In Captain SNES, Alex gets this treatment. Enough so that he recognizes as such and wonders if the whole of Videoland isn't out to get him somehow.
Alex: I've noticed something recently. I don't know precisely how to put it. Whenever I'm about to accomplish something, or to defeat something, or to accomplish something great, something ends up messing it up. Like when I went to shoot Kain, or when I went to open the last treasure chest up.... It's like.... It's like someone or something is conspiring against me... Making things harder for me, on purpose. It's like Videoland is trying to...well, mock me.
Bob: Are you sure you're not just being paranoid?
Manual: You've got the book (again!) What wondrous powers have you failed to unlock you stupid, stupid boy?
Alex: Yeah, I'm pretty sure.
Bob: Right. My bad.