Cut them some slack, they deserve a chance!
Some video game characters are beloved and adored, with their charisma bleeding through the writing and making you just want them to never leave. But on the other hand, there are those video game characters that are absolutely and utterly hated, some for good reason.
Not all of them though are hated for good reasons, or should be hated at all - and we love them all - but here's our top pick of video game characters who deserve some more love from the masses.
Desmond Miles (Assassins Creed series)
Desmond Miles is the character you play as in the first few Assassin's Creed games while you're in the present day. He's a descendant of Altair Ibn-La’Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Edward Kenway and Ratonhnhake:ton, yet when directly compared to those characters people really hated Desmond.
Oftentimes he was described as overly whiny and a bland character, but that’s just not the case. First of all, he has a reason to be whiny, he's been thrown into this insane world where Assassins are a very real threat, can you possibly imagine how you would react in that situation?
Sure, he can be rather bland at times, but he still has more of a character than the newer character you play as, plus your focus in those games isn’t on Desmond, it’s on whichever character and time period you happen to be in at the time.
Rico Rodriguez (Just Cause series)
People often describe Rico Rodriguez in the Just Cause series as either dull or having little character. These people are provably wrong, and I’m going to demonstrate exactly how right now.
First of all, Rico Rodriguez is an element of pure chaos, how on earth could an element of pure chaos possibly be dull? Everywhere he goes he brings concentrated destruction, you’re more likely to see him next to an explosion than not.
He's literally the coolest possible person ever, ex-spy, leader of a rebellion, ex F1 Driver, one man army. There’s so much character here for anybody who cares enough to dig into the games and really dedicate themselves.
Raiden - Metal Gear Solid 2
Man, did this guy have a hard time with players. Raiden was introduced as a new playable protagonist Konami's 2001 stealth action sequel Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. While some argue that he came across as a bit of a whiny character, it was no doubt being compared to the legend that is Solid Snake that meant the spotlight wasn't shone so brightly on the blonde warrior.
I mean, the guy was grabbed by the giblets by President Johnson during his mission in MGS2 after he mistook Raiden for a woman... yep, that happened!
However, Raiden's appearance in hack and slash METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE as the primary protagonist pricked up a few ears and converted the disbelievers - was it his new stylish look or the fact that he could slice a watermelon into hundreds of pieces, who knows.
Jessie & Zofia Blazkowicz - Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Sure, they have a few cheesy dialog sequences, but you can't escape the fact that Jessie & Zofia Blazkowicz from Wolfenstein: Youngblood know how to kick ass. The daughters of war hero BJ Blazkowicz take up the family mantle of super soldiers as they desperately search for their missing father in the spin-off story for the critically-acclaimed series, all while fighting Nazis and cyborg-like enemies.
You... The Player (Dark Souls series)
Look... it’s not your fault. Sure, you've died thousands of times now, and sure, some of those deaths were your fault for sure.
But the Dark Souls series is all about learning from your mistakes. You just need to keep trying and eventually you’ll get there.
Sure, you’ll be stomped on by Gwyn, Lord of Cinder until you begin to recognize the patterns of the fight, but eventually you’ll beat the bosses and becomes the toughest person in the entire Soulsbourne series.
We believe in you! You can do this!
Fellow unpopular game characters - who don't deserve such hard lives - who have made the wall for a number of players include:
Aiden Pearce - Watch_Dogs
Abby Anderson - The Last of Us 2
The Calypso Twins - Borderlands 3
Micah Bell - Red Dead Redemption 2
'Adoring Fan' - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Preston "Another settlement needs our help" Garvey - Fallout 4