A True "Silent" Protagonist

#1 Posted by Hopskotch (19 posts) -

I've seen it brought up a time or two but I really do think the page needs to be trimmed up a little bit.

By saying this I mean games like Fallout, and Elder Scrolls cannot be on this list much like any character in a text based game. Just because you don't hear your character doesn't mean nobody does.

Sorry to bring it up again, but I saw the last time this was really discussed was like 3 years ago.

Also, the character from the original Saints Row isn't a "silent" protagonist, he speaks like 3 times

#2 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

So Link isn't a silent protagonist either?

#3 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

And the world was saved for another day

#4 Posted by TobbRobb (4580 posts) -

Gordon Freeman is still truly silent. All I care about.

#5 Posted by CptChiken (1987 posts) -

Unless at the start a character you are introduced to doesnt say something like "you dont talk much do you" It isnt a silent protagonist. 

#6 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1839 posts) -

@NekuSakuraba said:

So Link isn't a silent protagonist either?

I haven't played many of the more recent Zelda games, but it's heavily implied in OoT that he responds to characters speaking to him. The player just never sees or hears it.

#7 Posted by Landon (4130 posts) -

@Artemesia said:

@NekuSakuraba said:

So Link isn't a silent protagonist either?

I haven't played many of the more recent Zelda games, but it's heavily implied in OoT that he responds to characters speaking to him. The player just never sees or hears it.

So then he's silent because we never actually hear him speak.

#8 Edited by jtman54179 (182 posts) -

@CptChiken said:

Unless at the start a character you are introduced to doesnt say something like "you dont talk much do you" It isnt a silent protagonist.

Sounds good to me. Pretty comical. I would love to go back to games with "silent protagonists" and see how times this line comes up.

Also, FO3 doesn't count if you want to be picky because you make gurgling noises as a child, and as an adult you grunt when you're hit.

Does pre-N64 mario count?

Grammar Edit

#9 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@Landon said:

@Artemesia said:

@NekuSakuraba said:

So Link isn't a silent protagonist either?

I haven't played many of the more recent Zelda games, but it's heavily implied in OoT that he responds to characters speaking to him. The player just never sees or hears it.

So then he's silent because we never actually hear him speak.

Boom
#10 Posted by Gerhabio (1977 posts) -

If it is not audible for the player then it is a silent protagonist

#11 Posted by MiniPato (2721 posts) -

Point Man from FEAR1 and 3 doesn't talk, ever. Not even in FEAR 3 where he has a full character model and appears in cutscenes as an actual character. The most he ever does is grunt. Fettel does all the talking and exposition.

#12 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@Artemesia said:

@NekuSakuraba said:

So Link isn't a silent protagonist either?

I haven't played many of the more recent Zelda games, but it's heavily implied in OoT that he responds to characters speaking to him. The player just never sees or hears it.

Plus he's all like "HUAAAA! RUUHHH! HAWW!" When you're rolling around like a madman because it's faster than walking.

#13 Posted by prestonhedges (1965 posts) -

People have to be so goddamned literal on the internet, don't they? Silent protagonist means a protagonist who doesn't speak at all. If a protagonist speaks, even in text, they are not a "Silent Protagonist."

Grunts and mumbles and infant gurgles don't count because that is not speech.

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