13 Characters You Hated (Even Though You Weren't Supposed To)
We were supposed to love them and yet…
Published on Oct 23, 2012
13. Rico Velasquez (Killzone 3)
You suspect you know what happens when you see characters like Rico Velasquez. Suits in marketing departments point to pie charts with DEMOGRAPHIC written above them and a big green slice in the middle labelled 'da kidz' and they figure out that attitude, swearing, muscle and dudebro fistbumps is the way to our hearts.
Then we profess our love for Parappa The Rapper and ruin everything. How dare marketing departments supposed to predict our love for multicoloured cartoon dogs. This is all our faults. We're such monsters.
12. Zip (Tomb Raider)
You knew he'd be annoying from the name alone and Zip doesn't disappoint, being one of those characters who specialises in 'quips' and 'wisecracks'.
11. Diana Allers (Mass Effect 3)
Maybe BioWare genuinely thought that having a real-life gaming reporter as a news report in Mass Effect 3 would be endearing, or authentic, or whatever. And maybe the world is flat. Maybe Santa Claus is real. Maybe someone out there likes prawn cocktail flavour crisps. Anything is possible if you believe hard enough.
10. Steve Burnside (Resident Evil: Code Veronica)
If Chris Redfield is now all about steroids and bragging about the free towel he got for joining the local FitSpace, then what does that make Steve Burnside? He's more boyband reject than zombie slayer, his foppish nature was an awkward fit until he finally bit the dust (or more accurately, the dust bit him! Sort of.)
9. DJ Atomika (Burnout Paradise)
You never saw him but my god, could you hear him. No-one should ever compete for volume with screeching tires and screeching guitars and yet there he was, wittering on over both of them. Aimed for Zane Lowe, ended up as Alan Partridge.
8. Ulfric Stormcloak (Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
An iffy one (an Ulfy one! Ha!). Were we supposed to hate Ulfric? Maybe that was Bethesda's intention. We have no idea.
7. Salem And Rios (Army Of Two)
The official dudebros of military gungho shooting before dudebro was even a thing. The army of two fist-bumped and yeehawed their way through an army of thousands, ignoring the growing pile of dead bodies to chat about putting their foots up each other's asses and Wu-Tang Clan. Which sounds a lot like any English town centre on a Friday night, really.
6. Starkiller (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed)
Star Wars is a universe rich with imagination and eccentric design - Yoda, Chewbacca and even (sorry) Jar-Jar Binks - and yet The Force Unleashed was fronted by Captain Generic. He drew on his rage and hate as a source for power and yet he still seemed like the guy who gets the sausage rolls out the oven at Greggs.
5. Ken Masters (Street Fighter)
It's not Ken but rather, the Ken players. If you jump - shoryuken! If you walk - shoryuken! If you dash - shoryuken! If you block - shoryuken! If you throw a fireball - shoryuken! If you're on the other side of the screen - shoryuken! If yoSHORYUKEN. SHORYUKEN. SHORYUKEN. SHORYUKEN.
4. Merino (Haze)
"Remember your promise to Merino! Remember your promise to Merino! Remember your promise to Merino! Remember your promise to Merino! Remember your promise to Merino! Remember your promise to Merino! Remember your promise to Merino! Remember your promise to Merino!"
3. Jason (Heavy Rain)
"Aha!" you cry. "But he was only in the game for about four seconds!" Yet that was enough time to get lost in a shopping mall, lose a balloon and wind up under the wheels of a car. It's a miracle he made it to 10-years-old, given he was probably pushing chips into wall sockets since age four.
2. New Dante (DmC)
What a difference a haircut makes, turning Dante from a loved action hero to a figure of hate on forums the world over. Ninja Theory's take on Capcom's iconic character stirred the internet up in a way that hasn't been seen since… well, the previous time it was angry. But hopefully the full game will flesh out the character and calm the flames of hatred in a way the artwork and trailers so far haven't been able to.
1. Raiden (Metal Gear Solid 2)
In retrospect, the idea was sound. Show Snake through the eyes of another character, which did actually make you appreciate him more. But nothing made us appreciate Snake as much as being forced to play as Raiden, the floppy-haired gymnast who spent half the game whining on Codec to Rose and the other half looking for his clothes.