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The Cheapest, Most Unbeatable Video Game Characters Ever

Updated September 25, 2020 8.3k votes 2.3k voters 205.0k views20 items

Who are the most broken multiplayer characters in video game history? There are thousands of unique video game characters, but they're not all created equal. In fact, some are downright infuriating. Whether they're single player boss battles with overpowered attacks or multiplayer characters with easily exploitable guaranteed wins, there are always going to be a few characters that just make you want to smash your controller in frustration. This is a list of the most unfair video game characters, the opponents who reward button-mashing and punish smart gameplay.

Who is the cheapest video game character? Is it a tough boss like the ultimate boxer, Iron Mike Tyson, who can take you down in five seconds flat in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!? Or is it the classic boss from Sinistar, who mocks you as a ridiculous amount of enemies flood your screen in a way that couldn't possibly be beaten? Try not to scream in rage reading this list of cheap video game characters. You might wake the neighbors. 

So check out our list of the cheapest video game characters and vote up the ones you think are just unreasonably harsh, whether they're big bosses or playable heavies, Downvote the ones you don't really worry about much.
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  • M. Bison
    Photo: Street Fighter V / Capcom
    A mainstay since Street Fighter II, M. Bison has routinely been that boss that will make short work of you, barely even letting you put up fights in multiple games. Whenever you find yourself getting jumped on the head from this unstoppable force, it all just feels like you were never meant to beat him. When you actually do beat him, it just feels like you got lucky.
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  • Psycho Mantis
    Photo: Metal Gear Solid / Konami
    The psycho-kinetic Metal Gear Solid bad dude makes for an incredibly complicated boss fight. Oh, and no part of the game tells you that you need to knock out Mantis multiple times and also plug your controller into the second player slot. No, you're just supposed to guess that whole solution. That's not frustrating at all
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    Deathclaws

    Deathclaws
    Photo: Fallout: New Vegas / Bethesda Softworks
    They're big, they can see you from miles away, and they're fast. Faster than you. Stronger, too; they just keep attacking you, knocking you back again and again. And in Fallout: New Vegas, they're a cheap way to try to funnel you toward parts of the open world, keeping you from hoofing straight to New Vegas. 
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  • Eddy Gordo
    Photo: Tekken 7 / Bandai Namco Studios
    When fighting game tournaments explicitly ban the use of a particular character in any of the Tekken games, you know you've got a problem. Gordo's breakdancing style is too awkward to defend against, so anyone who knows vaguely what they're doing can dominate absolutely any other opponent. That doesn't really lend itself well to balance. 
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