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  • Partly the reason behind Robin and Hugh's "confessions" in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -- Dual Destinies. Robin confessing to the murder right when Juniper was about to be found guilty made her look innocent. Then Hugh's confession, when the only other two suspects had both confessed seemingly out of protection for each other, to seemingly join in with the entire "protection" shtick, also made him look innocent. This is directly brought up by Hugh, who mentions that if he was guilty he wouldn't have confessed, so he can't be the culprit. The player is lead to very heavily believe that Hugh only confessed because it was in his best interest, by appealing to notion that he wouldn't have confessed if he was guilty. As it turns out, both of their confessions really were out of protection for each other, and they both are innocent.
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  • Duke Nukem's bread and butter. This is a man who wrote a book titled "Why I'm So Great", a man who throws money at the feet of strippers when anyone else would be evacuating them from an active warzone, and a man who once threatened a giant alien monster with "I'll rip your head off and shit down your neck!" and then followed through with the threat once it was dead.
  • Dragon Age: Origins: Most of your party members' efforts to rescue you from Fort Drakon, which include, among other things, Morrigan the contemptuous atheist pretending to be a pious Chantry sister, Zevran scaring the guards into letting him and Oghren in with the threat that Oghren could perform the traditional Dwarven Dance of Death ("lights his pants on fire and everything!"), and Dog pretending to be sick. The version where you break yourself out also involves this if you don't just kill everything you see; you steal a uniform, say you're a new recruit, then go out on a patrol.
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The Russian plot hinges on the idea that nobody would believe that they'd launch a large-scale suicide attack against Washington, DC.
  • In the Blade Runner video game, one comedian goes so far as to publicly mock the protagonist. While he is on stage with him.
  • In Betrayal at Krondor, most of the story involves a dark elf running around in the Kingdom, which has been warring with his nation for a long time. While he makes an effort to keep his telltale pointed ears hidden, as often as not, avoiding recognition relies on the common folk assuming that anyone with pointed ears walking around openly this deep in their territory must be a light elf and not a dark elf. This is helped by the fact that there are only subtle (read: clothing, complexion, attitude) differences between dark and light elves and most common people couldn't tell one from the other.
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  • In City of Heroes, there is a viable strategy known as "tank stealth". Tanker class PCs in the higher levels can become unkillable if they don't stick around to take damage. While stealth porter strategies commonly require that the porter in question avoid being noticed, a tank can run a map full of dangerous enemies, shrug off their fire as he passes them, and teleport the entire team to the objective point. Due to aggro rules, the enemies will most likely not chase the tank, as he has yet to lock their aggro on him. The image of an 8 foot tall block of granite running through your secret underground lair is clearly a hallucination and not a catastrophic breach of security.
  • Knights of the Old Republic
    • After discovering you're really Darth Revan, you can rub this in the face of the universe. Then you come to Lehon, where the Rakata recognize you and are upset because the last time you were there, you told them you needed to get into the Temple of the Ancients so you could destroy the Star Forge. While last time, you were lying and took over the Temple and the Star Forge and set out to conquer the galaxy, this time it's (possibly) a reasonably accurate description of your quest. Which you can tell them. They're not inclined to believe you.
    • For minor dialogue hilarity (and confusion), name your character Darth Revan to begin with.
      • Similar dialogue hilarity occurs in any game where you give a disguised or undercover character their real name as a cover. Final Fantasy IX comes to mind with Garnet.
    • When you're trying to get into the Sith academy on Korriban, one of the things you can try is to Jedi Mind Trick the headmaster's apprentice into letting you in. It fails, but it still impresses her that you'd dare to try it.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask features a game run by Zoras with the premise of destroying a large number of pots standing in a pattern with a single attack. This can indeed be done in Zora form. Alternatively, you can take Goron form and use a Powder Barrel to blow them all up. The Zoras will take it in stride and accept it as a legitimate victory.
  • In Assassin's Creed, when Thieves steal from people, they openly run up to them and do the deed visibly. No one protests. Then when Ezio does it sneakily, the victim can somehow recognise him and try to fight back. Not that they can do anything about it, though.
  • In Nethack, if you pray to your patron god while they are sufficiently angry at you, they'll hit you with a One-Hit Kill Bolt of Divine Retribution. If you have shock resistance or reflection, you'll survive, but not to be deterred, your god will follow it up with a wide-angle disintegration beam, which is also a One-Hit Kill. It's possible to survive that as well, to which your god can only respond, "I believe it not!" and, one imagines, back away slowly and try to forget the whole thing ever happened. If you're on the Astral Plane, this won't work, as the god summons three minions to kill you the old-fashioned way.
  • In the 15th Nancy Drew game, The Creature of Kapu Cave, the culprits commit a crime so bizarre and specific that it takes the police a while to find out what to charge them with. (Nancy herself seems a little confused just explaining what it was they did.)
  • From OFF, we get this: "Hi, I'm the Batter. And I just came in through the chimney." The entire game could probably qualify, because it's just so weird.
  • Hector: Badge of Carnage. Where to begin, really?
  • In Mass Effect 2
    • In Thane's Loyalty mission, a stock boy accosts you when you're trying to sneak through an area. Shepard, in a Paragon option, claims s/he's with Citadel Health and Safety about an infestation in the area. While in full combat armor, covered in weapons. The stock boy, though initially not believing him/her, ultimately decides it's not his problem and leaves.
    • Renegade Shepard can pull off some amazing acts of intimidation by simply threatening to kill people in broad daylight. At one point, a threatened asari will screech about how there's a dozen witnesses and security cameras everywhere, and Shepard will reply, "Do I look like I care about witnesses?"
    • The reason you can walk around with Legion on the Citadel two years after the geth attacked and killed countless people. No one thinks you're actually bringing an active geth platform onto the station; they just assume it's a fancy "personal assistance mech." Everyone is assuming the geth would rather try to infiltrate with platforms that resemble organics. When Legion points out that "Geth do not infiltrate," the security guards blow it off, and Legion then admits that "Geth do not intentionally infiltrate."
  • In the final DLC for Mass Effect 3, the player needs to infiltrate a casino, with a select party member coming along to serve as a distraction. Hilarity Ensues:
  • In Dragon Age II, the Mark of the Assassin DLC has Hawke and Tallis attempt to infiltrate Chateau-Haine whilst coming up with increasingly ludicrous stories to get past the guards, involving acting the part of a sterotypical foppish noble and Chewing the Scenery. Sadly, due to the guards being jaded from years of exposure to nobility (and Orlesians, and Orlesian nobility), it doesn't work. Tallis is doing one that isn't immediately obvious; the outfit she's wearing has the Qunari emblem hidden in it's pattern and the name she's going by loosely translates as "assassin". Unfortunately for the party this backfires and their host spots both immediately, giving him plenty of time to set up a trap.
    • In the core game, any Hawke can fall into this but especially Mage Hawke. See, in the Dragon Age setting, mages who aren't members of a Circle of Magi are dubbed "apostate" and hunted by dedicated Anti-Magic soldiers known as Templars. Mage Hawke is an apostate, and can swan around everywhere with a clearly magical staff on their back, up to three other apostate mages in their party, and a broad smirk as much as they please, presumably because Templars expect apostate mages to hide and skulk rather than buy their way into high society. You can even engage in spellcasting directly in front of Templars, give one of their Knight-Captains a lengthy speech about your mage friends, and otherwise go out of your way to rub in their faces that you're a mage, and none of them will be able to do anything about it, especially in Act 3 when you have a heroic reputation and a statue looking right at their HQ.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: During the Republic's Makeb missions, you have to seize a giant starship from the corrupt foreman who's been embezzling from the construction funds, setting the project behind by weeks. After soundly beating him, he tries to get out of it by offering to sell you the very starship you came to take! For a 20% discount. Right after he says that, part of it falls off and crashes to the ground. "30 percent?"
    • Often invoked by the Smuggler, whose usual tactics typically include outrageous lies, pulling a Bavarian Fire Drill, over the top Trolling (like hacking a computer to inflate their enemy's criminal record and mark him as a carrier of a virulent STD), or claiming they are Most Definitely Not a Villain when discovered in the middle of an enemy base, all of which are surprisingly successful.
      • Even better is if you play one during the Ziost arc in the Shadow of Revan expansion. Eldritch Abomination ex-Emperor possessing an entire planet? The rest of the classes get dialogue that amounts to declarations of professional intent to destroy him or BadassBoasts to get attention focused on them and not the people of Ziost. The Smuggler? Nah, they can flirt with said abomination, and then follow it up with a dick joke.
    Corso Riggs: Unbelievable! One of these days you have to teach me how you do that?!
  • Dishonored has this as an option during the Lady Boyle mission: you can enter the party, dressed as the assassin who has murdered or ruined several key political figures (by which we mean yourself) over the last few days. You can walk right up to your target, and tell her that you need to get her to the basement, since there is an assassin after her (by which we mean yourself) who is now in the building. And she will believe you, and follow you down there, because no one could ever be so brazenly obvious about being the assassin! You can even sign the guest list under the name of a wanted criminal (by which we mean yourself), and you'll find out later that it's believed to have been a prank.
    • Corvo and Jessamine are secretly lovers, but given the fact that the latter is the Empress, and the former is her bodyguard that she trusts above all else, it's... not really a secret. How they managed to avoid any scandals was by continuing to act like their affair was still secret. It worked so well, that even after they had a child out of wedlock, those who could've incriminated them merely ended up keeping their (awkward) silence, unsure of how to proceed with this information.
  • If you ask Arcade Gannon from Fallout: New Vegas why he never talks about his past, he will answer that it's because he was part of a murderous, tyrannical paramilitary organization. He will then add "just kidding". Turns out, he is one of the Enclave Remnants.
  • Saints Row: The Third. ALL OF IT.
  • The RPG Maker game Beautiful Escape: Dungeoneer revolves around a community of people named "Dungeoneers" who befriend people, then capture them, drag them to a Torture Cellar, film the person being tortured for fun, and upload the video to the internet for the public to see. The game states that they haven't been caught because nobody can believe that somebody would torture innocent victims and be completely open about it.
  • Sonic 3 (especially without lock on) contains a few physics glitches, some of which can get Sonic and Tails stuck under certain walls and curves, sometimes forcing the player to reset or wait out the time limit; clearly an accidental function of the game's code. Instead of trying to ignore or downplay this, the american manual describes these bugs as "Diabolical Traps" set by Robotnik on purpose.
  • The character endings for Bust a Groove 2 all take place on a show called "Dancing Heroes" where a man named James Suneoka will come out, tell a joke (which would always lead to the audience booing and throwing a random object at him), deliver some backstory on whichever character you played as, interact with the character briefly, and then let them dance to the credits music. The jokes told by James range from corny (What do you say to someone who keeps asking the same question? "Where were you when they were handing out the brains?") to downright insensitive (What do you need to get The Beatles back together again? Three more bullets!), and the interactions between him and the character usually resulted in violent Amusing Injuries, such as having a hole blown through him by a bazooka, or getting an axe lodged in his head with blood squirting out. It was likely for these reasons that James Suneoka was cut entirely from the American version of the game, despite his dialogue already being in English.
  • In the web game Choice of the Vampire, an ancient vampire governor asks the fledgling player character's opinion on who should be the next lord of the city. They can name themselves, in which case the governor astonishes the appalled crowd by laughing in admiration of their sheer pluck. However, if the fledgling is a total nobody in vampire society at the time, she'll coldly snub them, so the trope only stretches so far.
  • Virtue's Last Reward: This is the reason why Alice dresses like an ancient Egyptian princess (mostly because she likes it, though). SOIS' dress code is very loose for the purpose of making people not think they're members of a top-secret organization, to the point where there are agents dressed up as Elvis, Lady Gaga, and even Captain America. This fact has not gone unnoticed by those whom actually know about the organization.
    Uchikoshi: The very few people that know of the organization are said to be teasing them by calling them "State Of Insanitie S", or that’s what I hear.
  • Ben Jordan attempts this in Case 7 of Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator. He attempts to enter Genovese's apartment by saying "It's a me, the Pope." Case 8 then features him saying "God dammit" in the church and in front of a priest.
    • Use the hand icon on a priest and it will say "Shouldn't that be the other way around?"
  • An NPC conversation in Fallout 4 is made of this. While idly chit-chatting, a Raider tells the story of a guy he led into an ambush. When they jumped him, he started tossing grenades... that turned out to be painted rocks, with explosion sounds supplied by him. He then moved on to machine gun sounds, and finally motorcycle noises as he made his escape. The Raiders were so flummoxed, they let him leave. Another overheard conversation reveals the loony used the same trick on a group of Super Mutants. Successfully.
    • On the player character's side, there is a perk that turns your character into an idiotic savant. It shows a giggling (and yes, you hear it), boggle-eyed vaultboy every time its effect (3-5 times EXP gains at random, with a higher rate the dumber your character is) activates.
  • In Deceit, two Infected players must kill four Innocent players. To do that, they need to drink blood bags while the lights are on to transform into monsters when the lights go out. The Innocents have the options of shooting people and then attacking them while they are down to vote them out and kill them, which is one of the two ways to kill Infected (the other being a lethal injection). Particularly brazen players are known for drinking blood in full view of an Innocent player before screaming in voice chat that said Innocent player was the one that did it.
  • Persona 5 presents the question of how to deliver the final Calling Card, which can't be a real card for logistical reasons. Futaba decides that the best course of action is to hijack every Japanese television network at once and broadcast a video that declares that Joker is still alive, that the Phantom Thieves have been framed, that Masayoshi Shido is responsible for the shutdown and breakdown incidents, and that they are going to steal his heart and make him pay for everything he's done. The police and The Conspiracy are horrified and can't get their act together in time to stop their leader's heart from being stolen.
  • Amorous: If you admit to your stepfather that you were having sex with your stepbrother, he doesn't believe you.
  • Halo 2: The Master Chief on Cairo Station, otherwise known as Return to Sender, where The Chief launches a bomb out of an airlock, and rides it Major Kong style into an enemy capital ship, arms it and jumps off it to land on a friendly ship all the while riding the explosion.
  • In Counter-Strike Its rarely done in competitive matches but surprisingly successful the "ninja defuse" where a single counter terrorist (usually the only one left) will jump directly into a bombsite with no guns (usually guarded by the entire enemy team armed with the best guns the game can buy), hide themselves with a smoke grenade that does absolutely nothing but loudly announce "I'm over here defusing the bomb" and defuse the bomb while the enemy team is in denial that someone would try something so obviously suicidal.
    • Bonus points go to the players who are brazen enough to do it the moment the terrorist plants the bomb and is right in front of you
  • Sunless Skies includes choosing an ambition as part of its opening character creation. Among them is simply "Murder a Sun".
  • Rhythm Heaven Fever has the Cheer Readers, an entire cheerleading squad who perform in a school library, get away with it, and actually manage to help people study better.

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