Video games are known to have some pretty outrageous characters. Even some of the medium’s big-name icons are a tad on the strange side: A fox piloting a spaceship, two Italian brothers collecting coins in a psychedelic world and a speedy blue hedgehog running through golden rings. But that’s nothing compared to some of the characters we’re about to discuss.
To truly find the strangest of strange, you have to dig a bit deeper into the video game world. Some offbeat characters are the main protagonist in lesser-known games while others are hidden unlockable ones in mainstream titles. Here are five of the weirdest playable video game characters in video game history.
Fred Durst was everywhere in the late ’90s and early 2000s. With him and his band, Limp Bizkit, topping the record charts and selling out arenas, it seemed like there was no escaping Durst even if you tried. Somehow, he even made his way into video games.
The rap-rock vocalist was an unlockable character in the 2001 PlayStation 2 exclusive WWF SmackDown! Just Bring it. Players would have to play as The Undertaker and beat more than 15 wrestlers in a slobber knocker match to unlock the charismatic frontman. (This wasn’t too surprising since Limp Bizkit’s song “Rollin’” was The Undertaker’s entrance music at that time.) Apparently, the game’s developer could only use the song if it added Fred Durst to the game’s roster, and the developer decided to have fun with Durst’s character by giving him his very own outrageous entrance. Durst comes out in a lowrider, flamboyantly dancing on the hood of the car.
This wasn’t Fred Durst’s last appearance in video games, either. He later appeared in the video game adaptation of Fight Club, as well as the mediocre Xbox exclusive WWF Raw.
This little-known PlayStation Network game may be a contender for the weirdest game ever made. Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy share the same creator, Keita Takahashi, so you know going in that it’s going to be a strange ride. Players control a weird, stretchy worm-like creature called Boy. The whole point of the game is to consume as much as possible in order to stretch to astronomical lengths. Boy then transfers his length to another worm-like creature named Girl so she can stretch across the universe. New levels are unlocked when Girl is long enough to reach new planets.
To say Noby Noby Boy is bizarre is an understatement. Boy runs, jumps and floats across the universe eating up everything in its path. The gameplay is similar to Katamari Damacy, but instead of rolling up objects to increase your size, you consume them. Noby Noby Boy isn’t for everyone, but if you enjoy the Katamari games, you may want to check it out.
NBA Jam was one of the biggest arcade sports games of the mid-1990s. It’s over the top gameplay mixed with its iconic announcer made the game an instant classic. The game also included a ton of fun unlockable characters, including then-President Bill Clinton as well as his Vice President Al Gore along with many others.
Politicians playing basketball against the 1990s Chicago Bulls proved to be a hit among many NBA Jam fans, so much so that the game’s developer decided to take it up a notch in NBA Jam: Tournament Edition. It added a few more unlockable characters like Will “Fresh Prince” Smith and Hillary Clinton. Players could spend hours playing as the Clintons as they squared off against NBA legends like Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen. There is nothing quite like seeing Hillary Clinton score a game-winning windmill dunk.
Skateboarding games have seen their fair share of zany unlockable characters. Fans may remember unlocking Officer Dick or Spider-Man in the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games, and EA kept the tradition of weird hidden characters alive by adding Meat Man in the 2010 game, Skate 3. Meat Man isn’t really a man at all — he’s a T-bone steak that platers skate around town as performing tricks as.
Unlocking Meat Man is as simple as completing all the Hall of Meat challenges in Skate 3. You can also unlock another hidden character named Dem Bones once you complete half of the Hall of Meat challenges. (As his name implies, he’s a skeleton.) Each challenge consists of skaters launching themselves off their board in hopes of injuring themselves as much as possible. Some challenges are easy while others can be insanely frustrating. It’s all worth it at the end, though, just to see a giant chunk of meat outskating some of the top pros in the skateboarding industry.
If you ever wanted to play a game about a slice of bread yearning to turn into a piece of toast then I Am Bread is the game for you. As the slice of bread travels around its environment on its quest to be cooked, it must watch out for dirty objects that might contaminate it, and the bread’s edibility meter goes down every time it touches something filthy. If the slice of bread becomes too polluted, then it’s Game Over.
I Am Bread is a very original game, to say the least. It has a certain charm to it that you don’t find in many games nowadays. Though it can be a bit difficult at times to play, its premise is captivatingly silly enough to make you want to continue playing, mixing platforming with puzzle-solving elements to create an incredibly unique experience. And, I Am Bread has its funny moments. You are playing as a slice of bread after all.
Weird characters have always had a home in video games. Here are just a few of the absolute strangest.