fictional characters Video Game Characters Who've Been Out of Work for Too Long  

Logan Rapp
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A list of great video game characters who've been inactive for years. It's inevitable that, over time, some popular characters take breaks. They had a great streak and need to be put on the shelf for a while. However, some characters just have bad luck. Some were in games that failed, some are owned by bankrupt developers, others were left behind by their franchises, and still others have been MIA for no discernible reason.

We dug deep into video game history across all platforms and genres, unearthing characters who've fallen by the wayside and may even be forgotten. But we aren't going to forget. We want to see these characters return, whether they made their marks in beloved point-and-click adventures of the early '90s, open-space fighter games, or even first person shooters. 

No matter what your play style, we've definitely got someone here on this list of video game characters that will fill you with nostalgia, someone you'll want to see developed once more. Will it be Ryo Hazuki, his quest for revenge still unfinished? Or will it be Laura Bow, one of the earliest female protagonists in gaming history?

Take a look and see for yourself! Be sure to vote for the long-gone video game characters you'd most like to see return!
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Samus Aran


Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Video Game Characters Who've Been Out of Work for Too Long
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Samus hasn't been seen since 2010's Metroid: Other M, which actually featured a voice actress as the traditionally mute character. Nintendo needs to get in gear and actually develop Samus as a character.

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Earthworm Jim


Earthworm Jim is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Video Game Characters Who've Been Out of Work for Too Long
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All we've gotten in the 2000s thus far have been remakes of Earthworm Jim. It's time we get an originally developed title as a new addition to the series. 
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Gordon Freeman


Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Video Game Characters Who've Been Out of Work for Too Long
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The silent protagonist of the Half-Life series hasn't been seen since 2007's Half-Life 2: Episode Two. It doesn't even have to be Half-Life 3, guys, just... something, y'know? 

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Fox McCloud


Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Video Game Characters Who've Been Out of Work for Too Long
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Not including remakes (which are glorified updates to old games), the last original Star Fox game was 2006's Star Fox Command for the Nintendo DS. Nintendo keeps promising to make one, but then they keep canceling it for whatever reason. We need some more Fox!

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