non-player character

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Etymology edit

non- +‎ player character

Noun edit

non-player character (plural non-player characters)

  1. (roleplaying games, video games) A character in a role-playing game or computer game whose actions are not controlled by a player.
    Antonym: player character
  2. (Internet slang, derogatory) A person who does not think for themselves nor make their own decisions.

Usage notes edit

  • Often used to specifically refer to characters who are not hostile towards the players. Hostile non-player characters are instead called enemies, monsters, mobs, or creeps.

Synonyms edit

  • NPC
  • AI (for computer games, but not role-playing games)
  • computer (for computer games, but not role-playing games)

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