Gaming's most murdered characters

As killed in: BloodRayne, Call of Duty, Medal of Honour, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, Wolfenstein 3D

Ah, the Nazis. The bastion of every good game that lets you shoot uniformed men in the face. If Hitler was born to keep history’s most kempt yet evil tache, then his virtual flunkies were created solely to swallow Uncle Sam’s bullets of democracy. Videogame Nazis love failure and getting killed more than they love efficient family hatchbacks.

As killed in: GTA III, Destroy all Humans Path of the Furon, Hitman: Blood Money, Mafia, The Darkness

Games have let us whack more Mafia hoods than the Sopranos, the Corleone family and Joe Pesci combined. We’ve torn out their beating hearts. And shut up hundreds of Italian faces with various anti-heroes. Don’t feel guilty either. We gamers are performing a valued service to society by viciously murdering such unrealistic, negative cultural stereotypes.

As killed in: Fatal Frame, Ghostbusters, Ghost Hunter, God of War II, Luigi’s Mansion, Pac-Man

In real life they might be content to gently haunt your attic or float through walls into women’s locker rooms. But in videogames they want to literally scare the life out of us. But we've always had the tools to send these spirits back to their final resting place - thank you Mr. Vacuum. We have never been and will never be afraid of no videogame ghost.

As killed in: Half-Life Episode 2, Goldeneye, Jaws Unleashed, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Second Sight

Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We really feel sorry for the pioneering white coats of games who perpetually seem to get caught in the crossfire. If they’d just start giving us those damned keycards and passwords, though, maybe we’d start aiming our bullets a little more closely at the balaclava-wearing baddies instead of their faces.

As killed in: Alien Vs. Predator, Area 51, the Halo series, Half-Life, Mass Effect, Resistance: Fall of Man

Screw ET and Close Encounters' gentle, note-playing visitors from another world. Any in-game alien we see is an affront to everything humanity stands for and must be killed. We’ve culled the Chimera’s numbers and told H.R. Giger’s finest to “get away from her you bitch!” with pulse rifles for years. Why make peace with another race when you can blow them to pieces?

As killed in: Gears of War 2, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, Mass Effect, Worms

Cut a normal worm in half and it’ll go about its day like nothing happened. Sneeze on a giant space worm and it’ll crumble in a ruined heap. We blame the Empire Strikes Back for creating a generation of generic blind goliaths and lazy developers for making them so ludicrously killable.

As killed in: Killzone, Manhunt, the Metal Gear series, every Star Wars game ever

Wear a mask, helmet or balaclava in a game and there’s a 97% chance you’re evil and a 99% probability you’ll end up brutally murdered at the hands of a hero in a tank top. We’ve slit an army of balaclava-clad throats, so take our advice. If you ever find yourself as a videogame baddie: wear a scarf to keep the cold out instead.

As killed in: Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, the Ratchet & Clank series, Star Wars KOTOR

Death seems to be best friends with the metal men in our medium. With most owing their origins to the school of HAL-influenced lunacy and less to Johnny Number Five’s heroic intolerance for civil disobedience; almost every one is the enemy and must be destroyed. They’re continually compelling computerised cannon fodder.

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  • VagueRaconteur - June 25, 2011 8 p.m.

    Chickens, too - the amount of time I'd waste in mw2 just shooting those feathery bastards will never be called for.
  • needles - June 23, 2011 6:13 p.m.

    I'm commenting on an old article, I know. I really enjoyed killing Baby-Killers in Half Life 1.
  • ThisIsEpic - February 13, 2010 6:11 a.m.

    Hey, what about the perdestrians ? There is always an average joe getting shot, impaled, bitten, amputated and burned to death in some random scene...
  • venomman01 - October 30, 2009 8:04 p.m.

    How about bandits???
  • pinoklin - October 25, 2009 4:32 a.m.

    lmao beautiful article...but gundams mobile suits arent robots their huge antropomorphely shaped battle tanks which are piloted by humans...unless your talking about mobile dolls lmao in which case theyre no robots but computer software contorlling the ms from a distance
  • linkganon - October 24, 2009 8:16 a.m.

    Nah, on mgs3 i had my fun shooting at those scientists. by the way, you know russians are frequently used on the mgs series and are frequently killed by us the player.
  • tatakai12 - March 1, 2009 6:38 a.m.

    not to be a fanboy but resistance wasn't aliens
  • Gsindahouse - February 27, 2009 9:46 p.m.

  • 1hndman - February 27, 2009 5:04 p.m.

    Ha great stuff, i love to kill
  • Defguru7777 - February 26, 2009 2:57 a.m.

    You forgot Overlord for sheep and Mirror's Edge for cops.
  • Adzyman - February 25, 2009 8:45 p.m.

    I like how you can kill scientists with a religious symbol
  • supersupersuperguy - February 25, 2009 1:48 p.m.

    For masked men, you forgot the Masked Man from Mother 3, but I guess since it wasn't released in North America, it doesn't count.
  • RooringRA - February 25, 2009 5:58 a.m.

    True Chimera aren't aliens but they sure in hell look like aliens
  • ZoSo4 - February 25, 2009 5:54 a.m.

    hmmm this article has been done to the death and done again... "OMG! ther r a lot of naZis and zombies n ninjas in a lot of games... list article!!!"
  • reyalejandro13 - February 25, 2009 12:56 a.m.

    Yeah, how come Aliens, Death, and Halo always end up in the same sentence. My ReCaptcha N-KB3 Ophir. Secert Codez O.o
  • FlyinHawaiian13 - February 24, 2009 11:21 p.m.

    spyro couldve been a great example for sheep if theyd explode instead of turn into butterflies
  • AMayer - February 24, 2009 10:53 p.m.

    Too true, too true...
  • MajorMedic - February 24, 2009 10:45 p.m.

    I also remember killing Sheep in Oblivion.
  • Rad_Bracket - February 24, 2009 10:43 p.m.

    The bad guys in CoD4 weren't terrorists they where just whereverstan's army.
  • lava_lamp - February 24, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    you forgot Counter Strike for terrorists

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