Video Game Character Profiles: Letter C

MAY ISSUE: POST #20

If you’re following this series, you’ll miraculously already know that the next letter in the list is the letter C, since this comes after the letter B, and I know my alphabet pretty well. These posts are always interesting to me because I have to sit here prior to writing and think up lots of games and the characters and see which names start with the letter I’m on. It’s a little bit frustrating sometimes because my brain decides to focus on the wrong letter instead and I suddenly know every single protagonist ever whose name begins with Z or Q or something.

But anyway, this is post three out of, what I’m guessing, is going to be twenty-six. I hope you enjoy!

Cactuar
Game (Series): Final FantasyCactuar-FFIX
Species: Little cacti with appendages

All I can say is that the Catuar is very very pointy, and with an attack such as ‘1000 Needles’, I wouldn’t want to hug one anytime soon, which is unfortunate since I find them pretty cute. They are a recurring enemy and also summon in the series, its debut appearance being in Final Fantasy VI. This little cactus has pretty stiff arms and legs, and you can probably tell that by the image above. Even the mouth looks a little stiff. I wonder how that feels. If I was a qualified doctor (and I’m not even an unqualified doctor), then I’d recommend some vigorous stretching.

Cammy
Game (Series): Street Fighter
Codename: Killer Bee
CammyrenderRace: Human
Sex: Female
Born: January 6th 1974
Voice actor(s): Various

I really like how strong and determined Cammy looks, honestly, part of me wishes I could prance around with those kinds of muscles. Although, I’m not too sure about the fringe. If you can call that a fringe. She must use a lot of hairspray for that. Anyway, she first appeared in Super Street Fighter II and is the second female fighter in the series. Originally a deadly assassin and now working for the British (woohoo, British!) government, she is forceful yet polite, and I really like her beret.

Catherine
Game (Series): CatherineCatherineMain.png 
Sex: Female 
Voice actor: Laura Bailey, 
Miyuki Sawashiro

Well, I suppose you can’t have one of these posts without having at least one bad person. To be honest, I liked this Catherine more than the other Katherine, so it’s too bad she was kind of evil. I’m not revealing exactly what she is because of spoilers, but from the get-go, you can tell that she’s up to something. She’s cheerful and bubbly and accentuates freedom, and completely represents what the main character, Vincent, wants in a woman. Although, she is emotionally and physically abusive too, so that’s a downside. Frankly, she’s cute but she freaks me out.

Cheep Cheep
Game (Series): MarioCheep_Cheep,_New_Super_Mario_Bros._U.png
Species: Fish (with wings?)

I didn’t even know that these things had a name for the longest time, and I want to apologise to them (or maybe not, since they’re an annoying underwater enemy). Basically serving as bowsers minions, the Cheep Cheeps (heh, that’s fun to say) swims and hops out of the water, coming after you if you get too close, so don’t do that. I like their style, however, and I’m glad fish don’t have wings in real life.

Chocobo
Game (Series): Final FantasyFFIX-Chocobo.png
Species: Bird

Just a heads up, there’s definitely quite a bit of Final Fantasy in this post. But I mean, I can’t miss out the series mascot, the Chocobo. They’re amazing and adorable and come in all sorts of colours (I want to collect them all). They are basically the equivalent of a horse, as you can ride them, or leave them be in the fields. They are large birds with three-toed feet and big wings and can apparently understand the human language. So why we can’t have them in real life, I have no idea. I demand real-life Chocobos.

Chris Redfield
Game (Series): Resident EvilChriswr0.png
Race: Caucasian/American
Sex: Male
Voice actor(s): A lot

All I can think of when I see Chris is the time when I was playing Resident Evil 5 with my husband and we constantly made our characters shout ‘Chris! Chris! Sheva! Go! Help! Chris!’ or whatever. Frankly, it was hilarious. Chris is a Special Operations Unit Captain of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (boy, that’s a mouthful), alongside Jill Valentine. He is a protective character, taking care of his younger sister Claire, and is known to use a variety of weapons, including his hands, during combat. I don’t know too much about Resident Evil, but I’m glad to see that he’s still alive.

Chun Li
Game (Series): Street FighterChunrender.png
Race: Chinese
Sex: Female
Born: March 1st 1968
Voice actor(s): Various

And the list of badass female fighters with incredible thighs continues, although now I’m introducing the first female fighter in the Street Fighter series. Chun Li is an expert martial artist and Interpol officer, who is seeking revenge because of her Dad’s death. She is a dedicated character, highly disciplined and great friends with the aforementioned Cammy. I just, can’t get over how awesome these girl characters look. They look so strong and I want them to teach me how to kick properly without my leg looking like a piece of spaghetti.

Cindy Aurum
Game (Series): Final Fantasy XVCindy_Aurum_Render_FFXV
Race: Human
Sex: Female
Voice actor: Yu Shimamura, 
Erin Matthews

Final Fantasy yet again, I’m afraid (and this still isn’t the last one. There’s no getting rid of this series. Which is ironic, considering that its Final Fantasy). This character is cute though, but sometimes uncomfortably cute. She’s the head mechanic of the Hammerhead garage in Final Fantasy XV. She’s also the granddaughter of Cid, (another ‘C’ character, unsurprisingly) who himself has an engineering background. I wish I could be as enthusiastic about my work as she is. She has an incredible passion for cars and technology and is extremely optimistic despite having a rough childhood, oh, and she’s also not interested in dating, so she receives a multitude of points from me, for just being herself.

Claptrap
Game (Series): Borderlands
Full name: Claptrap P. Claptrappington
ClaptrapTPS.jpgRace: Robot
Voice actor: David Eddings

I love love love Claptrap, and I want to applaud the voice actor for making him sound so perfect. Claptrap is a general purpose robot manufactured by Hyperion. He has a very enthusiastic personality, which you have to adore, and he has a great range of skills which prove to be fairly useful in the series. However, he is a tad cowardly, but that makes him funny and more charming, in a way. I remember the first time I heard him talk in Borderlands- aah, that’s a good memory. He has such a distinctive voice, and it will never leave my head as I lay down to sleep.

Cloud Strife
Game (Series): Final FantasyCloud-FFVIIArt.png
Race: Human
Sex: Male
Born: August 1986
Voice actor(s): Steve Burton,
Takahiro Sakurai

I know you’re groaning, but this is the last Final Fantasy mention I promise (for this post anyway). Cloud Strife is the main protagonist in Final Fantasy VII and appears in many spin-offs as well (lucky for him). In the beginning, he is known to be an arrogant and cocky swordsman, but he is in fact, hiding his true self. Cloud is genuinely a nice guy, who shows concern and cares about his friends. I like Cloud. I want Cloud to be my friend. Although I would probably tell him and a lot of other Final Fantasy characters to calm it down with the hair gel.

Crash Bandicoot
Game (Series): Crash BandicootCrash-bandicootps4.png
Species: Eastern Barred Bandicoot
Sex: Male
Voice actor(s): Various

Wow, something not Final Fantasy or Street Fighter?! What a miracle. The last character in this list is no other than Crash. Crash was captured and evolved by Doctor Neo Cortex, who becomes his enemy throughout the series. The developers of the game, Naughty Dog, once said that Crash is ‘goofy yet heroic’, and I can totally believe it. I like how he loves to fight but also loves to relax in the sun. It sounds like what I would be like if I were a video game character. He knows a few English words too, such as ‘whoa!’ and ‘boo-yah’, which is all you need to know to communicate effectively in my opinion. He’s just great. Crash for the win!

And there we have it! I had a lot of fun writing about each character, although I’m worried about the time when one of these letters is going to have over a thousand characters to write about. But we’ll see how it goes. I’m sure it’ll be okay. I’ll just have to do some finger stretches to make sure I don’t get cramp.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

Video Game Character Profiles: Letter B

MAY ISSUE: POST #6

So last week I did the first post in this series, which was, rather coincidentally, for the letter ‘A’. Because that is the first letter of the alphabet. If you didn’t know. So I’m moving onto the letter B now. I’m sure you’re as shocked as I am.

Banjo
Game (Series): Banjo-KazooieBanjoBanjoTooie1
Species: Honey bear
Sex: Male
Voice actor: Chris Sutherland

I have never played a Banjo-Kazooie game, although I have played the banjo, so maybe that gets me off the hook. Ah, I doubt it. But anyway, Banjo is a brown honey bear and he is one of the two main protagonists in the series. He actually made his debut appearance in Diddy Kong Racing, and he is known to be a sweet, laidback bear (like all bears are). Throughout the games, with your trusty bird Kazooie, you battle the evil witch named Gruntilda. Bears, birds, and witches- what more could you want in a video game?

Bayonetta
Game (Series): BayonettaBayonetta_-_Bayo1_render
Race: Human
Birth name: Cereza
Sex: Female
Born: December 19th, 1411
Voice actor: Hellena Taylor, 
Atsuko Tanaka

I don’t even know how to describe her. She’s, um, a woman? A really cool woman? With a great body and long and strong-ass legs? Well, however you like to describe her, she’s hilarious and it feels really great to beat up bad guys with her. In the first game, she’s battling amnesia after being sealed away for five hundred years (it’s no wonder she suffers from amnesia in all honesty). But after waking, she uses her remarkable talent for Bullet Arts! Hurrah! I wonder if everyone who wakes up after five hundred years acquires that talent… hm… I have some planning to do.

Beat
Game (Series): Jet Set Radio1
Race: Human
Sex: Male




Jet Set Radio is one of the coolest stylised games ever. Well, I think so anyway. And this is Beat- the main character or the ‘mascot’ of the series. In the game, he runs away from home and is recruited by two characters named Gum and Tab. I, as of now, want his skates and glasses. Maybe it’s time for me to become a rollerskating delinquent.

Big Daddy
Game (Series): BioShockBigdaddy-bioshock.png
Species: Genetically enhanced being?
Sex: Male?
Voice actor: Mechanical things?!

Big Daddy is an interesting name for an enemy, but, it makes sense. Big Daddy and Little Sister, I mean, it is kind of cute in a way. Until you look into the actual story of BioShock, but, anyway, the Big Daddy is basically a giant protector, who used to be a human. Yes, that thing has a human inside it. They’re in that heavily armored suit thing and wield a gun, drill, rocket launcher and whatnot. I wouldn’t want to come face to face with one. Ever.

Birdo
Games (Series): Mario
Species: Birdo?!Birdo,_Mario_Party_9


We have to admit it, nobody really knew what Birdo was. I still don’t know what Birdo is. The creepiest Mario character ever? Probably. It’s just… that thing protruding from its head is a black hole. Seriously. Anyway, I don’t want to be mean. He/She does resemble a Yoshi after all. But, I just wouldn’t use that colour on my bedroom walls.

Blaze
Games (Series): SonicBlazeDecal.png
Species: Cat
Sex: Female
Voice actor(s): Bella Hudson, 
Laura Bailey, Nao Takamori

I’m totally biased here. I love Blaze. She was one of my favourite characters to play as and she still is. I don’t know what it is about her, but it’s probably her colour scheme or something like that because it’s pretty. But anyway, Blaze can manipulate fire, hence the name Blaze I suppose, but man, she’s just awesome. I also like how elegant she is and how peaceful she is (she also seems to be kind of shy and a bit reclusive, which I like because I’m the same, haha, oh.)

Bomberman
Game (Series): Bomberman
WhiteBomber_Vector01.pngSex: Male

This is when I start to wish I was more knowledgeable about games. I don’t know much about Bomberman at all. Just that he has lots and lots of bombs, and no toes or fingers, according to the image above. He is the leader of the Bomberman people on Planet Bomber, on which every Bomber-person can also generate bombs (sounds very chaotic if you ask me. I’m glad everyone on Earth can’t do that. I think they can’t anyway.) Bomberman, or White Bomberman, continues to save his home planet or the universe with his bombs. So let’s give him a round of applause and a sticker or something.

Bowser
Game (Series): Mario
Sex: Male548px-Bowser_-_Mario_Party_10.png

Everyone knows this weird evil turtle (I think? I never really thought about it) guy. He’s always stealing the princess. I mean, is it really necessary? Just look at those menacing eyes and teeth and that odd yellow body. Whoever designed him is a genius. Bowser is the leader of the Koopa race, and he is the enemy of Mario himself, which doesn’t come as a surprise since he keeps kidnapping and stealing his girlfriend or whatever. It’s actually a little messed up. Mario needs to keep an eye on her more. Or pay for her to have karate lessons.

Brick
Game (Series): Borderlands
Sex: Male
Voice Actor: Marcus MauldinBrick

Brick is pretty much a Brick. Hence the name, Brick. I never played as Brick in Borderlands because I was (and still am) obsessed with Siren. And I’m not really a fan of Bricks in the first place. But Brick is just one of those must-have characters for people to choose. You know, the ones with huge muscles that are inhumanely impossible to obtain (especially cel-shaded). You know, Bricks.

So there are some characters beginning with B for you! I know, it’s not the mot interesting or extensive list. I still need to play a lot of video games so I can make my posts more interesting. But, next up, believe it or not, will be C! So stay tuned for that. I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

Video Game Character Profiles: Letter A

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.

Abe

abe_bio.jpg

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!

AdaWong

Ada Wong
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.

AiAi ASR_Aiai
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.

Alan WakeAlan_3D_Model1
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.

Alice Liddell 

Alice_AMR

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.

Alistair 

Alistair

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. 

Amy RoseAmy_Rose_Lost_World
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.

Anna
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.

Andrew RyanAndrew_Ryan
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.

 

April Ryan

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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.

ArakuneArakune_(Centralfiction,_Character_Select_Artwork)
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.

Atlas (Blue)300px-Atlas
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.

AuroraAryan
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.

Axel253px-Axel_KHHD
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.

Aya BreaAyabrea
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 Evea 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!

-LDG

All photographs obtained from the game's Wiki pages.