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  • 1942 casts the player as an American pilot in the Battle of Midway. The game was developed by Capcom in Japan, the country that lost the Battle of Midway.
  • Assassin's Creed:
    • Sibrand, one of the last targets of Assassin's Creed I, was gripped with paranoia bordering on madness after most of the rest of the Templar brotherhood was assassinated. He wanders around, accusing everyone of conspiracy and believing assassins to be all around him. While chewing out some guards for whispering to each other, he whirls around and loudly proclaims that there's probably an assassin nearby at that moment; further evidence of his insane paranoia, except that Altaïr happens to be sitting on a bench listening to them.
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    • In the prologue of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, an engineer mentions to Ezio that the future of warfare is firing a cannon from your hands. Ezio's been using one, far more advanced than the one the engineer's boasting about, for over a decade at that point.
  • Baldur's Gate has a meta example. The popularity of the series caused Bhaal, the long-dead God of Murder, to gain a lot of name recognition. This eventually caused him to be resurrected in the 5th edition of Forgotten Realms canon, an irony given that the overarching plot of the games is about preventing this from coming about and killing off his legacy once and for all.
  • In Bendy and the Ink Machine, Henry can find a recording of Susie Campbell's where she mentions that the music director, Sammy Lawrence thinks that the character Susie plays, Alice Angel, will become popular - perhaps even more popular than the studio's star, Bendy. However, the next chapter shows that Alice was never popular for her merchandise to sell, or even for the guy who made her dolls to know her name.
  • BioShock Infinite:
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    • One level has a voice recording by a black janitor in a high security restricted area built by the city's government. Naturally, he's given no information because he's a janitor and black, but he also knows more than he's expected to about what's hidden in the restricted area, because while his low status means they won't give him information, it also means they don't really care if he overhears anything either.
    • This games predecessor, BioShock was a critically acclaimed game, but there was one moment in the game that was heavily criticized; a level with an escort mission, where the player had to protect a little girl with absolutely no concept of self-preservation throughout a dangerous environment. In BioShock 2 the escort concept was distributed over several points in the game rather than all at once, and criticized for it as well. BioShock Infinite, easily the most popular of the trilogy, was a success because of its excellent storyline - the story was about a man escorting a girl throughout a dangerous environment. Though it probably helps that Elizabeth has no health bar and you don't need to constantly act as her meatshield.
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    • Infinite is full of choices. Who to hit with a baseball, to argue with a ticket dealer or draw weapons, but the most famous decision without a doubt is "The bird, or the cage?" This choice appears in a lot of fan-art, on t-shirts, and there are dozens of arguments and polls online about which one is better. The bird, because the bird is free like Elizabeth now is, while the cage represents imprisonment? The cage, because the cage is empty? In the end it doesn't matter. The point of this choice was to show the player... that choices are meaningless. Out of all choices in the game (which all had minor effects, and none of which affected the plot) this one had the least effect of all, a minor difference in Elizabeth's appearance, which you wouldn't notice if you weren't looking for it. The choice which is most heavily debated is a choice designed to show that your choices have no real effect.
    • Infinite is a very cynical game, and it spends a large portion of time taking the axe to the idea of Christian forgiveness and baptism. One of the major plot elements is how Father Comstock is trying to paint Elizabeth as a Messianic Archetype while she would actually be his Dark Messiah. The ironic part is that the game can actually be viewed as idealistic from a Christian perspective, as Booker and Elizabeth's Heroic Sacrifices have messianic undertones - they're people sacrificing themselves in ways that cure the world of a terrible sin and give people a second chance to redeem themselves while also safeguarding their eventual salvation.
  • In Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker the titular character (and Toadette) are weighed down by heavy equipment, including a headlamp and backpack, meaning they can't jump on enemies, making even a Goomba a threat. However, one of the few enemies that Captain Toad and Toadette can easily defeat without additional items are Boos, who are normally very difficult to defeat in standard Mario games. It's all thanks to their headlamps.
  • The very title of Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance. "Dissonance" means a lack of harmony.
  • A nice example in Chrono Trigger. There are three "gurus" named Belthasar (The guru of Reason), Melchior (The Guru of Life) and Gaspar (The Guru of time). After being attacked by Lavos its revealed that The Guru of Reason went insane, the Guru of Life developed weapons, and the Guru of Time reached an area where Time didn't exist.
  • Command & Conquer: Generals: Zero Hour
    General Townes: If you build a Particle Cannon and I destroy it with a particle beam... is that irony?
  • In Control, Jesse's home town is called Ordinary. It's also the site of one of the most infamous supernatural events in the history of the Federal Bureau of Control, and one that's so classified that even the assistant to the Bureau's head researcher doesn't know what precisely happened there.
  • A rare instance of Tragic Irony can be found in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. Because it's a prequel to the original Final Fantasy VII, we know exactly how it ends, which makes the final few hours unmitigated Tear Jerkers.
  • Dead Rising 2 has a activist organization that promotes the protection of zombies, called C.U.R.E. After the outbreak occurs, the protagonist can use C.U.R.E. picket signs to beat zombies to death.
  • In Deus Ex: Human Revolution, "father" of augmentation technology Hugh Darrow, suffers from rare genetic condition that forces his body to reject any mechanical augmentation.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • The Dunmeri Great House Hlaalu gets hit with this. From the time that Morrowind joined The Empire as a Voluntary Vassal, House Hlaalu created strong ties to the Empire, making them the strongest and wealthiest of the Great Houses. In Morrowind, both the King of Morrowind and the Duke of Vvardenfell hail from House Hlaalu. However, in the years that followed, Morrowind was hit hard by the Oblivion Crisis, Red Year, and Argonian invasion. The crumbling Empire pulled out of Morrowind as a lost cause, leaving Hlaalu without their powerful ally. By the time of Skyrim's Dragonborn DLC, Hlaalu is now the weakest House, for exactly the same reason that once made them the strongest.
    • Gaiden Shinji was a legendary hero of the Redguard people. He was also a Master Swordsman and leader of the Order of Diagna. His famous credo states that "the best techniques are passed on by the survivors". Ironically, he was not actually one of the "survivors", though he fell in battle not for his techniques failing, but due to treachery.
    • Topal the Pilot was an Aldmeri Bold Explorer and poet, and was the first to discover and explore Tamriel during the Merethic Era, encountering primitive versions of the Khajiit and Argonians, as well as a now extinct race of bird people. His story was compiled into an epic known as Father of the Niben, but most of it was lost over the centuries. Tamriel's Topal Bay and Cyrodiil's Niben River system bare his name and the name of his ship, but ironically, he only explored them by mistake. After existing Black Marsh, while trying to get back home to Firsthold, he mistook the "jutting peninsula" of Elsweyr as the mainland sailed north into the Bay and River. Had he known that was a peninsula and sailed around it, he would have gotten home much sooner and never would have explored central Cyrodiil, his most famous accomplishment.
  • Fallout:
  • The main character in Far Cry 2 kills a large number of characters over the course of the game. Not among those: The Jackal, who the player originally set out to kill.
  • Far Cry 3:
    • Vaas tries to set Jason on fire at one point, only to discover that his lighter is out of fuel. So, he sticks the spent lighter in Jason's pocket instead. Later, Vaas tries to kill Jason again by shooting him. The bullet is stopped by the lighter.
    • Vass likes to tell Jason that "The definition of insanity is repeating the same actions and expecting a different outcome." He's apparently under the impression that Jason didn't get it the first time he told him, so he repeatedly tells him this expecting him to finally get it.
  • One part of F. E. A. R. has a room with a massive pool of blood in it. On the wall above the puddle, a sign says, "Please help us keep this room clean."
  • Though it is untrue, a commonly believed urban legend is that the Final Fantasy series was named because Square had almost run out of money and decided to make their final game a fantasy RPG, hence "Final Fantasy". "Final" Fantasy is now one of the longest running video game series ever. In particular, the double-dose of irony from Final Fantasy X-2 was probably dense enough to make a dent in space-time.
  • In Final Fantasy X:
    • The summoners journey to Zanarkand in order summon the Final Aeon which destroys Sin. The fact that it is called the Final Aeon is quite ironic in that though it is the last Aeon the summoner will ever gain, the Final Aeon summoned will become the next Sin and thus continuing the cycle, meaning that there will be more Aeons called because this Final Aeon has become the next Sin.
    • Tidus. First example: Tidus doesn't want Yuna to die killing Sin. He ends up fading away while killing Sin. Second example: Yuna will die if she fights Sin and no one tells Tidus about this. Later on Tidus gets to know that he will fade away if Sin dies and doesn't tell anyone.
    • From Final Fantasy IX there are two cases with the plot to kidnap the princess. First of all, Tantalus go to kidnap her when she was planning to run away with them anyway (they didn't know this). Second of all, the plan involved Zidane and Blank stealing the knights' armour and when they run into the princess in the midst of her trying to escape, she panics and runs off which starts off a big fiasco that leads to them all being discovered. The irony is that if they hadn't gone to so much trouble to create a perfect plan and just snuck in normally, Garnet would have recognised them and gone with them anyway.
    • Any blame for unpopular choices made with the Final Fantasy franchise was usually placed upon Tetsuya Nomura, who only was a character artist (as in, one of many) for the games post VII - and even then, he stepped out of a few, and many thought he was making the game series "too anime". The only game he had involvement on beyond drawing pictures? Final Fantasy XV... which people were quite excited about even when it was Versus XIII due to the fact Nomura wanted it to be "founded in reality". Twisted even further when the game's Troubled Production and release from Development Hell was finally completed... and people started coming out saying how the game (While still great on its own merits) could have been better if done Nomura remained the director. The very same person who had apparently been ruining Final Fantasy for decades.
    • Exdeath from Final Fantasy V is a tree that lives in a castle made out of people.
    • In Final Fantasy XIV, The Primal Shinryu is created by Ilberd, an Ala Mhigan, in order to wreck havoc on the Garlean Empire for their atrocities. Instead, it's found by Zenos, a Garlean viceroy ruling over Ala Mhigo, who seeks to use Shinryu to destroy his enemies once and for all.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening the Avatar is meant to become the vessel of the Big Bad and bring about the end of the world. Instead (depending on the choice you make) the Avatar ends up killing the main villain for good while Chrom can only put him to sleep for a thousand years. To further add on the delicious irony, the Big Bad accidentally blanking the memory of the Avatar at the start of the game made them become closer to Chrom and his crew, allowing them to fight off his influence.
    • Normally when a mask is involved in a big reveal, it's being taken off. But when Volke in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance reveals himself to be an assassin hired by Ike's father to be his Secret Keeper until he judges Ike to be ready to know the truth, he puts a mask on.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses:
    • Edelgard's attachment to Byleth began when they saved her in the beginning of the story from some bandits. Said bandits were unknowingly hired by Edelgard herself as a part of a plan to assassinate both Dimitri and Claude.
    • In the Black Eagles route, Edelgard bemoans the fact her enemies refuse to surrender and often fight to the death, not understanding why they wouldn't go the more peaceful route of surrendering. In the other two routes, Edelgard dies after stubbornly refusing to surrender when offered the chance.
    • On the Golden Deer route, Edelgard declares that Claude has no right to change Fódlan due to him having insufficient knowledge of the suffering of the people. Yet, Edelgard herself has a very ignorant and biased view of Fódlan's history. In fact, the Black Eagles route leaves out most of the information regarding Fódlan's true history while the Golden Deer route is the one that does the opposite.
  • In Fran Bow one of the many disturbing sights which can be seen only when Fran takes her special red pills is the skeleton of an exterminator who was eaten by ants.
  • Grand Theft Auto:
    • In Grand Theft Auto III, a caller on Chatterbox complains about people using phones and reveals that she's organized a group called Citizens Raging Against Phones to get phones banned from Liberty City. However, her planned communication method of carrier pigeons fails to organize the meetings note  and she has to use a phone to call Chatterbox to spread the word. Lazlow is quick to point out the irony.
    • Donald Love's mission strand in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories involves Toni undertaking a series of tasks to help him win the mayoral election. But when the results are counted, it's revealed that Love lost the election because of Toni's involvement with him.
    • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, K-DST D.J. Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith occasionally makes cracks at other station Radio X. Radio X's playlist includes "Welcome To The Jungle" by Guns N' Roses. Tommy is voiced by Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose.
    • San Andreas has a radio station called WCTR which is short for "West Coast Talk Radio". Because of the "West Coast" in the name, the station has the call letters of an east coast radio station. (A west coast station would start with K.)
    • The first game of the 3D era, Grand Theft Auto III is also the last of that era to take place (released and set in 2001). The last game of the 3D era, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is the first to take place (released in 2006 and set in 1984).
    • At the end of Grand Theft Auto IV, Roman suggests you pick the Deal ending, while Kate suggests you pick the Revenge ending. Both characters advocate the ending that results in them dying at Roman's wedding.
    • Two different updates to Grand Theft Auto V added the Virgo and Virgo Classic cars to the game. The irony is that the Virgo is based on an older model than the Virgo Classic. note 
    • Several games have a mission where the protagonist has to protect or otherwise save the life of another character, only for a later mission to require killing that same character. Ricardo Diaz from Vice City for example.
  • The Gran Turismo games always feature a series of races called the Sunday Cup. These are the starter races geared towards low performance cars. In most of the games, one of these low performance races takes place on the High Speed Ring.
  • Guilty Gear:
    • Ky Kiske lost his family and his supposed-to-be worry-free teenage years in a brutal war with the Gears. Not only is his best friend and rival a Gear, but he ends up getting married to another one and having a child with her. Also, he was the leader of the Holy Knights, yet he named his son "Sin".
    • In the Story mode of Xrd, there's a scene where Frederick and Aria are discussing what animal they want to be. Aria, rather predictably, wants to be a bird. Frederick says he'd prefer to be a roach - even if you're reviled by nearly all of humanity, you're almost impossible to kill, and have no concern for natural predators or socio-political bullshit. He's unknowingly, and very accurately, describing his future life as Sol Badguy, the Prototype Gear.
  • Hometown Story:
    • Shinji is frequently seen going to the temple on cloudy days in hope of metting a god, but not when it's rainy. If you speak to him on rainy day, he'll have a line of dialogue in which he assumes that gods don't like rain. Guess what is one of the requirements for the player to be able to talk to the Harvest God outside of cutscenes.
    • Carl intially refuses to let Ember the dragon move into town due to being in a Tragic Bigot situation towards monsters. His old friend the sentient scarecrow is actually a transformed monster.
  • In Homeworld the destruction of Kharak, is an attempt of the emperor's advisors at saving the Taiidan Empire, as the act should quell civil unrest by proving that the emperor can find and punish his enemies everywhere (the ancestors of the Kushan, the inhabitants of Kharak, had been allowed to leave and go into exile on condition they renounced to hyperspace technology. Since then they forgot their history, including the treaty, and lost all their advanced technology, and re-developed hyperspace technology right before the genocide) and kill the last remnants of their ancient and still feared enemy. The consequence of the act: the overthrow of the Taiidan Empire at the hands of the rebellion sparked by the genocide and the last surviving Kushan, who decided the genocide was a good reason to overthrow the Empire and got the means by reverse-engineering Taiidan technology and capturing Taiidan ships.
  • Noire in Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed is stated multiple times to be the strongest CPU out of the four of them. In terms of gameplay, she's tied for the worst character, with her transformed state still being outclassed by everyone else, which includes all the CPU Candidates and a human.
  • In the video game adaption of I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, Ellen has a horrible fear of the colour yellow - simply looking too closely at a yellow Egyptian statue proves too much for her. So when she needs to have her face in front of the statue while stealing a gemstone off of it, what does she do? She blindfolds herself - with a piece of yellow cloth.
  • Iji features the Massacre, the single strongest weapon in the entire game. How do you get it? It's handed to you at the end of a Pacifist Run, right before the Final Boss.
  • In order to get the non-violent, Light Side resolution to the Sand People crisis in Knights of the Old Republic, you require a Blood Knight assassin droid who's alignment is firmly on the Dark Side to aid in peaceful negotiations.
  • One Mandalorian in Knights of the Old Republic II becomes a Death Seeker if you beat him in a sparing match. Convinced there are no battles to fight and that he will never redeem himself. Not only is the Mandalorian camp attacked later in the story. Mandalore personally leads his clan(which would've included him) in the assault on the Sith flagship. If only the poor guy had waited just a little bit longer...
  • A common example in first-person shooters: The M79 grenade launcher, in real life, was too heavy to carry alongside a rifle, leading to the development of the underbarrel M203. And yet Left 4 Dead 2 is possibly the only video game in existence to feature the weapon that doesn't let you carry it alongside a rifle or two (any of which may also have the M203 attached to them for added irony).
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Zelda is the barer of the Triforce of Wisdom, yet most of her actions in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time have disastrous consequences throughout all three timelines.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Viscen's soldiers wish to have everyone flee to safety while Mutoh's carpenters demand to stay and continue the carnival. On the final day, most of the carpenters have chickened out and fled while the soldiers are still at their posts due to not having been given the order to evacuate.
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker:
      • The game has a meta example with the awakening of the sages who empower the Master Sword. Medli, a Rito girl whose race and tribe have a fixation towards sky (and they indeed can fly), is chosen to be the sage of the Earth Temple. Makar, a plant born from the earth thanks to the Great Deku Tree, is chosen to be the sage of the Wind Temple. It looks at first that their corresponding elements are deliberately mixed up, but the assignations make sense. Birds are fond of rocky, earthly places to put their nest safe from predators, and plants are the reason why air (and, by extension, wind) exists for living creatures to breathe.
      • Ganondorf's original reason for wanting to rule Hyrule was because it was far more habitable than the desert he grew up in. When he finally takes control of it, the gods render it completely uninhabitable by burying it beneath the ocean.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, after all the fragments of the Fused Shadow are retrieved, Link is turned into a wolf for a fourth time after Zant forcefully inserts into him a Shadow Crystal. Zant's intention is to render Link powerless forever, but once the latter finds the Master Sword, the ability of switching forms between human and Wolf anytime thanks to the now-comprised power of the crystal ends up making Link even more powerful. Midna lampshades this right before the battle against Zant.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword:
      • The Ancient Robot race was the most advanced and sophisticated in the surface world, and yet it was the first to extinguish after the lush grassland and sea of Lanayru Province turned into a huge wasteland (which happened after the Thunder Dragon Lanayru died from a grave disease). From the perspective of the series as a whole, it's even more ironic since Lanayru Province eventually becomes the homeland of the Zoras, the rich source of water that fills the rivers and lakes of Hyrule, and overall a land that homages Nayru, the Goddess of Wisdom.
      • Link has to seek out the Sacred Flames of the three goddesses in order to turn the Goddess Sword into the Master Sword. The flame that grants it the power to repel evil is from Din, the goddess directly associated with Ganondorf.
    • In most of the 3D games, Link can swim on the surface of water indefinitely. The only exceptions are the ones from The Wind Waker (who grew up on an island in the middle of the ocean) and Breath of the Wild (who spent a good chunk of his childhood among the Zoras and very nearly became their prince consort).
    • Cadence of Hyrule has a Running Gag where the player has to wake up sleeping characters by recreating iconic Zelda tunes with a "Simon Says" Mini-Game, all of which have are thematically appropriate for the location they're played in. So what song is used to wake up the king in Hyrule Castle? Zelda's Lullaby.
  • In Lost Horizon Fenton falls through a crevasse while trying to get close enough to read the sign warning about it.
  • Wendy from Maniac Mansion is a journalist who makes much use out of language and can help bypass the Purple Tentacle by rewriting the Meteor's manuscript into something readable and getting him a publishing contract. She's also the only member of the group who doesn't say anything after Dave's speech.
  • In Mass Effect 3:
    • Javik empathically learns English from gleaning Shepard's mind, unaware that due to their exposure to a Prothean beacon, Shepard is one of the few people alive who already understands the Prothean language.
    • One option for Shepard's Multiple-Choice Past, "Sole Survivor", has Shepard as the only one to survive a thresher maw attack on Akuze. Mass Effect 3 confirms the attack was engineered by the human supremacist organization Cerberus, which Shepard worked for during Mass Effect 2.
  • Zero from the Mega Man X and Zero series was created by the character who started the entire Robot War, yet Zero is ultimately the one who ended the war, finally bringing peace to humans and Reploids.
    • Mega Man 11 reveals that Dr. Wily initially wanted to create heroes out of robots, before he was consumed with jealousy and hatred towards Light and became the megalomaniacal Mad Scientist that everyone knows him as. Even though Zero was created as just another tool to further his petty grudge with Light, he ultimately became exactly the kind of hero Wily originally wanted to create.
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty:
    • Solidus Snake tells the president that "Pawns can never become players." It turns out he was attempting to become a player himself by destroying the Patriots, but he was their Unwitting Pawn the entire time.
    • Metal Gear Ray was created for the purpose of destroying Metal Gears. After it's stolen, it's mass produced for the purpose of protecting Arsenal Gear, possibly the biggest Metal Gear ever.
  • In Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Johnny repeatedly comes across as incompetent due to having stomach issues in the middle of combat and not being coordinated with the other members of Rat Patrol 01. It's later revealed this is because he was not injected with nanomachines like his teammates. But when Liquid uses technology that exploits the nanomachines, Johnny is the only one who's immune to the attack allowing him to save the day.
  • Metroid Fusion is often considered the black sheep of its series, primarily because Sequence Breaking is nearly impossible to do to the degree you can in the other games - and yet it's the one game in the series where you can actually complete it with just one item collected. For comparison, Zero Mission requires at least nine items (ten on Hard mode).note  This also happens with Metroid: Other M, which has received even more flak than Fusion for lack of Sequence Breaking, yet its hard mode removes powerups entirely.note 
  • In Mortal Kombat II, one of Jax's Fatalities has him rip his opponent's arms off. In Mortal Kombat 9, during the events of MKII, he gets his own arms ripped off by Ermac.
  • Myrkul's death in Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer: killed by the power that's keeping him alive.
  • In Payday 2, you play as a professional criminal. As part of a crossover, characters can wear the masks worn by the Fans from Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. The Fans deliberately sought out and killed only criminals, to give themselves a (flimsy) moral justification.
  • Pokémon:
    • Entei is at least partially inspired by the guardian lions of China which have been held for millennia as symbols of success, protection, and inner peace. In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon he's a Knight of Cerebus who shows up right when the protagonists’ rescue of Latios and Latias ended in disaster, and then threatened to kill them.
    • Up until Gen V, the Bug type was a borderline joke type, despite the franchise coming about through Satoshi Tajiri's memories of collecting bugs.
    • Golbat can only evolve into Crobat when it reaches maximum happiness, but Crobat's face is contorted into a permanent frown.
    • In Pokémon Sun and Moon, there's two legendary Pokemon called Solgaleo and Lunala. Despite the fact that the sun is often being associated with the Fire-type given how it's a giant ball of flaming plasma, Solgaleo is weak to Fire-type moves while Lunala is extremely weak to both Dark-type and Ghost-type moves even though the moon having some associations with darkness. However, it's worth noting that they are stated to be emissaries (agents) of the sun and moon and not personifications like previous legendaries.
    • Similarly, Greninja is a frog that's weak to bugs due to being Dark-type.
  • In Persona 3 Portable, Shinjiro Aragaki is reluctant to start a romance with the female protagonist because he knows he is almost guaranteed to die of his illness, be murdered by Ken in revenge for the death of Ken's mother, or straight-up die in battle against the Shadows. If you actually go through with the romance, he outlives her, and she can outright die in his arms.
  • Doug Rattmann from Portal is schizophrenic. This has resulted in him being Properly Paranoid about the GLaDOS project. As every other scientist was ignorant of the danger GLaDOS possessed, he was the Only Sane Man because he was clinically insane.
  • In the backstory of Rainbow Six: Vegas, Gabriel Nowak, one of your teammates for one mission per game, is essentially the team fuckup, most notably getting a hostage negotiator killed in the prologue mission in Vegas 2. In-game, however, he doesn't hold a candle to the mind-numbing stupidity of Mike and Jung that you have to deal with for the rest of the game.
  • Red Dead Redemption has plenty of irony:
    • The most prominent one is Edgar Ross's and Jack Marstons fate. By killing John Marston, he believes to be doing a good job and cleaning the West of dangerous outlaws. However, this results in Jack becoming an outlaw who eventually kills Ross.
    • Reyes is revealed to be eventually successful in his revolution against the Mexican dictator - only to become a tyrant himself.
    • The Stranger, in some cases, notes the irony in Marston's actions by stating that Marston values marriage even though he's a cold blooded killer.
    • The people of the supposedly "civilised" town of Blackwater (namely the G-Men and Professor MacDougal) talk about frontier folk like they're mentally retarded savages. Of course, spend any amount of time with the MacFarlanes or Nastas and you'll learn just how weightless and downright hypocritical these views are.
  • Resident Evil has two people serving as the Big Bad; Albert Wesker causes most of the events in the series and William Birkin causes the outbreak in Resident Evil 2. Both antagonists deal with viruses and BOWs, which caused much loss of life all over the world. Birkin had a daughter, Sherry, while Wesker would later bear a son, Jake. Sherry and Jake in Resident Evil 6 go on to save the world from a viral outbreak, being the complete opposite of their fathers that nearly caused the end of the world.
  • Ridge Racer 7 has a body kit company called Dig Dug (named after the early Namco game) which can be sponsored with a livery on the Danver Hijack Complete. The irony is that Dig Dug is the only body kit that is not available on the normal Hijack.
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne allows its protagonist, an Ordinary High-School Student who was transformed into a demon, to hire Dante, a powerful demon slayer. He puts it best: "It's the joke of the century, don't ya think?"
  • Word of God stated that Dr. Eggman of the Sonic the Hedgehog series was based on Teddy Roosevelt (and was going to be the hero originally). Want to know how it's ironic? Dr. Eggman essentially is a threat to Environmentalism, and Roosevelt was actually one of the people who pioneered environmentalism (he was one of the reason why America even has Nature Reserves, for one thing).
  • In Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, as you advance down the tech tree, Sister Miriam Godwinson (the leader of the Christian fundamentalist faction, the Lord's Believers) will begin to sound rather rational and cautious towards some of the more questionable late-game technologies, while Zakharov (the leader of the scientifically-inclined University) begins referring to new discoveries with an almost religious overtone. Not to mention the biggest irony of all: the UNS Unity colonists were, as the name suggests, supposed to form a brand new unified society on another world free from past ethnic and religious divides; however the UN failed to account for the ideological divides of the colonists, so when they made planetfall, they immediately split into the nation-states they were supposed to have abandoned.
  • In Sonic Adventure 2, you find a device that lets Knuckles breathe underwater. Where is it? So far underwater that Knuckles almost drowns getting to it.
  • Soulcalibur 3 introduces Zasalamel to the series. His story is that he carries a curse that causes him to be reincarnated upon death, and he wants the curse lifted so he can finally die permanently. His weapon is a scythe which is commonly associated with the Grim Reaper.
  • The Freedom Ending of The Stanley Parable (and the first one the player is likely to find,) involves Stanley realizing that he's been enslaved by a mind control device, shutting it off and fleeing his workplace to find freedom. This ending can only be achieved by doing exactly what the Narrator tells you to do, thus enslaving yourself to the narrative, while exercising your own freedom to do whatever you want causes the entire story to fall apart and the Narrator to get angry at you.
  • In Stardew Valley, we have Krobus, a Shadow Person who is weakened by the light. He worships a deity known as Yoba, and stays silent on Fridays out of respect for said deity. Yoba, however, is described as a being of endless golden light. Krobus worships the very thing that is harmful to him.
  • Super Smash Bros.:
    • In the Subspace Emissary, Sonic, the fastest thing alive, is very late to the final battle against Tabuu. He is also low-tier in Brawl tournaments, one of the reasons being that he has slow attack setups.
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl can apply here in of itself. Why? The game was designed by Masahiro Sakurai to specifically NOT be competitive, yet the number of official money tournaments featuring it actually exceeded those of Halo in 2010.
    • Ryu of Street Fighter fame, poster boy of the traditional Fighting Game genre, joined the fray for 3DS/Wii U. In Street Fighter (and other traditional fighting crossovers he's been in) he is one of the simplest characters to use, with basic but reliable special moves with the simplest inputs. In Smash however, the abilities he carries over from his home series (classic input special moves, high Combo capability, and Lag Cancel among other things) combined with Smash's unique Platform Fighter mechanics make him one of the most execution-heavy characters and one of the most unusual Mechanically Unusual Fighters in the series.
    • All three of the Pokémon used by Pokémon Trainer are ironic when compared to their home series. Squirtle is the fastest of the three despite having the lowest base speed, Charizard is the slowest despite having the highest base speed, and Ivysaur is best at Anti-Air despite being weak against flying types.
    • Lucina's alternate costumes all give her different hair colors to match the various female characters from Awakening. This is reminiscent of how the child characters in that game had hair colors determined by their non-fixed parent; however, only one of Lucina's hair colors is based on a woman that Chrom could marry (Sumia), and Lucina was actually the only child to have a fixed hair color herself.
    • Back in Wii U, Viridi said it wouldn't make sense for Chrom to be a playable fighter because he'd be a Moveset Clone of Ike, with Palutena mentioning he doesn't have an Aether recovery like he does. In Ultimate, the Aether recovery is the only thing he copied from Ike, and he retains his own version of Aether as a Final Smash on top of that.
    • What was chosen to be Snake's victory theme? Why, Metal Gear Solid's game over theme, of course!
  • Tales of the Abyss has two examples in The Hero and the Big Bad; first the hero starts as a Spoiled Brat Jerkass but after the Wham Episode quickly becomes the nicest of the playable characters (the rest remain, to some degree or another, jerks). Meanwhile, the Big Bad's plan ultimately is to "save" the world by destroying and replacing it all in defiance of the Score. His actions result in the protagonist and team realizing he's got a point about the Score being crap and thus they manage to successfully free their world from it; a conclusion they wouldn't have come to if they weren't forced to prevent the Big Bad's plans.
  • Team Fortress 2:
    • The Heavy, who has a PhD in Russian Literature and is technically a "doctor", is reliant on the healing capability of The Medic, who lost his medical license some time ago.
    • The Medic can use a bust of Hippocrates - named in-game the Solemn Vow - to bludgeon people to death. "First Do No Harm", indeed.
    • The "Conscientous Objector" is a handheld wooden sign with the peace symbol drawn on it. You use this in the game to hit people and try to kill them.
  • Touhou:
    • The series has this in the form of Reisen Udongein Inaba, who is a "Master of Lunacy". The irony? She's probably the most rational character in the series.
    • Another irony occurs with Youmu Konpaku, who is terrified of ghost stories despite being half-ghost as well as the servant of Cute Ghost Girl Yuyuko Saigyouji.
  • The intro movie of the World of Warcraft add-on Wrath of the Lich King has a voice over of the words Arthas' father left for his son for the event of his own death, reminding him of the responsibilities of a just ruler and that he has complete confidence in Arthas becoming a great king. In Warcraft 3, Arthas murdered his own father, slaughtered the entire population of his country (he originally did it to prevent what he saw as a greater crisis), and turned the land into a blighted, monster-infested wasteland. He later became the Lich King, the greatest and most terrible tyrant of the world, but still a king. In Cataclysm, the Scarlet Crusade, a group of xenophobic undead hunters (undead being in their viewpoint as "everything that isn't a Scarlet") were all killed and reincarnated as scourge when their leader, the demon Balthazaar, decided to stop hiding as their former leader and just make them his slaves.
  • B.J. Blazkowicz, the player character in the Wolfenstein series, looks like the typical Nazi depiction of an Aryan....except for the fact that he's Polish on his father's side and Jewish on his mother's.
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order: All the crazy super-technology that the Nazis used to defeat the Allies and conquer the world? None of it is theirs. They were developed from stolen technology from an ancient techno-religious sect of Jewish scientists. It actually goes further than that if you consider that one of the fundamental beliefs of Nazi racist philosophy was that the Aryan race was endowed with creativity, the ability and will to help culture and technology progress. Other races could, at best, hope to enjoy the fruits of the Aryan's intellectual accomplishments, and the very lowest on the racial hierarchy - the Jews - are no more than cultural parasites who do so while lessening them. Meanwhile, in the game, the Nazis owe almost all of their technological superiority to advancements made by Jews, for a high, moral purpose, which they themselves stole and while lessening it immeasurably, turning their noble technology into tools of death and oppression.
    • Blonde, blue eyed, square jawed B.J. Blazkowicz, despite being of Polish descent and Jewish, looks like the perfect Aryan Übermensch, a fact that is lampshaded in several of the modern games.
  • In 2013, "The Year of Luigi" was started as a year-long celebration by Nintendo in dedication to Luigi, the meek and cowardly underdog who constantly lives in the shadow of Mario, his older brother and the #1 character of Nintendo and video gaming history. Sadly, 2013 also turned out to be one of the WORST years for Nintendo in terms of fiscal performance which also means that several of the games that were dedicated to Luigi didn't sell as well as Nintendo hoped.

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