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Video game characters, whether they’re the player character, heroic NPCs, or dastardly villains, are often what help make a great game even better. But not all characters are created equal. Some are clearly better than others in the eyes of the fans. And Reddit is the place for these fans to discuss who they think are some of the best video game characters of all time.
Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)
The charismatic and sadistic leader of Hyperion Corporation is arguably one of the greatest and baddest video game villains of all time, and it’s easy to see why.
With Handsome Jack, the phrase “Each villain is the hero of his own story” certainly applies. As Reddit user Onepopcornman points out, Jack is convinced “that HE is the protagonist of the story.” He believes he is the hero and that the Vault Hunters and Crimson Raiders are the villains trying to stop him from forcibly bringing peace to the Borderlands. And Jack continues this belief until the very end of the game.
the original Loss was one of the most violent classic video games of all time, all thanks to the super soldier players take on as Doom Guy, later known as Doomslayer.
He rarely has dialogue, but he doesn’t need it, because his only objective is always the same: to kill the legions of Hell. “The man is a one-man wrecking crew that shakes the Legions of Hell in its wake,” DASmetal commented. There is literally nothing that can stop this force of absolute destruction. Even the demons that locked him up for thousands of years only slowed him down, as he was soon back on his feet, ready to kill again.
Arthur Morgan (Red Dead Redemption 2)
There are a bunch of great characters in Red Dead Redemption 2, but Arthur Morgan stands above the rest. Characters with flaws always seem to do better than characters without flaws, and Arthur Morgan is certainly a flawed man.
Reddit user Zammzaddy notes that he has “moments from both sides of the spectrum of good and evil and each of those moments is an authentic experience.” Players feel for Morgan, even when he does bad things. But even when he does these bad things, his general nature and heroism wins out in the end.
Joel (The Last of Us)
The development of Joel’s character through The last of us shows him becoming a father figure to Ellie, coming to terms with what happened to his own daughter, which is one of the many reasons people love him so much.
The relationship between Joel and Ellie grows as the game progresses, which shows how much Joel truly cares for Ellie. “Joel and Ellie had developed a father-daughter relationship through the hardships they endured,” writes Tony_Friendly on Reddit, which is why Joel makes the decision to potentially doom humanity in order to save his life. He was willing to sacrifice a cure to save the life of the girl who was now his new daughter.
Heather Mason (Silent Hill 3)
silent hill 3The protagonist of is one of the best-written and best-acted characters in the entire franchise, and for good reason.
What made Heather so great was that she felt like a real person despite all the horrible things that happened to her in the game. As Rozzy points out, “Everything from her voice acting to her movements and language bodily…made her feel like a real teenager.” This realism made it easier for people to relate to her, which makes her likability and writing even better than it already is.
Ezio Auditore Da Firenze (Assassin’s Creed II)
Ezio is one of the best-known characters in the Assassin’s Creed franchise as well as one of the most developed characters.
Part of what makes his character so great is his tragic backstory.
As Varmung notes, “A tragic story arc is hard to beat.” Tragic stories tend to be what push characters on their way, and that couldn’t be truer for Ezio. He went through a lot of tough times growing up, which makes his intentions and ultimate mission more appealing to fans of the game.
Leon S. Kennedy (Resident Evil)
Resident Evil 4 is often listed as one of the best video games ever made, thanks in large part to its central character, Leon S. Kennedy.
What people love about the rookie cop turned seasoned zombie killing veteran is how well crafted he was. “The character design, witty dialogue and attitude he adopts are top-notch,” writes aikr9897. His early days as a rookie cop entering Raccoon City to start his job on the day the zombie apocalypse was nice to see, especially as he grows and adapts to the new situation he now faces let flesh-eating zombies roam everywhere.
Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
Sora is a child who is taken on an adventure to save his friends from the forces of evil. A lofty goal for sure, and why he’s such a great character.
“He’s just a sweet boy who loves his friends,” Lunaresse notes. Indeed, Sora continues his adventure to stop the Heartless as his friends disappeared when their house was destroyed. What fans also love about him is his upbeat and positive attitude; nothing seems to bring this kid down. His goal is always to find his friends and stop the Heartless from consuming more worlds.
Commander Shepard (Mass Effect)
The Mass Effect are some of BioWare’s best games, thanks to great writing and an incredible cast of characters, including Commander Shepard.
What makes Commander Shepard so great is that it’s basically the players themselves who play the role. Players can change Shepard’s gender and watch the game start, giving the character any look they want. And it’s this customizable feature that helps gamers feel like it’s their who saves the universe thanks to Shepard. As jeangey99 mentions, “I loved saving the universe through my decisions.”
Chief Master (Halo)
When it comes to battling aliens and parasites, there’s no one better than John-117, otherwise known as Master Chief. He’s a man of few words, but that doesn’t hurt his character at all. He’s a soldier, who needs very few words to begin with.
Despite his stoic nature, he has his witty moments and he proves to be a caring soldier, especially when it comes to Cortana. But overall, he wades through the enemy hordes like a one-man army, destroying everything in his path. “This man is just a real badass,” comments ELL_YAY.
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