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4 Most Unlikable Video Game Characters From This Gen

Lost Odyssey Red Dead Redemption The Walking Dead Final Fantasy XIII Ben Cooke And Mack Jack Marston Hope

Now before we get started, I want to make something clear. Every game that is going to be mentioned in this list is arguably pretty gosh darned great, and I genuinely enjoyed my time with them. But that doesn't mean there weren't things I didn't like about them. To keep this article from becoming a book about all the stuff I didn't like, we'll narrow it down to just the characters I couldn't stand.

Every game with multiple characters has at least one that the gaming world almost unanimously agrees is just terrible for some reason. Each series just has to have their very own Jar Jar Binks to be complained about in forums for the rest of eternity. It's almost like its mandatory to hurt some designer's feelings after all of their hard work. These are just some of those characters.

 

Hope - Final Fantasy XIII


I'm going to let you all in on a little secret: I ended up enjoying both Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2. I know, I know. I have to live with these sins for the rest of my life. But I wasn't always so peachy keen with the thirteenth game in the Final Fantasy series. This was mainly because the first twenty hours or so of the game were absolutely garbage. Of course, there's another thirty hours of pretty good gameplay after that. But it was a chore getting through those first twenty.

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I cannot form into words how much I hated him


And one of the main reasons for that was the character, Hope. A young teenage boy who at the start of the game, saw his mother die right in front of him while she was trying to help another character named Snow save a train full of exiled people. After her death, Hope holds a grudge against Snow for no good reason for those first grueling twenty hours. While I can understand we're suppose to be seeing a kid dealing with his mother's death, all I saw was an indecisive whiner who couldn't stop dealing with his FEELINGS.

I just wanted the side story to end so I could finally go on adventures with a full team of characters who weren't busy torturing themselves over their angst and boohoos. That time finally came, as I mentioned before. But the disdain for Hope stuck with me throughout the game. This was made even worse when he was made one of the only returning characters in Final Fantasy XIII-2. Of all the characters they could have chosen, they got the least liked one??

 

Ben - The Walking Dead


WARNING: There are spoilers for The Walking Dead in this part of the article. I've covered them up to protect you. So open them at your own risk.

Ben was such an inept character that his many, many misdeeds almost became funny. Almost. At first I thought he was just making these mistakes because he was a teenage kid who was just trying to do right by the group. And then his idiotic choices started piling up more and more. He was directly putting the group in harm's way every few minutes. It just became annoying.

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Oh Ben, you were just bad all around


He was making choices that no actual person would have made. At one point, he unblocks a door with a horde of zombies he could clearly see waiting behind it and then acts surprised when the group gets overrun by them. And that wasn't even the worst of it. He would actively run away from the group whenever danger arose and he ended up getting multiple people killed in my game.

When the time finally came to...

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After I did it though, I started feeling bad, like I had made the wrong choice. I refused to go back and correct it however, because that would have spoiled the whole point of the game. Then I read online that...

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That is also one of the reasons I became sour towards The Walking Dead as well. Your choices really didn't matter at all. So thanks a lot Ben. You suck.

 

Jack Marston - Red Dead Redemption


This is a case of one character being unable to fill the shoes of their father. At the end of Red Dead Redemption, the game skips forward a fair number of years and puts you in the boots of a now adult Jack Marston, John Marston's son. And after spending a good thirty hours as John Marston, its tough to get accustomed to this new character who, at best, is a pale imitation of his father.

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And then I threw my game disc in the trash and cried


But that isn't the only problem with Jack Marston. Throughout the entire game, John Marston was working towards giving his son a better life than he had as a child. All of the violence and sacrifices that John had to make for his son to grow up as a normal law abiding human being immediately gets thrown aside right after the game's credits come to an end. Jack still becomes an outlaw. He still robs and murders people despite everything John did, and it more or less tells you your whole journey beforehand was for absolutely nothing.

It also doesn't help that the game gives you absolutely no option to turn back into John Marston after the game skips forward in time. After you beat it, you're stuck as Jack Marston forever. That's what really made me dislike Jack as a character.

 

Cooke And Mack - Lost Odyssey


Around ten or fifteen hours into the Xbox 360 RPG Lost Odyssey, you gain two party members to join in on your immortal quest. Those two characters just happen to be the grandchildren of the thousand year old main character, Kaim. Now that we've got that out of the way, I'm just going to blurt out the bad news: COOKE AND MACK ARE PHIL AND LIL FROM THE RUGRATS CARTOON.

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I just can't deal with this. I can't.


Well technically Cooke is Phil and Lil, but Mack's voice is done by another prominent voice actress for children's cartoons and he ended up sounding just like a Rugrats character as well. Normally I can get past a voice I don't like, but these two characters just drained the life out of the game for me. I loved all of the short stories, but every time they were on screen I just kept thinking about that Rugrats golfing game on the PS1. It completely pulled me out of the story. A big no-no for an RPG.

 

I'm sure there are a million more characters that could make this list, but I'll keep it at four... for now. In the meantime, what characters did you hate in some of your favorite games? Why did you hate them? Why don't you sign up and leave a comment below telling me why?! As always, thank you for reading.


8 Comments

I think snow was more annoying then hope but thats just me lol.

Omg how could you not like Cooke and Mack.  I mean ok Mack was an annoying little s.o.b., but Cooke was like such a great kid character.

That being said I'm 100% against little kids joining youin quests, they don't know Sugar.

 

Stil though LOST ODDYSSEOYSYDYSYEYSYD DS OOOOSOSOOS GOYYYDDD

Oh god Ben.  I was with you on that... I had almost no qualms about doing the deed.  He practically ruined everything, EVERYTHING, and got multiple characters killed.  It was terrible.  I feel like he was there just to piss you off.

 

Great, and accurate, list!  :D

I agree that Jack wasn't nowhere as great as John Marston. Other than the whole following in his father's footsteps despite knowing that John did not want that for him, I hated how lazy the developers were for re-using the character model of John for Jack. 

I agree with these for the most part, but I would have chosen Vanille over Hope, I actually liked him. Almost the same with Ben, sure he was annoying, but I grew to like him, maybe not the character himself, but how he developed. Cooke and Mack I could stomach pretty easily considering I never used Cooke or Mack later on haha. Little kids in JRPG's tend to be either really annoying, super emotional and dramatic, or completely mute and emotionless. Wish I could agree with the Red Dead one, but seeing as I haven't played it I cannot! xD

 

Either way, glad to see some diversity, or at least titles that aren't talked about nearly as much. 

I actually liked the transition to playing as Jack. I thought it was a bold move by Rockstar and a good example of something that could only be achieved in the video game medium. 

I haven't played RDR or Lost Odyssey but I definitely agree with the first two. My list would also have Lily and her father from TWD, Kaidan from Mass Effect, and Zeke from inFamous.

 

And I also COMPLETELY agree with what you said about your choices in TWD not mattering at all. It really annoyed me and I don't understand why everyone thinks it's such an amazing game. I didn't like any of the characters and it presented an illusion of choice when there really wasn't much of any.

-Troy Baker is awesome voicing Snow and is my favorite character in FFXIII. Hope was annoying early on, but started to get a bit better with his development. He was better in FFXIII-2. Vanille was annoying as heck, but that's alright cuz Fang came along to make things easier.

-Ben . . . . .I hated you for doing what you did causing the moment

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and being the reason poop has gone crazy, but my personal feelings is that I forgive people too easily so Jared I picked the opposite of your decision

-;_; I miss John Marston after playing as Jack. I got bored of playing Jack quickly because I was so used to John's likeness and story that I beat the game fast just to get it over with while playing as Jack. He's not as good as John, but..still.

-Never played Lost Odyssey so can't say anything here, but you talking about them reminds me of the cliche annoying twins or bro-sis characters in RPG games.

 

 

 

 

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