Submitted by Pozzle 158d ago | opinion piece

10 Gaming Heroes You Didn’t Realise Are Murderous Psychopaths

WC: Despite having kill counts that reach genocidal numbers, these characters are still treated as the “good guys”, because they act cute in their dialogue, which can be plain creepy if you think about it. Sure, they might save the world or even the galaxy a few times over, but at what cost?

These may not be bad characters, but they are certainly bad people, and as much as we love them, we love poking fun at their murderous tendencies even more. (Fallout 3, Far Cry 3, Mass Effect 3, PC, PS3, Tomb Raider, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Xbox 360)

Derekvinyard13  +   158d ago
You can put almost any shooter hero on this list, one game not mentioned that made me feel like a complete psycho was manhunt great game
dmitrijs88  +   157d ago
ANY gaming hero that takes countless shots in his or her belly. Or kicks, punches, burns, any other damaging moves.
Clown13  +   157d ago
Love me some Manhunt. They need to make a new one so I can decapitate people in HD.
iamnsuperman  +   158d ago
I think the misunderstanding of what makes a person a "murderous psycopath" is best summed up by this

"Even if you decide to walk the nice guy route, you’ll still end up killing roughly the same amount of mercenaries, aliens and soldiers".

in the Commander Shepherd bit. That doesn't make a person a murderous psychopath. It is a misunderstanding that some people share with soldiers. They are in a war. War means you have to kill the enemy to survive. It is instinct not murder.

This is the same with Far Cry 3, Lara Croft and Drake. They are in specific situations where killing is a necessity to survive. A murderous psychopath kills indiscriminately or kills for fun/enjoyment. Their psychopathic tendency actually lie elsewhere
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dboyc310  +   158d ago
Exactly they simply kill to not be killed. Heck anyone would do the same if they were in their shoes. Like you said it's simply survival instincts. You do what you got to do to stay alive.
Imalwaysright  +   157d ago
I don't remember seeing Lara and Jason making jokes and laughing with their buddies after shooting 20 guys in the head. I understand Naughty Dog's goal but it seems that for the Drake killing someone is like eating an ice cream and it does make him look like a psycho.
sourav93  +   157d ago
I guess you haven't played the old Tomb Raider games then. Because killing was just as easy for the old Lara Croft as it is for Nathan Drake. Jason and the New Lara were killing for the first time, so they were traumatised. If there was an Uncharted game that took us back to Drake's treasure hunting origins, excluding the 2nd chapter of U3, then we'd see that he wouldn't be all fun and games after killing someone for the first time.
Imalwaysright  +   157d ago
You didn't understand my point at all -_-

Lara doesn't go making jokes with her buddies after killing 20 guys as if nothing had happen. She is always dead serious. Also if you played the original TR you would know that killing Larson (the 1st time she killed an human) had an impact on her.


What I'm saying is that Uncharted's gameplay which basically consists of pulling headshot after headshot doesn't suit the happy go lucky personality of the Drake and because it, it makes him look like a psycho.
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TricksterArrow  +   157d ago
Lara does crack some jokes. Specially when she gets her grende launcher. :)
skulz7  +   157d ago
Technically all gamers are psychopaths then as we get enjoyment out of killing people in the games lol
pop_tarts  +   157d ago
Lol I sure do love killing in Gran Turismo!
MrSwankSinatra  +   157d ago
The Lone Wanderer was never meant to be villain or a hero, but a survivor. The world that encompasses fallout is that of survival, it's killed or be killed.
Mr Marvel  +   157d ago
Top 15,000 N4G articles you slapped yourself for clicking on.

Yup, this is just another article to add to the BS pile.
Tedakin  +   157d ago
Nathan Drake is definitely messed up. My friends and I discussed this. He's this super nice, charming, goofy guy. Then suddenly he's violently breaking dozens of necks and killing men by the hundreds. Nathan Drake would be known all over the world, and most wanted for the amount of death he's brought. Max Payne is up there with him as top heroes who've killed the most men. Master Chief, Marcus Fenix, Dante, etc, don't kill men, they kill aliens and demons and shit, so they don't count.
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Bathyj  +   157d ago
The wives and children of aliens and demons might disagree. Nobody ever thinks of them.
Ghost_Nappa  +   157d ago
I found your profile pic to be highly disturbing (hides under bed).
Bathyj  +   157d ago
C'mon, that's a smile you can trust.
Snakefist30  +   157d ago
Is that Full metal Jacket?
a08andan  +   157d ago
By that definition, Mario is a murderous psychopath because he doesn't have to save the mentally retarded Princess Peach to survive :)
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showtimefolks  +   157d ago
lol no doubt any gaming hero can be labeled under this so nothing but a click bait article
chobit_A5HL3Y  +   157d ago
what's the point of living if you don't have someone to love? :'[
a08andan  +   157d ago
Surviving and "point of living" isn't really the same thing, but I know what you mean :)
benzopil  +   157d ago
This is probably the main reason why I can't love Uncharted. I just don't see the point of killing so many people. In 99% of shooters I understand why main hero shoots and kills, but here... When he kills someone, he feels like it's okay, makes jokes etc. It's stupid.
OrangePowerz  +   157d ago
It's actually not so far fetched for Drake to behave like that. Sometimes people under high pressure or stress can revert to humour, jokes or sarcasm to deal with these situations. It can be a psychological defense reaction.
chobit_A5HL3Y  +   157d ago
stop being a such a pussy. it's just a videogame. i suppose you'd want a slow motion "self-refection cam" in every game after you kill someone. instead of bullet time, you'd want a close-up of their face as a single tear rolls down their cheek and flashbacks play of their childhood where it all went wrong. and really? of all the ridiculous feats that he accomplishes, THAT'S the thing that you can't relate too?...
benzopil  +   157d ago
No it's not. I understand why I kill people in Last of Us. In Bioshock. In almost every game. But killing people just for fun because you want some treasures... I'm not buying it.
plaZeHD  +   157d ago
It's self defense stupid. In-fact when Nate thought Flynn was suggesting using lethal weapons to take out the museum guards he was against it.
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sourav93  +   157d ago
If a serial killer came to kill you and your family at your home but you kill him as self defence, would you be sad that you killed a man? Or would you be relieved and happy that you and your family didn't die? Think about that.
benzopil  +   157d ago
So... Drake kills billion of people not for shiny treasures but for self defence? Okay.
chobit_A5HL3Y  +   157d ago
it's very clear you don't understand a lot of things... and fyi, they try to kill drake first, so it is in fact self defense.
OrangePowerz  +   157d ago
I always take issue woth people saying as example that Drake is a murderous psychopath. First of all because they are fiction and second of all because it's self defense. It's like saying Bruce Willis is a murderous psychopath in Die Hard or Indy in Indiana Jones is.
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BillmadeAGate  +   157d ago
Agreed bro lol but we can all agree Trevor is a murderous psychopath lol an thats what we love about him =p
DualWielding  +   157d ago
the worst at these were the Resonance of Fate trio, the two guys even killed some guards because they wanted to check what their friend was doing on her date and laughed about it
modesign  +   157d ago
how about grand theft auto.
Hanuman  +   157d ago
Body Count motherf*cker!!!!!!
aquaeyed  +   157d ago
I have at least two games where killing not must =)

Thief and Metal Gear Solid Series.

I don't remember if in Dishonored there is this option.

So it is not always main hero need to kill.

However I want to see you in adventure and shooter games how it would interesting to play w/o shooting everybody =) but we still have some games w/o kills. =)
SpiralTear  +   157d ago
Tomb Raider 2013 suffered big time from this, as we were supposed to witness Lara's progression from a timid student to a full-on adventurer. That's hard to do when the timid student shotgun blasts three guys in the face then stabs another five with a grappling tool.

There was no progression and it made the story very awkward and unrealistic.
Spotie  +   157d ago
Lame. Voting down and moving on.
DeusEx-Machina  +   157d ago
Having played and finished Spec Ops: The Line makes nearly every shooter seem pathetic.
Legacy212  +   156d ago
Such an amazing under rated game the story was great

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