To me Yoshi just seems like the result of an 8-year-old getting into a Nintendo developers meeting, and I mean that in the best possible way. “You want Mario to have something to ride? What, a horse? Are you kidding me? How about, a, um, a dinosaur! And he’s got a super long tongue that he can grab people with and turn them into eggs! And he can run on the air! Yeah, that’d be awesome!” For as many reasons that Yoshi makes absolutely no sense, somehow it all comes together into a package that you can’t help but loving. He may rarely speak, but you still know that he’s got you back until the end. Yoshi’s not only met success in the Mario franchise, but as many other Nintendo characters is also a favorite in countless other games such as Mario Kart, various sports titles, Super Smash Bros. and more.
Something tells me that had HK-47 and GLaDOS would get along pretty well. Introduced as an NPC in BioWare’s original Knights of the Old Republic, HK-47 is a robotic assassin that is just as hilarious as he is deadly. He always knew how to make me feel better when I was feeling blue with lines such as “Shall we kill something to cheer ourselves up?” Of course we shall HK, of course we shall. In addition to his combat prowess and expertly written dialogue, HK-47 also lends himself to some pretty interesting story developments as you find out just why he can be such a jerk. Despite his penchant for violence and general disdain for human “meatbags,” there’s something oddly endearing and charming about his personality that not only makes him one of the highlights of KotOR, but one of the best characters in the Star Wars universe period.
Street Fighter II Car
The car from Street Fighter II holds a special place in my heart for how much it says without saying anything at all. In a game filled with hostility and violence, the humble car stands as a solemn reminder that violence is not always the answer. It is a mechanical Gandhi always willing to take a beating, turn the other cheek, and show up a few minutes later willing to keep going. Though it doesn’t have a face, the car still bleeds a cornucopia of heart-wrenching emotion. Strong urges of hope, pride, desperation, and honor ring out with every strike delivered to its sensitive reflective flesh - a true role model in a world that is constantly throwing morals to the side. Ok, so maybe that’s all a lie, but it is pretty fun to bash up right?