Virtual children are undoubtedly worse than the real thing. Diminutive, shrill and noisy, you can’t even send them to the naughty step when they’re misbehavin’. We’re used to solving our videogame problems with violence, but due to standards of ‘good taste’, that approach isn't generally allowed with young-uns. Often voiced by high-pitched women because kids can’t act, they also tend to look…weird – like shrunken adults. Because of this, we’ve put together a list of youngsters in games whose toys we’d love to take away, but can’t. Read on…

Zill | Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

One of the residents of Outset Island, you might know this little fella better as ‘snot-nosed kid’. With a constant strand of stretchy white nose mucus hanging from his face, Zill and his nasal hygiene issues seriously puts us off our sandwiches. But a seemingly phobic approach to tissues isn’t his most irksome feature.

Above: Wipe. Your. Ruddy. Nose.

Whenever Snotzy catches sight of Link, he’ll follow him for a short time, even bumping into him if Link stops moving. Somebody get this kid a restraining order wrapped in a handkerchief.  Have you ever tried looking cool in front of the lads (or a group of pirates) with a disgusting infant cramping your style? Link must look lame enough to Tetra and the gang dressed in his all-green ensemble, without the added burden of babysitting.

Young Wastelanders | Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas

Kids will always be around. Even after the apocalypse, when all there is to play with is turpentine and some surgical tubing. The recent Fallouts are stuffed with the blighters, a common sight in the New Vegas outskirts being gangs of hoodlums gleefully chasing irradiated rats. Those things carry diseases. The kids, we mean.

Above: Who invited these twats? 

Take the young vendor on the corner of New Vegas’ Freeside who shouts: ‘If it can be bought, it can be sold at Mick and Ralphs!’ Constantly. On a loop. Because developers know better than to give the good lines to children. Though the Child at Heart perk allows you to verbally influence kids, it would be better if the little blighters were programmed to react to bullets. And who invited those brats to our birthday party in Fallout 3? Not us.

Street Urchins | Fable series

If Call of Duty is the Jean Claude Van Damme of the gaming world (an action man’s man, all but incomprehensible) Fable is the Dick Van Dyke circa Mary Poppins – charming, bursting with all sorts of British accents, but essentially a big fat stereotype.

Above: Can’t kick ‘em, but you can throw ‘em 

In Fable, if you’re not a cockney, you’re a spluttering toff, the same reasoning applying to its younger characters who either beg for money on the stained street corners of Albion’s industrial estate or strut around the more privileged areas, snidely making fun of your dirty shoes in a manner most Etonian. Only it’s even more hurtful because they’re smaller than you and you can’t kick them as you would a chicken.

Katie | Dead Rising 2

Escort missions suck. This is a gaming fact, as sure as our hatred of QTE’s and unskippable cutscenes. It’s a shame then that Dead Rising 2 is basically one long escort, our hero Chuck ransacking Vegas for the antidote which will keep his daughter human long enough for him to regret not using his time on the zombie-infested strip to instead ENJOY HIMSELF.

Above: Chuck and his…baggage

Perhaps we’re being mean. Katie doesn’t necessarily demand you find her a cure, and there’s nothing stopping you neglecting your daughter, choosing instead to slap a chainsaw to a kayak paddle and pirouetting into a crowd  – besides fatherhood guilt, that is. We just find her presence distracting. Like a disapproving Gamestop employee looking over your shoulder as you begin your sixth hour on a demo kiosk.

Luke | Professor Layton series

Luke cramps the Professor’s style. Slows him down. We just know Layton has the answer to that brain-bender – he always has the answer. But he has to compensate for his young apprentice’s inexperience, talk plainly and clearly, and even give him ‘hint coins’. Patronizing, yes, but Luke deserves it. If we were him, we’d feel a bit like a fifth wheel.

Above: Layton’s car, and his fifth wheel 

Luke’s constant ‘What’s this, Professor?’ is made worse by his aggravating voice acting (voiced by Maria Darling, a female) which almost makes us resent the game’s abundance of otherwise gorgeous cutscenes. To be fair, the lad is obviously less experienced than Layton, and being under the tutelage of a thoroughly polite, top-hat-wearing gentlemen, is bound to turn out all right in the end. Either that or his brain turns inside out from too much lateral thinking.

Baby Mario | Yoshi's Island

Granted, Baby Mario’s more of a baby than a child (the name is a dead giveaway) but we really didn’t want to whittle this niche concept down further. Now, unless you were brilliant at Yoshi’s Island and never dropped your baby once (which is hard enough in real life), you’ll have heard Mario’s loud, piercing wail. It is the very sound of failure. As Yoshi, take but a simple knock and Babs Maz starts bawling, which continues indefinitely until either you pick him up again or he gets carried off by enemies.

Above: The last thing you’ll see before he drives you INSANE 

In fact, Baby Mario annoyed us so much in the almost-great-if-it-wasn’t-for-Baby-Mario platformer, we would much prefer to play Yoshi's Island: No Screaming Baby Edition. Our final analogy? Yoshi’s Island is like a 'delicious chocolate that attracts hissing spiders'.

Cereza | Bayonetta

Unlike other entries on this list, we aren’t annoyed by Cereza because she has a poor voice actor or gets in the way of the action. We are annoyed because she makes our brains hurt. Cereza turns up relatively early in the game, tugging on the tassels of the titular witch and referring to her as ‘mummy’. We’re no experts, but we believe that makes her Bayonetta’s daughter.

Above: Bayonetta with Bayonetta. Which one’s witch? (ah ha!) 

Except she isn’t. According to the story, Cereza is Bayonetta. As a young girl she was sent to find her future self by Father Balder. So why isn’t she just called ‘Mini Bayonetta’ then? Because then it would make far too much sense.

Shaun and Jason | Heavy Rain

Of this whole list, these two plonkers have to be the worst. Badly behaved, badly accented and borderline brain-dead, the young sons of Ethan Mars start their father on a downward mental spiral from which he barely recovers (or hangs himself in prison, depending how you play).

Above: The end starts here for poor Ethan

First, there’s Jason: Demanding he be bought a balloon from a creepy clown, then walking off as his father pays for it – cueing much parental panic - and finally triggering his own death by blindly running into traffic. And what about Shaun? Sulking as his father prepares him dinner, berating him as he tucks him into bed, and disappearing from Ethan’s side after his pa’ blackouts in a park. Sure, his brother died and his parents divorced, but still. Utter Plonkers.

Whiny, Sweary, Mouthy Kids Online | Real life

Running into these horrors at some point in your online career is a mathematical certainty. It doesn’t matter what game or what age certificate is on the box, you’re going to have an encounter and they’re going to ruin your time. Unless you like petulance, tantrums and ill-founded claims of kill-stealing.

Above: DEMON 

Mostly calling our mothers names in shooters such as Halo Reach and Black Ops, they also inhabit sports titles like FIFA and Madden, quitting out at the first sign of a loss. Occasionally they’re found online strategy games, upsetting the usual genteel status quo with terribly BM (Bad Manners). Sure, prepubescents aren’t the only ones who can act immature online, but they certainly make up the rank and file.

Can't believe we didn't include Obviously Annoying Kid X in this list? Feel free to tell us all about it in the comments.

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  • Rorschach - December 12, 2014 12:14 p.m.

    Your friend from any Pokemon game. They always sound so condescending. Especially that little @#$%^& from Diamond/Pearl. "I'm fining you $10 million if you're late!" Who does he think he is? The IRS? Also, when I walk out of a gym and I see my friend/mortal enemy coming, I'm like, "Great. My drained Pokemon have to battle again. Can't this idiot go bother some other good-looking, mega-cool guy (like myself)?"
  • Rorschach - December 13, 2014 2:31 p.m.

    By the way, the symbols above are not for any specific word, I just meant to express general anger.
  • BS004 - December 30, 2013 2:07 a.m.

    You forgot Duck from the Walking Dead Game. xD
  • Me666 - December 24, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    Tommy - The Novelist. F**king annoying little brat - has all the new toys, still makes your life miserable.
  • ICrapKittens - December 24, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    I'm surprised to not find this here. Joey from like Gold and Silver, also HeartGold and SoulSilver. He would like call you to waste your time to tell you that his Ratata was like the best one in the world. Or that his shorts were the comfiest or something. Ugh.
  • EAC73 - December 23, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    The kid in Fallout New Vegas who's only job is to tell every damn person to come down to Mick and Ralf's.
  • winner2 - December 23, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    I hate Luke much. He was the one problem I had with miracle mask.
  • Swedish_Chef - December 23, 2013 3:55 a.m.

    I always seemed to wonder if there was some kind of universal law in video games to make child characters be as obnoxious and harmful to the enjoyment of the experience as possible (with a few exceptions like Nanako in Persona 4 or Clementine in the Walking Dead). Also I think not a lot of people will argue with me when I say they should add in that little shit from Mass Effect 3.
  • TheGooseinator - December 22, 2013 11:45 p.m.

    Remember that game Amy for XBLA that was awful? The titular child in that game was, for lack of a better term, creepy as shit.
  • Verenitz - December 22, 2013 10:44 p.m.

    Ugh. It is so annoying walking around the streets of Bowerstone only to be greeted by, "EEEEUUUUUUUU. AAAAHHHHH. EEEEEEEEK. MUMMY, I AM SCARED!!!" Chill, little kid, I am only going to torch your house and murder your parents, jeez.
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - December 22, 2013 3:20 p.m.

    What about the little girl from the Walking Dead?
  • BladedFalcon - December 22, 2013 11:30 p.m.

    Oh you :P
  • BladedFalcon - December 22, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    This list desperately needs to be updated with ALL the kids present in skyrim. Insufferable, annoying and void of personality, all of them.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - December 22, 2013 9:19 p.m.

    Having the PC version of Skyrim blesses us with mods. One of which allows us to give those kids what they deserve for their disrespect. It's a video game, no one will care about those brats.
  • g1rldraco7 - December 22, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    The orphans in AC 3 made noise alerting the guards unless you toss some coins at them. The undead babies in Dante's Inferno scared the hell out of me and made me sad because they were unbaptised.
  • Leyviur - November 22, 2010 7:09 a.m.

    Anyone who says they like Cooke and Mack from Lost Odyssey are lying assholes. These two exemplify the whole 'child characters suck' trope in nearly all JRPGs.
  • yetanotherCid304 - November 21, 2010 4:46 a.m.

    I'm glad im not the only one who pisses off gamestop employees by playing demos for hours....
  • BrunettePride - November 20, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    The annoying little brats on COD over the mics are the worst, who randomly abuse everyone then usually end up getting battered, and from then proceed to abuse everyone even more before dissapearing. Probably off to cry to their parents and watch some more Nickelodeon. Also... "We've got stuff we're not even allowed to sell people, only at Mick & Ralph's!" ARGHHHHHH!!
  • quincytheodore - November 20, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    Oh I didn't expect Katie here. I mean she's not that annoying, the Zombrex thing is kinda lame, but come on.. Hmm Ashley in RE4 doesn't count huh? She sure acts like one and annoying as hell too, it's just that Capcom slapped some boobs on her, so she is not a kid..
  • Darkhawk - November 19, 2010 5:46 p.m.

    BALLOON! BALLOON! Also: I've avoided HR like the plague, but am I to infer that once again Cage hired a bunch of European actors to fake American accents? That was a serious mark against Indigo Prophecy too, and REALLY easy to avoid.

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