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Here are the characters with the worst sense of work ethic in video games. These are characters that, despite their "occupation" spend all their time trying to save people or taking lavish vacations, or even just causing the end of the world. Think about it: when have you ever seen Mario do any actual plumbing? Here are the worst workers in video game history.

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Mario is pretty much always on vacation. A terribly, terribly inconvenient vacation. Remember when Lindsay Lohan lost her passport when she was on probation and had to inconveniently stay at whatever foreign country she was infecting at that moment? Well, that's Mario's entire life... and just like Lindsay Lohan, he NEVER WORKS. He has to have the worst attendance record of any plumber ever. EVER.

Take the beginning of Super Mario Sunshine, for example. He's on vacation, when all of a sudden, the s**t hits the fan. Mario is gone for DAYS, sometimes WEEKS. What was he even taking a vacation from anyway? NOT WORKING?

I don't think a single Mario game has ever started out with him doing some actual god damn plumbing. I'd like to see that man work. I mean he's always DRESSED for the occasion, yet we never see what he's supposedly so good at: "plumbing". Not a single poop-level, and not a single level where a wrench is used (bring it, internet; show it to me.)

Sure there are a bunch of pipes around the Mushroom Kingdom, but when does he ever unclog them? Do they even NEED to be unclogged? Flowers seem to live in them quite fine. And if the rampant man-eating flowers are that widespread in the Mushroom Kingdom, that means that whoever's running or watching the plumbing there needs to re-think their entire strategy. If that's Mario's job, then it's another hit for his employment record.

With this kind of resume, he's damn near unemployable.

I mean, he DID have a short stint as a doctor back in the 90s, but it didn't seem to work out because of monsters and pill colors. It doesn't look like he even ever got his general practitioner's license. Also, come to think of it, wasn't he more of a Pharmacist anyway?

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Professor Oak

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Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top 9 Worst Employees in Video Game History
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Gordon Freeman is the protagonist of the Half Life games, he’s a theoretical physicist (yes, like Big Bang Theory) that was part of an experiment that unleashed hell on earth. (sarcasm)Good job Gordon. Way to follow those safety protocols and ensure that nothing bad happened. What's the worst that could happen, right? (/sarcasm).

Are we being too hard on him? Well, for a graduate from MIT with a Ph.D. in Theoretical Science, we'd expect a little more. So yes, unleashing an evil alien menace on the world knocks you down a few pegs on "job performance".

I would hate to think that there are a bunch of Gordon Freemans hanging out at the large hadron collider carrying around crowbars hoping for their chance to prove that a man and a crowbar CAN really save the world ( relevant link ) against aliens instead of just finding answers to the universal questions .

Here's a video of what he's probably thinking at all times and why he probably could have done a LOT more to prevent a LOT of what happened in Half-Life

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Any Ninja in Any Game Except Tenchu

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HERE is a freaking Ninja. Feel free to look up "Ninja" (or just click that link) and you'll see that the primary role of a Ninja is STEALTH. Espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination... all of these require stealth.

Ninja Gaiden, Bushido Blade characters, Scorpion ("GET OVER HERE!!!"... worst. ninja. ever... why would you warn people of what's coming?), Sub Zero, Kitana, Joe Musashi, Gray Fox from Metal Gear Solid... All HORRIBLE ninjas.

They're all about combat, not espionage or sneaking. Since when the hell is a flaming skull "covert"? How much deadlier would all of these guys be if they just actually snuck around instead of climbing walls everywhere in broad daylight where other ninjas can see?

Ninja Gaiden, for example, if there are 20 dudes in one room, sticking to a wall and attacking one of them or two of them at a time isn't exactly being "incognito".

Being a true Ninja is about sneaking around and most ninjas in video games do the exact opposite and the ones who try usually suck at it.

Medi Goron - Zelda Series

Medi Goron - Zelda Series is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top 9 Worst Employees in Video Game History
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The Storekeeper on Melee Island - Monkey Island Series

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The storekeeper on Melee Island in the Monkey Island series is NEVER at his store. And when he IS there, he is totally willing to leave his shop to be pillaged by pick-pockets and thieves for the silm chance he has with a hot girl that lives hours away.

It's not like this even makes it worth it, as she's not even into him, most likely because the guy looks freakin homeless (no offense to our Homeless-Americans out there). She's actually kind of freaked out about how often he visits her.

He does about as much work as Mario does.

True, they may be hopeless romantics with a love and lust for adventure, but when duty calls, you really just gotta pay the bills; and these guys apparently just don't give a S**T.

So even if he's a great shopkeeper when he's around, like a lot of the people that are on this list, it's not so much about his job performance as much as it is about WORK ETHIC.

Have you ever tried to "convince" this guy to go with you more than once? Twice? Thrice? Four times? More? He goes. Every. Single. Time.

El Fuerte - Street Fighter IV

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El Fuerte is arguably one of the most stereotypical and offensive characters in video games. Why? Well, because he's a Mexican who is not only a Mexican wrestler, but cooks for restaurants that serve everything but (if you live in LA, you know what this is an allusion to).

During his intro, you get El Fuerte being reprimanded by people who turn red and keel over because of his horrible, horrible cooking. Although he's a Mexican wrestler, cooking is his passion, and he's terrible at it. So, even though he considers himself a cook, he not only makes people almost die with his "passion", but he joins the Street Fighter tournament for possibly the worst reason/backstory that has ever happened in fighting games: he's on the search for the greatest recipes in the world.

Apparently, there's no internet access in the Street Fighter universe.

Most Bowser Minions

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Theoretically, all Bowser minions are hired help, and if life were like the College Humor sketch embedded here, it would be one thing. But if you hire someone to do a job, theoretically, you expect them to do more than just bare bones minimum. I mean you're PAYING them, or at least giving them something to do.

Technically, since all of these guys are ostensibly hired to KILL Mario, they're all trained assassins. ASSASSINS. Look at these guys. All of them. Assassins. Remember that Sylvester Stallone/Antonio Banderas movie from the 90s called Assassins? THOSE were Assassins .

In all side-scroller/platformer games you theoretically have people who are out for blood. In Double Dragon, people bring chains, etc., in almost any other games enemies shoot fire, punch you or hire death-robots to go after you.

What do the minions in Mario do (excluding Bullet Bills, Chompers and Bob-Ombs)? They freakin WALK TOWARDS YOU. That's it. They do what they consider to be the most deadly thing they can to achieve their goal, their "specialty", if you will. And what's their specialty?

Walking TOWARDS an enemy. Sure, I guess that does take some balls, but as far as assassination tactics go? That is freaking. Lame.