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  • In Dragon Age: Origins, King Cailan establishes himself as a great admirer of the Grey Wardens, and expresses his eagerness to fight alongside them to defeat the darkspawn like in all the stories he has read. Unfortunately for Cailan, Dragon Age is not that kind of fantasy. Anybody who has read A Song of Ice and Fire and is aware that it was a great influence in this game will dub King Cailan "King Red Shirt III" after hearing him speak for about 10 seconds.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines has a few cases where characters new to the supernatural side of things think the world they are in works by common horror tropes. Most notable would be one of the thin-bloods, who thinks a full blood transfusion or killing the head vampire can cure him from vampirism. The player can milk his gullibility for all it is worth.
    • Another example would be when you get a mission to keep the zombie population at a local graveyard under control for a bit.
      Romero: Whatever you do, don't let them bite you.
      Player: Why? Will I turn into a zombie then?
      Romero: Nope. It just hurts like a bitch.
  • In Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Harry Flynn basically tells Elena that she is this. This ends badly for Elena.
    Flynn: Sorry love, but this isn't a movie. And you're not the plucky girl who reforms the villain and saves the day.
  • Until Dawn:
    • Once the main characters realize that there's a killer on the loose, Emily insists to Matt that they should not go back to the lodge, as that's what he'd be expecting them to do. Considering that the actual threat wasn't a slasher killer, but something far more supernatural and monstrous, the lodge was actually the safest place on the mountain.
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    • After learning about the wendigoes, the main characters initially assume that they are like zombies — and that Emily, should she be bitten by a wendigo during her chase scene, is infected. They're wrong, but they only learn that after you're given the option to kill her. Sam is the only one willing to give Emily the benefit of the doubt and tries calming the others down, and needless to say, Emily is quite justifiably furious afterwards.


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