Whether hero or villain, there are those characters that we just love to hate. Back in the early days of video games, the story would be your cliché good vs. evil and good wins in the end. But games have changed since then, and now we have games with more engaging storylines with more interesting characters.
However, even great games can’t reach all the gold standards when it comes to the plot. Sometimes the blame can be placed upon a character or two that were poorly introduced or just plain didn’t add value to the story or setting whatsoever.
So if you’re playing on the best gaming laptop, here are some of those annoying characters that you can encounter in some of the great games we’ve played:
Nazeem (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
As an NPC that you barely interact with, if at all, but something about him just rubs you the wrong way immediately. The guy is smug and annoying. The moment you talk to him, he’s immediately condescending towards you, telling you: “Do you get to the Cloud District very often? Oh, what am I saying, of course you don’t.” In a game where you can kill at will, he’s sure to be on your hit list.
Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)
Handsome Jack is the villain in Borderlands 2. He is the leader of the Hyperion Corporation, so he’s one of the first characters you meet in the game. While the opinion about him are split, as some players think he acts “real,” right when you meet him, he immediately, insults and bullies you all the time. He thinks of you as a lesser being, and he feels like he’s the savior of Pandora.
Through the progression of the plot, you’ll eventually get the sweet satisfaction of putting a bullet through his chest.
Patches (Dark Souls Series)
Patches offers a glimmer of hope to a hopeless world in Dark Souls. He promises riches and rewards but always ends up stabbing you in the back. When you encounter him after his betrayal, he will grovel and beg for his life. You choose whether to show him leniency
Arl Rendon Howe (Dragon Age: Origins)
If you start the game with the human noble origin, you get to meet the infamous Arl in your family’s castle of Highever. With the coming of the Darkspawn, your father, Teyrn Bryce Cousland summons Arl Howe along with his troops. His visit ends in betrayal and ends up murdering your family.
You encounter him later on in the game, apparently siding with Teyrn Loghain in the civil war. It is sweet revenge once you get to kill him yourself.
Frank Tenpenny (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)
While voiced by the famous Samuel L. Jackson, it didn’t save Frank Tenpenny’s reputation as one of the most hated characters in the history of GTA. The game’s main villain, he was manipulative and abusive of his power, making CJ do his nefarious bidding. He made CJ kill his enemies, help drug dealers, and the like.
Eventually, he does get his comeuppance when you finally kill him in the end. Revenge doesn’t taste as sweet as that.