APRIL ISSUE: POST #27
So, today is another day, and I thought I would start a new series called ‘Video Game Character Profiles’. It’s not the most imaginative name, I know. But I like the idea of creating some sort of index of video game characters because frankly, they can be easy to forget.
Naturally, I want to start with the letter A. Because the letter A is at the beginning of the alphabet. So this post has already thrown some unexpectedness in your face.
I’m going to keep each profile short so I can add more characters. I could probably write paragraphs for each being if I wanted to, but since this is more of a gallery and showcase of characters, I think I’ll keep it simple.
Game (Series): Oddworld Species: Mudokon Sex: Male Voice actor: Lome Lanning
Embarrassingly, I’m starting out with a character that I still don’t know too well, but he’s weirdly charming. I do own most of the Oddworld games digitally, and I can’t wait to give them a try. Abe, also known as Stitch Lips, is a protagonist in the series. He has a kind heart but he’s a little bit naive. The games follow Abe as the Oddworld universe continues to be corrupted, and you set out to save the day!
Game (Series): Resident Evil Nationality: Chinese-American Born: c. 1974 Sex: Female Voice actor(s): Sally Cahill, Megan Hollingshead, Courtenay Taylor
I haven’t played too much of Resident Evil either, but I do remember really liking Ada Wong when I watched my husband play, and I liked her in the movies too. She began as a private agent but is shown in the series as a mysterious antihero, as she works for the villains but also helps the protagonist Leon. She was also listed among the top 50 greatest female characters in video game history in 2007, and no wonder, she even looks badass.
Game (Series): Super Monkey Ball Species: Monkey Sex: Male Voice actor: Kaoru Morota Likes: Bananas
Wow, I’m doing terrible here. I haven’t really played Super Monkey Ball much either, but, I do know a little bit about this adorable monkey. He is the main character in Super Monkey Ball and has also appeared in games such as Sonic Riders and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, and well, he loves bananas. He’s a resident of Jungle Island and is given magical powers to try and reach Banana Island (yay! More bananas!) before his rival GonGon who actually becomes one of his best friends later in the series.
Game: Alan Wake Born: 1978 Sex: Male Voice actor: Matthew Porretta
Alan Wake is a character I really like and he’s pretty brave in my opinion. I doubt I could fight monsters with a flashlight. Anyway, Alan Wake was a bestselling author who struggled to write for a couple of years because of writer’s block. His wife takes him on holiday to Bright Falls where she thinks it’s going to help him, when in fact, well, it doesn’t.
Game (Series): American Mcgee Sex: Female Voice actor: Susie Brann
This is one of my all-time favourite characters, and I currently really fascinated in researching all
about her. In Alice: Madness Returns though, Alice is the only survivor of a house fire that killed her family, which means from the get-go the game has some pretty dark and dramatic events. Alice is traumatized, which causes her reality to become more of an imaginary world, in other words, it becomes Wonderland. This game is really fantastic in my opinion, and the character Alice is smart and strong-willed.
Game (Series): Dragon Age Race: Human Class: Warrior Sex: Male
Excuse me while I fangirl for a moment. To be honest, I can’t play a Dragon Age game without obsessing over at least one character. It’s really impossible. I really loved interacting with Alistair in the first game, and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it all over again. Alistair is a Grey Warden and a skilled warrior. In the game, you play as a Grey Warden too, and when the city is engulfed in War, you are chosen to slay the archdemon, with the help of Alistair of course.
-Edit 6 hours after post was published-
I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT ANDERS FROM DRAGON AGE II. I literally just beat the game and I personally, love him more than Alistair. I know I’m a crazy fangirl but I feel like I’ve betrayed him.
Game (Series): Sonic Formerly known: Rosy the Rascal Species: Hedgehog Sex: Female Likes: Sonic
To be honest, I really like Amy, and not just because she’s pink. She was always my second choice in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (after Blaze) and frankly, I find her pretty funny. Amy is cheerful and has a lot of energy, although she has quite the crush on Sonic, and who can blame her really. The Sonic series basically follows a hedgehog, if you didn’t know, and he’s very fast.
Game: Anna's Quest Sex: Female
I just wanted to add in Anna even though there’s not much information about her. I’m sure I could write a whole profile if I went through the game again, but unfortunately, I don’t have much for that at the moment. Anna’s Quest is a great point & click adventure game by Daedalic Entertainment about a young girl with telekinetic powers. She is kidnapped by a witch, but she doesn’t let this stop her as she’s determined to find a cure for her sick grandpa. Anna is a strong, young female character, and I think more people should know about her.
Game (Series): BioShock Born: 1911 DIed: 1960 Sex: Male Voice actor: Armin Shimerman
Andrew Ryan is a little bit of a difficult character to explain, but the world of BioShock does revolve around him. He ordered the secret construction of Rapture, the underwater city in the world of BioShock. He originally wanted it to be a haven, but it quickly fell to destruction and all those mutated people started happening and killing things and the like. He started defending himself with these mutated people and hid away (tut tut). But overall, he is a very important person in the BioShock series, and you should really know his name.
Game (Series): The Longest Journey Born: April 14th 2191 Age: 18 Sex: Female Voice actor: Sarah Hamilton
I didn’t realise that a small handful of my favourite characters begin with the letter A, but they do. April Ryan is awesome, but she does have her issues and a troubled past. She is affected by nightmares, and after a while, she notices very strange events occurring in her neighbourhood. She then ends up a shifter, a person who can move between two worlds, and she has to save the Balance that keeps these two worlds in order. It is honestly a fantastic series, and I recommend you try out the first game.
Game (Series): Blazblue Name: Lotte Carmine (formerly) Species: Human (formerly) Voice actor(s): Takashi HIkida, Spike Spencer Likes: Knowledge
I always found this character to be the most intriguing from the Blazblue series, and sort of reminds me of something from Studio Ghibli. The Blazblue series is a fighting series that has a fantastic art style, with a lot of different storylines. Arakune, in particular, used to be a scientist, who was jealous of another scientist, which led him to experiment on himself and become Arakune. He’s basically a black blob with a face.
Game: Portal 2 Occupation: Android Test Subject Voice actor: Dee Bradley Baker
ATLAS is the blue android that is a playable character in Portal 2‘s co-op campaign. Both he and his buddy P-body were designed by GLaDOS, and were made purely as test subjects. Portal 2 follows the events of Portal, in which there are a lot of puzzles and test chambers, and you use portal guns to make your way through them. Portal guns are fun. You should try them out.
Game: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy Sex: Female Voice actor(s): Jo Wyatt, Shiori Katsuna
I have to admit, I’ve only played the first Professor Layton game, (and seen the movie if that counts towards anything) but I do really enjoy trying to tackle all those overly frustrating puzzles. From what I’ve seen, Aurora looks like a cute little girl, who is calm but serious and grows to become friends with Layton and the others. I don’t know much about this games particular plot, but I really do like the look of the character design.
Game (Series): Kingdom Hearts Number: VIII Voice actor(s): Quinton Flynn, Keiji Fujiwara
Oh, Axel. You and your long red locks. I first saw him in the game Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which is an RPG that focuses on the life of Roxas, before the events of Kingdom Hearts II. I’m not really sure how to explain Axel, to be honest, he’s a mysterious and cocky kind of character, but grows to be more friendly and laid-back after he becomes close friends with Roxas. The characters of Kingdom Hearts are really great, and there is no denying that anybody would want to explore the Disney worlds.
Game (Series): Parasite Eve Nationality: Japanese-American Age: 25-28 Sex: Female Voice actor(s): Yumiko Shaku, Maaya Sakamoto, Kathy Sokol, Yvonne Strahovski
I haven’t played Parasite Eve all that much but the character Aya Brea is really interesting to me (and very beautiful). I really love female protagonists in games, and I will leap at the chance to play as them. In Parasite Eve, a role-playing action horror game, you battle against the evil called ‘Eve’, which continues to threaten humanity and all life on earth. You have a bond with ‘Eve’ which of course, means you must hunt it down. Such fun!
This post went up a little bit late due to a doctors appointment I had, but I really liked exploring all these characters. Roll on the letter B!
Let me know what video game characters you like that I didn’t mention!
Thank you and Happy Gaming!
All photographs obtained from the game's Wiki pages.