Alright, it’s time for me to do a Top # list ever since my top 10 Mega Evolution Wishlist, which wasn’t in the BVRA Revived category. And also, since this is October, this is an obligatory Top # list on something related to Halloween! Now this list is going to be in no particular order, meaning that this list doesn’t measure up who’s creepier, but fits what kind of Halloween-themed being it’s from. Either they are the type of themed beings that gets their scare on, or has a lore in or outside their own universe. And no, I’m not going to count creepypastas or Five nights at Freddy’s, so don’t even whine about it! With that out of the way, let’s begin.
Kicking off the list is the one Pokemon that everyone wants to have in real life in October. During the development of Pokemon X & Y, Ken Sugimori and company wondered: “You know what kids love on Halloween? Pumpkins!” Yes, when I was young, I always wanted to hunt down for the biggest pumpkin out there, whenever I wanted to or not. And the two Pokemon that fits the bill of Pumpkins are Pumpkaboo and one of my favorite Pokemon: Gourgeist. These critters come in four different sizes, and each differ in stats based on their sizes and not IVs. I love Gourgeist better because I think they are cute! However, like all other Ghost-type Pokemon, their entries screams creepy. The Y entry on Pumpkaboo points out that “It is said to carry wandering spirits to the place where they belong so they can move on.” Yeah, that’s not creepy compared to Gourgeist’s entries. The X entry says: “Singing in eerie voices, they wander town streets on the night of the new moon. Anyone who hears their song is cursed.” while the Y entry says: “It enwraps its prey in its hairlike arms. It sings joyfully as it observes the suffering of its prey.” Okay now first of all, if I have a Gourgeist I raise and play with, it wouldn’t ensnare me into pain. and second of all, if you WERE to be outside on a full moon looking to capture the biggest Gourgeist on the street, you’d better have your headphones on, drowning out their singing with that Frozen “Let It Go” sub-culture song that’s been all the rage since that movie came out! Yes, there are far, FAR more creepier Pokemon out there, especially with Hypno, but... Pumpkins!
Okay, um, *tries to think* Um- GHOSTS! POLTERGEISTS! SPIRITS! PRARNOMAL ACTIVITES! ALL-CAPSING! You could come up with all kinds of words to describe ghosts, and there are a lot to choose from. I know Gourgeists are ghosts too, but I can’t go and stuff them into TWO categories, because that’s cheating. And I can’t put any other Pokemon in that category because I can only do one per franchise! So what ghost could I cover? Well, how about Boos? Sure there are ghosts in the Mario universe, but the most common ones are the Boos. The first place we see them is at the fortress on World 2 in Super Mario Bros. 3, and where they really settle to haunt the Mario universe are the Ghosts Houses and the sunken ship found in Super Mario World. Of course, how are they spooky? Well, Boos can only chase you if your back is turned, and of you look at them, they cover their face, as if they are trying not to be seen (which by the way, fails). The ONLY time they are able to hide in plain sight when you look at them from the front is in Super Mario 64 specifically in the level called Big Boo’s Haunt. Yeah, they’re pretty much not intimidating, and they should not be in this list, but when it comes to thinking about what kind of ghost would be in, apparently, I can’t think of any except for Boos. And yes, when it comes to a spooky Mario universe title, Luigi’s Mansion is the way to go, so that makes sense.
If you were to be on your death bed dying, the last thing you would want to hear is the sound of Death knocking down your door and sending you to Hell. And no, a Reaper’s not going to cut it! If you ever played Kid Icarus: Uprising (or Sm4sh, or watch Chuggaaconroy’s LP on KIR), you may recognize the one enemy that is a warning sign to GTFO or get your soul devoured. The Orne are the representation of Death itself, fitting that the Grim Reaper’s touch is instant death, and colliding with an Orne is instant death as well! And hearing the music that warns you that an Orne’s near means you are to get out! Want to know another thing that Ornes and Death have in common? They are immortal! You cannot destroy Ornes, all you can do is run! This is extremely sad, because the only times that you can kill Ornes are in Chapters 9 & 23 with the Three Sacred Treasures on! Every other time, it pretty much haunts your play sessions every time it appears! If even one exists in this world, then God help us all!
...Now with that out of the way, let’s about something cheerful, like Zombies? Look, zombies are not only 'shambling’ *rimshot* rampant in horror movies, but they seem to be a popular culture in the media, and are also in AMC’s The Walking Dead! (which is the show my mom loves) But what about zombies in video games? Well, they are there (obvs), and for those whoever play Ocarina of Time, the most praised Zelda game on the Nintendo 64, then you already know that the most scariest thing in that game are the ReDead, the zombies of the Zelda universe! (and yes, Gibdos also count) For those who don’t know, in the cemetary in Kakariko Village, there’s an underground cavern that has a carving that you learn the Sun’s Song. but before you get to learn it, you have to get past the ReDeads. If they see you in their direction, they emit that paralyzing scream they are known for. And like Zombies, if you get too close while attacking them, they’ll grab onto you and try to eat you head, like Zombies do! (technically they eat brains, but you know..) But the ReDead scream’s even more fear-inflicting in The Wind Waker, and God help you if you get too close! Yeah, let that horrific scream and hellish stare haunt you in your sleep tonight!
And now, let’s talk Witches, which is the last thing on this list. You know, those females that are fugly-looking, green skin, uses magic and/or rides a broomstick that flies? You’re probably thinking I’m going to talk about the only character that fits the description called Gruntilda from Banjo-Kazooie, right? Ehhh-not quite. There’s another kind of witch that’s not fugly-looking or has green skin, but can do magic, also known for some as Witchcraft. There ARE witches we seen in media that fits description A like the witch from Looney Tunes, the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz, and the afromentioned Gruntilda. This character’s in description B of the witch spectrum with the likes of Ashley from the Warioware games, Lulu from Final Fantasy X (which I beaten, BTW), Yoriko Yasazumi from Arcana Heart, ect. So, if I would do a Top 10 Witches in Video Games, I would’ve played the games they were on or played more games with them. And since I’m planning on getting a certain game, this is one character I want to talk about. I’m talking about the Umbran Witch herself: Bayonetta. Yep, this witch is definitely a witch amoungst all others. For one thing, she uses guns that, by the way, I’m not making this up, she can fire with her heels! Also, her suit is actually her own hair! Seriously, if someone were to make a suit out of his/her own hair, that would take forever to make, but Bayonetta pulls it off! And I know it’s going to sound like spoilers, but she is known to be one of the last of the Umbran Witches, an ancient clan that were wiped out from the Witch Hunts! Oh- speaking of, Witch Hunts happened in the past in real life! Back in the, what- 17th or 18th century? When someone ends up doing something unexpected, that person is ended up marked as a witch, causing mass hysteria, and Witch Hunts happened to hunt down anyone who is a witch! Yeah, scary, right? That’s what happened to the Umbran Witches in the Bayonetta games! Want to know the ancient forms of discrimination? Yeah, Witch hunts was a thing back then. So, yeah, if you are somehow still thinking that this is the 17th century, and keep accusing everyone as Witches, they you need to get your brain examined. And also, if YOU were in the Witch hunts somehow, this is one witch you don’t want to f*** with!
And that’s it, my list of 5 Halloween-themed characters in gaming. We got a Pumpkin Pokemon, an iconic, camera-shy ghost, a living form off Death itself, a fear-inducing zombie, and an Umbran Witch that’s put in this list. Let me know your opinion in the comment box below, unless you ended up having one that needs to be burned. So with that, Happy Halloween... ...6 days from now!