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  • Ace Attorney:
    • While it's not exactly the worst example (heck, in-game it's pretty awesome), Phoenix Wright will forever be known as the lawyer that proved one of his clients was not guilty by cross-examining a parrot. This isn't helped by the fact that, years later, he would one-up himself by representing an orca in court.
    • The 2nd game will never, ever live down its third case, "Turnabout Big Top", widely considered by fans to be one of the worst cases ever in the series. This is due to it being full of cross-examinations that arbitrarily dole out hefty punishments, and the case itself having little connection to the overarching plot. Many consider Moe's cross-examination in 2-3 to be a major part of this reputation, since one wrong press among his many statements will get you penalized, and culminates with his last testimony, in which pressing any of his statements other than the correct one will cause you to instantly lose the case no matter how much health you have remaining. While the game at least has the Judge try to warn you, he does so in such a vague manner that you might not even notice it at all, or think he's just talking a standard 20% penalty (which you could get for needlessly pressing back in 1-4) instead of a 100% penalty. Granted, this is somewhat mitigated by the game's fourth case, "Farewell, My Turnabout", being considered one of the best in the series, but at best fans consider Justice for All to be a mixed bag.
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    • Relatedly, Apollo Justice will not be able to live down his entire game which was largely disliked for him replacing Phoenix Wright as a protagonist, and the story having Phoenix also have a fall from grace as one of its major premises (all this said, the game is not terrible on its own merits). He might be starting to live it down, however, as the 6th game did a lot for both his backstory and characterization.
    • Miles Edgeworth smugly presents an updated autopsy report that disproves Phoenix's argument exactly one time in the entire series. Yet with the number of memes made about it you'd think he does it as frequently as Franziska whips people or Godot drinks coffee. Perhaps it's because it's one of the very first things he does in the entire series, leaving a memorable first impression on players that refuses to go away.
  • Danganronpa:
    • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc:
      • Thanks to the events of Chapter 1, idol Sayaka Maizono is commonly displayed as either arm candy for fellow student Leon Kuwata or a selfish, lying manipulator who is maybe yandere at best, and Cute and Psycho at worst, despite her backstory stating otherwise and explaining her Dark and Troubled Past, and her Japanese voice actress confirming that she has genuine feelings for Makoto. And she is almost always seen with her trusty knife.
      • Chapter 2 seems to doom Byakuya Togami to have a fetish for desecrating corpses and regularly tampering with crime scenes. This is despite that he eventually tones down his prickliness although he's still a huge Jerkass even as he survived the whole game. Also Ishimaru crying over the execution of his Only Friend Mondo only happens once, but was so over-the-top that 'crying Ishimaru' fanarts are very abundant on the net.
      • Chihiro Fujisaki is a timid, sweet kid who only wants to aid others (namely by means of computer programs), and also has a weakness complex. But if you see some fandom like Tumblr, the most you would see is arguments over whether he is a Wholesome Crossdresser or a trans girl, despite the latter theory having been explicitly Jossed.
      • This seems to apply to Naegi as well, who isn't as skilled as his main teammates (a savvy heir and a detective). Because of this, he is often stereotyped as slow in the brain or being the 'heroine' instead of the 'hero'. This persists even though Naegi actually proved superior to Togami in the fourth trial, since the latter was too caught up in his assumptions to realize the truth.
      • Due to the fan reception of Hifumi, it's incredibly common to see his motive for killing Kiyotaka boil down to having Alter Ego all to himself. However, this was not the only motive Hifumi had been given to drive him to murder; in fact, Celestia gave him very serious motives on top of Alter Ego's abduction that make his reasons for murder far less ridiculous than just for the love of an AI program. Though to be fair, even if he believed her (rather obvious) lie to be true, Hifumi still had no qualms about letting everyone besides her and himself die. Noble intention or not, there really isn't any way to justify his actions.
      • Within that same case, Celestia's stated motivation for plotting the murder of two people being to obtain ten-million dollars and buy an European castle where she is indulged by handsome male servants dressed up as vampires is so outrageous that a good many fans swallowed it at face value, forgetting that Celestia is a Consummate Liar and that everything about the persona she puts on even down to the name is dishonest. Even disregarding supplementary material such as the manga, the game itself drops several hints that her real motive for the killings was based around self-esteem issues as Taeko Yasuhiro and the fact that she fell into despair of ever getting out of Hope's Peak Academy through any other method.
      • Kyoko performing certain investigations for two of the victims of the killing game (for context, it's implied she found out that Chihiro was male by touching his crotch, and she then finds a note Hifumi was trying to hide by looking inside his underpants) has convinced some people that she has a fetish for dead bodies.
      • There is a lot of fanart of Kyoko having a ramen cup on her head, even though it only happened for a very brief moment in the game.
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    • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair:
      • A chapter 1 CG shows Hajime holding a glass of orange juice. The fandom ran with it and made Hajime's favourite drink be orange juice despite the fact that he is not shown talking about it, let alone drinking it, anywhere else throught the game.
      • Mahiru. While she is shown to be a much more complex character than she initially seems, her hatedoom sees her as a misandrist, due to her labeling Hajime as "unreliable," and scheduling a girls-only get together in chapter 2. In truth, Mahiru doesn't hate men, she is harsh towards them as a result of her issues with her father, whom she still loves regardless, while she was younger. Her Free Time Events also show that she develops a crush on Hajime and is more of a Tsundere than anything.
      • Kazuichi, who despite having an interesting backstory, is not given much more credit than being a Stalker with a Crush and a pervert desperately going after Sonia. Justified in this case as he does gets his own share of Flanderization as the story progresses, and you wouldn't know much else about him unless you do his Free Time Events.
      • The worst seems to happen to Nagito, who is arguably the most important character in the story and has an interesting backstory in which all the bad luck he has suffered has led him to have blind faith in the arbitrary concept of "hope", do a lot of morally questionable things, and even calls himself a mere stepping-stone for hope and doesn't mind being killed by the protagonist, Hajime Hinata, if it "makes Hinata-kun reach an even greater hope". However, their obsessive nature has had them to become a particularly Memetic character in the fanbase, which (mostly jokingly) characterize them as a crazy Laughing Mad Yandere hope fetishist who wants Hajime's dick for the sake of HOPE.
    • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony:
      • Korekiyo Shinguuji will always be known for his relationship with his sister and the method he used to murder Tenko: the seesaw effect.
      • Kokichi Ouma had one official artwork of holding a bottle of Panta. The fandom decided to roll with that and fan works often depicted Oma as a huge Panta lover despite the fact he never talks about Panta in the actual game and is in fact shown to drink tea.
  • Fate Series:
    • Shirou Emiya from Fate/stay night has received this several times over:
      • He is often branded Captain Obvious based on one moment that didn't really even happen: the infamous "People die when they are killed." line isn't even an accurate translation; what he said was more along the lines of, "Normal people are supposed to die from (these kinds of injuries)". He may be stupid in other ways, but pointing out the obvious isn't really one of them.
      • One of Shirou's ideals as an All-Loving Hero is that he doesn't want to see Saber (and, for the most part, Saber specifically) injured because of his own weakness. Unfortunately, the way he expresses this is by insisting that Saber stay back and let him do the fighting, which makes Shirou look unbelievably stupid as Saber is a superpowered warrior woman and Shirou is among the least competent fighters in the series (not for lack of trying on his part, to be fair), and many fans interpreted this as Shirou believing that Saber should Stay in the Kitchen. It doesn't help that this part of Shirou's characterization only really comes out in the "Fate" storyline, which for a long time was the only route that had an anime adaptation, so anyone who didn't play the Visual Novel never saw his inner monologues and Character Development that make his real feelings and intentions clear.
    • It doesn’t matter what insane demonstrations of power Merlin saves the day with, he will always be known for the time he temporarily gave Saber a penis.
  • Yes. School Days is a Deconstruction of the harem genre. Yes, things do have the potential to go horribly wrong. Yes, Makoto is a bit of a horny bastard. But what people tend to forget is that the game does have several normal, good endings- if you're at least halfway decent to the girls, you can end up in a stable relationship with nary a hint of Yandere (And if you make the right choices, you can Marry Them All). The overly gory bad ends that the anime was based on only happen if you make the choice to be a two-timing jerk.
  • If someone is making fun of Battler from Umineko: When They Cry, then you can be sure they'll bring up the time he tried to explain away a locked room murder by suggesting that the killer could have planted tiny bombs in the victims' food, then detonated them remotely when they had finished eating.


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