This article contains video game spoilers.
Have you ever played a video game and you encounter a character so annoying, that you’ve been tempted to quit the game entirely?
Over the years there have been some truly awful video game characters, whether that is due to poor technical design, writing or just bad in terms of the way they affect your enjoyment of the game. Sometimes you encounter a character so bad that it takes you out of the game completely, and for all the good memories you have of that specific game, you will also remember THAT character for ruining your gaming experience.
It’s not just individual NPC characters within a game that can be a source of great annoyance. Sometimes you are forced to play with a ‘companion’, who will more than likely try their best to stop you from playing a game in your usual way.
The worst kind are the ones you have to keep alive, these, of course, are usually the ones who always decide to run head first into danger, causing a great amount of stress and frustration in the process.
I have chosen ten of, what I believe to be, the most annoying video game characters of all time. The only rule I applied was I had to have encountered them for myself, so if you think I’ve missed some bigger ones, it could be because I have not played that specific game. Please be sure to leave your picks in the comments section at the end.
So, let’s do this…
10 : Tails (Sonic 2)
Activating platforms that fall down before you can reach them, unable to keep up on screen with Sonic…what benefits did Tails actually bring to Sonic 2?
This unnecessary addition to the franchise was useless in so many different ways. You would be timing jumps right, avoiding constant danger, and what would Tails be doing? Just flying behind you because he could not keep up.
9: Jar Jar Binks (LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game)
Mesa not got much to say on this one. It’s Jar Jar Binks. That is surely the end of the matter? You have an already annoying character and dumb it down even further. Oh, the horror.
8: Eric Sparrow (Tony Hawks Underground)
Before Aidan Gillen brought Petyr Baelish to life on Game of Thrones, the world’s biggest two-timing backstabber was Eric Sparrow.
Acting as your best friend, Eric would constantly betray you time and time again. When he wasn’t ramming the knife deep into your back, he would constantly get into trouble which left you to deal with the all the ramifications. He stole your tape. Never forget.
7: Traders (Fable)
Trader escort and rescue missions became very repetitive in Fable after the first few missions. These useless NPC characters would have plenty of coin on them or valuable items, but they don’t appear to have the brains to pack armour or weapons?
After a few hours of gameplay, I stopped trying to help every trader who was being attacked. I would just casually jog past them as I left them to their impending doom.
6: Larry – The Walking Dead: Season One
When playing any of The Walking Dead games I try to really immerse myself in the game and with its characters. I try to play it as realistically as possible, I make the choices that I feel I would make if I was in that situation. I try to empathise and understand even the most testing or nauseating of characters.
Then Larry came along. What a d*#@!!
With such a vial and annoying character, I found myself taking great pride in every misfortune that fell his way. And when that salt block crushed his skull into mush, the smile on my face put The Jokers to shame.
5: Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy VIII)
Rather than trying to assume the mantle of Final Fantasy VIII’s main protagonist, he would have been better off sat in his room listening to Dashboard Confessional. Dear god.
Prince of emo and lord of sulk, Squall was truly a frustrating character to play as. It says it all when you’re willing the enemies to kill you…
4: Sticky (Fallout 3)
Escort missions are tedious at the best of times, but they’re made even worse when you add a character who won’t keep his mouth shut during the entire mission.
The rewards of trying to keep him alive are just not worth it. He is such an irritating character.
His nickname is ‘Sticky Hands’ and if you ask him why, he esponds with “use your imagination”. Final nail in the coffin. Don’t waste your time escorting this w@%^+#, just put a bullet in his head and be done with it. #PartyHatsAreOverratedAnyway
3: Ashley Graham (Resident Evil 4)
I was enjoying Resident Evil 4 up until I finally located the main mission objective. The extremely useless Ashley Graham.
When she wasn’t getting killed, she would spend most of her time snapping to your back, making it at times very difficult when trying to aim and manoeuvre through the environments.
Ok, so it’s not like she is with you for the entire game, but after spending so much time and effort constantly keeping her alive, she would repeatedly get recaptured, and this grew old very quickly.
2: Natalya Simonova (Goldeneye 007)
Take Ashley Graham and crank her up to one hundred.
Keeping Natalya alive became a massive chore, and my 10-year-old self would rage quit many a time as she would die repeatedly, either by enemy fire, or running in to my line of sight and she would meet her end by my bullet.
1: Navi (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
Hey! Hey! Listen! Hey! Hey!
NO! You listen you whiny shining ball of utter s*@#!
Yes, my top pick for the most annoying video game characters of all time is Navi, the ‘helpful’ fairy from the excellent Zelda game Ocarina of Time.
While she is intended to be a constant source of knowledge, to allow you to progress in the game, her constant irritating presence had the opposite effect.
I have yet to meet anyone who actually enjoyed the character, and should that day ever arrive, I would truly question their sanity!
So there you have it. My top ten picks for the most annoying video game characters of all time. Please share your thoughts about my picks, or tell me yours in the comments below.