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Most undeserving of his superlative, which is most anonymous-est: Luigi
I traveled across the pond, if you will, to Ecuador this past summer. I was there teaching the indigenous peoples about the benefits of American capitalism, but even I was surprised by some instances of culture dispersion. One of the items I brought back stateside was a hand-made, alpaca fur Luigi hat. Its presence in a place like Ecuador speaks to an inherent misunderstanding of what relatively wealthy white tourists want out of foreign marketplace, which is shit they can bring back and tell people is "authentic." I just doubt somehow that their target audience was travelling nerds who needed to buy gifts for their nerd brothers, and who think it's hilarious that some old Ecuadorian woman was knitting together a Japanese created, Italian character who she almost definitely is not familiar with, from a media format that she has almost definitely never experienced.
Luigi usually gets the rap for being the less famous, less attractive, and more likely to skip class to smoke 'shrooms, but let me be the first, at least, to say it: there was only a Luigi hat at that Ecuadorian market, no weird Mario-head-hat to be seen. And it is only pretty likely that it was because someone had already bought the Mario one. I think part of his charm is his habit of playing hard-to-get: it's become ubiquitous at this point for him to be unlockable after beating the game with Mario. And sure, in games like New Super Mario Bros. 2 beating all the worlds is a feat akin in difficulty to say, reading the first Harry Potter novel, but Luigi knows that the key to popularity is to not seem to eager about anything.
Most obvious and annoying love story-participant: Cloud
I am finally getting around to playing Final Fantasy VII, and man is this whole Cloud/Aeris romantic buildup is beyond obvious. Cute-but-not-sexy, fun-loving but not totally innocent girl meets loner dude with a shady past. Hell, there's even a Shakespearean cross-dressing scene, and a "date" sequence. I get it, not every love story can be as original as the truly inspired Final Fantasy X:
It's just that I know where the Cloud/Aeris thing is heading, because it's such a cliche. At some point towards the end, Aeris will disappear and Cloud will have to save her from presumably this Sephiroth character everyone is so concerned about. Showdown occurs; boy saves girl in a familiar display of hetero-normative masculinity despite the androgyny of both the hero and the villain. They live happily ever after.
Most industrious: Kate Walker
Syberia is a 2002 adventure game starring erstwhile American lawyer Kate Walker, following her on her trek from rural France across the Eurasian continent. Her original task is to get a woman's signature for the acquisition of a toy factory; but that bitch is dead and so she embarks on a mission to get the insane older brother's signature, using the train he made his sister build for him. Needless to say, Kate cannot get paid enough for this shit.