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Sometimes, you're [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption railroaded into making a bad decision]] for the game to proceed. Other times, [[CutsceneIncompetence the game does it for you]]. Either way, the reaction is still the same: "WhatAnIdiot!"

Video Games With Their Own Pages:
* ''WhatAnIdiot/AceAttorney''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/FinalFantasy''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/FireEmblem''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/FiveNightsAtFreddys''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/GodOfWarSeries''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/HeavyRain''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/KingdomHearts''
* ''Mega Man Franchise''
** ''WhatAnIdiot/MegaMan''
** ''WhatAnIdiot/MegaManX''
** ''WhatAnIdiot/MegaManZero''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/MassEffect''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/{{Persona 4}}''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/SakuraWars''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/SonicTheHedgehog''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/SuperMarioBros''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/TalesSeries''



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* ''[[VideoGame/ArmoredCore Armored Core: Nexus]]''. Navis, a smaller-scale [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corporation]], activates a LostTechnology superweapon to keep their territory safe from the larger encroaching Corporations. This weapon is the robotic equivalent of a weapon of mass destruction. So, of course, [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters it promptly goes nuts on them upon activation]] and destroys the very people who activated it, killing the Navis executives, leaving Navis in ruins and almost all of its employees and resources dead and destroyed.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The other Corporations, ''seeing Navis get completely wiped off the map'' by willy-nilly activating giant freakin' robots, would be a heck of a lot more cautious with the lost weapons that ''they'' found, and that they wouldn't '''ever''' activate those weapons without knowing exactly what those weapons did, what those weapons were capable of, and ''sure as all heaven'' not without being able to control them.\\
'''Instead''': Kisaragi, another MegaCorp that is apparently completely GenreBlind, does the exact same thing ''[[WhatAnIdiot in the exact same game.]]'' Only this time, not only do they activate a copy of ThatOneBoss of the entire VideoGame/ArmoredCore series (the AI of which has a KillEmAll and MurderIsTheBestSolution mentality no less), but they also activate [[SuicideAttack hundreds of thousands]], ''[[SuicideAttack if not millions]]'', [[SuicideAttack of suicide weapons]], all of which promptly go kamikaze on the rest of the Corporations and humanity in general. Oh, [[spoiler: [[DownerEnding and it also gets the protagonist of the game, you, killed.]]]]
* ''Army of Two'' has a scene that actually {{Lampshades}} this Trope. Salem and Rios have been set up as the fall guys after they unwittingly killed a US senator to help their corrupt boss back S&C get him out of the picture so a bill to privatize the military will pass. They board a cargo plane to head back to Miami to stop him. But Phillip Cylde, crazy as hell mercenary, who has apparently cut his mouth to create a sick Joker-esque smile, has snuck aboard the plane.\\
'''You'd Expect''' Clyde to simply kill Rios and Salem while they are sleeping and try everything possible to avoid using guns... in a flying airplane. Or maybe even just planting a time bomb and jumping out of the plane before it goes off.\\
'''Instead''' He not only kills the pilots of the plane instead of his intended targets, he delays shooting them to gloat at how much he's going to enjoy killing them. This would be fine as he took Salem as a hostage and pretty much had control of the situation. But the US Air Force noticed the dead pilots, figured it was an approaching terrorist attack and started shooting at the plane. This gives Salem and Rios the chance to overpower Clyde and get themselves to cover. Clyde starts shooting wildly damaging the plane even further. Then Clyde throws a grenade, a short-sighted move in general. But it only gets worse as another hit from the US Air Force manages to roll the grenade back at him. Rios then {{lampshades}} Clyde's actions up to this point by saying "What an Idiot" and he and Salem head for the hovercraft at the back of the plane. But Clyde isn't done, he actually decides to fire a Javelin missile inside the plane. He apparently doesn't know how to use its "fire and forget" technology 'cause he misses and manages to help Rios and Salem by blasting open the jammed cargo door behind them. Rios and Salem escape on the hovercraft while Clyde ends up in the drink with the crashing plane. He survives, but he seriously screwed up his mission in so many ways.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed'':
** Altaïr is on a mission to retrieve a magical artifact for the Assassins. While on his way, he sees Robert de Sable, head of the Templar Order, the enemies of the Assassins, and decides to take him out, despite it not being within the parameters of the mission.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Altaïr to wait for the opportune moment, and then simply do a jumping assassination on de Sable, therefore taking him out before he has enough time to react.\\
'''Instead''': He announces his presence to de Sable, before walking up and trying to stab him. As a result of his actions, not only does he fail, but one of the Assassins who came with him is killed, and the other one ends up losing one of his arms.
** Altaïr has another one shortly after, along with Malik, the Assassin who lost his arm. They're both trying to get back to Masyaf, the Assassin HQ.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The two of them to take sufficient measures to ensure that the Templars don't follow them back to Masyaf.\\
'''Instead''': It doesn't appear that they did, considering that the fortress ends up beseiged by Templar forces.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'':
** Daniel Cross has Desmond held at gunpoint after catching him breaking into a skyscraper.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Cross to stay out of Desmond's reach.\\
'''Instead''': He walks up to Desmond, who quickly gets control of his gun and knocks him out.
** Templar William Johnson is trying to buy Native American lands so that he and the Templars can protect them from the colonists' expansion. Unfortunately for him, the Native American leaders are refusing to sell.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Johnson to just tell the leaders that he intends to keep their lands safe, and that as the colonies get more populated and need more space, relations between them and the natives will deteriorate to the point they'll be willing to go to war.\\
'''Instead''': He has his mooks point guns at the leaders, to try forcing them to sell, and only tells the truth to Connor, as he's dying from the Assassin's blade.
** Sequence 8 largely ends up happening because of Connor's stupidity. He's in New York, trying to assassinate Thomas Hickey, who's trying to assassinate UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington. After chasing him through the streets, and getting accused of being a member of his counterfeiting operation, Connor has him pinned up against a wall.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Connor to just kill him, particularly after what happened the last time he let one of the Templars live. Or, if he wants to find a solution that doesn't involve murder, just knock him out and leave him to be arrested. After that he runs from the militia, and works on clearing his name from there. You wouldn't expect this to be hard for him, just bribe some town criers and printing press owners, '''like he did at the Boston Massacre'''.\\
'''Instead''': He just explains his motivations to Hickey, and when accused of counterfeiting, tries to argue his case then and there, even when it's clear the militia won't listen. Things go FromBadToWorse for Connor; first he's thrown in prison, and later framed for trying to kill Washington by the Templars.
** Haytham has been trying to get Connor to join him and the Templars since they first met. Problem is, other than their differing ideologies, Connor believes that one of Haytham's subordinates burned down his village, killing his mother in the process ([[spoiler:It was actually George Washington who was responsible]]). Haytham knows who's truly responsible.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Haytham to tell Connor this information as soon as he found out.\\
'''Instead:''' He only tells Connor when he's found out that [[spoiler:Washington intends to have it destroyed again]]. As a result, Connor believes that Haytham was using this information to manipulate him, and breaks off all contact with him. The next time they meet, it ends in tragedy.
** Haytham has managed to knock Connor to the ground after their fight.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Haytham, knowing that Connor has Hidden Blades, would break Connor's arms first to prevent him using them.\\
'''Instead''': Haytham just tries to strangle Connor. Connor is able to bring up a Hidden Blade and fatally stab Haytham.
** Near the end of the game, the Colonial Templars have been reduced to the leader [[spoiler:Charles Lee]] and a few thugs. Connor is still hunting him down.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [[spoiler: Lee]] to stay armed, and with bodyguards at all times.\\
'''Instead:''' [[TooDumbToLive He doesn't, and ditches said bodyguards as soon as he sees Connor]], [[spoiler:and subsequently misses a golden opportunity to kill Connor, who ultimately kills him soon after.]]
** Both occasions Connor is chasing a Templar through a city.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That he'd just focus on catching the Templar in question.\\
'''Instead:''' He went out of his way to avoid shoving people aside during the chase, if the secondary objectives of those missions are to be believed. That's the same as dusting your wardrobe while your house is on fire.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue'':
** Early on, a distraught Shay Cormac returns to Mentor Achilles Davenport from a mission to retrieve a supposed Piece of Eden, having unintentionally caused an earthquake to destroy the city of Lisbon during his search. Shay claims that there was no Piece of Eden for him to find, and points out that this has happened before; when an Assassin was sent to Haiti to explore a [[{{Precursors}} First Civilization]] site, an earthquake destroyed Port-au-Prince soon after he arrived.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Achilles to tell Shay not to blame himself for what happened, and assure him that they will stop messing with the First Civilization, having figured out that when they do, the place they search will "coincidentally" get hit by a huge earthquake.\\
'''Instead:''' Achilles insists on continuing to search for Pieces of Eden, and lets Shay get dragged out of his office kicking and screaming. Shay subsequently defects to the Templars in order to stop the Assassins doing any more harm in their search for First Civilization artifacts, and becomes instrumental in wiping out the Colonial Assassins.
** Years after Shay's defection, Hope foils an attempt by him to sneak into her mansion and assassinate her. Shay is now lying at her feet, winded.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Hope to either stab Shay with her hidden blades (which are supposed to be standard issue for the Assassins), choke him out, break his neck, or do something that would cause his immediate death while she has the chance.\\
'''Instead:''' Hope takes away Shay's gas mask, fills the room full of poisonous gas, and runs off, leaving him to die. Shay promptly escapes, and ultimately kills her.
* According to the GameOver [[TheBadGuyWins Cutscene]] in ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'', Gruntilda could just tell her [[TheIgor lackey]] to turn up the power and complete the transformation from [[EvilMakesYouUgly Hag]] into [[EvilIsSexy Hot]] anytime she wanted.\\
'''You'd Expect''': She tell her lackey to turn up the power immediately, or anytime during the several hours she taunts the heroes while they [[GottaCatchThemAll collect the collectibles]] of the game.\\
'''Instead''': She does the aforementioned latter, either doing nothing but taunting the heroes as they get closer and closer to her, or work on her PopQuiz LethalLavaLand.\\
'''In Addition''': After heroes beat her in (again) aforementioned PopQuiz LethalLavaLand she willingly [[EvenEvilHasStandards gives up her hostage]] and runs away, even though she was under no real obligation to do so.\\
'''But Then''': Despite Gruntilda uncharacteristically abandoning her plot and fleeing, Tootie insists that you have to properly defeat her before you can celebrate your victory. It can't be said with certainty that she would have been any nicer if they'd left her alone, but the outcome of this battle leaves her severely injured and vowing revenge, which leads to all of her villainous plots during the next three games.\\
'''And To Top It All Off''': The victim of the first game's plot and catalyst for the rest of the franchise's problems vanishes from the series entirely afterward. So what have our heroes gained?
* ''BatenKaitos Origins'':
** Gibari and King Ladekahn have headed to Nashira to watch the skyfarers bring in today's catch. When they reach Nashira, however, they're shocked to find that Alfardian soldiers have captured the village and imprisoned the inhabitants. Ladekahn demands to know what is going on, and is laughed at by the soldiers.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He'd say something along the lines of 'I'm King Ladekahn, dumbass. What the hell are you doing on my island?'\\
'''Instead:''' He throws a fit and orders them to leave Diadem immediately, prompting the soldiers to lock him and Gibari up.
** Ladekahn also has a moment in ''Eternal Wings''. After Alfard (again) lays siege to Diadem on flimsy claims, he's told that the Alfardian emissaries would like to make a ceasefire.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He'd realize that Alfard probably doesn't have Diadem's best interests in mind.\\
'''Instead:''' He meets the Alfardians on the bridge to his castle, alone, and gets shot by Ayme. The only thing that keeps Ayme from finishing him off is Lyude's HeelFaceTurn.
* By the time the events of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' ended, Batman learns a lesson [[AnAesop regarding cooperation and teamwork]].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That when he is stuck in a situation where he cannot do it alone or if he is too preoccupied in stopping the villain at large and wants to help catch the other villains, he asks for help from either Gordon, Robin, or even Catwoman to aid the job for him. Or if they want to eagerly help Batman, he gives them any task to make them useful.\\
'''Instead:''' [[AesopAmnesia He keeps brushing off every offer of help from everyone but Alfred and Oracle]]. This ultimately caused his downfall as when he confines Robin out of fear, Scarecrow ended up taking advantage of it and he is forced to unmask himself to the world to save them.\\
'''Result:''' Batman is forced to initiate the "Knightfall Protocol" and [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor gets exactly what he wanted]], being cut off from allies and friends forever.
** Using the tracker implemented on the Batwing and comparing the voice between the two, Bane quickly managed to deduced that Batman is Bruce Wayne.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That he reports this fact to his own henchmen and Joker ([[SecretIdentityApathy he probably won't care though]]) to gain a massive advantage against Batman in the future and subsequently, destroy his manor and Batcave to cripple him.\\
'''Instead:''' He keeps quiet of this fact and storms the manor himself with Alfred only on the verge of death and upon injecting himself with the [=TN-1=] toxin, he forgets this fact leaving his knowledge of Batman's true identity lost forever.
* During ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', Batman kitbashes three Batclaws into the Ultra Batclaw. This allows him to attack three thugs, pull grates off much faster, and even pull out walls that he can't reach with Explosive Gel. He couldn't have beaten [[spoiler:Titan Joker]] without it.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He makes this standard equipment, or at least something he can airdrop.\\
'''Instead:''' It never shows up again.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'':
** A major plot point is that Joker has become critically ill thanks to his use of TITAN. In need of a cure, he goes to Mr Freeze, a guy whose main schtick, besides all the ice-based weaponry, is turning his wife Nora into a HumanPopsicle while he works on a cure for her terminal disease.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That at some point, Joker would request the same treatment while Freeze creates his cure, perhaps leaving behind instructions to deal with Nora if Freeze tries to double-cross him.\\
'''Instead:''' It never occurs to him to do this.
** A retro-active one for Penguin: before the events of the game, he had a henchman do recon on Joker with a sniper rifle. This went on for at least two days, as Batman finds this very henchmen after leaving the museum.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Penguin to just give the order to kill Joker. As far as he knew, Quinn was the only leader left, and she was incompetent at the time.\\
'''Instead''': He blows the chance to take out his rival. The game, and the rest of the series, plays like it does.
*** During a critical plot moment when Joker is on the brink of death from [=TITAN=] poisoning, Batman contemplates on whether he should give the cure to him.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Knowing full well that Batman [[ThouShallNotKill never kills]], he waits for him to finish his speech regarding Joker's actions before Batman gives the cure to him.\\
'''Instead:''' He immediately decides to attack Bats just after giving the above speech. This results in Batman dropping the cure completely destroying any chance of saving his own life. In the end, all that Joker could do is laugh as he dies and GoOutWithASmile.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'':
** A subplot of the game involves Robin looking for a cure for people infected with the Joker's blood, a plot point in the previous chronological game ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''.\\
'''What You'd Expect''': Given the presence of five cells, yet only four only have prisoners and his own involvement in the plot of ''City'', Robin would know right off the bat (no pun intended) that [[spoiler: the fifth cell was for Batman himself, whom the Joker also infected during ''City''.]]\\
'''Instead''': [[spoiler: It's takes the betrayal of Henry Adams (who wasn't as immune as they thought and EvilAllAlong) to make a comment about Batman's condition for Robin to realize who the fifth cell was for. Granted Batman did cure himself and showed no symptoms, but Robin never even considered the possibility.]]
** Also, a flashback shows that Gordon is aware of the infected as well. The building they're in isn't far from GCPD.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Gordon would have a squad of cops ready to provide backup at some point, or at least offer to do so.\\
'''Instead:''' Gordon does nothing, never even considering the idea.
** Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight have covered the streets of Gotham with a huge cloud of fear toxin, and the city's only hope is for Batman to destroy a powerful tank belonging to the Arkham Knight. Unfortunately, the toxin has disabled the Batmobile, and Batman learns that he must fit a Nimbus cell to it in order to reactivate it. However, the Batmobile is currently on the streets of Gotham, deep in the clouds of toxin.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Batman to fit the Nimbus cell to the Batwing, use it to move the Batmobile out of the toxin clouds, and then transfer the Nimbus cell from the Batwing to the Batmobile. Alternatively, he could bring in [[spoiler: the spare Batmobile]] and put the cell in ''that''.\\
'''Instead:''' Batman decides to dive right into the streets covered in the fear toxin (which can be absorbed into the body through clothes, rendering gas masks and holding one's breath useless) and try and put the cell into the Batmobile right there. Unsurprisingly, he nearly dies.
** At the end of the game, [[spoiler:Batman is captured and brought to Arkham Asylum, where Scarecrow plans to unmask him on live TV.]] Although he was jamming communications earlier, the fact that he's broadcasting means he's stopped.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Alfred to remotely pilot the Batwing over there to stop the transmission somehow.\\
'''Instead:''' He does nothing and [[spoiler:Batman is unmasked, forcing him and Alfred to seemingly kill themselves in one final act to protect Gotham and their loved ones.]]
*** For that matter, at the end, Scarecrow [[spoiler: has Commissioner Gordon and Robin hostage and awaits Batman]].\\
'''You'd Expect''': [[spoiler: Since Scarecrow is the only criminal on Arkham Island, and Gordon isn't tied up, he could have easily moved Robin to safety and set up a trap while Crane was outside getting Batman.]]\\
'''Instead:''' [[spoiler: Much like Alfred, he does nothing, leaving both himself and Robin as Scarecrow's hostages. For crying out loud, Robin ''still has his utility belt.'']]
** Kirk Langstrom is trying to cure his deafness and thinks Bat DNA could help.\\
'''What You'd Expect''': To use ''any'' other bat than the one he did.\\
'''Instead''': He uses a freaking vampire bat!
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'': Deuteragonist Dimitri Mayakovsky and his Spetsnaz team have traced a known terrorist to Paris who has a stolen nuclear device and plans to detonate it and intend to do whatever is necessary to stop him.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That they'd warn the French authorities that terrorists are on their soil and have a nuclear weapon primed and to request their assistance in stopping the detonation. [[spoiler: Or warn the US Government that they have a double agent in their ranks.]]\\
'''Instead:''' They don't say a word, and decide that they have no choice but to storm in guns a'blazin and waste precious time and effort having to murder any innocent French police officer who gets in their way.\\
'''Result:''' [[spoiler: Vladimir dies in the crossfire, [[NukeEm the nuke goes off without a hitch taking over a million civies with it]], Russia ends up in the middle of a major international shitstorm, and Dimitri ends up with life-threatening radiation poisoning for his trouble. An EpicFail for his squad on virtually every front.]]
** From the other side, Sgt. Henry Blackburn's Marine detachment under the leadership of [[TooDumbToLive Captain Cole]] are sent in to capture a Russian arms-dealer working with the terrorists who have taken over Iran. But when they get close to compound they find it's already being seized by Russian paratroopers who are being sent in to capture the dealer themselves.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Cole to wait and ask command to advise them on the situation or try to get in contact with the Russian forces to clarify things.\\
'''Instead:''' [[InsaneTrollLogic He takes this as proof that the Russian Army is in league with the terrorists and are covering up their mess]] and orders his under-armed and outnumbered troops to attack them completely unprovoked.\\
'''Result:''' It ends with nearly ALL of the Marines under Cole's command dead and as [[OnlySaneMan Montes]] points out, the assault probably triggered the biggest international incident since Pearl Harbor. All because he wanted a promotion so damn bad and didn't think for ''five seconds'' about the possible repercussions. [[FacePalm And thought setting off World War III was the best way to get it.]] [[spoiler: [[IdiotPlot And it's implied it would've WORKED if Blackburn hadn't done the smart thing and wasted him.]]]]
*** Or, hell, the whole ''framing device.'' To elaborate, Sgt. Blackburn is in custody and suspected of treason to which two CIA analysts have been tasked with investigating the matter. Throughout the entire interrogation Blackburn keeps warning them that Solomon is the mastermind behind a suspected terror plot and that he plans on attacking that very day with details about how he plans to do it.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That they'd go over every last nook and cranny as thoroughly as possible and advise their superiors to take precautions in case of a possible terror attack. [[spoiler: Or look for evidence of a possible security leak or rogue agent.]]\\
'''Instead:''' [[spoiler: Simply because Solomon is a CIA informant, they believe EVERYTHING he says without question. Despite Blackburn having a witness in the form of Montes, they never ask for his testimony, and despite having VIDEO EVIDENCE of Solomon murdering Corporal Miller in cold blood, they never so much as have him undergo a psych evaluation.]] Instead, one of the interrogators contributes nothing and only says "Ha ha fuck you, you're lying" every chance he gets and all but confesses to Black that the interrogation is a KangarooCourt and that he's already guilty. Plus, they both ignore Cole blatantly giving the middle finger to Rules Of Engagement and every bit of evidence Black has in favor of simply blaming the Russians for everything. [[SarcasmMode Because, you know, they're Russian. They can't possibly NOT be evil.]]\\
'''Result:''' Solomon's plan ''almost'' succeeds and is only thwarted because Montes and Blackburn are [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere sick of their bullshit and escape.]] [[TooDumbToLive And if Multiplayer and the sequel are any indication, they still decide to wage a completely pointless war that will cost millions of dollars and lives anyway.]]
* ''Videogame/BeyondTwoSouls'': The [[BlackAndWhiteMorality (evil)]] American government has discovered a supernaturally empowered girl who has a literal guardian spirit devoted to protecting her at any cost. This spirit [[SuperpowerLottery has telekinesis and can suffocate people as well as possess their bodies]].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' They keep a close eye on the girl and maintain a constant watch on her throughout her life, minimalizing any influence that she might see as threatening or oppressive. Above all, they don't expose her to traumatic situations and try to keep her state of mind sane and uncompromised.\\
'''Instead:''' They make her their [[TykeBomb assassin]] and keep her from having any freedom and social contact. When the girl inevitably tries to escape their grasp, they send a small army's worth of cops and soldiers to detain her.\\
'''Result:''' The girl rebels, and goes on to kill people. A lot of people.
** Late in the game, Jodie is pressed into infiltrating a [[ChineseWithChopperSupport PLA]]-{{Expy}}'s top secret UnderwaterBase with her former CIA teammates, which include both DesignatedLoveInterest Ryan and the team's token-Asian member Nick. Finding a submarine dry-dock and seeing no alternative to piloting the sub down and walking in through the front door, Jodie suggests DressingAsTheEnemy to try and slip by unnoticed. Since Jodie's supernatural connection to Aiden is needed for the mission, she gets a pass, but she still needs some backup and since the sub is only a two seater, only one other member of the squad can go with her.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' They would send Nick with her so as not to arouse suspicion; even if he isn't Chinese (or [[{{Wutai}} Kaziri]], or whatever), he would be more likely to pass for one at a distance and thus, would stand out less. He could then scout ahead for the far-more conspicuous 20-something white girl.\\
'''Instead:''' They send the obviously white Ryan with her for no adequate reason other than to create dramatic/romantic tension.\\
'''Result:''' Jodie and Ryan are discovered almost immediately after exiting the sub, and are captured and tortured for information.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'': MadScientist Dr. Suchong is put in charge of developing a plasmid that will make [[GiantMook Big Daddies]] protect [[MacGuffin Little Sisters]] whenever the Little Sisters are in harm's way.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That Suchong would not do anything to harm the Little Sisters, in the case that his research were successful.\\
'''Instead:''' While complaining about the initial failures of his creation, he slaps a Little Sister that was trying to get his attention. [[spoiler:It ends up revealing his work was, in fact, successful when he gets ''drilled to his desk'' by a suddenly-protective Big Daddy]].
* There are instances in the ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' series where you really have to question the intellect of the protagonists.
** In the ''Desperation'' story of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', Noel and Tsubaki have their little tiff due to Tsubaki being thoroughly {{mindraped}} by Terumi. Noel accidentally extracts a memory of Terumi from Tsubaki's mind afterwards and comes to the conclusion that he did something to her good friend.\\
'''You'd think''' Noel would at least fall back and get some reinforcements. She was there at the end of ''Calamity Trigger'', and knows Terumi is bad news. Other characters have gone out of their way to advise her to give the bastard a wide berth - Makoto, her other good friend, explicitly asked her to try to stay away from him. Even if Noel and the help can't take Terumi down, they'd have an escape plan.\\
'''Instead''' she charges on in and fights Terumi alone. [[AllAccordingToPlan Just the way he wanted it.]]
---> "I have arrived, reborn as Kusanagi. The destroyer of all living things. I am death..."
** During Chapter 6 of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma'', Kagura finishes his evaluation of Tsubaki and returns to Kokonoe to report what he knows (coupled with a tip that Hazama knows she's with him).\\
'''You'd expect''' them to invite Noel and Makoto in for the discussion, even if they had to wait. Not only is Tsubaki their closest friend, and someone they'd be willing to forsake orders to save, but Makoto, as a former Intelligence officer, could eavesdrop upon them with both of them being none the wiser.\\
'''Instead''' they start the meeting right away. Before it ends, Makoto barges in and demands an explanation as Kokonoe laments the fact that she was eavesdropping.\\
'''You'd expect''' them to have Makoto verify what she overheard and fill in the gaps as thoroughly as possible, even if she had to have Tager do so for her. An educated spy is an efficient spy, and Makoto has proven to be somewhat responsible.\\
'''Instead''' Kokonoe berates Makoto on the responsibilities of her role while Kagura blankly assures that everything will be alright. Then when Makoto's out of the room, Kokonoe has Tager try to restrain them both (never mind that Makoto would beat the shit out of Tager [[BerserkButton if he tried to make a move on Noel]]). [[WithFriendsLikeThese If this is how you treat your allies, professor...]]\\
'''Even worse:''' Kokonoe berates Kagura on not noticing Makoto's intent this whole time, knowing full well she would act to save Tsubaki anyway. This forces the two of them to plan around the girls in situ thanks to not sharing the information, which almost gets Makoto 86'd by [[spoiler:Izanami acting through]] Tsubaki. Further still, Makoto does a thorough job warning Noel that Tsubaki would attempt to kill her, and none of the villains catch up to Noel in Story Mode before Kagura finds her. Do practice what you preach, Kokonoe, alright?
** During the climax of ''Chronophantasma'', [[spoiler:Nu forcibly attempts to merge with Noel, bringing the latter into a mindscape with a mirror, the reflection of which has white hair compared to Noel's blonde.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''You'd expect''' Noel to recognize the white-haired girl as Nu and refuse to comply. The last time she got close to Nu, things went pear-shaped, and she should at least remember that much.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Instead''' she recognizes the reflection as herself, which once again [[AllAccordingToPlan goes along with what Relius was planning]]. Rachel tries to tell her to stop, but by then the damage was done.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Result:''' Relius sends Nu back to Hazama with her newly shared permissions, whereupon she summons ''[[PhysicalGod the Master Unit]]'' and things become two orders of magnitude worse for the heroes. [[SarcasmMode Way to go, girlfriend.]]]]
** In the closing act, [[spoiler:Ragna has just finished incapacitating the aforementioned Nu and dragged her out of Take-Mikazuchi alongside Celica and Minerva. Ragna, out of his desire to save Nu, asks Celica to heal her.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''You'd expect''' Ragna to belay his request until he can get a binding array on Nu, considering she just tried to kill him moments before. Even if he has genuine feelings for Nu outside of pity over her predicament, some things just shouldn't be left to chance, and there's no guarantee she won't give him [[DeadlyHug hug.exe]] once she's healthy again.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Instead''' they both go right ahead and heal her unbound. Izanami shows up, banishes Hakumen (who was trying to kill Nu despite Celica's pleas), sics Nine (formerly Phantom) on Jubei, and commands the beast to awaken. Cue hug.exe as predicted, Noel getting hurt, and Jin beaten to an inch of his life. Kokonoe was right when she said naivete would lead to someone's downfall.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'':
** Right after Jimmy is led by Gary into a trap against Russell and managed to won against him, Gary proclaims his motives and flees the scene.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Jimmy and Petey to find Gary before he does anymore damage to Bullworth Academy and leave the cliques to their fates for now.\\
'''Instead:''' Jimmy never once considers just searching for Gary despite Petey's constant suggestion of simply searching for Gary over having the approval of all the five cliques. Predictably, Gary somehow managed to overthrow Jimmy as the new ruler of the school and cause massive chaos on Bullworth Academy.
** Once Jimmy managed to take pictures of Johnny's girlfriend Lola cheating on Gord and gives it to him, Johnny now has full proof of Lola's infidelity.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That he approaches Lola, directly confront her infidelity based on the pictures he obtained and if she didn't give any reasonable explanation, dump her.\\
'''Instead:''' He apparently still thinks that he can win Lola back by knocking out not just Gord but anyone who even bats an eye at her such as Cornelius and Algie. This caused an unnecessary amount of tension and conflict in chapter 3 that could have been avoided if Johny has some [[LoveMakesYouDumb common sense]].
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'', the protagonists have just captured Lev Kravchenko, former [[TheDragon dragon]] to previous BigBad Dragovich, and take him to a compound to interrogate him.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Woods or Hudson, both of whom are present and know that Mason was brainwashed to be compelled to kill Kravchenko, to disarm Mason and take him to another room to regain his composure.\\
'''Instead''': They just stand there and let him watch, and do nothing when he outright cocks his gun and points it at Kravchenko.\\
'''The Result''': Mason either just barely manages to resist his brainwashing through sheer HeroicWillpower, or succumbs and murders Kravchenko before they can get any useful intel out of him.
* The third ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' game features a man intending to sacrifice his granddaughter [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday her fifteenth birthday]]. He's doing this in order to become an immortal creature of evil.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The grandfather would treat his granddaughter with love, kindness and respect, not only so that she'll live long enough to see her fifteenth birthday, but that she'll implicitly trust him when the time comes. Even if he has to complete a ritual to sacrifice her, all he has to offer is a big birthday party for his beloved granddaughter to lure her into a trap.\\
'''Instead:''' He constantly puts her in danger against other evil forces, which eventually awakens her latent powers that help her fight off the evil. By the time she makes it to her grandfather, she promptly tells him off and kicks his ass with her newly awakened powers.
* ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 2'':
** New York has been overrun by the alien Ceph. Military command has already, by this point, hired and discarded mercenary company CELL to try containing not only the alien invasion but the plague they're spreading at the same time. When this fails (spectacularly), military command sends in Marine companies to A) contain the invasion and B) arrest the CELL operatives who have not just failed in their duty, but are completely fucking insane.\\
'''You'd Expect''': the higher-ups to let the Marines go about doing their jobs. Perhaps even send in regular soldiers to handle rounding up CELL and let Marines get on with dealing with the Ceph. The times you see the Marines in action, they seem to hold their own fairly well, if with heavy casualties. Reinforce them and let things continue that way, or, hell, investigate these reports of a man in super-armor kicking alien ass five ways till Sunday.\\
'''Instead''': They decide that extra measures are needed. Well, can't blame them for that. But they decide to strike against the Ceph by bombing out the upriver dam and ''flooding the city''. Now, these aliens have been nicknamed the Ceph. As in, cephalopods. As in, ''creatures that live in water''. Nearly every scientist talked to in the game notes how it's obvious that they are, at least, amphibious in origin, and that they seem to be at home in the water. So, not only are the higher-ups endangering the forces ''already'' in the city, they are potentially providing the aliens with an environment in which they will have an easy upper hand.
** Later, Ceph lithoship rises out of Central Park and prepares to spread the virus over the entire city, potentially much, much farther. Now, the last time a lithoship reared its head, military command launched a nuke at it. The lithoship then proceeded to not only be completely unharmed, but actually absorbed the power from the blast to boost its processes.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The higher-ups will have learned from their past mistakes and look for alternatives, seeing as the last time they nuked one of these things it went south rather spectacularly.\\
'''Instead''': ''They decide to throw a nuke at the damn thing anyways.'' Fortunately, Alcatraz sabotages it before they can get the launch in the air.
* In ''Videogame/{{Crysis}} 3''
** CELL discovers that the Alpha Ceph is both the central hive mind of the Ceph colonization on Earth and [[spoiler: a massive source of energy which also happens to be the means of controlling the other Ceph - literally, the energy it releases is the same signal that controls the Ceph.]]
** '''You'd Expect''': That CELL would realize that [[spoiler: using the Alpha Ceph as an energy source isn't worth risking the destruction of all humanity if it gets loose.]]
** '''Instead''': CELL uses the [[spoiler: Alpha Ceph as a power source, interlinking all of Earth's power grids to the alien]]. And as a result, when [[spoiler: the Alpha breaks loose, another Ceph war erupts]].
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer3TiberiumWars'': The forces of GDI have managed to finally lay siege to Temple Prime, HQ for the Brotherhood of Nod and assumed location of the Nod mastermind/Messianic figure, Kane. Nod has the nasty habit of outsmarting GDI at every turn; oftentimes twisting GDI's actions against the organization. GDI's leading general advises that GDI forces attempt to hold the siege until Nod forces surrender. GDI's Director demands that they use GDI's [[KillSat Ion Cannon]]. The general notes that Nod was storing weaponized GreenRocks with enormous explosive potential in the facility, and suggests they consult their Green Rock Expert. Turns out, he's been kidnapped by Nod.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The director to realize that these events might be related, and the risk of falling into yet another [[BatmanGambit scenario where Nod tricks GDI into doing something terrible]]; therefore erring on the side of caution with the DeathRay.\\
'''Instead:''' The director orders the Ion Cannon be used, and Nod's Green Rock weapon explodes, causing a chain reaction with other Green Rocks in the area. This leads to a rather large explosion that more or less erases the entire Balkan Peninsula from existence; the director [[NoSympathy notes that the area was primarily Nod-controlled anyway]]. It's also worth noting that the Director (Redmond Boyle, played magnificently sleazily by [[Franchise/StarWars Billy Dee Williams]]) is implied to be an idiot, and later in the game, shows himself to be a fanatic of the degree of "So long as Nod is destroyed, do whatever action is necessary, even if it causes huge casualties on our side"
* In about halfway through ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' the character [[spoiler: Yamada]] has created a costume to force [[spoiler: Hagakure]] in to frame them for the murder of [[spoiler: Kiyotaka]].\\
'''You'd Expect''': For this person to make a costume that would be actually possible to commit crimes while ''in'' it, even if they weren't fully aware of all of the details the frame-up would need.\\
'''Instead''': The costume that is made is very hard to move around in, makes it impossible to bend over while wearing and has a latch on it that prevents anyone wearing it from actually taking it off themselves. While it does stop the framed student from ditching the costume after regaining consciousness, the design flaws mean that the others quickly realize that there's no way [[spoiler: Hagakure]] could possibly be the killer.
** Earlier, Sayaka Maizono decides to switch rooms with Makoto Naegi, lure another student into that room, kill them and frame Makoto for the act.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Sayaka, a petite young girl, would choose a target she could easily handle or a method that would make her victim easy pickings.\\
'''Instead''': She chooses Leon Kuwata, the "Ultimate Baseball Star", as her target and attempts to stab him. In other words, she chose to physically attack "[[WebVideo/DanganRonpaAbridgedThing a professional athlete who was several times stronger than her]]." Leon quickly fights back and kills Sayaka.
** In ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls'', a Future Foundation team is sent to retrieve Komaru Naegi from Towa City, which is overrun with killer Monokumas. Komaru finds them and now, she has some questions for them.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The Foundation team to get her aboard their helicopter immediately and take-off. They can answer all the questions she has in the air. That ought to be the safest, sanest option when killer robot bears roam the city.\\
'''Instead''': The Foundation team proceeds to have their InfoDump on the ground. By the time Komaru points out that they're out in the open, it's too late. Monokumas surround them and slaughter the Foundation team. A Foundation member shoves Komaru aboard the helicopter, but it's been taken over by a Monokuma, who proceeds to take Komaru to its masters, the ironically-named [[EnfantTerrible The Warriors of Hope]].
* In the original ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' campaign, the protagonist has battled his way through aliens and heretics alike to keep the forces of darkness from acquiring a powerful artifact. After most of them are crushed, he stands victorious with the MacGuffin in his hand, ready to destroy it. He also stands staring down the barrels of a lot of [[EnemyMine semi-friendly]] alien troops and one of their farseers who begs him not to destroy it. He is understandably reluctant, given that its destruction has been his objective for some time now.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The farseer's next words would be, "destroying it will release the powerful demon sealed inside, you unbelievable dumbass" which would be helpful, fulfill her agenda on the planet, ensure that the vast majority of her troops won't have died in vain, avoid releasing a Greater Demon and still fill her contractual quota of insulting the PunyEarthlings. If he ignores her, she can have the satisfaction of saying "I told you so", should she live long enough.\\
'''Instead''': The equally wordy but far less useful, "you know not what you do! We cannot allow this..." followed by her ordering her troops to shoot him. The artifact is broken in the ensuing firefight, and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Hilarity Ensues]].\\
'''And the icing on the cake is:''' This is far from the first time the Eldar have chosen to insult humans rather than explain why what they're doing is a bad idea.
* ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'':
** Jin kicks up a stink about helping those in a prison, despite warnings how dangerous it is.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' She'd listen.\\
'''Instead:''' She threatens the other survivors, causing distrust between them, ends up getting raped, and completely snaps to the point where her attack on Ryder White is taken as DrivenToSuicide.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising'':
** In the very beginning, Frank West confronts a number of survivors in the mall. One of them is an old lady who's looking for her lost dog. A few moments later, it finally shows up - on the other side of the barricaded doors, barking, clearly zombified.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The lady to forget about it and keep back. The dog had been affected!\\
'''Instead:''' The lady breaks through, throws open the barricade and runs into the zombie hoard to grab her dog. The old lady is murdered and the zombies break in, killing most of the other survivors.
** [[spoiler:After being defeated by Frank]], Isabela is told to bring Carlito in for interrogation.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That he would refuse the request or come in calmly, having his plan already in motion.\\
'''Instead:''' [[spoiler:He shoots her in anger, leaving her with an obvious wound when she next sees Frank. She stops working for Carlito after this.]] [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Way to go, Carlito]].
** Before that, Frank meets her again in the supermarket after having saved her from Steven Chapman, a psychopath, and asks her to cooperate with him.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Isabela would gladly accept this since that they first met in the entrance of Willamette Mall, and he saved her life.\\
'''Instead''': She started to yell about how it's his fault that the hometown she and Carlito lived was destroyed by the zombies. Frank doesn't even call out or ask her what the hell is she talking about, so this is a double dumb moment.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'':
** At the start, Trish breaks into Dante's joint, beats the crap out of him, impales him with a sword, electrocutes him with lightning then chucks a 200+kg motorbike at him to crush him.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' After what she did to him, and noticing that the lightning came out of her bare-hands, therefore proving she's not a normal human, you'd expect Dante to instantly recognize Trish as a villain and kill her immediately.\\
'''Instead:''' Dante is gullible enough to believe Trish's tall tales and lets her lead him to the evil island where his enemy awaits, and are all eager to kick his ass. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yJI-xFk6Ho Indeed.]]\\
'''In Addition:''' She also does this again late in the game when she plays damsel-in-distress to lure Dante into a boss-fight, then attacks him in the process, [[TheUnfought although it's Nightmare doing most of the attacking]].\\
'''In Another Addition:''' [[spoiler:Trish also says, "You should know better than to trust a stranger!"]]
** Even Trish is no better on the above moments. She is given an order by Mundus to eliminate Dante after [[spoiler:the BrainwashedAndCrazy Vergil]] failed. She agrees to it.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That Trish would use one of Mundus' marionettes to make it look like to Dante that some imposter of her has taken her captive and proceed to attack him with Nightmare. That way, Dante wouldn't have a reason to hate Trish and having someone to fight alongside with while she maintains her cover. As for her mission, she would have to weaken him first before allowing Nightmare to finish him off.\\
'''Instead''': She tells Dante that she is working for Mundus, makes herself out to be a monster, and attacks him alongside Nightmare. Despite this, he came to her rescue when she is about to be crushed by some debris. She asked him why, and he replies that she looks like his mother.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He'll immediately forgive her for betraying him over to Mundus and convince her to change sides with him. After all, she's JustFollowingOrders in betraying him so there's no need to worry about it. Not only that, but also she has teleport powers that could be useful in getting to Mundus' throne quickly rather than take the long way of fighting his minions until he gets there. With her by his side, they can defeat Mundus together with no sweat and get the hell of Mallet Island so they can have a happy ending together.\\
'''Instead:''' He gets pissed over her betrayal that he wants nothing to do with her from that point on.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Trish will now realized that she has damaged him emotionally that she agrees into staying away from him.\\
'''Instead''': She tried to approach him.\\
'''Even Worse''': When he gets to Mundus' throne, Dante saw Trish being held captive, and without a defensive move, he gets immobilized by his attacks. Trish manages to get out of being captured and [[TakingTheBullet dies by taking her former master's killing blow]]. He even regretted on that choice of leaving her behind upon her death. [[ChewingTheScenery "My mother risked her life for me, and now you too. I should have saved you. I should have been the one to fill your dark soul with LIIIIIIGHT!!"]]
* In the original ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'', the Lone Wanderer, upon defeating the title Lord of Terror, sees him revert back to a regular man with a weird-looking stone in his head, a stone that is quite obviously a soulstone of sorts for the thing he's just taken out.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The Lone Wanderer would put two and two together and destroy the stone so Diablo cannot rise in this world again.\\
'''Instead:''' The Lone Wanderer decides to jam the damned thing into his own head in an attempt to contain Diablo's evil within his own body. This leads to him being taken over by Diablo by the time the second game rolls around, and things just get worse from there.
* In the [[NoExportForYou Japan only]] ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' game, [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 D-1 Tamers]], Millenniummon is back as Moon-Millenniumon, and the only person who can take him down again is Ryo Akiyama. This is a cause for alarm, naturally. The only person who doesn't have a clue is Ryo himself, and Ken.\\
'''You'd expect''' The Chosen Children/Digidestined to give Ryo the run-down of the situation from the start so he can train to defeat Moon-Millenniumon. This guy has taken down Millenniummon before, and if he knew, he'd train even harder.\\
'''Instead''' They set up a tournament and outright manipulate Ryo so he can become stronger, and prepared to take down Moon-Millenniumon. And they only tell him the truth at the last minute, before the final practice dungeon. Nevermind that Ryo had to sacrifice a Digimon earlier on in the Digimon Graveyard. Though Ryo did indeed defeat Moon-Millenniumon, and even though the Chosen Children did apologise for deceiving him, Ryo goes into a HeroicBSOD as a result that lasts straight into the next game, and it's probably the reason why he went to the Anime/DigimonTamers universe instead of back to his home universe. [[WhatTheHellHero What the hell, Digidestined?]]
* ''Videogame/{{Dishonored}}:''
** Slackjaw has been trying to break into a safe containing a lot of valuables. To this end he offers a deal to Corvo, who's on his way to assassinate the Pendleton brothers: If Corvo can get the safe's code from its owner, Slackjaw will deal with the Pendletons for him. If he decided to take the deal, Corvo will visit Slackjaw at his base to tell him the code.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That upon getting the code, Slackjaw would send one of his people to check if Corvo had used the code to rob the vault himself. Remember, Slackjaw knows next to nothing about this masked individual, and certainly doesn't know if he'll employ LoopholeAbuse or not.\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' That if Corvo has done the above, Slackjaw would either get in contact with the guy and request payment of the safe's valuables (i.e. the reason he made the deal in the first place) before he goes through with his part of the bargain, or simply not risk his manpower for a man who effectively screwed him over.\\
'''Instead:''' Even if Corvo robs the safe himself, thereby depriving Slackjaw of his intended profit, Slackjaw will still get rid of the Pendletons for him.
** The Lord Regent of Dunwall has done a few very unethical things in the past: not only did he frame Corvo for the assassination of the Empress, he was also [[spoiler:responsible for the rat plague that's presently causing havok across the island]].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The Lord Regent to try getting rid of any evidence that connects him to the above.\\
'''Instead:''' He records a confession of his crimes. As a result, Corvo has the opportunity to get rid of him for good by broadcasting the confession to the whole of Dunwall.
* Happens all the time in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress''.
** Dwarves have an understanding of how fire works. They're known for being smiths, after all.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Dwarves would avoid things that are on fire.\\
'''Instead''': They see nothing wrong with picking up a still-burning sock and [[ManOnFire end up doing a spirited impression of a torch]].
** The elven caravan that arrives every spring is always free pickings, since it is only guarded by its pack beasts and a handful of unarmed and untrained merchants. Should you decide to capture\kill the merchants and loot the caravan, from the Elves' point of view the caravan was never heard from since it entered your territory.\\
'''You'd expect''' the elves to do any or all of the following: Sending scouts or envoys to learn of the caravan's fate, stop sending their caravans through your turf, start dispatching an armed escort with their caravans, or sending their army to your fortress before you have the time to use the stolen goods to expand it.\\
'''Instead''' it takes about 5-6 years of consecutive trading caravans mysteriously disappearing and their goods somehow ending up in your treasury for the elves to eventually put two and two together and send an armed force to your doorstep. Until then, they're happy to keep sending you new traders full of exotic goods.\\
'''In addition''' said force is always armed with wooden weapons. Which is understandable for their archers, who can be quite deadly, but makes their melee troops utterly laughable. A rookie fighter with decent iron or steel gear can take on a dozen elven warriors and walk out without a scratch.\\
'''And to top that''', letting an elf escape (as in, having a bloodied, beaten merchant scamper back to their city to inform their king that dwarves seize their caravans and murder their merchants) only takes off a year or two of time until elves launch a siege. That's right, for a couple years they will still send trading caravans to the fortress for which they're redying an attack.
** Dwarves also have an understanding that the various creatures of the world are dangerous. Or, at the very least, that anything that kills a dwarf probably won't be friendly to other dwarves.\\
** '''You'd Expect''': That dwarves would avoid any creature that can injure or kill dwarves.\\
'''Instead''': The short, bearded idiots run out to loot the corpses of their fallen brethren while the random thing that killed the last dwarf is still in plain sight.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'':
** Isolde, wife of Arl Eamon, ruler of Redcliffe, discovers her son is a mage. Being her only son, revealing it would see him locked away in a tower for his entire life, an outcome she'd rather avoid.\\
'''You'd expect''' Isolde weighs up all her options carefully, and either spends a lot of time looking for a completely trustworthy mage outside the circle to teach her son to control his magic enough to not be a problem, or failing that admit the truth and do what she can to visit her son as often as possible.\\
'''Instead''' She takes the first apostate Mage she could and gives him the complete run of the castle while tutoring Conner. Said Mage is Jowan from the Mage Origin, who has been pressed into service by Loghain into poisoning Eamon.
** So with that done, Jowan poisons Eamon and he falls ill. Redcliffe now falls into the hands of Isolde.\\
'''You'd expect''' Isolde takes over ruling the arling to the best of her ability.\\
'''Instead''' She sends out all of Redcliffe's knights (''all'' of them) to go find the legendary Urn of Sacred Ashes in the remote hope that it ''might'' cure him. This leaves the arling, and especially the castle and nearby village defenseless and at the mercy to whatever malevolent force just happens upon it...such as a demon that has possessed her magically-inept and naive mage son by taking advantage of his own desperate wish to save his father.
** Bann Teagan, who's in charge of the Redcliffe village prepares for the desperate fight with the undead that are about to emerge from the castle. Suddenly a Gray Warden arrives and seeks entrance to the castle, which there is, through the secret passage Teagan knows about. Hoping to employ Warden's help against the undead attack he keeps silent about the passage. Warden has an option to leave the village to its doom, since, even if they help defend it, there is no way for them to get into the castle and achieve their goal, so there's no point in risking their lives.\\
'''You'd expect''' Teagan to spill the beans about the passage. The Warden is obviously not a coward, so if provided an access to the castle, they might defeat whatever is reigning the undead and prevent the upcoming attack alltogether. It's not like he loses anything as otherwise the Warden will just leave.\\
'''Instead''' He remains silent, the whole village is slaughtered, and Teagan himself only survives because somebody still has to reveal the passage to the Warden who [[ButThouMust inexplicably returns to the village after the battle is over]].
** At the end of Anders' personal quest in ''Awakening'', the Templar assigned to capture him (he ''is'' an Apostate, after all) confronts the party, and learns that Anders has officially become a Grey Warden, making him essentially untouchable by her.\\
'''You'd expect''' the Templar to think rationally and decide capturing one Apostate isn't worth risking the ire of the Wardens or the King/Queen. (Or suggest that you'll be the one to kill Anders if he goes off the deep end)\\
'''Instead''' She [[FreakOut completely snaps]] and tries to murder every non-Templar in the area. Naturally, this doesn't end well for her.\\
'''You'd also expect''' the ambush to take place in an empty warehouse with other templars and circle mages ready to bombard the party as soon as they stepped through the door.\\
'''Instead''' she sets up what is probably the most poorly planned ambush in the history of RPG. The warehouse contains chests full of lyrium potions, superior mage robes for Anders, and other goodies useful for mages. She also waits patiently for the party to reach the phylactery room before delivering a PreAssKickingOneLiner (or, perhaps more accurately, Pre-Getting-Her-Ass-Kicked-One-Liner) before feebly attacking the party with only two other templars.
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}} 2'': Nowe, a Knight of the Seal, has just survived General Gismor's attempt to poison him, and grievously wounded Gismor in the process. His childhood friend, Eris, finds them in the room, and is naturally shocked by the scene, demanding an explanation from Nowe.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Nowe would point at Gismor and yell, "He tried to poison me! It's there, on the table!"\\
'''Instead''': Nowe runs for it, while Eris sounds the alarm and forces Nowe to carve his way through the Knights of the Seal HQ, guaranteeing he'll never be allowed back in.\\
'''Even Worse''': At several points during the game, Nowe runs into Eris, who clearly doesn't think that Nowe has told her everything about what happened. Despite all these opportunities to try to explain the truth, he never does so.
* ''[[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Dynasty Warriors 7]]'': In Guandu, Liu Bei, Zhang Fei, and Zhao Yun, who are allied with Yuan Shao, discovers Guan Yu on Cao Cao's side, much to their shock and disbelief. Yuan Shao finds out...\\
'''You'd Expect''': He'd allow Liu Bei to explain the situation. It's obvious that he doesn't know, much less condone this. Maybe seeing his sworn brothers may convince him to return to their side (And if he's repaying a debt to Cao Cao, he's already killed his two best warriors so that should suffice) and possibly decrease morale on the enemy's side.\\
'''Instead''': Shao accuses Liu Bei of betrayal and orders his men to capture him, distracting them from facing Cao Cao (Who History-aside most likely used this to his advantage and won the battle).\\
'''However''': At this point, Yuan Shao was implied to be senile and thus it likely wouldn't have mattered if Liu Bei explained or not.
* ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'':
** A lone thief down on his luck spots an individual killing a dragon in the distance. No mean feat for sure, likely accomplished by shooting it out of the sky with a well placed arrow, reducing it to a pile of ashes with magic, or even by jumping on its head and driving a sword into its skull. A few moments after seemingly ''absorbing its soul'', said individual resumes their casual stroll down the road in the thief's direction.\\
'''You'd expect''' The thief recognizes that clearly this is a dangerous person, and either ignores them or promptly leaves the immediate area.\\
'''Instead''' The thief decides its a good idea to try to rob the dragon slayer instead, only to quickly find out why they should have stuck to chopping firewood.
** A rogue bandit woman wants to kidnap someone and use them for ransom.\\
'''You'd expect''': That this woman would literally kidnap anyone but the Dovahkiin's family. Like, literally, ''anyone else''.\\
'''Instead''': The bandit woman kidnaps the Dovahkiin's family, resulting in a CurbStompBattle and RoaringRampageOfRevenge for the Dovahkiin PapaWolf or MamaBear.
** A bandit named Arvel the Swift has stolen the Golden Claw from the Riverwood general store and gone to Bleak Falls Barrow in order to use it to get past the Nordic puzzle door. While in the barrow, he gets into a fight with a giant frostbite spider, which has encased him in a web cocoon. Eventually, the Dovahkiin walks in and releases Arvel from the web, killing the spider in the process.\\
'''You'd expect''': Arvel to recognize that this person (who ''killed'' an enemy that had ''captured'' him) is ''way'' out of his league and leave. The Dovahkiin, at this point, may or may not know that Arvel has the claw (you can go to Bleak Falls Barrow without activating the Golden Claw quest) and probably won't pursue. He can simply wait for his rescuer to get through the barrow (either killing all the enemies and turning back after getting stuck at the puzzle door or getting killed in the process; either way, Arvel would have fewer enemies to deal with) and return to use the lock and gain access to whatever's locked in the cave. Alternatively, and with even less risk, he could just return the damned claw and get an honest job.\\
'''Instead''': After being rescued by the Dovahkiin, Arvel immediately runs ''further into'' the cave, either running into a spike wall trap or getting killed by [[OurZombiesAreDifferent draugr]] in the process, if the Dovahkiin themself doesn't kill him for being an UngratefulBastard.
** Upon identifying Karliah as the one attempting to undermine the Thieves' Guild, Mercer Frey orders the Dragonborn to accompany him to where she's hiding in order to take her down. Upon arriving they discover that she has eliminated a number of draugr, eluded many others, ''and'' reset the dungeon's traps in preparation for their arrival. Along the way, Mercer continually remarks on how formidable she is. Once the two thieves reach the end, the Dragonborn is shot by a paralytic arrow. After the ensuing conversation which reveals Mercer as the true traitor, Karliah escapes.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Mercer to realize he needs all the strong allies he can get. Karliah has already established herself as a MagnificentBastard, a competent fighter and master of stealth, and if Aringoth and Gulum-Ei being piss-in-pants scared of her is any indication can be quite ruthless. If he would have simply played it cool during their conversation, and helped the Dragonborn after her escape, he would have had such an ally. Apart from Mercer being a [[JerkAss dick]], the Dragonborn has no reason to believe Karliah over him and no one would have recognized his treachery until it was too late to do anything about it.\\
'''Instead:''' Mercer happily confesses his crimes, establishing himself as the BigBad, and after Karliah's escape ''gloats'' to the paralyzed Dragonborn about how he was simply using him/her before stabbing and leaving them for dead. This allows Karliah to help the Dragonborn herself, outs Mercer as the [[BlackAndGreyMorality "villain"]], and nets him a very [[ItsPersonal pissed off]] enemy who could easily kill him with their ''[[MakeMeWannaShout voice]]'' alone. NiceJobFixingItVillain.
* In ''VideoGame/FableII'', Lucien needs to gather the three heroes and absorb their power in order to use the Tattered Spire. Obviously, you, as the hero, have to stop him.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The hero to try killing one of the three heroes. If they're evil, any of them are fair game, and if they're good, the Hero of Skill is a mass murderer, extremely narcissistic, and a total {{Jerkass}} all around.\\
'''Instead:''' The hero spends over a decade gathering the heroes in order to perform a ritual to forge an artifact that removes Lucien's power after he performs his version of the ritual with the same heroes. Not only does this plan only work if Lucien captures the heroes after you already used them, but [[FromBadToWorse a ton of very bad things happened as you wasted all of that time]].
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'':
** NCR President Aaron Kimball decides to make a visit to Hoover Dam to deliver a speech, despite the fact the Caesar's Legion is literally next door and will be looking to take him out.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Him to do the speech by radio from a secure location ''inside'' the dam, make damn sure there was no way anyone could get in with a gun, much less a bomb, or '''not hold the speech on the front lines'''. In failing that, he could at least not announce it ahead of time so that the Legion won't have time to plan the assassination.\\
'''Instead''': He announces it ahead of time, giving the Legion time to plan, doesn't even bother to hide his entry, coming in via Vertibird, and if you aren't there to protect him, he predictably dies.
** Joshua Graham is the Legate of Caesar's Legion and leads them to Hoover Dam, where they run into the forces of the New California Republic. Legion tactics dictate that the most inexperienced go first to act as a bullet sponge, followed by more experienced troops with the veterans bringing up the rear to mop up any remaining resistance. However, Hoover Dam is a bottleneck where the numbers of the Legion are made moot in the face of a hail of gunfire. In addition, cliffs surround the position and provide good positions of fire for the NCR's sharpshooters.\\
'''You'd Expect''': He would sit back, look at his tactical options and do as his boss would do, covering his flanks with skirmishers and trying to find some way around the bottleneck. And if not around it, move through it as quickly as possible.\\
'''Instead''': Graham sticks to the playbook like glue, sending his forces without cover over exposed and narrow ground. While the rank-and-file are getting torn to pieces by NCR regulars, Rangers and First Recon begin picking off the veterans in the rear from their cliff-top positions.\\
'''Even Worse''': Graham decides to counter this by sending his veterans to push to the sharpshooter's position. They fall back, heading into Boulder City, which has been rigged with explosives. The Legion's finest fall hook, line and sinker for the trap, [[StuffBlowingUp riding the town right into the stratosphere]]. The rest of the forces panic and rout with the loss of the veterans, but the dam provides no escape. Graham lost almost the entire army.\\
'''So''': Caesar is predictably angry, [[YouHaveFailedMe has his Legate]] [[ManOnFire set on fire]] and thrown into the Grand Canyon. This not only gives the NCR a political and psychological victory, but gives the Legion a boogeyman in the form of the Burned Man. Both veteran Ranger Chief Hannlon and Graham himself discuss this, the later commenting that while a good fighter, was never any good at tactics.
* ''FatalFrame 2: Crimson Butterfly'', introductory cutscene. Two sisters, Mio and Mayu, are playing in a forest when Mayu runs off out of the blue. Mio follows her, only to find that, in the space of ''about two seconds,'' the sky above has switched very conspicuously from bright day to darkest night. There is literally no way this change could be interpreted as normal. Clearly, there's some sort of [[BuffySpeak weird demon shit]] going on.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Mio stops and tries to figure out what the hell is going on. At the very least, running blindly through a pitch-dark forest is likely to get her ankle broken. At most...well, there's a reason people [[{{Understatement}} aren't accustomed]] to the sun just up and disappearing.\\
'''Instead:''' Mio continues to chase Mayu...right into the cursed, haunted village and past the magically enforced PointOfNoReturn. At no point does she show any surprise over the celestial atmosphere losing its shit, and she and Mayu walk right into the creepy, deserted village.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** Heavens Feel route. Sakura has had her internal mana eating parasite activated, causing a race against time to kill Zouken before he can screw with her head and turn him to his side. The plan is highly contingent on Sakura's state of mind staying intact.\\
'''You'd Expect''' Shirou and Rider would go out of their way to clear up Sakura's very obvious doubts and insecurities and pay more attention to what she says. Tohsaka could emphasize their family bonds. Or something. But not be a total {{jerkass}}.\\
'''Instead''' Rider hides from Shirou and Tohsaka and doesn't explain how Sakura is feeling. Shirou tunes out when Sakura tries to tell him important things, and doesn't really mention that he loves her and his reaction to Tohsaka does not mean he likes her more than Sakura. Tohsaka goes out of her way to belittle her and deride Sakura's worthlessness and willpower after the game explicitly stated her will cannot be broken by people she distrusts. Well, it had to go downhill somehow, and an IdiotPlot is better than mass DiabolusExMachina.
** In the backstory the Einzbern family got sick of being unable to win the Grail.\\
'''You'd expect''': They would look for a really strong Servant to fight for them or look for someone really good to fight for them, both of which were things they would eventually try much later.\\
'''Instead''': In the Third War they decided to summon what they ''thought'' was [[spoiler: an actual mythological god of evil]]. Not only does it turn out that [[spoiler: he's actually an incredibly weak Servant closer to an average human]] it also means that [[spoiler: when he's killed and absorbed into the Grail his wish to actually be that god results in the corruption of the Grail]] and ultimately causes many of the later tragedies in the Fourth and Fifth wars as well as [[spoiler: almost ending humanity in one route]]. How the Einzberns ever thought it could go well, let alone better than their later plans, is a mystery.
* In the ancient ZX Spectrum game ''Feud'', Bad guy Leanoric curses you with an aging spell before the start of the game that will kill you after one day. The only way to reverse the curse is to kill him.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Leanoric to actively avoid you. The sensible course of action would be to evade you for the day and win by default.\\
'''Instead''': He comes after you trying to kill you, giving you a chance to fight back and kill him, saving yourself. Seriously, what did he cast that spell for?
* ''VideoGame/FreeSpace2'':
** A few missions into the campaign, the [[TheAlliance GTVA]] discovers an [[LostTechnology ancient artificial subspace portal]] deep in the previously strategically uninteresting Gamma Draconis system, near the site of an ambush by the [[SealedEvilInACan returning-after-thirty-years]] BigBad Shivans. The Alliance is intrigued by this discovery, because of the potential for the technology to be used to revive the collapsed subspace link to Earth, as well as the strategically-important resources that lie in the nebula beyond the portal. Unfortunately, as they explore the other side, they discover Shivans, Shivans, more Shivans, even more Shivans, and ummm... Lots of Shivans, which eventually ends up in an encounter with a massive juggernaut warship, designated Sathanas, that could rip apart an entire fleet in two minutes.\\
'''You'd expect''' The Alliance to gather as much data as they can about the ancient portal, immediately retreat from the nebula, deactivate the portal, blow up the subspace link, and live happily ever after. The Shivans, of course, are those {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s from thirty years ago who had that invulnerable SD Lucifer with the WaveMotionGun that was used to level all of the cities in the planet of Vasuda, killing four billion Vasudans and rendering the planet uninhabitable. They nearly reached Earth, if not for the heroic efforts of Alliance pilots who managed to destroy the Lucifer in subspace, which caused the collapse of the subspace link to Earth.\\
'''Instead''': The Alliance:
*** Kept trying to fight the Shivans inside an unknown system. Never mind that this is a species that almost wiped out everyone in this side of the galaxy thirty years ago. To hell with the fact that it was the Shivans who destroyed the Ancients, a race that had a ''huge'' empire and was ''way'' more advanced than the Terrans and the Vasudans ''combined'' ([[WordOfGod not actually true for technology as a whole]], but the Alliance doesn't ''know'' that since the only surviving pieces of Ancient technology are ones belonging to a category in which the Ancients ''were'' just that advanced). Despite the fact that the only response to a threat this species knows is ''more''...and ''[[AC:bigger]]''.
*** Logically, with the Shivans having sent their ''biggest'', they could only respond with ''more''. The GTVA ''still'' went back inside the nebula. And did they get ''more''. They retreat, but now it's too late. The only option left is to evacuate an entire star system and blow up the jump nodes leading to the Shivan-infested systems to seal them off.
*** Ironically, a dialogue between your ''wingmen'' in the ''first'' nebula mission heavily foreshadows the later events. Yes, even the ''[[RedshirtArmy Red Shirts]]'' think this is a bad idea. One wingman even told the other to shut up, that they're just following orders and they can't do anything about it!
--->'''Wingman A''': ...I never signed on for hunting Shivans!
--->'''Wingman B''': Don't kid yourself, we're the ones being hunted, pilot.
--->'''Wingman C''': Command should shut down that portal and send the Aquitaine back to Deneb. We've got no business being out here!
--->'''Wingman D''': If Command needs your opinion they'll promote you to Admiral, now shut up and focus.
** As mentioned before, the Sathanas has extreme powerful forward mounted guns.\\
'''You'd Expect''': When attacking an enemy, it will try to keep the enemy in front.\\
'''Instead''': The ship is passing the Colossus and is unable to continue firing. As a result, the Colossus survives even without further assistance of the player with the above mentioned thirty to fifty-percent hull integrity. Otherwise it would be destroyed.

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* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'':
** [[TheHero Isaac]] and his companions are after [[BigBadDuumvirate Saturos's]] group, who have taken two of their friends hostage. They later defeat him in battle at the Mercury Lighthouse.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Isaac's group to try capturing the weakened Saturos, thereby giving them a hostage of their own.\\
'''Instead:''' They just stand there as [[BigBadDuumvirate Alex]] explains how they were able to beat Saturos, in order to allow the latter to recover. And he does.
** Later in the game, Isaac's party is hired to defend a ship from monsters as it crosses an inland sea. It is quickly decided that the most important area of the ship to protect is the oarsmen's deck, since if any of the oarsmen are taken out, the ship won't be going anywhere. Predictably, Isaac's party are asked to defend this area.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Isaac and company to stay on the oarsmen's deck, preferably near the single entrance to it. That way, they could intercept any attacking monsters before they can harm the oarsmen.\\
'''Instead:''' They're in a ''completely different area'' than the one they're supposed to be protecting! As a result, whenever monsters attack, an oarsman is always injured by the time Isaac and his friends get there, and they have to rope one of the passengers into rowing in his place.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV:''
** Niko finds out that [[spoiler:Michelle is a government agent sent to spy on him]] while he's stealing the cocaine that belongs to Elizabeta.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Him to be enraged by this revelation and pull a gun on her with the intention of killing her.\\
'''Instead''': He just screams "You fucking bitch!", and does nothing to stop [[spoiler:Michelle]] from confiscating the coke that he stole back.
** Towards the end of the game, Jimmy Pegorino is doing a deal with Dimitri Rascalov, who, for lack of a better word, backstabbed everyone who dared to work for him. \\
'''You'd expect''': For Pegorino to (1) either cancel the deal eventually, (2), kill Rascalov as soon as the deal was over or (3), be suspicious and have either Niko or Phill Bell monitor Dimitri.\\
'''Instead''': He still tries to go ahead with the deal.\\
'''Assuming that Niko went with the "Revenge" option''': Pegorino's organization has been reduced to nothing after Niko killed Dimitri.\\
'''You'd think''': Pegorino would realize that making a deal with [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Dimitri]] would not have been worth it and apologize to Niko.\\
'''Instead''': Pissed off that Niko practically destroyed his organization, he ruins his cousin's wedding by killing one of the guests, Kate McReary, who depending on player choices may or may not have been Niko's girlfriend at the time.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV:''
** Several years before the game's storyline, Michael is in a gang consisting of him, [[AxCrazy Trevor Phillips]], and their friend Brad. Because of concerns for his family, Michael decides that he wants out of being a criminal.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That he would talk about this with his partners, and try to part with them on good terms, so that they'll leave him alone.\\
'''Instead:''' He goes behind both their backs and plans to have them either killed or arrested, while faking his death at the same time. Trevor survives, and when he finds out that Michael ditched him, he's furious about it for most of the game.
** Later on, Michael is taking part in a jewelry store robbery.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Him not to do or say anything to give away his identity during the job, if he doesn't want any attention from the cops/underworld as a result of it.\\
'''Instead:''' He gives his {{Catchphrase}} to a cop trying to get them to move their illegally parked bikes. The result is that Trevor realizes he's still alive and barges his way back into Michael's life, bringing with him a great deal of trouble.
** Lamar yet again tries another money making venture after the one before went wrong.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Possibly a deal with a person or group that is reliable and won't get him or Franklin killed or arrested.\\
'''Instead:''' He makes a deal with D, a Ballas gangster he tried to kidnap and ransom away for money earlier. This leads to an ambush by the Ballas and a three star police chase.
** Devin Weston is understandably pissed that Michael's latest exploits [[spoiler:had gotten his assistant, Molly, a terminal case of plane turbine and deprived him of a lot of money ]]. He calls Michael and the former offers an apology, and in response, Devin [[spoiler:sends his private army to Michael's home to kill his family and gloats about it right in his face, prompting Michael to go PapaWolf on them all]].\\
'''You'd Expect''': For Devin to realize just who he had managed to piss off and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere evacuate the country ASAP]].\\
'''Instead''': He sticks around, enters [[spoiler:Franklin's home and tells the man to go kill Michael for him, despite screwing him over in the past.]] Result? [[spoiler:Devin dies. Honestly, this guy was TooDumbToLive embodied]].
** Dr. Friedlander becomes famous after publishing his work with Michael De Santa without getting the latter's express permission, to the point where he gets his own TV show. Naturally, this means he can't nickel-and-dime Mike for any more sessions.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That when he has to report the news to Michael, someone he knows is a career criminal with a violent temper, he would simply say he can't provide any more therapy, stay quiet about the reasons why, and possibly suggest another therapist he could go to before getting out of town.\\
'''Instead''': He brags about where his newfound fame is going to get him right to Michael's face, and drops a hint that it's all because of his (completely ineffectual) sessions with Michael. Mike gets understandably pissed, chases after Friedlander, and kills him.
** Floyd is house-sitting for his girlfriend when all of a sudden, out of the blue, his cousin Wade shows up with Trevor, who wastes no time in kicking the door in, making himself at home, ordering Floyd around as if he owns the place, and threatening bodily harm on him.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That Floyd would do ''something'' about the uninvited maniac who's trespassing and squatting in his home. Like call the police at his next and safest opportunity (like in a hotel room he checks into to hide from Trevor).\\
'''Instead''': He does nothing. Trevor continues to abuse him, makes a mess of the apartment, and even forces Floyd in helping him rob his place of employment.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has Hernandez report Tenpenny and Pulaski's wrong doings off-screen. The next thing you see is the former hitting him with a shovel for it.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Since Tenpenny and Pulaski had no intention of letting either CJ or Hernandez get out alive, [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim they would just shoot them]], [[BoringButPractical and bury the completely dead bodies themselves]].\\
'''Instead''': Tenpenny leaves [[DumbMuscle Pulaski]] to do the job, who [[BondVillainStupidity takes more joy in forcing CJ to dig his own grave]] [[FailedASpotcheck than ensuring Henandez would be out cold long enough for CJ to dig the grave]], letting [[BigDamnHeroes Hernandez take him by surprise]], and allowing CJ to go after him as well.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'':
** Tommy Vercetti is a low level {{mook}} sent to Vice City in order to negotiate a major drug deal with a cartel. As expected, a rival cartel ambushes the deal, resulting in both the drugs and the money being stolen in the chaos. This makes Sonny Forelli - Tommy's boss - extremely angry, and he spends the rest of the game getting angrier and angrier at the main character for not being able to get the money back. During this time, Tommy starts to make connections of his own and starts to make his own little empire in Vice City, coming into contact with a substantial chunk of change and enough drugs to make the original deal look like chump change.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That Tommy would at one point tell his boss that he'll fully pay him back for everything lost in the initial ambush, since even a quarter of the way through the game, he has enough money to do this, and then offer a rendezvous to give the money. Even if he didn't have all the money, he could at the very least persuade one of his many powerful friends to help him out in this situation just to get the mob boss off his back and maybe even have some of the mob boss' assets to help him out once things cool down.\\
'''Instead''': Tommy seems very nonchalant during all of this. Every time Sonny demands money, Tommy either says nothing to help his situation, or just says he'll "figure out a way" to pay him back. He literally does absolutely nothing to help out the situation. As expected, near the end of the game, Sonny sends hitmen to extract the money from Tommy's friends, and after those are dispatched, the boss openly declares war on Tommy. This results in the final mission where most of Tommy's friends abandon him, leaving him to fight off the entire force by himself.
** Sonny isn't helping himself, either. He's basically launching a drug deal with the Vance Gang without the consent of the other Liberty City mafia families. He is primarily motivated by self-serving financial gain, while simultaneously aiming for the hope that the situation will resolve itself in a "better to ask forgiveness than seek permission" manner when the anti-drug heads of the mob see the profits he is raking in. Who do you think he would send in to handle this sensitive operation?\\
'''You'd Expect''': Him to send in one of his trusted friends or allies, someone who he knows he can trust to get the job done and remain loyal, mitigating circumstances or not.\\
'''Instead''': He sends in Tommy Vercetti, a man whom he personally tried to assassinate. He not only survived that, but killed his assassins, proving that he is a man who is ''very'' difficult to kill. In addition to that, he received no help from the Mob while in prison and gained no love for them in the meanwhile. When the inevitable happens and Tommy ends up backstabbing Sonny, Sonny sends down the men seen with him in the intro to destroy a growing criminal enterprise (by which point he finally decides to do so, Tommy has gained enough influence to own half the city). Unsurprisingly, they fail. Not even when he has the luck of having one of Tommy's top lieutenants turn traitor, he still can't beat Tommy, and pays for the mistake of giving the task to him with his life.
* In the Nightfall campaign of ''GuildWars'', players release Palawa Joko to help them combat the main bad guy in the game. In the past, this character attempted to conquer the area where Nightfall takes place with a strong army, and was tough to defeat. When he is released, he shows no remorse for this, and in the game starts to rebuild his army.\\
'''You'd expect''' After defeating the main villain of the campaign, some of the player characters, heroes, and other members of the order of whispers would grab some worms (Which they have learned how to control during the game), travel to Palawa Joko while they are still on somewhat friendly terms, and capture him while his army is still weak, and the players have the capabilities needed. (This would all happen "offscreen", most likely.)\\
'''Instead''' In ''Guild Wars 2'', the backstory of the game has Palawa Joko rebuilding his army over time and taking over Elona, causing a lot of destruction and suffering. Perhaps this is simply for RuleOfFun, but it does seem odd that another villain wasn't created for that particular area.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', Alyx and Gordon have just broken into a high security prison to rescue Alyx's father. They learn that [[spoiler: Dr. Mossman]] is a traitor who [[spoiler: is a WellIntentionedExtremist when it comes to keeping Alyx's father out of harm's way]]. Alyx confronts the traitor, and takes this person along to the teleporter that will be their escape method.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Alyx to just enter the coordinates herself, or at the very least ensure that [[spoiler:Dr. Mossman]] isn't in the same teleportation group as her father. Keep in mind, that this is less then a minute after she called this person out for being a traitor.\\
'''Instead:''' She has the known traitor do it, [[spoiler:then acts surprised that Dr. Mossman entered the wrong coordinates and kidnaps her father]].
* ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' Series:
** In ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}'', [[EnemyCivilWar Sesa 'Refumee is leading a rebellion against the Covenant]] because he has discovered the truth about the Halos: that they're superweapons, not gateways to heaven. To silence him, the Covenant sends a special ops team led by the Arbiter, who manages to trap 'Refumee. However, Sesa has a irrefutable proof: a Forerunner Monitor of the Halos who's glad to tell the truth about the rings.\\
'''You'd expect:''' 'Refumee would let the Arbiter listen to the Monitor and thus convert him and his troops to his cause.\\
'''Instead:''' He attacks the Arbiter before he has time to listen, and thus gets killed by him. The Arbiter thus never hears what the Monitor was going to say until the end of the game.
** In ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}'', the Ur-Didact is a NighInvulnerable [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powers of teleportation, levitation, and telekinesis]] who [[OmnicidalManiac plans to wipe out humanity]]. He's accidentally released from [[SealedEvilInACan his Cryptum]] by Master Chief, a human supersoldier who is determined to rectify his mistake.\\
'''You'd Think:''' The Didact would easily kill Master Chief and be on his way, as his great powers make any fight with him a CurbStompBattle.\\
'''Instead:''' He monologues to him at length then tosses him aside, and afterward only sends his Promethean minions to attack the Chief whenever that pesky human returns. Only at the end of the game does it occur to him to just teleport to Chief and kill him himself, and even then he wastes time by floating Chief over a chasm ''then'' slowly choking him, giving Cortana the chance to save him.
** Also ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}'', Andrew Del Rio, Captain of the [[CoolStarship UNSC Infinity, humanity's most advanced starship]], receives word from Master Chief that a SealedEvilInACan has broken out and needs to be stopped before it wages war against humans.\\
'''You'd expect:''' He'd believe the celebrated war hero and blast the Didact with everything the ship's got, while the Forerunner is still vulnerable. And send an FTL warning to Earth just in case that still doesn't work.\\
'''Instead:''' He insists Master Chief is delusional, despite [[OneManArmy him being the biggest game-changer of the war]] and despite [[ArbitrarySkepticism Del Rio having witnessed]] floating orb ships, pristine Forerunner structures, and a hollow planet all in the same day. He claims attacking is out of the question because Infinity might be destroyed, despite it being more powerful than entire fleets ''and'' having its own fleet. As for sending a message to Earth, he does so by flying ''to it'', which would take hours, rather than an instantaneous message.\\
'''Result:''' Del Rio gets stripped of his rank by Fleetcom for leaving Chief (Who tries to stop the Didact on his own, when Del Rio refuses to do so) on the planet. As for the Didact, he escapes Requiem, retrieves his ship and superweapon, and slaughters the entire population of a UNSC space station and a major city on Earth.
* ''VideoGame/HamtaroHamHamHeartbreak'': One of the relationships you must save is [[ItMakesSenseInContext Dexter and Howdy]] in [[HauntedHouse Boo Manor.]] After witnessing them arguing, you find Dexter in a different room but Howdy's not with him.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Dexter to tell you what happened to Howdy or at the very least for him to warn you that there is a ''freaking trap door'' in the room.\\
'''Instead:''' He stays silent and [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption you're forced to have Hamtaro drop in the trap door.]]\\
'''So:''' Dexter rushes off to get help. In an optional {{Cutscene}}, Bijou finds him in a funeral parlor. Dexter sees a rope which he hopes he can use to pull Hamtaro and Howdy to safety. However, the rope's in an open casket.\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' Dexter to just forget the rope and find another way to save his friends.\\
'''Instead:''' He climbs into the casket which [[LaserGuidedKarma slams itself shut]] and [[AndIMustScream locks him inside.]]
* ''VideoGame/HomeworldCataclysm'':
** The heroes (a poorly armed mining company) stumble upon an alien escape pod apparently millions of years old. It gives away some strange biological readings. They report the finding to their superiors and request futher orders.\\
'''You'd Expect''': We-e-ell, frankly speaking you wouldn't sincerely expect some high-ranking military to order the heroes to immediately return to the homeplanet, so the pod could be properly studied in safe enviroment (by "safe" I mean "with capacity to incinerate it the moment some horrible, ship-consuming [[TheVirus Virus]] breaks out of it") and the possible benefits could be shared with the whole planet, and not to tuck in some out-of-way corner of the galaxy and open the pod by themselves, wouldn you? It was still an exasperately dumb move.
** The said pod was snatched by the heroes from under the very nose of a gang of space pirates. After some failed attempts to catch up with elusive heroes and reclaim their prize the pirates finally engage them. What they see is the lower section of the heroes' ship (where the pod apparently is) drifting separetely and covered with some icky ulcerous stains. Upon arrival the heroes immediately contact the pirates and '''beg''' them not to approach the pod.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Once again, you can't seriously expect the pirates to consider the plead or beware of the strange look of the section and at least send some minor ships to investigate. PROFIT beckons. Naturally they board the section with the whole fleet, get infected and destroy the last hope for the heroes to contain TheVirus.
** After TheVirus spills on the larger part of the galaxy and gains self-consciosness, it strikes a deal with a local run-down Empire: they help it find and repair an ancient advanced ship TheVirus originated from and it gives them half the galaxy to reign over.\\
'''You'd Expect''': *sigh* Of course, you ''could'' hope that the imperials would somehow scrap enough common sence together and turn the deal away, but deep inside you'd know it's fool's hope. Naturally they accept, and the conflict escalates even further.
* In ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' 4, during the ending The World has been beaten, it mutates even more, followed by James activating a bomb in his PDA powerful enough destroy it. \\
'''You'd Expect''': For James to chuck that thing like no tomorrow, destroying The World so he and Kate can continue fighting the zombie apocalypse together.\\
'''Instead''': James performs a StupidSacrifice by diving right into The World with his PDA time bomb in hand, taking The World with him.
* In ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory'', Histoire is poised to bring Neptune back from the [[AlternateUniverse Ultradimension]]. The path can only be traveled once, and Histoire is worried about someone, especially the overly-curious Nepgear, interfering.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Histoire would just tell Nepgear what was going on just before going ahead. Nepgear is the more mature of the sisters, and she wants Neptune back as much as anyone; there's no reason she'd screw anything up when they only have one shot. This goes double in the UpdatedRerelease, where the sisters have a very good relationship and it's been firmly established Nepgear would walk barefoot over broken glass to get Neptune back.\\
'''Instead:''' Histoire decides not to tell anyone, and Nepgear stumbles in and gets carried away before Histoire can stop her, resulting in BOTH Planeptune's [=CPUs=] being stranded in another world.
* ''VideoGame/InFamous'' has Zeke getting a hold of the Ray Sphere, a device that gave Cole his powers.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He'll just give it to him to save the day from Alden.\\
'''Instead:''' [[spoiler:He attempts to use it to gain powers of his own even if it costs the lives of people. Luckily, it didn't work, so Kessler asks him to join him. What did Zeke do? [[FaceHeelTurn He does]].]]
** In an alternate future where the Ray Sphere disaster didn't effect Empire City, the Beast/[[spoiler: John White]] arrives in Empire City. \\
'''You'd Expect''': Future Cole/[[spoiler: Kessler]] to tell his family to run and own the Beast's ass with his lightning powers. \\
'''Instead''': He selfishly runs for his life along with his family. \\
'''Result''': The Whole world goes to ruin, eventually his family kicks the bucket, and it leaves Future Cole/[[spoiler: Kessler]] with no choice but to ruin the life of his past counterpart.
** In the Good Ending of the sequel, Cole has decided to use the RFI [[spoiler:which it will kill all Conduits, himself included]]. Suddenly, [[spoiler:Kuo]] tries to grab it off him, unable to accept this fate.\\
'''You'd Expect''': He should use his Arc Restraint to contain [[spoiler:her]] while he, Zeke, and Nix went to recharge the RFI.\\
'''Instead''': They just stare at [[spoiler:her]] while she runs away from them in anger. The next time they see [[spoiler:her]], [[spoiler:Kuo]] [[FaceHeelTurn is sided with the Beast]].
* Near the end of ''[[VideoGame/JakIIRenegade Jak II]]'', Metal Kor [[OneWingedAngel reveals his true form]] to [[ChaoticGood Jak]] and [[BigBad Baron Praxis]]--a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever massive]], [[EldritchAbomination insect/reptile like abomination]]. He then orders the Baron to give him the [[MacGuffin Precursor Stone]] that he had been obsessively searching for the whole game.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The baron to realize [[CurbStompBattle he had no chance in beating him]], and just surrender the stone.\\
'''Instead''': [[PreAsskickingOneLiner "If the city must die, then we ALL die!]] [[RoarBeforeBeating ARRAGGH!"]] The Baron promptly draws his sword and charges at Kor along with his soldiers -- and then promptly gets blasted several feet away, crashing into huge chunks of construction equipment, by an energy blast from Kor.
* In Chapter 13 of ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', Pit is infiltrating Arlon's Lunar Sanctum. At one point during the land battle, both Pit and Palutena ask Arlon why the Sanctum was built in the first place.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Arlon, being the QuintessentialBritishGentlemen he is, to calmly explain why the sanctum was built in hopes of getting Pit and Palutena to back off or at least come to a deal.\\
'''Instead:''' Arlon [[PoorCommunicationKills gets irritated and refuses to answer]] and Pit fights his way through the Lunar Sanctum and eventually reaches Arlon.\\
'''Result:''' Arlon is defeated and the Lunar Sanctum is destroyed. [[spoiler:And with the Sanctum's destruction, the [[ChaosIsEvil Chaos Kin]], [[SealedEvilInACan a being of unspeakable evil is freed from the Sanctum]], allowing it to wreak havoc on the world three years later. Essentially, [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Arlon is directly responsible for Chapters 18-21]].]] Viridi lampshades it in chapter 20.
-->'''Viridi''': If only I'd been there at the time. Or Arlon should have explained the situation, but you know how reserved he is.
* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':
** In the Sith Lords, there's the Jedi Masters. Following the end of the war and Revan's departure, Sith assassins start knocking off Jedi from the shadows. Unable to find the source, the Jedi gather in an attempt at mass precognition. This draws the attention of Nihilus, who kills them all easily. Thus the remaining Masters go into hiding, hoping to lull the enemy into a false sense of security so they'll emerge. Years pass with absolutely zero success, until the Exile shows up and draws their attention. She sets about gathering the masters to deal with this.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That despite all the animosity between them, the Masters would see reason and agree to help. After all, they've have nothing to show for their work while the Exile manages to save two entire planets (admittedly, one of those planets was originally doomed because of her, but she fixed it), the settlement on Dantooine, and roots out the source of the bounty of Jedi.\\
'''Instead:''' Faced with pretty much direct evidence that the Sith have no only returned but are actively undermining the (as mentioned) fragile-as-hell Republic, they decide ''to do nothing''. Having gone to all the trouble of gathering on Dantooine, they decide to stick their heads back up their asses and hope for the best while the Republic dies around them. To make matters worse, they then decide the Exile is somehow an even ''bigger'' threat than the Sith, and attempt to strip her of the Force entirely rather than help her when she's ''being actively pursued by assassins''. Worst Jedi ever!\\
'''And the icing on the cake is:''' All three of them, in some way, had pretty much ignored their original idea and were trying, in their own way, to get to the bottom of the problem. Or, in the case of Zez-Kai Ell, had come to understand that maybe they were wrong to begin with. Even if they were stumbling around in the dark, they were at least ''trying''. This means that, in the time it took for them to reach Dantooine, they actually managed to ''unlearn everything'' they had done in their self-imposed exile.
* ''VideoGame/LANoire'':
** In one of the street cases, Cole Phelps and Roy Earle, two cops stumbled into a fight between Dudley Lynch and a black man on the roof of a house over a girl, Shannon Perry, where the black man was thrown down to his death. After the fight, Dudley assured the girl that he did it all for her and they seem to have a romantic moment before Cole Phelps [[MomentKiller came up the roof]] to talk to Dudley about the incident.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That Dudley would explain that the incident was a case of self-defense and that Shannon would testify for him. Thus allowing him to get out of the situation Scot-free.\\
'''Instead''': He ran away, while throwing Shannon hard to the floor, then we have a chase scene where the cops managed to capture him. ''Then'' Dudley tried to tell the cops that the whole thing was a case of self-defense but Cole calmly told him that the whole thing is out of his hands and said that if so, Shannon would testify so for him. But given the way he treated her when he was about to make a run for it, it seems unlikely.\\
'''In Addition''': Running away from the police tend to be a charge in and of itself.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'':
** [[RedoniBlueoni Graves and twisted]] fate got into a bank job gone wrong and the the police got the building surrounded, Twisted Fate decide to find another route to get out to avoid getting arrested.\\
'''You'd Expect''' That Graves do the same thing and back him up to ease up the task.\\
'''Instead''' He decide to make a [[LeeroyJenkins FULL FRONTAL ASSAULT]] and of course, that got him busted and locked up for a decade.\\
'''Bonus Idiocy''' [[NeverMyFault And blame Twisted fate for all of it]], thinking he abandoned him the whole time. Dose that remind you of a situation similar of that in a league match?
* Characters in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' series are prone to stupid decisions at times.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''
*** [[MagnificentBastard Ganondorf]], surprisingly enough, gets one of these. After Link meets Zelda in the Temple of Time and obtains the light arrows from her, he traps Zelda inside a crystal so that he can get the triforce of wisdom.\\
'''You'd Expect''' He would trap Link too while he was distracted by the monologuing, obtaining all three triforce parts and being able to rule the kingdom of [[TheKingdom Hyrule]] without any opposition.\\
'''Instead''' He allows Link to enter his castle, and gets defeated twice, and then trapped in another dimension.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'': Link, Tetra/Zelda, King Daphnes and Ganondorf are atop Ganon's tower. Tetra's out cold, Link barely conscious and Ganondorf thus managed to snatch their Triforce pieces and reassemble the whole Triforce. Now, he must only touch it and all his wishes will come true- except King Daphnes beats him to it and touches the thing first.\\
'''You'd Expect''' The King would wish Ganondorf out of existence, heal Tetra's and Link's wounds and restore Hyrule for the people of the (apparently fishless, you mind) Great Sea to live in.\\
'''Instead''' He wishes for Hyrule to be rendered LostForever. Yeah, nothing else, just washing away this perfectly nice kingdom for no real reason, while Link and Tetra (still barely able to stand on their feet), have to battle Ganondorf, who now suffers a VillainousBreakdown, since his plans are derailed. Even made worse by the fact that, after the battle is won, Ganondorf dead and Link visibly wounded, the king walks up to the kids and ''apologizes that they've got nothing left except to just carry on with the hope they've got now''. When he, technically, could have given them Hyrule. Like the goddesses ''intended'' him to. It was the whole freakin' purpose his soul was still around. No wonder that the ''The King of Hyrule is a Jerk'' comics are so popular...
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', [[spoiler:Link has learned that Ghirahim is pretty damn angry about losing Zelda and Impa to the Gate of Time in Lanayru province, which Impa explicitly destroyed to prevent pursuit - this is learned because Ghirahim banters on about the second Gate of Time prior to the battle at the Fire Sanctuary. Link activated the Gate of Time in Faron province to learn about the Triforce and Zelda's role in current events, and not only did he manage to get his hands on the Triforce in its entirety, but Link also uses it as it was intended by Zelda - to utterly annihilate the Imprisoned beyond all hope of recovery. Zelda is scheduled to wake up shortly due to her seal no longer being needed, but Ghirahim is still out there.]]\\
'''You'd expect''' [[spoiler: Link to blow up the Faron Gate of Time or ask old lady Impa to dismiss the gate, since Hylia's loyalists no longer have a use for it. Ghirahim explicitly ''wanted'' to know about this gate so he could get his hands on Zelda, after all, and with him at large, leaving the Gate operational is a bad thing.]]\\
'''Instead''' [[spoiler: Link walks up to greet Zelda as she awakens from her crystallized sleep. If you still couldn't put two and two together by now, Ghirahim kidnaps Zelda, drags her through the Gate of Time, and offers up her soul to Demise in sacrifice - and since Zelda's soul is Hylia's, Demise awakens from his thousand-year imprisonment 999 years early. You know, guys, ''you could have prevented this whopper''!]]
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', After finding the final Fused Shadow and dispelling the Twilight around Hyrule, Zant confronts Link and Midna at Lanaryu's spring and takes the Fused Shadows from them.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Zant, seeing how much trouble Link is, would simply kill him and Midna and spare himself further headache.\\
'''Instead:''' Zant merely curses Link to permanently remain in Wolf form and nearly kills Midna by exposing her to light.\\
'''Result:''' [[spoiler:Link manages to escort a barely-alive Midna to Zelda, who heals her wounds. The two then go on to break Zant's curse using the Master Sword and eventually make their way to Zant's front door.]] Midna all but spells it out for him when they finally meet.
-->'''Midna:''' Isn't this ironic? Here we are, all thanks to the dark magic curse you placed on Link!
* In the VisualNovel/RaisingSim ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'', at times entrepreneurs come to your castle to ask you to fund their new great ideas, such as a printing press or field hospital. The money they are asking for is minimal compared to the state budget.\\
'''You'd expect''' the protagonist princess gladly to fund such obvious benefits, pushing her kingdom into the Age of Enlightenment.\\
'''Instead''' she doesn't get what the fuss is about (sample quote: "wouldn't putting sick people together just make them die faster?") and send the innovator away empty-handed. (Granted, you can avoid this by investing heavily in economics or health training, but these have far from obvious benefits early on in the game before the choice comes up.)
** Elodie, as Crown Princess, is fourteen years old and has spent her time at a boarding school until her mother's death, which means she is immediately the ruler of Nova and has one year before she comes of age to have her official coronation.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Elodie to be allowed to consult advisers or her father for important decisions, because she can't possibly learn everything she needs to know in a year, especially so soon after the sudden death of her mother.\\
'''Instead:''' She is forced to decide everything herself with only a basic education under her belt, with no input from [[AdultsAreUseless her father]] or anyone else, while the rest of the nobility is openly trying to sabotage her rule if she doesn't perform perfectly.
* ''{{VideoGame/Lucius}}'' has the eponymous character [[spoiler:taking control of his "father" Charles into killing his mother, Nancy, with a nail gun]]. At the same time, [=McGuffin=] and another police officer are present at the scene.\\
'''You'd Expect''': that he puts two and two together that Lucius is responsible for [[spoiler:taking control of his "father" and killing his mother]] and has him locked up. Happy ending, indeed.\\
'''Instead''': he comes to a conclusion that [[spoiler:Charles]] is responsible for the murder, and tries to lead chase to him. During that time, he has the other police officer watch over Lucius [[spoiler:which he does murder]]. For him, he assumes the worse after this.
* At one point in ''LuminousArc'', the player party has just subdued an opponent. They all know she has one of the PlotCoupons they're grappling for in her body, she's killed dozens of innocent civilians, and nobody has any reason to believe she's not completely synthetic.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Someone to rip the stone out of her chest. At least one party member is impulsive or pragmatic enough to do it without calling a team meeting. Either way, a serious threat is out of the game and the party is up one MacGuffin.\\
'''Instead''': They leave her to recover and fight again another day. ''Repeatedly''.

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* ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'': In Spider-Man's ending, J Jonah Jameson sees pictures of him defeating Galactus.\\
'''You'd Expect''': He finally realizes Spider-Man is not a menace and calls off the "Hero or Menace?" thing off.\\
'''Instead''': Jameson brushes them off, and thinks that Spider-Man is teaming up with Galactus. Let's just face it, that's the Jameson we know of.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'': Max goes for the final confrontation against [[spoiler:Victor Branco and Armando Becker]].\\
'''You'd Expect''': He [[spoiler:should go with Da Silva into the hangar, in the risk of avoiding confronting an army of police forces under their command]].\\
'''Instead''': He [[spoiler:goes straight to the front entrance of the airport and started gunning down every policemen going after him]]. It is even lampshaded.
-->'''Max''': Smart move would have been [[spoiler:sticking with Da Silva and going straight to the hangar]], but when I was ever about smart moves? I'm a dumb move guy.
* In VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 3, during the ''Hero of ACDC'' arc, Mr Match approaches Lan and uses peer pressure to trick him into loading in mysterious code "packages" laden with malware that eventually cause a fire in a research laboratory. Mr Match had previously used a series of planted WWW agents and some clever social engineering to bluff Lan into believing that he had genuinely reformed, and preyed on the resulting trust to trick Lan in this fashion.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Lan to check the packages or get someone like his father to vet them before doing anything with them.\\
'''Instead''': He allows Mr Match to play on his ego and manipulate him into playing along, disregarding standard IT security practices, resulting in the endangerment of the lives of the researchers ''including his father''.
** On the cyberworld side of things, the program data packets Mr. Match gives Lan are named "[=FireData=]", "[=HeatData=]", and "[=FlamData=]". Objects with "____Data" names are typically [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literal cyberspace versions of whatever is in the blank.]] These data packets are no different; the program [=NPCs=] [=MegaMan=] delivers them to comment that the packets are very hot to the touch (which surely [=MegaMan=] would've noticed) and become painfully overheated immediately upon installing the data into themselves. It should be noted that [=MegaMan=] is the more observant and level-headed of the two protagonists.\\
'''You'd Think:''' [=MegaMan=] would put two and two together and realize the infamous cyberterrorist pyromaniac arsonist is NOT reformed, and is tricking Lan into installing obviously-named data for virtual fire on key Scilab systems so he can set the internet ablaze again. Upon realizing that, he would refuse to cooperate with Lan until he does the above.\\
'''Instead:''' Although he does question it a few times, he rolls with it when Lan dismisses the concern and goes on making the deliveries and installing the data as instructed. Cue the game's second instance of the Energy Change ScrappyMechanic and the player wishing he'd stocked up on more water-element chips to put out virtual fires with.\\
'''Even Worse:''' [=MegaMan=] has handled [=HeatData=] before. It was a PlotCoupon late in the second game. It was in a barbecue grill serving as its heating element.
** By the final chapter of the same game, it should have been proven beyond any doubt that anything and everything with a computer and a jack-in port can and will be hacked and used to attack those around it by WWW. After a series of incidents caused by WWW operatives, the organization has finally managed to capture the MacGuffin that will bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt once again when they finish bringing it online. The military decides that things have officially escalated past the GodzillaThreshold, places the real world under martial law, and begins deploying tanks in civilian areas to protect against WWW.\\
'''You’d Expect:''' the military to field manned, non-computerized machinery that can’t be hacked and made to attack them or nearby civilians instead of deploying automated robotic war machines originally created by the BigBad.\\
'''Instead:''' they deploy automated robotic war machines originally created by the BigBad. WWW’s work on the MacGuffin causes the tanks to go haywire and start firing on civilians the same morning they’re deployed.
* In the anime of ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'', Bob Copper suspects Geo Stelar to be Mega Man. He follows Geo all over the city. Please note that "Mega Man" has the same hair, eyes and voice as Geo. Geo also shows up all the time whenever trouble is brewing... Or after. It's no surprise Copper is suspicious. In a following incident, Copper locks Geo in his car as a test to see if he's Mega Man. Mega Man does show up, and Copper finds Geo inside the car after that. However, anyone could conclude that Geo could have actually escaped, changed into Mega Man, fought the bad guy, and then locked himself in the car again to avoid suspicion. [[spoiler: This is what actually happened, as Zack Temple demonstrates the fallacies of "childproof" touch-command door locks by opening the door and letting Geo loose.]]\\
'''You'd expect''': Put two and two together and either accuse Geo of being Mega Man... or continue suspecting him, at least, and tailing him all the time.\\
'''Instead''': He immediately assumes Geo to be one of Mega Man's ''groupies''. Cue [[FaceFault surprise on Geo's part]]. ClarkKenting seems to work better than people think... or one can wonder how a man who can come to such ridiculous conclusions actually got onto the force.
* ''{{Mercenaries}} 2'': CorruptCorporateExecutive Ramon Solano hires the player to break a Venezuelan general who had attempted a coup out of jail. Airstrikes are called in, tanks are used, [[StuffBlowingUp stuff blows up]], mission accomplished.\\
'''You'd Expect''' Solano thanks the merc for a job well done, pays them, sends them on their way, and goes on to take over the country and elevate it's status to that of a world power.\\
'''Instead''' He turns on the player and has them shot. Cue the RoaringRampageOfRevenge that ends with Venezuela getting torn up and Solano himself dead.\\
'''For Added Idiocy''' The merc Solano hired was the mercenary that had previously been involved in the Song Initiative. During that situation, the mercenary showed their aptitude at singlehandedly taking down a military dictatorship for money.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': When Snake finds the DARPA Chief, the chief tells Snake that Psycho Mantis read his mind in order to figure out the chief's detonation code. But when Snake talks to Kenneth Baker, Baker informs Snake that both he and the DARPA Chief have been fitted with anti-ESP nanomachines, and the terrorists tortured Baker to figure out his code. So how did they get the DARPA Chief's code? [[spoiler:They didn't. The Chief Snake met was actually Decoy Octopus, a master of disguise, and Ocelot accidentally killed the real Chief in an interrogation.]]\\
'''You'd Expect''' Snake to figure out that the terrorists [[spoiler:do not, in fact, have the ability to launch a nuke]] or at least ponder how strange all this is.\\
'''Instead''' Snake, even after ''seeing a psychic hallucination of what happened to the DARPA Chief before he arrived'', doesn't catch on, and proceeds to use the card key he has to [[spoiler: activate Metal Gear, since he THOUGHT it was active already but it actually isn't, and now it IS active. And he can't shut off Metal Gear because Liquid climbs into the thing and starts shooting before he gets the chance.]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'': Seal Team 10's Bravo Team are trying to stop Dead Cell from taking President Johnson, the Dead Cell member in particular that they are facing is Fortune, famous for not having a single bullet hit her. They try to gun her down, but sure enough, the bullets just curve away from her.\\
'''So you'd think''': Bravo team would just realise that they are wasting bullets and run.\\
'''Instead''': They continue firing at her, and Fortune, pissed off that Bravo couldn't kill her, blows them all up with her rail gun, thus delaying chances of Johnson's safety.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'': During the prologue mission, Snake learns that his mentor, The Boss has defected to the Soviet Union. Snake is equipped with a tranquilizer pistol, which he has trained on The Boss, that apparently uses InstantSedation rounds.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Snake to shoot her when it became clear that she was doing a FaceHeelTurn.\\
'''Instead:''' He doesn't. Worse, the only excuse that's given is that he didn't want to harm his beloved mentor, something the tranq gun wouldn't have done.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''.
** Otacon is attracted to Naomi, [[spoiler:the person who injected his [[HoYay most precious person and]] [[HeterosexualLifePartner partner of over a decade]] Snake with the FOXDIE virus.]]\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Otacon to carry at least a bit of a grudge for that.\\
'''Instead:''' He falls in love with her simply because she's not currently being a bitch to him.
* ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain]]''.
** At the beginning of the game, an assassin breaks into the hospital you're currently staying in, strangles your doctor, gets her hands on his gun, and points it at you.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Her to blow your damn brains out right then and there.\\
'''Instead:''' She just stands there for 5 seconds not doing anything.\\
'''The Result:''' Ishmael strangles her, lights her on fire, and punts her out of a window.
** Nine years after the events of ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'', Huey Emmerich decides to rejoin Big Boss, now running the mercenary outfit Diamond Dogs under the name Venom Snake. Upon his return, Snake, Miller and Ocelot make it very clear to Huey that he's very high on all their shitlists, due to their beliefs that Huey was [[spoiler:responsible for the demise of Militares Sans Frontieres and the destruction of the old Mother Base]].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Huey to realise that he's on very thin ice, and stick to working with Diamond Dogs's research unit (or whichever unit the player assigns him to) while not doing anything that might piss off either his old friends or the mercenary army he now lives with.\\
'''Instead:''' He actively [[DiggingYourselfDeeper digs himself deeper]] on two separate occasions. First, he shows [[spoiler:the child soldiers Snake rescued earlier]] how to [[spoiler:operate Metal Gear Sahelanthropus, resulting in the kids fleeing the base and stealing the mecha]]. Then, he proceeds to cross the MoralEventHorizon by [[spoiler:causing a huge parasite outbreak on Mother Base that forces Snake to execute several of his soldiers and staff members]]. Needless to say, this doesn't improve his standing with Snake, Ocelot or Miller one bit.
* ''MetroidOtherM'':
** Samus is on her way to Sector Zero when, right as she gets to the entrance, a Metroid comes out of hiding to greet our heroine. Adam happens to be right behind them, freeze gun in hand.\\
'''You'd Expect''' either Adam or Samus would freeze the damn thing and save both of their hides from being Metroid chow, or Adam asks Samus to stop and shoot the Metroid.\\
'''Instead''' Adam SHOOTS Samus with the most powerful round of ammo he had, leaving Samus utterly powerless and [[IncrediblyLamePun scared suitless]], not even bothering to shoot the Metroid until it was right about to ATTACK SAMUS! The only ounce justification he had for shooting Samus was to stop her from going into Sector Zero, something that could have easily been a lot less life-threatening and damaging if he simply asked her to stop. It might be just as stupid, but it would have made tons more sense and a lot less fucked up.
*** Additionally, Samus has just fallen to the ground after Adam has shot her in the back. She is disabled, in shock, and completely helpless. There is now a hungry Metroid floating over her head.\\
'''You'd Expect''' Adam to immediately shoot the Metroid.\\
'''Instead''' He waits for a good forty seconds or so while the Metroid lazily hovers closer and closer to Samus, not bothering to fire a second shot until it's literally in her face.
** If that turn of events didn't already turn heads, this'll do the trick. Instead of reacting with confusion and anger like a normal person's reaction to friendly fire, Samus pretty much accepts this. She even mourns his death. Would you mourn a guy who [[MoralEventHorizon shot you for no real reason]]?
** Midway through the game, Samus is asked by her former commanding officer, Adam Malkovich, to go into an area that's superheated and filled with lava.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' No problem. Considering the game notably averted BagOfSpilling and Samus still has all her upgrades from ''Super Metroid'', all she has to do is turn on her Varia/Gravity Suit and walk through without fear of being injured by the heat. Better yet, while Adam has restricted her use of weapons, there should be nothing stopping her from employing her defensive suit capabilities, especially in cases where her life is in danger.\\
'''Alternately''', he could just say "By the way, Samus, Sector 3 is known for its extreme heat, which has taken its toll on my team's power suit systems. If you have anything that protects from environmental extremes, consider its use authorized." before she gets to the superhot stuff.\\
'''Instead:''' Neither of them act on the pending situation, and Samus willingly runs through the superheated area taking damage for no discernible reason, until Adam ''finally'' tells her to activate her Varia Suit when she comes face to face with a boss and is forced into a protracted battle.\\
'''Even Worse:''' Again, the sole in-game justification for the authorization system is that using power bombs - a whole ''one'' weapon out of the six or seven you have - wherever you want would vaporize your non-Power Suited allies. This apparently means Samus is not allowed to defend herself from hostile environments as best as she can simply because Adam didn't explicitly tell her to keep doing so at the beginning.
** There is also the fact that Adam told her if she used any power-ups without his say-so, she was off the mission with a one-way ticket to court martial town. That said, the stupidity comes in when everyone, especially Samus ''and even more so himself'', realize she's the lynchpin of this mission's succeeding.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' "Samus, turn on all non-combat abilities to ensure your survival." Alternatively, Samus to either give him the finger and activate the Varia function herself or at the very least ''ask'' his permission to do so the instant she realizes the area is superheated, because, again, protecting herself from extreme environments doesn't endanger other people.\\
'''Instead:''' "I'm still mad you that you quit the Marines [[spoiler: after I ordered my brother/your boyfriend to die]]. You don't get any power ups at all until I say so."
** The Federation want to cover up their dastardly cloning experiments on the Bottle Ship and tie up loose ends.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' They would order Adam to not board the station, shut off its distress signal and/or blockade the station with starships and threaten to destroy anyone who approaches, then board it with their own teams and eliminate any evidence as needed.\\
'''Instead:''' They allow Adam to go in and replace one of his squad with an assassin whose job is to kill them all, plus Samus Aran. Because clearly getting a squad of your own men killed and attempting to murder the galaxy's finest bounty hunter when she has yet to be given any reason to work against you is far more efficient than just telling them to go away.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'': It's learned in the game's Konquest mode that in the future, the Mortal Kombat tournament will become corrupted and its competitors will grow more numerous and gain more power from tapping into more of the fabric of reality than normal, thus causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt with their infighting.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The Elder Gods to stop the tournament right then and there, thus preventing it from being the crux of the future apocalypse.\\
'''Instead''': They use a lowly Edenian god to start a GambitRoulette, in the hopes of stopping the Armageddon ''just'' when it begins to start. Naturally, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption it backfires on them]].
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', [[TheHighQueen Sindel]] is supercharged thanks to the sacrificed Shang Tsung's souls, and faces the Forces of Light herself.\\
'''You'd Expect''': [[LaResistance The heroes]], worn out from recently fighting off the Cyber Lin Kuei ambush, to keep their distance and use their projectiles to attack her or at least [[ZergRush attack all together at once]], or even retreat and fight later on.\\
'''Instead''': They attack her [[ConservationOfNinjutsu one of the time]], forgetting to use [[ForgotICouldFly their special abilities]]. The end result is a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown in which Sindel [[HeroKiller kills the heroes]], with only [[DeadpanSnarker Johnny Cage]] and [[ActionGirl Sonya]] as survivors; [[BadassPrincess Kitana]] dies from her wounds in [[DiedInYourArmsTonight Liu Kang's arms]] and [[BadassNative Nightwolf]] performs a HeroicSacrifice via KillSat in order to finally [[TakingYouWithMe kill Sindel]].
* [[VideoGame/NancyDrew Nancy Drew game]] ''Warnings at Waverly Academy'':
** One of the suspects has her term paper erased by the Black Cat. You are given the option of asking the suspect if she kept a hard copy. If you do, the suspect replies:\\
'''You'd Expect''': "Of course I did! Do you think I ''want'' four weeks of research to go down the drain? Good thing the Black Cat didn't count on that!"\\
'''Instead''': "No! It would be like printing out a book!"
** Sadly, Nancy Drew herself is capable of this ''without'' you having to invoke it (the moments where it ''can'' be invoked are the ones resulting in a Game Over; which some people are known to deliberately seek out for amusement). For example, at the end of ''Legend of the Crystal Skull'', Nancy has found the eponymous skull in a crypt. Just as she does, the culprit comes along, sees her down in the crypt with the skull, and in an Literature/{{Aladdin}}-esque moment, asks for Nancy to hand over the skull.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That Nancy, being the highly-experienced detective she is even by game standards (this is game seventeen), would see through this ruse and proclaim "A-ha! So ''you're'' the culprit!" and refuse to give up the skull even if it meant having to escape another trap.\\
'''Instead''': Nancy actually hands over the skull, then acts surprised when the culprit traps her in the crypt and takes off with the skull.
** And then at the end of ''Ransom of the Seven Ships'', [[spoiler: the bum whom Nancy has been helping turns out to be a former culprit out for two things: the treasure, ''and'' revenge. And did we mention this is one of the most [[AxCrazy genuinely insane]] culprits in the entire series?]]\\
'''You'd Expect''': [[spoiler: Nancy would do ''something'' or come up with a plan, like going through her inventory and using something on the culprit, or, even better, using her walkie-talkie to alert George.]]\\
'''Instead''': [[spoiler: Nancy just...kind of stands there while the culprit rants and raves. She realizes she ''might'' be a in a trap and only whimpers "Oh no" ''when she still has seconds to take action.'' And this is a trap she has been aware of ''since she first came to this particular beach.'']]
** Sometimes, the culprits have their moments where the VillainBall is just too tempting not to take a hold of. The worst offender of this comes from the culprit at the end of ''The Deadly Device'', not once but twice. The first time: The culprit realizes Nancy has figured out whodunnit. They arrive at the lab, see Nancy leaving, and knock her out.\\
'''You'd Expect''': They would either kill her right there, or, if they HAD to take her to the Tesla coil lab, tie her to the lightning rod or on the floor, go up to the control room, and turn the electricity on.\\
'''Instead''': They lock her up in the Faraday Cage, which has since been rewired and is now perfectly safe, wait for her to wake up, [[EvilGloating gloats about how and why they did it,]] and then turn on the electric current and wait for it to gradually wear through the cage. Giving Nancy plenty of time to evaluate her situation and figure out how to get out. Without even confiscating your inventory.
** And in the second instance of this, it gets even worse: If you are able to redirect the electricity to the lightning rod, the culprit, who is in the control booth and could clearly see electricity now dancing around the room and therefore that it’s dangerous to leave…\\
'''You'd Expect''': Stays in the control booth and turns off the electricity.\\
'''Instead''': Steps out of the control booth to see what's going on, and gets electrocuted.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed: The Run'', the main character, Jack, has won the titular cross-country automobile race, and received his cut of the $25 million winnings. He and his agent, Sam, later talk in a coffee shop about another race which will double his earnings.\\
'''You'd Expect''': With all the money he has earned, and after everything he has endured, for Jack to stay and relax in New York City.\\
'''Instead''': Jack accepts the offer. The last we see of him is him speeding down the highway, with numerous police cruisers behind him.
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': The CEO of an EvilInc has decided to kidnap nine children and force them to play a DeadlyGame. One of the reasons he did this was to research the psychic abilities these children have. Eight of the kids manage to escape; the one left ends up having a TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening and becoming a powerful psychic.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For him to not let the child return to their old life, where they might [[TemptingFate theoretically]] be free to grow up and get revenge on the man who nearly killed them.\\
'''Instead:''' Several years later, the psychic comes back to get revenge.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', the priestess Rao has been talking about trying to find the "Fox Rods" since Ammy first met her. First she was saying she would use them to cure the curse on Sei-an City, then after Ammy fixed that, she changes her reason to "get rid of all the monsters." When she went into the Ghost Ship with Ammy and the Water Dragon showed up, Rao pretty much ''leaped'' all the way to the shore, leaving the person she was supposed to be helping to get eaten. Eventually, Ammy finds the Fox Rods; they were lodged in the Water Dragon's stomach, and when she first finds them, they turn into very evil little demonic foxes that try their hardest to kill her. Then we learn that they were what drove the Water Dragon insane in the first place by leaking dark magic everywhere. Immediately after this, Rao shows up in the Water Dragon's garden in the underwater Dragon Palace and asks for the Fox Rods.\\
'''You'd Expect''': They'd be a little suspicious of how much she wants these by this point ObviouslyEvil [[ArtifactOfDoom artifacts]] and hang on to them, especially if they remembered her display of superhuman abilities after they got off the Ghost Ship or thought to consider how the hell she got down to the Dragon Palace in the first place. Even if they trusted her completely, Issun voices worry that monsters will target whoever has the Fox Rods in order to get them, and who better to deal with roving monsters than God herself?\\
'''Instead''': Ammy hands over the Fox Rods so quickly that even Issun thinks she's getting ahead of herself. Turns out that [[spoiler:the real Rao was killed a long time ago, and the one you've been dealing with the whole time was a shapeshifted Demon Lord Ninetails who needed the Rods to unleash his full power.]] NiceJobBreakingItHero.
* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'', the party is [[BrokenBridge unable to use the access tunnel]] leading to the Biosystems Labs because of the bandit Darum, who went a little nuts after his daughter Teim was kidnapped. They retrieve his daughter, put a veil on her, and go to the tunnel.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Teim would throw off her veil, yell, "Daddy, it's me!" and hope he recognizes her.\\
'''Instead:''' She walks up to Darum in the veil. When he demands her money, she haughtily refuses, and he cuts her down. Then he kills himself on realizing what he's done, at which point Rolf sermonizes about the increasing evil of the world. You know, Rolf, you could've prevented this one!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria}}'', it's increasingly made clear to Adrienne throughout the entire game that there is some evil power in the house that can manipulate objects, caused Carno to murder his wives, caused several near-fatal accidents in the past and has increasing control of her huband.\\
'''You'd Expect''': At the very least, the moment she started having visions of Carno murdering his wives Adrienne would seek help from the people in town (most of whom already believe there's something evil in the house) and get out of the house as soon as is physically possible.\\
'''Instead''': She just stays there. For day after day. Even after Don rapes her she stays for several more chapters. Really how she survives to the end of the game is a complete mystery.
* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky]]'':
** You're sent to gather Perfect Apples, though you're ambushed by Team Skull who takes all the Perfect Apples.\\
'''You'd expect''' Chatot to give you a chance to explain what happened.\\
'''Instead''' Chatot gripes you out without giving you a chance to explain what happened and sends you to bed without eating, and later in the game, he complains that you wouldn't be able to do the job properly.\\
'''Bonus Idiocy''': Team Skull show up later with a Perfect Apple they saved for Wigglytuff. Yet no one questions where they could have gotten it.
** [[spoiler:Grovyle is a Pokemon from a BadFuture whose objective is to collect the Time Gears and bring them to Temporal Tower to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]\\
'''You'd expect:''' [[spoiler:Grovyle to politely explain who he is and what he's doing, earning the cooperation of the authorities.]]\\
'''Instead:''' [[spoiler:He runs around stealing the Time Gears and gets labeled a criminal.]]
** [[spoiler:Dusknoir is a Pokemon from the same BadFuture whose objective is capture Grovyle so that TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt can continue unhindered. He eventually tricks the heroes into aiding him and manages to capture Grovyle.]]\\
'''You'd expect:''' [[spoiler:Dusknoir to thank everyone for their help, take Grovyle back to the future, close the time portal, and promptly slit his throat.]]\\
'''Instead:''' [[spoiler:He kidnaps the player and the partner, ties them up, and has his Sableye minions dispose of them.]]\\
'''The Result:''' [[spoiler:The three of them escape, Grovyle reveals the truth, and they all get back home and thwart Dusknoir and Primal Dialga's plans.]]
** And in Heart Gold and Soul Silver, in the Team Rocket hideout in Mahogany Town, there's a scientist in the first floor (the one with the Persian statues) with three Magnemites. After you defeat him, you can talk to him. What does he say?\\
'''You'd expect:''' That the scientist would just mention what Team Rocket has in store involving the Radio Tower. Or something involving their plan, ''anything'' except...\\
'''Instead:''' He tells you that the computer on his desk can turn off the alarms set in the Persian statues, and for you to not push it. But, being the hero that you are, of course you're gonna do that...unless you prefer to pass the statues anyway to fight the Grunts for EXP.
** In Diamond, Pearl and Platinum you have team Galactic. Not a single grunt, whole team. At one single point in the games, their Eterna City hideout. First is a grunt who wants a donation of Pokemon.\\
'''You'd expect''': Since they're trying to look good, he would politely tell the player to return when he'll decide to donate for Team Gallactic\\
'''Instead''': He tells the player to "scram", yelling at him for wasting his time, losing his chance for any donations he would get from anybody the kid could know.\\
Second is the way whole team wants to show you which way to the top.\\
'''You'd expect''': Not guarding at all, or guarding both of the stairs, at all three floors of the building.\\
'''Instead''': There are signs talking about "the right way leading you to success" or something, obviously showing right way. A sign near every single good staircase. Talking about right way.
* {{VideoGame/Portal 2}}
** [[spoiler:Wheatley's]] surprise to Chell and [[spoiler:PotaTOS]], i.e. 'The part where he kills you' is actually smart for a little idiot like him, even though he did made idiotic mistakes as well as shown below:\\
'''You'd Expect''': For him to either turn off the excursion funnel or not use it at all so that he can send Chell to where all the [[BottomlessPit boy bands and ponies are]].\\
'''Instead''': [[spoiler:Wheatley]] [[ComplexityAddiction apparently decided to create an elaborate death trap consisting of Chell being saved by an excursion funnel even being sprung into a stage]] where she will be killed by a [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill ridiculous amount of spike plates]], which he for some reason, only triggers it if you either use the conversion gel or you wait for a minute, more than enough to portal your way to his chamber.
** Another moment is during the FinalBoss battle where he states that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he will not make the same mistake that GlaDOS did]] by countering almost every single one of Chell's attempt against GlaDOS in the previous game.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Having seen how Chell managed to escape using the gels, he will simply relocate the gels away from his lair so that he will either succeed in bombing Chell or she will die in six minutes due to Neurotoxin.\\
'''Instead''': For some reason [[spoiler:Wheatley]] [[BossArenaIdiocy never does this resulting in his downfall]], which makes no sense considering he is smart enough to [[spoiler:Booby trap the stalemate button]] after learning from the previous encounter with Glados.
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'': The Empress of Time gets an amazing stroke of good luck when [[spoiler:the Prince walks in on Shahdee about to assassinate her, rescues her, and promptly mistakes her for one of her own servants]].\\
'''You'd Expect''': Her to take advantage of this by [[spoiler:sticking a knife in the Prince's back when he's not looking]].\\
'''Instead''': She tries to kill him with ineffectual booby traps and minions.
** Later on, the Prince has the Empress cornered in the present. The Prince knows that killing the Empress will [[spoiler:cause her remains to become the Sands of Time]], and doing this in the present day will [[spoiler:prevent him from releasing them in Azad 7 years ago]] and save him from his fate, but he does not want to kill the Empress and repeatedly tries to get her to stand down. The Empress herself knows all of the above as well.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The Empress to [[SheatheYourSword sheathe her swords]], since if they do not fight, the Empress will not die, which is obviously good for her, and [[spoiler:the Sands of Time will never be made, also preventing the Prince from releasing them in Azad]], which completes the Prince's quest.\\
'''Instead''': The Empress continues to attack the Prince, and he is forced to kill her in the Bad Ending; she is only saved by [[spoiler:the Dahaka]] in the Good Ending.
* ''{{VideoGame/Prototype 2}}'' would have [[spoiler:James Heller learning his daughter, Amaya, is alive and well. After defeating Alex Mercer, he opened the bank vault to where she and Dana are being held by Alex.]]\\
'''You'd Expect''': [[spoiler:[[HarmfulToMinors Knowing fully well his daughter might be scared if she sees his arms being resembled to the one who kidnapped her before the final fight]], he turns his Tendril arms back to normal before entering to get the two out of vault.]]\\
'''Instead''': [[spoiler:He enters the vault with his Tendril arms still there before turning them back to normal, resulting in Amaya being scared of him.]] What an idiot, indeed.\\
'''Luckily''': [[spoiler:Just as Heller is leaving her and Dana after the rescue, Amaya gets over this fear and approaches him.]]
** Alex Mercer has decided to [[ZombieApocalypse virally transmogrify humanity]], by planting sleeper agents in Blackwatch and Gentek to sabotage their work to suit his purpose. By the time of the game, [[FlockOfWolves the majority of Blackwatch's command structure is secretly working for him]].\\
'''You'd Expect''': Him to lay low, since his victory is assured since nearly everybody involved with Whitelight is one of his Evolved.\\
'''Instead''': He infects a random marine who hates him, then tells the random marine to raise Hell. Possibly excusable because of a HiveMind control he has over infected, but...
** Shortly thereafter, the angry marine, Heller, kills and consumes Koenig, the head of Gentek's research and one of the key evolved in Alex's plan. Alex mentions how Heller is fucking up his plan and he should kill him.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Alex to try to kill Heller, since Heller has absorbed Koenig's memories and knows Mercer's plans are ''very bad''.\\
'''Instead''': He leaves Heller go after a flimsy attempt at deflecting the issue. Heller promptly eats Mercer's second-in-command, all of the Evolved involved in the Whitelight program, and successfully stops Mercer's plans. After consuming all of those Evolved, Heller's too powerful for Alex to kill easily...\\
'''You'd Expect''': Alex to immediately focus all his attention on killing Heller, who A) Wants Mercer dead, and B) Is one of ''very'' few things that can make Mercer dead.\\
'''Instead''': Mercer continues to sit on his ass, periodically sending out small groups of Evolved to get eaten by Heller, attempts to make Heller ''even madder by kidnapping his daughter'', and gets eaten.
* ''VideoGame/RainbowSix: Vegas'': Gabriel Nowak is the new guy, who somehow makes it onto the world's foremost Commando team. During his first mission, he ignores orders, gets a hostage negotiator killed, and acts petty about it when called out.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That such a loose cannon and ineffective operator would be booted from the team immediately.\\
'''Instead''': He's ''still a part of your squad'' and still disobeys orders ''five years later''. This allows him to use Rainbow's contacts and weaponry in setting up his massive scheme which it takes you two games to undo.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'':
** [[spoiler: Agent Ross has manipulated John Marston into killing all of his former gang. Ross wants the glory for this, so he plans to kill Marston to take all the credit.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Ross would just shoot Marston in the back right at the site of the battle with Dutch's gang, or order the Army to kill him right then and there, allowing him to blame the death on Dutch.\\
'''Instead''': He lets Marston go and re-unite with his family for several days before invading his ranch with a company of trained soldiers. Marston, with the advantage of fighting on his own turf and resting up, kills dozens of them. Marston then dies right before his son's eyes. The same son then returns to get his vengeance on Ross (and Ross' family, if the player feels particularly vindictive)]] On the other hand...
** [[spoiler: John has just killed off dozens of army regulars almost single-handedly, not even counting the duels won, forts stormed, revolutions started, and hundreds of men killed before. He's told his wife and daughter to run and save themselves and prepares to meet his possible end. He knows that there is a good amount of men outside the barn door. What should he do?\\
'''You'd Expect''': You'd think that John would call upon his years of experience and realize that pushing open the door and boldly striding out into the open would be rather less than ideal as a tactic for survival. Even if he's accepted his death, you would expect him to try to stay alive as long as possible to divert attention away from his wife and son. John (and the player) has dealt worse situations before, why start making bad decisions now?\\
'''Instead''': John boldly pushes the barn door open and strides toward the firing line of men who are all pointing guns at him. A quick player can get maybe half of them before the death by cutscene. A noble end, sure, but...]] WhatAnIdiot.
** In the beginning of the game, John Marston is in front of Fort Mercer. Above him is his target, Bill Williamson and at least two other men. All have guns trained on him. During the conversation, it's becoming clear that Bill won't listen to him.\\
'''You'd Expect''': John Marston accepts Bill's offer to leave while he still had the chance.\\
'''Instead''': He pulls out his cattleman revolver, but in a split-second, one of the bandits shoot him in the ribs, causing him to nearly bleed to death. He's lucky he was saved soon afterward and that the bandit in question didn't instead shoot him in the head.
** John Marston knows people who are willing to help him in his quest.\\
'''You'd Expect''': He'd be civil with them, even though they appear to be wasting his time.\\
'''Instead''': He threatens to blow their brains out every chance he gets. Seriously, buddy, ''no one is being made to help you''! Especially not Abraham Reyes, the goddamned leader of the revolution in the Mexico arc.
** There's also the matter of in-game cartoon character Beaumont The Burly. He goes to a women's suffrage support meeting, and doesn't agree with it.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Him to keep his mouth shut.\\
'''Instead''': He walks up to the speaker, and tells her to quit it, and go home and get ready to make supper. The women attending respond by [[DisproportionateRetribution beating him to a pulp, tying him up, and dumping him on a railway line]].
** Allende, leader of Mexico during the Mexican Arc, is not spared this.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Knowing that Marston only came to Mexico to get [[spoiler: Bill Williamson, who is under Allende's protection]], Allende would simply give this strange American bounty hunter what he wants and wave him goodbye as he curb-stomps the rebels.\\
'''Instead''': He repeatedly refuses to give Marston the man he wants, has Marston help him fight a war Marston wanted no part of, [[spoiler: orders Marston executed, which causes Marston to fall to the rebels, and after a series of events, Marston ends up helping the rebels secure complete, total victory. Allende's government is overthrown, and Marston/Reyes gets to kill Allende himself.]] Really, dude? ''Really??''
* Darius Mason is a dolt in ''[[RedFaction Red Faction: Armageddon.]]'' What he does with Kara after their vehicle breaks down though truly takes the cake as the most infuriatingly stupid thing to ever happen in the ''RedFaction'' series.\\
'''You'd expect''': Their Spider Walker broke down right smack in the middle of bug territory. Thus, you would think the two would have fixed the problem as fast as they could so they could get on their way before company comes. (''beat'') [[TemptingFate You would, wouldn't you?]]\\
'''Instead''': While taking their time repairing the machine, the two decide to get StrangledByTheRedString and ''make out in the middle of a Martian wasteland.'' Next thing you see, dozens of monsters come after them and just as the weakest alien in the game is about to kill Darius, Kara steps in and gets ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.\\
'''Even Worse''': All of the events in the game could've been avoided if Darius just fixed the terraformer with his nanoforge after Adam Hale blew it up. This makes the deaths of Kara, as well as countless of others, all frustratingly pointless, so he deserves the guilt that will haunt him for the rest of his life. [[WhatTheHellHero Get a clue, Darius. GET A FUCKING CLUE.]]
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'':
** HUNK and his teammate have just critically wounded William Birkin, the head researcher of the G-Virus project and are standing alone in his laboratory. They have at least two more men positioned outside. They are all highly trained, heavily armed and armored professional killers whose only likely opposition are a 110-pound woman with no combat experience and her pre-pubescent daughter.\\
'''You'd Expect''': They would do a sweep of the room, searching for any additional virus samples and checking to see if the man they were sent to kill and just riddled with bullets was in fact dead.\\
'''Instead''': They book it, grabbing the virus samples and getting out. Not only did Birkin survive the attack, though gravely injured, he happened to have a sample of the monster-making virus on his person. When he injects himself with it, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge the results]] [[CurbstompBattle are predictable]]. This not only leads to the near-complete decimation of the team, but also results in the virus infecting the entire city and leading to the downfall of Umbrella.\\
'''Even Worse''': ''This happened before'', chronologically anyway. Dr. James Marcus was similarly assassinated by the U.S.S--it's entirely possible and even speculated that HUNK was a part of that operation--and a similar outcome led to Marcus coming back to life, infecting a train, destroying two Umbrella facilities and nearly becoming unstoppable were it not for the timely intervention of a rookie cop and an ex-Marine.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'':
** Jill and Carlos meet up in a gas station when they hear a horde of zombies coming to their location. They start to panic a little bit since they are effectively trapped.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Jill and Carlos try to find another way out or at least barricade the door and windows.\\
'''Instead''': Carlos decides to [[LeeroyJenkins play hero by going ''outside where the zombies are'' and attempt to mow them all down with his assault rifle.]] Somehow, Carlos doesn't die, but you can find him slumped over and passed out from his injuries, which he wakes up from and can still walk.
** A viral outbreak of an insanely contagious virus able to cross-infect almost any species of living organism--everything from humans to earthworms to plants--has occurred in Raccoon City, a small city located within the heart of the mainland United States. If this were in real life, it would make the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster Bhopal disaster]] look like a fart in a crowded room by comparison. In this beyond worst-case scenario, Umbrella decides to send in teams of soldiers on behalf of the U.S Government to try evacuating survivors from the city.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Umbrella to do some sort of damage control. Yes, this incident is bad. Beyond bad, it's a horrifying nightmare, but with a juicy government contract on the line, you would think they would attempt to save face in some manner by having this team actually attempt to rescue civilians.\\
'''[[VillainBall But This Being]] [[ForTheEvulz Umbrella]]''': They decide instead that it is a better idea to send these mercenaries in--who are by the way a group of [[ArmyofThievesAndWhores terrorists, war criminals and dishonorable discharges all facing death penalties]] with a casualty rate of ''[[RedShirt 98%]]''--to die by the hands of their escaped biological monstrosities to gather combat data, rather than actually rescue civilians.\\
'''It Gets Worse''': They insert "supervisors" into the command ranks of the mercenaries to gather said combat data, who Umbrella plans to extract once they have completed this task, or at the very least the data they hand in. All well and good, until one of them decides to pull a ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'' and bump off all the other Supervisors to take ''their'' combat data and sell it off to the highest bidder. [[spoiler: Canonically, he escapes, so out of this fracas Umbrella didn't even get ''that much'' out of it.]]
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'':
** Osmund Saddler has kidnapped the President's daughter, Ashley Graham, and infected her with a parasite that will allow him to mind control her when it matures, and he plans on using her to infect the President.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Saddler would let the girl go quickly, since the plan.\\
'''Instead''': When a rescuer shows up, Saddler has ''him'' infected with a plaga while monologuing about it, and repeatedly attempts to re-kidnap Ashley.
** When initially researching las Plagas, Saddler had Luis Sera build a machine that could kill a plaga without harming the host.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Saddler to immediately dismantle the machine once his plan to kidnap and mind-control the President's Daughter begins since he does not need it anymore, or at the very least keep it password protected and make sure Ashley is never anywhere near it.\\
'''Instead''': It's kept fully operational, ready to use, and nearby to where Ashley is held.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'':
** Wesker confronts Chris and Sheva in his jet. He puts the former down with one punch on his side and two punches on his chin, and a kick then focuses on the latter with Chris' gun. As Chris tries to shoot him, he [[DodgeTheBullet dodges every bullet]] [[FlashStep he throws at him]]. Next, he pulls out his Samurai Edge and points it at Chris' head.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Wesker uses this as an opportunity to blow his brains out, finally killing Chris.\\
'''Instead''': [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim He basically says]], "[[EvilGloating A new Genesis is at hand]], [[AGodAmI and I will be the creator]]." Five seconds after, Sheva, whom he's not focused at that time, tries to attack him with a knife, missing the chance.
** Excella Gionne.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Now that she gets the position of being CEO of Tricell, she wouldn't blindly follow orders from some mysterious guy who is [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder prone in betraying everyone he worked with]] in the first place. Even if she knew Wesker is really dangerous, she would try to betray him in some way.\\
'''Instead''': Not only does she do so, but she continues to get involved with him that she ended up getting betrayed in the end.
* ''VideoGame/ReturnToKrondor'' manages to avert this trope for the most part. However, there is one glaring instance of this trope popping up at the end of the game. William is magically carried to Widow's Point by Sidi, gets to fight Bear and finally kill him. William reunites with the other four player characters and take the Tear of the Gods back to Krondor. Sidi is the guy Bear worked for and Sidi is responsible for all sorts of trouble the protagonists went through.\\
'''You'd Expect''': William bring up Sidi's name, which will cause a reaction to the other four and confront Sidi.\\
'''Instead''': The five characters go back to Krondor, seem to forget all about Sidi, and William never brings up the fact that Sidi helped him bring down Bear.
* In ''VideoGame/RideToHellRetribution'', Jake needs to get past an electric fence. To do this, he first decides to murder a group of truckers and steal their huge truck.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Him to just [[BoringButPractical plough through the fence with the truck]], and continue on his way. Or better yet, he could simply short the system, cut a few wires, or attempt to find a diffrent entrance; he wouldn't even need to murder the innocent truckers this way.\\
'''Instead:''' He drives the truck to a power plant, murdering several policemen along the way, kills everyone inside the plant, then blows up the fuel tanker attached to the truck, in order to invoke StuffBlowingUp within the plant. He dives into a river to escape the explosions, and this gets him past the fence. Somehow.
* In ''{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'', [[spoiler:Tia has defeated Iris in the final battle. Iris ponders why she'd lose to a single mage fighting by herself, and Tia reminds her that she wasn't actually fighting by herself; everyone was cheering her on. It's because Iris couldn't believe in others nor love her fellow man that she lost. Tia then tells Iris to give up]].\\
'''You'd expect:''' [[spoiler:Iris would agree to surrender and then stop her evil deeds and change her ways.]]\\
'''Instead:''' [[spoiler:She, as the MagnificentBastard she is for knowing where Tia has positioned herself, laughs and mocks Tia for having let her guard down, and invokes the power of her tiara, activating the self-destruct mechanism of her palace in an attempt to crush Tia with it, and escapes in her capsule. Unknown to her, however, Tia and Lilli are saved by Talos, and they happily reunite with their friends and colleagues from RKS.]]

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* ''The SaintsRow series:''
** The Boss of the Third Street Saints is a notorious gang leader, criminal, all-around badass, and will not stop his/her rampages until his/her enemies are dead.\\
'''You'd expect''': That the other gangs/organizations will do their best to appease to the Boss, or otherwise not give the Boss any reason to focus all his/her rage directly on them. \\
'''Instead''': They taunt or threaten the Boss, kidnap and torture/kill his/her friends and send mooks out to kill him/her routinely. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge The result is what you would expect.]]
** An example would be Maero from ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', when he offered the deal to the Boss.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That he would be more generous in splitting Stilwater like 50/50 or argue his case better in a polite way considering the Boss did assassinated the previous mayor and Chief of Police along with taking down three gangs from the previous game. With the result of Saint/Brotherhood alliance.\\
'''Instead:''' He rudely calls the Boss and dismisses him/her while not doing anything.\\
'''Even worse:''' He ignored Jessica's warnings that the Saints would retaliate, the result leading to some ugly deaths.
** Also from the second game, [[spoiler:Shogo Akuji]] interrupts [[spoiler:Aisha]]'s funeral to try and kill the Saints. Gat is in no mood to fight and offers him a chance to walk away and come back another time.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That the attacker would take it, if not for being wise about a fight he can't win, then at least out of DueToTheDead.\\
'''Instead:''' He goes ahead and attacks, and the Boss and Gat [[BuriedAlive pay him back with one Hell of a]] {{Laser Guided| Karma}} KarmicDeath.
** In [[VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird the third game]], Deckers boss [[TheCracker Matt Miller]] is able to overhear a conversation between Kinzie, Pierce and the Boss through Kinzie's computer. Through this connection, which the Saints are unaware of, he learns of a powerful supercomputer that S.T.A.G. has in their possession, and sends his mooks to retrieve it for the Deckers.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Matt to not reveal to the Saints that he just overheard their conversation, so that his mooks can retrieve the supercomputer in peace, and so that he can continue to use this source of information.\\
'''Instead:''' He smugly reveals himself so that he can go "NiceJobBreakingItHero" to Kinzie. The Saints realise that Matt is about to take the computer, and are subsequently able to steal it from him, killing several Deckers mooks in the process. Said supercomputer is later used to bring the Deckers down for good.
** ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV''. In the mission to [[spoiler: save Johnny Gat from his own hellish simulation]], Matt and Kinzie has some reservations about this, especially Matt Miller.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Matt to keep his mouth shut, or to at least address the problem in a way that doesn't provoke the Boss. Keep in mind that by this time, Matt should know ''full well'' just what happens when you piss the Boss off.\\
'''Instead:''' Matt abruptly says, "Saving [[spoiler: Gat]] is a terrible idea!!"\\
'''Result:''' The Boss promptly punches him out and proceeds to beat the crap out of him. It's only through the intervention of the Saints and a WhatTheHellHero speech from Kinzie that prevents Matt from suffering a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.\\

* ''VideoGame/SherlockHolmesVersusArseneLupin''. Pretty soon in the adventure, Watson gets followed by a journalist with a French-sounding name.\\
'''You'd expect''': Watson to tell Holmes, or at least take five seconds to [[spoiler: figure out the journalist's name, which he has on a business card, is an anagram of Arsene Lupin, French master of disguise who's used an anagram as a name all of five minutes before you meet this journalist.]]\\
'''Instead:''' Watson plays the perfect UnwittingPawn and [[spoiler: lets Lupin steal the Rosetta stone.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus:'' A young man by the name of Wander is looking for a way to bring his girlfriend back from the dead. To that end, he carts her corpse over hill and dale to an ancient, crumbling shrine residing in a place with the cheerful name of the Forbidden Land. Upon noticing the sword in his hand, the ancient dual-voiced god of the temple, named Dormin, speaks up and offers to make a deal with Wander--kill sixteen colossi and Mono will be revived. He also warns Wander that the price he pays "may be heavy indeed."\\
'''You'd expect''': Wander to remember that he's speaking to a disembodied voice that was apparently so evil that a whole chunk of land was deemed forbidden just to keep it sealed away, and demand to know what this price might be. Upon hearing the cost, he would admit to himself that maybe there are some things out there worth more than your own happiness, turn around and go home to give Mono a decent burial and then move on with his life.\\
'''Instead''': Wander brushes off this doom-laden remark with a dismissive "It doesn't matter." He then goes on to slaughter sixteen magnificent and mostly harmless colossi, [[spoiler: gets his horse nearly killed and ends up becoming Dormin's next vessel. He was only stopped by the timely arrival of the man who'd been hunting him down.]]
* ''[[Videogame/ShadowrunReturns Shadowrun: Dragonfall]]'': A team of shadowrunners are sent into a SCHERING Pharma AG lab to steal some valuable data. They botch the run, and all but one of them dies. The team’s decker, Thorvald Enstad, is being held in the building for questioning. The client that hired them tasks you and your team with killing him before the SCHERING corporation can pump any secrets out of him. It takes Thorvald no time at all to realize he’s not being rescued and start fast-talking for his life. If you decide to be diplomatic this mission, you accept a bribe equal to what you were being paid for the job plus a sweet weapon in exchange for escorting Thorvald to safety.\\
'''You’d Think:''' That, being a shadowrunner himself, Thorvald would understand the importance of keeping his damn mouth shut and not doing anything to upset the team of runners he just sweet-talked into not killing him.\\
'''Instead:''' Once you get to the lower levels, he cracks up at the eviscerated corpses your team passed on their way to him, and then cackles at length about [[spoiler: hacking the robotic lab equipment to slowly eviscerate the innocent lab techs those corpses used to be while they were still alive]]. Cue your entire team demanding a bullet in his head, right before a representative from your client shows up with armed bodyguards to confirm the hit. It’s on you to decide to pull the trigger on Thorvald.
* ''SidMeiersPirates'': Any time the player is looking for family members and has [[TheDragon Baron Raymundo]] at their mercy.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The player character to take Raymundo prisoner and force him to tell them the exact location of a family member.\\
'''Instead:''' He's content with getting part of a map showing where to find them, and catching Raymundo again months later and repeating the process.
* Near the end of ''SilentHill 2'', James is confronted by Eddie, an overweight and mentally disturbed man who's been mocked by his peers for his entire life. Eddie is surrounded by corpses, wielding a revolver, and delivering a monologue about how everyone is made equal in death, including the fact that he's going to murder the next person who so much as looks at him funny. Eddie then says a friendly 'goodbye' to James and turns around to leave the room.\\
'''You'd Expect''' James to say nothing about the crazy, bid Eddie a fond farewell and get the hell out of there.\\
'''Instead''', James asks Eddie if he's gone nuts. Eddie [[AxCrazy responds about as well as you'd expect.]]
* ''Silver Chaos'': Pam is '''much''' stronger than humans, but he still lets his master, a weak-looking old man enslave, beat and rape him.
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', during the aerial battle for Yafutoma between the Armada and the Tenkou, the heroes attempt to, and succeed in, locating their captured ship. They attempt a boarding action, preparing to go side-to-side by a distance of meters with this airship, with a full crew of hostile soldiers.\\
'''You'd expect''' the Delphinus' new management to attempt evasive action, any evasive action or movement at all, or fire on the pirate ship as it makes itself a fat, slow and impossible to miss target by closing in.\\
'''Instead''' the ship remains completely motionless in midair, obligingly allowing the air pirates to pull up, leap aboard, and presumably for the ship to fly off again without shooting at it once or trying to maneuver or follow the entire time. Way to go, guys. Way to go.
* ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'': The entire Sun On Yee leadership. All of them have gathered together for [[spoiler: Uncle Po's funeral]]. This comes after ''two'' attempts on Uncle Po's life and on both occasions they didn't have nearly enough protection available.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Them to bring their gang with them along with any VIPs whose deaths might force the Hong Kong police to take action.\\
'''Instead''': Only the top leaders and two or three regular members of the gang go. And they seem ''surprised'' when a rival gang shows up with assault rifles and grenade launchers. Really if it weren't for Lee the game would have pretty much ended right there.
* ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}'' has Simon learn that the BrainUploading is more akin to copying a person's brain and personality, rather than actually altering where the consciousness of the person will be. And he knows it has happened to him twice, once meaning his original body and once about midway through the game, when he needs to be put into a new body to proceed. Then the upload to the ARK occurs.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Simon to have realized the implication and that merely a copy of his brain will be put onto the ARK, not himself. Especially since he has been told this ''twice'' already, including the time he saw his old body.\\
'''Instead:''' Simon reacts to the news like he's never heard it before and yells at Catherine, claiming she lied to him about this and the ARK being their goal. In turn, Catherine absolutely screams at him that he ''knew'' about the copying and that he has no reason to act like this. [[spoiler:This has to the effect that her mind becomes overstressed, stopping her simulation and effectively killing her, leaving this copy of Simon to remain on the bottom of the sea, all alone now.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur V]]'':
** Patroklos, after a period of time travelling with Z.W.E.I. and Viola, has been reunited with Pyrrha, his long lost sister. [[FortuneTeller Viola]] then makes a few cryptic statements, the general gist of them being that Patroklos and Pyrrha cannot remain together.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Patroklos to at least figure out what she's trying to tell him, and perhaps request clarification from her.\\
'''Instead:''' He regards the statements as "threats and riddles", not even realising that she's trying to warn him about something.
** After Pyrrha defends him from Nightmare, [[spoiler:Patroklos sees her in the state where she is destined to become the new host of Soul Edge.]]\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [[spoiler:Him to try finding help for her.]]\\
'''Instead:''' [[spoiler:He turns Soul Calibur on her. This pisses her off to the point that the next time he sees her, she starts fighting him, [[EtTuBrute accusing of abandoning her]] like she thinks everyone would do to her.]]
* Before the events of ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' occured, the new kid/[[spoiler: Dovahkiin]] was hunted down by the government, purely because [[spoiler: he was able to make over 3 ''billion'' friends on Facebook and they wanted his special talents to serve the country.]] After everything settled down, the new kid's parents move to South Park and they hope that he doesn't remember what had happened before they moved or what he had done.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The parents to keep him isolated so that the events don't repeat themselves.\\
'''Instead:''' The kid's parents tell him to go outside and make some new friends, completely ignoring why they wanted their son to forget what happened in the first place. [[spoiler: Lo and behold, the new kid's uncanny ability to make a ton of Facebook friends gets the government's attention again.]]
* ''StarCraft'':
** The UED forces find on Tarsonis an abandoned Psi Disrupter build by the confederates. This device is able to break the zerg's psychic link, preventing the Overmind and its cerebrates to control zergs. Stukov says that it's a great tool for the UED mission (to ensalve the Overmind) while Duran prefer to destroy it, since "If it falls in Mengsk's hands, it could control the zerg as well in combination with the psi emitters".\\
'''You'd expect''' that [=DuGalle=] would listen Stukov, not only because he's his longtime friend and viceadmiral of the UED, but because his suggestion made much more sense that Duran's, a guy who met recently.\\
'''Instead''' he listens to Duran, and orders the Psi Disrupter to be destroyed.
** Later Kerrigan manages to destroy the Psi Disrupter.\\
'''You'd expect''' the UED would build another one or even have another already built. The Terrans have siege tanks and science vessels and cloaking fields, so surely they have a computer capable of storing schematics, right?\\
'''Instead''' they fight Kerrigan without it and their whole fleet gets wiped out.
** In the finale of ''Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm'' Kerrigan breaks into Mengsk's inner sanctum and finds him strangely confident and holding something akin to a detonator in his hand. Granted, it was diguised as a lighter, but still.\\
'''You'd expect:''' that, since whatever that thing controls, it CLEARLY cannot be anything good, Kerrigan would dash forward and smash the detonator out of his hand or blast Mengsk with her psychic powers. For all she knew the detonator could trigger a nuclear bomb Mengsk planted [[TakingYouWithMe just in case he loses]].\\
'''Instead:''' She just stands there like a dumbass while Mengsk presses the button, which [[spoiler: makes the Xel-Naga artifact rise from a niche in the floor]], and he very nearly kills Kerrigan with it.
** [[http://starcraft.wikia.com/wiki/File:VikingColossus_SC2_Art1.jpg This wallpaper,]] which shows a Viking (anti-air flyer/anti-ground walker) fighting a Colossus (ground-attack strider so tall it can be targeted as an air unit).\\
'''You'd expect:''' The Viking to attack the Colossus with increased firepower while completely immune to its attacks.\\
'''Instead:''' It's attacking the Colossus while in walker mode, doing reduced damage and getting hit by its DeathRay.
* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory''
** The first disc culminates in the team assaulting Eluria Tower to stop the destruction of Expel by destroying the Sorcery Globe. They run headlong into the Ten Wise Men, a group of villainous beings from Nede who plan to destroy the entire universe via advanced magic. The Ten Wise Men look at the group and are surprised to see a Nedian [[spoiler:Rena]]) with the party.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That they [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim would simply kill all of them (a group of teenagers) instantly]].\\
'''Instead:''' They routinely mock the party, have one of their weaker members knock the party down to critically-low health without killing them and assume that [[spoiler:Expel's destruction]] will finish them off. It doesn't, and the team gets saved by inadvertantly transporting to Nede, whereupon they get much more powerful weapons and equipment and decide to take the fight to the Wise Men's doorstep by attacking their base at Fienal.\\
'''And Then:''' They assault Fienal and are beaten down once again by the Wise Men, who mock them.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That, once again, they would just kill them and be done with it.\\
'''Instead:''' They again toy with the party and leave them conscious, and are stalled long enough by the leader of the L'Aqua Defense Force so the heroes can escape. The team then gets advanced weaponry and tools from Dr. Mirage, spends several days training in simulations at the Fun City Coliseum, and it's only ''then'' that they decide to start attacking in force, by which point they're easily defeated. It isn't until the player's party has chainsawed through 2/3rds of the Wise Men that they finally start panicking, by which point the heroes are already in the final dungeon. They may take the cake as the dumbest enemies in the series.
** [[spoiler:Claude's father, Ronixis, is in space over Nede]] when the Ten Wise Men decide to use his ship as target practice by using Fienal as a glorified anti-matter cannon. They fire off a shot (at low power) that knocks the ship's shields down by a significant amount.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That, given how the ship was nearly crippled by a single shot, [[spoiler:Ronixis]] would immediately order the ship to plot an escape path and get the hell out of dodge, or at the very least, start moving so the cannon can't get a lock on them. He doesn't even have much of a reason to stay either, as [[spoiler:he believes Claude to be dead]].\\
'''Instead:''' He spends a good minute trying to hail the planet and start negotiations, while failing to do anything besides leave the ship parked in orbit. Even after ''another'' shot takes down the ship's shields, he doesn't do anything except admit defeat. The ship just sits until it's destroyed by a third blast.
* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'', the party lands on [[spoiler: an AnotherDimension version of 1957 Earth]] and gets their ship and a party member captured by the local [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]]. After infiltrating their secret underground base and fighting their way through bizarre alien experiments, the party comes across the base's MadScientist commander who tells our protagonists they're honestly really just trying to solve the world energy crisis and would you please give us your ship's power source so we can stop pollution, be friends with aliens instead of experimenting on them and save the future.\\
'''You'd expect:''' The party brainiacs if not the captain himself to realize that the ship's power source could ''destroy the entire planet'' if improperly used and categorically refuse to give it to some ethically challenged people they met 5 minutes ago, no matter how much they wanted to help "save the future."\\
'''Instead:''' They give up their GreenRock, then obliviously walk into an obvious jail cell. From there they have front-row seats to watch the crazy woman install it into her makeshift reactor which immediately starts an irreversible overload. Cue escape from exploding planet.
** Also from the game, Sarah, [[TheDitz unsurprisingly]], has a moment that overlaps with TooDumbToLive. [[spoiler:At one point in the story, Sarah gets kidnapped by the evil cultists who had attempted to kidnap her previously.]] Now, that isn't the WhatAnIdiot moment. What is, is [[spoiler:her reaction to said cultists jumping through the window of her house.]]\\
'''You'd Expect''': [[spoiler:Running away, screaming for help, attempting to fight them off.]]\\
'''Instead''': [[spoiler:She, in her own words, simply ''gets up and nonchalantly goes to make them tea''. What... the... fuck... Sarah?]]
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter''
** [[AcroFatic Rufus]] has taken it upon himself to challenge [[HotBlooded Ken Masters]], and consequently goes on a trip to seek him out. The only problem? Rufus doesn't even know what Ken ''looks like''.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That Rufus would first get a picture of Ken from somewhere like, hmm, I dunno, ''the Internet or the newspaper?'' After all, Ken's an extremely rich dude, the American martial arts champion, and a well-known fighter on the street fighting circuit.\\
'''Instead:''' Rufus assumes that every single Street Fighter he comes across must be Ken. Including Cammy, who for the record is a ''girl'', simply because Rufus knows Ken is blond and Cammy happens to be blond. Rufus isn't the brightest bulb, mind you, but there's a big difference between genuine ignorance and outright stupidity.
** Cammy, while attempting to destroy the information on the BLECE project, is stopped at gunpoint by C. Viper ([[TheMole who's been working undercover in S.I.N. for the CIA]]). Viper orders Cammy to step away from the computer console containing the BLECE data.\\
'''You'd expect:''' For Viper to at least reveal that she's on the good guys' side. While Cammy might not have any reason to trust or believe her, Viper would then have the opportunity to explain that she is also seeking to bring down S.I.N., and that having the BLECE information will go a long way toward that end.\\
'''Or:''' For Viper to, at least, yank Cammy away from the console. If her intention is to recover the BLECE data while maintaining her cover, the least she could do would be to ensure that the data isn't in danger of being erased right there and then.\\
'''Instead:''' Viper's got a gun to Cammy's head, sure, but she just ''stands there'' while Cammy's finger is an inch away from the Delete button...which she proceeds to press. This results in years' worth of undercover work going down the drain, which Viper openly laments in Cammy's hearing moments after the fact.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'':
** Samus Aran, having captured the [[VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus last remaining Metroid]], has given said creature to the Galactic Federation. There is clearly much potential use for this creature, and it is also a very tempting prize for the space pirates.\\
'''You'd expect:''' For them to place the Metroid at a facility with EXTREMELY high security. Maybe even offering Samus a high paying job protecting the facility.\\
'''Instead:''' They instead keep the Metroid at a space colony with minimal at best security.\\
'''Result:''' Ridley attacks the space colony, stealing the Metroid. What follows are the events of the game.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2'':
** Lee Linjun, who turned to the Shadow Mirrors' side to show up his former classmate Tetsuya Onodera, believing him (and especially him) and his forces to be inferior to fight off the invasion of the Einst and Inspectors, has his forces trounced by those of said classmate.\\
'''You'd expect''' Lee to get the hell out of there and recoup his losses.\\
'''Instead''' He takes his ship, the Shirogane, and attempts to use it to ram Tetsuya's ship, the Kurogane. Unfortunately, as Tetsuya points out, he failed to notice the drill in front of the Kurogane. Naturally, this doesn't end well for Lee.
** Before this, there's a mission where you have to defend a base against enemies that will destroy it if they so much as brush the outside wall.\\
'''You'd Think''' Lee would use the LONG RANGE guns that can do heavy damage to small vessels on his ship to shoot at said enemies.\\
'''Instead''' he's TheLoad for the entire mission.
** Some time later, Lee is aboard the Shirogane when he spots two enemy Rhinoceros Mechs, one of which has Shadow-Mirror member Echidna Iisaki on-board. The Shirogane pursues them and the Mechs seem intent on letting it follow them. A few seconds in, Lee assumes that they're leading him into a trap.\\
'''You'd Expect''' Lee would stop the pursuit, lest he fall for the trap. Or, [[WeHaveReserves since he is that type]], he'd test the waters with a few mechs.\\
'''Instead''' Lee, being the glory-hound JerkAss that he is, charges in full speed ahead. [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption To the surprise of no one playing]], it is a trap, and Lee and the Shirogane are confiscated by the Shadow-Mirror. Even Echidna herself mocks Lee for falling for what he knew was a trap.
* ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter 3''
** In the game's very first mission, Gabe Logan goes to Tokyo to assassinate Shi Hao, the leader of a Chinese anti-government rebel group who was [[BiggerBad partially responsible for the events of the previous game]] as well as his lieutenants.
** '''You'd Expect''' That once Shi Hao was killed, his subordinates would flee the hotel they're staying at so as not to get sniped by the rogue American agent.
** '''Instead''' They join their mooks in trying to kill Gabe, right where he can snipe at them
** '''Bonus Idiocy''' Gabe actually ''expects'' them to come running into his line of fire.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''
** Touhou 8: Imperishable Night has either Reimu or Marisa try to stop the titular imperishable night caused by the two characters you chose to play, in order to find the person who replaced the moon with a false one.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The main characters to explain what’s wrong with the moon, and why they needed to slow down time, potentially gaining another ally.\\
'''Instead:''' They only say that there’s something wrong with the moon without explaining what, and why it’s important to slow down time, difficult boss fight ensues.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Team Fortress 2}}'' of the trailer on Meet the Spy, the BLU Spy is told Heavy, Solider and Scout, that anyone on this BLU team could be a RED Spy.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Solider notice that Scout is holding the knife, then he shoot at Scout in the face which it revealed of the RED Spy.\\
'''Instead:''' After when the BLU Spy does the talking, [[WhatTheHellHero Solider is shot at him thinking that he is the RED Spy]] but it turns out it was just the BLU Spy until then the RED Spy disgused as the Scout and back-stabbed at Heavy and Solider.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' series, whenever the protagonists are assigned to kill a specific target (who generally serves as a [[BossBattle level boss]]), they will almost always make their presence known by walking up to said target and giving them TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.\\
'''You'd Expect :''' The ninjas to approach their target in the back and [[BackStab slit their throat]] as they did for every Mook they came across on their way... But then again, doing that would mean that [[BoringButPractical there would be no boss for you to fight]].\\
'''Instead :''' They don't even bother, thus ensuring that the now very alerted target has time to ready their weapons and/or [[JustYouAndMeAndMyGUARDS call for]] [[FlunkyBoss assistance]], leading to a fight that generally opposes a Ninja best suited for stealth and assassination and a combat-oriented character, optionally backed up by armored guards.
* ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider (2013)]]''
** Lara finds that her best friend Sam is about to be burned at the stake by the Solari. Several of the cult's members are in attendance. Lara uses her bow and arrow to kill the guy with the torch before he can set Sam's pyre alight. Unfortunately, the rest of the Solari notice. At this point in the game, Lara is at least willing to kill large amounts of the Solari if it means saving her friends.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Lara to switch to her assault rifle or shotgun and start gunning down any mooks who attack her.\\
'''Instead:''' She keeps using her bow, and only manages to loose one arrow (which doesn't hit anyone), before getting taken down by some of the mooks.\\
'''Result:''' Lara receives a horrific NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, and the burning goes ahead as planned.[[spoiler: Except that a gust of wind blows out the fire, apparently due to Sam being a descendent of Queen Himiko.]]
** While escaping from the Solari Fortress, Lara goes up against a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal mook manning a]] [[{{BFG}} mounted machine gun]]. Using LeParkour, she makes it to the mook and manages to knock him to the ground, away from the gun.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Her to pull out her [[BoringButPractical pistol]] and shoot him before he can recover.\\
'''Instead:''' She tries to use the machine gun, but it's so heavy that the mook manages to knock her off the ledge they're on before she can aim at him. Lara only survives due to a grenade launcher being very nearby, and the mook [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy being a terrible shot]], allowing her to survive long enough to grab said grenade launcher and blast him with it.
** Late in the game, Sam's been kidnapped again, and is taken to the Solari monastery solely by the BigBad and a traitor from Lara's group. Lara heads up there as well, and actually just beats them to it. She hides as they come past her at the entrance to the monastery.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Lara to simply come out of hiding, hold the BigBad and traitor at gunpoint (if she doesn't want to just kill them), and demand Sam's release.\\
'''Instead:''' She just lets them pass by, and subsequently has to make her way through a huge fortress being torn apart by fierce storms, while fighting off a small army of Solari, [[spoiler:and another small army of undead samurai]], in order to rescue Sam.
* In ''VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld'', Lara Croft discovers an old Nemesis she thought she killed in the past, Atlantean god Jacqueline Natla, is alive and being held captive by Lara's rival, Amanda. Lara then goes on a wild goose chase all over the world to find the artifacts and tools needed to reach Avalon so she can find her mother who vanished over 20 years ago. However, the final step to reach Avalon can only be performed by Natla herself.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Lara, having fought Natla before, would leave her trapped in the glass containment or at least quickly kill her with Thor's Hammer.\\
'''Instead:''' Lara, fueled by her desire to find her mother, frees Natla and just threatens to kill her the moment she steps out of line. This causes [[spoiler: Natla to activate an ancient device that can sunder the Earth's crust and release poisonous ash into the atmosphere, basically destroying the world. Oh, and Lara's mother is a zombie.]]
* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLastRevelation'' has Lara Croft learn at an early age that disturbing tombs that threaten to bring danger to those who disturb it should be taken seriously as her mentor, Werner von Croy, learned the hard way when his attempt to steal the Iris artifact cause the room they were in to be caved in.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Lara to remember her past experience by not removing artifacts from their resting place unless it is safe to do so.\\
'''Instead:''' Lara steals the Amulet of Horus (only bothering to read what the amulet says after escaping the tomb), which releases the EvilGod, Set, and he threatens to bring TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Now Lara is responsible for setting things right again.\\
'''Also:''' Werner von Croy survived his deathtrap when he claimed the Iris.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' von Croy would learn his lesson and heed the warnings of other tombs that contain artifacts.\\
'''Instead:''' The man tries to steal the Amulet of Horus from Lara. When Lara tried to warn von Croy about the impending danger, he just dismisses it as "ancient hocus pocus". [[spoiler: This causes him to get posessed by Set.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'', Starscream devises a plan to attack a transport from the air to try stealing its cargo of Energon. Along the way, one of the Combaticons eyes their defenses, and sees that the transport is armed with anti-air batteries.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Starscream to rethink the strategy, and try to come up with a different plan.\\
'''Instead''': He decides to attack anyway, resulting in massive losses.\\
'''Later:''' He calls for a retreat, the Combaticons stay back, and manage to salvage the mission, but destroy half the energon in the process.\\
'''You'd Expect''': For him to congratulate them on salvaging the mess, and even though half the energon is destroyed, it's better than the Autobots having it all.\\
'''Instead''': He gulags them for insubordination.
** And when he tries to "recruit" Grimlock to his army, he keeps going on and on about how he holds all the cards, and that he'd be wise to accept his offer.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Him to consider that maybe, just maybe, Grimlock may actually be smarter than he looks, and stop treating him like a brainless attack dog.\\
'''Instead''': Right as he gets in Grimlock's face, Grimlock grabs him, and flings him into the controls holding him down, resulting in his freedom.
* ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter: Under The Knife/Second Opinion'',
** Episode 1-6. Angie worries that Derek's latest patient isn't out of the clear yet, and tells him that they should examine him again and talk to his usual doctor. Unfortunately, Derek's due to help out with a symposium later on, so he's planning on meeting up with some other doctors later that day.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Derek would do what Angie says he should do, and call the doctors to either try getting the meeting postponed, or apologise and explain that he won't be able to attend. You'd think that they'd understand his reasons, being doctors themselves.\\
'''Instead''': He insists that he can't just blow the doctors off after they've travelled so far to meet him, and leaves without doing anything more for the patient. As a result of his choice, the patient in question nearly ends up dying, and Angie [[WhatTheHellHero verbally tears Derek a new one]] in the next episode.
** Episode Z-3. Naomi and a DELPHI agent are operating on a reporter who crashed his car while pursuing them. It's night-time, and the crash has destroyed the light system of the tunnel it took place in, so there's zero visibility for the two. They can't move the reporter from the wreckage, and the agent notes that the headlights of his car won't be of any use illuminating the accident scene in its current position.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' It to occur to either Naomi or the agent that they could simply reverse the car into a position where they could shine the headlights on the patient. Hey presto, lighting problem solved.\\
'''Instead:''' They resort to using a penlight, followed by camera flashes, in order to see their patient, which makes the operation that bit more complicated for them and the player.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Tron20}} Tron 2.0]]''
** F-Con, a rival company, is trying to take over Encom to obtain the digitizer tech. Their CEO says in an email how he has been looking forward to this for twenty-plus years\\
'''You'd Expect''': F-Con to wait for the merger to quietly go through, the new bosses to force Alan Bradley into early retirement (with a generous severance package), and quietly appropriate the AI Ma3a and the Shiva Mark II laser as company property, launching the Datawraith project beneath everyone's notice.\\
'''Or''' If that was not an option, they would use their mole, Thorne, to copy and steal the files and smuggle them back to F-Con headquarters where they could again, quietly work on it.\\
'''Or''': If Alan ''really'' made a stink about the merger and handing over his life's work, arrange for him to "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident disappear]]" from his home or even the Encom parking garage, maybe with some appropriate steps to make it look like he was a despondant, aging man who had [[DrivenToSuicide lost his beloved wife, his close friend, was estranged from his son, and had a career go down in flames]]. \\
''Or'': If they really needed the man himself alive, arrange the kidnapping and staged suicide, but make sure to keep a ''pioneer of AI technology anmd computer security'' (as in ''the guy who programmed Tron and Ma3a'') away from any computer equipment, electronics, or even a telephone jack and electrical outlet. \\
'''Instead''': They arrange for a couple of goons to march into Encom in the middle of the workday, brazenly kidnap Mr. Bradley while he is on the phone with his son, threaten his life repeatedly, and [[LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard lock said computing pioneer in a room full of cast off computer parts with a working power outlet and telephone line]].
** Speaking of Thorne, he was F-con's [[TheMole mole]] inside Encom for several months, observing the laser tests and sending the results back to F-Con. He heard Alan repeatedly talk about how the laser wasn't ready to digitize humans and he had ''almost'', but not quite, worked the bugs out just yet on the safety features.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Thorne and F-Con to run some tests of their own to discern if that was truly the case or if Alan was stalling for time. You'd also expect F-Con to test this with something other than a human being right off the bat. \\
'''Instead''': Assuming Alan was just stalling, F-Con bypasses all safeties and shoots Thorne in there. Alan was ''not'' joking about those safeties. Thorne becomes a living computer virus ''they'' can't even control.
** Jet obtains the Tron Legacy code (no relation) in the belief it will protect Ma3a from tampering, but he also finds several emails on the old Encom mainframe indicating that the code wasn't completed and has serious bugs. \\
'''You'd Expect''': Him to point these out to Ma3a and have second thoughts about installing something to her code that may not be compatible. \\
'''Or''': Wait until he could contact "Guest" and ask about the code.\\
'''Instead''': He and Ma3a find a compiler living on the Internet, ''he volunteers'' to try compiling it to himself (dude, you're a User, that alone should make it a dodgy idea). Ma3a steps in and says it's meant to protect her from tampering. As she is being compiled, Jet gets a warning from his dad ''not'' to compile it. As soon as the process completes, Ma3a goes AxCrazy from the buggy code, kills Byte, wounds Thorne, and tries to kill Jet, who can only get on a lightcycle and flee in terror.
* In the first season of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', one of Ben's classmates is attacked by a zombie. The kid tries to get away, only to trip and fall.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The kid should have gotten up or at least crawled to get away from the zombies.\\
'''Instead''': The kid starts ''pleading to the zombie'' to not kill him and doesn't even try to get away. Obviously, he gets killed.
** In episode 4, Ben talks to Lee about [[spoiler: how his actions of giving the bandits at the motel some supplies indirectly caused the death of Kenny's wife and son, Katjaa and Duck]] and decides to tell Kenny about it. Lee wisely advises Ben to not tell Kenny what happened because he knows Kenny's reaction would put the group in danger.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Ben would listen to Lee's advice and keep his mouth shut for the sake of keeping the group unified.\\
'''Instead''': Ben insists that he tells Kenny his secret just to clear his sins. Later on, Ben tells Kenny what he did, causing Kenny to fly into a fit of rage while the group is under attack by a group of zombies.
* In ''TwistedMetal (2012)'', Dollface is one of three main characters who successfully win the competition. Dollface (Krista Sparks, a model who had a doll mask spiritually locked on her face by a backroom doctor) has spent the entire competition fighting to get her prize: remove the mask once and for all.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' She'd wish for the mask to be removed.\\
'''Instead:''' Krista has second thoughts, and realizes that she would always look beautiful if she kept the mask on. She asks Calypso to put her on "the biggest runway in the world" - he drops her on the tarmac at an airport, where Krista realizes a plane is landing behind her. Instead of running off to the side of the runway, she starts running in the opposite direction as the plane, breaks her heel, then lays down monologuing on the runway (with a good ten- to twenty-second buffer between the time she falls and when the plane lands) instead of rolling out of the way. She ends up dying just like the other two competitors.
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'', Squad G is in the middle of liberating [[TheMedic Cosette's]] hometown from rebels. Once the fighting dies down, the squad begins to work on getting medical treatment to the civilians wounded in the rebel's attempted ethnic cleansing. However, seeing her hometown in ruins coupled with people dying brings up some bad memories for Cosette, causing her to [[HeroicBSOD freeze up]].\\
'''You'd Expect''': Avan would get her to a safe place where they can get her to calm down, and have another medic tend to the wounded.\\
'''Instead''': Avan decides to snap Cosette out of it by ''shooting himself,'' reasoning that it will motivate her to get past the trauma and save his life. This not only runs the risk of making Cosette's breakdown worse and killing Avan, but cuts off Squad G's chain of command and forces Cosette to spend time on a person who would have been perfectly fine if he had behaved logically. Granted, Avan ''is'' an idiot, but there's only so much we can excuse that.
* In ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit in Project Zoo'', the titular characters are chasing Feathers [=McGraw=] through the lava of the volcano. They landed on one section of his hideout. As soon as they land, he activated a trap door for them to fall, but luckily, it didn't.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Wallace and Gromit should get out of the trap door.\\
'''Instead''': They just fool around the trap door. During that time, Feathers keeps on pressing the button to activate it, and it did.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' has Medivh trying to redeem his earlier evils by preventing a demonic invasion. He knows what's going to happen and warns every leader he can reach.\\
'''You'd expect''' Medivh to be specific and detailed to the leaders about the incoming invasion, and to try convincing the orcs to make peace with the Alliance. He'd tell Arthas exactly how the Scourge works to prevent Lordareon falling, and would try his hardest to fight the Legion if no one believed him.\\
'''Instead''' Medivh makes non specific, vaguely threatening prophecies, and demand leaders follow instructions with logical fallacies apparent when one knows everything. Medivh becomes angry and petty when he's not immediately obeyed, and encourages the orcs to run away from their punishment, prompting the Alliance to pursue them in the expansion. Medivh also never helps the orcs prepare for Kalimdor, directly leading to an important demigod being killed.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'':
** [[HeadphonesEqualIsolation Neku]] meets a Reaper who offers him a chance to do one mission to get out of the Game immediately.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That being the misanthrope he is, Neku would have at least enough skepticism of a sinister person he knows nothing about to ''ask what the task is'' before agreeing to it.\\
'''Instead:''' His reaction is best paraphrased as "Sure, sign me up!" [[spoiler:He's instructed to [[NeverSayDie "erase"]] his partner, and is only stopped from ''doing so'' when someone turns up to explain that the Reaper has no authority to do what he thought she was offering and that he would have got out of the Game by being erased himself. Later we learn that the characters are ''dead'' and that the prize of the Game is an opportunity to return to life, so getting out of it isn't even desirable.]]
** Eri, Shiki's best friend, [[spoiler:noticed that she wasn't having any luck trying to design an outfit.]]\\
'''You'd Expect''': She'd help her with this problem.\\
'''Instead''': [[spoiler:She just said, "You're not meant to be a designer."]] She ''did'' realize that it was a bad response after how upset Shiki got, but Shiki died before Eri could explain.
* In Tol Barad Peninsula of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', one daily quest involves escorting a prisoner out of Farson Hold.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The prisoner to follow you like many EscortMission [=NPCs=], since you found your way into the place. It's not hard to find your way out, since the dungeon is straight across the courtyard from the gate.\\
'''Instead''': The prisoner takes a few wrong turns, once even going up the stairs in one of the hold's towers, on the way out, while ignoring the door out that is within sight.
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX''
** In Chapter 5, the team infiltrates a heavily guarded Prone outpost to disable three of their gun turrets so the Ma-non ship can safely escape the canyon in Oblivia. They succeed, but go deeper into enemy territory in pursuit of gunfire, which leads to Prone Skells that the party then defeats.\\
'''You'd expect''' Tatsu to have sense enough to wait 'til they had returned back to BLADE HQ to celebrate.\\
'''Instead''' he rushes out into the open and starts dancing around, thinking that it's already over, which provided a still-functioning Skell a fat, juicy free target. He would have gotten himself killed had Rook not spotted him [[DivingSave in time to save him.]] Which ends up costing him/her [[spoiler:[[AnArmAndALeg their arm in the process]]]].
** During Chapter 6, the party is given a briefing on a Skell that has been left behind by the Ganglion. L'cirufe recognizes the land as tainted territory, and that the tainted literally eat any living thing that isn't them. The [=BLADEs=][[spoiler:, recognizing that mimeosomes aren't considered "alive", ]]volunteer to recover the Skell while L and Tatsu stay behind.\\
'''You'd expect''' Tatsu to ''stay put'', since his presence would jeopardize the team, by drawing the enemy to their location.\\
'''Instead''' he rides a helicopter out to give them food. Not just to where they are in the tainted den, but to ''its heart''. This triggers a forced encounter with tainted monsters, plus a boss fight. Lin was justifiably upset with him and [[LampshadeHanging calls him out on his stupidity.]]
* ''YggdraUnion'':
** Someone has stolen [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Undine's]] [[McGuffin Transmigragem]], a sacred treasure which is used for a reproduction of its kind. A brief investigation indicates a shady human wizard from TheEmpire is responsible for the stolen item.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Undine's Queen Emelone to takes a serious look into the matter, and co-operates with the Royal Army who are more than willing to help them tracking down the lost artifact.\\
'''Instead''': The Undines, holding HonorBeforeReason, go apeshit on human neighborhood and burn down their villages just for the heck of it. As a result, the whole nation of Undine, including the queen herself and her right-hand woman, is slained by Yggdra's army.
** The Royal Army reaches the border of the Imperial's capital, Bronquia. After a battle against Baldus, Kylier warns Yggdra that marching into a city would turns her in a [[VillainProtagonist villain]] who invades innocent people's home country.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Yggdra to consider Kylier's warning, then either back down with her army or come up with a better plan to sneak into the enemy's stronghold without invoking needless bloodshed.\\
'''Instead''': Yggdra decides to push on, pissing off Kylier as she leaves the party permanently. As a consequence of dashing head first with an army into a town, the alarmed villagers Monica and Canaan take arms to fight the heroes, only to get killed off horribly. The whole scenario is simply one of the most tragic and idiotic PlayerPunch situations in gaming history.
* From the third ''Franchise/{{Ys}}'' game, ''The Oath in Felghana'', AntiVillain Chester wants revenge against Count [=McGuire=] for [[DoomedHometown ordering Chester and his little sister Elena's hometown, Genos Island, destroyed]], which also killed all of the other inhabitants. To get close to [=McGuire=], Chester becomes a knight and pledges his loyalty to the count.\\
'''You'd Expect''' : Chester would have plenty of chances, after proving his loyalty, to [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim just stab the count]] when they're otherwise alone, or at least fight off the rest of the guards using his excellent sword skills, demonstrated by the fact that he's ThatOneBoss.\\
'''Instead''': Chester chooses to do exactly what the count says because [[RevengeBeforeReason he wants the count to be]] HoistByHisOwnPetard, using the statues that caused the destruction of Genos Island in the first place against him. This leads Chester to cross the MoralEventHorizon several times, including abandoning his little sister, stabbing one of his childhood friends and leaving him for dead because Chester's decided [[IveComeTooFar he can't turn back]], and then infecting the entirety of a castle with a HatePlague that turns all of the servants and knights (who had nothing to do with Genos Island) into mindless zombies. It's only after Elena ''finally'' snaps Chester out of it that he acknowledges he's gone too far, and ends up [[RedemptionEqualsDeath dying to save what's left of the town of Redmont]].