#1 Posted by Demoskinos (15154 posts) -

So I was thinking I've seen two new characters debut this year that I really really enjoyed. The first was Caius Ballad from Final Fantasy XIII-2 he has to be one of the best Final Fantasy antagonists in years. Liam O' Brien voicing him was just the icing on the cake and what really helped sell his character. I just recently finished up Resident Evil 6 and by far Jake Muller is the best character in that entire game. I see a ton of DMC 3 era Dante in him. He is always cracking jokes and knows he is that damn good and lets everyone know that he is. I really enjoyed Jake and especially his dynamic with Sherry.

So who are some of your favorite new characters that debuted this year?

#2 Edited by Fredchuckdave (6156 posts) -

The Pomeranian

Also Skullmageddon

#3 Posted by csl316 (9454 posts) -

Asura? Sure, he was over the top, but he goes through such an arc from the intro to the end of the DLC. Great visual design, as well. Plus his interactions with Yasha, to his full on rage moments, to his wife and daughter... I dunno, I found him quite memorable.

And if Best Anger really becomes a category, I just want him on everyone's mind coming into year end.

#4 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -

Yasha from Asura's Wrath, the space robot cowboy god.

Labrys from Persona 4 Arena. Even though she's not actually "new", she's a well developed character that manages to fit in with the cast despite being yet another robot girl.

Also, I think one of my favorites would be Martin Walker from Spec Ops because of the psychological evolution (or decline, rather) that he goes through in the game.

I'd like to say Kat from Gravity Rush, but to be honest, I don't think she was that great in retrospect. Innocent and strong young lady would be my description for her, but nothing that really stands out...

Dishonorable mentions:

All of the crap designs that were in Skullgirls.

#5 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

There's so many to choose from, but to mention a couple that haven't been listed yet:

  • Labrys from P4A. Atlus did a great job of bringing her into the story.
  • Hades in Kid Icarus: Uprising. He's amazingly likeable despite being so incredibly vile.
  • Actually, I could make arguments for Pit and Palutena, as well, given that Uprisng was the first game that they ever appeared in with actual personality.
#6 Edited by jewunit (1064 posts) -

I wish I could give the award collectively to all of the protagonists in Botanicula.

Barring that occurrence, I think the rabbit from "Hell Yeah!" has potential.

#7 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7099 posts) -

Clementine.

#8 Posted by Red (5994 posts) -

@MariachiMacabre said:

Clementine.

Yeah, her and Lee are definitely up there.

I also would like to nominate Kai Leng from ME3 as worst character, although his presence in Mass Effect novels may exempt him from the running.

#9 Posted by Slag (4864 posts) -

@Fredchuckdave said:

The Pomeranian

Kinda hard to top this.

#10 Posted by JeanLuc (3608 posts) -
#11 Posted by ErgoProxy77 (550 posts) -

Tiny Tina

#12 Edited by Animasta (14724 posts) -

Can I just nominate all of the characters of Binary Domain? If not, Big Bo (or maybe Cain or Faye or Rachel god all of the characters in that game are amazing)

Also Joe from Devil Survivor 2 was pretty sweet, as was Fumi

#13 Posted by BigDaddy81 (330 posts) -

A tie between Fidget and Tiny Tina.

I'm positive that nobody will have any objections to this.

#14 Edited by SomeDeliCook (2341 posts) -

The years not over and there's still a few new characters in games that aren't out yet.

For instance, Connor in Assassin's Creed 3 could be a really cool fleshed out character. Or the villain from Far Cry 3

#15 Posted by Iodine (550 posts) -

Sid Meier in XCOM

#16 Posted by spiceninja (3070 posts) -
#17 Posted by TeflonBilly (4713 posts) -
#18 Edited by PillClinton (3296 posts) -

The fez in Fez.

Also, this: @Iodine said:

Sid Meier in XCOM

#19 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1210 posts) -

Amy. From AMY.

Or the T-Rex from Jurassic Park.

#20 Edited by Nightriff (5354 posts) -

Started playing Asura's Wrath today, without question, Asura is the best new character. For someone who is just screaming 75% of the time, he is fucking awesome. I would make a argument for Clementine but right now my vote is for Asura, can't wait to finish it tomorrow.

EDIT: Also from the game I enjoy the characters of Augus and Girl, Augus and Asura share the level of the year (Chapter 11) which is in-fucking-credible and Girl for not speaking a lick of english has the same effect that Clementine has on me in that I actually care about the character.

#21 Posted by Hunter5024 (5964 posts) -

Labrys was awesome of course. Also I liked Juliet Starling but I seem to be in the minority for her.

#22 Posted by BeachThunder (12417 posts) -

@MariachiMacabre said:

Clementine.
#23 Posted by JackOhara (227 posts) -

Hawkeye Gough:

Or Kalameet:

#24 Posted by Mrsignerman44 (1100 posts) -
#25 Posted by bartok (2584 posts) -

Whatever the exact opposite of Tiny Tina is gets my vote.

#26 Posted by aznjon12 (189 posts) -

Labrys is amazing.

Wei "Motherfucking" Shen from Sleeping Dogs. is pretty lovable too.

Let's not forget about the Beagle and his key role in the Tokyo jungle story.

#27 Posted by beeftothetaco (426 posts) -

@JackOhara said:

Hawkeye Gough:

#28 Posted by RedCream (694 posts) -
#29 Posted by WilliamHenry (1217 posts) -

@Animasta said:

Can I just nominate all of the characters of Binary Domain? If not, Big Bo (or maybe Cain or Faye or Rachel god all of the characters in that game are amazing)

Definitely Cain.

#30 Edited by RetroVirus (1491 posts) -

Lee and Clementine, Labrys, and of course, Big Bo.

#31 Posted by sawtooth (457 posts) -

electron squid from Dyad

#32 Posted by ShiftyMagician (2132 posts) -

@WilliamHenry said:

@Animasta said:

Can I just nominate all of the characters of Binary Domain? If not, Big Bo (or maybe Cain or Faye or Rachel god all of the characters in that game are amazing)

Definitely Cain.

I would also vote Cain. That guy was just awesome to me all around.

#33 Posted by zaglis (910 posts) -

@Animasta said:

Can I just nominate all of the characters of Binary Domain? If not, Big Bo (or maybe Cain or Faye or Rachel god all of the characters in that game are amazing)

Honestly, I liked Dan the most. How he delivers all of his lines, serious or silly, are simply SPOT ON.

#34 Posted by Zaccheus (1805 posts) -

It's definitely Lee & Clementine combo.

#35 Posted by TheGorilla (229 posts) -

Captain Walker from Spec Ops: The Line. No question. I've never seen such good character development in a video game.

The people that said characters from Asura's Wrath frighten me. It was a good ridiculous game with a silly story, but god damn those are not great characters.

#36 Edited by GunstarRed (5462 posts) -

While I have no love for RE6 Jake is a great character, but Nick in Lollipop Chainsaw is probably my favourite new character in any game this year... oh, and Face McShooty.

Also Hailinel is spot on about the characters in Kid Icarus... I'm an idiot for not mentioning them.

#37 Edited by Wong_Fei_Hung (634 posts) -

Mallo

@MariachiMacabre said:

Clementine.

Oh my darlin, good choice.

#38 Posted by ShockD (2421 posts) -
@Slag said:

@Fredchuckdave said:

The Pomeranian

Kinda hard to top this.

It's not even in the wiki.
#39 Posted by cosi83 (422 posts) -

Big Bo

#40 Posted by MoonlightMoth (479 posts) -
#41 Posted by Oombalan (81 posts) -

Handsome Jack! He may have been annoying but he was memorable

#42 Posted by dietmango (1667 posts) -
  • Labrys from Persona 4 Arena
  • Captain Walker from Spec Ops: The Line
  • Asura from Asura's Wrath
Online
#43 Posted by impartialgecko (1688 posts) -

Lee. I love Clementine but she's not particularly interesting, the dynamic between her and Lee is one of the most powerful emotional hooks in TWD.

#44 Posted by Vexxan (4614 posts) -
#45 Posted by FirePrince (1766 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ:

+1 Yasha.

#46 Edited by BNB82 (50 posts) -

I would vote for Clementine as best new character. She has been the reason I want to keep playing Walking Dead. Dust, Lee, and Wei Shen were also great characters.

Also, I would vote against Tiny Tina. She might be one of the worst character of the year. I think most people would agree that writing was not Borderlands 2's strong point and Tina might be the weakest part. If anything, Handsome Jack was much more compelling.

As for the worst new character of the year, I would vote for Diana Allers.

#47 Posted by Gladiator_Games (447 posts) -
@jewunit

I wish I could give the award collectively to all of the protagonists in Botanicula.

Barring that occurrence, I think the rabbit from "Hell Yeah!" has potential.

This, very this.
#48 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

I just realized I can't think of a single new memorable character from this year.

#49 Edited by sub_o (913 posts) -
  • Asura (Asura's Wrath)
  • Yasha (Asura's Wrath)
  • Clementine (Walking Dead)
  • Big Bo (Binary Domain)
  • Pomeranian (Tokyo Jungle)
#50 Posted by BisonHero (7041 posts) -
@ShiftyMagician

@WilliamHenry said:

@Animasta said:

Can I just nominate all of the characters of Binary Domain? If not, Big Bo (or maybe Cain or Faye or Rachel god all of the characters in that game are amazing)

Definitely Cain.

I would also vote Cain. That guy was just awesome to me all around.

Fuck you guys. I've been flip flopping on whether to buy Binary Domain or not, and I had decided I could skip it, and now you guys have swung me back to "buy it". We'll see if that lasts all the way to the Steam holiday sale.