Silly Scoundrels: Baby Bowser

When it comes to silly scoundrels in games, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Bowser family. Between Bowser and his clan of adopted Koopalings, and his son Bowser Jr., they’ve all gone to some ridiculous lengths to make trouble for Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and other Mushroom Kingdom residents. One might…

Silly Scoundrels: Dr. Loboto

The Duck’s final silly scoundrel is none other than the unlicensed dentist and amateur brain surgeon from Psychonauts, Dr. Caligosto Loboto, who also just so happens to be featured in the above banner image.  This unhinged fellow may have been a former patient of Thorney Towers Home for the Disturbed, a long-since abandoned insane asylum…

Silly Scoundrels: Reaver

In counting Fable’s Reaver as a “silly scoundrel,” I will admit that I’m stretching the phrase’s definition a little. For Reaver, one of Fable‘s main characters in its second and third installments isn’t quite a foe, but neither is he a friend. He’s also not silly in a strict sense, but his penchant for flamboyance…

Silly Scoundrels: Dr. Nefarious

Ratchet & Clank is a series known for its wacky weapons and gadgets, which is appropriately paired with some equally silly characters.  It wasn’t until the third game, Up Your Arsenal, however, that we were introduced to the perfect villain for such a ridiculous franchise, the outrageously goofy Dr. Nefarious, an organic turned robot who…

Silly Scoundrels: Bob the Killer Goldfish

When it comes to water-based wildlife, there are plenty of dangerous creatures from which to choose. Sharks jump first to mind, though some can be meaner than others. Jellyfish, while mesmerizing to a degree, should almost always be avoided. And it’s generally best to clear out of the paths of stingrays. Way, way, way down…

Silly Scoundrels: Gruntilda

The Duck’s second silly scoundrel is another creation of Rareware’s, the rhyming witch Gruntilda and nemesis to the beloved bear and bird duo, Banjo and Kazooie! In this post, I’ll be focusing on her antics in the two main Banjo-Kazooie titles on the N64.  (I barely remember the handheld title, Grunty’s Revenge, and…there’s definitely not…

Silly Scoundrels: Conroy Bumpus

In the vast compendium of video game villains, some stand heads and shoulders above their competition. Unfortunately, this a problem for my first pick of the “Silly Scoundrels” lot, because, well, he’s rather…short: Mr. Conroy Bumpus. At first glance, Bumpus, the main antagonist of Sam & Max Hit the Road, may not appear all that…

Silly Scoundrels: King K. Rool

The Duck’s first silly scoundrel debuted in 1994 with Rareware’s Donkey Kong Country.  This was the first game where we were introduced to Donkey Kong’s newest enemies, the crocodilian Kremlings, led by none other than King K. Rool, a large croc with a golden belly and a swollen eyeball.  Now that’s a name you should…

Saluting our Favorite Silly Scoundrels!

As has become tradition, each April here at Virtual Bastion, we like to feature posts that celebrate the spirit of April Fool’s Day. In the past, we’ve covered everything from our favorite ridiculous characters, to April Fool’s-themed gaming pranks, to silly games and gaming moments. The theme we’ve chosen this year “Silly Scoundrels,” and oh,…

Cheeky Charlatans: Smilin’ Stan S. Stanman

My final cheeky charlatan of our April Fools month celebration might just be the epitome of “cheeky” and “charlatan.” He’s a suave and charming (or so he thinks) fast-talking salesman who only want to make sure that you get the best deal on a ship in the Tri-Island Area! Yes, he’s the one and only…