Inept veteran

Other (objects, etc.) theme

The protagonist is presented as a veteran, but they're surprisingly inept despite this.

80
games
30
platforms

Alternate names: Incapable veteran, Inexperienced veteran

The first video game about Inept veteran was released in 1988.

Nihon Falcom, Origin and Konami has published most of these games

Not to be confused with a taste of power or lost powers though there's some possible overlap.
Usually lampshaded via amnesia, some inexplicable strength loss (being severely wounded), being reincarnated, having had a drinking binge, etc. and they're now getting their mojo back, explaining also the rapid growth in how skilled they become, though fails if you have multiple characters in your team who along with you gain "power".

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Platforms

Windows 17
Linux 6
MS-DOS 6
PS2 5
PSP 4
SNES 4
Mac OS X 4
PCE CD 3
Nintendo DS 3
NEC PC8801 2
X68000 2
NES 2
Xbox 2
X360 2
MSX2 2
NEC PC9801 2
PS 1
Pandora 1
MICRO 7 - FM7 1
Zaurus 1
Saturn 1
Sharp X1 1
Mac OS Classic 1
GP2X 1
Mega Drive 1
Amiga 1
Atari ST 1
Win3.1 1
PS3 1
PS4 1

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