The lights are on
With our Dragon Age: Inquisition coverage in full swing, the time is ripe to celebrate the best
BioWare characters. BioWare has provided us with many extraordinary party
members over the years that making a list was no easy task. After debating
internally and with my fellow staff members, it was decided that certain
characters simply had to make the cut. Cast members are memorable for different
reasons, whether we love them for their sarcasm, development, or merely because
they're different from the standard video game archetype. For this list, I have
some of the obvious choices and some neglected standouts.
Note: Characters are in no set order
HK-47 (Star Wars: Knights of the
While BioWare's games have always had comic-relief
characters, none have come close to the simple wisdom and mean-spiritedness of
HK-47. While he hides under the guise of
a protocol droid, this assassin has derision for every "meatbag" around him.
Except for his master, of course. While most will remember him for his snide
comments to those around him, HK-47 found simple joy in what he did: murdering
meatbags or at least talking about killing them.
Garrus Vakarian (Mass
He's one of the most appreciated party members for a reason: He's
got the reach. Jokes aside, Garrus has enough charisma to top all the rest of
the Mass Effect cast. His laid-back nature is calming, and his sarcasm brings
some much-needed levity. On one hand, you have the tough-as-nails turian who
likes to shoot bottles off the top of the Citadel. On the other, you have the
caring guy who'd be right at your side should anything happen. Loyal to the
very end, Garrus has catapulted to the bro of all bros.
Minsc (Baldur's Gate)
If you played Baldur's Gate, one character stood out from the pack. You could
call Minsc crazy; after all, he's been hit so many times on the head, he hardly
makes sense as he consults Boo, his "miniature giant space hamster." Strangely
enough, this is what makes you love him all the more. Minsc is also a good
soul; he desires to be a hero so much that it's often funny how far he'll go,
but you know his heart is always in the right place. His mind on the other
Shale (Dragon Age:
If you were Shale you'd hate pigeons, too. Shale was once a
female dwarf, whose soul was transported to a golem by her own request to help
defend the people during the First Blight. The only problem is that Shale can
be activated and deactivated, and unfortunately, a mage found her deactivated
and she was put under his control. He treated her like an experiment and
paraded her around like a sideshow. Deactivated by the mage's wife after blaming
her for his death, Shale stood for years awake, but unable to move. That's time
for a lot of pigeons to use you as a resting ground, which explains her
homicidal rage towards them. She may be made of rock, but getting her to look
at herself as a person is a whole other story.
(Dragon Age II)
Who's got your back? This dwarf does. Varric, who has a
story for every occasion, supported you every step of the way in Dragon Age II,
whether he agreed or not. He may have a thing for blackmail and you never can
be sure he's actually telling the truth, but like a true sidekick, he never
lets you down. He'll always be there with a drink in hand and a crazy story to
lighten the mood. Let's face it: When the world's fate is in your hands, a
little humor never hurts.
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A lot of the characters from Mass Effect are etched in my mind forever. Garrus, Legion, Mordin, Grunt, Liara, who can forget such richly made characters? I also played DA:O and the characters I really liked that also popped from there were Alistair, Morrigan, and Leliana.
No love for Carth Onasi? For shame.
Carth onasi was very fun to piss off
I miss Mordin, so much. Is it bad that as soon I saw the "reach" joke about Garrus I knew Kim wrote this?
What about Bastila and Morrigan?!
Good list though, and a few names I didn't know! :D
I didn't use Garrus much in combat. I'd usually stick with someone burly and someone else with tech powers. But when it came to the end, Garrus (and Liara) were absolutely coming with me, no questions asked.
Great list! The only one of my personal favorites not listed here is Wrex. I liked having Wrex around in the Mass Effect games. I played paragon all the way, but it was fun having him in my party to be the voice for my darker side. Also, he is a beast in combat.
Morrigan and Alistair in DA are also great characters and seeing their banter unfold provides some of the funniest moments in gaming.
Garrus is my bro in Mass Effect. Game Informer should of just put the entire cast of Mass Effect up there, well except for Ashley. But why wasn't the Elusive Man on there? One of the most complex, and the most devious character of them all. I was kind of hoping Liara, Shepard, and Legion made it up there too. Best trilogy ever. Just wished the first one didn't have so many bugs.
Hk 47 the evil dark side robot is my favorite
Loved the pieces on Mordin & Garrus, two lovable characters each for different reasons. Garrus, for his gun toting & comical sensibility; Mordin for his down to earth, scientific knowledge & know how.