Throughout gaming history, we have been blessed with some wonderful characters, but everything must have its opposite. For every character we grow to love, there will be one who gamers just wish had never been thought of. Bosses that seem to be invincible, worthless allies who cannot do anything for themselves, supposed sidekicks who we just want to kick up the backside – followed by a swift beheading… they’re all there, and they all annoy the ever-loving crap out of us.

From the infamous to the much lesser known, get your stress ball out, because this motley crew just do not know when to leave you alone.


10. Belethor (The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim)

He may be one of the minor players on this list, but he is certainly one of the most annoying. Belethor runs the general good store in Whiterun, the city of Skyrim where, for many players, the adventure begins. Some buy their first home there, so it’s nice to know there’s a store close by where you can sell your sundries for a reasonable price, right?

Wrong. Belethor is a first-class jerk with an inflated ego and even more inflated prices. Everything he says is laced with sarcasm at best, and blunt rudeness at worst. If I had a sister I’d sell her in a second” comes to mind as a pure gem from this charming pillar of society, but it’s not only his own family he doesn’t seem to have a care for. You can ask most people in the game why they ended up in the province of Skyrim, but Belethor’s answer is: “the most compelling feature of this frozen wasteland is the volley of inane questions leveled at me on a regular basis”. There are other vendors all over the place that you can go to, but when you live in the same city as this guy, you really do have to weigh up whether killing him is worth the jail time. I reckon it is.

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This article was first posted on August 24, 2012