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* [[TropesAreTools Used as a game mechanic]] in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon''. If a hero gains a certain amount of stress, they have a chance to become afflicted. Afflicted heroes will be heavily affected both stats are personality wise as they become paranoid, selfish, hopeless, or even abusive towards the other party members. This includes verbally abusing or proclaiming TheEndIsNigh to increase others' stress, or to refuse to give heals or cures even if heavily needed, among other things.

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* [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Used as a game mechanic]] in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon''. If a hero gains a certain amount of stress, they have a chance to become afflicted. Afflicted heroes will be heavily affected both stats are personality wise as they become paranoid, selfish, hopeless, or even abusive towards the other party members. This includes verbally abusing or proclaiming TheEndIsNigh to increase others' stress, or to refuse to give heals or cures even if heavily needed, among other things.


** Tails, inexplicably, does this in ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''. The [[ThePollyanna childlike naivete]] and [[HumbleHero humility]] that defined him in previous titles was spontaneously replaced with a [[InsufferableGenius smug]], [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]], obnoxious, whiny, and snarky attitude. [[spoiler: He had a falling-out with Sonic because he was interested in teaming up with Dr. Eggman to corrale the Deadly Six, even though he was [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 perfectly]] [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes fine]] [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog with it]] before!]] The worst part is that he never owns up to it at the end of the game.

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** Tails, inexplicably, does this in ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''. The [[ThePollyanna childlike naivete]] Amy started off as sweet and [[HumbleHero humility]] that defined him helpful in previous titles was spontaneously replaced her earlier appearances, but in the later games due to {{flanderization}}, she has become more aggressive, bad-tempered, and is prone to hit people with a [[InsufferableGenius smug]], [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]], obnoxious, whiny, and snarky attitude. [[spoiler: He had a falling-out her hammer with Sonic because he was interested in teaming up with Dr. Eggman to corrale the Deadly Six, little provocation. This can be DependingOnTheWriter, however.
** Knuckles is usually humble and easy-going,
even though if he was [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 perfectly]] [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes fine]] [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog with it]] before!]] The worst part is that he never owns up to it at slightly blunt and hot-headed, but in games like ''VideoGame/SonicBattle'' and in the end of the game.''VideoGame/SonicRivals'' series, he's more hot-headed and a bit hostile towards others compared to his usual self.



** Shadow in ''Videogame/SonicBoom''. Shadow may be pretty agressive and destructive at times, but he's ''never'' cruel. He has a strong devotion to protect Earth, and has developed friendships with several characters. His ''Boom'' incarnation has none of these redeeming qualities and appears to be a downright evil villain, with no care for anyone but himself.
** Knuckles is usually humble and easy-going, even if he is slightly blunt and hot-headed, but in games like ''VideoGame/SonicBattle'' and in the ''VideoGame/SonicRivals'' series, he's more hot-headed and a bit hostile towards others compared to his usual self.
** Amy started off as sweet and helpful in her earlier appearances, but in the later games due to {{flanderization}}, she has become more aggressive, bad-tempered, and is prone to hit people with her hammer with little provocation. This can be DependingOnTheWriter, however.

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** Shadow Tails, inexplicably, does this in ''Videogame/SonicBoom''. Shadow may be pretty agressive ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''. The [[ThePollyanna childlike naivete]] and destructive at times, but he's ''never'' cruel. He has a strong devotion to protect Earth, and has developed friendships [[HumbleHero humility]] that defined him in previous titles was spontaneously replaced with several characters. His ''Boom'' incarnation has none of these redeeming qualities a [[InsufferableGenius smug]], [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]], obnoxious, whiny, and appears to be snarky attitude. [[spoiler:He had a downright evil villain, falling-out with no care for anyone but himself.
** Knuckles is usually humble and easy-going,
Sonic because he was interested in teaming up with Dr. Eggman to corrale the Deadly Six, even if though he is slightly blunt and hot-headed, but in games like ''VideoGame/SonicBattle'' and in the ''VideoGame/SonicRivals'' series, he's more hot-headed and a bit hostile towards others compared to his usual self.
** Amy started off as sweet and helpful in her earlier appearances, but in the later games due to {{flanderization}}, she has become more aggressive, bad-tempered, and is prone to hit people
was [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 perfectly]] [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes fine]] [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog with her hammer with little provocation. This can be DependingOnTheWriter, however.it]] before!]] The worst part is that he never owns up to it at the end of the game.


* The Grandmas in ''VideoGame/CookieClicker'' start out as sweet {{Grandma Classic}}s, but as you buy more and more their messages become more and more hostile and ominous, until they reveal their true forms as {{Eldritch Abomination}}s if you initiate the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Grandmapocalypse.]] If you sell one of them, they drop the nice act immediately and begin insulting you.

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* The Grandmas in ''VideoGame/CookieClicker'' start out as sweet {{Grandma {{Granny Classic}}s, but as you buy more and more their messages become more and more hostile and ominous, until they reveal their true forms as {{Eldritch Abomination}}s if you initiate the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Grandmapocalypse.]] If you sell one of them, they drop the nice act immediately and begin insulting you.

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* The Grandmas in ''VideoGame/CookieClicker'' start out as sweet {{Grandma Classic}}s, but as you buy more and more their messages become more and more hostile and ominous, until they reveal their true forms as {{Eldritch Abomination}}s if you initiate the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Grandmapocalypse.]] If you sell one of them, they drop the nice act immediately and begin insulting you.

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* Shaundi was a spacey hippie and druggie in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' that was very chill (likely from all the weed she smoked). In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', she cleans herself up and takes on a much more serious attitude and then couples it with anger and rage after [[spoiler: Johnny Gat]] dies. From then on, she's always complaining about others and wants to kill anyone that even looks at her funny. She'll also get angry at Pierce for having a party instead of mourning over [[spoiler: Gat]]. By ''VideoGame/SaintsRow4'', it's explained that Shaundi had SurvivorsGuilt and she didn't want to feel like she was being TheLoad to her team. After Shaundi reconciles with [[spoiler: her younger/more fun self]], she becomes a lot nicer.


* The titular ''{{Mercenaries}}'' took a page from this in the sequel. What was once a PowerTrio of balanced personalities (Chris the cool customer, Jennifer the conniving money-grubber, and Matthias the pyromaniac) tipped into all three of them behaving like Matthias. ...Who is incidentally [[WolverinePublicity featured on the cover]]. Though with the game this time around being less about the pay day from a job well done and more about the [[RoaringRampageofRevenge "payback"]] for being betrayed by their employer and shot in the ass, it's pretty understandable that they're 'pissed'. These are not very nice people.

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* The titular ''{{Mercenaries}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}'' took a page from this in the sequel. What was once a PowerTrio of balanced personalities (Chris the cool customer, Jennifer the conniving money-grubber, and Matthias the pyromaniac) tipped into all three of them behaving like Matthias. ...Who is incidentally [[WolverinePublicity featured on the cover]]. Though with the game this time around being less about the pay day from a job well done and more about the [[RoaringRampageofRevenge "payback"]] for being betrayed by their employer and shot in the ass, it's pretty understandable that they're 'pissed'. These are not very nice people.


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* The DLC case in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', Miles Edgeworth ie extremely callous and mean spirited towards Phoenix Wright during the trials, even though he went through CharacterDevelopment several games ago where he grew out of that attitude. It's handwaved by him explaining that he's under a ton of stress from the prosecution office since no one wanted to take on the case, thus he had to do all the work himself and he'll feel better taking his frustration out on Phoenix. His attitude, as well as the supporting characters that are present, are a nod to the first game.


* The titular ''{{Mercenaries}}'' took a page from this in the sequel. What was once a PowerTrio of balanced personalities (Chris the cool customer, Jennifer the conniving money-grubber, and Matthias the pyromaniac) tipped into all three of them behaving like Matthias. ...Who is incidentally [[WolverinePublicity featured on the cover]]. Though with the game this time around being less about the pay day from a job well done and more about the [[RoaringRampageofRevenge "payback"]] for being betrayed by their employer and shot in the ass, it's pretty understandable that they're 'pissed.' These are not very nice people.

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* The titular ''{{Mercenaries}}'' took a page from this in the sequel. What was once a PowerTrio of balanced personalities (Chris the cool customer, Jennifer the conniving money-grubber, and Matthias the pyromaniac) tipped into all three of them behaving like Matthias. ...Who is incidentally [[WolverinePublicity featured on the cover]]. Though with the game this time around being less about the pay day from a job well done and more about the [[RoaringRampageofRevenge "payback"]] for being betrayed by their employer and shot in the ass, it's pretty understandable that they're 'pissed.' 'pissed'. These are not very nice people.

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* Batman becomes more and more callous as the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' progresses, attempting to push the people in his life further and further away out of fear that if they keep getting involved with him they'll end up dead. His fear isn't entirely unfounded, as [[spoiler: he's been led to believe that Jason Todd had been killed by Joker while under his tutelage (when the reality is even worse,) his love interest Talia Al'Ghul is killed in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', and he's tricked into believing Oracle had been DrivenToSuicide by Scarecrow's Fear Toxin in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''.]]


* Franchise/CrashBandicoot briefly fell into this trope in ''VideoGame/CrashTagTeamRacing''; numerous bonus cutscenes focus on his ScrewySquirrel antics inside Von Clutch's Motorworld, ranging from feeding Park Drones mouldy apples to disintegrating them in rocket engines. Granted this reversed back in the following game, where he goes back to being a KindheartedSimpleton.

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* Franchise/CrashBandicoot VideoGame/CrashBandicoot briefly fell into this trope in ''VideoGame/CrashTagTeamRacing''; numerous bonus cutscenes focus on his ScrewySquirrel antics inside Von Clutch's Motorworld, ranging from feeding Park Drones mouldy apples to disintegrating them in rocket engines. Granted this reversed back in the following game, where he goes back to being a KindheartedSimpleton.


** [[TheScrappy Garrosh Hellscream]] went from being an obscure emo kid trying to find his purpose in life in ''The Burning Crusade'', in spite of his initial faults, he was not discriminating and was even friendly with the player when he was first introduced. Then in the sequel, ''Wrath of the Lich King'' he becomes the disrespectful, belligerent, loudmouthed JerkAss he is well known for. He suffers it again in ''Cataclysm'', and randomly becomes racist.

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** [[TheScrappy Garrosh Hellscream]] went from being an obscure emo kid trying to find his purpose in life was originally introduced in ''The Burning Crusade'', in Crusade'' as an minor character who was crippled by his angst from his late father's actions prior to the story. In spite of his initial faults, this angst, he was not discriminating and was even friendly with the player when he was first introduced. Then in the sequel, ''Wrath of the Lich King'' he becomes the disrespectful, belligerent, loudmouthed JerkAss he is well known for. He suffers it again in ''Cataclysm'', and randomly becomes racist.


** Garrosh Hellscream went from being an obscure emo kid trying to find his purpose in life to being a disrespectful, belligerent, loudmouthed JerkAss. He suffers it again in Cataclysm, and randomly becomes racist. Despite not discriminating and even being friendly with the player in Nagrand. In short he's a walking ConflictBall. At the same time, he also seems to get rid of a few Jerkass elements too, ironically. For instance, while he is one of the major reasons as to why the war between the Alliance and Horde has reemerged, there are things he simply won't stand for. First off, he specifically does ''not'' approve of Sylvanas raising the newly dead on the battlefield to replenish the ranks of the Forsaken. He also gets really pissed off when he finds out that one of his commanders has been attacking night elf settlements to kill civilians.
** Garrosh will be taking this trope to its logical conclusion in ''Mists of Pandaria''. The final raid dungeon is a siege on Orgrimmar itself by both Alliance and Horde, because everyone is digusted by him [[spoiler:dropping the magical equivalent of a WMD on Theramore, killing many known characters, including [[CanonImmigrant Rhonin]], after killing several Blue Dragons to get the necessary power source for the bomb]]. Many of the Horde factions are ''not'' happy about Hellscream's rule but stay out of fear (trolls, tauren) or greed (goblins). In his speech in ''Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War'', he doesn't even pretend that the other leaders are his equals and expects them to obey him or die. He wants the Alliance gone and take the lands he believes are rightfuly his (even though orcs are not native to this world). Jaina begs Thralls to take leadership back from Garosh, knowing that many would support him, but Thrall refuses. This, in turn, has an after effect of Jaina finally taking one herself. She loses her [[AllLovingHero all-loving]] part and her rage against the Horde goes to extreme FantasticRacism levels as she tried to flood Orgrimmar with her magic, only to be called out of it by Thrall and Kalegcos. Then when she tried to wind down, she's betrayed again that she initiated the Purge of Dalaran with a glee. [[spoiler:She's gone as far as suggesting the assassination of the new Horde after Garrosh is defeated, which would mean the death of Thrall... something that even Varian ''refused''. In other words, while Varian TookALevelInKindness, Jaina ended up doing the reverse.]]
** As of ''Legion'' [[spoiler:Varian's death]] has made Genn Greymane considerably more angry and fixated on revenge to the point that his daughter is getting worried there is no way to distinguish the man from the rage.

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** [[TheScrappy Garrosh Hellscream Hellscream]] went from being an obscure emo kid trying to find his purpose in life to being a in ''The Burning Crusade'', in spite of his initial faults, he was not discriminating and was even friendly with the player when he was first introduced. Then in the sequel, ''Wrath of the Lich King'' he becomes the disrespectful, belligerent, loudmouthed JerkAss. JerkAss he is well known for. He suffers it again in Cataclysm, ''Cataclysm'', and randomly becomes racist. Despite not discriminating and even being friendly with the player in Nagrand. In short he's a walking ConflictBall. At the same time, he also seems to get rid of a few Jerkass elements too, ironically. For instance, while he is one of the major reasons as to why the war between the Alliance and Horde has reemerged, there are things he simply won't stand for. First off, he specifically does ''not'' approve of Sylvanas raising the newly dead on the battlefield to replenish the ranks of the Forsaken. He also gets really pissed off when he finds out that one of his commanders has been attacking night elf settlements to kill civilians.
racist.
** Garrosh will be taking this trope to its logical conclusion took yet ''another'' level in ''Mists of Pandaria''. Pandaria'', where his jerkassery reached its logical conclusion. The final raid dungeon is was a siege on Orgrimmar itself by both Alliance and Horde, because at this point, everyone is digusted by was sick of him for his increasingly heinous actions such as [[spoiler:dropping the magical equivalent of a WMD on Theramore, killing many known characters, including [[CanonImmigrant Rhonin]], after killing several Blue Dragons to get the necessary power source for the bomb]]. Many of the Horde factions are ''not'' happy about Hellscream's rule but stay out of fear (trolls, tauren) or greed (goblins). In his speech in ''Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War'', he doesn't even pretend that the other leaders are his equals and expects them to obey him or die. He wants the Alliance gone and take the lands he believes are rightfuly rightfully his (even though orcs are not native to this world). Jaina begs Thralls to take leadership back from Garosh, Garrosh, knowing that many would support him, but Thrall refuses. This, refuses.
** Garrosh's jerkassery,
in turn, has had an after effect of Jaina finally taking one herself. She loses her [[AllLovingHero all-loving]] part and her rage against the Horde goes to extreme FantasticRacism levels as she tried to flood Orgrimmar with her magic, only to be called out of it by Thrall and Kalegcos. Then when she tried to wind down, she's betrayed again that she initiated the Purge of Dalaran with a glee. [[spoiler:She's gone as far as suggesting the assassination of the new Horde after Garrosh is defeated, which would mean the death of Thrall... something that even Varian ''refused''. In other words, while Varian TookALevelInKindness, Jaina ended up doing the reverse.]]
]] By Legion, the two have essentially become the other's prior characterization.
** As Speaking of ''Legion'' [[spoiler:Varian's death]] has made Genn Greymane considerably more angry and fixated on revenge to the point that his daughter is getting worried there is no way to distinguish the man from the rage.


* Shadow the Hedgehog gets this treatment in ''VideoGame/SonicBoom''. Outside of the ''Boom'' universe, Shadow was a ByronicHero who had his own goals, his own set of friends, and didn't care much about anything beyond that, but ultimately could be counted on to do the right thing. He considered Sonic his [[TheRival rival]], but was willing to [[EnemyMine work with Sonic and friends when a bigger threat came along]]. In ''Sonic Boom'', Shadow is [[FlatCharacter little more]] than a {{Jerkass}} who taunts Sonic about needing help from his friends, and attacks Sonic and Tails for no reason other than "because I can." It makes his ''Boom" incarnation come off more as an arrogant bully than an AntiHero.


* Lazlow, a recurring [=DJ=] and radio host of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', was frst introduced as the put-upon host of the call-in radio show ''Chatterbox''. Later games showcase the breadth of Lazlow's radio career (now spanning 25 years) and reveal him to be an alcoholic fame-seeker, rather than the OnlySaneMan he appeared to be in ''[=GTAIII=]''. By 2008, Lazlow is middle-aged, divorced, despised by his parents as well as his children, and now ekes out a living as an on-the-street "journalist" in Liberty City, decrying the state of America and insulting passerby. As Lazlow's dialogue is written and voiced by real-life radio host Lazlow Jones, this is a form of AdamWesting. By GTAV, he's even worse off, as his public sexual harassment of Michael's daughter (consensual, quite unfortunately) hits Michael's BerserkButton, humiliating Lazlow in exceptionally funny and degrading ways.

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* Lazlow, a recurring [=DJ=] and radio host of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', was frst fIrst introduced as the put-upon host of the call-in radio show ''Chatterbox''. ''Chatterbox FM''. Later games showcase the breadth of Lazlow's radio career (now spanning 25 years) and reveal him to be an alcoholic fame-seeker, rather than the OnlySaneMan he appeared to be in ''[=GTAIII=]''. ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. By 2008, Lazlow is middle-aged, divorced, despised by his parents as well as his children, and now ekes out a living as an on-the-street "journalist" in Liberty City, decrying the state of America and insulting passerby.pedestrians. As Lazlow's dialogue is written and voiced by real-life radio host Lazlow Jones, this is a form of AdamWesting. By GTAV, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', he's even worse off, as his public sexual harassment of Michael's daughter (consensual, quite unfortunately) hits Michael's BerserkButton, humiliating Lazlow in exceptionally funny and degrading ways.ways. His radio career is also at his lowest, now working as the immature, unpopular co-host of ''Chattersphere'' who can't go a few minutes without making catty remarks host Michelle Makes.

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