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  • The Ace Attorney games like this trope. At least one victim in each game was pretty explicitly Not A Nice Person—many of them are criminals themselves.
    • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (the first game):
      • Most of Redd White's vast fortune comes from blackmailing the hell out of various Corrupt Politicians, Corrupt Corporate Executives, Dirty Cops, and the like. Many of whom eventually opted to commit suicide rather than have their dirty deeds exposed or keep shelling out the cash to keep them under wraps.
      • The victim in the third case, Jack Hammer, turned out to have been intentionally trying to frame the client, Will Powers, one of the nicest characters in the series, out of jealousy, by drugging him and stealing his costume. The real killer, Dee Vasquez, acted in self-defense, though she wouldn't have needed to if she hadn't been blackmailing Hammer in the first place. It's also possible that Hammer deliberately murdered another actor five years ago; we never hear his side of the story, but Vasquez strongly suggests the "accident" might have been deliberate, although it's also implied she and the other actor were lovers (and that her blackmailing of Hammer was primarily to make him suffer out of revenge) so she might be a tad biased in her assessment.
      • The fourth case's victim, Robert Hammond, was a defense attorney who, like damn near every non-playable attorney in the series, was an Amoral Attorney who only cared about winning cases by any means necessary. He was killed by a former client, Yanni Yogi, who he got found innocent of murder by pleading insanity. Yogi really was innocent, but Hammond didn't believe him, nor did he care. Having to keep up the act of insanity ruined Yogi's life and drove his fiancée to commit suicide, so he eventually decided to take revenge.
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    • In Justice for All (the second game):
      • The second case's victim, Turner Grey, was a real Dr. Jerk killed by a former employee who alleged he had drugged her, causing her to crash her car and kill her little sister. Whether he actually did drug her or she was just exhausted is somewhat unclear, but being one of the few victims met before their demise, his jerkass persona is well-evident.
      • Juan Corrida of the fourth case initially seems like a nice guy, but it becomes increasingly evident that the feud between himself and Matt Engarde was an ugly reflection on both of them, and often wound up with other people in the crosshairs: most notably, when Juan found out his fiancee Celeste had once been an item with Matt, he called off their wedding and Celeste committed suicide. Her protege, Adrian Andrews, blamed them both for her mentor's death.
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    • In Trials and Tribulations:
      • The first case's victim, Doug Swallow, is a subversion: Although he's Dahlia's ex and Phoenix refers to him as a "stuck-up British wannabe", in truth he was trying to give Phoenix a very important warning about his girlfriend.
      • Kane Bullard from the second case counts, for being a greedy Corrupt Corporate Executive and blackmailing Luke Atmey.
      • In the fourth case, the victim is Valerie Hawthorne, a police officer who helped engineer a fake murder/kidnapping that ended with her and her sister in possession of a small fortune stolen from their father, and their co-conspirator sentenced to death for a crime that had not been committed. The twist is that she was killed because she had finally decided to come clean about everything, and the murderer stood to lose everything from her attack of conscience. Sad case all around.
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    • In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney:
      • The first case's victim, Shadi Smith, is a bit of a complicated case, as his real identity (and the motive of his murderer) isn't clear until the very end. However, even before that it's made known that he was trying to rig a game of cards against the defendant, and when the plan failed he clocked his co-conspirator over the head with a bottle of grape juice.
      • The victim of the second case, Pal Meraktis, not only dealt with the criminal underworld and covered up a botched operation on Wocky, but he tried to kill Alita Tiala. He failed quite miserably, and she shot him instead.
      • The victim of the Flashback case during the fourth case, Magnifi Gramarye, was eventually revealed to have been blackmailing both of his disciples with the information that one of them accidentally killed their partner. In the second case of Spirit of Justice, it was also revealed that he had prohibited Mr. Reus from performing because he injured himself during practice, then kicked him out of the Troupe for disobeying him and performing anyway. While it's true that he did have a point in not wanting an injured man to perform extremely dangerous tricks in front of a large crowd until he is fully recovered, he also went the extra mile and pretty much Unpersoned Mr. Reus from magic entirely, which was a tad overkill.
    • In Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth:
      • The third case initially appears to play this straight; Oliver Deacon/Colin Devorae is thought to have been an escaped felon who betrayed his accomplices in Lance Amano's kidnapping for the money, but it turns out that Lance threatened his daughter's safety to force him to falsely kidnap him, and that his previous "crimes" were Taking the Heat for Ernest Amano.
      • One of the victims in the fourth case is Mack Rell, who murdered Deid Mann to keep him from testifying about the smuggling ring, and collaborated with the real killer to kill the other victim. After he's done his part, the killer kills him and sets it up to look like he and the other victim killed each other.
      • One of the victims of the fifth case, Manny Coachen, was a man who was heavily involved in an international smuggling ring and counterfeiting operation that almost destroyed another country's economy, and had gotten away with at least one murder in his lifetime.
    • In Investigations 2:
      • The victim of the second case is Horace Knightley, the culprit from the first case — and if later revelations make his death sort of tragic in retrospect, he was still a guy that murdered his innocent co-worker out of envy and ambition (plus he had a terrible personality on top of it all, having no problem casually harping on the faults he saw in his victim even though the person was already dead).
      • The victim of the third case, Isaac Dover, was an infamously greedy sculptor apparently Only in It for the Money, who forced his own son to kidnap the son of his partner Dane Gustavia so that he could have an easier time betraying and blackmailing him. Gustavia responded to this betrayal by killing Dover on the spot. Meanwhile, Gustavia was also an asshole who only valued his son as a taste-tester and fled the country the first chance he got after the murder, not particularly caring that his son was, as far as he knew, still kidnapped (both his and Dover's sons had been rescued from near-death by Sirhan Dogen and taken to an orphanage).
      • In the final case, the victim is the President of Zheng Fa, Di-Jun Huang, who turns out to have been much more of an asshole than had been initially suspected when we first met him in Case 1 (and he was already a pretty big asshole who staged a fake assassination attempt on himself just so he could look cool when he thwarted it) — he was in fact not the real Di-Jun Huang, but a Body Double who secretly had the real Huang assassinated over a decade ago and took his place, fabricated his own kidnapping in order to defraud the country of millions, and either killed or tried to kill anyone who could have exposed his real identity, including the assassin he hired to kill the real Huang. By comparison, the game's actual Big Bad, who arranged his murder, comes off as downright sympathetic, and possibly would have been seen as justified if he hadn't tried to pin the murder on a thirteen-year-old boy.
    • Dual Destinies is notable among the games for having absolutely no Asshole Victims whatsoever. Every murder victim in the game, whether during the game itself or in the backstory, was a genuinely decent person (although Bobby Fulbright can only be inferred from the assumption that the phantom's impersonation was accurate).
      • Subverted with Metis Cykes, when the prosecution tries to establish a motive for Athena to want to kill her mother, claiming she was very neglectful and used Athena as a science guinea pig. In reality she was doing this because she cared about her daughter and wanted to help her with her condition, and Simon tells Athena that while she had trouble expressing it, her mother truly did love her.
    • In Spirit of Justice:
      • The third case's victim, Puhray Zeh'lot/Rheel Neh'mu is a member of the Secret Police, who is hunting members of the rebel group the Defiant Dragons. He is killed in self-defense while trying to kill the pregnant Beh'leeb Inmee, who saw him as her surrogate son, merely for being a member of the rebel group.
      • The victim of the fourth case, Taifu Toneido, is an interesting case. While not a egregious Jerkass like other examples and more of a Grumpy Old Man, he still snubbed his beloved senior disciple Geiru, who was the daughter of the previous Uendo Toneido, giving the name Uendo to his junior disciple instead; and apparently stole the deed to Bucky Whet's noodle shop. Truth is, he had an ulterior motive for both. He stole the deed so he could make sure it was entitled to the right person (Bucky) and snubbed Geiru so he could ask her to find her own calling in life away from rakugo over a bowl of udon noodles which he had the tools to make (Geiru was allergic to soba noodles). Ultimately, it's this that makes Geiru regret what she's done and genuinely feel bad. Pretty sad case in hindsight.
      • The victim of the first half of the final case, is another interesting spin on this. While he did love his daughter and quit his profitable job at Ivy U to move to Kurain to protect her from the world, he unknowingly caused her agoraphobia similar to Drew Misham from Apollo Justice. Plus, he even stole ancient relics, even if he just wanted to study them before returning them. So while he was good to his daughter, he was still a thief, and unlike the victim of the first case, was doing it For Science!.
      • The victim of the second half of the fifth case, Inga Karkhuul Khura'in, is the man responsible for the secret police, along with the theft of the Founder's Orb, one of his sprites has him casually signing stacks of execution papers by stamping them with his Personal Seal, he's extremely abrasive, doesn't have loyalties to anybody, was planning a coup against his own wife (not that she doesn't deserve it), kidnapped Maya, shot Apollo's foster father dead without remorse, and uses Je Suis L'Belle hair products. His only redeeming quality is that his love for his daughter Rayfa is genuine.
      • The victim of the DLC case, Dumas Gloomsbury, tried to kill Ellen Wyatt in order to get back at Sorin Sprocket, her fiancé, for making him The Scapegoat of the car crash that killed Sorin's older sister, Selena.
  • Saya no Uta has Yosuke Suzumi as a Played With example. Before Saya altered his brain to give him the same condition as Fuminori, he seemed to be a nice and normal family man, showing concern for Fuminori and offering to clean his house, though Fuminori thinks this is only because he fears it will affect his perfect image of his house. However, whatever kindness he had once is completely gone by the time the insane Yosuke meets Saya personally, being willing to rape what he thinks is a defenseless human girl, thus leaving the reader unlikely to sympathize with him when Fuminori kills him.
  • In Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Ace/Hongou was the head of a corrupt corporation and recreated the Nonary Game for experimentation into Morphogenetic Fields. The Ninth Man, who is betrayed by Ace and explodes rather nastily, was Kubota, was in charge of R&D on the Nonary Project. Nijisaki and Musashidou were other members, killed by Ace to keep his identity secret. Ace himself gets his comeuppance in both the "Safe" and "True" endings. In the "Safe" ending, he's outright incinerated, while in the "True" ending he survives, but has been completely exposed and ruined.
  • Shinji Matou in Fate/stay night. Considering that this is the guy who has been abusing and raping his sister Sakura for years, treats his Servant Rider like a dog even when she remains unflinchingly loyal to him, and tried to rape Rin when she was tied up and unable to resist, no one is exactly shedding any tears for him when he's killed by Illya in the Fate route. Or when Gilgamesh turns him into the Holy Grail in the UBW route. Or in Heaven’s Feel when he’s stabbed through the chest by the very sister he was again attempting to rape, even if this proves to be her Start of Darkness.
  • The victim in the Murder Mystery Visual Novel Jisei was working with her company to steal information from a rival corporation, but decided to doublecross her employer in favor of a third party that offered her more money.
  • Rina Mamiya from Higurashi: When They Cry is this in one arc. She tries to kill Rena, so Rena kills her. Even if she was a Jerkass Gold Digger, it's horrifying when Rena kills her in the manga. She's crying, begging, bleeding, in pain... In any other media, her death is very quick though.
    • Teppei Hojo is a They Killed Kenny Again-grade example. Gets his brains bashed in by Keiichi in the Curse Killing chapter, his head split in half by Rena (shortly after Rina's death) in the Atonement chapter, and killed by Keiichi, Rena, and Shion in the Exorcism chapter. Two of these are as punishment for exceptionally nasty child abuse against Satako.
    • Onryu Sonozaki in the Cotton Drifting and Eye Opening chapters by Shion. Subverted in later arcs.
  • Danganronpa:
    • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc:
      • Sayaka Maizono is this trope, as she invited Leon to her room as an attempt to murder him, which backfired. She had also set up the protagonist to take the fall for her. Leon doesn't come out of this smelling like roses either, as he picked up Sayaka's framejob from there, even though wrongly accusing Makoto of murder meant that everyone but Leon would be killed. At the end, one character points out that he did have time to stop and think when the victim (who was having second thoughts) retreated, meaning that it wasn't entirely done in self-defense - but pursued and killed them anyway. The manga makes both of them more sympathetic however- Sayaka genuinely cared about Makoto and left her dying clue as penance for what she had tried to do to him, and Leon himself actually murdered her by accident. Even in the game, Makoto forgives both of them for their actions, and rightly points out that the real asshole is Monokuma, the sadistic bear who's been trying to manipulate everyone into becoming murderers to begin with.
      • While Hifumi Yamada's murder of Kiyotaka Ishimaru is because Celeste manipulated him into thinking that Kiyotaka sexually assaulted her, he also does so in the hopes of graduating alongside Celeste, which would doom everyone else. It's thus difficult to feel bad for him when Celeste betrays and murders him once he's no longer useful.
      • As far as killers who get executed, it's hard to feel sorry for Celes/Celestia Ludenburg as she had Hifumi kill Kiyotaka, a fan favorite character, and claim he raped her. And her motive for doing all this, was simply pecuniary Greed. Not only that but she feels zero remorse for both of the murders.
      • Final case victim Mukuro Ikusaba is an interesting case. While she did work as the mastermind's willing accomplice especially prior to the game, the way she dies is so unbelievably cruel that you can't help but feel for her. That, and she genuinely loved Makoto only looking at the camera when he used it.
      • Junko Enoshima the mastermind in Case 6 executes themselves if you beat them and let's just say, after all the crap they put you through, it's extremely cathartic.
    • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair:
      • Hiyoko Saionji, a massive brat who treated her classmates like garbage (especially Tsumiki) and had a habit of abusing small animals. It's hard to feel bad for her, even though she never attempted murder herself and just walked in on a murder already underway, leading her to be killed to be silenced.
      • From "Twilight Syndrome", a game inside the video game that was based on actual events in the characters' lives, the victim, Fuyuhiko's sister Natsumi Kuzuryu, had been bullying Girl D (Mahiru), expecting to get away with it because of her powerful parents. Girl D's close friend, Girl E (Sato) confronted the victim, and in a fit of rage, strangled her until she fell unconsciousness, then killed her in order to prevent any possible problems that might arise if she came to.
      • Nagito Komoaeda from Case 5. After finding out his so called friends were soldiers of Despair working for the mastermind, he snaps and tries to have someone killed in the first case and when that fails, masterminds his own murder to get the Future spy executed. Any semblance of goodwill the cast had toward him evaporates after they learn of his plans; by the end, they consider him the true culprit, and his accidental murderer, Chiaki, to be the victim.
    • New Danganronpa V3 has a couple of these
      • Monokid is the first of the Monokubs to be destroyed, courtesy of Monodam shoving him into the line of fire during Kaede's execution in Chapter 1. As an unrepentant hellraiser who was loud and obnoxious to everyone, it's safe to say that he won't be missed by anyone.
      • Korekiyo Shinguji pretty much committed the most unsympathetic murder within the franchise by killing Angie and Tenko so that he could bring his sister 'admirable friends' in the afterlife to the point where even Monokuma was was disgusted in his motives. It is extremely noteworthy that he is the sole person in this game to receive an official execution and not have people attempt to save him.
      • Miu Iruma is The Friend Nobody Likes where several students admitted to the the fact that they probably wouldn't have been friends with her even if they hadn't met in a killing game. In addition, had she not been the victim of Chapter Four, she would have killed Kokichi and frame Kaito for the murder, possibly leading the other students to their deaths, though she did have altruistic reasons for attempting to murder Kokichi.
      • Kokichi Oma is antagonistic to the other students where a lot of people thought he was the mastermind, especially as he constantly bragged about how he was going to "win" the killing game and he was directly responsible for the deaths of both Miu and Gonta. However, as it turns out, he was an Anti-Hero who was Good All Along and he wanted to save Maki from being executed once she ended up shooting a poisonous arrow at him.
      • In Shuichi's backstory, the culprit of his first murder case had killed the victim to avenge his family and the victim was a horrible person who had tricked the culprit's family and driven them to suicide. It became deconstructed in that case as Shuichi felt guilty for "siding with" the victim by exposing the truth, and he gained a fear of exposing the truth, considering himself a pathetic detective, and he began to wear a hat because he couldn't look at other people's eyes anymore.
      • Tsumugi turned out to be the mastermind of the killing game who framed Kaede, as Kaede's trap missed Rantaro and Tsumugi hit him with an identical shot put ball afterwards, then had Kaede executed on false charges. In addition, she taunted Shuichi and Maki by showing them the audition tapes of Kaede and Kaito, showing them their pre-brainwashed personalities were far from the people they loved. Her death gets no send-off, she's just crushed by a rock along with Monokuma as Keebo is destroying the school and nobody cares or even seems to notice.
  • Shinrai: Broken Beyond Despair has this apply for both of the murder victims.
    • Hiro Shiratake's actions kick off the entire plot. He's a highly arrogant and self-centered Jerkass who wants an impressive girlfriend, so he becomes attracted to the seemingly wealthy Runa after helping her when she has a bike accident. Unfortunately for Runa, he realizes that her family is actually poor, so he dumps her and moves on to Momoko, who'd recently impressed the school with her concert. His relationship with Momoko ends up being less than happy, as he grows tired of her Clingy Jealous Girl nature (brought on by her trust issues), and doesn't care for her, eventually asking out her best friend, Kamen. Kamen refuses him because she's a lesbian and she hates him, but he continues to send her messages on her phone. When Momoko reads those messages, she concludes that Hiro is cheating on her with Kamen, and plots to kill him and herself so that she can frame Kamen for the murders. Once the truth is revealed, no one mourns his death, with even Runa being forced to admit that Hiro never loved her.
    • Kotoba, who can die if the right choices aren't made, also counts. His perverted antics don't win him many friends, but what really puts him into this category was that he was stalking Momoko. Momoko chose him to become the third accomplice in her murder plan(which she'd claimed was a prank), alongside her targets Hiro and Kamen, because he'd be easy to manipulate. It's also suggested that since Kotoba have to be disposed of in order to prevent anyone from corroborating Kamen's story, Momoko chose him because she wouldn't feel bad about killing him. Even Kotoba's best friend Taiko admits that he deserves much of what he gets, and after learning the full extent of his stalking, he stops trying to defend Kotoba.


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