Six of the Most Broken Characters in Videogame History
- September 11, 2011 08:03 AM PT
Garchomp | Pokemon Diamond & Pearl
Why it's Broken: Throughout the history of competitive Pokemon, there's been a relatively clear line between "banned" and "not banned." Then Garchomp came along, and all hell broke loose.
Diamond and Pearl's landshark is the perfect blend of speed, typing. and power; and it has the amazing cheap Sand Veil ability to boot, meaning that even attacks with 100 percent accuracy had a chance to miss in a sandstorm. Even its 4x weakness to ice isn't a huge issue when you factor in the present of the Yache Berry, which sharply reduces the damage of ice-type attacks. Naturally, it wasn't long before Garchomp featured on every single competitive team, which resulted in it getting banned by top competitive sites like Smogon.
With the advent of Pokemon Black and White's new threats, Garchomp was welcomed back to standard play... only to be banned again a few months later. It remains, without question, the most broken non-legendary Pokemon in the game.
Bo Jackson | Tecmo Bowl
Why He's Broken: There's a reason that Bo Jackson is probably the most famous digital athlete ever to play the game. That reason can be found in the video above. In Tecmo Bowl, Jackson's combination of speed and power--opposing players basically bounced off him--made him just short of unstoppable. He was so broken that Tecmo Bowl fans just shrugged their shoulders and started finding creative challenges for him... like running for 300 yards in a single play.
Orchid | Killer Instinct
Why She's Broken: Orchid is a forgettable character from the franchise that lost out to Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. Part of the reason Killer Instinct failed to unseat either game was due to its shoddy gameplay, terrible graphics, and annoying ability for certain characters to chain their moves infinitely. This includes Orchid, who infamously had an “infinite” combo that would take out any enemy and be unstoppable once triggered. Killer Instinct, of course, was known for its ridiculous combos, but Orchid's sheer speed put her in a class by herself.
Yoda | Soul Calibur IV
Why He's Broken: Yoda is the "Oddjob" of fighting games. Like the infamous character from Goldeneye 007, Yoda's diminutive size is used to the advantage of many a cheap-gamer. Not only will many attacks miss the tiny Jedi warrior, but he's impossible to throw, severely limiting a player's ability to counteract his fast, close-quarters combat style. With a futuristic lightsaber, he also has absolutely no place in a 17th century fighting simulator.