As much as we all love intensely likeable video game heroes that we can't help but root for, there's something to be said for a character we absolutely relish despising, too.
And while the rules of storytelling typically dictate that the douchebag villain gets their comeuppance by game's end, that's not always the case.
And so, we have these 10 video game characters who clearly deserved an early appointment with the Grim Reaper, only to live and fight another day.
From corrupt cops who ruined the protagonist's life, to antagonists who escaped into the shadows never to be seen again, and even a psychopath of a player character who clearly deserved to die, these guys and gals all made it to the finish line surprisingly unscathed.
In some cases their survival was clearly the right dramatic call, but in others fans were left feeling empty and robbed of their chance to exact some well-earned revenge.
For better or worse, these characters are still out there, somewhere, doing their thing free of major repercussions...
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