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  • Crisis Beat, where terrorists have taken over a luxury ship, and in one of the earlier areas the players entered a casino... seeing plenty of mooks enjoying themselves with the slot machines and blackjack tables.
  • The Temple of Shadows from Fable hold poker night every Friday and left the instructions for their special torture device nice and visible next to it.
  • In Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the player can often find him or herself in situations where Sith soldiers or even Dark Jedi are "off duty" in a lounge, bar, or simply keeping to themselves. This is the entire point of the world of Manaan, where a neutrality treaty has forced enemies to work in close proximity to each other without fighting. The player can even accept sidequests from some of these characters to help them out.
    • The sequel has a rather hilarious conversation tucked into Dantooine, where the player confronts one of the mercenaries plaguing the planet, while he's placidly (and helpfully) spelunking. As he says, even professional killers need hobbies.
  • The Pigmask Army from Mother 3 may be soldiers of an evil regime, but they sure love rock concerts!
    • Lucas and his party also encounter some pigmasks who are in the middle of a discussion about whether they hang up their masks when they use the bathroom.
  • Final Fantasy VII:
    • Before one battle with the Turks, Cloud and his pals listen in on their conversation about who they all have crushes on.
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    • If you immediately went to Costa Del Sol after getting off the cargo ship, you can catch Hojo chilling on the beach, being attended to by women.
    Cloud: What are you doing...?
    Hojo: It should be obvious. I'm getting a tan.
    • The Wutai sidequest has the Turks invoking this trope, by having Rude and Reno remind Elena that they're on holiday (no really) when she tries to fight the protagonists. At the end of the quest after you've rescued both Yuffie and Elena, they decide that they're "still on holiday" when they get a call from their boss telling them to catch Cloud.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Except for Xemnas and Saix, all the members of Organization XIII are shown to be pretty relaxed outside of their missions in Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. The good guys among them, Axel, Roxas, and Xion, make it a pattern to go eat ice cream atop Twilight Town's clock tower after each mission is accomplished.
    • In the manga, you even have Marluxia and Larxene drinking soda pop (XIII Squash) and eating KFC.
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    • And also in 358/2 Days, it's mentioned that they have a poker league. Seriously.
    • In general, The World That Never Was, which was The Very Definitely Final Dungeon in Kingdom Hearts II, is made to feel more like a place where the Organization members live between missions. They even have a break room.
  • From Persona examples, though most of their true natures are unknown until far late into the games.
    • Chidori often times paints strange pictures by herself at Port Island Station.
    • From Persona 4, you can find Namatame on the streets. He will talk about how he got a new job recently and is trying to recover from the reporter he loved dying. Adachi also shows up on some days in Junes. He likes to buy cabbage. And then there's that gas station attendant that likes to make small talk with you and only works when it rains...
    • Goro Akechi from Persona 5 is often seen hanging out in Leblanc Cafe.
    • In Persona 5 Strikers:
      • The first time the player meets Alice Hiiragi, she appears to be a friendly young woman who is promoting her new store at 705. Subverted in that this is actually part of her scheme to change hearts of her targets.
      • The shady-looking, antagonistic Zenkichi can be first seen casually hanging around Le Blanc. Inverted since he is not actually a villain to begin with.
      • Played straight with Ichinose, the true culprit who is seen eating at the beef tongue restaurant in Sendai where the Phantom Thieves meets them for the first time.
  • In the "Heaven's Feel" scenario of Fate/stay night, Shirou ends up having a rather cordial conversation with a major villain of the two other arcs in a Chinese restaurant while the other is busy eating mapo doufu. While the character has been mostly personable so far in the arc (and asks the protagonist if he wants some of his doufu), knowing what he is capable of in the other two scenarios makes this a major example of this trope.
    • It's never certain if Kirei isn't trying to kill Shirou through the doufu.
    • This is the point of the "fun disk" Hollow Ataraxia, where every antagonist and protagonist are shown just trying to have a normal life in Fuyuki City. Including Caster's cosplay hobby, Caster sweeping up staircases by herself because she doesn't believe in wasting mana, Lancer attempting to hold down a job as a grocery boy, and the main antagonists Gilgamesh and Archer getting into a fishing contest because they both wanted to annoy Lancer after he insulted them while fishing. Also, football. And arguments over food. Everyone in Fate/stay night show up except for Kotomine (who is dead and therefore not causing any trouble. Because he's dead.), because he would attempt to be villainous even in these circumstances.
  • And Tsukihime has an extremely bizarre conversation during Kohaku's route, between Shiki and one personality of the game's Big Bad, on a downtown sidewalk, as the two drink coffee and have a cordial chat on how society judges murderers like them. It's notably the only path where Shiki doesn't fight — or even make an enemy of — either of the Big Bad's personalities, due to that little chat and its end result of the Big Bad recognizing Shiki as "the better killer".
  • In the superhero MMORPG City of Heroes, instead of wandering monsters, you'll find groups of mooks standing around committing crimes like breaking and entering or purse-snatching...or sometimes you'll just find them standing around having Seinfeldian Conversations. Though they'll still attack your hero on sight...
  • World of Warcraft has several occasions where you can overhear enemy mooks chatting about very mundane things. Examples include a blood elf mob (in Quel'Danas) wanting to get a house by the sea when the war is over, a human guard (in "Escape From Durnholde") chatting about his/her coming vacation, and the members of a demon-worshipping cult (in Terokkar) who talk about playing leatherball, going to a nearby town for some drinks, and having difficulties controlling an Eldritch Abomination they summoned. Oh, and you usually end up killing all of them.
    • Rival player territories can also have a similar effect. The first time you travel to the territory of the opposing faction, it feels like a dangerous mission deep behind the frontlines where only unknowns exist and the enemy lives in their wholly alien ways. Cue sneaking into Stormwind and finding level 1's running about and naked players dancing on mailboxes. Just like Orgrimmar. Or finding players who use emotes to break the language barrier.
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  • Happens occasionally in Ratchet & Clank. In Tools of Destruction, most of the flying missions end with the pirates running off to yoga class or some other weird thing, and leaving a boss behind.
    • It turns out in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time that Dr. Nefarious keeps himself quite busy when he's not actively plotting evil misdeeds.
      Dr. Nefarious: Aaaand... action! You'll never take me alive, Qwark! Time is under my control!
      Lawrence: ...Oh, am I interrupting?
      Dr. Nefarious: Lawrence! I'm rehearsing my epic romantic action comedy space opera!
    • Also, near the end of Up Your Arsenal we learn that Lawrence himself plays bass in a rock band. And when we learn this it's almost time for his solo.
  • All of the Myst villains describe aspects of their lives in their journals. Sirrus writes about gardening and exploring Spire, Achenar writes about the local wildlife and the construction of his various outposts, Gehn writes about finding frogs for his pipe, and Saavedro writes about making plant hybirds. It helps humanize them as well as inform you about their antagonistic deeds.
  • Commonly found in the Streets of Rage series. Female mooks are enjoying the night life at a club when you bust in to beat them up, and several mooks can be found sleeping on benches, eating, or brushing their hair before they spot you.
    • At one point in the second game, you jump into the back of a parked truck. Several biker mooks are gathered there, and you prepare for a fight... wait, you can't hit them? Then you spot a miniboss, and see they're pumping their arms. These guys are the audience for an underground fighting ring. (They won't attack until you defeat the current champ.)
  • There's a superb, but all too brief, one of these in a high-speed chase in the ice level of MDK - at one point, the hero and his pursuers, busy in a firefight whilst iceboarding, crash right through a small guardhouse - which contains a mook sitting in an armchair, reading a paper, who gets briefly swept along with the rest of the fight for a few seconds (continuing to obliviously read the news) before being obliterated in the hail of bullets.
  • Touhou Project, being fairly lighthearted, has game installments like Touhou Bunkachou ~ Shoot the Bullet and Double Spoiler ~ Touhou Bunkachou (in which our honest and trustworthy Intrepid Reporter conducts interviews!), and non-game installments which are even more Slice of Life about Gensokyo and its inhabitants, humans and youkai alike.
    • In particular, one of the non-game installments mentions two of the early-game bosses starting a punk rock band.
  • In Final Fight, some of the gang members are just hanging out in the subway train and Bay Area before encountered. Bred was shopping inside the gas station while his car got mauled by the heroes.
  • In Chrono Cross, one of the more comedic Multiple Endings has Dark Serge, Kid, and Harle visiting the bar in Termina.
  • The very first scene in Thief: The Dark Project had a pair of guards talking about going to the bear fights later, one of them being disgusted at how soft and harmless the bears have become compared to the killing machines they were in his youth.
  • In the remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver, the player character can visit the Goldenrod City Department Store while disguised as a member of Team Rocket. The civilian NPCs make some amusing comments about you.
  • There are some Iron Crown Marksman and Warriors idly fishing in Angmar in The Lord of the Rings Online.
  • In the French RPG Off, we see The Batter have fun on a roller coaster and get his photo taken.
  • In Darkstalkers, Baby Bonnie Hood has a ten-part routine; nine of the ten parts are activities that would seem typical for her role as a deceptive and heartless Professional Killer, such as training in marksmanship, maintaining weapons, and researching marks. (Plus some rather unethical ones, like gaining weapons by stealing them, so as to be untraceable.) Number 5 on the list, however, is innocent enough: "5. Going to town to buy food and clothing, and going to Grandmother's house to do errands."
  • In Fallout 3, the Always Chaotic Evil Raiders can sometimes be seen playing baseball.
    • This returns in Fallout 4, as Raiders can be heard arguing about what constitutes a sandwich if you sneak up on them.
    • The protagonist can also be this: You may be an psychotic murderer or master thief, but doesn't mean you have to visit your local vendor to resupply and/or pawn all your stolen loot, and heck, you may even help the area out a bit when you got a second to listen.
  • Jitsu Squad have various areas where in the background, mooks are enjoying their break and completely ignoring your presence while you slice and dice through their colleagues in the foreground. From bathing themselves in a hot spring, to playing in an arcade, boating in a dinghy in the beach level, having picnics, and just chilling around.
  • In Nefarious, the Villain Protagonist Crow likes to sing karaoke in his spare time.
  • In Little Big Adventure, Twinsen can visit a tavern where the soldiers in Dr FunFrock's army go to unwind when they're off duty. Even though Twinsen a wanted criminal by this point in the story, none of the off-duty soliders try to attack him.
  • In Little Nightmares and its prequel, all the monsters are usually seen doing mundane things such as collecting spoons, playing pianos, cooking or sleeping, until they notice the protagonist and begin chasing him. The sole expection is the Thin Man, whose occupations are unknown, it only makes him creepier than the rest.
  • In The World Ends with You, Reapers are allowed to phase into the mortal plane and lead relatively normal lives when they're off the clock. 777, for instance, spends his spare time as part of an indie rock band.
  • In Five Nights At Freddy's 4, Purple Guy appears in the background, doing his day job (and for once not being in any way responsible for the events of the game).
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you may get invited by a man named Sam Guevenne to a drinking contest at a random bar (typically the first one you enter after hitting level 14). You get blackout drunk and wake up while getting yelled at by a priestess of Dibella for desecrating the local temple. After tracing your way through your misadventures the previous night, you discover that your buddy Sam is really Sanguine, the Daedric Prince of Debauchery and Hedonism, who was out looking for a good time. After you finally track him down, you find him in the middle of hosting a party with some of his followers. Essentially, you joined him while he was "out shopping" and now he's back to work. At least he gives you an artifact staff for your troubles...
  • Bokoblins in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can occasionally be found hunting animals for meat out in the wild or dancing in their camps.
  • The Secret World features this from quite a few villainous characters - but given the game's Morality Kitchen Sink, chances are you might just end up allied with them from time to time.
    • Amoral Illuminati manager Kirsten Geary gets up to quite a bit of this. Among other things, some of her after-mission text messages are just notifications from the sysadmin explaining that Geary's taking time off work at an office party with an open bar. During the "Mayan Apocalypse" event, thanks to you missing a memo, you end up contacting Geary during a Christmas party - and judging by the deteriorated spelling, she's completely shitfaced.
    • When not keeping a condescending eye on Sarge and deciding whether or not to have Solomon Island nuked, Karen Olsen apparently shares lattes with Kirsten Geary.
    • Abdel Daoud, head of the Atenists, spends most of his time away from cult ceremonies lounging around in a coffee house - a fact that his supplier gives him no end of grief over.
    • The dreaded Oni mercenary Inbeda of the House-In-Exile spends his time off at a bathhouse, usually while wearing his tiger-print bathrobe and fluffy slippers. Plus, in one mission intro, you catch him dancing with a mannequin to hip-hop music. Also, lore entries claim he's in the habit of using the pool as a means of scrying into Hell - not for espionage, but just because he's homesick.
    • One mission intro features you walking in on demented Yakuza boss Daimon Kiyota doing cartwheels around his office as part of some bizarre dance move. Later in the same mission, Daimon also cheekily admits to stealing CCTV camera footage of you moonwalking across pressure plates - and then putting it up on YouTube!
    • When he's not trying to convert you to the worship of the Dreamers or plotting to kill Lilith, the Black Signal actually spends his off-hours chatting with Harumi online, and occasionally trolling unsuspecting people around Kaidan for little more than cheap laughs.
  • Hiveswap's crew released some art of supporting character Chahut Maenad, showing that the amazonian Ax-Crazy Monster Clown enjoys making scrapbooks. Admittedly of photos of her victims, but still.
  • Warframe:
    • If you leave your radio scanner on, you can overhear some members of the fascist Grineer empire, an organization dedicated to the enslavement and eradication of all other races, going through basic docking and customs procedures in a bored tone. Even their discussion of the player characters is pretty much just "yeah, everybody's dead, this is gonna be a lot of paperwork."
    • A literal example can be seen at Cetus, where Corpus Crewman, resident Mooks of the local Mega-Corp, can be seen shopping and trying to sell their own wares. Hardly surprising - they can't be a Mega-Corp unless they actually sell things.
  • Shovel Knight's Boss Rush happens when you interrupt the Order of No Quarter as they're having dinner together.
  • Senran Kagura: In all the main games, it's downright common for members of the player's chosen team to run into other during story segments, doing everything from shopping to grabbing a bite to eat to indulging in their hobbies. These generally don't end in a fight either, with even Good and Evil Shinobi being downright cordial to one another without a mission putting them at loggerheads. This is part of the games' deconstruction of those concepts, showing just how shallow those labels are and how hard it is to apply them to real people with their own priorities. Also counts are Foreshadowing in Shinovi Versus, as the other teams realize they've never seen the new Hebijo squad out and about on downtime and start to wonder why that is.
  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike:
    • They had some fun with the alternate costumes for COs in this regard. Flak is dressed like he's either headed to the gym or to a skate park, Hawke wears the most generic civilian clothing imaginable and looks like a middle-aged dad going shopping, Jugger has modest human clothing draped over his robot body like he's trying to fit in with humans, and Kindle is dressed like she's ready to go to the club after the battle.
    • Speaking of, Kindle is the queen of this. She's downright chuffed that the Allies showed up to attack in Mission 10 as she was planning on catching up on some reading while they finished their repairs, and in the end when Black Hole is defeated she tells Koal that, rather than planning their next campaign, she'd rather just find "a quiet little city with fine restaurants and good shopping" and relax for a while.
  • In Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous the player comes across the village of Wintersun, whose inhabitants have been ensorcelled to see mortals as demons and vice versa. This has very little to do with the demons' overall goals (beyond the cruel joke of tricking them into killing mortals they see as demons), and it's clear that some of them just really enjoy roleplaying as mortals. Some demons have lived there peacefully for years.
  • Turtle Head: Unmasked: If his profile pic is anything to go by, the titular maniacal Yandere and Serial Killer of humans and animals alike is a fan of a Magical Girl Warrior in-universe Show Within a Show.
  • Splatoon 2: As stated by the Squid Sister Stories, DJ Octavio ended up genuinely accepting Callie's company when she was feeling lonely due to drifting apart from Marie, because he, too, was feeling lonely after breaking free before the events of the game. The only reason why he placed hypnoshades on her is because he was afraid she would either rat him out to the Squidbeak Splatoon, or worse, make him undergo a Heel–Face Turn because she was nice to him.
  • Fancy Island: Bizarrely, two sets of LINE stickers featuring many of the game's monsters with Nightmare Faces were released, showing them doing mundane everyday things like dressing up for Halloween or enjoying an ice tea.