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Disabled but deadly: Gaming’s physically challenged killers

In a medium full of perfect teeth, washboard stomachs and breasts that have their own gravitational pull, it’s rare to see characters with disabilities. But they do exist… and they’ve done some badass things. Be it killing gods, eating hardened soldiers or even creating the Nintendo universe; being physically challenged never got in the way of this bunch’s fun.


The End


Disabled and deadly in: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Known as ‘the father of modern sniping’, Big Boss’ ancient rifle-toting nemesis is infirm, but constantly formidable. As much Chrysanthemum as killer (he can photosynthesize when his strength gets sapped), The End is still struck with a variety of health problems. When he’s not entered into life or death sniper duels, the century old OAP is confined to a wheel chair. This is because he also suffers from Narcolepsy (he keeps falling asleep at a moment’s notice).

If enforced trips to the Land of Nod and a decrepit, moss-infested body weren’t enough, the lethal senior citizen is also plagued with peeper problems. Being able to detach his retinas actually helps him, though, and it’s one of the main factors behind his sharp-shooting prowess. Physically challenged or not, The End is the last pensioner you want to cross as Snake Eater’s heart in mouth, hour long battle with him attests.


Jasper Guns


Disabled and deadly in: House of the Dead: Overkill

‘A brilliant mind with a broken body’, that’s how Sega sum up Overkill’s paraplegic hard man. Somewhere between Stephen Hawking and Frankenstein’s monster, Guns is fiercely devoted to the sister who raised him and will do anything to protect her. So much so, he overdoses on experimental medication to kill Papa Caesar, a maniacal pantomime villain who’s threatening her.

Having to use an electronic voice box and living with paralysis are tragic. Purposely mutating into a levitating monstrosity (with fingers that make Freddy Krueger’s digits look about as threatening as plastic cutlery) is worse than Bambi’s mum biting it. Don’t feel sorry for him, though. In his mutated form Guns could rip out Agent Washington’s motherf**king larynx in a motherf**king millisecond.


Hyakkimaru


Deadly and disabled in: Blood Will Tell

Some babies have it tough. Take the Penguin from Batman. Left in a basket with the morning paper and a bottle of milk, the poor bambino was born half flightless fish-muncher and worse, half Danny DeVito. Still, his hard luck story ain’t got nothing on Hyakkimaru’s. You think being half Arctic bird is bad? Try having all your organs and flesh removed by demons, before all your limbs are replaced by elaborate weapons of death.


Above: Hyakkimaru’s father made a pact for power with the demon gods
and his son paid for it with his eyeballs and other assorted parts

While most kids pray for new toys or games, baby Hyakkimaru was wishing for a new spleen and vocal chords. Thankfully, his friendly neighbourhood physician builds him fake body parts to get him through his terrible twos and beyond. Hyakkimaru even gets the chance to become a real boy throughout Blood Will Tell. And, instead of rewarding him with power ups, the game gives Hyakkimaru bits of his original body every time he kills one of 48 demon gods.

66 comments

  • phgreat1 - January 8, 2010 9:01 a.m.

    No BIG BOSS?? That was the first character I had in mind when I saw the title.
  • jedimaster123 - August 16, 2009 2:29 p.m.

    I have played alot of games with disabled charaters in and most of them are the most difficult to beat, it is like they have got something to prove over everyone else who is capable of walking without a frame. good article
  • Conman93 - August 15, 2009 12:42 p.m.

    What is the origin of master hand. I really want to know btw TRAVthe3RD, I think they only mean bad guys,so bentley wouldnt count because he is good
  • SiFiLuSBLaCK - August 14, 2009 5:06 p.m.

    Where's the love for the vertically challenged? How about little Ramon Salazar from RE4, dirty bastard he turned out to be!!
  • Jakob - August 14, 2009 3:54 a.m.

    The End Could Be Killed B4 You Even Face Him...Provide You Have A Sniper...I Did It, But Got Punked Out By His Crazy Tire o.o
  • OldschoolAL - August 13, 2009 4:29 p.m.

    I shot the Ends Bird and ate it. lol It wasn't very nice.
  • MRD00KIE - August 13, 2009 4:13 p.m.

    I would have suggested master cheif. Ever wonder why he wears a helmet all the time? it's not only for protection, but also to prevent people seeing his cripplingly ugly face. seriously, he must have been sitting in the ugly tree one day, fell, and hit every branch on the way down. But over all, i agree with the article.
  • BoliverShagnasty - August 12, 2009 11:15 p.m.

    THE END FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  • ChikNorris - August 12, 2009 11:14 p.m.

    What about the Garradors from Resident Evil 4?
  • linkganon - August 12, 2009 9:47 p.m.

    i just remembered something, on the first smash bros. when master hand rockets away, it sometimes looks like he is giving us the finger.
  • linkganon - August 12, 2009 9:43 p.m.

    sorry for the long messages but the end is extremely easy if you follow his trail every time he runs. with stealth and the end's uniform on, he'll never see you. i once beat him in the main area and the area above. he didn't escape, i just kept shooting even after he started running. i'm guessing mgs4solidsnake never got the moss uniform from the end nor his mosin nagant since you need to non lethally kill him to recieve the gun, and sneak up behind him and yell freeze and point at his head 3 times during the sniping battle to make him give you the camouflage. strangely i found the snake you need to get to have the infinity facepaint at the end of the game in the first mousetrap i dropped, took only 15 seconds.
  • _D-Man_ - August 12, 2009 6:54 p.m.

    What about the Wheelchair boss in the Warriors? I can't remember his name but it took me a couple tries to get him down. reCAPTCHA: conjurer sension
  • zeetlock - August 12, 2009 6:22 p.m.

    YAY!!1!1! go gimp!.... wootd
  • Jordo141 - August 12, 2009 1:35 p.m.

    Wife-arm. The worse possible disability.
  • crumbdunky - August 12, 2009 9:28 a.m.

    Being disabled myself I feel there aren't nearly enough badass "challenged" individuals in gaming , movies and real life! Some of my mentally disturbed brethren are easily twice as dangerous as the completely healthy and a wheelchair is a great way to smaggle gun and blade parts onto plabes and boats for a quick hijacking under the cover of custom's sympathy. Good article GR, just less patronising next time-you really don't want to be first against the wall come the disabled revolution, do you? BTW, Holly Summers was quality and I killed The End the lazy way last time!
  • Ravenbom - August 12, 2009 6:02 a.m.

    Nice article, how'd I know there was going to be 2 Suda51 mentions?
  • MGS4SolidSnake - August 12, 2009 2:36 a.m.

    i always just snipe The Ends wrinkly ass at the part where Colonel Volgin leaves him just sitting there unattended...its funny trying to see him roll away and shooting him in the head
  • cptplanet - August 12, 2009 1:34 a.m.

    what! no Kenshi from mortal kombat hes blind but has telekinesis. He deserves it
  • blackfractals - August 11, 2009 10:06 p.m.

    I'll forgive you for not adding Duster, the limping thief/bassist from Mother 3, but only this time.
  • lovinmyps3 - August 11, 2009 9:01 p.m.

    @adadadad Major fail. You are not second. You are not even third. You are 26th. That's a little off from second. Try hitting "refresh" before you post a stupid comment like that.

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