I was working on an assignment this past week where I had to create a character from the ground up. In the explanation for the assignment, it mentioned memorable characters in video games, such as Link, Lara Croft, Mario, and Solid Snake, and how for every well-known character, there are at least 100 characters that have faded. I decided to think about some memorable characters from some video games I’ve played and why I found them to be memorable.
The first character that I thought of was Kain from Final Fantasy IV. Kain is Cecil’s best friend and rival. He secretly has feelings for Rosa, but he never does anything about it, because he does not want to jeopardize his friendship with Cecil. He is frustrated with Cecil’s dysfunctional relationship with Rosa though. He takes things as they are, and follows orders without asking questions. I find Kain memorable because he changed sides a lot – from fighting with Cecil, to fighting for the enemy. It was hard seeing him change sides so much, and it got frustrating at times. He was a mystery to me. I wanted to know why he’d leave his best friend and Rosa to fight with the enemy, and then why he’d come back. I wanted to know why he was so honourable, and why he took things as they were, and why he never pursued Rosa. I admired his loyalty to his friendship with Cecil, but I would have really liked to know what was going on in his head. He was definitely my favourite character in the game though.
Kratos is my second memorable character. Now I’m not talking about Kratos from God of War, even though he seems like a pretty interesting character, but I haven’t played the God of War series yet. I’m talking about the Kratos from the Tales of Symphonia series. Kratos is quite an interesting character. Kratos actually betrays Lloyd and his friends by turning out to be a spy who was sent to make sure that Colette completed her task. His true motives are revealed later in the game, when it is revealed that he is Lloyd’s dad. Kratos lives with a lot of pain and the feeling that he’s not able to make any choices in his life. But as he realizes that he has a lot of control over his life, he changes. That’s what makes him memorable to me.
Now, I have to include a Fire Emblem character, because I loved Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn. And I really enjoyed those games because there are so many characters and getting to know each of them throughout the game and as the story progresses was great. But that’s also where I have a hard time trying to pick just one character that is really memorable to me, because to be honest I have a handful of what I would call my favourites. I’d say the most memorable character to me would be Haar. Haar’s just amazing. First off, he rides a Wyvern. How cool is that? Second, he has an eye-patch, so he has this air of mystery to him, because you wonder what happened - how he got it. It’s never mentioned at all either. He’s pretty quiet too, trying to get sleep whenever he can. In battle, he rocks! And in Radiant Dawn, he just gets even more amazing when he class changes. His whole armour and his Wyvern’s armour changes and they both look sooooo good! You first meet him about halfway through Path of Radiance, fighting on Daein’s side, but if you get Jill to talk to him, he joins you. By the time you get him in that game, you pretty much have the characters you want to use, but he’s still a great addition and worth using. I didn’t bother using him much in my first playthrough of Path of Radiance, because I already had my characters, but in my second playthrough, I used him a lot more. In Radiant Dawn, I’ve always used him when he’s available, no question. In my playthroughs of Radiant Dawn, he’s been the character with the most kills - he can’t help it that he’s a tank!
So far my most memorable video game characters are all guys. I’ve been trying to decide if there are any girl characters that really stood out for me. I think I’m going to go with another Fire Emblem character. Her name’s Elincia and she’s the princess of Crimea. In Path of Radiance, you only get to use her in the endgame, which isn’t really the best time to introduce her as a lot of your other characters are really good. But she was a pretty useful healer, mainly because she was able to move farther than other characters since she rode a pegasus. In Radiant Dawn, you get to use her a lot more. When you get her in that game, she’s already at 3rd tier, so it’s best to not overuse her and allow your 2nd tier characters, Nephenee and Haar, to gain most of the XP. You have to use Elincia in every battle she’s available in, so if you don’t like her, well, that sucks. She holds her own though, so there are really no complaints that I have towards her. They made her intelligent too, which is great, to see a female character who’s more than just a pretty face.
Till my next post!