8 Funniest Characters In Video Games
The only thing harder than making a really awesome game is making a really awesome game that is also hilarious. There have been plenty of attempts at humor that just completely fell flat. There are those shining beacons of hope found in certain games and with certain characters that make me believe that one day we will live in glorious future where all of the jokes in video games are actually funny instead of just being annoying and repeated 500 times in a row. Here are the funniest video game characters.
The Great Mighty Poo (Conker's Bad Fur Day)
I'm not generally a big fan of scatological humor, but this is one of the best exceptions. The Great Mighty Poo is exactly what he sounds like. A giant pile of poo that sings opera at you and attacks you with poo. There's a fine line between gross and hilarious. This character jumps that line like he's on a school jump rope team. A disgusting, poo covered jump rope team.
The evolution of GLaDOS throughout Portal is one that I'll never forget. She goes from spouting off snarky passive aggressive insults to full on trying to murder you. The saddest part of this is that my relationship with GLaDOS is the best relationship I've ever had with a woman. I finally worked up the courage to ask her if she wanted to move in together, but then she just tried to murder me with neurotoxin. So adorable.
The Rabbids (Raving Rabids)
Slapstick comedy is really hard to pull off well. It's so much more than just someone getting knocked in the head. The Rabbids are masters of slapstick comedy. They are so incredibly dumb that pretty much anything they do fails in a hilarious way. I laugh out loud while playing a game with the Rabbids more than almost any game. It's so fun to make them scream. DAAAA!
Beavis and Butt-Head (SEGA Genesis)
Most licensed games are bad. That goes double if the game is based on something that is supposed to be funny. People like funny stuff because of the writing, and most video game developers aren't comedy writers. The Beavis and Butth-Head game is one of the few exceptions where one of the games is both fun and hilarious. The plot of the game revolves around trying to collect pieces of your GWAR tickets that were torn to shreds and scattered all over town. This game is a mix of a side scrolling shooter with weapons like burps, farts, and a baseball bat with a glove on the end, and an adventure game where you have to use extremely dumb logic to get your tickets back. For example, you have to collect a dead rat and fry it in a deep fryer, then serve it to a customer to make him puke. The GWAR ticket is then collect from his vomit.
The King Of All Cosmos (Katamari)
The whole basis for Katamari is that The King Of All Cosmos keeps screwing up and destroying all of the stars. Of course, after you save everything he takes all of the credit. When he isn't ruining the universe or lying about his acheivements, he spends his time insulting and beating up his son, the Prince. He is pretty brutal when he is upset with his son. He's even gone so far as to hurl meteors at him. I think it's about time the Prince emancipates himself. That'd be way better than having a dad that shoots lasers out of his eyes.
Tiny Tina (Borderlands)
The Borderlands series has a lot of weird eccentric characters. It's the apocalypse. There's going to be a lot of wierdos around. Tiny Tina is an insane 13 year old explosives expert. She's completely fearless and loves mayhem. She's kind of like having 5 characters in one since she changes personalities all the time. Is she going to be British or act like a homicidal maniac? It's fun to find out.
CATS (Zero Wing)
This is the only unintentionally funny character on the list. You may recognize him as the "All Your Base Are Belong To Us" guy. The phrase originates from a Japanese game called Zero Wing that was very poorly translated in to English. When this found it's way on to the internet, people went nuts. It was everywhere. It definitely had a big hand in helping to popularize memes. There was a time when the internet was nearly memeless. Those were dark days.
Meat Boy (Super Meat Boy)
Meat Boy is a lot like Mario except that he has no skin and leaves a trail of blood everywhere he goes. I will never get tired of hearing Meat Boy make wet sucking/slapping noises as he navigates a gauntlet of things that want to turn him in to red mist. This game gets insanely hard. I think the only thing that kept me going was how hilarious it was so see Meat Boy die.
Who do you think is the funniest video game character of all time? Let me know on twitter @zachlunch or in the comments below!