Week 05: Most Annoying Character
words by DrJohnGalt
Tired of the 30-days game challenge? A retro blog I follow (https://iheartoldgames.wordpress.com/) has posted the 52 Week Challenge. Easy, right?
This week’s question: Who’s the most annoying NPC?
Interestingly, there was one character I hated so much that I’d written a blog post about it several years ago.
No, not Zelda’s Navi.
Remember Blue Dragon? It’s a triple-disc JRPG adventure that was released as an Xbox 360 exclusive in 2007. It took the traditional Final Fantasy-type role-playing core and blended manga and anime elements to create something almost new but still recognizable.
Critics went both ways, but overall I enjoyed the game. I liked the world, I liked the graphics, I got into the story, and for the most part I had a good time playing it.
But the one big thing I always dreaded while playing was Marumaro. He’s got to be one of the most annoying characters in anything I’ve played. Ever. And that’s saying a lot.
It wasn’t just the dialogue. Well, that was certainly part of it. But it was the character. It was who he was. Yes, I can understand why he said and did some of those things, but he seemed like a liability to the party much of the time.
And that shrill voice? God help me. It was like hearing Rosanne Barr shrieking after sucking down a balloon full of helium. I literally had to turn the sound down and read the subtitles for much of the game. And not just the sound of his voice, but the way he spoke. The cadence. The fluctuations. The accent.
But Maru did have some redeeming qualities. He was decent in a fight. And maybe his heart was in the right place. And he was probably (as much as I hate to admit it) essential to the party. But likable? Naw.
What video game characters do you hate? Leave me a note in the comments below.