Most Overrated Video Game Characters

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1Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog)Shadow the Hedgehog is a character who appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by Sega. He is an artificially created black and red hedgehog whose hover shoes propel him at extreme speeds that rival those of Sonic.

Why is Shadow so special? He has no true powers and is rendered useless without a chaos emerald. Everybody loves him for what exactly? His personality?
Well I disagree with that because Shadow is one of the most one-dimensional characters in the entire franchise.

I think the reason why people love Shadow so much is mostly because of his appearance.

I think this should be lower on the list. I mean, he's my favorite character, far and away, but even I know he's a little overrated, just not to a sharp degree. - ThatOneRacer

He reminds me of raven from teen titans. He's pretty cool

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2Gordon Freeman (Half Life)Dr. Gordon Freeman is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Half-Life video game series, created by Gabe Newell and designed by Newell and Marc Laidlaw of Valve Corporation.

Gordon Freeman is just a bland character. It's not the fact that he's silent that bothers me, its that he lacks a personality. He has no character traits. He can be replaced with anyone and the game would mostly be the same. Valve said he's silent for immersion, but why give him an official appearance and backstory. Last time I checked, most people aren't physicists. How about making it like KOTOR or Fallout, where you can design your own appearance, and can choose what you want to say. That would be great. Or just give him a voice. And before you go 'Eugh, but when Samus got a voice she became terrible,' just remember, Jak was also a silent protagonist but when he got his voice, he became a much better character. Also, it is possible to have a personality and be silent. Look at Crash Bandicoot for example. We knew what kind of a character he was without him speaking a word, so there is no excuse for this bland, faceless character that can easily be replaced or improved.

Gordon Freeman was once voted #1 on the Top 50 best video game characters of all time. But why? He's just an empty shell of a character and things just happen around him.

Words cannot describe how much of a terrible video game character Gordon Freeman is.

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3Master Chief (Halo)MCPON John-117, or "Master Chief", is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Halo fictional universe created by Bungie.

What is so great about a silent, unemotional playbook soldier boy.

Whoever put the chief at the top is an idiot!

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4Foxy (Five nights at Freddy's)

This needs to be number 1 on this list because, he gets so much popularity than the other characters in the game. And by the way, why do so many people like this character.

At least Rosalina has a backstory and complexity. This is just a pirate animatronic. - DCfnaf

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5Rosalina (Super Mario)

I do not hate Rosalina at all. People just talk about her too much, and she's replacing Daisy's spot.

Daisy didn't have the spotlight BEFORE Rosalina. She has just as much spotlight now as she had BEFORE Rosalina. Stop saying Rosalina is replacing Daisy. - DCfnaf

Rosalina wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't in everything these days (I mean seriously, why is she in Super Mario 3D World? ).

How is SHE overrated? We hardly knew her as much as the other princesses, she deserves to be at the BOTTOM!

She is the most overrated video game character of all time people only like her because she is hot - Aidanisawesome

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6Charizard (Pokemon)Charizard, known in Japan as Lizardon, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

I love how when people call out dumb modern pokemon designs, everyone points out some of the, admittedly, lame designs from the first generation like seel. But none of them will dare mention the straight up DRAGON!

Charizard USED TO BE OVERRATED! in my opinion! - HeavyDonkeyKong

If everyone thinks you're overrated, you're not overrated anymore.

100% agree with this. It should be #1

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7Sans (Undertale)Sans or Sans the Skeleton is a character in the 2015 RPG Undertale created by Toby Fox. He is a lazy, pun-loving skeleton who is a supporting protagonist in the "pacifist" and "neutral" routes of Undertale, and a heroic antagonist/final boss of the "genocide" route. He is known for his incredibly difficult ...read more.

He's so overrated that it's hard for me to like him now. I don't hate sans, but in my opinion papyrus is better.

He's a tough boss? He has a cool theme? Well, we all know he's about to land a spot here.

Why doesn't the Undertale fanbase show more appreciation for characters that actually DESERVE their fame, like Alphys, Papyrus and (arguably) Undyne? - xandermartin98

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8Herobrine (Minecraft)

He's not even real. He's just an overrated myth.

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9Yoshi (Mario)

Similar to Sonic and Rosalina, I do NOT hate Yoshi at all. Yoshi is one of my favorite characters. Its just that people talk about him way too much.

Should be higher than Rosalina. He gets too much love.

True. But I think Yoshi actually deserves the popularity. - thelegendaries101

10Mario (Super Mario Bros)Mario is a fictional character in the Mario video game franchise, created by Nintendo's Japanese video game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto. He serves as the eponymous protagonist of the series and is the mascot of Nintendo. The Mario franchise is the best-selling video game franchise of all time.

Mario is my favorite franchise but while Mario is the best hero (He's defeated so many villains throughout the span of his entire franchise) or at least in MY opinion I wouldn't say he's the best character. - HeavyDonkeyKong

I thought almost nobody liked him because all of the hate he gets compared to the "Godly" Luigi. Besides, so what if he is? He's super iconic! He's supposed to be!

How exactly is Mario overrated? He's more like overhated! Every since those stupid theories why Mario is not a hero, people have began to worship Luigi like a god, and hate Mario!

What? Mario is underrated! Those damn Luigi Fans put him here. - DCfnaf

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?Samus (Metroid)Samus Aran is the protagonist of the Metroid science fiction action-adventure game series by Nintendo.V1 Comment

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11Sub-Zero (Mortal Kombat)

I'm a huge MK fan and I like Sub-Zero but hate when his fans diss other mk fighters in order to make him look good. Let's face it - Sub-Zero is weak without ice freezing. He isn't cool without his power. Sorry, but many mk fighters can do without any power - Magnolia

Sub-zero was the character who started the whole color coded ninja craze. While visually distinctive, it's still just palette swaps until about the 4th or fifth game. Don't really see how ninja= best character in franchise.

The rivalry and revenge between Scorpion and Sub-zero is alright, but since practically every character had some kind of revenge/rivalry (Liu Kang vs Shang Tsung, Sonya vs Kano, Kitana vs Mileena, etc. ), it's just overused so I don't see how the ninja rivalry is much different.

People like him only because he is the mascot, same as Scropion - nintenfan

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13Kratos (God of War)

Yes, Kratos is very powerful, but his one character trait is that he's angry, with most characters in the game.

If you take away the fact that he's killed all the gods, he's just an angry ass. - RizaLovato

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14Daisy (Mario)

Annoying fanbrats that constantly whine and moan because of Rosalina. - DCfnaf

Daisy is the most underrated character in the Super Mario franchise!

She's not. Everyone talks about how Rosalina appears in everything and how Daisy appears in nothing. That makes Daisy overrated. - DCfnaf

15Sephiroth (Final Fantasy)

SEPHIROTH! Ba dum dum dum dum dum dum dum, dum dum dum!

People only likevhim cause he's "hot" but really he looks like a girl

16Geno (Super Mario RPG)

I never get why people wants geno for smash, he only was playable in one game.

17Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)Lara Croft is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Square Enix video game franchise Tomb Raider.

I focused more on her Character rather than her accidentally increased breasts. In fact First Time I saw the game. I didn't even realized her boobs were huge until some time later. - Aguythatpeopleignores

People just won't shut up about her and her 'boobs' or 'sexiness'. Is that all she's famous for? Her looks?! Ugh... typical female protagonists.

18Luigi (Mario franchise)

How is he this low? He should be above Rosalina and Mario! - DCfnaf

Why is Luigi under Mario and Daisy?! - DaisyandRosalina

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191x1x1x1 (Roblox)

He doesn't even hack. He just bluffed and got banned.

20Bowser (Super Mario Bros series)Bowser or King Koopa is a video game character and the primary antagonist of Nintendo's Mario franchise.

How long since its been since Bowser has had an original idea. He's been doing nothing but kidnap the same princess for 30 years. How has he not at least figured out if he kidnapped a different princess, Mario probably wouldn't care. Also, how the hell hasn't he killed a plumber after 30 years

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