Welcome back to our 30 day video game challenge! If you’d like to catch up with the other days, click here.
Last week we talked about the villains we love to hate, so this week we’ll be talking about the characters we love to love.
Day 22: Who is your favorite protagonist?
Well, I suppose my most favorite protagonist is one that hardly had any lines, slayed dragons, and I wrote a whole story about. But that seems like cheating, since so much of her character is a blank slate for the player to fill in; of course everyone likes characters that they design.
But here’s the thing. In all seriousness, I’m not sure I have a favorite protagonist.
Do I talk about how much I love Solid Snake because he’s a complete badass and yet so adorably clueless about Metal Gear in every single game and is always so surprised when things aren’t what they seem? Also, he can pull of a mullet. So there’s that.
Or should I mention Commander Shepard for being the character who, by virtue of starring in three games, has a very in-depth story for a playable character in an RPG?
Maybe Aloy should be added to this list, because she’s just a well-written character, and there’s no particular “reason” for her to be a woman (which is the best kind of female character, in my opinion).
Of course, this doesn’t take into account Mega Man, who can change superpowers with the press of a button, or Kirby, who has a stomach made of cast-iron. It also doesn’t account for Link representing the “link” between virtual and physical worlds in a clever twist of words.
I think it’s a good sign if you’ve experienced the stories of so many characters and can’t pick just one. Each of these protagonists brings their own abilities and nuances to the table, after all, and across console generations and game genres, there are plenty to choose from!
What about you? Do you have a favorite protagonist/playable character? Why do you like that particular one? Let me know in the comments!
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