5. Lee Everett
Franchise: The Walking Dead
Game: The Walking Dead Season 1
Honorable Mentions: Clementine, Kenny
I have to be honest, for years I disliked The Walking Dead and all of it's mediums simply because it didn't sound like it could live up to the hype of being a series all about the zombie apocalypse. Add this to season 2 from the show... and I think I get a pass for being a newer fan of both the games and the show. As far as Lee himself is concerned, it's hard to find a more selfless guy. At the start of the game we find Lee on his way to prison for murder. Well, zombies happen. He eventually finds Clementine, a little girl without her parents. Lee sacrifices everything to ensure her safety and her readiness to survive in a world that belongs to the dead. This culminates in his death at the end of Season 1 of the game, as he gets bit. Pretty cool dude.
Game: Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos
Honorable Mentions: Furion, Arthas
I can't say this enough, but FUCK WoW. Holy shit! Warcraft 3 though, that was pretty tolerable/good. Thrall was our introductory character to the first RTS Blizzard made since BW. Pretty awesome guy, wants to save his race, and find them a land they can call home. You know, normal Orc stuff. Add this to Chain Lightning and Feral Spirit and yay :D.
Game: Pokemon Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky
Honorable Mentions: Wigglytuff, Dusknoir
Okay honestly, this game does not get enough credit. Considering the fact that this game was made for 6 year olds, it contains hands down the best story in any video game I have played (except maybe BW). It is literally a story of deception, time travel, saving the world, and sacrificing oneself by doing so. For the first third of the game, you the player, (and you the character) are under the impression that Grovyle is actually the primary enemy of the game. You are treated to scenes of him "Stealing time gears" objects that protect the constant of time. At first you believe the time gears must remain in their stored location or time will literally stop. Turns out that it's the other way around, Grovyle is a pokemon from the future who is trying to collect all of the time gears and put them in their proper place to save the world, and change history, before time stops. By changing history, Grovyle's timeline no longer exists, and therefore neither does he. In other words, he recognizes his success will result in his death. I will admit, the story is a little over the top, and there are some flaws to it, but to play it yourself, you realize how damn good it is. I really can't do it justice. All I can say on the matter is that Grovyle knew the meaning of sacrifice.
Franchise: Mario Bros
Game: Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga
Honorable Mentions: None
Fawful may be the single greatest sidekick/right hand man for a villain I have ever seen. He isn't a genius, nor is he physically powerful. His dialogue just so happens to be rife with non sequiters, and it is amazing.
"I am the great Cackletta's most best pupil, who is named Fawful! I am here, laughing at you! If you are giving us the chase, just to get your silly princess's voice, then you are idiots of foolishness! Princess Peach's sweet voice will soon be the bread that makes the sandwich of Cackletta's desires! And this battle shall be the delicious mustard on that bread! The mustard of your doom!"
"Now is when I ram you!"
"I HAVE FURY!"
It's pretty great :D
Game: Starcraft: Brood War
Honorable Mentions: Alarak, Stukov, Duran
What the fuck do you mean SC2 had a campaign? BW Zeratul was the ultimate badass. I have written an entire blog about this before, so I will try not to rehash to much. I dunno, Zeratul was easily my favorite character from Starcraft, I was thinking about lowering him down a notch or two because SC2 story is a thing, but I decided to say that my number one character is Zeratul from the game Starcraft: Brood War, loopholes motherfucker. I feel like they could have done a lot more with him in SC2. For example not killing him in some animesque way after the 2nd fucking level....