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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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Garrus is my favorite character.
Liara much? She was at once both incredibly alien and extremely relatable. Plus she's hot.
Also Juhani from KOTOR, I liked her arc of redemption. Also, her voice actress has a lovely voice. (can't remember the game too well, can't say much for personality because it feels like so long ago)
Zaeed, I felt, was one of the most endearing characters in ME2, his wisecracks and brutish demeanor are fun to interact with.
Kim, what happened? Where's Alistair? Did you lose him in the debate with your coworkers? That must be it; right? I'm hugely upset over his omission, so please point me in the direction of whom I may blame for this. It's not you; is it? I sure hope not.
Is it just me or is The People's Second Choice Editor, Kimberley Wallace, starting to look more like The People's Third Choice Editor? When I squint just right and tilt my head a little, the resemblance is uncanny. Odd. Well, good day to you.
P.S. This is serious biz!
So happy jolee made it. But seriously Thane, Canderous Ordo, Malak, Oghren, Sagacious Zu, Sten, Sky, Joker
My favorite 5 have to be Garrus, HK-47, Urdnot Wrex, Thane Krios, and Canderous Ordo.
Interesting list, however Garrus was certainly no Kaiden.
All kidding aside, my favorite squad member from the Mass Effect series has to be Thane Krios. The conversations that I had with Thane are some of the most memorable moments in the entire series for me.
HK is my hero.
No love for Alistair?
For a second there I was worried you wouldn't include a Jade Empire character.
Garrus will always be my favorite Bioware character. No Shepard without Vakarian!
I think Urdnot Wrex is a great character because he is a ruthless mercenary in the first game yet he becomes the charismatic leader of the Krogan is who really a softy(sometimes).
OMG! Deekin! Only Kobold Bard I'd ever loved! If anything to drive me back into doing Neverwinter Nights or even that Online version. Is if they had Deekin in it. I would so give him a great big hug that most likely crush his poor little back. Yet lucky him is that I typically am a Cleric. So all is good! Rest of the list is great but Deekin is in my heart forever.
Also...I feel long list of here being only one to even express anything related to Neverwinter....such a shame. Greatest D&D RPG out there. At least the first one. Heard the second one sucked for a number of reasons.
Did anyone else read Mordin's piece faster than the rest? Damn those Salarians, talk fast, think fast, and make me read fast too.
Um... Teyrn Loghain anybody?
Garrus was good and part of my final team to push towards the end, but for me I will always say Tali was my favorite character in Mass Effect. She invested me in the character and the plight of her people without having a clue of what she looked like. A testament to good writing and voice acting.
I suppose it'd be unfair to only list the Mass Effect characters since they're ALL great, but my favorites are probably Jack, Legion, Mordin, and Garrus.
Where in the blaze is Alistair? Why are there no DA:O characters in this list at all... Luckily it has Garrus at least...