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  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City:
    • Tommy Vercetti is a low level mook sent to Vice City in order to negotiate a major drug deal with a cartel. As expected, a rival cartel ambushes the deal, resulting in both the drugs and the money being stolen in the chaos. This makes Sonny Forelli - Tommy's boss - extremely angry, and he spends the rest of the game getting angrier and angrier at the main character for not being able to get the money back. During this time, Tommy starts to make connections of his own and starts to make his own little empire in Vice City, coming into contact with a substantial chunk of change and enough drugs to make the original deal look like chump change.
      You'd Expect: That Tommy would at one point tell his boss that he'll fully pay him back for everything lost in the initial ambush, since even a quarter of the way through the game, he has enough money to do this, and then offer a rendezvous to give the money. Even if he didn't have all the money, he could at the very least persuade one of his many powerful friends to help him out in this situation just to get the mob boss off his back and maybe even have some of the mob boss' assets to help him out once things cool down.
      Instead: Tommy seems very nonchalant during all of this. Every time Sonny demands money, Tommy either says nothing to help his situation, or just says he'll "figure out a way" to pay him back. He literally does absolutely nothing to help out the situation.
      As A Result: Near the end of the game, Sonny sends hitmen to extract the money from Tommy's friends, and after those are dispatched, the boss openly declares war on Tommy. This results in the final mission where most of Tommy's friends abandon him, leaving him to fight off the entire force by himself.
      • Sonny isn't helping himself, either. He's basically launching a drug deal with the Vance Gang without the consent of the other Liberty City mafia families. He is primarily motivated by self-serving financial gain, while simultaneously aiming for the hope that the situation will resolve itself in a "better to ask forgiveness than seek permission" manner when the anti-drug heads of the mob see the profits he is raking in. Who do you think he would send in to handle this sensitive operation?
        You'd Expect: Him to send in one of his trusted friends or allies, someone who he knows he can trust to get the job done and remain loyal, mitigating circumstances or not.
        Instead: He sends in Tommy Vercetti, a man whom he personally tried to assassinate. He not only survived that, but killed his assassins, proving that he is a man who is very difficult to kill. In addition to that, he received no help from the Mob while in prison and gained no love for them in the meanwhile. When the inevitable happens and Tommy ends up backstabbing Sonny, Sonny sends down the men seen with him in the intro to destroy a growing criminal enterprise (by which point he finally decides to do so, Tommy has gained enough influence to own half the city). Unsurprisingly, they fail. Even when he has the luck of having one of Tommy's top lieutenants turn traitor, he still can't beat Tommy, and pays for the mistake of giving the task to him with his life.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas:
  • Grand Theft Auto IV:
    • Niko finds out that Michelle is a government agent sent to spy on him while he's stealing the cocaine that belongs to Elizabeta.
      You'd Expect: Him to be enraged by this revelation and pull a gun on her with the intention of killing her.
      Instead: He just screams "You fucking bitch!", and does nothing to stop Michelle from confiscating the coke that he stole back.
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    • Towards the end of the game, Jimmy Pegorino is doing a deal with Dimitri Rascalov, who, for lack of a better word, backstabbed everyone who dared to work for him.
      You'd expect: For Pegorino to (1) either cancel the deal eventually, (2), kill Rascalov as soon as the deal was over or (3), be suspicious and have either Niko or Phill Bell monitor Dimitri.
      Instead: He still tries to go ahead with the deal.
      The Result: Assuming Niko doesn't do the smart thing and waste him, Dmitri steals the heroin being traded for himself and nearly gets Niko killed.
    • If Niko chooses the "Revenge" route, Pegorino's organization has been reduced to nothing after Niko killed Dimitri.
      You'd think: Pegorino would realize that making a deal with Dimitri would not have been worth it and apologize to Niko.
      Instead: Pissed off that Niko practically destroyed his organization, he ruins his cousin's wedding by killing one of the guests, Kate McReary, who depending on player choices may or may not have been Niko's girlfriend at the time.
      The Result: Niko goes on another Roaring Rampage of Revenge that ends with Pegorino dead.
  • Grand Theft Auto V:
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    • Several years before the game's storyline, Michael is in a gang consisting of him, Trevor Phillips, and their friend Brad. Because of concerns for his family, Michael decides that he wants out of being a criminal.
      You'd Expect: That he would talk about this with his partners, and try to part with them on good terms, so that they'll leave him alone.
      Instead: He goes behind both their backs and plans to have them either killed or arrested, while faking his death at the same time. Trevor survives, and when he finds out that Michael ditched him, he's furious about it for most of the game.
    • Later on, Michael is taking part in a jewelry store robbery.
      You'd Expect: Him not to do or say anything to give away his identity during the job, if he doesn't want any attention from the cops/underworld as a result of it.
      Instead: He gives his Catchphrase to a cop trying to get them to move their illegally parked bikes.
      As A Result: Trevor realizes he's still alive and barges his way back into Michael's life, bringing with him a great deal of trouble.
    • Lamar yet again tries another money making venture after the one before went wrong.
      You'd Expect: Possibly a deal with a person or group that is reliable and won't get him or Franklin killed or arrested.
      Instead: He makes a deal with D, a Ballas gangster he tried to kidnap and ransom away for money earlier. This leads to an ambush by the Ballas and a three star police chase. Franklin calls Lamar out for being incredibly naive and dumb, which nearly gets him killed every time and that he always has to come in to save him from himself.
    • Devin Weston employs Franklin, Trevor and Lamar to steal five cars for him. The men put in a lot of time and effort to acquire them.
      You'd Expect: Devin, a billionaire who can easily buy his way out of anything, to just pay them for services rendered.
      Instead: Devin places their money in a investment fund and refuses to pay them.
      As A Result: This destroys his relationship with Trevor and Franklin. He also tries to disrupt Michael's movie Meltdown, which leads to Michael turning against him.
    • Devin Weston is understandably pissed that Michael's latest exploits had gotten his assistant, Molly, a terminal case of plane turbine and deprived him of a lot of money. He calls Michael and the former offers an apology, and in response, Devin sends his private army to Michael's home to kill his family and gloats about it right in his face, prompting Michael to go Papa Wolf on them all.
      You'd Expect: For Devin to realize just who he had managed to piss off and evacuate the country ASAP.
      Instead: He sticks around, enters Franklin's home and tells the man to go kill Michael for him, despite screwing him over in the past.
      As A Result: Devin's life hinges entirely on whether a dumpy 50-something white collar can successfully intimidate a 20-something One-Man Army who has reason to be angry at him personally. In ending C, he dies. Honestly, this guy was Too Dumb to Live embodied.
    • Dr. Friedlander becomes famous after publishing his work with Michael De Santa without getting the latter's express permission, to the point where he gets his own TV show. Naturally, this means he can't nickel-and-dime Mike for any more sessions.
      You'd Expect: That when he has to report the news to Michael, someone he knows is a career criminal with a violent temper, he would simply say he can't provide any more therapy, stay quiet about the reasons why, and possibly suggest another therapist he could go to before getting out of town.
      Instead: He brags about where his newfound fame is going to get him right to Michael's face, and drops a hint that it's all because of his (completely ineffectual) sessions with Michael.
      As A Result: Mike gets understandably pissed, chases after Friedlander, and kills him. If you choose to let him get away, a news report on the radio confirms that he died in a car accident anyway.
    • Floyd is house-sitting for his girlfriend when all of a sudden, out of the blue, his cousin Wade shows up with Trevor, who wastes no time in kicking the door in, making himself at home, ordering Floyd around as if he owns the place, and threatening bodily harm on him.
      You'd Expect: That Floyd would do something about the uninvited maniac who's trespassing and squatting in his home. Like call the police at his next and safest opportunity (like in a hotel room he checks into to hide from Trevor).
      Instead: He does nothing. Trevor continues to abuse him, makes a mess of the apartment, and even forces Floyd to help him rob his place of employment. Floyd eventually snaps after seeing his girlfriend get upset at the whole situation and he pulls a gun on Trevor, but Trevor kills him and the girlfriend off screen, and all we know about the specifics is that there's a ton of blood on the windows and on Trevor afterwards.
    • Ending B. Franklin chases the Final Boss Michael up a ladder to the top of a tower. Obviously, Franklin has to put his gun away so he can grip the ladder with both hands while climbing.
      You'd Expect: For Franklin to immediately pull out his gun after reaching the top before continuing.
      Instead: He moves forward unarmed, and is predictably caught defenseless by the Final Boss and left completely at his mercy.
      You'd Then Expect: For the Final Boss to put aside any lingering sentiments of friendship and shoot him immediately.
      Instead: The Final Boss takes a moment to rant at Franklin, allowing him to outflank him, disarm him, and throw him off the tower to his death.
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