A good protagonist should embody everything a gamer wants to be, or alternatively have interesting flaws that make us involved with their personality and characters. The protagonist, at no point, should be flat, one-dimensional, boring, annoying, pathetic or make us want them to die, just to escape the monotony. This past generation, we've seen many great heroes rise up to the challenge. Sack Boy, despite being just, well...a sack, made us fall in love with his crazy expression and array of outfits. Some, like Raiden from Metal Gear Solid, managed to redeem themselves after being a floppy haired moron in his previous gaming attempts. If you've sucked in the past, coming back as a blade-wielding killing machine in a cyborg suit is a sure-fire way to redeem yourself. The list goes on and on. Nathan Drake, Joel from the Last of Us, Solid Snake, Chell from Portal and countless others have all stepped up to the plate to bring us marvellous experiences over the past few years, but it is not these people that we need concern ourselves with. Instead we're going to look at those heroes that were so terribly pants, so annoying, so boring and so naff that they probably didn't have a place being in our games at all. Step forward, entry number fifteen.
Dan Curtis is a gaming-obsessed writer who hails from the North East of England, where inexplicable, hard-to-understand accents reign supreme. Dan is also one quarter of the Factory Sealed retro gaming podcast!