Part Two of my favorite characters collection (click here for Part One). This time I’ll be focusing on my favorite characters that I didn’t create. Also, these are all protagonist/hero types. Who doesn’t love a good hero?
1) John Marston, Red Dead Redemption
I don’t like cowboy flicks. I wish I could give you a nice, organized list of reasons why, but I’m not too sure. Too much grit? Not enough magical whimsy? We’ll go with those. But John Marston changed all that for me. Red Dead Redemption is a video game that plays out as an old-western movie. You play John Marston’s story of, you’ll never guess, redemption as he travels across the West and into Mexico to
round up kill his former gang partners. In return, the government has promised to grant him amnesty for his past crimes and will allow him to live on his farmstead with his gang partner-turned-wife and their son. I really got into this character and enjoyed his story more than I ever thought I would. He was just the right mix of good guy and badass. A morality system in-game allowed you to play him as good or dirty as you’d like, but the choices weren’t always easy. I distinctly remember stopping to help a poor woman stranded on the side of the road, only to have her steal my horse and gallop away. Or the time I tried to help a man that was being chased by two strangers, only to find out they were cops and he was an outlaw. His story is captivating and is one of the few video games to have left me sniffling at the end of it all.
2) Captain Katherine Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager
For many years I have been a nerd, but it was only a few months ago that I found Star Trek. I had seen various episodes here and there and had never been too interested, but Captain Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager changed all that for me. The debate for best Star Trek captain always bounces between Kirk and Piccard, but my vote’s with Janeway . I was never worried when she was at the helm; I actually trusted her as much as her crew did. She put her ship and crew first at all times and never let them down. I don’t often see women portrayed well in leadership positions (how many bitchy bosses exist out there?), but she handled the position with equal parts grace and tenacity.
3) Dean Winchester, Supernatural
I couldn’t get this far in the list without mentioning Supernatural. It just wouldn’t be right.
Besides being easy on the eyes, I really like Dean. But I don’t think I would like him if he didn’t have his foil/brother Sam. Dean is the badass, Sam is the nerd, at least on the outside. But outside all the monster-fighting, Dean wants nothing more than to kick back to some hard rock albums and eat some pie. For being such a tough guy, he is full of self-doubt and even self-loathing. Most people would try to justify their past, but Dean makes no excuses for himself and I can respect that.
4) Steven, Steven Universe
Steven is probably my favorite little kid character. Steven has a heart full of childish joy and innocence and wants nothing more than to run around with his super-powered caretakers and save the world. He has doubts, he often fails, and he’s all-around awkward. But none of that stops him from being himself and doing his best at all times. His character growth is measured in the people that change just from being around him, and I love it.
5) Master Chief / Cortana, Halo series
Yes, I am putting these two together because they make such a great team. One is a genetically-modified super-soldier, the other an incredibly powerful A.I. hologram, that coexist in the same power armor together and save the human race. Repeatedly. I never thought I would like a faceless sci-fi soldier protagonist, but his back-and-forth banter with Cortana won me over.
Those are a few goody goody characters out of many that I like. Let me know your favorite goody-two-shoes in the comments!