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* Pick any game out of the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series and you fill find at least one instance of Dante getting impaled with his own sword. It can be neatly summed up as follows:
**1: Alastor stabs Dante
**3: Vergil stabs Dante
**4: Nero stabs Dante
**5: Dante stabs Dante


** Reporter Al-Jilani getting punched due to Shepard having had enough of her adjective nouns. In a bonus video from the Lair Of The Shadow Broker DLC, she gets punched out by a krogan. And, if you got back later, by a volus! Creator/BioWare must ''really'' hate reporters like her... In Mass Effect 3, she also tries to punch Shepard back. Shepard can respond by headbutting her.

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** Reporter Khalisa bint Sinan Al-Jilani getting punched due to Shepard having had enough of her adjective nouns. In a bonus video from the Lair Of The Shadow Broker DLC, she gets punched out by a krogan. And, if you got back later, by a volus! Creator/BioWare must ''really'' hate reporters like her... In Mass Effect 3, she also tries to punch Shepard back. Shepard can respond by headbutting her.

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** There's also a running gag with Gerolt where every time you go to him to make a relic weapon, he's always forced to do so in order to pay off his debt to LoanShark Rowena. This happens in each expansion and when you reach the end, Gerolt's debt is paid but he incurs another one equal to or greater than his old debt.


* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Barrett's]] train metaphor comes up a few times, though it's only a memetic occurrence.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has a subtle one: no one ever shakes Zell's hand. He'll offer and be ignored. Everyone else will get the offer to shake hands (Squall usually won't do it) except Zell. Later on, he can occasionally be seen wiping his hand off before offering it out, thinking his hand just might be dirty. However, wiping his hand on his butt ''in front of whoever he wants to shake hands with'' is not any more effective at getting someone to shake it. He's eventually put out by this, but, being Zell, shakes it off. He can't get any hot dogs either (flavored bread in the original).
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]] waking up on a new shore after [[BigBad S]][[LukeIAmYourFather i]][[TricksterMentor n]] attacked; it happens like 7 times over the course of the game. [[spoiler:It's also the manner in which he is revived in VideoGame/FinalFantasyX-2]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' several characters refer to the [[LaResistance Dalmascian Resistance]] as the insurgents, prompting Ashe to correct them.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': [[spoiler:Barthandelus]] knows exactly what [[BerserkButton buttons to push to piss the main party off]]. He manages to push [[IdiotHero Snow's]] button (his fiancee, [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl Serah]]) every time he is encountered, the result always being Snow charging head-on at him, only to be violently bounced back off a BeehiveBarrier. It works all three times. The man never learns.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has [=FATEs=], which are random events that happen throughout the overworld that involve monsters or other enemies players have to defeat waves of or take on a boss. Each FATE has a description and several of them will always poke fun at the Lalafell being eaten or are in the danger of being eaten/abused due to the race's small childlike size.
* For ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' in general, we have Gilgamesh, a recurring PluckyComicRelief boss character that is technically the same guy from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' (Not a rehash, ''the same exact person''), just caught in the endless void of dimension hopping who shows up in other games in the franchise. Even those that were made before VideoGame/FinalFantasyV.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has a subtle one: no one ever shakes Zell's hand. He'll offer and be ignored. Everyone else will get the offer to shake hands (Squall usually won't do it) except Zell. Later on, he can occasionally be seen wiping his hand off before offering it out, thinking his hand just might be dirty. However, wiping his hand on his butt ''in front of whoever he wants to shake hands with'' is not any more effective at getting someone to shake it. He's eventually put out by this, but, being Zell, shakes it off. He can't get any hot dogs either (flavored bread in the original).
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Barrett's]] train metaphor comes up a few times, though it's only a memetic occurrence.
* For ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' in general, we have Gilgamesh, a recurring PluckyComicRelief boss character that is technically the same guy from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' (Not a rehash, ''the same exact person''), just caught in the endless void of dimension hopping who shows up in other games in the franchise. Even those that were made before VideoGame/FinalFantasyV.



* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]] waking up on a new shore after [[BigBad S]][[LukeIAmYourFather i]][[TricksterMentor n]] attacked; it happens like 7 times over the course of the game. [[spoiler:It's also the manner in which he is revived in VideoGame/FinalFantasyX-2]].



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': [[spoiler:Barthandelus]] knows exactly what [[BerserkButton buttons to push to piss the main party off]]. He manages to push [[IdiotHero Snow's]] button (his fiancee, [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl Serah]]) every time he is encountered, the result always being Snow charging head-on at him, only to be violently bounced back off a BeehiveBarrier. It works all three times. The man never learns.



* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' several characters refer to the [[LaResistance Dalmascian Resistance]] as the insurgents, prompting Ashe to correct them.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has [=FATEs=], which are random events that happen throughout the overworld that involve monsters or other enemies players have to defeat waves of or take on a boss. Each FATE has a description and several of them will always poke fun at the Lalafell being eaten or are in the danger of being eaten/abused due to the race's small childlike size.


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* The ''Franchise/TouhouProject'' has three running gags involving resident CuteWitch Marisa Kirisame: The first one being her introducing herself as [[TheRival Reimu Hakurei,]] the local shrine maiden, or as a maid, nurse or whatever else have you, [[BlatantLies while never even bothering to get off her]] FlyingBroomstick or changing out of her [[WitchClassic pointy hat and black dress]]. The second running gag is Marisa's BossSubtitles insisting that she's just your average, every-day "Ordinary Magician." This particular gag has evolved over time with the Boss Subtitles getting ever more insistant to the point that, at present, it's outright approaching SuspiciouslySpecificDenial territory... The third running gag is Marisa's [[StickyFingers kleptomania]] and her insistance that she's just "borrowing" the things she steals and that the people she steals from can have their stuff back when she dies... which would've been a possibly reasonable argument, given that most of her victims are [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld centuries old]] {{Cute Monster Girl}}s, if it wasn't for the fact that the running gag coupled with this one is that Marisa's stealing stuff because she's trying to brew up an Elixir of Immortality.

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*** Another running gag within the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series originates from this game in which an implied grunt character is referred to as Johnson. In this first case itís an X-Naut, followed by a Koopa in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' and a Shy Guy in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioColorSplash''.


* Every single ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' game has a reference to "Puff Puff", at least in the Japanese version. It's seldom spelled out directly, but in most cases implied to be MarshmallowHeaven.

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* Every single ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' game has a reference to "Puff Puff", at least in the Japanese version. It's seldom spelled out directly, but in most cases implied to be MarshmallowHeaven.[[MarshmallowHell Marshmallow Heaven]].

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* Creator/NipponIchi may have dropped their plans of creating a sequel to their game ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'', but it didn't stop them from including its planned main character, Asagi, as a SecretCharacter in many games following that. More often than not, Asagi laments the fact that she doesn't have a game to herself and attempts a HostileShowTakeover, before being thwarted and joining the player's party.

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* ''VideoGame/JimmyAndThePulsatingMass'': Multiple:
** Information Guy being the ButtMonkey, [[TheyKilledKennyAgain which often involves him getting killed horribly]], like by Buck, or being impaled on a stalagmite.
** In the Wilted Lands, every member of the Petty Thugs seems to have a different idea of what "the first rule of gooning" is. The secretary says that it's "getting here in the nick of time", the instructor says it's "brush your teeth after every meal.", the Information Guy video for the GECE is... never said, and then the instructor changes his to just following orders, the Prospective Goon says it's "work together with your friends so you can achieve your dreams", the pool-playing goon has "don't make fun things less fun"

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** There's also the "Secret Cow Level" in Warcraft, which even found its way to one of World of Warcraft's loading screen. "There is a secret cow level in this game! it's called Mulgore!"


** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' had at least one NPC say Mario's name wrong, mistake him for someone else or have him go by an alias in each chapter, up until Chapter 7. Examples include the "Luigi" example mentioned above from Chapter 6, an elderly koopa mispronouncing his name as "Murphy" in Chapter 1, and Mario going by the alias "The Great Gonzales" in Chapter 3.

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** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' had at least one NPC say Mario's name wrong, mistake him for someone else or have him go by an alias in each chapter, up until Chapter 7. Examples include the "Luigi" example mentioned above from Chapter 6, plus a detective who assumes he's Luigi because he has "overalls, cap and a moustache", an elderly koopa mispronouncing his name as "Murphy" in Chapter 1, the elder Puni calling him Marty-Oh and Mario going by the alias "The Great Gonzales" in Chapter 3.3 (in this case, the partner you meet in the chapter refers to Mario as "Gonzales" for nearly the entire game).


** ''VideoGame/SimCity'' also has a strange fascination with llamas, starting from the medium simulation speed setting in ''2000'' ("Llama"). ''3000'' had a llama giving you the Tip of the Day, in ''VideoGame/TheSims'' the minor-league team where you could play in the sports career is The Llamas, and the llama love is brought back in ''Sims 2: University'' (the llama is Sim State University's mascot). ''VideoGame/SimCity 4'' kicks this up a notch with a cheat code which turns your advisers into llamas.

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** ''VideoGame/SimCity'' also has a strange fascination with llamas, starting from the medium simulation speed setting in ''2000'' ("Llama"). ''3000'' had a llama giving you the Tip of the Day, in ''VideoGame/TheSims'' the minor-league team where you could play in the sports career is The Llamas, and the llama love is brought back in ''Sims 2: University'' (the llama is Sim State University's mascot). ''VideoGame/SimCity 4'' kicks this up a notch with a cheat code which turns your advisers into llamas. In SimLife, one of the default animals that you can put on a world is the Llama and the game's tutorial even has you use them during the tutorial. In adition, in the status screen when you check an animal, one of the random moods they can have is "I just saw a llama!"

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** This running gag became so popular that a number of completely unrelated games from other companies now make references to it. ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' (along with many other games) will sometimes show the line on its LoadingScreen, and ''{{VideoGame/Minecraft}}'' has it as one of its random splash messages. Meanwhile, ''VideoGame/DontStarve'' apparantelly spends some time at startup "reticulating ''[[{{Pun}} pines]]''." This has practically become a running gag in video games as an industry.


** Out-of-place onions popping up all over the BonusDungeon., culminating with [[spoiler: the bossís true form being an onion]].

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** Out-of-place onions popping up all over the BonusDungeon., BonusDungeon, culminating with [[spoiler: the bossís true form being an onion]].

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