pissed off that Bravo couldn't kill her, blows them all up with her rail gun, thus delaying chances of Johnson's safety.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'': During the prologue mission, Snake learns that his mentor, The Boss has defected to the Soviet Union. Snake is equipped with a tranquilizer pistol, which he has trained on The Boss, that apparently uses InstantSedation rounds.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Snake to shoot her when it became clear that she was doing a FaceHeelTurn.\\
'''Instead:''' He doesn't. Worse, the only excuse that's given is that he didn't want to harm his beloved mentor, something the tranq gun wouldn't have done.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''.
** Otacon is attracted to Naomi, [[spoiler:the person who injected his [[HoYay most precious person and]] [[HeterosexualLifePartner partner of over a decade]] Snake with the FOXDIE virus.]]\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Otacon to carry at least a bit of a grudge for that.\\
'''Instead:''' He falls in love with her simply because she's not currently being a bitch to him.
* ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain]]''.
** At the beginning of the game, an assassin breaks into the hospital you're currently staying in, strangles your doctor, gets her hands on his gun, and points it at you.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Her to blow your damn brains out right then and there.\\
'''Instead:''' She just stands there for 5 seconds not doing anything.\\
'''The Result:''' Ishmael strangles her, lights her on fire, and punts her out of a window.
** Nine years after the events of ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'', Huey Emmerich decides to rejoin Big Boss, now running the mercenary outfit Diamond Dogs under the name Venom Snake. Upon his return, Snake, Miller and Ocelot make it very clear to Huey that he's very high on all their shitlists, due to their beliefs that Huey was [[spoiler:responsible for the demise of Militares Sans Frontieres and the destruction of the old Mother Base]].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Huey to realise that he's on very thin ice, and stick to working with Diamond Dogs's research unit (or whichever unit the player assigns him to) while not doing anything that might piss off either his old friends or the mercenary army he now lives with.\\
'''Instead:''' He actively [[DiggingYourselfDeeper digs himself deeper]] on two separate occasions. First, he shows [[spoiler:the child soldiers Snake rescued earlier]] how to [[spoiler:operate Metal Gear Sahelanthropus, resulting in the kids fleeing the base and stealing the mecha]]. Then, he proceeds to cross the MoralEventHorizon by [[spoiler:causing a huge parasite outbreak on Mother Base that forces Snake to execute several of his soldiers and staff members]]. Needless to say, this doesn't improve his standing with Snake, Ocelot or Miller one bit.
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* ''WhatAnIdiot/GrandTheftAuto'' series



* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV:''
** Niko finds out that [[spoiler:Michelle is a government agent sent to spy on him]] while he's stealing the cocaine that belongs to Elizabeta.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Him to be enraged by this revelation and pull a gun on her with the intention of killing her.\\
'''Instead''': He just screams "You fucking bitch!", and does nothing to stop [[spoiler:Michelle]] from confiscating the coke that he stole back.
** Towards the end of the game, Jimmy Pegorino is doing a deal with Dimitri Rascalov, who, for lack of a better word, backstabbed everyone who dared to work for him. \\
'''You'd expect''': For Pegorino to (1) either cancel the deal eventually, (2), kill Rascalov as soon as the deal was over or (3), be suspicious and have either Niko or Phill Bell monitor Dimitri.\\
'''Instead''': He still tries to go ahead with the deal.\\
'''Assuming that Niko went with the "Revenge" option''': Pegorino's organization has been reduced to nothing after Niko killed Dimitri.\\
'''You'd think''': Pegorino would realize that making a deal with [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Dimitri]] would not have been worth it and apologize to Niko.\\
'''Instead''': Pissed off that Niko practically destroyed his organization, he ruins his cousin's wedding by killing one of the guests, Kate McReary, who depending on player choices may or may not have been Niko's girlfriend at the time.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV:''
** Several years before the game's storyline, Michael is in a gang consisting of him, [[AxCrazy Trevor Phillips]], and their friend Brad. Because of concerns for his family, Michael decides that he wants out of being a criminal.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That he would talk about this with his partners, and try to part with them on good terms, so that they'll leave him alone.\\
'''Instead:''' He goes behind both their backs and plans to have them either killed or arrested, while faking his death at the same time. Trevor survives, and when he finds out that Michael ditched him, he's furious about it for most of the game.
** Later on, Michael is taking part in a jewelry store robbery.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Him not to do or say anything to give away his identity during the job, if he doesn't want any attention from the cops/underworld as a result of it.\\
'''Instead:''' He gives his {{Catchphrase}} to a cop trying to get them to move their illegally parked bikes. The result is that Trevor realizes he's still alive and barges his way back into Michael's life, bringing with him a great deal of trouble.
** Lamar yet again tries another money making venture after the one before went wrong.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Possibly a deal with a person or group that is reliable and won't get him or Franklin killed or arrested.\\
'''Instead:''' He makes a deal with D, a Ballas gangster he tried to kidnap and ransom away for money earlier. This leads to an ambush by the Ballas and a three star police chase. Franklin calls Lamar out for being incredibly naive and dumb, which nearly gets him killed every time and that he always has to come in to save him from himself.
** Devin Weston is understandably pissed that Michael's latest exploits [[spoiler:had gotten his assistant, Molly, a terminal case of plane turbine and deprived him of a lot of money ]]. He calls Michael and the former offers an apology, and in response, Devin [[spoiler:sends his private army to Michael's home to kill his family and gloats about it right in his face, prompting Michael to go PapaWolf on them all]].\\
'''You'd Expect''': For Devin to realize just who he had managed to piss off and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere evacuate the country ASAP]].\\
'''Instead''': He sticks around, enters [[spoiler:Franklin's home and tells the man to go kill Michael for him, despite screwing him over in the past.]] Result? [[spoiler:Devin dies. Honestly, this guy was TooDumbToLive embodied]].
** Dr. Friedlander becomes famous after publishing his work with Michael De Santa without getting the latter's express permission, to the point where he gets his own TV show. Naturally, this means he can't nickel-and-dime Mike for any more sessions.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That when he has to report the news to Michael, someone he knows is a career criminal with a violent temper, he would simply say he can't provide any more therapy, stay quiet about the reasons why, and possibly suggest another therapist he could go to before getting out of town.\\
'''Instead''': He brags about where his newfound fame is going to get him right to Michael's face, and drops a hint that it's all because of his (completely ineffectual) sessions with Michael. Mike gets understandably pissed, chases after Friedlander, and kills him. If you choose to let him get away, a news report on the radio confirms that [[LaserGuidedKarma he died in a car accident anyway]].
** Floyd is house-sitting for his girlfriend when all of a sudden, out of the blue, his cousin Wade shows up with Trevor, who wastes no time in kicking the door in, making himself at home, ordering Floyd around as if he owns the place, and threatening bodily harm on him.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That Floyd would do ''something'' about the uninvited maniac who's trespassing and squatting in his home. Like call the police at his next and safest opportunity (like in a hotel room he checks into to hide from Trevor).\\
'''Instead''': He does nothing. Trevor continues to abuse him, makes a mess of the apartment, and even forces Floyd in helping him rob his place of employment. Floyd eventually snaps after seeing his girlfriend get upset at the whole situation and he pulls a gun on Trevor, but Trevor kills him and the girlfriend off screen with the results only showing a ton of blood on the windows and on Trevor.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has Hernandez report Tenpenny and Pulaski's wrong doings off-screen. The next thing you see is the former hitting him with a shovel for it.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Since Tenpenny and Pulaski had no intention of letting either CJ or Hernandez get out alive, [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim they would just shoot them]], [[BoringButPractical and bury the completely dead bodies themselves]].\\
'''Instead''': Tenpenny leaves [[DumbMuscle Pulaski]] to do the job, who [[BondVillainStupidity takes more joy in forcing CJ to dig his own grave]] [[FailedASpotcheck than ensuring Henandez would be out cold long enough for CJ to dig the grave]], letting [[BigDamnHeroes Hernandez take him by surprise]], and allowing CJ to go after him as well.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'':
** Tommy Vercetti is a low level {{mook}} sent to Vice City in order to negotiate a major drug deal with a cartel. As expected, a rival cartel ambushes the deal, resulting in both the drugs and the money being stolen in the chaos. This makes Sonny Forelli - Tommy's boss - extremely angry, and he spends the rest of the game getting angrier and angrier at the main character for not being able to get the money back. During this time, Tommy starts to make connections of his own and starts to make his own little empire in Vice City, coming into contact with a substantial chunk of change and enough drugs to make the original deal look like chump change.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That Tommy would at one point tell his boss that he'll fully pay him back for everything lost in the initial ambush, since even a quarter of the way through the game, he has enough money to do this, and then offer a rendezvous to give the money. Even if he didn't have all the money, he could at the very least persuade one of his many powerful friends to help him out in this situation just to get the mob boss off his back and maybe even have some of the mob boss' assets to help him out once things cool down.\\
'''Instead''': Tommy seems very nonchalant during all of this. Every time Sonny demands money, Tommy either says nothing to help his situation, or just says he'll "figure out a way" to pay him back. He literally does absolutely nothing to help out the situation. As expected, near the end of the game, Sonny sends hitmen to extract the money from Tommy's friends, and after those are dispatched, the boss openly declares war on Tommy. This results in the final mission where most of Tommy's friends abandon him, leaving him to fight off the entire force by himself.
** Sonny isn't helping himself, either. He's basically launching a drug deal with the Vance Gang without the consent of the other Liberty City mafia families. He is primarily motivated by self-serving financial gain, while simultaneously aiming for the hope that the situation will resolve itself in a "better to ask forgiveness than seek permission" manner when the anti-drug heads of the mob see the profits he is raking in. Who do you think he would send in to handle this sensitive operation?\\
'''You'd Expect''': Him to send in one of his trusted friends or allies, someone who he knows he can trust to get the job done and remain loyal, mitigating circumstances or not.\\
'''Instead''': He sends in Tommy Vercetti, a man whom he personally tried to assassinate. He not only survived that, but killed his assassins, proving that he is a man who is ''very'' difficult to kill. In addition to that, he received no help from the Mob while in prison and gained no love for them in the meanwhile. When the inevitable happens and Tommy ends up backstabbing Sonny, Sonny sends down the men seen with him in the intro to destroy a growing criminal enterprise (by which point he finally decides to do so, Tommy has gained enough influence to own half the city). Unsurprisingly, they fail. Not even when he has the luck of having one of Tommy's top lieutenants turn traitor, he still can't beat Tommy, and pays for the mistake of giving the task to him with his life.
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