Who are your top 5 best and worst video games Protagonist?



  • Hello,

    In this thread we talk about gaming top 5 best and worst protaonist and heres mine

    Best

    1. Agent 47 (from hitman)
    2. Tommy Angelo (from Mafia 1)
    3. Max Payne
    4. JC denton (from original deus ex)
    5. Artyom (from Metro series)

    So they are my top fav. agent 47 is coolest gaming character i have ever seen he is neither bad nor good but he is agent and urban legend who know how to do his job done. tommy angelo is most well written gaming character i have ever seen. thanks to how incredible writing was in mafia 1. max payne was iconic character. artyom may not have much of character but the story in metro series make him excellent character imo. JC denton is also one cool and badass protagonist who run from both terrorist and goverment organization in the world. but imo Agent 47 is most badass and manly gaming character i have ever seen

    Worst

    1. Lara Croft (post reboot)
    2. Jason Broody (far cry 3)
    3. Ezio (from assassins creed 2)
    4. any of resident evil protagonist as they are all shallow imo
    5. Faith (from mirrors edge)

    Lara croft reboot one is undoubtly worst main character in history of gaming i have ever seen. she is just terrible. I like far cry 3 but can stand jason broody. he is so annoying.



  • "Hey! Hey guys! Look how much I hate modern gaming conventions!... Guys?"

    I mean, most of your list of "best characters" are non characters. May as well include Gordon Freeman.

    Anyway, my faves are:
    Max Payne (save for 3. Best game, worst iteration of Max)
    Kat (Gravity Rush)
    Wei Shen, motherfucker! (Sleeping Dogs)
    Ezio de Firenze Auditore (AC series)
    Solid Snake (MGS)

    Worst:
    Artyom (Metro. Great game with a barely there protag. Also very Mary Sue-ish)
    Kratos (God of War. One of my favorite game series, but Kratos is despicable.)
    Tidus (FFX. Worst protag in worst FF.)
    Samus (In any game where she has a personality)
    Aloy (Horizon Zero Dawn. By far my favorite game of 2017, but DAMN what a fucking Mary Sue.)



  • Best

    1. April Ryan (The longest Journey)
    2. Kate Walker (Syberia)
    3. George Stobbart (Broken Sword)
    4. Victoria McPherson (Still Life)
    5. Shion Uzuki (Xenosaga)

    Worst

    1. Delsin Rowe (Infamous: SS)
    2. Dante (DmC)
    3. Ellie (The Last of Us: Left Behind)
    4. Trevor Phillips (GTAV)
    5. Aloy (Horizon)


  • @Sheria said in Who are your top 5 best and worst video games Protagonist?:

    Best

    1. April Ryan (The longest Journey)
    2. Kate Walker (Syberia)
    3. George Stobbart (Broken Sword)
    4. Victoria McPherson (Still Life)
    5. Shion Uzuki (Xenosaga)

    so your fav characters are all from adventure games? but im surprise you didnot put guybrush.



  • I do love Threepwood, but I think I like more serious characters to comedic ones.



  • Best
    1 Goro Majima
    2 Joel/Ellie (these are a package deal)
    3 John Marston
    4 FemShep
    5 James Sunderland

    Worst
    1 Pacman
    2 Ash Ketchum
    3 Crash
    4 Duke Nukem
    5 Wario



  • In alphabetical order

    The Best

    • Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Assassin's Creed II, etc.)
    • Geralt of Rivia (Witcher)
    • Joel (The Last of Us)
    • Nathan Drake (Uncharted)
    • The Prince (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time)

    The Worst

    • Alex Mercer (Prototype)
    • Grayson Hunt (Bulletstorm)
    • Jack (BioShock)
    • Nathan Hale (Resistance)
    • Nicholas Raine (Rage)


  • In no order for either:

    Best -
    Marcus Fenix (Gears of War franchise)
    Nathan Drake (Uncharted franchise)
    Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)
    Ratchet (Ratchet and Clank franchise)
    Joel/Ellie (The Last of Us)

    Worst -
    Vann (Final Fantasy XII)
    Duke Nukem (Duke Nukem franchise)
    Bubsy (Bubsy franchise)
    Ico (Ico)
    Kratos (God of War)



  • @Sheria said in Who are your top 5 best and worst video games Protagonist?:

    I do love Threepwood, but I think I like more serious characters to comedic ones.

    I personally hate point and click adventure but im enjoying monkey island actually. mainly because of guybrush and comedy and pirate theme.



  • Favorites (difficult because so much of the industry is silent protagonists or create-a-characters):

      1. Ellie (The Last of Us)
      1. Joel (they're a dual protagonist but I need to fill seats)
      1. Midna (Twilight Princess)
      1. Kat (Gravity Rush)
      1. Max Caulfield (Life is Strange)

    Worst:

      1. Shulk (Xenoblade)
      1. Geralt (The Witcher)
      1. Batman (Arkham)
      1. Isaac Clarke (Dead Space)
      1. Space reserved for silent protagonists who are given no attempt at characterization because they are all the same voiceless, inoffensive void.

    Honestly I don't really feel the hate for #3 & 4, I just had to fill the list and they were kind of annoying / amalgamations of gender roles and not actual characters.


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    Oh this is kinda hard.

    Best-

    1. Vivi Orunitia - Final Fantasy IX
    2. Nathan Drake - Uncharted Series
    3. Garrus Vakarian - Mass Effect series
    4. Sarah Karagan - StarCraft series
    5. Ezio Audiore da Frienze - Assassin's Creed series

    The Worst

    1. Hope - Final Fantasy XIII
    2. Alistar - Dragon Age
    3. that freakin guy from Heavy Rain
    4. Star Child - Mass Effect 3
    5. The evil guy in CoD: infinite warfare


  • I would have picked Vivi, but Vivi isn't really the protagonist of FFIX. :p

    You've really only got Drake and Ezio. Everyone else is a side character. :)



  • Best (In no particular order)

    Phoenix Wright (Ace Attorney)
    Minako Arisato (Persona 3 Portable)
    Amaterasu (Okami)
    Raz (Psychonauts)
    Midna (Twilight Princess) [I feel like she counts]



  • @michemagius Midna is definitely used as the vocal protagonist with a character arc in Twilight Princess the same way Issun is used to speak for Amaterasu while she does all the heavy lifting. It's honestly eerie how similar in premise those two games are for coming out in the same year, I feel like Capcom must have been taking tips on how to make a 3D Zelda game after developing the Gameboy ones for Nintendo.



  • Worst

    1- The rich guy and the crazy guy from GTA5
    2- Nathan Drake
    3- Nico from GTA4
    4- idk
    5- idk can't think of other protags I hate as much right now

    Best in particular order

    Raz (Psychonauts)
    Tommy Vercetti
    Guybrush
    Travis Touchdown
    Minako Arisato



  • @Black-Cell said in Who are your top 5 best and worst video games Protagonist?:

    @Sheria said in Who are your top 5 best and worst video games Protagonist?:

    I do love Threepwood, but I think I like more serious characters to comedic ones.

    I personally hate point and click adventure but im enjoying monkey island actually. mainly because of guybrush and comedy and pirate theme.

    Nice to see you giving it a shot :3



  • @Sheria said in Who are your top 5 best and worst video games Protagonist?:

    @Black-Cell said in Who are your top 5 best and worst video games Protagonist?:

    @Sheria said in Who are your top 5 best and worst video games Protagonist?:

    I do love Threepwood, but I think I like more serious characters to comedic ones.

    I personally hate point and click adventure but im enjoying monkey island actually. mainly because of guybrush and comedy and pirate theme.

    Nice to see you giving it a shot :3

    yeah. thanks for recommendation sher, you know? i always hated adventure games (like taletale games and life is strange) because they are more of interactive movie with puzzle solving. how ever im surprise by tales of monkey island. its a pretty good game. but they lack replay value. once you figure out what to do. there is no point of replaying again.



  • My favourite videogame protagonists are:

    Naked Snake - Metal Gear Solid 3
    Gwendolyn - Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir
    Jade - Beyond Good & Evil
    John Marston - Red Dead Redemption
    Herschel Layton - Professor Layton

    I can't think of protagonists I particularly dislike at the moment.


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    @TokyoSlim I do see what you mean and I kinda agree with you. On the other side though at least I played with them 100% of the time I could, so for that I would class them as protagonists, even though they might not be that to its word full meaning.



  • @Lotias I'm not sure what you mean. Protagonist means "main character or primary playable character."

    Zidane, for example, is the protagonist of FFIX. The game is telling Zidane's story. You are controlling Zidane. Commander Shepard is the protagonist of Mass Effect. There's not a lot of room for interpretation except maaaaaybe in the case of Heavy Rain (which is a spoiler)

    case of playable antagonist via unreliable narrator