Alan Wake: The first boss-like foe is revealed to have done this, except with an axe, and to a dog that loved and trusted him, in one of the Nightmare manuscript pages, proving the Darkness is really, really mean.
In American Nightmare, Alan's Evil Twin Mr. Scratch kicks a dog every time he appears on the TVs in the game. His very first appearance has him strangling a captive with his own tie. "I beat some information out of him earlier, but this part? This is just for kicks." Later recordings show him slitting the throat of one of Alan's fans and taking great pleasure in stalking Alan's wife.
Sly: She doesn't want to marry you! Tsao: She's a woman, she doesn't know up from down.
Ironically enough, the Panda King got a moment of his own in the first game when he caused a village to be destroyed by an avalanche when testing out his fireworks.
Later in the third game, Pirate Captain L'Fwee threatens to behead Bentley after he kicked the poor turtle out of his wheelchair.
Portal 2: The first thing GlaDOS does when she wakes up is crush the Adorkable personality core Wheatley who's been helping you. Keep in mind this is before he takes over the facility and tries tokill you.
Borderlands: You're told to get an important MacGuffin from a bandit leader named Krom. You know nothing about him except for that. Problem is, he's the first major villain that doesn't wear a mask, so players might think he has some secret, sympathetic past. What's the very first thing he does when you see him? Shoot a cowering Claptrap in the face and push it off a cliff. He. Must. Die.
A possible Lampshade Hanging of this trope occurs when Patricia Tannis tells the protagonist that their next target, Baron Flynt, stole the last Eridian Artifact and punched her dog.
Borderlands 2: HandsomeJack kicks the dog so much, you'd probably imagine he has them taped to his shoes, which makes his constant insistence that he is a hero all the more hypocritical. One of his biggest KTD moments is killing Mordecai's longtime animal companion, Bloodwing. After performing horrific experiments on her, and turning her into a massive monstrosity. And this is before we learn just what he has been doing to his own daughter Angel for the sake of getting to the Vault he wants to open, treatment so painful and horrific that she wants the Vault Hunters to kill her in order to end it.
Jack's girlfriend, the Sheriff of Lynchwood, did this during the fall of New Haven by killing Brick's puppy with her bare hands RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM, proving her to be just as evil as Jack.
The 1997 Blade Runner video game features a rather egregious case, where one of the characters butchers the player's dog off-screen.
As if his "Sound the retreat!" at the Battle of Ostagar weren't enough, Loghain's real Kick The Dog event is having his daughter locked up and threatening to let Howe execute her. Given that this is DragonAge, a realm far on the cynical side of things, he can still join your team and become The Atoner.
Loghain even has several more Kick the Dog moments which the player can all use to argue against him as the whole point of the landsmeet. Responisble for poisoning Arl Eamon? Selling his own people as slaves? What's missing?
Condoning Howe's torture of nobles, perhaps?
If a human noble!Warden confronts Howe, he'll describe every detail of Eleanor Cousland's death and what he did with Oren and Orianna's body. The player may already want him dead by this point but now he just put the last nail in his coffin.
Lampshaded by Arl Eamon, who says that Howe is the kind of guy who would actually kick puppies just to show off how much of an asshole he is.
Everything Bann Vaughan Kendalls and his men do to the elves of the Denerim Alienage during the City Elf Origin counts as one of these, but in particular, he makes your best friend Shianni the first elven woman he and his men rape, just because the bastard wants to make her suffer for defying him by laying him out with a bottle in an earlier scene.
The Warden (i.e. YOU) has many opportunities to kick the dog; some of the dogs you can potently kick include your companions.
In one quest Camen’s Lament gives you the chance to unite two young lovers; however, you can kick the quest-giver, the quest-giver’s love interest, and then manipulate the LI into kicking the quest-giver. You can then subtly kick the quest-giver again by accepting a reward for your "help." Or you can sleep with the LI and brag about it to the quest-giver. Really, that quest gives you an obscene amount of ways to kick the dog.
In the same village, a quest-giver asks you to find his wife (who turns out to be a werewolf). Save before talking to this guy, you'll want to run this conversation multiple times.
Dragon Age II doesn't give the player nearly as many brutal dog-kicking moments as Origins, but he/she can still do things like hand Isabela over to the Qunari at the end of the second act, and give Fenris, an escaped slave, back to his former master during his last personal quest.
Your companions get a few as well. Particularly notable examples include Anders and Fenris during Merrill's personal quests where they can be quite cruel to her, and Anders alone gets a couple kicks in with Fenris such as mocking him for his breakup with Hawke in act 2 if he was romanced and, even more brutally, when he happily approves of handing Fenris back to Danarius. He's the only companion that actually gains friendship points from this.
At one point you meet Hawthorne, an influential merchant; his daughter, Tricia, is an archer who joins your party. But then you find out that Tricia is the most recent of about half a dozen "daughters" Hawthorne bought from a child slavery ring, the others all having "disappeared" sometime before their 17th birthdays. It does make you feel a little better about Hawthorne being killed in front of you. This plotline only gets worse in the Demon Path.
The Thurists (cultists who worship a World Eater) infect towns with a deadly plague because their "god" tells them to. But the real Kick the Dog moment comes where Kanan reveals that 10 years ago she killed young Danette's parents. Then he laughs about it.
Levin, whom you originally believe is your ally, attacks Layna, reveals that he's a World Eater and reveals that he killed his sister Euphoria. Then, to add insult to injury, he resurrects Euphoria just long enough to rub in the fact that she was a soulless puppet and Endorph was a chump for falling for her. On top of the shaming and asskicking Gig and company dish out before this insult, he wins the grand prize from Endorph afterward — one Psycho Burgundy to put him to final rest.
Gamma and Joules' entire Hannibal Lecture, which is followed by their attempt to devour Feinne purely for power.
The entire Demon Path is basically an endless sequence of dog-kicking for the main character, but one in particular stands out: At one point, he saves the life of a child solely to later murder him in front of his sibling, for maximum psychological effect.
This game also features a literal version of this trope as Colette kicks a dog after having lost her humanity at the Tower of Salvation. This is not done to portray her as a Heel, but to underscore the fact that her personality as gone, as she is the game's dog lover.
In Snatcher, a pair of the titular Ridiculously Human Robots attempt to search Katrina's house for a list of Snatcher-run hospitals hidden there. When they fail to find it, they slaughter her dog, Alice, gut it violently, and throw it through Katrina's window, entrails hanging out. In the original Japanese, uncensored version, it's still twitching.
In Jak II: Renegade, the Krimzon Guard — a fascist organization led by Baron Praxis — that holds Haven City in the grip of oppression at least seems to have a redeeming trait in that they keep it safe from the monstrous Metal Heads. Then, partway through the game, you find out that they've been bribing the Metal Heads to make ineffectual attacks for them to thwart — rather than staying quiet until they can stage an effective assault — in order to justify their brutal rule as necessary in face of this danger. Because, y'know, just being fascists who tortured the main character for two years didn't make them bad enough.
And in the first cutscene after Jak escapes prison, you get this little gem.
Krimzon Guard: By order of his eminence, the Grand Protector of Haven City, Baron Praxis, everyone in this section is hereby under arrest for suspicion of harboring underground fugitives. Surrender and die! Daxter: Ahh, excuse me sir, don't you mean surrender OR die? Kor: Not in this city!
The World Ends with You's Megumi Kitanji has one theinstanthe introduces himself to the players, saying that Neku's entry fee is now Shiki, so instead of restoring her to life like the Reaper's Game promises, he instead sends her to a state of limbo, on pain of death if Neku loses. That in itself was a jerk move, but he later blantantly abuses the rules he's supposed to uphold when he says that now every single player is now Neku's entry fee, so he puts all their lives on the line, when Neku needs them to even play the Game without getting killed. Is it any wonder he's listed in TWEWY's own entry as a Jerk Ass?
It's stated in the Secret Reports later that Kitaniji is actually a step below the guy who actually has the power to revive the fallen who win the Game, and was using Shiki's instatement as Neku's entry fee to cover that up. The jerkery still holds about using every other Player as Neku's entry fee for the final week. He's just very fortunate Beat was the only Reaper who didn't have intentions of leaving his ass out to dry.
Mitsuki Konishi, resident passive-aggressive Baroness. In her chapter, she crushes Beat's cute pet Noise into a pin just minutes before we found out said pet Noise was Rhyme after being Blessed with Suck so that Beat could resurrect her in human form...All with a grin on her face.
In Final Fantasy VIII, Seifer actually goes and kicks a mongrel the first time he's in the party.
In Final Fantasy XII, Vayne crosses the line when he seizes power. While Drace has opposed his authority and openly rebelled, proving Vayne couldn't trust her, there was no need to have her killed... And less need to command Gabranth, which he refers to as a dog, to kill her himself in order to prove his loyalty. That was really cold and cruel, since Gabranth and Drace were comrades, and perhaps even friends. One scene, two dogs kicked.
Gabranth does this quite a few times? Frames his own brother for murder? Check! Torture him for two years? Check? Try to goad Ashe into a rage by describing how he murdered her father? Check and mate.
Kefka: Oopsie! Someone went and lost, didn't he? (Kefka approaches a keeling Kuja) You know what they say about second place: Completely pathetic! (Kuja fades away in clouds of darkness) Meh. Don't sweat it, a little thing like that's not gonna be the end of you. Should be the end of that rebellious phase of yours, though! The next time you fight, it will be study time! (mimes writing) All over again!
Even worse was the fact that she just promised Nino that she would hug her, just once, if she finished the mission. Worse still, she kills her foster father and reveals that she killed her entire family of mages when she was a baby, by using her as a human shield. Wooooooooow, Sonia.
And from the same game, just in case you didn't know that Prince Zephiel's father Desmond was one huge bastard, they show him ordering a baby fox to be killed. A baby fox! A baby fox Zephiel had given to his baby sister Guinevere! And Guinevere was Daddy's favorite!
Ephidel, instead of kicking the dog, stabs an old man to death after the other questions him.
Deconstructed in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn with the minor boss Laverton. He takes several civilians prisoner and threatens to execute them if Micaiah doesn't surrender, and then orders them killed anyway when she complies. This callous act of utter cruelty causes his subordinate Fiona to mutiny and join the liberation army shortly afterwards.
In the John Woo game Stranglehold, Big Bad Mr. James Wong is shown early on to be an utter bastard when he reveals during his meeting with Tequila that he intimidated his own daughter Billie into breaking up with the Cowboy Cop on pain of death eighteen years ago while she was still pregnant with their daughter Teko — and ordering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Tequila on top of it. Eighteen years later, after charging Tequila with the task of rescuing her and Teko from the Zakarovs and the Golden Kane, Wong decides to stick the knife in by ordering Tequila's own partner Jerry to betray Tequila by murdering Billie after Tequila took out Damon Zakarov and trying to kill him as well, both to protect his syndicate (Damon had threatened to force Billie to reveal everyone on the payroll of her father's syndicate in order to keep Damon from killing Teko) and to deny Tequila the woman he loved forever in true rat bastard fashion.
Most of the later assassins in No More Heroes enjoy kicking the nearest canine. Since the viewpoint character isn't exactly a friend to all living things, this is probably there to justify the bad guy's eventual gory deaths.
Number 2, Bad Girl, states that she feels no remorse about killing anyone while slaughtering clones for fun, Number 3, Speed Buster, kills a major trainer in a rather messy manner, and Number 7, DestroyMan, cheats so consistently it's remarkable.
As a twist, a good bunch do not kick the dog, however. In comparison...
In Assassin's Creed I, every single Templar that you're assigned to kill gets at least one Kick the Dog moment (breaking a test-subject's legs, pushing somebody into a pile of burning books, murdering a priest out of paranoia, etc.) before you kill him.
Except for the slave trader. Because do you really need any other reason to kill a slave trader?
Apparently horrible living conditions for the slaves. "Even Altair seems vaguely appalled."
The sequel goes further and gives each of the Templar assassination targets a "Kick The Dog" video profile showing why each is a very bad person (with the tragic exception of Dante Moro). The sequel to that though eschews this, being seemingly content to have Cesare Borgia kill a helpless Mario Auditore, with the subsequent sin of the Borgia regime and troops being guilt by association.
In Overlord, you have a tower, which, naturally, is your base of operations, housing an armory, a forge, even a private chamber for your mistress. It also features a jester, (a brown in a jester's outfit, kinda like a toned-down Monster Clown,) who will laud your various accomplishments, and whom you can kick in the head. It serves no purpose, has no effect on your corruption meter, and if you do it enough, the jester will cower in fear of your mighty boot, and later comment on how mean you are to jesters. But you are supposed to be an Evil Overlord, and the fact is, the game lets you do some pretty, ughh, heroic deeds. So you need to kick the jester, to prove to yourself that you're still evil.
In Destroy All Humans! 2, Crypto panders to the Black Ninjas by saying that the Furon god Arkvoodle (Or "Darkvoodle," as the ninjas put it) is so evil that he eats kittens for breakfast, and that he's hungry now and wonders if they have any kittens. The Black Ninjas are unimpressed, saying that they eat babies for breakfast.
In The Bard's Tale, if you decided to adopt the cute puppy that the Bard will show some actual affection for — a Druid stops the group to allow their Griffith to stomp on the dog, breaking the poor thing's spine as it gave a pained cry. A literal Kick the Dog and Player Punch in one swoop.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare makes it a point to ensure the player won't feel any sympathy for either Khaled al-Asad's revolutionaries or Imran Zakhaev's Ultranationalists. Al-Asad's troops do such pleasant things as mass-executing civilians in broad daylight, publicly executing President Yasir al-Fulani on national television, and detonating a nuclear bomb inside his own city. Zakhaev's Ultranationalists routinely murder civilians, bomb civilian villages indiscriminately, and conduct another mass execution in a village for no apparent reason except to be complete bastards.
The nuke starts off as a Kick the Dog moment (very dramatic but otherwise unimportant to the campaign, aside from giving the US, England, and Russia reason to cooperate) but eventually escalates into a legitimate plot point, as it serves as General Shepherd's Start of Darkness for his Magnificent Bastard villainy in Modern Warfare 2.
The announcers in Gradius Gaiden will give you words of encouragement if you run out of lives early on, but later on, they rub your defeat in your face with more disparaging comments:
"Get outta here, forget about it!"
The first thing a minor villain does during his introduction in Fable II is kick the player's dog.
That bit-part bandit is nothing compared to Reaver's puppy-punting spree. Upon his introduction, he kills a sculptor and an artist trying to capture his likeness, sends you off to get your soul drained by ancient demons so he can stay eternally youthful, kills a character you've known since childhood, and then informs you cheerfully he's just betrayed you to the very person who...dammit, Lucien needs a new section.
The stories around Lord Lucien in your childhood depict him as a noble, if somewhat eccentric man. In fact, he even offers to adopt you and your sister, both homeless orphans... unless he gets exactly the result he does get from a simple test which reveals that the two of you have the blood of heroes, at which point he shoots your helpless, unarmed sister in the chest, and then shoots you in the chest, sending you out a window in a tall tower while Rose is still alive enough to hear. You get better. After this point, he becomes a fairly standard Big Bad, but at the end of the storyline he reveals that again, to try to cut off the heroic bloodline, he's personally murdered your spouse and any children you have, and then kills your dog when it takes a bullet to save your life.
Sometimes when a villager sees your dog, he/she will taunt your dog and then kicks the dog in the face.
The sequel also uses the literal meaning in the DLC. After being strapped to an electrical chair by the person who you thought was helping you, having him suck out your powers as a Hero, him transforming into an exact copy of you in order to destroy the crown, he shoots your dog with a magical fireball. Unfortunately, that was a bad idea, considering that the Hero loves that dog more than anything and after yelling "Never. Hurt. My. Dog!", breaks free of the chair and then goes on to kill him.
In Super Robot Wars Original Generation 2, Archibald Grims (a recurring enemy character for the first part of the game) merely comes off as a minor Jerkass. It's not until you've fought him a few times that you find out that he actually is a sociopath — his solution to digging up a rumored lost-technology giant robot is to bomb the area, blasting away the sand covering the robot as well as the pesky civilians who were digging it up the hard way. A subordinate even tries to reason with him, and Archibald seems to consider for a moment.
"I see. Yuuki, are you trying to say you don't like unnecessary bloodshed?"
"Not in this situation, Sir."
"What a shame. But I do. Especially from non-combatants!" (Cue maniacal laughter and screamy civilians)
World of Warcraft: Choose a Blood Elf in The Burning Crusade, and you're required to kick many dogs (or cats, as it may be.) Play a death knight in Wrath of the Lich King, all you do under the Lich King's control is kick dogs — oh, and kill your best friend.
Also in the opening cinematic a Blood Elf cuddles with a small magical creature, only to destroy it so she can absorb its mana.
At the Argent Torunament a woman takes the confessions of champions from both factions. An undead champion informs her that he punched a penguin in the face just so he could see her expression when he revealed it.
The bombing of Theramore is a kick the dog moment for Garrosh. Prior to that, he had been characterized as a hothead who was quick to act and not quick enough to think, but he at least had a concept of honor. Theramore totally changed his characterization by portraying him wanting to conquer Kalimdor at all costs, and willing to *dishonorably* kill anyone who stands in his way. He made it appear to his allies that he wanted an honorable military victory at Thermaore, only to lure all of the alliance commanders/forces into the center of the city (by feigning a withdrawal) where they were hit by what amounts to a magical version of a nuke. This was the authors attempt to make him into an unlikeable character (since we fight him at the end of Mists of Pandaria).
Bioshock does this indirectly in an event that could also be considered a Moral Event Horizon. Dr. Suchong forces the protagonist, Jack, who was a genetically conditioned child in Rapture to snap his new puppy's neck. Jack is mentally conditioned to obey him, even though the child protests profusely. This just demonstrates how much of a huge dick Dr. Suchong was.
Then there's the fact that he was so abusive with a Little Sister. At least that resulted in him getting mauled by the Big Daddy. You can even see a huge drill in his belly when you find his corpse.
For extra dickery, the little girl referred to him as Papa Suchong.
In the Japanese dub (dubbed Rockman Dash in Japan), when you reach a scene where you have to get the dog Paprika away from Tron, players have the option of just merely kicking the dog, causing him to scamper away. In the English dub, however, players only have the option of "telling" the dog to go away.
Mega Man also had the option to kick cats and shoot birds in the Japanese dub which would slowly cause him to turn "evil": his armor would darken and if you made him evil enough you'd trigger a hidden cutscene where Roll, in her sleep, worries about all the horrible things Mega Man is doing and would ultimately cause her development costs to double, while doing good things like giving her presents would turn him lighter again. This can still be done in the English dub, but only by kicking soda machines to steal drinks, kicking garbage into the Jetlag Bakery, or stealing money.
This is also your warning that Mega Man Juno is no joke. While The Bonne Family were willing to give threats, steal, and destroy the town itself, they drew the line before actual murder. When Juno announces his plan to "purge all the island inhabitants", the Bonnes are disgusted by this and come to Mega Man's aid.
In Planescape: Torment, you get to experience flashbacks to previous incarnations of your character, the Nameless One. One is dubbed the "Practical" Incarnation. Everything he does is dog-kicking and Moral Event Horizon-crossing. And yet, it's implied that something your original self, the Good Incarnation, did before he repented was so far beyond the Moral Event Horizon that the Practical Incarnation is a near saint in comparison. Though it is questionable if the Practical Incarnation really fits with this trope — he went past the Moral Event Horizon with no care, but everything he did had a purpose. That's why he's the Practical Incarnation and not the Evil Incarnation.
It's the first thing you see the "protagonist" of Postal 2 do after he gets out of his trailer on Monday morning. And then it gets better. It's that kind of game.
Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies has a cutscene where the Erusean invaders set up an anti-air gun post on top of a hospital in the narrator's hometown. It also reinforces Yellow 13's Anti-Villain status by having him be disgusted by this.
And earlier in the same game is the "Escort" mission, wherein Erusean fighters go after a pair of civilian airliners, which the player must defend.
In Air Force Delta Strike, the OCC launch a major air assault against a lone, stranded and disabled hospital ship of no tactical or strategic value. Ruth Valentine tries to prevent the ship's destruction, but the mission is a Heads I Win, Tails You Lose mission.
Saints Row series: Throughout the second game, Boss, the character you play, does a lot of this. This goes to show you that s/he's losing out his/her sense of morality, all because of the explosion that s/he survived from.
Kingdom Hearts: She doesn't kick an actual dog, but give one to her, and Larxene would probably kick it. She does this trope enough, you'd think it was her job (then again, it kind of is.....)
Pokémon Red and Blue: Mafiaesque Team Rocket was the lightest villain group in the games, bar none. It didn't prevent from doing it lots of times. Whacking a few Mons, running a casino and the Viridian Gym as legitimate business ventures, taking over a city, intermeddling with the Lake of Rage, and hijacking the Goldenrod Radio Tower were pretty big for their day. The worst of their crimes was killing a mother Marowak in Lavender Town. And yet compared to more recent organizations they're still small fries.
Much hyped in the continuity is Pokémon Diamond and Pearl's Team Galactic, who slid right up the Sliding Scale of Villain Effectiveness by bombing Lake Valor, extracting the gems from the Lake Trio, and using the gems to shackle Dialga and/or Palkia in an attempt to rewrite reality. Unfortunately for them, the Mooks are plain dumb, the Lake Valor explosion was pure shock value, and the lion's share of bad intentions come from emotionally stunted Cyrus, who believes that living spirit is an imperfection that needs to be scrubbed away. If it weren't for his leadership and the effectiveness of the commanders, even the Rockets would have someone to laugh at.
Cipher makes Poochyena kicking, if not molestation, its modus operandi. In the events of Pokémon Colosseum, they were running all of Orre from the shadows of the criminal underworld, with even its most affable Admin, Miror B., holding the mayor of Pyrite Town around his pinky while distributing Shadow Pokemon shipped from the Under to people at the Pyrite Colosseum. Dakim was the enforcer who put everyone else in line, Venus was the pretty face that kept the people of the Under out of Cipher's affairs with her gaudy entertainment programming, and Ein corrupted the stolen Pokemon that Team Snagem and other criminal organizations paid Cipher as tribute for use as weapons. The place was hell on earth in a near-literal form until Wes waged his two-man war, and five years later during the events of Pokemon XD, changes in personnel aside, Cipher's at it again, and the loss of support from Team Snagem is merely a setback to their greater operations.
This is done in Pokémon Black and White with Team Plasma. Initially, Team Plasma's goals sound like they are actually reasonable. Players might originally find themselves intrigued by them. However, in the player's first direct encounter with Team Plasma's grunts, they are kicking a Munna, hinting that their intentions may not be all that genuine. It gets worse from there, with two grunts stealing a little kid's Pokémon and later Bianca getting her Munna stolen; it becomes clear very quickly that Team Plasma are just as bad, if not worse than Team Rocket with the added bonus of being myopicHypocrites. The ending is a long series of Kick the Dog moments, from the grunts in N's Castle rubbing in how Ghetsis has been manipulating the hearts of Unova's citizens to a scientist referencing how they're going to release all of the Pokémon stored in the PC boxes. Then, after you beat N, Ghetsis hurls insult after insult at both him and you.
Ghestis's insults even cross over into Moral Event Horizon for many; Ghetsis wasn't even a Tautological Templar like many of the Plasma Grunts, he was just a power-hungry jackass who invented this rhetoric in a bid to take advantage of people's better nature and take over the world as the only trainer left. He then proceeded to emotionally cripple his own son as a step in this plan and gloats about it to you while rubbing in N's face that he never actually cared about him and considered him a pathetic failure of a human being.
Mass Effect is quite fond of this trope. Saren shoots keepers (which can't fight back) when he attacks the Presidium. He also attacks a peaceful human colony then tries to utterly destroy it, just so he can use the Beacon. The sequel gives us Warden Kuril, who casually guns down the prisoners in his care and orders vicious beatings and is eventually revealed to have a sideline of selling choice prisoners into slavery.
In Mass Effect 3, after Thessia falls to Reaper forces, Shepard is emotionally devastated, convinced that s/he failed and that it was all his/her fault. Kai Leng, who you've probably got plenty of reasons to hate by this point, rubs it in by sending Shepard a message backing that up, telling him/her that Thessia fell simply because s/he wasn't good and strong enough to prevent it.
Hell, Shepard him/herself can do this on occasion, mostly in the third game, In particular, there's one part where Samara will attempt to kill herself so she won't have to kill her daughter. If Shepard doesn't prevent this, then s/he has the option of killing the daughter anyway, simply because she might be a threat later on.
Clone!Shepard from the Citadel DLC is full of vicious comments to give to Shepard and his or her crew, some of which strike pretty damned low.
"Like you, Garrus Vakarian. You're nothing but a burnt-out cop past his prime."
"Like you, Dr. T'Soni. You're nothing but a college cheerleader pretending to be a soldier."
"Like you, Tali'Zorah vas Normandy. I'm not sure whether to kill you with a bullet or just take off your helmet and cough."
"Like you, Major Alenko/Lieutenant-Commander Williams. I would have picked the other one on Virmire. Ashley/Kaidan-something?"
The Citadel DLC Big Bad also throws Shepard's hamster cage (with the poor hamster still inside) in the trash can, with a note attached requesting it be sent to an animal shelter to be euthanized. Needless to say, Shepard is pissed.
Shepard: "Please send this to an animal shelter for proper disposal, as a warship is not an appropriate..." Oh ho ho...that is not okay.
In Dot Hack GU, there's Atoli who spends most of the series as the game's resident dog being kicked by everyone in Haseo's rogues gallery. Even Sakaki, who found her on a suicide website and convinced her to play The World rather than kill herself.
Not just in-game, her real-life self also gets kicked by almost everyone, including her parents.
It also had HUNK telling off his teammate over the radio who was injured and pleading for help. True he would have never made it to her to help her, but he didn't have to respond and remind her "This is war. Survival is your responsibility."
Kratos' very first Kick the Dog moment is also an Establishing Character Moment: when a Hydra attacks the ship that Kratos is on, it chows down on the ship's captain who has a key that Kratos needs. After killing the Hydra in badass fashion, Kratos climbs inside it to retrieve the key. The ship captain thanks him profusely for coming back for him, only to receive this cold response: "I didn't come back for you." And then Kratos rips the key off him and sends him down into the Hydra's gullet for no reason at all. Ladies and gentlemen, our hero.
You can even literally kick Cerberus pups — and in the third game, you can even get an achievement trophy called "Obedience School" for doing this to 50 pups.
And as assholish as Kratos can be, his enemies are even worse. Ares and Zeus, his primary nemeses in the series, do much to earn Kratos's (and the player's) hatred throughout the games. The other gods are not much better.
In the pre-match cutscene before fighting Saiki in The King of Fighters XIII, Saiki killed Mukai when the latter requests to let him handle the fighters instead.
Goenitz also had one of these moments in KOF 96 when he injured Chizuru Kagura to then step into the battlefield and challenge the heroes. In one of the mangas, he also gives a Breaking Lecture to Mai when she's in the middle of an Heroic B.S.O.D., then beats Chizuru and Kensou within inches of their lives; in another manga, he got Iori bound in a Crucified Hero Shotand made him go intermitently into the Riot of the Blood when he was completely indefense, despite the pleas of Kyo's girlfriend Yuki.
LEGO Universe has a rather brutal example, upon the rather idiotic creation of the Maelstrom, the first thing the one Spiderling did was crush a puppy with its leg. It gets repaired though, don't worry.
Luminous Arc begins with the player in command of a group of Church soldiers hunting "Witches"—until it turns out that some of the Witches are actually friendly, even willing to help break a curse that has turned one character's arm into a dragon claw. Unfortunately, a superior officer appears to remind your party of its duties, ordering you to attack the Witches. The characters poignantly struggle with this moral conflict...for about 10 seconds, at which point the knight gets fed up and decides to kill everyone, incidentally revealing that he had been planning to kill the party anyway once they disposed of the Witches. And if THAT wasn't enough, when the accompanying bishop asks him not to kill the cursed character, the knight's response is: "We only need the arm to do experiments on, right?".
The tenth mission of Advance Wars Days Of Ruin sets three "civilian" units (in gameplay terms no different from regular ones) directly in front of the enemy. Two of these units can escape, but there is no way whatsoever to save the third. The game goes to these lengths to set up a dogkicking moment for the Beast, who proceeds to slaughter the doomed unit for fun. With a War Tank. (For reference, that's the strongest ground unit in the game. The target is an Infantry - the weakest ground unit in the game... before taking into account it's a civilian in story terms. Talk about swatting flies with a cannon.)
Breath of Fire III had a couple characters who are this fairly early in the game. Balio and Sunder are brothers who were first seen killing off your party for stealing from a corrupt mayor. After Ryu survives he will soon approach these two again on the path to Wyndia, one of them will think you're a ghost. After running around a bit his brother will approach him and to prove to him that Ryu is a ghost he will proceed the stab Ryu in the back. Afterward Ryu will lie unconscious after a short dragon transformation and these two will capture Ryu and present him to the King of Wyndia. By the time the unveil Ryu, he will have already transformed back into his human form where these two brothers get the idea that kicking the cage several times will make Ryu transform back. After this fails both Ryu and the brothers are sent to a jail within the castle. Shortly after princess Nina will appear to free Ryu and was stopped when the brothers call for her to free her promising that they "will not hurt that kid again." After a short hesitation, Nina decides to free them and shortly afterward, the brothers proceed to kick her in the face and ran off with her for a ransom. After having to break out of the cell by ramming into it twice, you chase after the princess. Upon arriving to the scene where she is being held captive these two pricks decide to kick the princess yet again just because they are getting sick of Ryu. Both Ryu and Nina are about 10 at this point in the game.
Homefront, the KPA does this all the time, whether it's shooting up a child's parents in front of him (and possibly the child himself), or the mass graves, or massacring civilians with or without provocation, or destroying a town in retaliation.
In Maniac Mansion, you can put a hamster into a microwave, set it on and the rodent will explode in a bloody mess. You can even give the remains to the original owner...
Causing the Hyrule Castle Town to become a charred wasteland populated by the undead, which leaves unstated how he did it, but judging by other actions of his in the game one could reasonably assume he burned it to the ground.
Attempting to feed all the Gorons to a dragon in the fire temple, as a "warning to those who would oppose" him.
Freezing nearly the entire Zora population under the ice.
Letting Bongo Bongo loose to cause a fire in Kakariko village.
The first act you witness the Van Graffs committing in Fallout: New Vegas is executing one of their own employees, in order to intimidate a business partner trying to negotiate a better price for their services.
Jean-Baptiste does this in one of the quests the Van Graffs give you. He orders you to bring Cass to him. If you do so... Well, here's the result. Why does he do it? Good question. He even says that they and the Crimson Caravans have forced her out of business (through immoral means, mind), but he still wants to kill her because it would be fun. Since he requires your help to accomplish the deed, you're pretty much kicking the dog too.
Also, one of the possible answer to Doc Mitchell's word association psychiatric examination for dog is "kick", and "human shield" for "mother". He'll then state that sometimes through these procedures you learn things that you'd rather not know about.
Also, you can kick an opponent with the ranger takedown, allowing you to kick dogs.
In the Old World Blues DLC, one of the Think Tank scientists, Dr. Borous, had a dog named Gabe, who was apparently his best and only friend. Gabe was very loving towards Borous, even when Borous began to feed him chems and perform cruel experiments.
The player actually fights Gabe at one point (turned giant from Borous' chems), and if they take his food bowl, Borous will show remorse for the death of his once-beloved pet.
Luca Blight, from Suikoden II, just takes this trope and run with it: he used the massacre of the Youth Brigade of his own army (massacre that he planned himself with his own troops dressed up as a neighboring nation) in order to restart the war between Highlands and the City-States. The war burning anew, he gleefuly destroys and pillages villages in his path. At one point, a innocent woman begs for her life: he tells her to act like a pig. She obliged, then asked if she can go. Luca then politely requests her to "DIE PIG!" and promptly kills her (while laughing). After the mercenary fortress falls to Luca early in the game, Luca is found running Pohl, a teenage boy, through with his sword. He then terrifyingly turns his attention on a very young girl named Pilika (whom he killed the parents during one of his pillage) and in a Break the Cutie moment, attempts to run her through as well. The heroes try to stop him, but he single-handedly dispose of them, and is ready to cut her in half while Jowy can't do anything but yell at him to stop. Luckily he was prevented from doing so but Pilika becomes a Cute Mute after the incident.
In episode 1-5, the true Big Bad of the case is already a douchebag, however the real moment in which the player knows he is a complete Jerkass is when he says that he doesn't feel even a single shred of sympathy or emotion for Ema Skye, a girl who was targeted by a serial killer and who he framed for accidentally killing Neil Marshall by pushing him away when she mistook him for the killer, so that he could blackmail her sister to work for him lest the truth come out. Considering how absolutely sympathetic Ema comes off as when you learn all that, this is makes him sound like a HUGE dick.
Furio Tigre in Trials and Tribulations has a moment when he mocks Viola Cadaverini's feelings for him (she works with him in Tender Lender, believing that he paid for her life-saving operation out of love and not to avoid her grandfather's wrath).
Dahlia from the same game. When she falsely told Phoenix that his first girlfriend hated his guts knowing that Iris really loved him, she did so just for the sake of being a bitch.
Kristoph from Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney has one of these. In the final case, it's revealed that he is the reason Phoenix lost his badge, which he did purely out of spite, because Zak chose Phoenix over him as a lawyer.
Kefka from Final Fantasy VI kicks the dog on more than one occasion throughout the game, but probably the most notable instance of this is when he kills General Leo. It wasn't enough for him to simply cast an illusion copy of himself for Leo to vanquish, or even to kill Leo and burn the village. No, he just HAD to also project an illusion of Gestahl "admitting" that he set Leo up to collect more espers before killing him.
The title Lord of Terror from the Diablo series has done plenty of evil things throughout the trilogy, including driving a good and noble king murderously insane, but in Diablo III, as you're closing in on him in Act IV, he very meanly uses the apparitions of dead characters from throughout the game, both sympathetic (such as Deckard Cain, Marius, and others) and unsympathetic (Maghda) to taunt you. And the very first one he uses? Leah.
The very first thing you see a Death Maiden doing in Reaper of Souls is ripping the soul out of an innocent woman who's trying to get out of Westmarch, shortly before turning her and the corpses around her into Reapers to send after you. And what does this angel say as she's doing it? "All with demon blood must die." It sets the tone quite nicely for both the expansion in general and the Reapers' mission.
Later on during one of the first parts of Act V, you're given a side-mission to lay a tormented soul to rest. Pretty standard Diablo fare, right? Except that after you've laid said soul to rest and the couple are preparing to depart to the afterlife, another Death Maiden shows up and denies them the peace they should have in death by turning them into Reapers.
Yomeeh: Your "eternity" ends now. All souls are forfeit to Malthael!
Adria's final journal in the Blood Marsh in Act V all but clinches the fact that she never gave a single damn about her own daughter as anything but a means to the end of resurrecting her monstrous master.
Leah was never my daughter. She was Diablo's daughter in truth. I felt blessed to have given the product of my body to my master. He had no interest in me, but in the product of my womb, he found life again. I never flinched when I knew her purpose. Daughters are a cheap thing.
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness gives us Vulcanus, a Knight Templar angel who believes Flonne has betrayed Celestia for the Netherworld. When he comes across her sleeping, he steals the amulet that is the only thing allowing her to survive in the Netherworld's toxic environment. Even though he sees himself as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, if he merely wanted to kill her he could have done it right there, instead of condemning her to a slow death.
General Carter is little better. He adopted and raised Jennifer as a daughter, but when she sides with Gordon over him, he has Kurtis put her through Unwilling Roboticisation, then sends her against the heroes as a distraction. Despite his hatred of Gordon, Kurtis finds this disgusting, and eventually pulls a Heel–Face Turn / Heroic Sacrifice.
The intro to the web game Dungeon Rampage features a literal example in the intro scene, which has Lord Dinglepus feeding a little girl's puppy to one of his orc bruiser minions.
Kizami doesn't so much kick a dog as much as he tries to slice open a hamster with a box cutter when he was a little kid. Then of course he stabs his "friend" Kurosaki and kicks him down a hole in the floor to the floor below. The kicks Yuka so hard it knocks her out and then proceeds to flay open Kurosaki while he's still alive.
Takamine Yanagihori, the Principal, tries to rape Yoshie Shinozaki and then knocks her down a flight of stairs, breaking her neck and killing her...right in front of her 5 year old daughter Sachiko; who he then proceeds to strangle to death in front of her mother's body so she won't tell anyone. He even desecrates her body years later by cutting out her tongue.
Sachiko brutally murders three elementary school children...by essentially experimenting on each by seeing what she can do with a pair of sewing scissors until she kills each one.
In the Homeworld mission "Return to Kharak" your entire planet has been annihilated in a massive firestorm, leaving the only survivors a group of colonists floating in cryogenic stasis. The only enemies in the mission are attacking them, and will completely ignore your attacking fleet in favor of destroying the helpless civilians.
When Bayonetta formally introduces its Big Bad, Father Balder in Chapter 16, the scene involving him has quite a lot of Kick The Dog moments, but in particular, he tries to kill Luka by having him pulled apart by angels, something he did twenty years earlier to Luka's father once he was no longer useful to him and for trying to expose him for the evil bastard he is, before sending him out a window to his apparent death. And then he mocks Jeanne to Bayonetta's face, revealing that he'd brainwashed her, all to facilitate his Evil Plan. Needless to say, you will want to kick his smarmy ass all over the goddamn city by the time the fight actually starts.
BlazBlue's Hazama does a crapton of this on a near constant basis. Justified: His existence is sustained by people's hatred of him, so going around kicking metaphorical dogs is an actual survival tactic for him. Played somewhat more literally in the fact he isn't shy about kicking young girlswhile they're down, and what's worse, one of the times he did this, said girl had only just then died, of injuries sustained in a Heroic Sacrifice no less. Yep, what a scumbag.
Here's a big one: in Wheel of Fortune, after Tsubaki loses her sight, he gives her a barbed "The Reason You Suck" Speech, telling her that she does everything she does for others only because she wants to feel needed, and she only wants to be close to Jin because she wants him to need her, she's nothing if she doesn't feel needed, and that Jin doesn't care about her. This causes her to break down into tears, at which point Hazama is satisfied with himself, and happily trots off. Oh, yes, and he had no reason whatsoever to do this. Poor Tsubaki was just unlucky enough to be in a conversation with him.
Another somewhat literal example: In Chronophantasma, if his Terumi persona wins against Ragna (who is referred to as being like a puppy or underdog by several other characters), he walks up to Ragna's corpse, stomps it ten times, then grinds his boot into his face and insults him.
His partner Relius is no slouch either. He doesn't need to do it to survive like Hazama does and he's near-emotionless so he doesn't take any joy from it, but his actions have left behind a lot of punted puppies. Among his biggest kicks are turning his daughter and wife into mind-warping automatons, then getting bored and leaving the daughter halfway through the process, forcing his son to finish the job to save her life, and the prolonged and brutal mental torture he put Makoto through in her bad ending, which throws her over the Despair Event Horizon and is one hair shy of being a full-on rape scene.
In Robopon, Bisco proves he's a jerk by stealing a kid's ice cream cone, threatening Lisa, and calling Cody's Robopon a piece of junk and his grandpa senile.
Dr. Zero traps Princess Darcy in a mirror because Prince Tail lost to him and to Cody. In the second game, Zero installed kill switches in his cyborgs to destroy them if they lose. They're sentient creations.
Mr. Wild steals Cody's Dosbot that a nice little girl gave him and uses it when you battle him, forcing you to scrap it.
The Ayleids (Wild Elves) of Cyrodiil enslaved and tortured the Nedes (ancestors to most of the modern races of Men) in unimaginably cruel ways. Some of their most horrific treatments included: forcing them all to work naked, force-feeding them hallucinogenic drugs and watching their reactions, creating sculptures out of their bones and gardens out of their entrails, and setting human children on fire and setting hungry animals on them. Eventually, their slaves revolted, overthrew them, and eventually drove their race to apparent extinction.
The Dwemer (Deep Elves or "Dwarves") of all of Northern Tamriel were a very scientific and extremely technologically advanced race. For the most part, they wanted to be left alone by the other races, which would put them closer to the category of Neglectful Precursors. However, their treatment of the Falmer (Snow Elves) was about as abusive as it gets. With the once great Falmer civilization of Skyrim in ruins following the invasion of the Atmorans/Proto-Nords, some of the survivors turned to their Dwemer cousins for shelter. The Dwemer took them in, but were anything but benevolent. They genetically altered the Falmer so that they have to consume blindness-inducing mushrooms to survive. So great were their alterations that their souls turned from sentient "black" souls to "white" souls, leaving them little better than animals. Eventually, the Dwemer would attempt something (involving the heart of a dead god) which caused their entire race to blink out of existence. Now, the Falmer lurk in the old Dwemer ruins and other underground areas of Skyrim, a shattered shell of what they once were.
The Silver Hand don't just hunt werewolves, they capture and torture them to death as well. They seem to have a hatred for regular wolves too given the mutilated bodies strung around their camps - making this a rather literal example of the trope.
Grelod the Kind at the orphanage in Riften gets introduced telling the children that she'll hand out extra beatings to those that shirk their duties, and spitefully telling them that they'll never be adopted. This is your cue that you shouldn't feel bad about being there to murder her for the Dark Brotherhood. The children certainly won't.
If you didn't hate Mercer Frey of the Thieves' Guild questline already for betraying you in Snow Veil Sanctum, you will definitely hate him when you learn about the hell he put Karliah through after murdering Gallus, the previous Guildmaster, for the Skeleton Key, as well as his robbery of the Thieves' Guild stores with that very key.
In Akatsuki Blitzkampf, Murakumo reveals to Akatsuki in his Story Mode that he (Murakumo) was quite the pup kicker in the past. And the puppy that was kicked? Akatsuki himself, since Murakumo is the one who sent Akatsuki into the fateful mission to the Arctic Pole that would make him a Human Popsicle in the first place.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Coliseum, losing to an antagonistic duelist will have them mock Yami Yugi mercilessly. Probably the worst of the lot are Bandit Keith and Seto Kaiba.
The Nazis in Wolfenstein: The New Order do this all the time, though of course as they're the biggest bad guys ever, you don't really need much prompting. When they aren't merely exterminating people on the basis of their race, they're enslaving D-Day survivors, slaughtering disabled patients in hospitals along with the nurses for trying to protect them, demolishing old monuments like Mount Rushmore, executing football players for scraping German players, and planning to build labour camps on the Moon. Frau Engel does this early on when she forces B.J (who is American with Jewish and Polish ancestry) into a racial purity test and threatens to execute him if he fails it, then (no matter what the outcome) just laughs and tells him that the whole thing was just a little game on her part. And then there's Deathshead who keeps one of B.J's old comrade's brains alive and self-aware for over a decade and plugs them into a giant murder-bot just as a big middle finger to poor B.J.
Done more literally in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus by B.J's abusive father Rip at the start of the game. Rip manages to be the most awful, racist and cruel piece of shit in a game with Nazis in it, 'nuff said. When he finds out B.J has been hanging out with an African-American girl, he beats B.J and his mother and kicks his little dog too. Then to teach B.J a lesson he drags B.J out into the shed in the back garden and forces him to shoot the dog; if B.J intentionally misses, he mocks B.J and takes the shotgun and does the job for him.
One thing that really establishes just how morally grey this game's incarnation of the Brotherhood of Steel are is their leader, Elder Arthur Maxson, giving a long speech about how Synths are abominations even worse than the atomic bombs that destroyed civilisation 200 years ago, that they must be exterminated down to the last, and that no thinking machine could ever be the equal of a man. What makes this such a Kick the Dog is that you will have definitely met Nick Valentine and Codsworth (who are a Synth and a Mister Handy respectively, and both are sentient and very nice) by this point in the story, and they aren't even the only examples of friendly robots you will encounter.
The Institute do this all the time. Examples include kidnapping wastelanders to test the FEV on them essentially for shits and giggles and then releasing the converted mutants into the wastes rather than euthanising them, replacing the patriarch of a wastelander family with a synthplant to monitor them and the settlement they live in with the intention to wipe them all out should the synth be exposed, occasionally attacking your settlements and other neutral civilians, ordering all of the other inhabitants of Vault 111 besides Shaun and the player character to be left to suffocate to death in their pods, sabotaging the formation of the Commonwealth Provisional Government and leaving the Commonwealth in the state it's currently in, and wiping out the entire population of University Point just because a girl stumbled upon a cache of pre-war military technology buried under the town. They're not very kind to their synths either — they're threatened with brain-wiping if they show signs of developing autonomy, they're not even considered to be actual people, and in one scene as you're touring the Institute, an asshole scientist wants to have a Gen-2 scrapped for having a faulty cleaning chip instead of, you know, having it sent for repairs. Before then capping it off by expressing his hope that "something useful" will come out of it.
One location, the Sandy Coves Convalescent Home, houses several non-hostile Mr. Handies as well as a bunch of house cats. Once you're further in, a synth patrol will show up and kill every "hostile presence" unless you stop them. Yes, that includes the cats.
In a way that involves dogs, X6-88 really doesn't seem to like Dogmeat and actually wants to put him down if the dog is injured. He'll even disapprove of you using a Stimpack on Dogmeat, saying that they should save it for important people: you and him. Strong also disapproves of this and wants to eat the injured Dogmeat.
When Paladin Danse is discovered to be a synth, Cait is one of the few companions (aside from MacReady) to not help defend Danse, assuming the worst and deeming him a traitor. She, like Elder Maxson, will stop referring Danse as "he" and only as "it".
If you take out the Institute with the Minutemen, Proctor Quinlan will applaud you for using them as "cannon fodder" and can't seem to grasp that you led them instead of the Brotherhood because you had faith in their abilities as their General.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has Senator Armstrong pull a literal version of this, where he kicks Blade Wolf away shortly before the final battle. Sort of understandable, as Blade Wolf had just given Sam's sword to Raiden to help him.
King Bohan from Heavenly Sword is incredibly cruel towards his own son Roach, who just wants to make him proud. During the fight where Nariko faces Roach, Bohan threatens to kill his pets if he can't take her down, which sends poor Roach into a panic.
InThis War of Mine, you might encounter bandits or Sociopathic Soldiers while scavenging. Just in case you have any qualms about killing them (if you can), they will have convenient conversations about the evil things they've done. Highlights include murdering a priest, robbing a humanitarian aid transport, and letting a captive die of starvation.
In Reigns, When you get to the years; 666, 1332 and 1998 (which are all multiples of 666.), The royal dog, Rex will moan in despair, and giving you two options; 'Pat the dog' or 'Kick the dog'. Both choices lead to the 'Diabolus' ailment.Another example of Red Eyes! Take Warning.