When you describe a video game character as lame, you could mean a lot of things. Their character design could be especially poor. Their role in the game could be extremely annoying. You might even feel like there is no real reason for them to exist at all. This list attempts to cover all those bases and narrow down the top ten video game characters that, for whatever reason, we feel are incredibly lame.
Because Link, Zelda, the Triforce, Gannon, Faeries, Octoroks, the Master Sword, Gorons, Zoras, and the land of Hyrule weren't iconic enough, Nintendo decided that the Zelda series needed a mascot. So we got Tingle. Tingle is a deluded man who thinks that he is an elf, fairy, or whatever, and uses a balloon to fly around the world. At best, he does absolutely nothing, and, at worst, he is involved in some of the most annoying side quests ever devised. Unfortunately, he only gets the 10th spot because some people actually like him. In fact, people like him enough that he got his own spinoff on the DS! Yeah, I don't understand it either.
Ashley Graham is one of those characters who is lame mainly because she makes the game so much harder. She is completely incapable of defending herself and requires the big strong Leon Kennedy to do everything for her. Aside from the sexist issues this might bring up, she just makes the game less fun. You have to babysit her at every single turn. Leave her alone for more than a few seconds and zombies will start biting at her heels. Would it kill her to pick up a gun and shoot something once in a while? No, it would probably do the exact opposite.
Putting Slippy Toad on this list is kind of a cop-out, but he's here by popular demand. Why? Because the only thing that Slippy ever does is get shot. When he isn't getting shot by your enemies, he's being accidentally shot by you. He has never once actually helped in a Star Fox battle. Instead, he's always the guy you have to save in order to unlock a new path or something. Oh, and don't forget his voice, which sounds like Mickey Mouse after overdosing on helium. However, Slippy's biggest crime is just being uninteresting. While Falco is the reckless loner type, Peppy is the wise old man, and Fox is the wide-eyed young pilot with a dire fate that intertwines with the enemy, Slippy is just boring.
Super Mario World was one of the best platformers ever made. So when Nintendo announced Super Mario World 2, fans were excited to see what awesome new tricks Mario had up his sleeve. As it turns out, those tricks were crying and wetting himself. Baby Mario's only use was to make players lose the game. If Yoshi left this baby alone for ten seconds, he managed to get kidnapped. What's worse is that it didn't even matter. You ended up at Bowser's castle at the end of the game anyway. So if you let Baby Mario get kidnapped, Yoshi should have been able to storm into the castle and beat the crap out of Baby Bowser as if nothing ever happened.
What's even worse is that this character won't go away. For some reason, he keeps time traveling into the future to race go-carts or play sports. Seriously, we are sick of you, Baby Mario.
Palette-swapping enemies was a common practice back when game cartridges had incredibly limited memory. It was no big deal to see a brand new enemy show up who looked exactly like the guy you just defeated, only with a different colored shirt. However, this was normally done in action games or RPGs. Midway was one of the only companies to do it with a fighting game roster. Unfortunately, creating many multi-colored ninjas for Mortal Kombat didn't save any memory because each one had a unique move-set. Not only that, but it didn't even save time on art design because these characters were all captures of real-life actors in costumes. We already had Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, Smoke, Noob Saibot, and Ermac by the time Rain was added into the game. Sub-Zero and Scorpion were the two originals, so I'll let them slide. Reptile, Smoke, and Noob Saibot were secret characters that were fleshed out into playable ones, so that's still okay I guess. Ermac was a character based on a fan rumor, and that's pretty cool. But the purple ninja Rain? It's just a reference to a Prince song. Laaaaame.