5. Slippy Toad (Star Fox series)
This guy was completely and utterly useless on the battlefield, and he was irritating to listen to, to boot. It's hard to imagine how he made it into such a storied franchise as Star Fox.
4. The Sonic Gang (Sonic the Hedgehog series)
Tails and Knuckles weren't too bad. Not particularly inspired, but not horrible. But after the Genesis years ended, SEGA struggled to come up with new characters to accompany its speedy hedgehog. Big the Cat, Amy, Elise—fans can disagree as to which one is the worst, but it's hard to deny they're all terrible.
3. Dom (Gears of War series)
Apologies to anyone who takes the Gears of War story arc seriously, but this guy is annoying. He's not so bad during the cutscenes, but unless you have a friend controlling him, he mainly just acts stupid and gets himself killed once in a while.
2. Ashley Graham (Resident Evil 4)
I love everything about Resident Evil 4, but even I wouldn't claim that Ashley is a well-developed character. Her only purpose is to get herself in trouble so the manly Leon Kennedy can step up and save her.
1. Luigi (Super Mario Bros. series)
Let's face it: From the very beginning, Luigi has been nothing more than the Mario stand-in that Player 2 gets to use. In the American version of Super Mario Bros. 2, we discovered that he's a little taller than Mario, but that's about the only thing that makes him unique or gives him any personality. Despite some attempts to let him stand on his own (for example, Luigi's Mansion), and despite appearing in games for decades, this character has failed to make a name for himself. He will always stand in his brother's shadow.
Date: July 17, 2012
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