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NPC (countable and uncountable, plural NPCs)

  1. (roleplaying games, video games) Initialism of non-player character.
    1. (Internet slang, figuratively) A person with no ability to think for themselves; a sheeple (originally referring to opponents of former US President Donald Trump). [from 2016]
      • [2018 October 16, Kevin Roose, “What Is NPC, the Pro-Trump Internet’s New Favorite Insult?”, in The New York Times[1], archived from the original on 2022-12-30:
        Several months ago, users on 4chan and Reddit, the online message forums, started using the term NPC to refer to liberals. These people, they said, join the anti-Trump crowd not because they are led by independent thought or conscience to oppose President Trump’s policies, but because they’re brainwashed sheep who have been conditioned to parrot left-wing orthodoxy, in the manner of a scripted character.]
      • 2022 July 22, Alec Mullins, “NRG Bucke kicks off after xQc calls him an “NPC” for siding with Andrew Tate”, in Dexerto[2], archived from the original on 2022-09-25:
        While watching the VOD later, xQc insinuated that Fortnite pro Bucke was an "NPC" who was only there to defend Tate and not give Piker a fair shot – and what resulted afterward has caused quite a stir in its own right.
  2. (medicine, chiefly attributive) Initialism of no patient care.
  3. (medicine) Initialism of Niemann-Pick disease type C.
  4. (medicine) Initialism of nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
  5. (computing) Initialism of non-printing character.
  6. (Singapore) Initialism of neighbourhood police center.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. (Philippines) Initialism of National Power Corporation.
  2. (Philippines) Initialism of National Privacy Commission.
  3. (sports) Initialism of National Paralympic Committee.
  4. (Philippine politics) Initialism of Nationalist People's Coalition.
  5. (China) Initialism of National People's Congress.
  6. (US) Initialism of National Physique Committee.
  7. (US) Initialism of National Petroleum Council.
  8. (Nigeria) Initialism of Northern People's Congress.
  9. (New Zealand) Initialism of National Provincial Championship.

Related terms[edit]


  • IPC (International Paralympic Committee)
  • NOC (National Olympic Committee)

See also[edit]



  1. (intransitive) To act as an NPC (non-player character) in a game.
    • 2003 November 25, PBM List Autoposter, “New: In the Light and in the Shadows (free, open-ended, email, human, fantasy, rpg)”, in[3] (Usenet), message-ID <3fc30f0d$>:
      All characters wish to submit to the game must be either netural or good even though the group will have to interact with evil beings as well. To preserve the group from being totally dark and paranoid, I will NPC the evil characters.
    • 2012, Wreck-It Ralph (movie)
      [in a deleted scene, one of the signs used by the homeless Q*bert gang reads as follows]
      "will npc in fps 4 food!"