Top 10 Most Annoying Enemies in Gaming

In every game there is that one NPC that the game developers create just to frustrate you and make you break perfectly good controllers (and possibly TVs). The reasoning behind their madness is unknown but it has been this way since the very first games back in the day. These enemies are the frustrating jerks who take all the cheap shots and break all the rules of civil gaming.

Metroid – Metroid

That’s right! One of gaming most iconic enemy characters is also one of the most annoying. These floating brains with teeth will swarm you and take you out from every direction. Every time you shoot one, there’s another and when they do reach you, they’ll latch on and take you down nice and slow. While there are several other enemies who act in the same manner, the Metroids are the most notable and definitely the best known as the things we all hate the most.

Hammer Bros. – Super Mario Bros.

We have another extremely well known video game enemy right here. It’s really unfortunate how many of our longest lasting enemies in games are also some of the most annoying. All the turtles in the land of Super Mario are pathetically easy…and they know it. They have no attacks and rarely are used as anything but a jump pad to something more worth while. These guys are the turtles that had had enough of Mario. They decided to pick up hammers and create the most hated attack pattern ever: the arch. These guys lob hammers in an arch, making it very hard for you to maneuver through and jump on them. That’s like having to jump on the end of a cannon while cannon balls are periodically being fired out of it. That’s suicide!

Cliff Racers – Morrowind

Morrowind was the largest game in the Elder Scrolls series and paved the way for the widely popular Oblivion. Morrowind had a ton of classes, weapons, spells, and enemies, most of which were completely fine and posed a decent threat…except for the Cliff Racers. Cliff Racers are prehistoric bird creatures that basically follow you for the longest time before you realize they’re following you, and then they strike in groups that sometimes seem too large to count before they reach you. They will surround you, peck out your eyes, dive bomb your remains, and fly off like it never happened. Oh that’s classy, guys… real classy.

ReDead – Ocarina of Time

The ReDeads are the creatures that scared young Zelda gamers when the first night fell near Hyrule Castle. Seeing these things lumbering around definitely caused wet pants but for older gamers…they still caused wet pants but also frustrated, sweaty palms. ReDeads drag themselves slowly towards you and pose no threat if you can maneuver around them but the second you get too close, they’ll latch on and start sucking the life out of you. I’m not going to lie; I thought I was being raped the first time to be completely honest. You did too, don’t lie.

Will-o-the-Wisp – Oblivion

Apparently this wouldn’t be an “annoying enemy” list without more games by Bethesda. Will-o-the-Wisps originated long before Bethesda’s games were created but the company itself really made them into something a lot more frustrating. These ghost like wisps can only be damaged by magic or silver so if you’re not a spell caster and don’t happen to always carry around silver or enchanted weapon, you’re basically screwed real hard. The wisps can teleport around and as soon as they get close, they’ll start draining attributes and health and bringing them into any town or city means instant chaos as townsfolk try to fight them and get killed in the process. It can screw up a file real fast and cause less experienced gamers to wonder, “What the hell just happened?”

Cazadore – Fallout: New Vegas

Ask almost anyone you see and you’ll find that they all hate insects. They’re small, annoying and many bite you for no apparent reason. They’re a nuisance, but the Cazadore is really something else on the “annoying insect” scale. Through the first bit of Fallout: New Vegas, the landscape seems to be pretty fair, with the occasional mutated scorpion or the occasional misguided Powder Ganger but many players met a brick wall when they accidentally stumbled upon the Cazadores. There are certain canyons and docks where Cazadores nest and resides in large groups. These are extremely fast and powerful insects and taking down an entire nest when they spot you out of nowhere isn’t an easy task. It can prove quite impossible for many players with nothing more then a couple pistols and a rifle. Wasteland Rule #1: Beware the Cazadores!

Poison Headcrabs – Half-Life 2

The Half-Life series is awesome, and there’s just no debating that. That’s not to say that the series doesn’t have its share of annoyances…nothings perfect. A species of creepy monsters known as Headcrabs exists in the world of Mr. Freeman. They’re spidery little creatures that jump around and attempt to eat your face…and take over your body but there is one variation of the Headcrabs that really annoys more then any other; the Poison Headcrab. While Headcrabs jump at you and slowly take down your health while you attempt to get them in your crosshairs, the Poison Headcrabs take you down to the brink of death the second they touch you, meaning if you’re hit by literally anything else before your health recovers, you’re done. That’s a cheap shot right there.

Ghost Fish – Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Gaiden is chalked full of annoying enemies. It’s no secret that the game’s number one rule is to always be defending. If you’re not pressing the attack button, you better have that block button held down. Its style is actually quite satisfying for a lot of gamers and as seen as more of a fun challenge then an annoyance but there is some enemies that just pi$$ off even the most skilled Ninja Gaiden players such as…the Ghost Fish. These transparent fish float through the air and attack in packs…like all cheap enemies. It’s really hard to block all their attacks since they are very fast and will attack from all directions and as soon as your guard goes down, they’ll be on you like piranhas on a steak. Have fun watching your life bar rapidly decrease while you frantically button mash your sweat-covered controller.

Medusa Heads – Castlevania

This may just be the most annoying enemy ever put into a video game. The Medusa Heads have been around since the earliest days of Castlevania and have, unfortunately, managed to stand the test of time and will still be found in the series’ modern titles. They floating heads will come in infinite waves across the screen, bobbing up and down as they make they’re way across the screen. The strangest part is that they don’t go out of their way to attack you or anything like that. They’re just floating by, minding their own business…and still manage to touch you in midair as you’re trying to make that jump for the hundredth time.

Malboro- Final Fantasy X

TheFinal Fantasy series is one of the longest and vastest in the world of gaming. Hundreds of enemies have come and gone since the very first Final Fantasy back in ’87 and Malboro is one of the handful that have made it through almost every title in the series. This big ass plant-like creature is the dirtiest fighter you’ll ever come across. Upon running into a battle with Malboro, it will usually strike first and cast it’s “Bad Breath” on your party, causing a variety of negative status effect that vary from game to game. Side effects of Bad Breath can include, but are not limited to: confusion, darkness, silence, poison, slow, mini, and sleep.

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  • orfaulmann

    I hated those damned Malboro’s. Just when I thought I had my party set up to tackle them, they came up with a surprise attack. I broke my controller out of frustration. The perfect annoyance ever, lol!

    • Shin Young Sung

      unless Ribbons.

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  • joe momy

    Sho Khan needs to bet in this

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  • Solx

    Cazadors…..OH GOD the Cazadors.

  • Josh

    Reapers from Resident Evil 5

  • Anon

    Those bulb like kissing fuckers from Super Smash Bros Brawl, Bucculus.

  • paul

    cliff racers, cazadors and fucking malboros. those bastards…

  • Haha, when I saw the title, the enemy I thought of was the Medusa Head from Castlevania Symphony of the Night. Such a simple enemy, yet killed me multiple times. Also, Malboro, deserves that place on this list. A combo of partify, paralyze, and poison and it’s game over.

    • Jeremy

      Don’t forget confuse, all your powerhouses will become your Grim Reaper.

  • psychoslug

    I think that the Deathclaw from Fallout: new vegas should be on this list as well. Just one can wipe out your whole party. And nothing but a perfect stealth headshot while it is perfectly isolated from any other possible living thing is the only way to escape relatively unscathed. Ehen then, it doesn’t always work. .. .

    • Jeremy

      In Fallout 3, just shoot them with the dart gun, most times their legs will be crippled making them a piece of cake (Without their speed, they are nothing to worry about).

    • DeonteThomas

      Two Words: Gauss Rifle

  • Ed

    The goddamned eggplant wizard from Kid Icarus, I HATED those motherfuckers

  • josh102`

    murlocs should be No.1

  • Riyan

    random street punk on yakuza series lol ;p

  • Dagreyn

    Flood from halo 2.

  • O DAWG

    Metroids are soooooo annoying but ReDead take the trophy if u ask me

  • Nilsn

    dude murlocks!

  • Arosvar

    Medusa Head is easy once you are used to them (well, the proccess is quite annoying though)
    Malboro just screams Ribbon.
    Will-o-the-Wisp is the sole reason I carried that Silver Sword ALL the time.
    Headcrab, well, they gave me a hard time a couple of times.
    Absolutely true with Ghost Fish.

    I haven’t played the rest of the games.

    • Jeremy

      The problem is there are only so many Ribbons, not enough to cover your whole party.

  • mke

    lol malboros had a problem the first time in ff whatever the one with terra in it but since then its been the same old same old

  • James

    The manhacks, or whatever they’re called are by far the most annoying enemy on Half-Life 2. Oh where is the next instalment in the series?

  • I call the head crabs uncooked chicken demons with teeth, they looks like that to me

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  • roxisx123

    runnnnnnning zombies

  • Gray

    The Face huggers in Alien Resurrection should have been here – damn things threw me off the main mission to find the egg extracting machines so many times I ended up hurling the control pad at the wall out of frustration…

  • Benjamen Bennett

    Ridley in Super Metroid? Just to name one.

  • gary

    Any monster capable of making you fall asleep, freeze you, yrap you in a mud ball or stun you in monster hunter

  • Leon

    Elizabeth from Persona 3. bitch would fully heal herself each time i dropped her HP to a certain point. ugh

  • Jeremy

    I agree with Malboro’s, so damn annoying. In FFX though, they are not that bad, FFVIII they were horribly cheap.

  • Ritcher

    Red Arremers from Ghosts’n Goblins series(Aaarrghh!!!)

  • jared

    excuse me, where exactly are the creepers?

  • lightningbarer

    I’m surprised that the Behemoth isn’t here, as much as i HATE Malboro’s with a passion, every time a Behemoth appears on screen my butt tightens just a little bit

  • Chad

    Mimics should of been included

  • iconicplatonic

    Redeads don’t appear on the first night outside Hyrule castle – those were Stalchildren. Still, i hate those fuckers, you’re trying to run behind it and then it screams at you so you can’t move and fucks your face.

  • khaar

    World of Warcraft, murloks without a fu**ing doubt.

  • Charlie horse

    “Devourer” in alternate reality: the dungeon. Meanest soab ever.

  • fcghfyhjyugufv

    re4 regenerators iron maids and chainsaw diks

  • Uno Aphex

    Malboro maybe annoying but with the right set of equipment negating his status effect only roster of attacks, he becomes simple. Now Tonberry, that’s an enemy worth cringing over considering all of his attacks to ridiculous or random amounts of damage and his health dwarfs that of malboros in any of the final fantasy games. He’s one of the few enemies that could 1 hit KO just about any of your party members at ANY level.

  • Jackson

    What about the Regenerators from the Dead Space series?

  • Roveth

    lessee…. most annoying enemies in video games. my top three: Fission Metroids from Metroid Prime 1. motherfuckers were a -bitch- and a half to keep from draining my energy BEFORE THE FINAL BOSS. and even DURING said final boss fight! Number 2 on my list is KH Sephiroth (not KH II. he was -easy- compared to him.) two words for this: SIN. HARVEST. anyway… #1 all time most annoying/hated enemy in gaming…. Tonberry. those. effing. little. lamp. holding. knife. carrying. bastards. THEY DO NOT DIE, AND THEY WILL KILL YOU WITH A ‘Doink!’. seriously, every game i’ve encountered them i’ve nearly had to -cheat- to beat them (short of FFVIII, but i seriously overleveled to beat them then.)

  • Lee Mun Lim

    Lets see the Hammer brothers in Super Mario especially when your at the end of the galaxy! For Castlevania I would say the Titans on Hard mode.

  • Okami Amaterasu

    Canine Warriors from Okami.

  • gr8dejan71

    Regenerator from Dead Space 3?

  • mangled ragdoll

    if it was written later: Armstrong from Metal Gear Rising