Remember the first video game character who really got under your skin? For some of you it may have been that dam dog from Duck Hunt. If you’re a younger gamer, maybe you weren’t really irritated by a game until the end of Portal when you learned the truth about the cake.
The point is, we’ve pretty much all been annoyed by a gaming character at one point or another. So, in the spirit of getting things off our chests, CG is counting down our top 10 most annoying video game characters of all time. Of course this is the sort of list that will vary greatly from person to person, so feel free to rant and rave in the comments section.
Let’s have at it.
10. Sagat (Street Fighter 2)
Sagat was a cool enough character, but his fighting style seemed to consist of something along the lines of; tiger uppercut, tiger uppercut, step back, jab, tiger uppercut, repeat. Occasionally he would throw in a tiger knee or something, but for the most part, it was all tiger uppercuts. Add in the very poor voice sampling tech at the time (especially on the Genesis) and Sagat could get very irritating, very fast.
9. Raiden (MGS2)
Maybe if Raiden wasn’t trying to fill the shoes of Solid Snake, the cigar chewin’, slightly perverted, badass protagonist of most Metal Gear games, people wouldn’t have been so hard on him. Unfortunately for Raiden, he was. It didn’t help that players actually got to play as Snake for a while before taking control of Raiden in MGS2. As it stands, his whiny, “I’m all emo and I don’t like to be controlled” antics mostly just got on everyone’s nerves.
This is a guy who could kill you six times before you hit the ground and all he wants to do is bitch and moan. Goddammit Raiden, just do your job for once.
8. Princess Peach (Mario series)
In her defense, she looks kind of hot in the Mario Strikers games, but Peach is generally far to pedestrian looking for a girl who’s so high maintenance. And how the hell does she always manage to bake a cake while being held captive in Bowser’s dungeon?
7. Zach (Dead or Alive series)
When this guy’s not trimming his green mohawk or some such nonsense he likes to beat up girls and run around in a friggin’ skin tight, silver onesie. Oh and he named his private island “Zack Island”. As if.
6. Tails (Sonic series)
Truth be told, Tails is a lot less annoying than some of the more recent additions to the Sonic universe (anyone after Knuckles, really), but he still gets on our nerves. Why? He started the whole trend of adding pointless characters to Sonic games rather than focusing on gameplay improvements, thereby ruining the series. He’s sort of like the Jar Jar Binks of video games.
Thanks Tails, you little mutant freak. Thanks a lot.
5. Superfly Johnson (Daikatana)
Remember this game? Probably not. One of it’s main selling points were the a.i. controlled teammates who would accompany you through the whole game. If one of them died, the mission was a failure and you had to start over. This was revolutionary stuff 10 years ago. Unfortunately your teammates were as dumb as toast. When they weren’t busy wandering off a cliff, walking, face first, into a wall or just standing in a crowded hallway so you couldn’t get by they would mostly just walk off directly into enemy fire, getting themselves killed.
Watching out for these guys was an exercise in absolute frustration. Superfly only managed to edge out Daikatana’s other a.i. protagonist, Mikiko Ebihara, by a few points because of his ridiculous name. Superfly Johnson indeed .
4. Tingle (Zelda series)
Tingle’s a creepy little bugger. He can be found prancing about in the woods in a few classic Zelda games, selling his “wares” in exchange for precious rupees. I think Nintendo were going for a sort of whimsical wood nymph kind of look with Tingle, but ultimately he just creeps people out and gets on their nerves.
He ended up gaining a small degree of popularity in Japan where, let’s face it, the weirder, the better, but he was almost universally hated everywhere else. I mean look at this guy. Is it so hard to figure out why people hate him?
3. Pikachu (Pokemon)
2. Mario (Every game ever)
I liked Mario well enough in the old days. He was a hardcore, mushroom poppin’, bad guy stomping tough guy who breaks bricks with his head and always gets the girl (or at least her cake) in the end. So why is he annoying? Well at some point Nintendo decided to give him a voice.
I would have loved to have been there when the casting director told Charles Martinet (voice of Mario) during that first recording session, ” Hey Charles, I love the work you’re doing here, but is there any way you can make Mario sound more like my little sister?”
Why, oh why does THE iconic figure in the history of gaming, a figure more recognizable than even Pacman have a voice that reminds us of an 8 year old girl? I’ll never understand it.
1. Slippy the Toad (Starfox)
On those rare occasions when he actually does his job and shoots down a bad guy he’ll hop on the radio and enthusiastically let you know in that grating voice of his “I got one, I got one!!!”. We know Slippy. The rest of us got several already. Do you hear us bragging about it? This is why Falco and Fox get all the chicks.