The Top 7... Game bad guys you didn't want to kill

At some point in Pokemon, you always end up coming home. Whether it's to say hi to your mom or use Surf to get that last TM, sooner or later you'll have to tread that old ground. Walking through that familiar grass, you happen upon one of the low-level Pokemon you meet at the start of the game. And that's when you realise your super-powered team of fighters has become a deadly unit. What chance does a level 2 Pidgey have against your level 67 Dragon-type Pokemon?

'It isn't very effective' says the game as you destroy said pokemon with your team's first attack. We know it says 'fainted', but let's be honest, there's no way it survived that. And now we feel bad.

The problem here is that the death is so murderous and comes from overwhelming numbers of your Pikmin. This is the angry mob lynching of gaming, only with cute graphics. Just as ants will bring down a slug and then carry it away (we saw it on TV), so the Spotty Bulorb is surrounded in its sleep, worn down and then killed. While its children watch! Or maybe you killed them first? OK, so it's just like nature. But nature is so cruel.

Above: This is the boxart for Pikmin. Cute, isn't it? But look closer - the bug's being murdered. Not so nice now, is it?


Top 7


  • skaterdiedagain - November 7, 2010 2:36 a.m.

    You guys should of added big boss from snake eater
  • kooloff - September 10, 2010 7:14 p.m.

    i feel real bad about killing big daddies. why can't youspare them!!? they got turn into these things probably forcibly. and the little sisters9not big sister, though!yaarg!!)
  • D0CCON - August 1, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    I'd add slimes (dragon quest). Sure, they attack you, but the happy face and small, harmless look make them seem to adorable to kill.
  • ObsessionWithEdgeworth - February 14, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    level 1 pokemon... i always feel bad for the weak pokemon aswell, like magikarp. and bidoof. and that dialga i managed to kill in one hit. i fail :( I mean, i should have known better than to not save before battling it! but anyway... i always feel bad when i skip those two kids you can walk around in that cave at the beginning, then forget i didnt battle them, go back, and kill their pokemon with one hit, effectively smashing their (non existent) dreams.
  • Metroidhunter32 - December 9, 2009 3:16 a.m.

    Leave one pikmin behind in the forest of hope. You will never have a problem killing bulborbs again. And oddly enough the only colossi I felt bad about killing was the last one. He knows he's the only survivor and if he falls, dormin gets out. That's why he is so hostile.
  • Wolf22295 - October 25, 2009 4:47 p.m.

  • SHAD0WNINJA - October 3, 2009 1:05 p.m.

    of all the ones I played they made me feel really guilty. I also felt guilty for killing the locust in gears 2 until I got to the torture barge with Tai on because your sort of playing as the bad guys.
  • ryno - November 27, 2008 3:53 p.m.

    i didn't want to kill the baby t-rexes in the new turok game i tried to run past them
  • pirate742 - November 19, 2008 7:35 p.m.

    You honestly put GLaDOS over the companion cube? You good sir have no heart.
  • reathorn2 - November 18, 2008 1:13 a.m.

    okay how the hell do you not have sniper wolf on here? I practically cried when I had to kill her.
  • Black_X_1111 - November 7, 2008 1:32 p.m.

    first, again. I don't know about Glados, but some of these did make me feel guilty. Or did they?
  • Black_X_1111 - November 23, 2008 3:40 p.m.

    They couldn't put in the Companion Cube because it wasn't an enemy. This is the Top 7 Bad Guys You Didn't Want To Kill.
  • Black_X_1111 - November 23, 2008 3:39 p.m.

    Companion Cube!!!!!!!!!!111
  • SD - November 18, 2008 9:38 a.m.

    I like the idea of the post, but it needs more work. But yeah sniper wolf is missing. And the bot in portal, yeah, it left a real sour taste in my mouth. I was playing the game while my g/f was around and I kept on talking her why I didn't want to kill the bot, or else I would die... It was a sad moment, moments after I killed her the song came. And well, incredible!
  • Deadpool93 - July 27, 2009 7:16 a.m.

  • uvebeenpwned - July 15, 2009 6:40 p.m.

    I agree with: 1:The spooted bulb...things... Random dude: Who knew Olimar was evil? Me: Dude. He crashed on a random planet, enslaved the planets inhabitants, forced them to rebuild his ship, used them to kill the other planet inhabitants, Adn used the dead ones to make MORE inhabitants to enslave! how could he NOT be evil?!?!?! 2: Big daddies "Wake up mr bubbles!" "Little girl, mr bubbles is dead." "Hes...dead?*sniff*" "Ya, I had to kill him to get to you." "Will you protect me then?" "No, Im here to rip you apart and harvest the slug-thing in your body." "Thank y-wait, what?" 3:The Colossi "So how do I get my wife back? I guess I could go and kill 13 big moving statues called Colossi just to (SPOILERS!) become evil in the end. or I could move on. But thats no fun." The only one I dont feel bad about is GlaDoS. she was an ass to start with, and frankly, from my discription of Olimar above, shes basicially Olimar and youre one of her pikmen. she deserves to die.
  • Mr.Epic64 - May 12, 2009 12:04 a.m.

    What about the Shadows in Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2? It just takes one swing of your key to kill them. They may be annoying, but they don't really do much damage.
  • rezapoc - April 30, 2009 8:46 p.m.

    I didnt really feel like killing andrew ryan in bioshock as I felt a little sorry for him. I still have quite a bit of blood lust for Lan Di.
  • Miyuki-tan - January 20, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    Now I'm going to have to play Shenmue II. Thanks. XD
  • melloe - April 28, 2009 7:44 a.m.

    hahaha good point about the Goombas. I will never look at them the same way again, poor little critters.

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