* ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series:
** [[IronButtMonkey Jr. Troopa]] from the first ''VideoGame/{{Paper Mario|64}}'' tries ''so'' hard to be intimidating and actually puts up a bit of a fight later on, only to be humiliated and beaten by Mario on a regular basis. The game also allows you to jump on him, hammer him, hit him with Kooper's Shell, and even ''bomb'' him. The poor guy even gets frozen after beating him in Shiver Snowfield. Yet he [[TheDeterminator never gives up]].
** Bowser in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' is trying his hardest to be the BigBad, but is always one or more steps behind the rest of the cast. Also has a very not-intimidating appearance in the Glitz Pit.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', Kahran Ramsus appears as a primary villain early on, and, with his prettyboy features, white hair, and usage of a sword as his weapon, seems destined to be the big bad. [[spoiler:By the end of the game, his [[BewareTheNiceOnes wallflower-like personal assistant]] has turned out to be the real BigBad, he finds out that he's a failed clone designed to mimic the powers of the main character (who he has repeatedly lost to), and is abandoned by his masters for his repeated failures.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' had Gilgamesh, the BigBad's [[LargeHam enthusiastic, melodramatic]], and ultimately AffablyEvil [[TheDragon sidekick]], who, despite being a reasonably tough boss to fight, really talked himself up to be a lot more than he was...and eventually, after deciding that he liked the heroes a lot more than his boss, he [[spoiler:[[TakingYouWithMe blew himself up to take out another boss]] that was attacking them - but not without a cheesy and confusing farewell speech.]]
** He's proven so popular with fans that he's made reappearances as a summon in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII VIII]]'', a sidequest character in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX IX]]'', an unrelated character with the same name in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI XI]]'', and appeared in all his original glory as a comical quest-character/bonus boss in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII XII]]'', {{retcon}}ned into the rereleases of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' as a secret boss/summon, and a playable character in ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia Final Fantasy Duodecim 02]]''. The best part? Every time, it's the [[DimensionalTraveler original Gilgamesh, hopelessly lost in limbo and popping out from time to time.]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has Biggs and Wedge, [[ThoseTwoGuys those two Galbadian soldiers]] who are defeated and get demoted whenever the heroes fight them. Nobody cares about them, and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere they bail out of the army after a while.]]
** ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Final Fantasy X-2]]'' had Lablanc and her cronies.
* ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' has the Ex-Dark Adonis Vyers...
-->'''Vyers''': I see. So you saw my potential and decided to strike first against moi... Such wonderful intuition... Well played, son of Krichevskoy.\\
'''Laharl''': I've never even heard of you. It's only a coincidence that we're here. You're just a tiny stepping stone on my path to the throne.\\
'''Vyers''': * gasp* How dare you! I'm the Dark Adonis Vy...\\
'''Laharl''': Who gives a damn about you? Your new name is "Mid-Boss".\\
'''Mid-Boss''': M-m-mid-Boss!?
** [[spoiler:At least, until the best ending reveals that he's [[LukeIAmYourFather Laharl's father]], who, together with the Seraph, is [[BatmanGambit responsible for most of the game's plot as an attempt to end the feuding between demons and angels]].]]
** The second and third games have Axel, a fame-hungry 'Dark Hero', and the Vato Bros, a trio of orcs monsters who sound like they were shipped in from Venezuela. Axel returns in the fourth game.
* Solt and Peppor, the bumbling duo from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', fail continually to succeed at ''anything'', even acting as [[HeKnowsAboutTimedHits combat tutorials for the main character]], because of how ineffective their combat planning is.
** Do know, though, that the final time you face them, they are properly tough bosses and will probably kick your ass by spamming Earthquake.
* Rose, from ''ZackAndWiki'', gets this in her second appearance. She gets frozen in ice and used as a statue!
* Winston Payne from the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, while not a villain, is a prosecutor, and therefore an antagonist. He was once the famous "Rookie Killer" who claims to have never lost a case in his first seven years as a lawyer, but lost one case along [[HairTodayGoneTomorrow with his hair]] and, from then on, [[VillainDecay basically became a joke]].
* Dist from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' certainly comes off as one, introducing himself as 'Dist the Rose' but ending up being called 'Dist the Runny'. In every fight, he sweeps in with an over-dramatic entrance and then gets made fun of immediately, usually by Jade, before his humiliating and undignified loss.
* Pete from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', and loads of it. Seems more like he just picked the wrong side.
** Demyx arguably fits in the same category, especially in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 Days]]''. All he wants to do is chill with his sitar, and Saix and Xemnas make him act evilly. Averted later when he puts up [[ThatOneBoss/KingdomHearts one hell of a fight.]]
* ''SteambotChronicles'' has Dudley, an obnoxious, tough-talking, muscle-brained trotmobile rider who the player runs into on about 4 occasions (3 during the main story and another in an optional encounter). While not necessarily a villain per se, the oaf constantly boasts about his strength and generally acts like a prick (he picks fights with anyone he can, destroys a farm just because "flowers are stupid", and think that a massive zeppelin is hoarding treasure). In the hero ending of the game, he can even be seen during the credits making what appears to be threatening gestures towards Vanilla (who is leaving on a ship for his homeland).
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has the Unggoy/Grunts, the main cannon fodder for the Covenant. Small (even when compared to PunyEarthlings), requiring gas masks to breathe in non-methane atmosphere, and mistreated by the other races, they're slaves who come across as cowards. This is in large part because, fearing an uprising, the Covenant doesn't want to give them any actual combat training. Half the fandom feels sorry for them. The other half [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential loves to slaughter them]]. That said, from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' onward they take [[TookALevelInBadass several levels in badassery]] (even if they're still lovable cowards at heart).
* Professor Nakayama in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC add-on "Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt". He outright has to beg the Vault Hunters to come fight him, since they're more interested in hunting with Sir Hammerlock. Once the Vault Hunters decide to thwart his plans just to shut him up, he immediately realizes how deeply in over his head he is as the Vault Hunters mow down waves of his best minions and destroy crucial components of his plan with minimal effort. Sure, he's trying to clone Handsome Jack, and he's succeeded in creating a handful of genetic abominations, but a criminal mastermind he ain't. [[spoiler:You don't even get to fight him. After putting a stop to his "plan", he walks out to confront you himself... annnnnndd promptly falls down some stairs and dies. Thus, you're spared from feeling like a total prick; he's just that pitiful.]] He's even more pathetic in [[Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel the Pre-Sequel]], in which he is characterized for his obsessive crush on Handsome Jack, and his incompetence in the realm of science gets highlighted even further; apparently he had to lie about his doctorate to even get hired by Hyperion in the first place. [[NotSoHarmless Then again]], in ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', [[spoiler:it's revealed he managed to perfect his Jack AI sometime between the events of the Pre-Sequel and Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt, causing a ''lot'' of problems for everyone.]]
-->'''Claptrap''': Man, what a loser! And that means a lot coming from ME.
* Given that he ''does'' try to kill you upon his first appearance, Zevran of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' counts as this for all of five minutes before he joins your party (or you finish him off, if you decide to be a bastard). Jowan is a slightly straighter example, owing to how many of his life plans blow up in his face.
* [[spoiler:Wheatley]] in ''[[VideoGame/PortalTwo Portal 2]]''. Which makes sense, seeing as he's ''programmed'' to be stupid.
* Papyrus from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', when you first meet him. Unlike the Royal Guard, he's not actually out to ''kill'' the player character, but he still wants to run them through a gauntlet of puzzles before capturing them and sending them to King Asgore (who's killed six other children already). But he's not particularly good at it - with some covert help from his brother Sans, his puzzles become a non-issue, and the bars of his prison cell are wide enough to walk through (escape enough times and he'll ask you to let him know beforehand next time, because he got worried about you when you disappeared. And he ''means it''). Averted, though, when his boss fight hits - first [[WakeUpCallBoss he drops the "ineffectual" part]], then he decides to let the player character go, becoming a sweet and loyal friend for the rest of the game. The game strongly implies that he could be quite competent if he wanted to, but he's intentionally holding back because he only ever wanted friends and holds no malice towards humans whatsoever.
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