Blizzard Honors Robin Williams With NPC in WoW

After hearing about the passing of the great actor/comedian Robin Williams, the World of Warcraft community stepped up and petitioned Blizzard to create an NPC in his honor.

Williams was a known World of Warcraft player. While that wasn’t his only game of choice, the WoW community enjoyed having a celebrity play the same game they did. When Warcraft fans heard of his death, they created a petition to ask Blizzard to create a NPC within their MMO to immortalize Williams in a way that they could enjoy his talent even after his passing.

“Because of his presence within our community,” asks the petition, “We the players of World of Warcraft are asking Blizzard to kindly create an NPC within the game that memorializes the actor/comedian.”

In less than 24 hours, 11,000 signatures were gathered by fans wanting this NPC and Blizzard answered, stating it’s taking care of it. We’re not entirely sure how they plan on paying homage to the actor/comedian, but fans have suggested that a character at the World’s End Tavern that would deliver Williams’ best stand-up material.

“It is with a growing sense of pride for the World of Warcraft community that I declare victory for this petition,” writes Holgate. “In less than twenty four hours we’ve earned eleven thousand signatures, a huge amount of traction on many gaming and new outlets, as well as assurance from Blizzard employees that our desire for a Robin Williams tribute and or NPC will be handled with great care.”

Williams was a hardcore gamer at heart and loved a variety of games outside of the Warcraft world. He was a big fan of shooters like Half-Life and Call of Duty, RPGs such as Wizardy, and the Zelda series, even naming his daughter after the famous princess of Nintendo’s franchise. He also enjoyed pen-and-paper tabletop games and even had a Warhammer 40k tabletop army, though never played them.

The idea of having his namesake given a NPC and placed in the World’s End Tavern for all the players to see is certainly one we would love to see happen very soon.

Source: The Escapist

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5 Comments on Blizzard Honors Robin Williams With NPC in WoW


On August 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

“even naming his daughter after the famous princess of the Super Mario world”

His daughter’s name is not Peach. -.-Zelda has zero to do with Super Mario.

Have some ing respect and at least know what you’re talking about before writing an article.

Phil Hornshaw

On August 13, 2014 at 9:33 am


Derp. Jeff has been chastised accordingly. We can only blame a lack of coffee, and I’ve fixed the error.

Not sure how that’s a respect issue though? Like is typing down the wrong game name disrespectful to Williams, or…?


On August 13, 2014 at 9:36 am

This is great. I’m looking forward to this.


On August 13, 2014 at 10:41 am

Hey Blizzard why don’t you make the NPC sell real cash items, that way you can further capitalize on Mr Williams death.


On August 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I really don’t think Blizzard is trying to capitalize on Robin Williams’ death. The idea seems pretty fan driven and I dont think anyone is going to go and sign up for WoW just to see something that will be on youtube moments after they add it to the game. I would just hope that the tribute is tasteful and given how much respect it seems almost everyone had for Mr. WIlliams I’m sure it will be.

If you want to be justifiably indignant about shameless profiting from this sad event it should be that every retailer that sells movies (I work for one and found it tasteless) has had a huge number of his movies overnighted from their vendors so they can turn a quick buck.

Rather than run out to buy Good Will Hunting, a far better way to pay tribute to the man would be to donate to one of the charities he often worked with. The retailers should be doing the same thing with the proceeds of all his movies they’ll be selling in the coming weeks.