Jasper Batt Jr.

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Jasper Batt Jr.
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"Travis! Took you long enough!"
The result of Suda51 taking Allen Gregory and turning him into an assassin.
Gender: Male
Type: Vengeful Assassin
Species: Human
Portrayed by: Yuri Lowenthal
Status: Deceased
Media of Origin: No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle


Jasper Batt Jr. is the main antagonist of the video game, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. . He is the owner of Pizza Batt, the pizza chain that is popping up all over Santa Destroy. He serves as the top assassin and ultimately the final boss of the game.

Why He Sucks

  1. For starters, he was responsible for murdering Travis' best friend, Bishop. Basically serving as the plot device for moving the game forward.
  2. Jasper has one of the most ear-piercing voices in gaming history.
    • What also doesn't help is that his voice actor, Yuri Lowenthal, voiced another assassin (Charlie MacDonald) in the same game. And his voice is much more tolerable to listen to!
  3. He is also incredibly whiny and immature. For a final boss of a serious and rather gory game, this is incredibly unfitting with the tone of the game.
  4. He is an example of an anticlimactic and poorly-handled villain. The player does not confront Jasper until the very end of the game and instead the player is left killing his henchmen that he sends. To put it simply, there is little buildup to him as Travis' adversary and as mentioned before, he's basically just a plot-device villain.
  5. To further cause misery to Travis, when he finally confronts him, Jasper pretends to murder his girlfriend Sylvia, his brother Henry, and Shinobu, a fellow assassin of his. This just shows how over-the-top sadistical he is.
  6. His final boss fight is awful to say the least, so much that there are too many reasons to list on this page alone. For more information on how bad his boss fight is, click here.
    • One thing that can be said, however, is how his voice gets very repetitive in the first phase of the fight. It's an example of a video game boss that shouts the same one-liner over and over whenever they use an attack. And given WIS #2 and how awful the video game boss fight is, that's not a good combination.
  7. His design is incredibly ugly and awkward, which once again, in a serious game like No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, is unfitting and out of place. In fact, some have even speculated that his design looks strikingly similar to Allen Gregory.
    • Granted, it is likely a mere coincidence, but it doesn't help that Jasper shares a number of unlikeable traits (e.g. their actions being incredibly heinous, them having very snooty and annoying personalities, etc.) that Allen Gregory has.
  8. His backstory, while tragic (see RQ #1), is also poorly-handled. His backstory comes from a mere sidequest out of all things from the first game.
    • As such, it is expected that the player sympathesizes with his tragic backstory. But given how unbearable and poorly-handled his character is, he comes off as rather unsympathetic instead.
  9. His personality overall, while nowhere as devoid as assassins like Million Gunman, is also rather scarce aside from his annoying traits. When compared to other characters/assassins in No More Heroes, Jasper in a way comes across as rather unmemorable. And the traits he is memorable for are usually for the wrong reasons. And that's especially a shame since he is the main antagonist of the game.
    • What also doesn't help is that the assassin and boss fight before him, Alice Twilight, is considered to be one of the best characters in the series overall. So we go from a memorable penultimate boss who had a rather deep and well-written character, to an annoying and irratating villain that is a letdown of the game's finale.
  10. His death is unsatisfying. After making Travis suffer, making the player fight an poorly-handled final boss fight, and overall being an unpleasant character to deal with, he dies with a big grin on his face.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. He does have a rather tragic backstory to where Travis murdered his family in the first game. As such, he does have a reason for getting vengeance on Travis.
  2. He does get his comeuppance at the end of the game, despite WIS #10. That said, one could say that Travis gets the last laugh at him after his demise.

Reception

Jasper Batt Jr. is considered to one of, if not the most hated character in gaming history. He quickly rose to infamy on YouTube gaming users after Alex Rochon and Joshscorcher ranked as their #1 hated character in their video, "Top Fifteen Most Hated Characters in Video Games" in 2010. Since then, many other gaming YouTubers followed suit, ranking him at some point in their "Hated Video Game Characters" countdown videos (One user, The Quarter Guy, even went as far as to referring to him as "Bastard Twat Jr").

While it should be noted that many of the early-2010s countdowns that involve "disliked" or "hated" video game characters have aged poorly (mainly due to a number of entries being placed for simply being "evil" or "villainous"), Jasper remains as one of the few characters that are disliked for not only being sadistic and mean-spirited, but also annoying, immature, and overall just unsatisfying for a video game antagonist.

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