Favorite protagonist: Che Yun from Xuanyuan Waizhuan: Cang zhi Tao. By the way she is female, but I like her more as a character I can relate to than a girl I can fall in love with.
Favorite female character: Li Honglan from Sakura Taisen. Finally a girl who is smart, warm-hearted, and looks nice at the same time.
Favorite villain: Luca Blight from Suikoden II. By this I don't mean I like him; just on the contrary. He is the most vile of all villains, vile in a very human, realistic way.
Your choices? :-)
D Michael (221), Mar 07, 2006
Ok female game characters besides X-files?
Lara Croft is cool. Attractive, tough, intelligent, rich... perfect. A bit of a cliche though. I'm afraid if I have to really think about this one it means that I don't have a real favorite.
Villain? The mutant boss in Fallout (or was it Fallout2?) that was basically blob hooked up to computers that talked like it was schizophrenic. "TALK! DIE! TALK! DIE!" Super creepy.
Villain then, well I can as well continue with NOLF, and say Magnus Armstrong, although all of them are really cool.
Favorite female character: Jade. Hey, I'm just as confused by the ending as the next person, but I found real depth to her character.
Favorite villain: Kratos. Talk about beyond good and evil, Kratos is the ultimate antihero. With a single-mindedness not seen since Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination, Kratos hacks and slashes through anything that gets in his way. Don't think he's a villain, just ask the poor guy he roasts alive.
Wasn't that a zombie? Just sayin' it ...
Only in the censored European version...
Villain? S.h.o.d.a.n. from System Shock. There's something incredibly chilling about a big-brother -like villain that stalks you throughout the entire game instead of just waiting for you at the last level, forcing you to match her wits and sort her traps time and time again. The fact that the sadistic bitch enjoys making you suffer doesn't hurt either. Plus her voice is the stuff of cyberpunk-nightmares.
As for main character? The Nameless One from Planescape: Torment! Sure, he doesn't look so hot as your regular Gap-wearing metrosexual Final Fantasy protagonist, but he's the first character I know that pisses all over D&D rules in favor of gameplay, has a well developed personality and a great story arc. Not to mention that he's the only character I know of that has been a killer, a madman, a saint, a warlock and god knows what else in his life.
Well at least I assume we both agree on Lulu. Still drooling...
Well, there are girls you instinctly drool before you realize that your drooling (eg. Lulu)...and there are girls you'd like to invite to meet your parents and eventually marry (eg. Yuna).
I still can't make up my mind...though personally I'd prefer not looking at the female species as objects or targets of lust. Though the male biology and instinct makes it quite a feat to do...(sigh)
I swear I never drooled at Lulu, I didn't even perceive her as a sexy woman. She is just so... unattractive. Different taste, you know.
Never wanted to do that, either... Yuna is very boring :/
Don't think that would be possible... :-(
Female: Lara Croft, Aeris (FFVII).
Villains: uhm how can I like villains? ;P
Favorite female character: hummm, I would say Grace from Gabriel Knight... man, what a fanboy I am!
Favorite villain: this one is difficult. Many will disagree this one being a villain, but Kain in Soul Reaver 1 and 2. He would be one of my other choices as favorite character, but since he's supposedly the "bad guy" on both SR 1 and 2, I think he'll fit the role.
Favourite female character:
No idea. No idea at all. There aren't any decent ones IMO, except maybe the one Zovni mentioned from The Longest Journey, and I haven't played that. At least not any decent ones in any Western games I've played. But nevertheless... As a love object: - probably Mio or Reiko from Seasons of the Sakura. Just. As a sex object: - er....um....that indian chick from Custer's Revenge. No, I don't know. Some other girl from a bishoujo game probably. As a human being to be respected: - If I was once again trying to get away from visual novels then, I don't know, Lupe from Grim Fandango. She's wonderful in a horrible way. Or Meche or Lola, or Maurine from Full Throttle.
SHODAN, for the reasons mentioned. I considered her exempt from the above category for being a computer, not human, but any woman who can terrify you, toy with you, joke with you, need you, and sometimes even appear to be flirting with you is a proper woman in my book. Even if she does try to kill you. A lot.
I like Alice, from Alice too. Because she's fighting herself basically, under the guise of the Red Queen, and that's clever for a computer game. :P
Possibly Lewton from Discworld Noir, even though he's indistinguishable from every character Humphrey Bogart ever played.
Besides...what other villain would look good as a plush toy??
Christian Klein (5740), Mar 09, 2006
I know he was a betrayer of the Confederation later in the game but he is nevertheless my favorite game character.
EDIT: I think Sophia Hapgood is my favorite female character, too ! :)
Well, I DO disagree ;P
I think Kain fits more in the supporting, mentor-ish character category (like Snake in MGS2, as I said above) than he does in the villain category. And very especially in SR2.
Gonchi (3675), Mar 09, 2006
Special Mentions: Lewton, Manuel Calavera
Favorite female lead: Grace Nakimura
Special Mentions: Jill Valentine, Laura Bow
Favorite male supporting character: Morte
Special Mentions: Murray, Nobby Nobbs
Favorite female supporting character: Elaine Marley
Special Mentions: Nicole Collard, Sophia Hapgood
Favorite Villain: The Master
Special Mentions: Sarevok, Ad Avis
I tend to hate leading characters in almost every game, I don't know why. I did like Legacy of Kain's Kain because he was sort of an anti-hero, and also he had the amazing voice talent of Simon Templeman, but few others.
Clive Barker's Undying's Patrick Galloway was another one, mainly because of the cool accent.
I usually prefer the mentor-like supporting characters, like the part Snake plays in MGS2 (I hated him in MGS1 though).
Female characters... hmmm, I can't remember one I really liked. Girls in games are usually too objectified and while they do look cool in a kinky sort of way, I can't really like them. I guess Half Life 2's Alyx would be the closest one to a girl I might like. She's sort of hot, but in a believable way, and she has a charming personality.
And she's quite the badass too ;)
Favourite villain: Silent Hill 2's Pyramid Head, from here to eternity. The coolest villain in videogaming history, period. In fact, he's probably, the coolest villain ever, more period. I mean, a monster that sexually abuses the other monsters? That's the lowest kind of low.
I do have to give a shoutout to the Clive Barker's Undying's Covenant siblings, each and evey one of them were quite charming characters as well as haunting. And bad.
And another shoutout to The Suffering's Horace, Hermes and -VERY especially- Dr. Killjoy. The guy is a sarcastic, merciless, amoral bastard, and still you can't help but somehow liking him. Like, you have to be really good to be so incredibly bad.
Pyramid Head is very cool - as a monster. But can we call him a "villain"? I mean, he is a monster. He does what his instincts tell him. He cannot make a choice. A villain should be a human, someone who can make a choice between good and evil, and chooses evil not because of his nature, but because it attracts him more.
And you really should see the scene from "Suikoden II" where Luca Blight burns down a village, spares the life of one woman, and then tells her to kneel in front of him and to bark like a dog. The terrified woman does as he says, he laughs, and while she is still trying to imitate dog's barking, he chops her head off. That scene alone earned him the title of the most evil person in videogame history in my book.
Mobygames has been cybersquatted (588), Mar 11, 2006
But then we might go deeper than that and look at the form this particular monster took to appear: he bases his appearance in the executors of Toluca Prison Camp, the ones that would make their prisoners choose between death by hanging or by skewering, and that would celebrate their executions with fastuous banquets. And then, after we learned that, we have one more layer: what Pyramid Head is actually representing, which I can't extend about because it would be a spoiler and I don't know whether those are frown upon in this forum.
That said, I have to admit that your bad guy does sound so bad that I'm honestly surprised such a thing made its way into a videogame.
Not only into a video game, but even a CONSOLE game :-) So not all console games are watered-down and children-oriented... although this definition applies to a lot of them, of course...
Rabbi Guru (1250), Mar 12, 2006
Favorite female character: Definately Kreia. The way she slowly heals The Exile from the scars of the past, how she shows that The Force is the true enemy, the way she talks, etc, etc. Despite all her faults, she was a good mentor and...master.
Favorite romancable character: I really don`t like those romance novel style romances that Bioware writes. I like them more intense, subtly hinted at, like the love story in QFG4 with Katrina (I`ll add that I despise the way QFG 5 how shows Katrina and Erana...or it just might be the voices) and Visas Marr and the Handmaiden in Kotor 2.
Favorite villain: If I´d choose by the voice and attitude, then definately Irenicus(David Warner kicks ass), if I choose by writing then....hmm...erm...blah...I guess I really don`t have a favorite villain.
Female: Tifa Lockheart
Villain: Kefka and Luca Blight
Favorite Female : Grace from Gabriel Knight (she reminds me a bit of Gennaro from the Lehane books, without the guns)
Vilain: Carno in Phantasmagoria. Gave me the creeps and I had to sleep with the light open the night I finished the game. Im such a wuss.
Because of his personality, or because of Dean Erickson? :)~
As for the vilain I also forgot Manannan from Kings Quest 3. The bastard is on a timer and pops around you with this dramatic music!!!