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The act of being a video game character is a bit of an odd one. You spend all day killing things, all night healing from wounds that should have killed you, and there's a better than eighty percent chance that your tomboy female friend is a lost princess. But what's a guy to do, eh?


Playable character types:

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Sub-categories:

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Fighting Game characters (may or may not be playable):

  • Assist Character
    A non-playable character which asissts somehow a playable one.
  • Ditto Fighter
    A character who copies the moveset of the other characters, sometimes with the added catch that the moveset is chosen randomly.
  • Guest Fighter
    A character who shows up in a Fighting Game who has no reason whatsoever to be there and is totally out of place.
  • Husky Russkie
    Is bik, stronk, and dreenks wodka.
  • Perfect Play AI
    An AI which continually walks forward, dodges or blocks all attacks, and attacks flawlessly once it reaches its target.
  • Ryu and Ken
    Two characters are given equal or similar abilities/appearances, and often wind up as being the main characters for the series.
  • Shotoclone
    Stock Fighting Game character whose skillset includes a fireball and uppercut and often wear a karate gi.

NPC types:

Enemy character types (excluding Boss Battles):

  • Actually Four Mooks
    An enemy appears as a single sprite, but turns out to be a whole party of baddies.
  • Airborne Mook
    Dammit! These things can fly? I can't even hit them half the time!!!
  • Asteroids Monster
    A creature of significant size that, when killed, splits into several miniature versions of itself.
  • Bandit Mook
    An enemy that employs Video Game Stealing.
  • Border Patrol
    A monster or other hazard introduced specifically to prevent the player from wandering too far without resorting to the immersion-breaking Invisible Wall.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing
    A "normal battle" with an enemy that, as it turns out, can wipe the floor with you.
  • Chest Monster
    an enemy or hazard that has disguised itself to look like something positive, like a chest.
  • Clairvoyant Security Force
    Manages to always appear the second you try to steal something.
  • Degraded Boss
    Once you beat the boss, it comes back as a normal enemy later.
  • Drop in Nemesis
    Where an enemy or obstacle comes out of nowhere and kills you, generally in a Cutscene.
  • Elemental Embodiment
    When the elements that are the basic building blocks of the universe get up and come for you.
  • Enemy Summoner
    An enemy who casts spells which bring additional enemies into combat, while causing some damage itself.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You
    You see that cutesy widdle rabbit? It wants you dead.
  • Evil Chancellor
    The helpful and suspiciously toadying assistant to the monarchy whose morality is usually inverse to the head of state.
  • Fake Ultimate Mook
    A massive monster of terrifying appearance that's no real threat.
  • Flying Seafood Special
    Fish that float in the air. And generally try to kill you.
  • Giant Hands of Doom
    A character who fights only with giant hands.
  • Goddamned Bats
    Enemies that don't pose much threat on their own, but can frustrate, annoy, and get in your way.
    • Demonic Spiders
      Enemies that frustrate you by killing you in unfair ways, which make them innately more dangerous than other normal enemies.
    • Ledge Bats
      Enemies that knock you back in the middle of jumps, often to your death.
    • Metal Slime
      A monster that appears and runs away very quickly, is hard to hit, and gives very good rewards.
    • Wall Master
      Monsters that lurk within the environment and never fully appear until you walk close to them, at which point they suddenly lunge out and try to grab you.
  • The Goomba
    An enemy who will always be encountered in the first level, has a simple movement pattern, and is reassuringly easy to beat.
  • Halfhearted Henchman
    A normal henchman who's lazy, unmotivated, or otherwise unwilling to do his job.
  • Heavily Armored Mook
    An ordinary mook, but with hard steel accessories.
  • Incredibly Durable Enemies
    When the basic mook is an unstoppable killing machine, you know you're in a difficult game.
  • Invincible Minor Minion
    A weak enemy who is nevertheless completely impossible to harm in any way.
  • Invisible Monsters
    You can't see them, but they can probably hurt you.
  • Killer Rabbit
    Any monster that's far more dangerous than it looks.
  • Mook
    A slang term for the hordes of standard-issue, disposable bad guys whom the hero mows down with impunity.
  • Personal Space Invader
    A monster who grabs onto you and must be shaken off.
  • Pinata Enemy
    An enemy target or victim in a video game sought out by the player because they are (relatively) easy to kill and have a very high cash payout.
  • Raising the Steaks
    Dead animals coming back to life and moidering you.
  • Rat Stomp
    Finally you get to the adventuring part! But first, fight some rats.
  • Roaming Enemy
    An enemy which appears randomly under various circumstances.
  • Segmented Serpent
    An enemy which is made up of lots of mostly identical segments, and moves like a worm or snake.
  • Shield Bearing Mook
    A mook with a shield to protect against frontal attacks.
  • Smash Mook
    A big, strong enemy that does nothing but smash you with straight physical attacks.
  • The Spiny
    A Platform Game enemy that will damage you if you try to jump on it.
  • Standard FPS Enemies
    Those generic baddies seen in nearly every FPS you've every played.
  • Stock Monsters
    Those generic baddies seen in nearly EVERY RPG you've ever played.
  • Teleporting Keycard Squad
    Whenever you take something important, a slough of new enemies suddenly rushes in.
  • Underground Monkey
    Exactly the same as a regular monkey - but underground, and therefore has better stats.
  • The Unfought
    A major antagonist who you just never get to tussle with.
  • Unique Enemy
    An enemy that only shows up once in the whole game but is otherwise fairly unremarkable.
  • Waddling Head
    A stock monster that resembles a colored oval with eyes and feet.
  • Whack a Monster
    You see lots of holes in the ground: you know you're going to have to fight a bunch of monsters that pop up, attack, and pop back in.

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