A lot of times we label the annoying character as an individual that wouldn’t stop doing that one thing. Navi from Ocarina of Time doesn’t stop shouting “Hey” or “Listen”. The dog in Duck Hunt will always pop up to laugh at your humiliation and that paperclip will always be there when you open up a file in an old version of Microsoft Word (98 through 2004). However, there are characters who have maintained a charm despite their habit of never shutting the hell up. Here are the top 10 big mouths in video games that are in no particular order.
Agent York (Deadly Premonition)
FBI Special Agent Francis “York” Morgan likes to talk to his friend Zach about a lot of things while driving in the open world of Greenvale. These “conversations” circle from movies of the 80s, punk rock bands, Tom and Jerry, who he’s not crushing on but obviously is, and the gruesome murders he’s solved and currently solving. You can try to stop him by exiting the car but once you get back in– he’ll start his rant about the political undertones in Jaws from the top. Other characters have tried to shut York up, both on the road and on foot but few have succeeded.
Wendy Oldbag (Phoenix Wright series)
Old people and rambling go hand in hand in the world of games and the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series features one such rambling old lady with Wendy Oldbag. This angry grandma spits text at blistering speed that it’s nearly impossible to without snapping a picture. Unless you’re Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, she won’t stop her motor mouth or her snappy attitude. Regardless she’s a favorite among the fans and has appeared in three Ace Attorney games plus the spin-off game Ace Attorney Investigations.
Resetti (Animal Crossing series)
Even though his bad temper tantrums are now optional in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Resetti is still the loudest character in all of Animal Crossing. After all, no villager has their brother visit your house to discuss his health issues. Resetti has even managed to sneak his way into Super Smash Bros. Brawl in the guise of a trophy, ready to rant away while you beat the stuffing out of each other.
Star Fox cast (Star Fox 64)
There are few guaranteed moments of relief from the vocal talent in Star Fox 64. One is during the tutorial and another is on the planet Venom if you manage to lose your whole team at the previous destination. It’s too bad you’ll be too busy dodging at frustrating angles or shooting at the butt of a quoping golem to take note of the silence. However, take into account the lack of emotional narrative in the story if Star Fox was played on mute. …Yes I’m kidding.
Owl (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
He (real name: Kaepora Gaebora) doesn’t speak and he doesn’t need to. The upside to this guy is that he offers you a quick travel service from the top of Death Mountain to a Heart Piece in Kakariko Village.
Shao Khan (Mortal Kombat II)
Unless you pressed L and R before the title screen of Mortal Kombat II, you didn’t see Shao Khan until near the final battle. The one behind this taunting voice responsible for your kombat rage is Steve Ritchie, pinball designer and occasional voice actor. The inspiration for Khan’s voice came from his previous acting talents in his 1980’s pinball machine: The Black Knight.
“You weak pathetic fool.”
Gruntilda (Banjo Kazooie series)
The charm of the cast in Banjo Kazooie came unexpectedly in their coughs, cries, farts, and burps, but the wreh wreh wreh of Gruntilda will always continue on far more than necessary. What also comes off as a surprise was that the sound budget for Banjo Kazooie constrained vocal talent to looping sound effects, which became a tradition for future titles Banjo Tooie and Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts. Along with that tradition was another: the reoccurring presence of Gruntilda. Always there to turn you red. Why couldn’t they replace her with her good sister instead? In memory of Brentilda.
Ellis (Left 4 Dead 2)
Thanks to the zombie apocalypse setting of Left 4 Dead 2, this happy-go-lucky southern mechanic gets an unwilling audience of four to hear his stories about many and so little things. Ellis loves to talk about Jimmy Gibs Junior, The Midnight Riders, and his best buddy Keith who has, by the way, been shot, bombed by the army, stabbed by a ghost, and drowned in the tunnel of love. Eric Ladin, the voice actor for Ellis, said the character was built around his voice and all sessions were recorded without any interaction between other vocal talent.
King of All Cosmos (Katamari Damacy series)
Every child would probably prefer that their parents had the voice of a DJ scratch, but no child wants an overbearing and burdening parent. The King of All Cosmos is one such parent. He makes no mistakes because his son, the Prince, will always be there to clean them up. Like parents in the perspective of their children, King loves to hear himself talk. He serves as Beautiful Katamari’s main narrator for the plot which is really all thanks to his own laziness. So I guess…thanks, dad.
Mordin Solus (Mass Effect series)
The very model of a scientist Salarian. This alien chatter box speaks (and sings) rapidly for his own sake. It’s quite possible he’s never thought about anything in silence. Salarians are a race gifted with incredibly fast metabolism and intellect but suffer from an incredibly short life span of about 30-40 years. All the more reason to talk fast and work faster, but Solus has more motive to his work than simply biology.