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…

Cheeky Charlatans: Daxter

It seems to be a common theme that a lot of these “foolish” characters tend to not make the best first impression.  Take Daxter, for example.  Sure, you might remember him now as a goofy and likable character in Jak 2 and Jak 3, but when I first encountered him in the very first game…

Cheeky Charlatans – Sly Cooper

Let’s get this out of the way, Sly probably isn’t the first character that comes to mind when one thinks of video game charlatans. He’s a thief, but he specializes in stealing from criminals rather than normal folk. So he’s not exactly a charlatan in the normal sense. He does have to don disguises every…

Cheeky Charlatans: Claptrap

In terms of classic jokers (the ones who aren’t among Batman’s archenemies), a favorite has long been the characters who put up brave, happy faces in order to hide their inner cowardice. Yes, they love nothing more than to make light of a situation, making fun of anyone within their sphere of influences, which can…

Cheeky Charlatans: Sans

By now, I doubt anyone hasn’t heard of the incredibly popular indie game Undertale.  One of the most notable aspects of the game is the ability to complete it without killing a single enemy.  While you also have the option to do the complete opposite (AKA the Genocide Route), I don’t think I’d ever have…

Cheeky Charlatans – Imposter

Originally, I was only going to talk about the well-known tricksters, pranksters, snark masters or outright shysters of gaming. There are, after all, plenty to choose from. However, there’s another kind of character I want to talk about, one that’s player-controlled. Depending on the situation, this one may be anything from hilariously incompetent to terrifyingly slick….

Cheeky Charlatans: Sheogorath

My first meeting with Elder Scrolls’ “mad god” Sheogorath occurred in The Elder Scrolls Online. Upon innocently agreeing to retrieve a handful of magical books for the Mages Guild and discovering that there was more to said book than met the eye, my travels eventually landed me in Sheogorath’s lair on the Shivering Isles. Little…

Cheeky Charlatans: Laylee

If you’re a lifelong fan of Banjo-Kazooie like we all are here at Virtual Bastion, then odds are you’ll also be familiar with its spiritual successor, Yooka-Laylee.  The most important and most notable feature is the titular buddy duo, Yooka and Laylee, who serve as the replacements for Banjo and Kazooie, respectively.  While a chameleon…

Cheeky Charlatans: Calypso

Even though I never played much Twisted Metal, the series’ main villain is nonetheless the epitome of cheekiness to me. Calypso has the power to literally anything, and he uses that power to put on crazy vehicular death death tournaments starring only the worst of the worst. These guys are all competing to have Calypso…

Cheeky Charlatans: Insult Bot

Picture this. It’s 25 years after humanity has been obliterated, and you emerge, somewhat bleary-eyed, from the safety of your underground vault into the West Virginia wilderness. With nothing in your possession but your C.A.M.P, a few meds, and a party hat, you spot some weapons and ammo clutched in the arms of a nearby…