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The 12 Most Annoying Non-Playable Characters in Video Games

From Halo to Super Mario Bros all video games have non-playable characters. NPCs serve their purpose in filling out a world that would otherwise be void except for the hero and his foes. They make it seem like a living and breathing place, and just like the real world, video games sometimes provide us with jerks, idiots and just plain nuisances. These are the worst NPCs in video game history (well, some of them).

NPCs are put into games to provide the player with goals outside of the main storyline. These side quests can be anything from a simple run and fetch, to a horrific escort mission fraught with peril for nothing more than a few gold coins. Some NPCs are worthwhile and provide a welcome respite in the middle of the game, some you even grow to care for. Then there are the rest.

Whether they are floating balls with irritating voices or followers that can't seem to put one foot in front of the other let alone fight off hordes of the undead, these are some of the most pathetic NPCs in the history of video games.

If you want to read more on other grating video game characters, be sure to check out the Most Useless Women in Video Games list too.

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    That F*cking Balloon Kid - Spider-Man 2


    As the video demonstrates, even this kid's parents can't stand being around him for very long.

    Widely considered one of the worst side quests in a game consisting mainly of crappy, reccurring side quests, Balloon Kid is so needy that it borders on supervillainy.

    Spidey is such a nice guy, not only does he take the time out between beating up evil doers and saving the city to find this idiotic kid's balloon (which really, balloons cost like a dollar), but he puts in quite a bit of effort. Of course by the 30th balloon one must wonder why these parents are wasting their money on this whiny little brat.

    It just seems that Spider-Man has better things to do with his time. Like saving that same window washer dangling from a building for the 50th time. Maybe some people in New York just need to die, Spider-Man.

    If it weren't for the bonuses these dumbass tasks unlocked, I'd just ignore them, and if possible, kill these characters. And you would too. Why can't Rockstar make the Spider-Man games?

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    Navi - Ocarina of Time


    If you have ever played Ocarina of TIme then you have probably had the same stress-related dreams that have plagued me since 1998. You are walking along, having a great time doing whatever and then you you hear it. "Hey!". "Hey!". "Hey!". "Hey! Listen!" coming from a floating ball of light, that you can't get rid of no matter how fast, or how far (trust me, I've tried) you run.

    That irratating floating orb is Navi, and she is probably the most annoying guiding character/NPC in video game history. ALL OF VIDEO GAME HISTORY.

    Well, a lot of it -- and largely because of what this character does to fairies, conceptually. Remember when fairies were a good thing in Zelda games past? You catch one and keep it around for a quick heal up. You find a glen of fairies and they increase your health. Wouldn't it be nice to have one around you all the time to help you out? Sure, if that's what she did. Instead she just yells at you like the worst back seat driver since your nearsighted grandmother. What is so important that she is screaming at you? Could be a monster or epic weapon, though it is probably just a hidden rupee in a bush.

    The Nintendo 64 was a huge upgrade from the Super Nintendo, but Navi made a good case against having voices in Zelda games.

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    Slippy Frog - Star Fox


    I have no idea why Fox would keep Slippy around. There have to be other choices for mechanics in the universe that doesn't involve a whiny frog in a trucker hat. They're in space ships, possibly in oxygen-free atmospheres, and he's in a f*cking trucker hat.

    In the original Star Fox game all the dialog was text based, which made Slippy's stupid banter endurable since you could just skip through it without more than a simple croak.

    Once they got more advanced, and gave voice to the character, I have to wonder why they chose to go with probably the most irritating voice imaginable. It's not even the voice actors, it's the way they choose to convey his absolute, unbridled cowardice coupled with his horribly jarring enthusiasm.

    It's like they specifically designed the character to inspire the player to consider killing a teammate rather than listen to another annoying "Nooooo!"

    He may as well be saying "Snake! Snaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake!"

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    Sticky - Fallout 3


    Sticky is just a normal kid growing up in the harsh barren lands of a post-apocalyptic Earth. But he's a piece of sh*t. Oh yeah, it's also his birthday. He's a grown man now, so he has to find his way to the big city. (Well, Big Town that is.)

    But too bad there is no one out there to give him an escort. Oh, wait. You will? Wonderful.

    Escort missions are bad enough to begin with. You usually have to take a weak character on an aggravatingly long path, through terrain infested with the hardest monsters the game designers can throw at you, all whilst making sure that the person who you'rre guarding doesn't die.

    It's a pain in the ass.

    What makes this case even worse is that Sticky is an annoying little ponce who won't shut his goddamn mouth.

    Sure you can load him up with weapons and armor so it's harder for him to die, but that won't stop him from telling you the story about the robot hero. Over and over and over and over again.

    You can ask him to stop, but he won't. You can even try to convince him to shut up, but if you fail, I sure hope you like having everything you say repeated, because that's what he will do for the rest of the trip.

    It's not really the monsters you have to worry about killing Sticky. It's you. Sure, it's satisfying to see his little head explode, knowing that he will never open his stupid mouth hole again, but if you want his caps you have to reload.

    *Spoiler Alert* If you do make it through the journey without giving in to the urge to disembowel him, Sticky will either get himself blown up on mines scattered around the entrance to Big Town, or he will survive and then stiff you on the caps he owes you anyway. A complete piece of sh*t.

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    Adoring Fan - Oblivion


    Who doesn't like having fans? Someone to idolize you, tell you how great you are and even carry things for you. Sounds great, right? Well, it would be if the fan wasn't an absolute waste of life.

    In Oblivion you can earn lots of different ranks by completing tasks. One of the greatest is achieved by working your way through the different fights in the Arena and becoming Grand Champion. Once you are the great hero, you will come across a villager, known only as Adoring Fan. At first he just wants to fawn over you, but then he asks you if he can follow you around and just watch your great deeds.

    If you accept, he will do just that, follow you. Everywhere. Most of the time it's fine, because unlike Sticky from Fallout 3, he doesn't talk much except to expound on how awesome you are from time to time. (Though that does get annoying pretty quickly, surprisingly.)

    In fact, you can even use him as a walking flashlight since he lights a torch when it gets dark, so you don't have to.

    That is pretty much where his uses come to an end.

    If you get into a fight, don't expect him to help you.

    He won't even draw the attention of the creature attacking you to cause distraction. He just runs away (if you're lucky). Most of the time he will get in your way, forcing you to kill him. If that happens though, don't worry, he is apparently immortal, because in a few hours (game time) he will reappear to "help" you some more.

    It just goes to show you that fame isn't all it's cut out to be.

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    Mall Survivors - Dead Rising


    What is a zombie game without helpless survivors in need of assistance? A great zombie game, that's what.

    Nothing would have made Dead Rising better than if you didn't have to worry about escorting a hapless shopper from point A to point B without them getting mauled by the ravenous horde of flesh eaters. Well, that and having more than one save point in the game, but I digress. One of the things that should have worked in favor of the escort mission hell that is most of the game, is that the survivors can be equipped with weapons.

    Of course, the makes of this game must have thought they were making the game realistic by having the said survivors not know which way to hold a gun. Top that with, probably, the worst AI in the history of follow-games, and you have a brilliant mess.

    Seriously, if these idiots came at me in real life and asked for help getting out of the Beverly Center alive, I wouldn't feel bad one bit when they started running around in circles swinging a baseball bat at nothing and died.

    Heck, they are probably better off either eaten or joining the ranks of the living dead since they have about the same IQ. I'm not even going to get into the sequel when you have to not only save people, but also have to worry about your stupid kid slowly turning into a zombie.

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    West Dickens - Red Dead Redemption


    The old adage goes "Never trust a snake oil salesman" (that's a thing, right?)

    Well, in the case of Nigel West Dickens, that is most certainly the case.

    Red Dead Redemption is, like most games by Rockstar, full of some of the most annoying characters in recent history.

    With people like the drunken Irish, the whiny cannibal/necrophiliac Seth or the just planning annoying Bonnie, it's hard to choose just one.

    West Dickens takes the cake though. He forces you to race horse or carriages, escort him through outlaw territory or just pissing on you (literally) for no reason. And for what? An armored stage coach for a plan that doesn't even go right.

    The only saving grace is that since he is a central character, as long as you aren't on a mission for him at the time, you can kill him all you want and he will keep coming back to help sate your need for revenge again and again.

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    Ashley Graham - Resident Evil 4


    Resident Evil was the original horror/survival game. The point was that you had limited ammo and had to somehow survive a zombie outbreak. Great stuff. When RE4 came out it seemed like they had a change of heart and made it more like a shooter, which is fine because I don't exactly pivot on my heels whenever I want to start walking in another direction.

    But the worst part about this change is that although you still had the cool limited ammo thing going, you were now trying to save a girl from evil villagers.

    The girl in question was Ashley Graham. I want to know what the creators of Resident Evil were thinking when they came up with the concept of Ashley. She is supposed to be the President's daughter, but she really just sounds like a cheap Paris Hilton rip-off with a worse sense of fashion and direction. You only spend a little time with her actually beside you, but those times made for the worst escort missions this side of Dead Rising.

    At least in Dead Rising the people that you had to escort could use weapons, all Ashley has is her winning personality to keep the creeps at bay. Which doesn't happen, because *Spoiler Alert* even if you keep her from dying, she willingly gives herself over to said bad guys anyway.

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    Guilty Spark - Halo 3


    What is it with floating glowing orbs. Do they have nothing to do with their time other than bother helpless heroes?

    Guilty Spark is a librarian of sorts that floats around the halls of the Halo structure looking for people to "help" and he does his job well. When Master Chief destroys Halo in the first game Guilty took it far better than expected, but when they threaten to destroy yet another installation that he is in charger of, he pulls a HAL9000 and starts going haywire.

    Between stealing your holo-friend and going on a rampage, this floating ball of crap just won't shut up. It probably wouldn't have mattered if he'd just taken lessons on banter from Wesley, another less annoying (at first) flying orb. Of course, a lot can be forgiven with a British accent.

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    Tingle - Majora's Mask


    All Tingle wants in life is to be a fairy. (Read into that however you will.) Which, after spending a game with Navi and then some time with Tingle, makes complete sense. At least Navi had a limited vocabulary and not nearly the blabber mouth that this wannabe has.

    He might be an excellent map maker and semi-useful when it comes to finding things, but that doesn't overshadow the fact that this guy will talk your ear off about anything at anytime.

    At least you can have some fun busting his bubble (quite literally) later on in the game.

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    Fargoth - Morrowind


    The Elder Scrolls is littered with characters looking for your help. Morrowind is no exception. One of the first NPCs that you encounter in the game, after the standard tutorial, Fargoth really sets the game off to an irritating start. Not only does he just mope around complaining about his lost ring or something, but he does so with a gratingly annoying voice.

    Sure, if you help him then his friend, who owns the trade post, will give you some good deals, but is it really worth the constant drone?

    You're probably just better off taking the hit and murdering him on sight.

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    Princess Peach - Mario Games. Ugh.

    Yes, this point has been made a billion times and it's because it really rings true. She deserves a spot on this list.

    Probably the original Non-Playable Character, Princess Peach has been making a living of getting kidnapped since the birth of the NES. Then she got a crown and dragon-turtles started taking an interest in her and the rest is history. And yes, she's playable in a LOT of games, but that really isn't the point. Because in most of the games that actually move the Marioverse forward at all, she's in some kind of peril.

    It's not so much that she got kidnapped, it could happen to anyone, but the fact that it has happened multiple times seems rather suspect.

    That and she is the original video game tease. You get to the castle, you beat the dragon-turtle-whatever and inside the room is a mushroom headed freak that tells you she's in another castle.

    First off, how did Toad get in the sealed room anyway? Was he kidnapped too and placed there by Bowser as a decoy? Did Toad try to rescue Peach and failed? What is going on?! Also, why does Bowser have so many castles? You would think that with the kind of wealth he wouldn't need to kidnap her, just get King Peach to force his daughter into marrage like normal.

    All I guess I am saying is, if you insist on getting kidnapped multiple times, don't expect to be saved.

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