How is Fi NOT the Most Annoying Character in Games?

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Who’s the most annoying character in all of video games?

I initially was exploring alternative options to the obvious, including Mr. Resetti from Animal Crossing, Issun from Okami, and, of all things, the Advisor from Sim Theme Park (US) / Theme Park World (EU). Other contenders included Amy Rose from Sonic the Hedgehog, who is awesome, as well as Big the Cat, who is awesome in his own way.

None of them, however, captured the spirit of “annoying” as much as “amusing.” However, there is one character in all of video games who is so notoriously annoying, so frustratingly irritating, she even overcame my instinct to be slightly-but-not-too-different than everyone else.

Fi | The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Let it never be said that I don’t criticize my favorite video game series. I do routinely, and this is one of those instances.

For the purposes of this post, I’ll be referring to Fi as “she,” even though the A.I. found inside the Goddess Sword would be more properly described as “it.” A woman is the form the consciousness chooses to take, and being the subject of this post, I will respect the character and refer to her as such.

Now, if you stopped right there with the story and thought about the concept, it is truly fascinating. It takes a special kind of inspiration to contextualize the “fate” Link has with the Master Sword across the ages as a literal living will within the weapon. It’s just a shame that consciousness has to be Fi, the worst companion character in the series.

Maybe part of the problem is because we were coming off of two great companion characters. The King of Red Lions was great because he left you alone most of the time to figure out the game for yourself: another feather in the cap for Wind Waker. And Midna from Twilight Princess, well, is Midna, a fan-favorite with a somber backstory and amazing characterization.

I don’t even mind the characterization and story arc of Fi, though I think it could have been done better. Fi is reminiscent of a simplified version of Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, as both characters move from robotic subroutines to very personalized forms of humanity.

No, my biggest issue with Fi is her constant need t–
“Master, I predict a 96% probably you’ll need to employ an explanation in the next paragraph!”

That’s what I’m doing, Fi. Now, as I was saying, she constantly inter–
“Master, press the corresponding keys on the keyboard to type out words!”

Imagine if someone interrupted you and insulted your intelligence like that. It wouldn’t take long before you wanted to inflict pain on that person.

It really is that bad, and it is a constant throughout the adventure. Skyward Sword has brilliant dungeon design, great music, an interesting story, and even amazing graphics for the system it is on. However, it’s the fact that she is always interrupting me to tell me something I either already know or would like to figure out on my own that makes it very hard for me to boot up the game.

Here’s hoping that we get a remastering of Skyward Sword, and that it removes the myriad of issues with this troublesome companion character. If so, this adventure from before Hyrule was born may vault upwards on my list of favorite Zelda games.

Until then, if you’d like to leave a–
“Master, you might get more feedback if you leave a ‘call for comments’ at this point in the post!”

… Fi. That’s what I’m doing. Why don’t you go run a diagnostic on yourself?

Anyway, please tell me who you think is the most annoying character in all of video games in the comments below.


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15 thoughts on “How is Fi NOT the Most Annoying Character in Games?

  1. I know a lot of people who would have picked Navi in this slot…

    Not me though, you are totally right, Fi is just ughhhhhhhhh! I still loved Skyward Sword, but she doesn’t make it easy, especially after having the treat of a companion that is Midna in Twilight Princess!

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    1. Hey! Listen! Navi is an awesome character. Leave her alone. 😛
      It might be that OoT was my first Zelda game, but except for one instance in the Great Deku Tree and her constant reminders when you’re not doing the main quest, I always found her guidance helpful. The 3DS version even patches those out, so I’m really happy with Navi. 🙂

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  2. Oh, I know the answer to this one. Fi is not the most annoying character in games because she’s not even the most annoying character in Skyward Sword – that would be Ghirahim. Fi is only really annoying as a consequence of bad game design choices; when the narrative actually lets her be a character, she’s not that bad (though still a major step down from Midna). One couldn’t make that excuse for Ghirahim; he is, in the worst sense of the term, a product of his time as far as villains are concerned.

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    1. Thanks for the great comment, Red Metal! Fi is absolutely a consequence of bad game design, and the few chances she has to shine, like when she dances, explores her feelings, and that ending — oh the feels — she’s a good character. And while I disagree about Ghirahim, who I think is one of finest villains in the series, I see where you’re coming from and agree he’s not for everyone.

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      1. Now that I think about it, Ghirahim has the exact opposite problem as Fi. Whereas Fi is a fine character when she isn’t serving as a walking, talking tutorial, I like Ghirahim’s role in gameplay. Specifically, I like the idea that the first boss will waste you if you have no idea how the game works. It’s when he opens his mouth that the goodwill vanishes.

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  3. Ugh, Fi is the worst companion in Zelda for sure! “Master, there’s an 85% chance that this penguin isn’t Zelda.” The worst, though, is when she interrupts you mid-combat to teach you about dowsing for recovery hearts.

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