Robin Williams to Be Memorialized in ‘World of Warcraft’


The comedian was a gamer, a fan of 'Call of Duty,' 'Half-Life 2,' 'Portal,' and named his daughter after Nintendo's 'The Legend of Zelda'

Blizzard Entertainment has agreed to memorialize Robin Williams in “World of Warcraft” after fans of the late comedian petitioned the company to create a non-playable character in the fantasy game.

The company announced its plan to honor Williams’ memory in the world’s most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game on Twitter, saying: “Thank you. You gave us so much joy in our lives, and we hope you enjoyed your time in our world. We’ll see you in-game.” It did not provide further details on how exactly Williams will appear.

Non-player characters, or NPCs, are usually characters controlled by the computer through artificial intelligence in games.

A tribute to Williams already appears in another online game, “APB: Reloaded.”

The petition to include Williams in “World of Warcraft” was posted on, shortly after Williams’ passing on Monday.

“Because of his presence within our community, we the players of World of Warcraft are asking Blizzard to kindly create an NPC within the game that memorializes the actor/comedian,” the petition’s creator Jacob Holgate requested. “Many have expressed a wish to this character perform some of Williams’ best jokes within the Worlds End Tavern, so that he may continue making us smile long after his passing.”

After more than 11,000 signatures were collected, Chadd Nervigga, a technical game designer at Blizzard, tweeted, “Yes. We’re taking care of it.”

SEE ALSO: Robin Williams and His Longtime Love of Videogames

“It is with a growing sense of pride for the world of warcraft community that I declare victory for this petition,” Holgate soon responded on the petition’s site. “In less than 24 hours we’ve earned 11,000 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.”

During interviews to promote projects, Williams would admit that he was an avid gamer, and spent hours playing “World of Warcraft,” which Legendary Entertainment is working with Blizzard to produce a film adaptation that Universal will release early 2016.

Williams’ online identity in “World of Warcraft” was never made public.

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  1. JimboBillyBob Justice says:

    This is an honor Robin deserves and should have.
    I am sure he would be giggling with glee to know he will get his own show in Worlds End Tavern

  2. They do this all the time in game with silly pop culture references or actual memorials. They are cool Easter eggs. I’m sure Robert Williams would’ve been honored by the gesture.

  3. MakesNoSense says:

    I don’t understand why a MMO would make an avatar of him if he didnt have a single impact on how the game was made/played. There are more fitting games, such as Legend of Zelda, that could incorporate his likeness, especially since his daughter is named Zelda. The article clearly states he was a fan of Call of Duty, Legend of Zelda,Half-Life2,Portal. This just defeats the purpose of trying to be humble. Rant over.

    • FakeOne Dust says:

      Let them ruin it. You have to see WOW fall one day.

    • chimaerik says:

      It was always rumored that Robin Williams was a heavy wow player – even way back in Vanilla. Allegedly played a female gnome. His ID never went public though.

    • Mary says:

      There’s already actors and singers that have NPCs in World of Warcraft that didn’t have a single impact on how the game was played. Like Ginnifer Goodwin (one named Ginny Goodwin and one named for her character on Big Love) and Lady Gaga. Jamie Lee Curtis, Lesley Ann Warren, and Olivia Newton John are the names of three bankers in one of the game’s capital cities. The bankers named for Olivia have been in the game from the beginning.

  4. suck it says:

    world of nerdcraft

  5. llinder says:

    you guys are great! i wish you could have immortalized before his death. i think his family will be thrilled

  6. Nietzsche - Dragonmaw says:

    He was the greatest gnome in all of gnomanity.

  7. Fu Ckyou says:

    Sorry guys totally against this. Not sure why but Williams death has made me exceptionally sad and now every time I see the NPC I will be reminded.

  8. Raines says:

    Okay.. now this is awesome! I have never gotten emotional over a celebrity passing until I found out about Mr. Williams. I haven’t played WoW in a few years…. because of what Blizzard is doing in his honor I will be creating a new toon tonight and play it in Robin’s honor.

  9. Josef says:

    These folks might want to be very cautious in using his image without the permission of his estate.

    • Raines says:

      not really. You can use the likeness of ANYONE you want if it is a parody, a tribute or considered an art form. What they are doing would be all three.

  10. I cant wait to see the tribute to Robin Williams in WOW. this is awsome.

  11. Cassandra Naliwajek says:

    This has got to be one of the most awesome things I have ever heard! I haven’t played WOW in years but when I did, I was extreemely devoted. I would love to see an NPC of him in WOW even though I don’t play anymore. It is an incredible tribute!

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