They’re the main characters, the heroes of our favorite video games and stories. But who are they?
“Who is your Favorite Video Game Protagonist?“
The Timely Mage
When it comes to protagonists I generally like two types: 1) the stoic unimpressed character who just IS awesome without having to go out of the way to constantly prove it to others or try to sound all cool and mysterious (e.g. Auron from FFX, Geddoe from Suikoden III, Vincent from FFVII) and 2) the pure-hearted, almost naïve character who simply wants to do good and refuses to (or simply is incapable of) getting wrapped in all the grayness of the world despite having a hard past (e.g. Solid Snake from MGS, Asbel from Tales of Graces). With that said, my favorite protagonist would have to be Squall Leonhart mainly because of how I can relate to him (see my answer for question 1) and that had quite an impact on me. He definitely fits more into the first category I listed and even though I know he’s not perfect, what I find most interesting in a story is character development and you can see him slowly change from an antisocial cynic to a loyal friend who is trying to be more vulnerable in order to be there for others in more ways than just a soldier.
The Black Humor Mage
I can’t think of any other video game protagonist that I love more than Solid Snake. The guy is the ultimate man. The first time I played Metal Gear Solid I was nothing short of impressed with each feat he accomplished. I always admired Snake, loved his words of wisdom, and sympathized with what haunted him and how much he had to suffer. I love that he always gets the job done, no matter how hard it is. He’s saved the world on multiple occasions, and you are all so ungrateful. Don’t ever forget what Snake did for all of you!
The Rage Mage
I like any of the angry white man protagonists that swarm all over video games like packs of filthy albino rats. They’re reminders that “creative” game developers are lazier than I am with their “Tom, Dick, and Harry’s”. Which boosts my galactic ego.
The Green Screen Mage
Talk about one of the most difficult questions you can ask. There’s just so many awesome protagonists out there that we love to play or see how their stories play out. Why must you do this to me Well-Red Mage!?
Okay, so Link from Wind Waker almost got this. Those facial expressions are just the best and I will forever love that they choose to keep Link silent.
Master Chief and Arbiter got my top spot in my heart. Don’t you dare make me choose between the two. The stone faced warrior trained since childhood to defend the human race and the disgraced alien commander turned rebel leader of his people. Master Chief is willing to go into any situation alone, no matter how dangerous, as long as he’s protecting others or completing his mission. He knows what he has to do and nothing will stop him from getting it done. He’s almost as determined as Frisk! (Ha. Ha. Undertale joke.)
Now I will forever be heartbroken over the decrease in and lack of Arbiter after Halo 2, because his character is so amazing and had so much more potential. Come on people! He was an alien commander who was to be executed, gets another chance to fight for his people, discovers a conspiracy, turns against the leaders of the Covenant and convinces his men to go with him, and then becomes the leader of his planet during the time of a civil war. He’s a genuinely good and caring person, well alien, who, when it came down to it, put his beliefs to the side and helped the humans to save his race and the universe.
Thel and John are just so precious to me and so near and dear to my heart. MC has been with me since I was 9 and Arby since I was 12 and I have never stopped loving them both.
The White Out Mage
This is an easy one for me: Kirby! Kirby! Kirby! I just love that adorable, cutesy little pink puffball! I even love his “Hiyiyi!” taunt.
The Well-Red Mage
“Super Fighting Robot…! Mega Man!”
I’ve loved Mega Man since the early days when he wore his blue undies on the outside (like Superman) until they made him Mega Man X and he became like four times cooler. The armored android boy, the Blue Bomber, he’s just too awesome with his arm mounted buster cannon. Let me put my infatuation this way: his inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Wii U single-handedly made me want to drop hundreds of dollars on a console I was going to pass on without a second thought. He may have become something of an anachronism in 2016, since Capcom seems like they want nothing to do with him anymore, but that’s part of his charm for me. He’s primordial, essential, fundamental, iconic. Growing up, I wanted nothing more than to be Mega Man. Plus, I think he could just about beat anyone… Squall, Master Chief, Snake… But what would happen if Kirby and Mega Man copied each other?