Top 10 Most Ridiculously Overpowered Video Game Characters of the 1990s

There was some REALLY great material for this list, let me tell you

The Top Ten

1 Kirby - Kirby's Dream Land

The reasons why this character is so incredibly overpowered have already been gone over many, MANY times on TheTopTens alone and REALLY don't need to be extensively rehashed here, but basically, Kirby combines Yoshi's ridiculous durability (albeit to a lesser extent) and ability to literally eat his opponents and spit them out (as STARS in this case) with the power to also copy their abilities; to give you an idea of just how strong this particular power of his happens, his stomach is big enough to qualify as its very own ALTERNATE dimension. Yikes.
(in other slightly less important news, he can also fly right over entire levels with his Inflate ability) - xandermartin98

2 Wario - Wario Land Wario is a character in Nintendo's Mario series who was originally designed as an antagonist to Mario. His motives are driven by greed and he will take the side of whoever will give him the most pay. Although he may seem like just a mean man with no heart, he does have a very tragic past.

Ever since the first Wario Land on Virtual Boy and Game Boy, Wario had already been physically strong enough to one-hit-KO nearly everyone AND everything in the entire game simply by shoulder-charging into it (read it and weep, Shao Kahn), but then the sequels decided to take his game-breaking-ness a step even FURTHER.
In Wario Land 2 and 3, Wario became completely INVULNERABLE (not counting when he gets grabbed by Rudy The Clown in 3) to basically every single thing that Nintendo could think of, which also included being crushed into a pancake shape, his legs being crushed into a spring shape, him being caught in an avalanche snowball, getting frozen solid and then slammed against walls, getting burned alive, being turned into a zombie, contracting vampirism, getting his entire head grotesquely inflated by bee allergies, becoming EXTRA-morbidly obese, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
And in a way, Wario Land 4, despite technically making his health limited again, took things a ...more - xandermartin98

The only character that matters on this list - Drawbox

3 Alucard - Castlevania: SOTN Adrian Fahrenheit Țepeș, better known as Alucard, is a character in Konami's Castlevania series of video games.

I was actually considering adding Super Castlevania IV's Simon Belmont to the list as well, but this Alucard incarnation right here is just FAR too ridiculous to ignore.

To list just some of the reasons why this character completely breaks the game, he:
Has an absolute laundry list of weapons that completely SHATTER the game beyond ANY reasonable belief; for example, his Shield Rod, when used the way that it was intended, is able to kill the game's super-boss (Galamoth) in roughly five-ten seconds, while the Alucard Sword allows him to effectively teleport-spam Galamoth to death as long as the player is persistent enough (also, the Crissaegrim shreds through literally ALL of the enemies as if they were wet toilet paper)
Can attack at a ridiculously fast AND damaging pace even with standard weapons
Has almost every secret special move you could think of

Has an absolutely INSANE amount of health, much like Samus before him; also, unlike Super Metroid Samus, he ...more - xandermartin98

4 Mewtwo - Pokemon Red/Blue Mewtwo is a fictional creature from Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon media franchise. It was created by Dr. Fuji in an attempt to clone Mew.

Every single other type in the first generation of Pokemon was downright cripplingly weak against Psychics, and Mewtwo was far and away the strongest of the Psychics, enough said - xandermartin98

5 Shao Kahn - Mortal Kombat Shao Kahn is a boss, announcer, and recurring playable character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. Introduced in Mortal Kombat II in 1993, he is the primary antagonist of the video game series and extended franchise.

One of remarkably few 1990s fighting game characters for which it is actually physically possible for their human players to be every bit as cheap as their AI players; in addition to literally every single one of his attacks dealing absolutely LUDICROUS amounts of damage to his opponents, his infamous shoulder-charge (Charging Spikes) attack doesn't even have dedicated buttons that it requires the player to press at the end of its input, instead opting to just be a plain and simple double-tap of the forward button. If that's not enough for you, said attack also gets an AERIAL version in Mortal Kombat 3, not to mention that he now has a hammer (that he can now even THROW at his opponents as if it were a boomerang, no less) - xandermartin98

6 Samus - Super Metroid Samus Aran is the protagonist of the Metroid science fiction action-adventure game series by Nintendo.

Let's see here, shall we? She:
Has had her controls ridiculously fine-tuned since the previous games, to the point where she is even able to aim straight up while CROUCHING
Can now charge her beam, technically making Missiles un-necessary against most bosses
Has almost every secret special move you could think of

Is already rather un-necessarily durable with her standard Power Suit, becoming doubly so with her Varia Suit upgrade and QUADRUPLY so with her Gravity Suit upgrade

Is able to carry 230 Missiles, 50 Super Missiles AND 50 Power Bombs at maximum, in addition to having a maximum Energy/Reserve Tank capacity of no less than EIGHTEEN tanks when the average player would probably only need about five non-Reserve tanks at most (and even then, mostly just to prepare for the INCREDIBLY massive damage-per-second race that the Ridley fight in Lower Norfair is) in order to beat the game
Is now able to fuse the Ice, Wave and Plasma beams TOGETHER
Can upgrade ...more - xandermartin98

7 Akuma - Street Fighter Akuma known as Gouki in Japan is a character of the Street Fighter series and recurring antagonist, first appearing in Super Street Fighter II Turbo as a hidden character and boss who could be summoned after certain conditions were met, an emotionless and powerful warrior fixated on mastering the Satsui more.

Basically, he's Ryu and Ken but with every single one of their moves cranked up to roughly 51 on the power scale; need I say more?

That's not even mentioning his infamous instant-KO beatdown attack either - xandermartin98

8 Yoshi - Yoshi's Island Yoshi, once romanized as Yossy, is a fictional anthropomorphic dinosaur who appears in video games published by Nintendo. He is most known for his appearances in the Yoshi and Mario franchises.

Forget about eating your enemies and then spitting them back out; Yoshi can turn his enemies into eggs and then throw them at OTHER enemies (hard enough to one-hit KO nearly every single enemy in the game, no less).
If that wasn't enough for you, the eggs can also ricochet off of walls mid-flight, in addition to Yoshi himself being completely invulnerable to basically everything that isn't an instant-death environmental hazard as long as Baby Mario isn't permanently separated from him (which the GameBoy Advance version of the game also makes the timer EXTREMELY generous for) - xandermartin98

9 Doomguy - Doom The Doomguy, commonly known as the Marine and referred to as the Doom Slayer in the rebooted portion of the series, is the unnamed player character in the Doom video game franchise of first-person shooters created by id Software, and its sequels and spin-off media.

Simply put, this guy is powerful enough to easily make him one of the surprisingly rare first-person shooter protagonists for which strategy isn't even REMOTELY a requirement most of the time.
To list some of the things he's done, he:
Can run absurdly fast regardless of how much equipment he's carrying
Carries a ludicrous amount of weapons (as expected, but still)
Is CONSIDERABLY more of a bullet sponge than one might expect

Has hardly ever had even a SINGLE weapon that isn't stupidly OP
Can shoot someone at full force with a shotgun at ridiculously long range
Can punch demons' skulls in with remarkably little effort
Is able to fire the BFG 9000 without it leaving even a scratch on him
Has singlehandedly fought his way out of Hell itself MULTIPLE times - xandermartin98

10 Lammy - UmJammer Lammy Um Jammer Lammy is a rhythm video game developed by NanaOn-Sha and published by Sony for the PlayStation video game console in 1999.

In the context of the game's storyline:
She is able to effortlessly beat giant muscular jocks to a pulp with her eyes closed (and possibly even without using her fists, given how strong her "power of rock" is)
She is able to catch a guitar that was thrown all the way around the entire Earth without even trying (and is also part of a band that is able to throw a guitar that far in the first place)

She is able to use literally ANYTHING even vaguely guitar-shaped as an actual guitar and it will somehow STILL work regardless of how vague the similarity is
She is able to take care of every single one of her housekeeping duties at literally the exact same time like it's nothing
She can seemingly manipulate the laws of time itself

She can easily run faster than the average car

She singlehandedly puts out a fire big enough to engulf an entire skyscraper, using only one average-sized fire hose
She more-or-less singlehandedly "rocks" a whole rabbit ...more - xandermartin98

The Contenders

11 Sabin Rene Figaro - Final Fantasy VI

Strong enough to suplex a train and can clear out entire swarms of enemies within seconds with his Blitzes - xandermartin98

12 Citan Uzuki - Xenogears

Mostly the character himself (has a downright ludicrously high offense stat, combined with the ability to basically attack twice per turn), but his Gear is no slouch either - xandermartin98

13 X - Mega Man X

Mostly just in the first Mega Man X - xandermartin98

14 Crash Bandicoot - Crash Bandicoot Crash Bandicoot is a video game franchise of platform video games. The series, originally exclusive to the Sony PlayStation, was created by Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin during their tenure at Naughty Dog for Sony Computer Entertainment.
15 Magus - Chrono Trigger
16 Cloud Strife - Final Fantasy
17 Ness - Earthbound

Hits unfathomably hard for his age and has a gargantuan health pool, in addition to being an amazingly effective healer - xandermartin98

18 Paula - Earthbound

Most bosses can easily be defeated largely JUST by spamming them with PK Freeze if you know what you're doing

That, and also, of the Chosen Four, she's the one who ACTUALLY ends up defeating Giygas at the end - xandermartin98

19 Jeff Andonuts - EarthBound

Most notably due to the Heavy Bazooka - xandermartin98

20 Crono - Chrono Trigger
21 Wizpig - Diddy Kong Racing
22 Motaro - Mortal Kombat 3 Motaro is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He made his first appearance as a sub-boss character in Mortal Kombat 3, where he has the legs of a horse and the torso of a man.
23 T.T. - Diddy Kong Racing
24 Oddjob - GoldenEye 007 Oddjob is a henchman to the villain Auric Goldfinger in the James Bond film and novel, Goldfinger. In the film he was played by the Japanese American actor Harold Sakata.
25 Kintaro - Mortal Kombat 2 Kintaro is a character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He made his debut in Mortal Kombat II as the game's sub-boss and became playable in Mortal Kombat Trilogy.
26 Goro - Mortal Kombat Goro is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He first appears in the original Mortal Kombat as an unplayable boss character, challenging the player before the final fight with Shang Tsung.
27 M. Bison - Street Fighter M. Bison, also known as Dictator, is a video game character created by Capcom. First introduced in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, he is a recurring character and villain in the Street Fighter series of fighting games, acting as the primary antagonist of the series.
28 Gunstar Red - Gunstar Heroes

(and Gunstar Blue) - xandermartin98

29 Link - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Link refers to several different incarnations of the same protagonist of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series.
30 Tails - Sonic the Hedgehog Miles "Tails" Prower is a fictional character in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series, and the title character's best friend and sidekick.
31 Knuckles - Sonic the Hedgehog Knuckles the Echidna is a fictional character in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is a red anthropomorphic echidna who is determined and serious, but sometimes gullible. He has the ability to glide and climb up walls, and is a powerful fighter due to his spiked hands.
32 Sonic - Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog, trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog, is the title character and protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by SEGA, as well as numerous spin-off comics, five animated shows, and an animated OVA.
33 Mario - Super Mario World Mario is the main character in the Mario Bros. Franchise, who was created by the creative director and video game designer at Nintendo of Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario has appeared in almost every Mario Game, including spinoff series, as a playable character, with few exceptions including New Super more.

Particularly his Cape form, which boasts a lightning-fast, infinitely spammable spinning attack that shreds through enemies like wet tissue paper, in addition to giving him massively increased jumping precision and allowing him to effortlessly fly right over entire levels as long as they take place outdoors and allow him enough of a running start - xandermartin98

34 Earthworm Jim - Earthworm Jim Earthworm Jim is the main protagonist of the Earthwork Jim video game series as a worm who's life changed after coming in contact with a cyber suit that granted him special powers to battle the likes of his nemesis like Evil the Cat, Psycrow, Queen Slug for a Butt and Bob the Killer Gold FIsh, in the more.

His head is stronger than bullets, enough said - xandermartin98

35 Gordon 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.
36 Spyro - Spyro the Dragon Spyro is a series of platform games which primarily features the protagonist Spyro the Dragon and his friend, Sparx the Dragonfly.
37 Simon Belmont - Super Castlevania IV

(cough) eight-directional whip that goes through walls just like Earthworm Jim's and makes basically all of the power-ups besides maybe the Time Stopper completely redundant (cough) - xandermartin98

38 Noob Saibot - Mortal Kombat 3 Noob Saibot, is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He debuted as an unplayable hidden character in Mortal Kombat II, in which he was a black silhouette of the game's other male ninjas, and made his first selectable appearance in the console versions of Ultimate Mortal more.
39 Locke Cole - Final Fantasy VI
40 Edgar Roni Figaro - Final Fantasy VI
41 Hyper Sonic - Sonic 3 & Knuckles

How could no one include this character already?

42 Little Mac - Super Punch-Out!
43 Ayla - Chrono Trigger
44 Robo - Chrono Trigger
45 Frog - Chrono Trigger
46 Blood Falcon - F-Zero X
47 Samurai Goroh - F-Zero SNES
48 Sagat - Street Fighter Sagat is a character in Capcom's Street Fighter fighting game series. Once an unplayable boss, he later became a playable character.
49 Gill - Street Fighter III
50 Dio Brando - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Dio Brando is a fictional character from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga series created by Hirohiko Araki. His name was inspired by musician Ronnie James Dio and movie star Marlon Brando.
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