Top 10 Worst Heroes in Video Games
Script written by Jaime Leslie
Top 10 Worst Heroes in Video Games
Protagonists or not, these certainly aren’t your typical knights in shining armor. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Worst Heroes in Video Games.
For this list, we’ll be the characters who are supposed to be the heroes and they guys we’re supposed to get behind, but either because of questionable motives or just plain annoyances, are really dull to support. We’re sticking only to playable character, so breathe a sigh of relief Goofy and Slippy.
“Drake of the 99 Dragons” (2003)
A true assassin fears not even their own mortality, especially when they’re pretty much dead anyway. The premier assassin of Hong Kong’s 99 Dragons Clan fails to convince players of his badass persona pretty much from the start of the game. On a quest to avenge the fallen members in his clan, thinking he thinks he now had immortality and then immediately kills himself; and even after death it’s all just downhill from there. With a whole other host of powers to aid Drake in his vengeful mission, it becomes increasingly apparent that its all to help hide from the character’s less than abundant development.
“Metal Gear Solid 2” (2001)
When it comes down to saving the world from nuclear warfare, fans of this franchise except no substitutes. To be fair, Raiden’s public appeal was pretty much doomed from the beginning after he surprisingly took the center stage of this second installment. Everything we loved about the titular Solid Snake was absent in the unseasoned FOXHOUND agent, as along with his inexperience he was annoyingly indecisive and lacked basic leadership skills. Add in his obscenely complicated backstory and you’ve got yourself wondering why you couldn’t have just played through the game as the real hero. Also: He slips on Seagull poo, successor to Snake my ass.
“Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure” (1994)
It’s not everyday a video game hero completely grosses us out. Local millionaire Snotty Ragsdale assumes the role of quite possibly the most unhygienic superhero in an attempt to secure the stolen power source of a pollution-cleaning machine. Evil-doers beware, as Boogerman possesses the power to repulse you with his mucus or flatulence base attacks. Everyone needs a hero every once in a while, but we’d appreciate if the likes of Boogerman stayed far far far away from us.
#7: Vincent Brooks
Here’s an idea, we’ll make a main character with severe anxiety problems who’s also unhappy with nearly ever facet of his life. We’ve heard of making video games relatable but sheesh. Vincent Brooks aimlessly travels throughout the whole length of the game with no solid grip on his reality, as he is either attempting to appease his girlfriend Catherine who relentlessly needs him to commit, or being manipulated by the mysterious vixen he’s met of the same name. The biggest issue with Vincent is that it would have been really easy for her to tell evil Catherine that he has a girlfriend and get out of that chaotic love triangle, but he just digs himself deeper every time he’s with her.
“Lester the Unlikely” (1994)
Throw out all the tropes of a hero being strong, courageous, or empowering and welcome this horridly awkward character. After becoming stranded on a deserted island, following a series of very unfortunate events, players are given the task of navigating through the foreign terrain with the most cowardly and uncoordinated video game character ever conceived. Lester shivers when he’s scared, runs away if a small creature looks at him funny and is likely to meet a demise by his own hand than from a hostile enemy. Chances of survival and fun, are highly unlikely with this protagonist.
#5: Reboot Dante
“DMC Devil May Cry” (2013)
Ever heard of the saying, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it? Yeah, well neither did the developers at Capcom, as against fans wishes decided to reboot one of their most popular action franchise characters. The cocky, charismatic and all around badass protagonist that we all came to know and love was soon replaced by his angsty teenager alter ego. The rebooted attempt of Dante not only got rid of most of the character’s signature design (quite literally),but almost came off forced and the made the new hero unlikeable and only reminded us of our neighborhood coffee shop hipster.
“Final Fantasy XIII” (2009)
Final Fantasy XIII’s party as a whole are so unlikeable, that they could have easily taken up half the slots on this list. Still since we have to pick one character to carry the mantle, its easily lead gal Lightning. Lightning’s personality is anything but electrifying and takes the standoffish complex a bit too literally. Throughout the better half of the game, Lightning is solely fixed on the wellbeing of herself and her younger sister, and fails to be the adhesive that bonds her team together, even going as far as picking fights with other team member at the slightest questioning.
#3: Aiden Pearce
“Watch Dogs” (2014)
No one likes a hacker and after playing through this game, you might finally realize why. Aiden operates as a serious anti-hero with an even more serious hero complex. After tragedy befalls him, Aiden uses his smartphone “hacking abilities” to take down the oppressive entities at work, disregarding all he harms or even kills in his path. With his warped ideology, Aiden can pretty much justify any of the heinous acts he commits against society, often times making him more criminal than the ones he opposes. He also displays little personality, giving the player the impression of controlling a machine rather than a man.
#2: Bubsy the Bobcat
“Bubsy The Bobcat” series (1993-96)
You’re going to need more than nine lives to get through this cat’s game, espcecially when he can die really REALLY easily. For an overly optimistic bobcat, Bubsy is quite the unfortunate feline. He’s highly susceptible to damage and will often go down after one hit. Bubsy’s high jumping and gliding ability do little to help him evade such perils and ultimately creates more frustration for the player. What makes this character completely intolerable is his tendency to mock the player periodically after a number of fails. Even his voice actor, Rob Paulson isn’t a fan.
Before we unveil our pick for Worst Hero in a Video Game, here are a few honorable mentions:
“Lost Odyssey” (2007)
Ninja Bread Man
“Ninja Bread Man” (2005)
“Tales of the Abyss” (2005)
“Resident Evil: Revelations 2” (2015)
#1: Big the Cat
“Sonic Adventures” (1998)
Not all heroes are stationed on the front lines, as some prefer to work behind the scenes. Big the Cat however was found in neither, as his only purpose throughout the whole game revolved around fishing for his pet frog, who keeps running away from him. The reason for this character’s inclusion is still a complete mystery, as his dim-witted behavior does nothing but slow down the game. His overweight appearance makes him a chore to control, his irritating voice will drive you nuts, and if all that isn’t enough to make you rage quit, his insanely frustrating fishing mini-game will.
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