Top 5 video game characters.
Budi last edited by Budi
Okay, I admit this is a bit funny but the holy trinity of scarred, bearded and raspy voiced protagonists.
So Witcher Geralt, Snake from MGS and Adam Jensen in Deus Ex. They seem very stereotypical but I really love to play as them, especially Geralt and Jensen since I can make them as my own a bit in the dialogue choices. And there's always humour with these characters, mostly a sarcastic wit. Them being bad.ass always brings a smile to my face, I guess it's the same effect that Clint Eastwood has on me. And there's more than meets the eye in these characters. Especially Geralt stands out since he should be stripped of his emotions. But when you get to know him he is not at all one sided character.
I also really miss Guybrush Threepwood from Monkey Island games. And lastly but not least Lee from Walking Dead season 1. He felt so real and wasn't just a good guy but instead had a questionable past.
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@Mechanoid I understand. Thanes story had pretty much ended by the time we met him, tali had just begun.
toddjmeeker last edited by
This is too tough for me to narrow down 5 but Ill say one of my favorites. John Marston, a man who has to save his family in a rough environment. I love him because he is cool and collective but also can be dead pan hilarious. His character radiates a sense of power but also honor.
In a game where I am free to put a bullet into every man, woman, and horse; I only shot when shot upon and would hogtie everyone else! It couldn't treat it like a GTA rampage while in the mind of John Marston, his character set me straight.
These are not in a a real ranked order.
Alastair in Dragon Age Origins. He's hilarious. I'm sarcastic so I appreciated have a companion who was.
The King of all Cosmos from Katamari. Yeah, he destroyed all the stars after a drunken night but without him, I wouldn't have my favourite WTF game. He's just super weird.
Ky Kiske from Guilty Gear. His bio says he likes to collect teacups and loves smiling faces. Also I destroyed my friend with him. I will always love him best.
Alys from Phantasy Star IV. She was cool and... yeah... this game was my fave as a kid, and her fate helped seal that for me.
Everyone from Mass Effect. No way am I choosing. I love them all. Kaidan, Garrus, Tali, Wrex, Mordin, Grunt.... Even the Illusive Man! Okay, well I did dislike Ashley.... but then I only spent the first game with her. I swear my decision was based solely on Kaidan being with the super important bomb, I had to save him!
I'd also say I adore Nathan Drake, John Marsden, Bart from Xenogears, Dante (original variety), and Luigi.
Also I destroyed my friend with him. I will always love him best.
Lunis last edited by Lunis
Cave Johnson, Portal. Funny, awesome voice actor, good backstory. A lot of the best comedic quotes of gaming history.
Arthas Menethil, Warcraft. A character so distinct, interesting and so consistent that he transcends the medium. Every part of his character arc is pure perfection, in the RTS games through the MMO and the books. The center of the series best plotline to date. Some of his quotes are breathtaking literature.
John Marston, Red Dead Redemption. Well written, tragic but relatable character that is fun to play as. More three dimensional and developed than any other character in a Rockstar game. Great voice actor.
GLaDOS, Portal. No need to explain this. Classic science fiction trope villain that somehow works and becomes her own unique entity. In Portal 2 she really shines, with elaborate backstory that even manages to make you sympathise with her, which is quite rare when it comes to villains. Unique.
CJ, GTA: San Andreas. Here's a divisive one. Classic "I want to get out of the hood" character in a time and place where the hood is the place you're supposed to live and die in and nothing more. In the context of this world he is an admirable character trying to better himself and move up in the world, and almost the only reasonable person in the entire game. Trumps the other GTA characters because he's interesting and has depth to him. Very easy to relate to, and acts as a way to make people understand the hardships some people experience living poor amongst bad company in America.
I restrained myself here since I can't in good conscience put characters that aren't fleshed out characters on my list. Sure, I love Pikachu, Rayman and Solaire as much as the next chum but they're not going on any of my lists. There's not that much to say about them, however memorable.
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God I hated her, which made me love her :heart:
Lunis last edited by Lunis
@Mechanoid without spoiling it (people who haven't played it, do it, it's the best PC game of all time) the ending of Portal 2 is sublime and I get chills every time.
michemagius last edited by michemagius
Not in any particular order.
- Midna (Twilight Princess): She really made that game for me (besides the excellent dungeon design). Her story is a lot more complex, and she experiences more character development than is usual for Zelda games. Not to mention her lines are always witty and hilarious.
- Eikichi Mishina (Persona 2): Didn't think I was gonna like him but he turned out to be amazing. He's certainly the best machine gun guitar case-wielding responsible school boss/aspiring rocker I've ever seen.
- Shinjiro Aragaki (Persona 3): Not gonna spoil it. He's just great.
- Kanji Tatsumi (Persona 4): Let's get real, who doesn't love Kanji? Knitting-delinquent, enough said.
- Duster (Mother 3): Is my JRPG love showing? Probably the most reliable thief ever.
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seriously he's just the greatest, people will complain how everything he says is cheesy one liners that make them cringe, i see him as a badass mother fucker, who doesn't give a fuck about shit but the job at hand...no shitty love stories, no stupid moral dilemmas (outside of the final fight in DMC3, that was warranted), he gets paid to kill demons, and eat pizza.
Bayonetta (same reasons as Dante pretty much, with just a little more depth. Plus that body that just wont quit lol
it's hard for me to explain this one, so just go watch the game theory on him.
that's pretty much it for me, i don't get to attached to characters in games, cause i mostly play for the gameplay....but i think i might have a forth..
The Titan bro from Titanfall 2 lol
Also I destroyed my friend with him. I will always love him best.
I had to quote this to even see the thumbs up.... I was wondering why you just quoted me with nothing else.
I am almost ashamed to say I forgot Naoto from Persona 4. Totally my fave character, with Kanji a close second!
Tristan last edited by Tristan
Raiden from the Metal Gear Solid franchise. Instead of trying to type out all of my thoughts on this guy, here's a link to some great reading on him and MGS2 in general: http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=16343
Lucas from Mother 3. A boy who had his mother taken from him, fighting for the good of the universe through the tears and facing tragedy after hardship after terrible incidents. He teaches us about the importance of friendship and having goodness in your heart. Lucas shows us that you can rise to the occasion even when it seems impossible, and that being a good person and loving first is how you succeed.>!
Veronica Santangelo from Fallout New Vegas. A strong female character with ties to a faction she both loves and openly wants to change for the betterment of the wasteland. She punches stuff and it dies. Also she's gay but that isn't her whole character, and its great to have strong LGBT characters in games where they aren't pigeonholed or weirdly romanticized for the purpose of having a gay player companion.
Garrus Vakarian From Mass Effect 1-3. Badass ex-cop who doesn't play by the rules, and is also an alien with 3 dimensional characteristics. Loyal but not amoral, Garrus giths alongside his shipmates following his own strict and Batman-esqu morals, aside from the no killing part.
Harold from Fallout 1 and 2, not his likeness in FO3 (I'd rather forget it). He was a deep, rich and funny character who provided a lot of context and flavor to the world, and also had a damn tree growing out of his head. I could listen to his stories forever
@Inustar Lol, well there's one for the bug report.
Mortambulist last edited by
Hmmm, I'm sure I'm going to forget a bunch of important ones, but off the top of my head...
- Pyramid Head (though I like Valtiel nearly as much)
- Dr. Nefarious
- Jill Valentine (sexy, smart, tough, musician...)
- Victor Sullivan
You know what I could do without though? Another gravel-voiced tough-guy loner. Like imagine Snake and Geralt having a conversation:
Geralt: "I'm looking for a woman."
Geralt: "She smells of lilac and gooseberries."
Snake: "There's no place for flowers on the battlefield."
Ugh. Not that they're bad characters necessarily, but come on, it's like a 12-year-old boy's idea of macho. Show a little fucking creativity, game designers.
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-Raiden (Metal Gear Solid 4/ Revengeance variety)
-Ezio Auditore- probably one of the better charecter developments I've seen in video games.
That's really all that comes to mind.. Though I'm missing a couple great series that I've seen above from my belt.
Yeoubie last edited by Yeoubie
1) Vergil - Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening - Special Edition
While I'm overjoyed at the love Dante is receiving in this thread and forum wide in gneral, I must take this opportunity to tell you how amazing Vergil is. See, people often name him a villain, but he's not really. Spoilers aside, he's more of an anti-hero. Dealing with the same tragedy in a different way. Dante embraces his human side, compassion and protection, seeking the strength he lacked when he lost his family - despising the demonic side that caused strife.
Vergil is like the opposite side of the coin. He embraces his demonic heritage, seeing it as the obviously stronger side of his dual lineage. If he was stronger, more of a demon, he may have been able to prevent the tragedy. He may not have been so emotionally devastated if it weren't for his human background. Vergil and Dante both start at a state of limbo. Neither are morally good or bad. Both seek the strength they lacked before. I love Vergil's side of the story. I find him more complex and wish for Capcom to continue the original Devil May Cry series to finish his story.
2) Zelda - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
I absolutely love Zelda's character in Skyward sword. She's not royalty in the beginning of this story. She's just a kid with aspirations and loves/encourages her goo friend, Link, to reach his potential. She's cheerful, protective, kind, and intolerant of bullshit. Shit goes to shit and she's thrown into her own journey. She's not kidnapped like she has been before, or suddenly changes character/disguise. She is confronted with her destiny and she embraces it and grows as a character. As she says to Link, she's still Zelda, the situation is just different. I loved that she was a fully realized character.
3) Wander - Shadow of the Colossus
Wander, to me, is the most morally grey character on my list. A tragedy befalls him. And he seeks to reverse it by going to a taboo, forbidden land - do whatever it takes to get what he wants back, no matter what. His determination, even at the expense of his character figuratively and physically, is nice change from most protagonists. I don't want to spoil this game and I implore anyone reading this to please play this game if you haven't already~
4) Mitsuru Kirijo - Persona 3
Okay, so Mitsuru is a strictly vain choice. We are the same age, have almost the same birthdays, and have a lot of the same interests, relationship with friends, and personality traits. I see a lot of myself in her, and because of that, I emotionally connected with her the most when playing this game. There's nothing else I can really say.
5) Tiki - Fire Emblem Series
So I don't want to delve into story since she's in multiple games. But she's really neat. She's also a dragon, and I really love dragons. Play Fire Emblem svp~
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The Boss (Metal Gear Solid 3)
Nanami (Suikoden II)
Kanji Tatsumi (Persona 4)
Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)
Joel (The Last of Us)
There are many other characters I would love to put in my top 5 (The entire cast of Persona 4, George Prime, Naked Snake, MGS3 Ocelot, Tidus), but I picked these 5 characters because each one best represents their respective series.
The Boss, Nanami, Kanji, Cloud and Joel while on surface level are very different, are all made great in the same way. Each character is more complex than they first seem, and the player must dig deeper to understand who they really are. Every one of these characters has clear strengths, but more importantly clear weaknesses. These attributes are present in most characters, but rarely are as well written/implemented as The Boss, Nanami, Kanji, Cloud or Joel.
flower_arrangement last edited by flower_arrangement
Felt like replying to this thread because - and I'm not trying to stir anything up at all - I'm not bothered by characters in games most of the time. That's true of literature and film as well, for the record.
So this was genuinely pretty tough for me, here's who sprung to mind:
Rincewind / Discworld - A deeply flawed adventure game in the style of King's Quest and the like. I read the Discworld series as a pre-teen and loved them at the time, and still think of them fondly even if they've long since lost their lustre. Voiced by Eric Idle of Monty Python fame, Psygnosis' Rincewind is pretty bloody good, and manages to carry what would otherwise be a slog of a game.
John Marston / Red Dead Redemption - Clint in a video game. Still wish we could herd sheep on that ranch forever buddy.
Officer Tenpenny / GTA: San Andreas - Phenomenal villain, like going up against someone from a Tarantino flick. A high when he gets what's coming, but the world seemed that much emptier without him.
Francis York Morgan / Deadly Premonition - Kyle Maclachlan in a video game and them some. If you're not aware of the game just watch Supergreatfriend's LP, seriously:
Madeleine / Dragon's Dogma - No not for that reason, she's a welcome breath of humour early on, and if you follow her quest line ultimately a sympathetic character. She's actually fairly nuanced, in a title that oscillates between slapping you between the eyes with explanation and playing the "Story? What story?" game.
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Max Payne - I love his self-loathing nothing-to-lose attitude. A man hell-bent on vengeance and getting rid of scum. Even in Max Payne 3 I still love his alcohol and drug-addicted sarcastic character.
Trevor (GTA 5) - Essentially, Trevor acts like the psychopath that most of us act like when we play GTA games. When most people play GTA, they act like a complete maniac wreaking havoc across the city. Trevor is the manifestation of that attitude. I have no proof but I suspect this is how Rockstar created Trevor.
Doc (Punch Out) - Makes my list for being one of the first characters I can remember from games (at least, a fleshed out character with dialogue). Love his pep talks for matches, his encouragement when I'm hurt, and him pushing me to my limits in training while I run through NYC in my pink hoodie. Always knew that dude was in my corner.
Cortana (Halo) - Something about the way that she's an AI, and she represents the voice of logic in the midst of a hectic war. And hearing her is so comforting, no matter what crazy environment we're in.
Gordon Freeman (HalfLife) - Yeah, maybe this one is cheating since he sort has no character at all, or even a voice. But that's what's so compelling for me. The way that all of the characters and environment reacts to Gordon makes him so real and creates a fantastic narrative that you really become a part of... YOU are Gordon Freeman and you get sucked into the story and the world because of the way the game interacts with you.