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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', there is a sequence during the SuicideMission where you have to take a path full of seeker swarms. In order to not be attacked and captured by them, you have to pick a squadmate to keep a biotic barrier surrounding you and two other squadmates. If you pick the wrong escort, however, one of your team is taken by the swarms.

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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', there is a sequence during the SuicideMission where you have to take a path full of seeker swarms. In order to not be attacked and captured by them, you have to pick a squadmate to keep a biotic barrier surrounding you and two other squadmates. If you step outside of the safe bubble they create, the swarms will instantly begin to drain your shields, then your health. If you pick the wrong escort, however, one of your team is taken by the swarms.swarms while picking an escort who's not loyal to you will result in them being killed.

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* One mission of ''VideoGame/BloodstainedRitualOfTheNight'' has you tasked with charging through a train overrun with enemies and defeating the monster that's controlling it, a massive demon that has possessed the engine, and all with [[TimedMission only five minutes to do it]]. It'd be tough, but you have ''Zangetsu'' backing you up through the level. Yeah, remember the samurai who [[WakeUpCallBoss probably kicked your ass about 10 times]] before you finally beat him? He's on your side for this one casually doing 350 to 400 hp damage to your 30-50 depending on your weapon.

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** Similar scenario and even in the same location happens in ''Videogame/KingdomHeartsReCoded'', where [[spoiler:Maleficent breaks Sora's keyblade at the end of previous level]]. This time however your companions stay and the gameplay shifts towards you issuing them orders when advancing through the world. [[spoiler:Sadly, this time you get the keyblade only before the final BossRush of the Hollow Bastion]].

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* ''[[VideoGame/DeadRising2 Dead Rising 2: Case West]]'' has you teamed up with a fellow survivor throughout the whole game. However, unlike the survivors from the vanilla game, this time it's ''[[VideoGame/DeadRising Frank West]]'' who's covered wars, you know. You're very quickly told by the game that Frank doesn't need your help, outside of you giving him weapons sometimes, and that he's protecting you a lot more than you're protecting him:
--> Frank West helps alongside Chuck. You can give Frank weapons and he'll be able to use any weapon you find. These aren't the first zombies Frank has encountered. He can take care of himself.


** Near the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'', Sora loses the Keyblade, and Donald and Goofy are [[FaceHeelTurn forced to join]] the RivalTurnedEvil, leaving him with only a wooden sword that doesn't even deal any damage. Sora now must completely[[note]]Your magic is still as effective as before.[[/note]] rely on the world-specific companion for survival. Fortunately, that world-specific companion just so happens to be [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast the Beast.]] [[spoiler:His Keyblade and friends come back at the first boss battle of that world, but Beast sits the battle out]].

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** Near the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'', Sora loses the Keyblade, and Donald and Goofy are [[FaceHeelTurn forced to join]] the RivalTurnedEvil, leaving him with only a wooden sword that doesn't even deal any damage. Sora now must completely[[note]]Your magic is still as effective as before.[[/note]] rely on the world-specific companion for survival. Fortunately, that world-specific companion just so happens to be [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast [[WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast the Beast.]] [[spoiler:His Keyblade and friends come back at the first boss battle of that world, but Beast sits the battle out]].

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* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor: Underground'' has one of these for the first mission. You play as French ActionGirl Manon Batiste and you fight with your brother through the Milice-infested streets of Paris to secure a truck full of ammo for the French Resistance. He has an MP-40, a much better weapon than your dinky pistol, and he is a pretty good shot with it as well. He only really needs your help whenever he gets overwhelmed or needs to bend down to pick a lock on a door. [[spoiler:Then he is caught in an ambush and killed, leaving you to seek refuge in the catacombs and the aid of the Resistance.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/JediAcademy'', then Vjun stage, you are followed around by your teacher, Jedi Master Kyle Katarn, who's far more capable of defeating the enemies in the level than your character. Well, if you play normally, you'll probably kill more of them than he does due to being more proactive, but he's almost invulnerable against them, whereas you're facing the normal level of challenge.


Instead of [[EscortMission you escorting the NPC]], [[RussianReversal the NPC escorts you]]. The bad news is: This usually means that ''YOU'' are the squishy bullet magnet in need of protection.

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Instead The EscortMission is the bane of [[EscortMission all gamers; having to lead an NPC who seems hell-bent on finding their demise. Every so often, however, you'll get an NPC you need to lead to a destination who actually seems capable of taking care of themselves. In the most extreme of cases, it's less that you're escorting the NPC]], NPC and more that [[RussianReversal the NPC escorts you]]. The bad news is: This is escorting you]].

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usually means that ''YOU'' '''''you''''' are the squishy bullet magnet in need of protection.


* You may want to keep one of your earlier saved games in ''VideoGame/InfiniteUndiscovery'' around, because there's an {{inverted|Trope}} Escort Mission near the beginning of the game, where you are rendered completely unable to attack due to carrying an injured companion, and the AI must escort you to your destination. Too bad they only escort you halfway to your destination. Then they all leave and you're stuck having to run through the last area totally helpless...with a dragon shooting fireballs at you.

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* You may want to keep one of your earlier saved games in ''VideoGame/InfiniteUndiscovery'' around, because there's an {{inverted|Trope}} Escort Mission near the beginning of the game, where you are rendered completely unable to attack due to carrying an injured companion, and the AI [[VideoGameAI AI]] must escort you to your destination. Too bad they only escort you halfway to your destination. Then they all leave and you're stuck having to run through the last area totally helpless...with a dragon shooting fireballs at you.


* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]],'' you go up against [[ClimaxBoss Jarod]] and two cronies, with [[MessianicArchetype Micaiah]] [[SquishyWizard alone.]] However, immediately after the battle begins, the [[MightyGlacier Black]] [[BlackKnight Knight]] appears, and proceeds to wreck the shit out of the enemy reinforcements; your task is to use the Black Knight to protect Micaiah. Unfortunately the enemies who have ranged weapons will prioritize attacking Micaiah if they can reach her, and unlike most FireEmblem {{escort mission}}s, you can't simply have the Black Knight carry Micaiah through the mission.

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]],'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' you go up against [[ClimaxBoss Jarod]] and two cronies, with [[MessianicArchetype Micaiah]] [[SquishyWizard alone.]] However, immediately after the battle begins, the [[MightyGlacier Black]] [[BlackKnight Knight]] appears, and proceeds to wreck the shit out of the enemy reinforcements; your task is to use the Black Knight to protect Micaiah. Unfortunately the enemies who have ranged weapons will prioritize attacking Micaiah if they can reach her, and unlike most FireEmblem Franchise/FireEmblem {{escort mission}}s, you can't simply have the Black Knight carry Micaiah through the mission.


Instead of [[EscortMission you escorting the NPC]], the NPC escorts you. The bad news is: This usually means that ''YOU'' are the squishy bullet magnet in need of protection.

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Instead of [[EscortMission you escorting the NPC]], [[RussianReversal the NPC escorts you.you]]. The bad news is: This usually means that ''YOU'' are the squishy bullet magnet in need of protection.


* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'''s tutorial has the first two protagonists escorted by their fathers, the protagonists of the first game. They can, and will, one-shot anything they face, but are under AI control.

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* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'''s tutorial has the first two protagonists MainCharacters escorted by their fathers, the protagonists MainCharacters of the first game. They can, and will, one-shot anything they face, but are under AI control.



* The first real mission of ''VideoGame/{{Gun}}'' has you defending a steamer from an army of renegades and ''would'' be difficult, since all you have is a weak six-shooter, rifle, and bowie knife. Thankfully BadassGrandpa Ned White, who happens to be equipped with the ''strongest rifle available in the game'', is leading the way and covering your back. He never misses and can one-shot enemies. Unfortunately he's TooCoolToLive.

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* The first real mission of ''VideoGame/{{Gun}}'' has you defending a steamer from an army of renegades and ''would'' be difficult, since all you have is a weak six-shooter, rifle, and bowie knife. Thankfully BadassGrandpa Ned White, who happens to be equipped with the ''strongest rifle available in the game'', is leading the way and covering your back. He never misses and can one-shot enemies. Unfortunately he's TooCoolToLive.


* Most of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' is an EscortMission proper (and one of the few done properly to boot), but for one period of the game ''Leon'' is being escorted by Mike piloting a ''UH-1N Twin Huey gunship'' armed with twin Gatling Guns and Hellfire Missiles. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Yes it is frigging awesome]].

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* Most of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' is an EscortMission proper (and one of the few done properly to boot), but for one period of the game ''Leon'' is being escorted by Mike piloting a ''UH-1N Twin Huey gunship'' armed with twin Gatling Guns and Hellfire Missiles. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Yes it is frigging awesome]].


* In order to approach the [[AnimalMecha Divine Beast]] Vah Naboris in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' without getting [[ShockAndAwe struck by its lightning]], Link has to stay within the circle of protection that [[AChildShallLeadThem Riju]] projects with the Thunder Helm as they're towed along [[ShieldSurf on shield]] by [[SandIsWater Sand Seals]]. This means having to keep pace with Riju and steering with care, while getting in range to shoot bomb arrows at the feet of the HumongousMecha.



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** It's zigzagged with Prince Farondis. On the one hand, the player is the one escorting him and if you fall behind he insists that he can't do this without you. On the other hand, he proceeds to OneHitKill every enemy you'll encounter along the way, often before you even have a chance to attack them.

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