The 13 most hateful video game mascot characters of the '90s

The risible zeros who tried to be heroes

What most of us forget though, is that for every classy jump-fest hero, there were a whole lot more crappy wannabe pretenders to the throne. Whether their games were good or bad, these bandwagon riders themselves were frequently trite, characterless or just plain annoying. Truly, the crap platformer mascot was the bald-headed space marine of the '90s. So grit your teeth and join us on a tour of the most vile.


Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.


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