unadulterated nefariousness of villains – The Joker, for instance – is
downright compelling, a crucial component to their appeal. Heroes by
comparison, shouldn’t be perfect humanitarians – because interesting characters
are usually flawed – but, when the heroes are acting more psychotic than the
villains, you’ve got to wonder: why are we rooting for these guys, again?
– especially in video games – the heroes can seem more unhinged than
their adversaries, risking everything for minimal reward or endangering
innocent bystanders unnecessarily, committing any number of atrocities in the
process. Nathan Drake is a great example – rampaging through ancient
civilisations and murdering countless marauders – not to salvage some ancient
artefact, but for monetary compensation.
guys ‘n’ gals are technically heroes – the player is expected to root for them –
but their actions are unnecessarily extreme, and their motives are questionable
10. Raiden (Metal Gear Solid)
was introduced to the world in 2001 in Metal Gear Solid II: Sons of Liberty, an
irritating, generic super ninja with the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog. Somehow,
despite his tragic and involved backstory – brainwashed into becoming a
weapon – the character was irredeemable and completely uninteresting. Over the years –frustrated by the character’s reception
– Hideo Kojima developed upon Raiden considerably hoping to redeem him.
– despite his evolution throughout the series – Raiden is a thoroughly
unsympathetic character with zero personality. Besides that, his motivations
are questionable, manipulated constantly by various nefarious organisations,
including The Patriots/The Philosophers themselves. Equally, the character’s
sinister alternate personality – Jack the Ripper – is extremely volatile and
unpredictable, capable of committing any number of atrocities.
isn’t a great hero; he’s completely overpowered and inhuman, so why exactly are
we supposed to root for the guy?