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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/AssassinsCreed''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/BatmanArkhamSeries''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/DanganRonpa''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/FinalFantasy''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/FireEmblem''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/FiveNightsAtFreddys''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/GodOfWarSeries''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/GrandTheftAuto'' series
* ''WhatAnIdiot/HeavyRain''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/KingdomHearts''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/LegendOfZelda'' series
* ''WhatAnIdiot/MassEffect''
* ''Mega Man Franchise''
** ''WhatAnIdiot/MegaMan''
** ''WhatAnIdiot/MegaManBattleNetwork''
** ''WhatAnIdiot/MegaManX''
** ''WhatAnIdiot/MegaManZero''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/MetalGearSolid'' series
* ''WhatAnIdiot/MortalKombatX''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/{{Persona 4}}''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/RedDeadRedemption''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/ResidentEvil'' series
* ''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.]]]]
* ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo'' 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.
* 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?
** At the beginning of the game, Gruntilda kidnaps Tooty.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That after locking Tooty up, Gruntilda would immediately either; A: Lock up her lair against any intruders, specifically Banjo and Kazooie, B: Given her vast magical power, she would nuke Banjo and Kazooie's house with them inside it before they could leave, (Something she later flat out does in ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie), right after grabbing Tooty'' or C. Simply confront the duo prior to them completing the training courses Spiral Mountain, where they lack the experience and several critical moves that would be needed for them to even begin to be considered a threat to her. Doing any one of these would allow her plans to go off unimpeded.\\
'''Instead''': She plays OrcusOnHisThrone for the entirety of the game, never directly dealing with them. This allows them to not only rescue Tooty, but gain the abilities and experience needed to defeat her.
** Following her defeat after the final battle, Gruntilda is left crushed under a large boulder, still alive but unable to escape herself.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Since said boulder is located literally ''right up from Banjo's house,'' that he and Kazooie would find some way to permanently keep said boulder in place and seal that witch away forever. Also that they would dissuade, or fight off Klungo to prevent him from aiding Grunty's escape.\\
'''Instead''': They leave the boulder and Klungo alone. For two years. During this time Grunty nearly escapes once, (which ''should'' have prompted the heroes to take some kind of action) and finally, her sisters are able to enable her escape, setting up the entire plot for the sequel.
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitosOrigins'':
** 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.

* ''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 [[UsefulNotes/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/Borderlands2'':
** The Vault Hunters have just stormed Control Core Angel to steal the Vault key from Handsome Jack. After a grueling fight they finally have the key and have deprived Jack of his means of powering it, namely [[spoiler: his Siren daughter, Angel, who gave her life to stop her father.]] Suddenly, Jack appears and shoots [[spoiler: Roland]] dead.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For the Vault Hunters (canonically there are six present in the room during this scene), all of whom are heavily-armed badasses with little reservations about killing people, to immediately pump Jack full of lead.\\
'''Instead:''' The Vaults Hunters do absolutely nothing while Jack [[spoiler: captures Lilith]] and takes back the key, now able to charge it again. Then they continue to do nothing while he monologues, then more nothing as he has them teleported away.
* While the fairies of the ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' series are shown to possess ages' worth of knowledge, ''VideoGame/BravelySecond'' reveals that they have ''no way'' of reliably countering someone with equal experience and/or {{Genre Savv|y}}iness. The same goes to the people they 'help'.
** Kaiser Oblivion [[spoiler:confides in Janne and Nikolai about their memory issues and comes to the conclusion that the protagonists recall everything they experienced as well, making his plans an open book]].\\
'''You'd Expect''': Him to drop a silent proxy to steal the Space-Time Compass from the party, preferably in a fashion that does not give away his intentions.\\
'''Instead''': He consents to having Geist and Revenant pick it up. [[spoiler:While Rev does get the compass, a bloodsoaked priest and animate suit of armor are very conspicuous, leading Braev to bring a team to the Harena Seacaves to fence them in and have them arrested with his daughter's aid.]]
** Following this, the party then baits Minette by claiming amongst a throng of cats that they will move it to Sagitta to protect it. You know, that village with the WaveMotionGun that previously blew Oblivion's shit up.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Kaiser Oblivion to see the obvious trap and send in a small group of his best soldiers to scout out the area and/or steal the MacGuffin.\\
'''Instead''': He charges in guns-a-blazing on the Skyhold, only to be shot at and chased away... right into Norzen's typhoon. The Empire is neutralized soon after, its officers arrested to the last.
** In Chapter 6, [[spoiler:the magical backlash of the Holy Pillar's disruption dispels Yoko's wards on Caldisla, re-exposing the region -- and, more importantly, the Great Chasm -- to the world. Anne finds the Great Chasm and discovers its connection to Lord Providence, allowing her to summon Ba'als anew without the Moon getting in the way.]]\\
'''You'd Expect''': [[spoiler:Her to hold on to Turtle Dove until she has enough Ba'als to alpha strike Caldisla in the event Yew and the others survived the destruction of the Skyhold... or at least enough to keep them at bay]].\\
'''Instead''': [[spoiler:She sends it to Lontano Villa, where Egil detects it and reports back, allowing Yew and his lot to eliminate it. They eventually follow the Norende Ravine trail right back to her, kill her, and use the Great Chasm as an in-road to punching out Providence. Airy was the smarter sister, apparently.]]
* ''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. [[spoiler:Though Hudson was [[TheMole an insider for Raul Menendez by that point]] and might have intentionally been banking on it, Woods has absolutely no excuse.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare'', the SDF has attacked a SATO installation and stolen a prototype weapon just before UNSA Fleet Week.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Given the flagrant attack on their personnel, the UNSA not to put every ship out in the open on Fleet Week.\\
'''Instead''': They do just that.\\
'''The Result''': SDF forces hijack their anti-air guns and wipe out almost their entire fleet. Only two ships, ''Retribution'' and ''Tigris'', survive the assault and are forced to single-handedly defend Earth from the SDF from that point forward.
* ''VideoGame/ClockTower3'' features a man intending to sacrifice his granddaughter [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday on 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/Crysis2'':
** 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/Crysis3''
** 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]]. [[LampshadeHanging Prophet himself is astonished by their flagrant stupidity.]]
* ''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 Creator/BillyDeeWilliams) 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"
* ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'':
** Cuphead and his brother Mugman are shooting dice at the Devil's Casino. To their surprise, they make an impressive winning streak that draws the attention of--you guessed it--[[{{Satan}} The Devil himself.]] The Devil makes one more bet with the two heroes: ''"Win one more roll, then all the loot in my casino is yours! But if you lose, I'll have your souls! Deal?"'' Cuphead is excited to take the bet, but Mugman ''begs'' him not to do it.
** '''You'd Expect:''' For Cuphead to stop and think for a minute while taking his brother's warning into account. And then maybe decide that maybe it's better for them to quit while they're ahead. Because after all, making any kind of bet with [[MemeticMutation TEH DEVIL]] is ''never'' a good idea!
** '''Instead:''' Cuphead gets [[{{Greed}} greedy]] and impulsively makes the gamble. They lose after it comes up a Snake-Eyes, meaning that now The Devil owns both their souls. The two beg the Prince of Darkness not to take their souls and to let them repay their debt in another way.
** '''The Result:''' Lucky for them, there ''is'' another way!: ''"I have here a list of my runaway debtors. Collect their souls for me, and I just might pardon you two mugs."'' So thanks to Cuphead's impulsiveness, he and Mugman are now sent to basically assassinate everyone who owes their souls to The Devil. And if they fail, they have to forfeit their souls to him for eternity. So what did we learn, kids?: [[DealWithTheDevil ''Don't Deal With The Devil.'']]
* 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]].
** 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 and demands that she get out of his sight from then on.\\
'''You'd Then Expect''': Trish will now realize that she has damaged him emotionally and contemplate on what she had done before deciding to approach him some time later, hopefully having cooled down and apologize to him for her betrayal.\\
'''Instead''': She tried to approach him, prompting Dante to threaten her and declare her as nothing more than a demon wearing a mother's look.\\
'''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.
* ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'':
** The main character has just found out that [[spoiler:Sayori suffers from depression]] on the day right before the festival, and has either [[spoiler:confessed his love to her or told her that she was his dearest friend]]. On Monday morning, the main character notices that [[spoiler:Sayori]] isn't awake, [[spoiler:despite the fact that she has always walked to school with him]]. This can be quite a red flag right there. \\
'''You'd expect:''' The main character to head to her house and [[spoiler:see why she isn't awake and responding.]]\\
'''Instead:''' The main character heads straight to school and sees Monika in the classroom. He even calls [[spoiler:Sayori]] a "dummy" for sleeping in too much as well. Only after some [[spoiler:ominous hinting from Monika and and a suicide note in the form of a poem]], the main character decides to rush to [[spoiler:Sayori's house]] to see what's wrong.\\
'''Result:''' [[spoiler:Sayori succeeds in killing herself because of Monika, and even worse, during a later scene with Monika, she says that Sayori was struggling (or her survival instincts were kicking in) and had second thoughts about killing herself (there's blood on her hands), meaning that if the player decided to go there much earlier, he could've tried to save her himself.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII:''
** Hargon the evil sorcerer is trying to destroy the world and buying time to summon the dread Malroth. Hargon's castle is atop the Rhone plateau, surrounded by mountains on all sides. There is only one way in and that's by using a specific item as a key. That item is being held by Hargon's minions.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For him to order his minions to ''destroy the only key that grants access to the plateau''. It is impossible to get there any other way!\\
'''Instead''': The item is found and it's guardians defeated. The cave of Rhone is opened and the heroes make their way to the final area of the game.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII:''
** Marcello has managed to fight off possession by [[spoiler: Rhapthorne, the BigBad of the game, who's spirit is housed in the Godbird sceptre]]. Said item has immeasurable power thanks to the being within, which very much appeals to him, ambitious as he is. However... said being has managed to take over every ''other'' being it has come across.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Marcello would lock it away for now, and immediately dispatch men to Trodain to learn how to properly seal it's power. At that point, he could use it only when absolutely necessary.\\
'''Instead''': He decides to keep it with him at all times, confident he'll be able to resist possession indefinitely.(Oh, and disregarding trivial things like sleep) In the end, simply being confronted is enough for him to be influenced and his defeat allows him to be taken over completely.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is revealed to have been attempting to obtain the Anchor, a magical hand mark that would allow him to tear down the Veil and achieve his dreams of godhood, only for his plans to be interrupted by the Herald (your character) taking the Anchor instead. Depending on whether you side with the templars or mages, you either learn that the BigBad has a spell that forces anyone under it to obey his every command, or that he has access to basic time travel magic. He tries to use this magic to go back and prevent you from interfering with his plans, but finds that he can't go back any further than the Breach's creation.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The BigBad to remember that, even with the above limitation, he can ''travel through time''. All he has to do is go back to a time and place when you were relatively alone, abduct you, put you under the spell and have you remove the Veil for him. TheBadGuyWins!\\
'''Instead:''' He never even considers any of the above steps. And he actually [[YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness kills the guy who invented the time travel magic]] if you side with the templars. Granted, the time travel magic is implied to only work due to the presence of the Breach, meaning it would become useless once you sealed it, but he still fails to take advantage of the opportunity he had before then.\\
'''Also:''' This idiocy is even more pronounced in the BadFuture of the mage quest, where despite having plenty of time and opportunity, he makes no attempt to do the above alternative, instead wasting an entire year trying - and failing - to prevent you from getting the Anchor in the first place.
* ''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.
** On the subject of Jowan; he found out he was being made Tranquil thanks to evidence he was a blood mage. In response he launched a raid on the phylactory depository that lets him escape from the Circle with no way to track him down. This results in both his best friend and his lover being captured and him being unambiguously outed as a blood mage when he makes his escape.\\
'''You'd expect''' Jowan gets as much distance between him and the circle tower as he can.\\
'''Instead''' He stops in the very first major settlement he comes across, agrees to take a fairly high-profile job, and then poisons a beloved leader in return for Loghain pulling some strings to get him back in the circle. Because he's homesick.
** 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 altogether. 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.
* 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/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.
* 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 holds the speech outside the dam. 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. Unfortunately for him and the Legion, Graham [[MadeOfIron miraculously survives his punishment]] and travels to New Canaan to atone for his failures and form a new group of tribals, while fending off some of the best assassins that Caesar sent after him. 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 Hanlon and Graham himself discuss this, the latter admitting that while a good fighter, he was never any good at tactics.
** A trio of looters led by Logan are hanging in a basement at a wrecked storage house in Camp Searchlight in search of any loot the NCR left behind. The thing is, the town was once home to an NCR outpost which recently got rendered uninhabitable thanks to a radioactive dirty bomb detonated in the middle of the town by Legion agents. The resulting explosion led to several casualties on both sides, and the NCR was forced to retreat elsewhere. Once the Courier stumbles upon the gang, they hire them to retrieve a package of radiation suits in a cave near Nipton. After the Courier retrieves said suits and gives them what they need, the gang and the Courier then begin looting the police and fire stations in Searchlight. During the expedition, they encounter a dangerous pack of radscorpions led by a queen giant and the group eventually squashes the scorpions dead (although in reality, it's the Courier doing all the dirty work [[TheLoad as the gang does nothing but loitering around]]). At the end of the quest, the Courier eventually retrieves all the loot that the gang needs.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That Logan would agree to split even the shares with the Courier or optionally the Courier decline receiving the shares and let the gang keep everything. Either way, the deal could have ended relatively amicably.\\
'''Instead''': [[SmugSnake Logan]] pulls a YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness moment in the worst possible time ever by turning on you. Cue the Courier, who has probably already [[TookALevelInBadass taken several levels in badass by now]], Curb-Stomping them in a messy end, and walking away with the whole lion's share of the loot. [[DidntThinkThisThrough Should've thought this through, Logan]].
* ''VideoGame/Fallout4'':
** In the quest "Curtain Call", the main NPC Rex Goodman is put into a jail by Super Mutants. However, he finds a radio.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Rex would be able to tell that the radio's sole purpose is to lure in more humans and, therefore, not use it.\\
'''Instead:''' He decides to broadcast a distress signal, which would draw in more people. Even [[BloodKnight Strong]] is able to tell that it was a trap and thought that Rex knew already.
* ''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''. Obviously, at this point, the GTVA does not have the logistical and manufacturing output to keep up with the more advanced Shivans and they could do nothing but attempt to gather intel about the Shivans' whereabouts and plans. 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! Seriously, whoever was put in charge as the commander-in-chief of the [=GTVA=] must ''really'' have appallingly poor strategic knowledge and leadership skills for his/her military and needs to be either relieved of command or executed for horrendous incompetence.
--->'''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 extremely 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.
* In the Nightfall campaign of ''VideoGame/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/HalfLife2'', 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}}''::
** In ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}'', 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 in ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}'', Andrew Del Rio, Captain of the UNSC ''[[CoolStarship 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''
** The first game 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 ''Videogame/{{inFamous 2}}'', 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]].
** In ''Videogame/InfamousSecondSon'', Delsin learns that Hank Daughtry is actually alive after having been supposedly killed by Augustine. After catching up with him, Delsin proposes an alliance so that they, along with the other two Conduits, can take her down together, to which Hank agrees. Turns out [[spoiler:Hank was blackmailed by Augustine to bring Delsin to her in exchange for his daughter and lead Delsin into a trap.]]\\
'''You'd Expect''': Hank, who is both intelligent enough to escape from DUP clutches and well aware that Augustine "has a sadistic streak a mile wide", [[spoiler:would be smart enough to know that Augustine would have no intention of holding her end of the deal and would warn Delsin ahead of time so that the two of them, along with Fetch, Eugene and Delsin's brother Reggie, could take down Augustine together]].\\
'''Instead''': [[spoiler:He goes along with it and Augustine ends up killing Reggie, which sends Delsin on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. And while Hank does get his daughter back, Augustine's DUP soldiers turn on him and try to kill him at the marina while he's leaving town. He dispatches of them easily, but then is left to deal with a pissed off Delsin Rowe. Whether or not Delsin kills him is up to the player.]]\\
'''Bonus Idiocy''': You'd expect Delsin to know better than to [[spoiler: ask a convicted felon who uses his powers to commit crimes to help you out, even when said felon has a common enemy]]. Instead, it was his idea to team up with Hank [[spoiler:despite both Reggie and Fetch telling him that it was a bad idea to trust Hank]] and as a result everything went to shit.
* 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.
* In Chapter 5-4 of ''[[VideoGame/{{Knack}} Knack II]]'', Rothari and his High Goblin troops have broken into the museum and managed to find the artifact that would allow them to control the Ancient Robots. However, Knack shows up and knocks artifact out of his hand and proceeds to battle his troops.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Rothari to grab the artifact and escape while Knack is distracted fighting his troops so he complete his mission.\\
'''Instead:''' He just stands there and watches the fight, not even bothering to retrieve the artifact.\\
'''Result:''' Knack defeats his troops and Rothari is forced to leave the museum empty-handed.
* ''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?

* 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 ''VideoGame/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.
** At the end of the game, Max has BigBad [[spoiler:Victor]] at gunpoint. Da Silva arrives and convinces him to spare him.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For [[spoiler:Victor]] to quietly accept his good fortune.\\
'''Instead:''' He taunts Max about how he's definitely going to walk.\\
'''The Result:''' "[[ShutUpHannibal You'll walk... WITH A LIMP!!!]]" ''[Max breaks his leg]''
* ''VideoGame/{{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/MetroidFusion'':
** Early in the game, Samus finds out onboard the B.S.L. Space Station that [[TheFederation the Galactic Federation]] have been cloning creatures and animals from various planets (coincidentally coinciding with places Samus has been).\\
'''You'd Expect:''' They mainly stick to research, perhaps at best having questionable specimens on pure lockdown and research basis.\\
'''Instead:''' They clone Metroids, which is baffling seeing as they specifically had Samus kill them ''because'' of how dangerous they were, and ''Space Pirates'' despite being on a semi-perpetual '''war''' with them! Consequently, the X Parasites the Metroids had been preying on grow in number, infect Samus, cause an outbreak on the space station and get plenty of dangerous tech and food to weaponize and nearly jeopardize the entire galactic system with. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Whoops.]] Samus ends up having to blow up both the station and SR-388 to wipe out the X Parasites because of the sheer threat.\\
'''Even Worse:''' When ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' came out, it turns out that the Galactic Federation had been doing the same exact thing on the Bottle Ship, on top of trying to create and control a [[BigBad Mother Brain]] which also blew up in their faces spectacularly. They learned ''absolutely nothing'' and reached firmly into StupidEvil. This is also topped off by the fact that Samus is forced to destroy the station and planet because Federation ships were coming in to check up on the station and practically flying in towards their inevitable demises (and would likely have foolishly attempted to contain the X Parasites); altogether, everything in these two games falls squarely on their shoulders in their eagerness to gain an edge over their enemies.
* ''VideoGame/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 suitless, not even bothering to shoot the Metroid until it was right about to attack her! 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.
** 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; 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/MyHaremHeavenIsYandereHell'':
** [[spoiler:Kudou]]'s sister-figure, Sayuri's mental illness has escalated to the point where she kidnaps an innocent boy and restrains him for days on the basis of her delusions about "demons".\\
'''You'd Expect''': That Kudou would expose Sayuri's crimes and get her professional help. Her family has more than enough money to pay for it, to say nothing of the hoard of evidence that [[spoiler:Kudou]] has free access to- especially given [[spoiler:Kudou's authority in the police force]].\\
'''Instead''': He does nothing. Because he thinks that rehabilitating Sayuri would mean he didn't ''believe'' in her enough and/or that he doubted her ability to ever regain sanity. So he plays along with her delusions entirely.
* [[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 itís 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.
* ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper'' 2 has the titular KidHero growing sick of noodles after winning a lifetime supply of them. He visits Sunny and is disappointed to see that she cooked noodles for him.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Parappa would explain to Sunny about how he had nothing but noodles for days and simply wants to eat something different.\\
'''Instead:''' He inverts his "I gotta believe!" catchphrase into "No! I can't believe.'" This causes Sunny to ask why Parappa is acting like such a big baby, which breaks his confidence as he runs out of the house thinking Sunny hates him for not being a grown man.
* 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!
* From the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' series:
** In ''VideoGame/Persona3'', [[spoiler:Shinjiro ends up getting shot and mortally wounded by Takaya.]]\\
'''You'd expect:''' For a member of S.E.E.S [[spoiler:to perform a healing spell on him.]]\\
'''Instead:''' [[spoiler:[[GameplayAndStorySegregation None of the seven party members, five of whom have access to these, think of doing that,]] instead lamenting that as it's the Dark Hour, electrical equipment is useless and taking him to the hospital likely won't help.]]
** Meanwhile, in ''VideoGame/Persona5'', Ryuji has a tendency to use a NoIndoorVoice.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Knowing how much trouble that the Phantom Thieves could be in if their identity was revealed, for him to keep his NoIndoorVoice down when he is talking about their business together.\\
'''Instead''': Twice within the game, the Phantom Thieves get into trouble because of his loud mouth.
** Also, from ''VideoGame/Persona5'', the FinalBoss of the game is able to heal himself through some red vines.\\
'''You'd expect:''' For somebody to immediately recognize that the red vines are causing him to heal himself, and ask somebody to take them down.\\
'''Instead:''' [[spoiler:They only do that during the second attempt of the fight. You know, [[TooDumbToLive after they ended up nearly being]] RetGone [[TooDumbToLive out of existence]].]]
* 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/PokemonSunAndMoon''
** During your raid on [[spoiler:Aether Paradise]], you come face to face with [[spoiler:Faba]], who'd taken extreme measures to try and keep you from getting to [[spoiler:Lillie, Nebby, and Lusamine]]. At a certain point, he and several [[spoiler:employees]] are in front of a locked door.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [[spoiler:Faba]] to leave the key in a safe place and not mention where it is.\\
'''Instead:''' When Hau asks him if he has it, he not only says where it is, but reveals he has it on him. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Hau even calls him out on this.]]
* ''[[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.]]
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'', before the mine dungeon early in the game, three Drilbur try to prevent you and your partner from entering, when your partner suddenly says, without any kind of warning, [[LookBehindYou "Hey, all you Drilbur! Look at that! A delicious-looking Apple tree just sprouted up over there!"]]\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The Drilbur to say that they are not going to fall for the trick, which would render your partner's trick completely useless.\\
'''Instead:''' The Drilbur decide to just take a look, and they let their guard drop.\\
'''Result:''' You and your partner enter the mine.
** During the first field trip at the school, you are with your partner and Goomy. At the end, you and your partner realize Goomy is missing.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Your partner to say, "Hey, InsertNameHere, let's go and get Goomy."\\
'''Instead:''' Your partner, eager to have their team win, goes on ahead without Goomy, and you are left with no choice but to follow.\\
'''Result:''' Goomy gets left behind, and your partner is scolded.
** 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/Portal2''
** [[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.\\
'''However''': [[spoiler:Wheatley]] can be excused for that, because the finest minds of a generation worked together with the express purpose of [[spoiler:making him "the dumbest moron who ever lived"]].
** Another moment is during the FinalBoss battle where he states that 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.
** The vast majority of the terrorists involved in the attack on Las Vegas are [[HiredGuns mercenaries]], as opposed to people with any real ideological motivation. At some point, they would have been presented with a plan to attack a major city in the United States of America, the most powerful nation in the world in terms of military might, with a history of [[TheDeterminator hunting terrorists to the ends of the Earth.]] In addition, they live in the [[Creator/TomClancy Clancyverse]], where similar complex terrorist plots against the U.S have ended very, ''very'' badly for those involved.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That they would tell the organizers of the plot [[AssShove where they can put their money]] and walk away to take on something a bit less insane.\\
'''Instead:''' They get enough people to agree to it that eventually hundreds of mercenaries become terrorists-for-hire. Most of these guys then later [[OhCrap realize just how screwed they are]] and [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere attempt to react accordingly.]] [[spoiler: Then it turns out most of them were duped into being the distraction force for stealing a super weapon.]]
* ''VideoGame/ReaderRabbit: Math 6-9'':
** Reader has agreed to participate in a yacht race with his friend Sam. He quickly realizes that the boat they'll be using doesn't look seaworthy, and seconds into the race Sam mentions that he will "figure out" how to steer it.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Reader to jump off the boat and swim back to the dock, which is mere metres away.\\
'''Instead:''' He stays onboard, with a 'captain' who clearly doesn't know ''anything'' about sailing or the boat they're on. Cut to shipwreck.
* 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/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. Hell, there's a fair number of trees near the fence that are taller than the fence Jake could easily climb!\\
'''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.
** Prior to the events of the game, Jake's father, William "Toledo" Conway is murdered by the BigBad, Caesar. Caesar isn't satisfied with just the man himself and goes after his children.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Caesar to simply murder the rest of the Conway family, or just leave them be. As the Devil's hand operates in the same town that Mikey, Jake, and Mac live in, this should be easy.\\
'''Instead:''' He... does nothing for twenty years. Colt's reaction to Mikey wearing Toledo's jacket implies that the Devil's Hand were clueless to where William's children had gone to despite the Conways not being in hiding in any way, which defies all logic and sanity. Also, Jake is apparently unaware of his own father's demise; did Mac really think a hardened killer who saw his brother die in front of him wouldn't be able to handle the news of a family member dying decades ago? While Mack didn't know for a fact that William had died, surely the fact that he hadn't heard from him in twenty years would've tipped him off that things didn't end well for him.
** Near the end of the game, Jake decides to go after Pretty Boy and knows where he is.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That he just goes ahead and infiltrate his compound, killing anyone who gets in his way. If Pretty Boy gets away, then he can simply initiate a bike chase with him.\\
'''Instead:''' Par Jake's ComplexityAddiction, he wins a couple of races for Brandy, infiltrates a mine killing anyone who gets in his way, interrogate one of them to get Orson's location for the bike killing any police who gets in his way. Then the bike gets fitted with C4, gives it to Brandy and then when she gives it to Pretty Boy's compound, he shoots the bike to explode which attracts Pretty Boy's attention and begins another bike chase an act that could have been made simpler if he just trigger a warning shot instead of wasting so much time doing the things as described before.
* 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 VideoGame/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.
*** The first of those deaths is [[spoiler: the Saints' rookie lieutenant, Carlos]], carried out by [[spoiler: Jessica]].\\
'''You'd Think:''' That this person would carry out this murder quietly without alerting the Saints, and then take advantage of the fact that Brotherhood territory includes the local airport and take the next plane the hell out of Stilwater before they find out.\\
'''Instead:''' They decide to be cute and [[BullyingADragon make taunting phone calls to the Boss's cell phone about what they're doing]], and then stay in Stilwater and go about Brotherhood business like nothing was wrong. [[spoiler: Jessica dies in the next mission in one of the franchise's most brutal murders to date.]]
** 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.
** The Sons of Samedi have lost most of their hideouts and drug labs in Stilwater to the Saints, along with hundreds of {{Mooks}} and DJ Veteran Child, the guy responsible for the gang's marketing and distribution. What once was a thriving drug cartel is now in shambles and clinging to the few neighborhoods the Saints haven't hit, yet.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That TheDragon, Mr. Sunshine, would take reports of the Sons of Samedi losing property left and right to ''[[OneManArmy just one Saint]]'' as evidence that his gang is up against an enemy bigger, stronger, and meaner than they are. Going off of that, he'd figure out how to bring in some heavies or use actual tactics to reclaim some of the gang's lost business without the Saints retaliating.\\
'''Instead:''' Sunshine sends the Samedi's junkie customers to steal the drugs back from the Saints, motivating them with the promise to let them keep whatever they steal if they survive.\\
'''Result:''' The Samedi's primary revenue stream takes one final, fatal blow as hundreds of their paying customers throw themselves to their deaths like lemmings. The Boss pumps the location of Sunshine's hideout from one of the junkies, kills Sunshine along with another hundred-or-more Samedi, and then claims the hideout for the Saints. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Now all of the Sons of Samedi lieutenants are dead, leaving the Saints free to track down and kill their leader to stamp them out for good.]]
** 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.
** Also, that game's penultimate mission. STAG second-in-command Kia rigs the Steelport Monument to blow up while leaving Shaundi and Viola there to be killed in the blast, in order to frame the Saints for the monument's destruction and justify STAG taking harsher measures against them.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Kia to not let anyone, especially the Boss, know about her plan.\\
'''Instead:''' For ''no apparent reason'', she calls the boss and ''explains her entire plan'', thus alerting the Saints to what's going on. Granted, Kinzie discovering the scheme on her own meant that Kia keeping her mouth shut might not have helped, but that doesn't justify her boneheaded decision in the first place.\\
'''Result:''' In the game's canonical ending, the Boss launches an attack on the monument, kills Kia and several other STAG personnel and prevents the monument from being destroyed, thus leading to the Saints being regarded as heroes, and STAG being forced to leave the Saints alone: the ''[[EpicFail exact opposite]]'' of Kia's intended outcome.
** ''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/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max Series]]''
** In the season 2 episode ''Ice Station Santa'', One of Santa's elves gets possessed by a demon that was sent to him from Lower Manitoba and Santa has instructions for an exorcism to remove the demon.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Santa would follow the directions and do the exorcism himself to free the possessed elf without having to cause too much panic.\\
'''Instead:''' Santa starts shooting at all of the elves and hides in his office which causes everybody to think he's possessed.\\
'''Then:''' Sam & Max enter his office through his chimney while trying to figure out how to break the possession.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Santa would let the two of them know that he isn't the one possessed and give them all the details on what they have to do.\\
'''Instead:''' He shoots at them like everybody else forcing them to continue the process after managing to take the exorcism instructions from under him.\\
'''Then:''' After Sam & Max release the demon from the elf (while still thinking it was Santa who was possessed), Santa asks if they remembered to read the back of the instructions even though he never talked to them about it before and for that matter, shot at them if they bothered to approach the spirits needed to complete the ritual. Santa is then chased by the demon until Sam & Max use the spirits of Christmas to defeat the demon and turn it into Jello.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Santa would either lock the Jello up, throw it in the trash, or some other means of getting rid of it so that the demon can't hurt anybody else.\\
'''Instead:''' He eats the jello.\\
'''Result:''' Santa really does get possessed by the demon and Sam & Max are forced to trap him in a box and send him to hell.\\

* ''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 teamís 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 heís not being rescued and start fast-talking for his life. If you decide to take the diplomatic route 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.\\
'''Youíd Think:''' That, being a shadowrunner himself, Thorvald would understand the importance of keeping his damn mouth shut and not doing anything to give the team of runners he just sweet-talked into not killing him a reason to kill him.\\
'''Instead:''' Once you get to the lower levels, he cracks up at the eviscerated corpses that had your team {{Squicked}} on their way to him, and then cackles at length about [[spoiler: hacking the robotic lab equipment to slowly butcher 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. Itís on you to decide to pull the trigger on Thorvald.
* At the end of ''[[VideoGame/{{Shantae}} Shantae and the Pirate's Curse]]'', the day is saved, Ammo Baron's been run out of Scuttle Town, and [[StatusQuoIsGod all is back to normal]].\\
'''You'd Think:''' The citizens of Scuttle Town would impeach Mayor Scuttlebutt from office immediately upon having their town restored. The Mayor kicked off the plot of the game by selling Scuttle Town to a local warlord intent on destroying it and turning it into a firebase from which to launch a campaign to take over Sequin Land, and then the Mayor used the money to buy chocolates so he couldn't buy it back (and not even ''good'' chocolates!). Oh, and in the same process, he gave Ammo Baron legal grounds to fire Shantae and press assault charges against her, which very nearly left Sequin Land with no one capable of saving it from a much bigger threat.\\
'''Instead:''' They let him have his old office back. [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity He fires Shantae again in the next game]], and [[spoiler: the entire town almost loses their memories to the replacement he hired.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'':
** Tayama is the Yakuza boss who is in charge of almost all of postapocalyptic Tokyo. He maintains his hold over Tokyo by manufacturing Reds, which are pills that demons eat instead of humans. Those Reds are [[spoiler: [[PoweredByAForsakenChild made out of human brains]]. People's brains are harvested en masse inside of a large facility. Even children are raised there as human chattel]]. He strongarms the protagonists into killing his most powerful rivals with a hostage, but soon finds them in the plant that manufactures Reds, completely incapacitated due to hallucinogenic gases.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Tayama would have had them killed right then and there for discovering the secret.\\
'''Instead:''' He brings them back to his office, without even taking their weapons, and gives them a speech about how it's a necessary evil. Even after all four protagonists make it clear how disgusted they are with him, he lets them go, trusting them to kill his rival.\\
'''The Result''': The protagonists raid the other facility that gives him power over Tokyo (a power plant) for unrelated reasons, kill him, and destroy his organization's power base.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'':
** The HeroicMime Nanashi, the heroine Asahi, and their mentors all go on a mission to kill weak demons for food. Their hunting ground is literally right outside the gates of their hometown. A wandering horde of powerful demons turn up and kill everyone except for Asashi. Asahi only survives because Nanashi made a DealWithTheDevil to come back to life with increased power. Asahi, PluckyGirl that she is, quickly recovers from the tragedy and takes it upon herself to become a real hunter to bear the duty of her teachers. She decides that the only way to be seen as a real hunter is to use her teacher's old demon summoning tool (a smartphone) to recruit and train demons to fight for her.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Asahi would find another hunter that is already going out on a food hunting expedition, and persuade them to take her along so that she can recruit demons. Or otherwise find someone who wouldn't see taking her along as a burden.\\
'''Instead:''' Asahi decides to leave out the back entrance, without telling anyone except for the equally inexperienced Nanashi, whom she expects to have the same sentiment. The back alleyways are just like the park her teachers died in, in that there are demons everywhere and no guarantee that there won't be one she can't handle. And no backup except for a fellow apprentice. Nanashi cannot stop her.
** Right after recruiting a bunch of level 5 at maximum demons (in a game where they can go up to 99), Asahi gets a distress message from her phone. It's not a universal broadcast message; it was meant for her veteran deceased teacher. A group of demon hunters are trapped inside a location infamous for its danger.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Asahi would run back to town, since she has to pass through it anyways to get to the hunters, tell the other hunters about the message, and leave it to them.\\
'''Instead:''' Asahi says that she's a real hunter with real demons, and decides that there's no time to get help. So she and Nanashi run to the location without telling anyone else. Again, Nanashi cannot tell anyone about the endangered comrades, despite the danger they put themselves in and the fact that a pair of barely-experienced hunters would not be the help the hunters need. While Nanashi makes short work of one demon, its boss turns up (level 72 where all the recruitable demons are level 7, tops), and would have killed the protagonists, if the PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo hadn't saved them.
* ''VideoGame/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.
** Sometimes, pirates that you've captured will escape from your ship.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Said pirate to keep a low profile away from you.\\
'''Instead:''' They're stupid enough to track you down, therefore giving you the option to capture them again.
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', 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/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'', Bart finds a fully-working laser gun to use as proof to Krusty that [[spoiler: Kang and Kodos are planning to make cola-crazed citizens destroy each other]].\\
'''You'd Expect''': Bart to take the laser gun straight to Krusty.\\
'''Instead''': Bart takes the laser gun to Principal Skinner, a person who cannot trust Bart with anything, who confiscates the gun from him because of Springfield Elementary's ban on laser guns ''despite being outside of school grounds''.
* 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.]]
* After defeating the Sorceress in ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'', you find [[MoneyDearBoy Moneybags]] just standing out in the open. Turns out he found a dragon egg and plans to sell it in Avalar.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Moneybags would say nothing to Spyro, go into one of the nearby portals so Spyro can't find him, and then sneak back to Avalar to do the dirty deed.\\
'''Instead:''' He blurts out to Spyro about it, runs around in circles with an enraged dragon on his paws, and ''doesn't'' go into a portal until all the gems he swindled from Spyro are back in his clutches and the egg is given to him.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'':
** The UED forces find on Tarsonis an abandoned Psi Disruptor 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 enslave 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 Disruptor 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 ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' 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 whatís wrong with the moon, and why they needed to slow down time, potentially gaining another ally.\\
'''Instead:''' They only say that thereís something wrong with the moon without explaining what, and why itís important to slow down time, difficult boss fight ensues.
* In the [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Meet the Spy]] trailer, the BLU Spy has told Heavy, Soldier and Scout that anyone on BLU team could be a RED Spy.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Soldier to notice that Scout is holding the knife, conclude that Scout is the RED Spy, and shoot him in the face.\\
'''Instead:''' Soldier concludes that Spy's the RED Spy and [[BoomHeadshot shoots him in the face in the middle of his speech]]. Then keeps his and Heavy's attention on Spy's corpse to watch it turn RED, giving the real RED Spy two easy backs to stab in time with the theme music.
** The BLU Spy reminds his teammates that the RED Spy is still alive and loose inside the base, and decides to give them a speech about his RED counterpart's abilities.\\
'''You'd Think:''' He'd keep it short and to the point. A quick refresher on what tells to look for, and then help his team locate and subdue the intruder.\\
'''Instead:''' He goes into a monologue talking up his RED counterpart's skills while contributing nothing particularly helpful toward finding him. Soldier shoots him in the face in the middle of his speech and accuses him of being the RED Spy.
* 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 apologize 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/TronTwoPointOh}} 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 despondent, 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 and 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 [[NamesTheSame Tron Legacy]] code ([[{{Film/TronLegacy}} 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 Season Two, Jane is worried about Kenny's degrading sanity and how much of a threat he may or may not be.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' She would watch her back, keep a careful eye on him, and make an effort not to antagonize him.\\
'''Instead:''' She intentionally antagonizes him and pushes all of his {{Berserk Button}}s about his dead family and dead girlfriend, and then pretends to have lost his adopted child to the zombies (which she ''also'' antagonizes him about) in order to "prove to Clementine he was a threat". [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge This has predictable results]] and ends with one of them dead, with Jane actually claiming [[TooDumbToLive she didn't realize he would react like that]] if you choose to save her.
* In ''VideoGame/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.
** In one of the Legion expansion's Warlock artifact questlines, you infiltrate the Shadow Council to steal the artifact in question (and a couple others to boot). When you arrive at the Tomb of Sargeras, Gul'dan recognizes you, and even notes that you've screwed him over repeatedly, even mentioning that you helped kill Archimonde (if you participated in that raid).\\
'''You'd Expect''': He'd have his army of demons kill you, or kill you himself, continue the ritual you intend to disrupt, and destroy/take over Azeroth.\\
'''Instead''': He assumes you've decided to join the 'winning side', entrusts you with the artifacts needed for the ritual, and goes to the other side of the portal so he can't do anything but threaten you after you ruin the ritual and steal the artifacts.
** Also from the Legion, Anduin has a force sent to Stormheim to secure the Aegis of Aggramar and see what the Horde forces there are up to.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Since Anduin is advocating peace with the Horde, he'd make sure the expedition is led by a level headed commander, preferably one who doesn't have personal reasons to hate the Horde.\\
'''Instead''': He sends Genn Greymane, who's not only one of the most anti-Horde leaders in the Alliance, but also has a very personal vendetta against Sylvanas. While he does give orders to only engage "if the situation requires it", Genn flat-out tells the player that he'll make sure it does. Sure enough, he attacks the Forsaken the moment they're spotted.
*** Genn Greymane successfully hunts down Sylvanas's fleet in Stormheim.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Genn to wait for reinforcements as he only has a single airship to assault an entire fleet.\\
'''Instead''': He attacks immediately.\\
'''The Result''': The airship is shot down and most of the expedition force dies in the fighting. For bonus points, Nathanos Blightcaller even calls the Alliance insane for attacking with such a vastly inferior force.
* ''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.]]
* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'':
** [[RichBitch Musume Ronshaku]], the [[AlphaBitch alpha-bitch]] [[SpoiledBrat spoiled brat]] of Akademi High School, is being held hostage by Ayano and Kokona at an abandoned barn. Kokona, who [[CompensatedDating goes on dates with older men]] to help her dad pay off his massive loan to Musume's dad, is armed with a baseball bat.
*** '''You'd expect''': For Musume to get a firm grasp on her situation and try to calm Kokona into not attacking her. Or at the very least, '''NOT''' try to insult someone who's in a very good position to beat her to death.
*** '''Instead''': Musume arrogantly [[SlutShaming hurls insults]] at an already-distraught and confused Kokona, sending her right over the edge.
*** '''The Result''': Kokona snaps and bludgeons Musume to death, silencing her for good.
* ''VideoGame/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 ''Videogame/YsTheOathInFelghana'', 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]].