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** Killing people will quickly spawn an ambulance, and setting things on fire will quickly spawn a firetruck -- and you didn't really want to go all the way to the hospital/fire station to jack one of those, right?

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** Killing people will quickly spawn an ambulance, and setting things on fire will quickly spawn a firetruck -- and you didn't really want to go all the way to the hospital/fire station to jack one of those, ofthose, right?



** On an even smaller scale, ''scaring'' civilians without actually injuring them. A good way to do that is by shooting a propane tank that's not too far away to have any effect, and not so close that they get caught in the explosion. Grenades are also good, with the same caveat. Or hey, just throwing or kicking non-explosive objects near them without hitting them.

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** On an even smaller scale, ''scaring'' civilians without actually injuring them. A good way to do that is by shooting a propane tank that's not too far away to have any effect, and not so close that they get caught in the explosion. Grenades are also good, with the same caveat. Or hey, just throwing or kicking non-explosive objects near them without hitting them.



** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/5/25/ Another option is demonstrated in this]] Webcomic/PennyArcade strip. AGodAmI anyone?[[note]]Basically, it's the shock paddles from ''Saints' Row'', described above.[[/note]]

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** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/5/25/ Another option is demonstrated in this]] Webcomic/PennyArcade strip. AGodAmI anyone?[[note]]Basically, can sure lead to messed-up ideas...[[note]]Basically, it's the shock paddles from ''Saints' Row'', described above.[[/note]]



** Pffft. Amateur. Tell the local natives/pirates to attack that huge, heavily defended colonial stronghold. Sit back, watch them get massacred, and then overwhelm the weakened defenders. Alternatively, the moment their raiding ship leaves port, turn on them and increase your standing with all surrounding governors in the process. ''[[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Suckers]]''.

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** Pffft. Amateur. Tell the local natives/pirates to attack that huge, heavily defended colonial stronghold. Sit back, watch them get massacred, and then overwhelm the weakened defenders. Alternatively, the moment their raiding ship leaves port, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder turn on them and increase your standing with all surrounding governors in the process. ''[[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Suckers]]''.process]].



** Space Stage: This is the real example, as you [[NoEnding don't really have any objectives in this stage]], and you're free to do whatever the hell you want. Such as... lasering, pulse-blasting, and bombing innocent creatures, tribes, and cities from orbit, stealing the spice from primitive alien cities and getting off scot-free, supersizing an unsuspecting creature and watching it unwittingly destroy its peers, and wiping out whatever species is living on a planet you want to colonize so you get a free, very inhabitable planet with no need for altering. With the higher-level terraforming technology, you can turn the land into a barren desert or a lava-spotted volcanic hell-scape, evaporate the oceans or freeze them solid, and even strip the planet of its very atmosphere. Colonies automatically raise environmental shields when the T-score of the planet drops below life-sustaining levels, but hey, nobody says you can't tractor-beam the locals out into the open and oxygen-robbed wasteland and watch them suffocate. And then, if all that just isn't enough or takes too long... there's the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Planet]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom Buster]].

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** Space Stage: This is the real example, as you [[NoEnding don't really have any objectives in this stage]], and you're free to do whatever the hell you want. Such as... lasering, pulse-blasting, and bombing innocent creatures, tribes, and cities from orbit, stealing the spice from primitive alien cities and getting off scot-free, supersizing an unsuspecting creature and watching it unwittingly destroy its peers, and wiping out whatever species is living on a planet you want to colonize so you get a free, very inhabitable planet with no need for altering. With the higher-level terraforming technology, you can turn the land into a barren desert or a lava-spotted volcanic hell-scape, evaporate the oceans or freeze them solid, and even strip the planet of its very atmosphere. Colonies automatically raise environmental shields when the T-score of the planet drops below life-sustaining levels, but hey, nobody says you can't tractor-beam the locals out into the open and oxygen-robbed wasteland and watch them suffocate. And then, if all that just isn't enough or takes too long... there's the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Planet]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom Buster]].

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** You can also steal furniture from towns...and then slaughter all the townsfolk. Or slaughter all the townsfolk ''then'' steal all the furniture.
** There's also the "tenant farm" trick where tenants repeatedly respawn into lava and drop pixels.

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* A softer example, but in VideoGame/SpiderMan2, once you defeat the Rhino, he is webbed up upside by a fire escape. There you can kick and punch him to your heart's content.


** Since rewards are given for taunting after shooting an enemy, it's actually beneficial to shoot to wound. Oh yes, we mustn't forget how Tony's hired guns can kill whomever they want. And they will try to kill whomever you've wounded. So arm them well, kiddies! Arm them well.

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** Since rewards are given for taunting after shooting an enemy, it's actually beneficial to shoot to wound. Oh yes, we mustn't forget how And since Tony's hired guns can kill whomever they want. And want, and they will try to kill whomever you've wounded. So wounded, you should arm them well, kiddies! Arm them well.



*** For obvious reasons, the crotch attacks are pretty effective in combat, so you might find yourself using it ''a lot''. Outnumbered and low on health? Just duck into a corner, wait for a goon to come around, and belt 'em below the belt. Rinse and repeat, and before you know it the room's cleared!

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*** For obvious reasons, the crotch attacks are pretty effective in combat, so you might find yourself using it ''a lot''. Outnumbered and low on health? Just duck into a corner, wait for a goon to come around, and belt 'em below the belt. Rinse and repeat, and before you know it the room's cleared!cleared.



** Really want to be sick? Shoot up a hospital, like in ''GTA IV''. ''You can [[MoralEventHorizon shoot up a hospital]]''. Filled with the doctors and nurses who ''[[TheFarmerAndTheViper may have just patched you up after your last rampage.]]''

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** Really want to be sick? Shoot up a hospital, like Like in ''GTA IV''. ''You IV'', ''you can [[MoralEventHorizon shoot up a hospital]]''. Filled hospital]]'', and even one filled with the doctors and nurses who ''[[TheFarmerAndTheViper may have just patched you up after your last rampage.]]''



** This is lampshaded by one of the six voices you can choose for your character. In a TakeThat against ''[[TakeThatAudience you]]'', one of the voices, when drunk on four beer bottles, might say "I ONLY HURT PEOPLE CUZ I'M CRYIN ON THE INSIDE!" Yup. That's you they're talking about, you angry video game nerd.

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** This is lampshaded by one of the six voices you can choose for your character. In a TakeThat against ''[[TakeThatAudience you]]'', one of the voices, when drunk on four beer bottles, might say "I ONLY HURT PEOPLE CUZ I'M CRYIN ON THE INSIDE!" Yup. That's you they're talking about, you angry video game nerd.INSIDE!"



** Scenario: untimed mission, like 'Christmas'. Stuff all nearby prefects in lockers (yes, you ARE allowed to do this!). Usually it takes two in the area to get this going, but once you have... everyone's a target, not just teen boys. Remember those annoying little kids who love to tell on you just because you're defending yourself against an ambush? Knee in the groin on a little boy will remind them. And since EverythingFades, you can do it again in a couple of minutes!

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** Scenario: untimed mission, like 'Christmas'. Stuff all nearby prefects in lockers (yes, you ARE allowed to (you can do this!).this). Usually it takes two in the area to get this going, but once you have... everyone's a target, not just teen boys. Remember those annoying little kids who love to tell on you just because you're defending yourself against an ambush? Knee in the groin on a little boy will remind them. And since EverythingFades, you can do it again in a couple of minutes!minutes.



** If you can find them, Kick Me Signs can be a prime source of comedy considering that EVERYBODY takes them seriously even prefects, girls, and little kids come over and kick people with a "Kick me" sign on their back. Sadly it's quite rare.

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** If you can find them, Kick Me Signs can be a prime source of comedy considering that EVERYBODY everybody takes them seriously even prefects, girls, and little kids come over and kick people with a "Kick me" sign on their back. Sadly it's quite rare.



** ''Red Dead Redemption'' certainly has a lot of this, though it's not as obvious as in ''Grand Theft Auto''. The player may use the lasso to catch and tie down almost any NPC, and do whatever to them. Leave them in the middle of nowhere? Check. Shoot their knees? Oh yes. Leave them on a railroad track? Yes, and you even get a trophy when the train comes! And then there's animal cruelty... dismount your horse by shooting it in the head, hunt bears with dynamite, and make the buffalo extinct (yes, you can do that).

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** ''Red Dead Redemption'' certainly has a lot of this, though it's not as obvious as in ''Grand Theft Auto''. The player may use the lasso to catch and tie down almost any NPC, and do whatever to them. Leave them in the middle of nowhere? Check. Shoot nowhere, shoot their knees? Oh yes. Leave knees, leave them on a railroad track? Yes, and you track (you even get a trophy when the train comes! And then there's animal cruelty... comes), dismount your horse by shooting it in the head, hunt bears with dynamite, and make the buffalo extinct (yes, you can do that).



** Cell Stage: Not so much here, since if you're a carnivore you need to eat basically every other cell, but there's one specific cell towards the end of the stage which is itself completely harmless. Should you decide to take advantage of this and gobble it up, it will (in addition to the usual amount of meat) drop several eggs... which you can then eat. Congratulations, you've just eaten unborn cells. Somehow.
** Creature Stage: Here's where things get a bit worse. Attacking helpless, big-eyed baby creatures because they're easier to defeat? Yep. Eating other creature's eggs because the game gives you a hefty bonus for doing so? Uh-huh. And just try to tell me that you've never lured an Epic over to the nest of a particularly annoying species.
** Tribal Stage: In your quest for planetary dominance, you have two options. Befriend every other tribe... or destroy every other tribe. Sure, if you choose the former, [[BoringButPractical you can beat the stage in about ten minutes]], but guess which option [[AwesomeButImpractical is more fun]]? Sure, if you want a red or blue card you need to annihilate some tribes, but...

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** Cell Stage: Not so much here, since if you're a carnivore you need to eat basically every other cell, but there's one specific cell towards the end of the stage which is itself completely harmless. Should you decide to take advantage of this and gobble it up, it will (in addition to the usual amount of meat) drop several eggs... which you can then eat. Congratulations, you've just eaten unborn cells. Somehow.
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** Creature Stage: Here's where things get a bit worse. Attacking You can attack helpless, big-eyed baby creatures because they're easier to defeat? Yep. Eating defeat, eat other creature's creatures' eggs because the game gives you a hefty bonus for doing so? Uh-huh. And just try to tell me that you've never lured so and lure an Epic over to the nest of a particularly annoying species.
** Tribal Stage: In your quest for planetary dominance, you have two options. Befriend every other tribe... or destroy every other tribe. Sure, if If you choose the former, [[BoringButPractical you can beat the stage in about ten minutes]], but guess which option the latter [[AwesomeButImpractical is can be more fun]]? Sure, if fun]]. If you want a red or blue card you need to annihilate some tribes, but...but still.



---> Step 1: Using an Economic city, befriend just about every other city and set up trade routes
---> Step 2: Buy out a Military city
---> Step 3: Cue alliance-breaking, ridiculously easy rampage
** Space Stage: This is the real example, as you [[NoEnding don't really have any objectives in this stage]], and you're free to do whatever the hell you want. Such as... lasering, pulse-blasting, and bombing innocent creatures, tribes, and cities from orbit? Stealing the spice from primitive alien cities and getting off scot-free? How about supersizing an unsuspecting creature and watching it unwittingly destroy its peers? Looking for a good planet to colonize? Just wipe out whatever species is living there and you get a free, very inhabitable planet with no need for altering. With the higher-level terraforming technology, you can turn the land into a barren desert or a lava-spotted volcanic hell-scape, evaporate the oceans or freeze them solid, and even strip the planet of its very atmosphere. Colonies automatically raise environmental shields when the T-score of the planet drops below life-sustaining levels, but hey, nobody says you can't tractor-beam the locals out into the open and oxygen-robbed wasteland and watch them suffocate. And then, if all that just isn't enough or takes too darn long... there's the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Planet]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom Buster]]. Enough Said.

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---> Step 1: Using an Economic city, befriend just about every other city and set up trade routes
routes.
---> Step 2: Buy out a Military city
city.
---> Step 3: Cue alliance-breaking, ridiculously easy rampage
rampage.
** Space Stage: This is the real example, as you [[NoEnding don't really have any objectives in this stage]], and you're free to do whatever the hell you want. Such as... lasering, pulse-blasting, and bombing innocent creatures, tribes, and cities from orbit? Stealing orbit, stealing the spice from primitive alien cities and getting off scot-free? How about scot-free, supersizing an unsuspecting creature and watching it unwittingly destroy its peers? Looking for a good planet to colonize? Just wipe peers, and wiping out whatever species is living there and on a planet you want to colonize so you get a free, very inhabitable planet with no need for altering. With the higher-level terraforming technology, you can turn the land into a barren desert or a lava-spotted volcanic hell-scape, evaporate the oceans or freeze them solid, and even strip the planet of its very atmosphere. Colonies automatically raise environmental shields when the T-score of the planet drops below life-sustaining levels, but hey, nobody says you can't tractor-beam the locals out into the open and oxygen-robbed wasteland and watch them suffocate. And then, if all that just isn't enough or takes too darn long... there's the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Planet]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom Buster]]. Enough Said.



*** Some villagers can provide rare items through trading, but most are relatively useless. Their classes and trading inventories are random, but villagers can be "bred" by throwing food at them. You may have guessed where this is going... many players will breed numerous villagers, massacring the unwanted ones, until they get rare ones with lucrative trades. The "lucky" ones get locked up in a one-block cell and/or trapped in a minecart, kept alive until their trades are used up, then [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness tossed into lava]]. Fan-made tutorials will give you blueprints for constructing semi-automated villager-farming machines.

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*** Some villagers can provide rare items through trading, but most are relatively useless. Their classes and trading inventories are random, but villagers can be "bred" by throwing food at them. You may have guessed where this is going... many Many players will breed numerous villagers, massacring the unwanted ones, until they get rare ones with lucrative trades. The "lucky" ones get locked up in a one-block cell and/or trapped in a minecart, kept alive until their trades are used up, then [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness tossed into lava]]. Fan-made tutorials will give you blueprints for constructing semi-automated villager-farming machines.machines.
*** Starting in 1.14, the player can become a bad omen (kill an illager patrol captain), visit a village, cause a raid, and leave the villagers to the mercy of the raiding illagers.
** If you want to, you can give a dolphin raw cod so it will guide you to treasure, and [[UngratefulBastard attack or even kill them after they help you]].



** Not only that, but he will also spout out the most [[JerkAss Jerk Ass]] things upon hitting someone. Some of the more hilarious examples are, "A necessary casualty" and "MOVE!", but there are far too many to list here. Crank this [[UpToEleven Up To Eleven]] when your partner is in the car screaming at him, and Cole mimics what they're saying in a high-pitched voice. But why stop there? Jump into the driver's seat and jet away while you leave your partner in the dust. When they eventually catch up by running up to the car or getting out of another police vehicle to get to you, listen to them chew you out while you do it again! For an officer of the law, Cole has the potential to be one of the cruelest "protagonists" around.

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** Not only that, but he will also spout out the most [[JerkAss Jerk Ass]] {{Jerkass}} things upon hitting someone. Some of the more hilarious examples are, "A necessary casualty" and "MOVE!", but there are far too many to list here. Crank this [[UpToEleven Up To Eleven]] when your partner is in the car screaming at him, and Cole mimics what they're saying in a high-pitched voice. But why stop there? Jump into the driver's seat and jet away while you leave your partner in the dust. When they eventually catch up by running up to the car or getting out of another police vehicle to get to you, listen to them chew you out while you do it again! again. For an officer of the law, Cole has the potential to be one of the cruelest "protagonists" around.


** A special mention goes to the GOURANGA bonus, which you get by flattening a line of six chanting Hare Krishnas without missing any. You'd get an instant four-star rating, but it was oh so worth it.

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** A special mention goes to the GOURANGA bonus, which you get by flattening a line of six chanting Hare Krishnas without missing any. You'd get an instant four-star rating, but it was oh so very worth it.



* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', there are ample opportunities to cinematically execute certain in-game persons using a pistol. Stand there, gun poised and finger on the trigger, listening to them beg for mercy. After hearing everything they had to say... oops, my finger slipped.
** Oh, and some pedestrians/cops won't immediately die after you've accosted them. Sometimes they roll onto their side or back and just lay there, begging you not to finish them off. They'll eventually die, though some even try to get up and limp away. You can put a bullet in their head or a few in the chest and watch a pool of blood slowly flow from beneath them...

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* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', there are ample opportunities to cinematically execute certain in-game persons using a pistol. Stand there, gun poised and finger on the trigger, listening to them beg for mercy. After hearing everything they had to say... oops, my finger slipped.
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** Oh, and some Some pedestrians/cops won't immediately die after you've accosted them. Sometimes they roll onto their side or back and just lay there, begging you not to finish them off. They'll eventually die, though some even try to get up and limp away. You can put a bullet in their head or a few in the chest and watch a pool of blood slowly flow from beneath them...



** Police in ''GTA IV'' can't get around proverbial [[InsurmountableWaistHeightFence waist-high fences]] vehicles you leave parked in inconvenient spots, such as stairwells and doorways. This means having free rein to engage in some truly disturbing behavior, like visiting a TW@ during the busy hours, and not leaving until everyone inside has *ahem* ''logged off.''

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** Police in ''GTA IV'' can't get around proverbial [[InsurmountableWaistHeightFence waist-high fences]] vehicles you leave parked in inconvenient spots, such as stairwells and doorways. This means having free rein to engage in some truly disturbing behavior, like visiting a TW@ during the busy hours, and not leaving until everyone inside has *ahem* ''logged off.''



* ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'' has a few cruelty moments that are a part of the main missions. One mission has you kidnap a music manager and drive off the docks while you jump out of the car, hearing him whine before that he can't swim. Another one has you get revenge for your sister who was harassed by some construction workers by pushing the foreman around with a bulldozer while he is inside a portable toilet, hearing him gag and yell about the smell and being splashed with his own poop. You kill him by pushing his stall in a ditch and ''filling it with cement, burying him alive''!

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* ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'' has a few cruelty moments that are a part of the main missions. One mission has you kidnap a music manager and drive off the docks while you jump out of the car, hearing him whine before that he can't swim. Another one has you get revenge for your sister who was harassed by some construction workers by pushing the foreman around with a bulldozer while he is inside a portable toilet, hearing him gag and yell about the smell and being splashed with his own poop. You kill him by pushing his stall in a ditch and ''filling it with cement, burying him alive''!alive''.


--> "Eat an old man, take his appearance, run all the way up the tallest building, then elbow-drop 200 stories onto his confused and frightened wife! Then sneak up behind two soldiers and eat one without his friend noticing, and when the two of you get back to base, accuse your friend of being you in disguise! Then when all the other soldiers are distracted shooting him, eat them, too! If only Jeffery Dalmer had had this game to blow off steam with, a lot of young Milwaukee gay boys would be walking around uncannibalized!"

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--> ---> "Eat an old man, take his appearance, run all the way up the tallest building, then elbow-drop 200 stories onto his confused and frightened wife! Then sneak up behind two soldiers and eat one without his friend noticing, and when the two of you get back to base, accuse your friend of being you in disguise! Then when all the other soldiers are distracted shooting him, eat them, too! If only Jeffery Dalmer had had this game to blow off steam with, a lot of young Milwaukee gay boys would be walking around uncannibalized!"



--> Step 1: Using an Economic city, befriend just about every other city and set up trade routes
--> Step 2: Buy out a Military city
--> Step 3: Cue alliance-breaking, ridiculously easy rampage

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--> ---> Step 1: Using an Economic city, befriend just about every other city and set up trade routes
--> ---> Step 2: Buy out a Military city
--> ---> Step 3: Cue alliance-breaking, ridiculously easy rampage



* {{Starbound}}: You can find a gnome village underground and destroy it, possibly being able to wear their buildings as hats, getting a larger gnome who shoots rainbows and throwing balls of gnomes at enemies, complete with screams when they are thrown.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'': If you don't mind going to a High Chaos route, you can kill your enemies in pretty creative ways. You have some good tools like the Incendiary Bolts that burn them alive, leaving a charred corpse, or magically summon an army of rats to overwhelm them and then watch them eat the dead body. Or rewire an arc pylon/wall of light and run past the guards. They'll chase you and get fried to ashes with their own weapon. And if you want to get ''really'' creative, you can do stuff like waiting until a guard shoots you, stop time, possess him, walk in front of the bullet, and then de-possess him. When time resumes, he'll be killed ''by his own shot''. It's not practical to do, but it's incredibly satisfying.
** If you're going for a low chaos route, you can still have fun doing things like stuffing unconscious guards together in trash bins, inside hound kennels, locked inside secret rooms, or [[HoYay sharing the same bed]]. And as long as you don't kill someone with your own hands, you can still get rid of enemies in nasty ways, like luring them to [[DevouredByTheHorde a pack of rats]] or into the hideout of [[ThePlague a group of weepers]].

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* {{Starbound}}: ''VideoGame/StarBound'': You can find a gnome village underground and destroy it, possibly being able to wear their buildings as hats, getting a larger gnome who shoots rainbows and throwing balls of gnomes at enemies, complete with screams when they are thrown.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'': If you don't mind going to a High Chaos route, you can kill your enemies in pretty creative ways. You have some good tools like the Incendiary Bolts that burn them alive, leaving a charred corpse, or magically summon an army of rats to overwhelm them and then watch them eat the dead body. Or rewire an arc pylon/wall of light and run past the guards. They'll chase you and get fried to ashes with their own weapon. And if you want to get ''really'' creative, you can do stuff like waiting until a guard shoots you, stop time, possess him, walk in front of the bullet, and then de-possess him. When time resumes, he'll be killed ''by his own shot''. It's not practical to do, but it's incredibly satisfying.
** If you're going for a low chaos route, you can still have fun doing things like stuffing unconscious guards together in trash bins, inside hound kennels, locked inside secret rooms, or [[HoYay sharing the same bed]]. And as long as you don't kill someone with your own hands, you can still get rid of enemies in nasty ways, like luring them to [[DevouredByTheHorde a pack of rats]] or into the hideout of [[ThePlague a group of weepers]].
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*** Some villagers can provide rare items through trading, but most are relatively useless. Their classes and trading inventories are random, but villagers can be "bred" by throwing food at them. You may have guessed where this is going... many players will breed numerous villagers, massacring the unwanted ones, until they get rare ones with lucrative trades. The "lucky" ones get locked up in a one-block cell and/or trapped in a minecart, kept alive until their trades are used up, then [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness tossed into lava]]. Fan-made tutorials will give you blueprints for constructing semi-automated villager-farming machines.

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** ''V'' also has civilians walking with their dogs. You can shoot the dogs, blow them up with explosives, or even run them over for no reason other than to be a dick. You can also kill the wildlife out in the mountains and desert, though they will attack you.


* Starbound: You can find a gnome village underground and destroy it, possibly being able to wear their buildings as hats, getting a larger gnome who shoots rainbows and throwing balls of gnomes at enemies, complete with screams when they are thrown.

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* Starbound: {{Starbound}}: You can find a gnome village underground and destroy it, possibly being able to wear their buildings as hats, getting a larger gnome who shoots rainbows and throwing balls of gnomes at enemies, complete with screams when they are thrown.


** ''VideoGame/Prototype2'' takes this up to eleven. You can run around with barrels of zombie virus and turn previously safe zones into zombie-infested warzones. You can turn people into [[WhyAmITicking hand grenades]] and throw them at their buddies. And while most attacks kill humans in one shot, quest-important NPCs will survive a hit and "only" get their legs broken - you can abduct a soldier, throw him at a wall, and watch as he crawls around on the ground screaming for help.

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** ''VideoGame/Prototype2'' takes this up to eleven. You can run around with barrels of zombie virus and turn previously safe zones into zombie-infested warzones. You can turn people into [[WhyAmITicking hand grenades]] and throw them at their buddies. And while most attacks kill humans in one shot, quest-important NPCs [=NPCs=] will survive a hit and "only" get their legs broken - you can abduct a soldier, throw him at a wall, and watch as he crawls around on the ground screaming for help.

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** ''VideoGame/Prototype2'' takes this up to eleven. You can run around with barrels of zombie virus and turn previously safe zones into zombie-infested warzones. You can turn people into [[WhyAmITicking hand grenades]] and throw them at their buddies. And while most attacks kill humans in one shot, quest-important NPCs will survive a hit and "only" get their legs broken - you can abduct a soldier, throw him at a wall, and watch as he crawls around on the ground screaming for help.


** This also works in ''Franchise/RedFaction''.

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** This also works in ''Franchise/RedFaction''.''VideoGame/RedFaction''.


* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'': Everything from mowing down pedestrians in a high-speed bus to lighting a bunch of Hare Krishnas on fire with a flamethrower -- and plenty more besides. Those games may have a central storyline and missions to play through, but we all know that they're basically one big, brutal sandbox.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'': Everything from mowing down pedestrians in a high-speed bus to lighting a bunch of Hare Krishnas on fire with a flamethrower -- and plenty more besides. Those games may have a central storyline and missions to play through, but we all know that they're basically one big, brutal sandbox.



** A fun thing to do is to steal a semi truck and drive on the opposite side of the road, crashing into any vehicle that's not another semi truck. Watch as your character makes cars fly out of control and crash into walls, with the possibility of an explosion happening. Sometimes, you can even see [=NPCs=] be involuntarily ejected out of their car while you in your big rig won't suffer any damage. Best of all, as long as you don't run over anyone or crash into any cop cars, you won't get a wanted level, even if the cops are just watching you wreak havoc.

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** A fun thing to do is to steal a semi truck and drive on the opposite side of the road, crashing into any vehicle that's not another semi truck. Watch as your character makes cars fly out of control and crash into walls, with the possibility of an explosion happening. Sometimes, you can even see [=NPCs=] be involuntarily ejected out of their car while you in your big rig won't suffer any damage. Best of all, as long as you don't run over anyone or crash into any cop cars, you won't get a wanted level, [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy even if the cops are just watching you wreak havoc.havoc]].



** Police in ''GTA IV'' can't get around proverbial [[InsurmountableWaistHeightFence waist-high fences]] -- vehicles you leave parked in inconvenient spots, such as stairwells and doorways. This means having free rein to engage in some truly disturbing behavior, like visiting a TW@ during the busy hours, and not leaving until everyone inside has *ahem* ''logged off.''

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** Police in ''GTA IV'' can't get around proverbial [[InsurmountableWaistHeightFence waist-high fences]] -- vehicles you leave parked in inconvenient spots, such as stairwells and doorways. This means having free rein to engage in some truly disturbing behavior, like visiting a TW@ during the busy hours, and not leaving until everyone inside has *ahem* ''logged off.''



** To make this even more amusing, as soon as the scripted missions where they take part end, even significant [=NPCs=] use the random civilian AI and [[StayingAlive their deaths mean nothing]] - the character will be right back for their next scripted mission. This allows some ridiculous plays such as having Trevor shoot his girlfriend in the head ''every time he drops her off from a date''. Yes, they'll still have more than one.

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** To make this even more amusing, as soon as the scripted missions where they take part end, even significant [=NPCs=] use the random civilian AI and [[StayingAlive their deaths mean nothing]] - the character will be right back for their next scripted mission. This allows some ridiculous plays such as having Trevor shoot his girlfriend in the head ''every time he drops her off from a date''. Yes, they'll still have more than one.



* On an even smaller scale, ''scaring'' civilians without actually injuring them. A good way to do that is by shooting a propane tank that's not too far away to have any effect, and not so close that they get caught in the explosion. Grenades are also good, with the same caveat. Or hey, just throwing or kicking non-explosive objects near them without hitting them.

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* ** On an even smaller scale, ''scaring'' civilians without actually injuring them. A good way to do that is by shooting a propane tank that's not too far away to have any effect, and not so close that they get caught in the explosion. Grenades are also good, with the same caveat. Or hey, just throwing or kicking non-explosive objects near them without hitting them.



** ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' adds {{Groin Attack}}s and running takedowns into the mix, the latter of which features a variety of [[WrestlerInAllOfUs wrestling moves]]. So yes, you can run right up to a couple of innocent passerbys, bodyslam one into the pavement, and then [[GroinAttack kick the other in his manhood]].

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** ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' adds {{Groin Attack}}s and running takedowns into the mix, the latter of which features a variety of [[WrestlerInAllOfUs wrestling moves]]. So yes, you can run right up to a couple of innocent passerbys, bodyslam body-slam one into the pavement, and then [[GroinAttack kick the other in his manhood]].



** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/5/25/ Another option is demonstrated in this]] Webcomic/PennyArcade strip. AGodAmI anyone?

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** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/5/25/ Another option is demonstrated in this]] Webcomic/PennyArcade strip. AGodAmI anyone?anyone?[[note]]Basically, it's the shock paddles from ''Saints' Row'', described above.[[/note]]



* You can ransack and pillage handfuls of towns in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates''

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* You can ransack and pillage handfuls of towns in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates''''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates''.



** Step 1) Get a Ship of the Line. Step 2) Find an Indian War Canoe. Step 3) Take out the masts with chain shot. Step 4) [[CurbStompBattle Circle around the completely helpless drifting hulk and pound it to splinters with broadside after broadside]].

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** Step 1) Get a Ship of the Line. Step 2) Find an Indian War Canoe. Step 3) Take out the masts with chain shot. Step 4) [[CurbStompBattle Circle around the completely helpless drifting hulk and pound it to splinters with broadside after broadside]]. broadside.]]



* ''So'' much in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' (Well, it is the SpiritualSuccessor to the aforementioned ''Hulk: Ultimate Destruction''...). Some of the "consume" animations are obscenely vicious, and there's a lot of nasty things you can do to enemies or innocent bystanders even beyond that. Actually justified, for a change -- one of the nodes you can unlock in the "Web of Intrigue" notes that the protagonist is a SociopathicHero, very nearly in so many words.

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* ''So'' much in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' (Well, (well, it is ''is'' the SpiritualSuccessor to the aforementioned ''Hulk: Ultimate Destruction''...). Some of the "consume" animations are obscenely vicious, and there's a lot of nasty things you can do to enemies or innocent bystanders even beyond that. Actually justified, for a change -- one of the nodes you can unlock in the "Web of Intrigue" notes that the protagonist is a SociopathicHero, very nearly in so many words.



* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''. You can beat up anyone you want, and unless they're cops you'll probably win. More importantly, no matter how many members of a specific faction you attack, missions are the only way to decrease your standing with any of them.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''. You can beat up anyone you want, and unless they're cops cops, you'll probably win. More importantly, no matter how many members of a specific faction you attack, missions are the only way to decrease your standing with any of them.



** Scenario: untimed mission, like 'Christmas'. Stuff all nearby prefects in lockers (yes, you ARE allowed to do this!). Usually it takes two in the area to get this going, but once you have..everyone's a target, not just teen boys. Remember those annoying little kids who love to tell on you just because you're defending yourself against an ambush? Knee in the groin on a little boy will remind them. And since EverythingFades, you can do it again in a couple of minutes!
** In the boys dorm, throw marbles in front of the door. Then pull the fire alarm and hide in the trash can - watch as everyone says, "Oh boy! A fire!" "Who set that alarm off?" and other stuff, and then watch as they can't get past the door because of the marbles. Then throw itching powder and hide in your room and watch the riots break out.

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** Scenario: untimed mission, like 'Christmas'. Stuff all nearby prefects in lockers (yes, you ARE allowed to do this!). Usually it takes two in the area to get this going, but once you have..have... everyone's a target, not just teen boys. Remember those annoying little kids who love to tell on you just because you're defending yourself against an ambush? Knee in the groin on a little boy will remind them. And since EverythingFades, you can do it again in a couple of minutes!
** In the boys dorm, throw marbles in front of the door. Then pull the fire alarm and hide in the trash can - watch as everyone says, "Oh boy! A fire!" fire!", "Who set that alarm off?" off?", and other stuff, and then watch as they can't get past the door because of the marbles. Then throw itching powder and hide in your room and watch the riots break out.



** If you can find them, Kick Me Signs can be a prime source of comedy considering that EVERYBODY takes them seriously - even prefects, girls, and little kids come over and kick people with a "Kick me" sign on their back. Sadly it's quite rare.
** Disturbing icing on the cake is that you can beat up the dog in the grass-mowing detention area until it runs away.

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** If you can find them, Kick Me Signs can be a prime source of comedy considering that EVERYBODY takes them seriously - even prefects, girls, and little kids come over and kick people with a "Kick me" sign on their back. Sadly it's quite rare.
** Disturbing The disturbing icing on the cake is that you can beat up the dog in the grass-mowing detention area until it runs away.



** Your horse can also be subjected to a train mishap, which is funny in itself because it can be the cause of its own demise when it casually walks in front of the train.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXqnqQSabfw Creating a unicorn]].
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELkR29iGK4w Herbert Moon is often the subject of... mistreatment... by the player]]
** ''Red Dead Redemption'' certainly has a lot of this, while it's not as obvious as in Grand Theft Auto. The player may use the lasso to catch and tie down almost any NPC, and do whatever to them. Leave them in the middle of nowhere? Check. Shoot their knees? Oh yes. Leave them on a railroad track? Yes, and you even get a trophy when the train comes! And then there's animal cruelty... dismount your horse by shooting it in the head, hunt bears with dynamite and make the buffalo extinct (yes, you can do that).

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** Your horse can also be subjected to a train mishap, which is funny in itself because it can be the cause of its own demise [[TooDumbToLive when it casually walks in front of the train.
train]].
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXqnqQSabfw Creating a unicorn]].
unicorn.]]
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELkR29iGK4w Herbert Moon is often the subject of... mistreatment... by the player]]
player.]]
** ''Red Dead Redemption'' certainly has a lot of this, while though it's not as obvious as in Grand ''Grand Theft Auto.Auto''. The player may use the lasso to catch and tie down almost any NPC, and do whatever to them. Leave them in the middle of nowhere? Check. Shoot their knees? Oh yes. Leave them on a railroad track? Yes, and you even get a trophy when the train comes! And then there's animal cruelty... dismount your horse by shooting it in the head, hunt bears with dynamite dynamite, and make the buffalo extinct (yes, you can do that).



* ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'', and most fangames associated with it, usually give you at least one effect that allows you to kill practically everything up to the GoddamnBats. That said, not EVERYTHING can be attempted to be killed without [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment punishment]], though they vary from game to game.

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* ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'', and most fangames associated with it, usually give you at least one effect that allows you to kill practically everything up to the GoddamnBats. That said, not EVERYTHING ''everything'' can be attempted to be killed without [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment punishment]], though they vary from game to game.



** Space Stage: This is the real example, as you [[NoEnding don't really have any objectives in this stage]], and you're free to do whatever the hell you want. Such as... lasering, pulse-blasting and bombing innocent creatures, tribes and cities from orbit? Stealing the spice from primitive alien cities and getting off scot-free? How about supersizing an unsuspecting creature and watching it unwittingly destroy its peers? Looking for a good planet to colonize? Just wipe out whatever species is living there and you get a free, very inhabitable planet with no need for altering. With the higher-level terraforming technology, you can turn the land into a barren desert or a lava-spotted volcanic hell-scape, evaporate the oceans or freeze them solid, and even strip the planet of its very atmosphere. Colonies automatically raise environmental shields when the T-score of the planet drops below life-sustaining levels, but hey, nobody says you can't tractor-beam the locals out into the open and oxygen-robbed wasteland and watch them suffocate. And then, if all that just isn't enough or takes too darn long...there's the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Planet]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom Buster]]. Enough Said.

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** Space Stage: This is the real example, as you [[NoEnding don't really have any objectives in this stage]], and you're free to do whatever the hell you want. Such as... lasering, pulse-blasting pulse-blasting, and bombing innocent creatures, tribes tribes, and cities from orbit? Stealing the spice from primitive alien cities and getting off scot-free? How about supersizing an unsuspecting creature and watching it unwittingly destroy its peers? Looking for a good planet to colonize? Just wipe out whatever species is living there and you get a free, very inhabitable planet with no need for altering. With the higher-level terraforming technology, you can turn the land into a barren desert or a lava-spotted volcanic hell-scape, evaporate the oceans or freeze them solid, and even strip the planet of its very atmosphere. Colonies automatically raise environmental shields when the T-score of the planet drops below life-sustaining levels, but hey, nobody says you can't tractor-beam the locals out into the open and oxygen-robbed wasteland and watch them suffocate. And then, if all that just isn't enough or takes too darn long... there's the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Planet]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom Buster]]. Enough Said.



* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has a lot of cruelty potential for the imaginative. Want to run around punching chickens, cows and pigs? You can. It's also very possible to build complicated traps to use against the mobs that come after you with enough time and resources, and once you've got the right materials, it's entirely possible, depending on the environment you're in, to start a forest fire that engulfs an area the size of a large city in flames. Assuming you can bear to destroy your own constructions, there's even more cruel fun to be had creating, and then setting off a self-destructing base.
** It takes a special brand of cruelty to log into a multiplayer server just to burn the place down, or leave crude designs and message everywhere, though most servers have measures against this kind of thing.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has a lot of cruelty potential for the imaginative. Want to run around punching chickens, cows cows, and pigs? You can. It's also very possible to build complicated traps to use against the mobs that come after you with enough time and resources, and once you've got the right materials, it's entirely possible, depending on the environment you're in, to start a forest fire that engulfs an area the size of a large city in flames. Assuming you can bear to destroy your own constructions, there's even more cruel fun to be had creating, and then setting off a self-destructing base.
** It takes [[{{Griefer}} a special brand of cruelty cruelty]] to log into a multiplayer server just to burn the place down, or leave crude designs and message everywhere, though most servers have measures against this kind of thing.



** Recently in ''Minecraft'', Notch added the feature that if pigs die due to being on fire, they drop cooked pork. In his twitter he acknowledged this was probably bad.

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** Recently in ''Minecraft'', Notch added the feature that if pigs die due to being on fire, they drop cooked pork. In his twitter twitter, he acknowledged this was probably bad.



* Sometimes, dealing with the survivors in ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' and ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' is just plain annoying - or worse, as they can sometimes indiscriminately hit you with their attacks. Others are a particular pain to try to escort to the safe room (particularly any that have to be lead by hand or carried). That said, Frank and Chuck, respectively, don't have to take it. When those times come, it can be just fun to stick survivors with an utterly terrible weapon (like a foam hand) and watch zombies overwhelm them (or for extra bastard credit in the first, take pictures of them being eaten by zombies for extra experience). Though if they really annoy you, you can also just whale on them yourself. Sure, they'll turn on you if you hit them enough, but by that point they'll soon be about to die themselves.

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* Sometimes, dealing with the survivors in ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' and ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' is just plain annoying - or worse, as they can sometimes indiscriminately hit you with their attacks. Others are a particular pain to try to escort to the safe room (particularly any that have to be lead led by hand or carried). That said, Frank and Chuck, respectively, don't have to take it. When those times come, it can be just fun to stick survivors with an utterly terrible weapon (like a foam hand) and watch zombies overwhelm them (or for extra bastard credit in the first, take pictures of them being eaten by zombies for extra experience). Though if they really annoy you, you can also just whale on them yourself. Sure, they'll turn on you if you hit them enough, but by that point they'll soon be about to die themselves.



* ''VideoGame/LANoire'': Cole Phelps, the golden boy, honest, ByTheBookCop, can gleefully run over innocent pedestrians and there's nothing stopping you from doing so.

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* ''VideoGame/LANoire'': Cole Phelps, the golden boy, honest, ByTheBookCop, can gleefully run over innocent pedestrians pedestrians, and there's nothing stopping you from doing so.



* In ''VideoGame/JustCause2'', your grappling hook allows you to fasten ''any'' two objects together. While this is commonly used to climb areas or as a fast method of transport, you can also tie an NPC to the back of a truck and take them for a wild drag...

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* In ''VideoGame/JustCause2'', your grappling hook allows you to fasten ''any'' two objects together. While this is commonly used to climb areas or as a fast method of transport, you can also tie an NPC to the back of a truck and [[WhatADrag take them for a wild drag...drag]]...



* If you don't mind sacrificing some points on the KarmaMeter, ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' lets you get away with some fun "pranks" with your phone[[note]]This also leads to some GameplayAndStorySegregation because theoretically no one should know you did any of it since no one knows about Aiden's ability to control the system and thus shouldn't hurt his standing with the populace[[/note]]. The simplest is to hack any traffic light you come across. The AI will ''always'' drive into the intersection if you hack the lights and cause a big accident (usually with something blowing up and annihilating everything in the vicinity). You can also blow up transformers and take out random citizens who happen to be nearby. And of course, since EverythingIsOnline and connected to the [=ctOS=], invariably you'll run across poor saps who have their bank account info tied into the system and you can simply steal their money by hacking them (bonus points if you steal money from someone who was in debt or a victim of fraud according to their profile).

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* If you don't mind sacrificing some points on the KarmaMeter, ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' lets you get away with some fun "pranks" with your phone[[note]]This phone[[note]]this also leads to some GameplayAndStorySegregation GameplayAndStorySegregation, because theoretically theoretically, no one should know you did any of it it, since no one knows about Aiden's ability to control the system system, and thus these antics shouldn't hurt his standing with the populace[[/note]]. The simplest is to hack any traffic light you come across. The AI will ''always'' drive into the intersection if you hack the lights and cause a big accident (usually with something blowing up and annihilating everything in the vicinity). You can also blow up transformers and take out random citizens who happen to be nearby. And of course, since EverythingIsOnline and connected to the [=ctOS=], invariably you'll run across poor saps who have their bank account info tied into the system and you can simply steal their money by hacking them (bonus points if you steal money from someone who was in debt or a victim of fraud according to their profile).



* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' If you don't mind going to a High Chaos route, you can kill your enemies in pretty creative ways. You have some good tools like the Incendiary Bolts that burn them alive leaving a charred corpse or magically summon an army of rats to overwhelm them and then watch them eat the dead body. Or rewire an arc pylon/wall of light and run past the guards. They'll chase you and get fried to ashes with their own weapon. And if you want to get ''really'' creative, you can do stuff like waiting until a guard shoots you, stop time, possess him, walk in front of the bullet and then de-posses him. When time resumes he'll be killed ''by his own shot''. It's not practical to do, but it's incredibly satisfying.
** If you're going for a low chaos route, you can still have fun doing things like stuffing unconscious guards together in trash bins, inside hound kennels, locked inside secret rooms or [[HoYay sharing the same bed]]. And as long as you don't kill someone with your own hands, you can still get rid of enemies in nasty ways like luring them to a pack of rats or into the hideout of [[ThePlague a group of weepers]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'': If you don't mind going to a High Chaos route, you can kill your enemies in pretty creative ways. You have some good tools like the Incendiary Bolts that burn them alive alive, leaving a charred corpse corpse, or magically summon an army of rats to overwhelm them and then watch them eat the dead body. Or rewire an arc pylon/wall of light and run past the guards. They'll chase you and get fried to ashes with their own weapon. And if you want to get ''really'' creative, you can do stuff like waiting until a guard shoots you, stop time, possess him, walk in front of the bullet bullet, and then de-posses de-possess him. When time resumes resumes, he'll be killed ''by his own shot''. It's not practical to do, but it's incredibly satisfying.
** If you're going for a low chaos route, you can still have fun doing things like stuffing unconscious guards together in trash bins, inside hound kennels, locked inside secret rooms rooms, or [[HoYay sharing the same bed]]. And as long as you don't kill someone with your own hands, you can still get rid of enemies in nasty ways ways, like luring them to [[DevouredByTheHorde a pack of rats rats]] or into the hideout of [[ThePlague a group of weepers]].

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** In GTA IV and V, try annoying a pedestrian into attacking or chasing you down the street when there's a cop watching. If you do it right, the police officer will arrest the pedestrian instead.

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** On a smaller scale, if you've only angered one or two armed Peacekeepers or civilians enough to start shooting at you, you can stand so that if they shoot at you, they shoot at an unarmed civilian. Sure, they'll try to reposition themselves so they'll be shooting you instead, but as long as you keep moving, the civilian will often be the one taking the bullets.
* On an even smaller scale, ''scaring'' civilians without actually injuring them. A good way to do that is by shooting a propane tank that's not too far away to have any effect, and not so close that they get caught in the explosion. Grenades are also good, with the same caveat. Or hey, just throwing or kicking non-explosive objects near them without hitting them.

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