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->'''Brian''': What are you playing?\\
'''Tim''': VideoGame/TombRaiderIII.\\
'''Brian''': ... She's drowning.\\
'''Tim''': Yeah.\\
'''Brian''': Is that the point of the game?\\
'''Tim''': It depends what mood you're in, really.
-->-- ''Series/{{Spaced}}''

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This is the potential a video game has for the player to do [[KickTheDog awful]], ''[[MoralEventHorizon horrible]]'' things to enemies or even friendly and neutral [[NonPlayerCharacter NPC]]s.

It can be [[{{Kneecapping}} knee shots]] causing screaming, telekinesis to literally play catch with guards, punching out scientists, or many, ''many'' other things. ''Website/SomethingAwful'' has dubbed two specific variations of video game cruelty as ''Asshole Physics'' and ''Asshole AI''.

Some games specifically cater to this; these often skip out on a KarmaMeter. This can also be the carrot along the path to TheDarkSide for players in a game with a KarmaMeter.

The severity of this trope varies. Some games only let you be cruel to your enemies and give harmless {{Non Player Character}}s immunity. ([[HelpfulMook Harmless enemies]] will still be fair game.) Other games let you torment random [=NPCs=] you meet along the way. Still other games give you absolute, unchecked control over your subjects.

In games where there is a level editor or allows a sense of creativity, the trope can be [[UpToEleven taken up to eleven]] by allowing those with less constructive intentions to target those of a player character nature [[ForTheEvulz just for fun.]] This can also happen outside of creative games/sandboxes through the medium of joke weapons or modifications/hacking.

This trope is often used [[ComedicSociopathy for laughs.]] Remember, though: Just because a game lets you do something [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment doesn't necessarily mean you should do it]].

Contrast VideoGameCaringPotential -- [[NotSoDifferent though sometimes helping your little drones means doing horrible things to their enemies...]] See also WhatTheHellPlayer and VideoGamePerversityPotential. If the game or genre usually does not permit cruelty even though there's no particular in-game reason for that, but this time they do, you have RealityEnsues.

One of the AcceptableBreaksFromReality. You may laugh at video games, but if someone did this in RealLife? You probably wouldn't be laughing. [[YouBastard And if you are, then you're a sick freak.]]

This trope has a few {{Sub Trope}}s. '''Please make sure that your example does not fit better in one of these.'''
* CruelPlayerCharacterGod -- For games where you are an unseen god-like entity that manipulates the world to torture its inhabitants.
* CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption -- For when you have to be cruel in order to finish the game.
* TheJoysOfTorturingMooks -- For when the cruelty is directed towards your enemies. In other words, a twisted form of self-defense.
* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment -- For when the game decides to retaliate for your anti-social behavior.

For examples where someone takes joy in being a dick to other players, see {{Griefer}}.

Note that, since such actions are not mandatory in the story, these actions cannot be considered a MoralEventHorizon or qualify a player character for CompleteMonster status.

Please only list aversions and non-Video Game-related examples here. This page had to be split because of its length. For Video Game-related examples, go to the links below.

!!Straight Examples:

* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/ActionAdventure
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/{{Action|Game}}
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/{{Adventure|Game}}
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/{{Arcade|Game}}
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/BeatEmUp
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/{{Driving|Game}}
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/{{Edutainment|Game}}
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/{{Fighting|Game}}
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/FirstPersonShooter
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/FourX
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/HackAndSlash
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/IdleGame
* [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential/MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGames MMORPGs]]
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/{{Pinball}}
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/PlatformGames
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/PuzzleGames
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/RealTimeStrategy
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/RhythmGames
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/RoguelikeGames
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/RolePlayingGame
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/ShootEmUp
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/SimulationGames
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/StealthBasedGame
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/SportsGame
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/SurvivalHorror
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/TabletopGames
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/ThirdPersonShooter
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/TurnBasedStrategy
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/VisualNovel
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential/WideOpenSandbox


* One part of the Nancy Drew game ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Danger on Deception Island]]'' has your friend Katie ask you to make a sandwich to eat. You can then make the most volatile sandwich ever (Peanut butter, tomatoes, Koko Kringles ice cream, expired mayonnaise, jellyfish, and baking soda) and then either feed it to Katie or eat it yourself, and get food poisoning, causing a Second Chance screen.
** A bizarre reverse-aversion in the Nancy Drew series: dying. Losing the game at any point means that, well, [[CaptainObvious you lost the game]]. But watching Nancy kill herself with food poisoning, cliff jumping, and burning to death should ''not'' be [[HaveANiceDeath as funny as it is]]. The most recent games have stopped all pretense of dying not being hilarious by adding a screen of text full of BlackComedy.
* Averted in ''[[Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy Below the Root]]''. The society is so ActualPacifist that you can't even pull KleptomaniacHero - unless it's out in the open, you have to find the owner and ask nicely. Better is if you find the [[CallARabbitASmeerp Wand of Befal]] (machete). Use it on a living creature, and you've just made the game {{Unwinnable}}.
* In ''[[Franchise/TombRaider Tomb Raider 3]]'' it's impossible to shoot Lara's butler, as he always shields himself with the dinner tray.
** However, you can lock him up in the walk-in fridge.
* The Insane Children in ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice'' can't harm Alice (except maybe to get in the way) and she cannot hurt them even if the player wants to; if she tries, it just doesn't work.
* In the original ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel'', during the scene where Sgt Dooley [[ItMakesSenseInContext finds a human-sized chicken in his chair]], the dialogue box will respond, "What a cruel thought.", if the player commands Sonny to draw his gun.
* Deliberately averted in ''VideoGame/{{Subnautica}}'', in part because of the creator's distress at a recent school shooting: the player character has '''no''' weapons of any sort, other than the distinctly non-lethal Propulsion & Repulsion Cannons[[note]]use jets of force to non-lethally "push" creatures away[[/note]] and Stasis Rifle[[note]]freezes enemies in place temporarily so you can escape[[/note]]. The playerbase is notably split on this issue, pointing out that this leaves the player character with no defense other than escape against the abundance of very aggressive predatory creatures in the game.

* In ''VideoGame/MidnightClub Los Angeles'', you cannot run over the pedestrians however hard you try. They always jump out of the way when your car comes down on them. ''Always''.
** Ditto the ''VideoGame/{{Driver}}'' series.
** ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'' also does this. Pedestrians run out of the way while customers leap or roll away.
* The same applies to the Grand Canyon track in ''VideoGame/GranTurismo 4'', which features tourists standing in the middle of the road to take photographs and jumping out of the way ''just'' before you'd end up hitting them. If you actually do, you'll just clip through them.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'', you can run over civilians (including actual characters of the show) however many times you want. Nothing happens to them, however, but the sarcastic retaliation comments are hilarious.
--> Thanks a lot, Mr. Break-My-Leg.
--> I regret nothing!
--> I'm not afraid to die!
--> Takes more than that to kill me.
--> Spines don't bend that way!
** There's a hilarious story connected to this: when the ability to actually pummel characters hand-to-hand was implemented, developers and testers started off by having Homer beat up Marge. They made a rule, though, to not Creator/MattGroening see anyone do that. That was quickly tossed out the window when they found out that the very first thing Matt did when he first tested out the game was to literally kick her from the house to the Kwik-E-Mart.
* ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'':
** The game doesn't let you shoot or run over civilians. They jump out of the way of your car, and if you point your weapon at them, you can't fire it. Justified because while Tony is a ruthless killer, he won't murder innocents. However, you do have a couple weapons like the bazooka and the missile launcher that do splash damage, so it is possible to get around this.
** It ''is'' possible to kill cops, but it's a bad idea because it immediately earns you heat, and if you don't hightail it out of there (while dodging blockades and tire shredders), a helicopter will show up to turn you into a [[NonStandardGameOver fine red mist]].

* In all three of the ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' games, you are not only capable, but ''encouraged'' by ''{{Creator/Bungie}}'' to kill [=BOBs=], which, in the first game, are unarmed civillians who have no hope of survival without the Player's help. In ''Marathon 2: Durandal'', they are volunteers risking their lives and listening to the batshit Durandal to help the player, however, like in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', killing two of them will cause them to shoot at you. In ''Marathon Infinity'', it's actually the player character's mission to kill them in more levels than they help him in, and for some reason they're a ''lot'' [[TookALevelInBadass better at killing you than they are at killing aliens.]] The aliens that so easily killed them before, while working at your side, get mercilessly mowed down by the [=BOBs=].
** The [=BoBs=] are actually beefed up in the game physics for most of the levels where you're fighting them. Notably, unlike aliens, they do not generally scale in difficulty when you are fighting them, which means that if you are playing on levels below Normal, the levels where you fight humans will generally be more difficult than the levels where you do not, and if you are playing on levels above Normal, the levels where you fight humans will generally be less difficult than the surrounding levels.
* In ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune II'', killing any NPC's results in an [[HostageSpiritLink instant game over]].

* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the schoolchildren in Stormwind that travel in a group are not hostile to Horde players, so cruel mages cannot use [=AoE=] spells on them. Children can't be targeted at all, although you can pointlessly give them buffs.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', in Coruscant there is a child quest giver that is inordinately higher level (maxed at 50) than all the other quest-related [=NPCs=] in the area. Almost as if the devs are protecting her in case PVP ever makes it way to that area.

* Despite the appearance of its sequel above, the original ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' game went so far as to make ''all the [=NPCs=] invulnerable'' to avoid this. Of course, this was before ''[[VideoGame/JakIIRenegade Renegade]]'' sent it DarkerAndEdgier.
* The third ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' game allows the player to attack the natives they talk to and most of them will get a reaction to physical impact.

* In some ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'' games, if you make a dive at a CPU player who's crossing the endzone, the CPU player turns invincible and your player just bounces off of him, the intent being to stop people from invoking this trope by trying to hit players as revenge for the touchdown. The issue is that they give human players no such invincibility from CPU players. They'll fall to the ground from hits while in the endzone as though they're still in the field of play.

* ''VideoGame/TheSims'' is well-known for the cruelty which players may inflict on their little computer people. ''VideoGame/MySims'', on the other hand, avoids all that. Eating and drinking is merely recreational, the toilet is a place to read the newspaper, there's nowhere to drown in, and if you could so generously give them an item that separates them from the door, they'd just teleport through it. The cruelest thing you can do is Be Mean, which chooses from a random set of mean actions (yell at, stomp on foot, throw water balloon at, breathe bad breath at, start a fight, pop an inflated paper bag...), and that doesn't even reduce your relationship below "Acquaintance," like repeatedly being nice raises it up to "Best Friend."

* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' example above is averted in the ninth and tenth games. Trying to make Jill kill her father will actually have her decide that she can't do it and [[FaceHeelTurn opt side with him instead]], [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment fighting you]]. In the tenth game, you have playable units on both sides, often also related in some way. Some of them simply will not have the Attack command appear if you put them next to that enemy. Of course, [[PapaWolf Brom]] would never raise his weapon against his own daughter and so on...
** However, if you've gotten an A-support for her, you can re-recruit Jill after she turns against you, and if you re-issue that attack command...
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem]]'' had a chapter where you fight four previously recruited characters from a previous arc. You can kill three of them, leaving a specific unit to survive and be recruited later in the Remake, where killing them won't give you anything, as they are recruitable.
** Bonus points that two of the three are Game breakers from the Prequel's Second remake.

!!In Fiction
[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' has a villain who takes this to the extreme; it's quite clearly implied that he treats Digimon absolutely ''horribly''... however, we then learn that he was under the impression that the Digital World was a video game all along.
** When confronted to the fact that it's real with no more possibility of escape or denial, [[spoiler: he completely breaks down and later [[HeelFaceTurn joins the good guys]]]].
*** [[spoiler:Before the series started, he had his own Digimon adventure, which resulted in him getting brainwashed. But that ties into [[NoExportForYou several awesome video games that were never released in the USA.]]]]
* This happened again in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars.'' This time, [[spoiler: Yuu Amano was manipulated by the villains into thinking the digital world was just a game world where he could play however he wished. All he wanted was a way to play to the best of his abilities without the risk of anyone getting hurt, and when he finds out this isn't the case- and that a lot of death and destruction has come from it- he also has a major breakdown. Fortunately, the heroes, one of whom is his loving sister, are more than willing to forgive him and help him come to terms with things.]]
* PlayedForLaughs in Chapter 4/Episode 2 of ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai''. While playing "Tokimeite Memorial Days", Yozora and Sena agreed -- [[SitcomArchnemesis for once]] -- to court shy Yukiko Nagata, while they keep shooting down overtures by Akari Fujibayashi, whom they deem a BitchInSheepsClothing just because she's proactive, with the most cruel options. [[GenreSavvy Kodaka]] is none too amused. Their choices come back to [[LaserGuidedKarma bite them in the ass]] when VideoGameCrueltyPunishment kicks in and rumors that their protagonist, "Semoponume Kashiwazaki", was a HeManWomanHater became so widespread -- whose spread [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Yozora and Sena directly attribute to Akari]] -- Yukiko eventually shot him down. They ultimately got a DownerEnding so depressing [[SeriousBusiness Sena breaks down crying, while Yozora storms out of the clubroom threatening to kill Akari]].
* Invoked in chapter 8 of ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'', where the DatingSim they're playing gives options to be cruel to others, like insulting them or attacking them. {{Mangaka}} Nozaki, who was role-playing as his manga's male protagonist Suzuki, picks the cruel option every time, his reason being that Suzuki [[OfficialCouple already has eyes for Mamiko]], the female protagonist of his manga.
* In chapter 4 of "Manga/GoblinSlayer", Goblin Slayer demonstrates that a protective barrier can also be used to trap goblins inside of a burning fortress.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'':
** The Laughing Coffin guild build up a reputation as {{Player Killer}}s. Despite full knowledge that [[TheMostDangerousVideoGame killing players in the game also kills them in real life]], they do so anyway, and revel in it.
** Sugou Nobuyuki is even worse. He sees being in the virtual world of ALO as the perfect excuse to be a sadistic bastard, conducting inhumane MindControl experiments on players and making numerous attempts to sexually assault Asuna, before going for full-on AttemptedRape.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/KidPaddle'': Kid when he plays ''VideoGame/SimCity''. He put barbed wire around the city so no-one can leave it, and raised taxes to 100% to pay for the police he needs to oppress the population. Not surprisingly, when asked what the biggest problem is, [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating 100% of the people say "the mayor!"]]
* In the first issue of 'Loki; Agent Of Asgard' Hawkeye chose to play a fishing video game. Somehow he ended up in a malfunctioning helicopter, pursued by the American army. What's worse is that this kind of nonsense is common when he plays video games. Hawkeye is just that terrible.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/WarGames'', David and Jennifer definitely get into the spirit of this trope when they start playing the "Global Thermonuclear War" and gleefully discuss which U.S. cities they should bomb first.
** They then decide to nuke Las Vegas. A bit later, a person who learnt what they did applauded their decision, saying it was very biblical in nature.
* In ''Film/{{Tron}}'' and ''Film/TronLegacy'' (and the TV series ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising''), there is [[BloodSport a gladiatorial arena called "The Games"]] where programs fight to the death at the crowd's encouragement, in a parody of ancient Rome. Many sentient lifeforms are regularly murdered in a way utterly contrary to anything else Disney has created in the modern era (approached only by ''Motor City'') which they get away with since they are mere computer programs and not real people. Ignoring that unlike a setting such as ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', real people have entered the Grid on multiple occasions and a program has exited it and been able to exist in the real world.

* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the Ketrans had a god game called Alien Civilizations. The Capasins wiped the Ketrans out because they caught their transmissions and thought it was real.
** Crayak's Howlers gleefully wipe out entire species for their master [[spoiler:because they are children who believe that their victims are game constructs and not real people. Jake compares their playfulness to that of dolphins' after morphing one. The Howlers become useless to Crayak after Jake infects their HiveMind with the memory of a kiss (and with it the realization that their "victims" are as real as them).]]
* In ''Literature/EndersGame'' the battle school students are basically forced to use this to its furthest extent in order to beat the game on their electronic desks.
** Hell, this is essentially how the plot is resolved: [[spoiler:Ender is tired of playing games for the military, and does what he thinks is the most despicable and cruel thing he can possibly do in order to get out of it - slams the device into the alien planet and destroys the whole thing, including all of the ships in orbit from both sides.]] [[MagnificentBastard Turns out that's exactly the response they wanted.]]
*** It was also his only choice for victory when faced with overwhelming odds. "The enemy's gate is down" indeed.
** And this also comes into play even earlier with "The Fantasy Game", the recreational computer game that the students play. Ender not only [[spoiler: discovers he can kill the Giant that commands the unbeatable "Giant's Drink" minigame, but also has to kill the "wolf-children" that he finds, and then repeatedly kills the snake he finds in the tower.]] However, it's inverted in that final level. [[spoiler:The way around the snake in the tower challenge is not to kill the snake, but to love it.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Daemon}}'', Loki sees humans who are not part of the Darknet as {{NPC}}s. The Daemon does not allow him to outright kill them for no reason, but he can torment them in various ways (like destroying their bank accounts). When he is able to kill them (as part of a mission or in self-defense), he does so happily and in the most gruesome way available to him.
* The mid-80s collection of computer articles '''Digital Deli''' includes the "Crunchy Computer" comics. When hippie Crunchy tries to steer his son away from violent video game fair by giving him the "Save the Whales" game, Crunchy Jr. finds it far more fun to shoot the whales.
* Literature/StoryThieves: In the fourth book, where you can do numerous things to screw Owen over and you're not penalized at all (though, Nobody does mildly scold you about it you can do it anyways, over and over.)

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BlackMirror'': "USS Callister" is an epic {{deconstruction}} of the trope. If the game characters are sentient and being tortured every day by an omnipotent player then they are for all intents and purposes living in a CosmicHorrorStory.
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' mentioned this in an episode where Tim is playing ''VideoGame/TombRaider''. When Brian notes that Lara Croft is drowning and asks if that's the point, Tim replies that it "Depends what kind of mood you're in."
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' holodeck gives the characters to plenty of chances to do horrible things to their in-universe fictional worlds.
** One ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode features Tuvok strangling a hologram of Neelix to death.
** In an episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', Nog invites Jake Sisko to spend their day looting and pillaging a city in the holodeck.
** Another episode centered around a HolodeckMalfunction with a ''Film/JamesBond'' theme. In order to buy time so they could rescue the crew, Bashir pushes the "submerge the world" button, drowning all but the highest mountaintops. Everyone is just shocked at this, including the villain who was planning on doing it.
** In ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'', after Data inexplicably experiences anger during a fight with a Borg drone, he creates a Holodeck program where he kills the drone repeatedly in an attempt to replicate the emotion.
** In a very intentional case, Seska sabotaged the Holodeck into a death trap that reprogrammed itself to torture its occupants.
* The concept is explored in "The Game" episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', where Sheppard and [=McKay=] discover and play what they think is a ''Civilizations''-type strategy game, and they engage in some friendly and not-so-friendly competition with each other. Only to learn later that what they thought was just a game was really a Lantean social engineering experiment, and that there are ''real people'' on the other end. People who'd been getting along with each other just fine for centuries, before their long-absent "Oracles" returned and showed them the error of their peaceful, tolerant ways. Oops.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** One episode includes Troy and Abed playing a war game that turns out to award points for killing innocent civilians, as they learn when they start playing with a guy who is (unbeknownst to them) an actual war criminal.
** Another has a ''Legend of Zelda''-esque shopping trip turn into the brutal murder of the shopkeep and his wife, the shop being burned down, and their daughter now forced to marry or live in the woods.
--->'''Troy:'''...What kind of game ''is'' this?
* ''Series/{{Westworld}}'' is set in a meticulous recreation of the wild west using "Hosts", RidiculouslyHumanRobots programmed to essentially be non player characters in a real-life sandbox for rich people to mess around with as they please. Naturally, some guests take this to its logical extreme [[RapeAsDrama forcing themselves on the hosts who are programmed to hate it as much as any human would]], if not outright murdering them just because they can (two guests in particular talk about using a friendly host for firing practice if they get bored). One showrunner, Jonathan Nolan, specifically mentioned video games such as ''Videogame/RedDeadRedemption'' and ''Videogame/GrandTheftAutoV'' as inspiration.
* Invoked and deconstructed in the Video Game Violence episode of ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit''. In particular, at one point in the episode, viewers are asked to imagine a world where videogames are the sport of choice, and then people try to introduce UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball -- a sport that involves ''real'' violent physical contact and where people ''actually'' get broken bones, cuts, bruises, concussions, and even have been known to '''die'''.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In the Canadian comic strip ''Betty'', there is an arc in which Betty buys a new life simulation game called "The Mods" which is obviously inspired by ''Videogame/TheSims'' and/or ''Videogame/SimCity''. Betty's son, who also knows about the game, sees her playing and comments that the funny thing about such games is to make your characters stupid and ugly, to tear down hospitals and build casinos instead, and to build highways to nowhere. Betty dryly comments that she would rather make her Mods world different that the real world.
* This happens in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' a lot when Jason plays games. For example, he giggles excitedly when he plays one that sounds a lot like ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}}''. And in another strip, Paige complains to her dad that Jason and Marcus are playing a bloody and violent fighting game called ''[[VideoGame/PrimalRage Primal]] [[VideoGame/KillerInstinct Instinct]]'', and is upset because they won't let ''her'' play too.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Related to this trope, ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has an inherent metaphysical bond between two player character types. While it was meant by the divinities who put it in place to be the stuff of eternal romances and battle-forged friendships, the nature of the bond between the Solar and the Lunar Exalted has the potential for great abuse, both within the world and with [[MindRape certain magical abilities]] the Solars possess that can subjugate their Lunar Mate even more. There is a reason, after all, one Solar charm was dubbed the Lunar-taming Leash.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Leo, of ''Webcomic/VGCats'', is a CruelPlayerCharacterGod, as seen [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=122 here]].
-->'''Leo:''' Do you think Sims feel pain?\\
'''Aeris:''' You’re a '''monster''' and you’re going straight to Hell.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** Tedd can be quite cruel when playing ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite'', though apparently not to the extent suggested above. He mostly seems to turn people into girls. So it's more or less like his usual behavior, but more.
** Surprisingly enough, it's ''Grace'' who will unleash seven kinds of overly violent hell on video game enemies, despite being a FriendToAllLivingThings and one of the nicest people you would ever meet in the real world, to the point that Tedd once described her as "possibly a hippie".
* And now [[Webcomic/PennyArcade Gabe]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/05/25 joins the fun]] with ''VideoGame/InFAMOUS''.
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' points out just how cruel standard gameplay is in its [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/11/20/200-ode-to-minions/ "Ode to Minions"]].
* [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=201 In a bonus comic for]] ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', [[GadgeteerGenius Kat]] introduces [[DefrostingIceQueen Annie]] to ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''. Annie, who apparently hasn't played computer games before, has trouble sleeping that night...
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s Sburb has a lot of potential for this. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004250 Case in point.]] The entire reason why that situation exists is because of their version of live action role-playing - Vriska (the girl he's talking to) used her powers as a KillerDM to force Tavros (the guy in the wheelchair) to ''jump off a cliff'' when he was indecisive about fighting two powerful enemies.
* Eliana Harrison of ''Webcomic/{{EverSoSlightly}}'' enjoys letting her "[[BuffySpeak asshole-ery]]'' shine while playing games with multiple endings, implying that she invokes this trope by seeking out the bad endings.
* ''Webcomic/DarwinCarmichaelIsGoingToHell'' has a [[http://dcisgoingtohell.com/228-into-the-woods-partxv/ strip]] where Skittles the manticore is upset when Patrick shows him how to play VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Joe's character in Literature/StatlessAndTactless loves this. He'll viciously attack innocent people and kill non-innocent people in excessive ways purely because he can.
* Deconstructively parodied by ''Website/CollegeHumor'' in "[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/5665288/the-sims-horror-movie The Sims Horror Movie]]" trailer. The characters are plagued the same way as is possible in the game: drowning them by removing the pool ladder, keeping the police out with a waist-high fence, blocking the exits with furniture, and keeping them deprived of food and sleep.
* Yahtzee of ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' is a big fan of this, and believes firmly that it's a normal part of gaming to take the most damaging possible action. He credits it simply to subversiveness - if a game is trying to make the character out to be TheMessiah or a ReluctantHero, then having them instead [[ForTheEvulz shoot their friends and run over old women]] is inherently hilarious. Examples he's given include drowning VideoGame/TheSims, [[WreakingHavok shoving physics objects into faces]] during scripted cutscenes in ''VideoGame/HalfLife'', and eating people's spouses before murdering them in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}''. Ironically, he's usually bored by games that try to ''encourage'' this, such as ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'', simply because it's not fun to do it when the game demands you do it.
* A major BerserkButton for [=PksparxxDathotneSS=] is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjOmdsTm0N8 having to leave Yoshi behind]] in any installment of ''Francise/SuperMarioBrothers'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACYtR6DI5Mg especially if you need to use him as a springboard]] for a DoubleJump by throwing him away (which has become MemeticMutation in of itself). He has gone as far as to start a campaign called "No Yoshi Left Behind" [[SeriousBusiness protesting this injustice]] and even designed and sold a t-shirt over it. And one thing that is ''sure'' to get PK pissed in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker'' is to force him to abandon a Yoshi with a level you present him with just to get his goat. He will actually abort the level if it comes to that. And the one time he didn't, [[FromBadToWorse he lived to regret it...]] because winning the level by abandoning a Yoshi led to him finishing the level in a manner [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment that forced a Yoshi to be dropped into LAVA.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_brDHcSPwo Take a gander.]] Mario Maker sadism at its worst!
* ''WebVideo/{{Petscop}}'': Paul does some morally ambiguous actions with the pets:
** Paul deceives Amber to catch her.
** He plucks a sapient daisy, under which NLM Care rests on a separate floor. When the daisy no longer has petals, Care as a result has a disfigured face. Also this action is AllForNothing; he's unable to catch NLM Care.
** Later on he is able to catch NLM Care, and the text box specifies that if he loves her she can become Care A, even if the love is a lie. He abandons her at the children's library, only to recatch her.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', a teenage (but not evil) version of Arcade hacks into Cerebro and commands it to attack all the X-Men who show up in the Danger Room, believing it is simply an advanced computer game.
** For some reason he doesn't recognize any of the "characters" as his schoolmates.
*** Well, obviously, he thinks everyone except Kurt created a "character" who looked just like them.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' where 21 and 24 are discussing Tomb Raider and how Lara could drown, which a horrified 21 described as grisly.
* In ''TheSimpsons'' episode "The Regina Monologues", Bart and Milhouse are playing a video game called ''Hockey Dad'', which, as the name implies, is a fighting game that involves two dads at their kids' hockey match. Bart manages to win essentially by ignoring the child of his character pleading for him to stop, as he didn't want the dad to resort to murdering Milhouse's character (note that when the kid was begging him not to, the dad in question was literally stomping the snot out of his opponent's face [well, blood, but still], and his final blow involved strangling his opponent with the opponent's own tie). The winning screen has the winning dad doing a victorious pose and is implied to be arrested by the police, although whether this was supposed to be VideoGameCrueltyPunishment was debatable, given the fact that there was a winner sign, the dad smiling while being carted away by the police, and the announcer saying "You're a big man! BIG MAN!!"

* [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/exploring-the-mysteries-of-the-mind-with-the-sims-3/ This]] Website/{{Cracked}} article. Read it, and you will laugh and cry for the future of humanity simultaneously.
* The song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeXpYee5UhM Indiscriminate Murder is Counter-Productive]]" by Music/MachinaeSupremacy.