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1. Doom Guy
We didn’t know much about the original protagonist of Doom. But he was fleshed out in an infamous comic that showed how he loved to “rip and tear” through his enemies. And the 2016 game really brought this to life, making the mutilation of weak enemies into a fun way to replenish your health.
But can you imagine the freaking smell of a guy who is constantly covered in the blood and viscera of countless monsters from hell? Doom Guy must smell like an armpit covered in sour cream, left in the sun, and then rubbed on the inside of a trash can.
One of the quirky things about humans is that our horniness makes us overlook certain factors. And the cultural fascination with Geralt’s bath scene is a solid example of this.
People wanted to see their handsome protagonist getting nekkid and bathing, and this was so popular that we got a version of it in the TV show as well. But part of the point of these scenes is that baths are rare luxuries for Geralt, and someone who spends most of their time riding through smelly medieval areas and getting covered in weird monster goo is going to assault your nose as soon as he walks into the room!
3. Driver in Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors
Few people owned a Sega CD and still fewer played Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors. The game is a collection of insane minigames, with the weirdest one being called Desert Bus.
Basically, the bus game is meant to be a simulation of driving from Tuscon, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada. It takes eight hours to get there, the game can’t be paused, and there is basically no change in scenery except for a bug hitting your windshield and the outside getting darker if you make a return trip (which takes another eight hours).
The virtual driver is obviously going to smell terrible from driving eight hours in the desert heat. And if you actually sit there and play this game for eight or more hours, you’ll smell pretty nasty, too!
4. Beavis and Butthead
Unlikely pop culture icons Beavis and Butthead starred in multiple video games. And the Sega Genesis version of their misadventures is still surprisingly fun to play.
But that doesn’t mean our boys don’t stink. They seem to just sit around all day farting on each other and watching music videos. In fact, walking into their home is like hotboxing yourself with their bodily functions.
Obviously, the unlikely hero Boogerman smells awful. Hell, just look at the guy!
Boogerman attacks using things like snot and farts. And his adventure starts in a place called “Takey Dump” (no, really). Put it together and you get the stinkiest hero ever made.
Mercifully, there haven’t been many Watchmen video games. In fact, the only really notable one was Watchmen: The End Is Nigh, and this game lets you play as the foul-smelling Rorschach.
Considering that he dresses like a homeless guy and eats nothing but beans, you could probably guess Rorschach smells bad. But comic creator Alan Moore once sarcastically noted that the character was meant to be “Batman in the real world,” but fans idolized him because Rorschach’s qualities--“smelling and not having a girlfriend” were “heroic qualities” to comics nerds.
Dalton is a surprisingly annoying villain in Chrono Trigger. And at first, you might not think of him as a nasty-smelling character.
But he has a special attack when defeated that the translation of the game calls a “burp.” But in the original Japanese version of the game, it is a screen-filling fart. And considering this attack happens when you defeat him, we’re assuming this was the stinky byproduct of the man releasing his bowels right as he nearly died.
8. Resident Evil Zombie
Some of the nasty-smelling characters are more obvious than others. And the best example of this is the original Resident Evil zombies.
Obviously, these dudes are going to smell like rotten flesh. And hanging out in a musty mansion and chowing down on other people certainly isn’t going to make these guys smell any better.
9. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are the stars of numerous beloved video games. And fans usually focus on their cool ninja moves and funny one-liners.
But can you even imagine how bad these guys must smell? They eat nothing but pizza, hang out with a gigantic rat, and live in the sewer (better known as the vacation home for all the turds in New York City).
You can probably tell Wario smells nasty just by looking at him. But there are actually multiple reasons he is so smelly.
For example, he is constantly eating garlic. And it seems like he eats other people, too, given his biting attacks. And whether he has been eating disagrees with his stomach: the dude is constantly farting as a special attack to defeat his enemies!
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