Before we begin, we want to make it clear that when we say, “The 6 most offensive video game characters ever,” we mean the characters that are an offence to the players. Offensive video game characters, in our humble opinion, are the kind that insult your intelligence as a gamer. Whether these offensive video game characters are hindered by poor AI or they are just smug, these are the characters that make us cringe, shake our heads and never want to play these games again.
To be clear, sometimes that’s because they reflect negative stereotypes. But mostly, these offensive video game characters are offensive because they are impossible to tolerate, regardless of if they embody negative stereotypes.
Raiden (Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty)
Fans who bought MGS2 had waited three long years to use stealth to save the world from a nuclear threat…but we wanted to do it as Solid Snake not Raiden, the whiny-voiced nobody we were forced to play the bulk of the game as. Though Raiden would eventually be redeemed in Metal Gear Solid 4 by filling the cybernetic ninja void left by Grey Fox’s death, the bait and switch Hideo Kojima pulled was downright offensive.
Roman Bellic (Grand Theft Auto 4)
As if luring his cousin Nico to Liberty City with the promise of riches and beautiful women beyond his wildest dreams only to stick him in a crappy apartment with mounting debt and crummy job wasn’t bad enough, Roman Bellic is offensive to eyes and ears everywhere. On top of embodying every new immigrant stereotype in the book, Roman Bellic has the nerve to nearly get himself and the players killed at every turn while demanding we take him out to the bowling lanes every five minutes. Thank goodness Rockstar gave us the option of letting him die, otherwise this worthless video game sidekick would be much higher on this list.
Samus Aran (Metroid: Other M)
Venturing into Samus Aran’s backstory seemed like a good idea until Metroid: Other M was released. In the prequel, gamers learned that young Samus Aran is emotionally unstable, immature and constantly looking to her male superior for validation. The whiny, erratic Samus is a far cry from the grizzled toughness of her previous portrayals. You may disagree but as Samus fans, we took offence to learning that she wasn’t the badass we thought she was.
Navi (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
If hearing Navi’s high-pitched “Hey! Listen!” doesn’t send shivers of rage down your spine, consider yourself lucky. Navi and her cryptic, useless bits of advice are pretty much the only skidmarks on an otherwise un-soiled game.
The Dog (Duck Hunt)
This dang dog laughs at you every time you miss the ducks! Unbelievable! Where did he learn to be so smug? Thankfully, we’ll always have the last laugh because we have opposable thumbs to switch this ancient game off to play more modern games with less offensive characters.
Sheva Alomar (Resident Evil 5)
When Resident Evil 5 was unveiled at E3 in 2007, Capcom took some serious heat for depicting black people as blood-thirsty maniacs. It definitely looked a bit racist so they altered the racial dynamic of the enemies and added Sheva, the mixed-race, female sidekick. While Sheva exists solely for transparent video game tokenism, which is pretty offensive as is, as a sidekick all she can do is waste ammo and health items so that you are screwed when you need them. In an effort to curb accusations of racism, Capcom saddled players with an NPC so frustration, all you can do is skip this instalment of Resident Evil altogether.
Which game characters do you find to be the most offensive to you as a gamer? Share your most offensive video game characters with us in the comments below.