As already mentioned on the main page, these games tend to be StrictlyFormula and, as a result, many characters fall under specific archetypes and many organizations and locations will have some similarities. See also [[http://www.gamecritics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16696 this]] and [[http://rampantgames.com/blog/?p=1755 this]]

In a nutshell, if it's a BioWare game, expect to encounter the following during the course of the game:

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[[folder:Party Members]]

!!The Heroic Charmer

This character is almost always the male lead and usually be one of, if not ''the'' most important party member relevant to the plot. He's almost always a LoveInterest for the female (and sometimes male) PlayerCharacter. A charming, heroic, handsome gentleman with a sense of humor, he's almost always an example of SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan.

* Anomen ([[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II]])
* Carth Onasi (VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic)
* Sky (VideoGame/JadeEmpire)
* Kaidan Alenko (Franchise/MassEffect)
* Alistair (VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins)
* Anders (VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening)
* Thane (VideoGame/MassEffect2)
* Varric (VideoGame/DragonAgeII)
* Vector Hyllus (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Agent companion)
* Corso Riggs (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Smuggler companion)
* Felix Iresso (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Jedi Consular companion)
* Doc (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Jedi Knight companion)


!!The Sweetheart

This character is always female and will always be the most optimistic of all your party members. It's likely that she's a LoveInterest, and is always beautiful and youthful. She tends to be kind, sweet, gentle (but of course an ActionGirl, as befits the party members). The {{Betty|AndVeronica}} to the DefrostingIceQueen's Veronica.

* Imoen, Aerie ([[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate series]])
* Linu La'neral (VideoGame/NeverwinterNights)
* Mission Vao (VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic)
* Dawn Star (VideoGame/JadeEmpire)
* Liara T'Soni, Tali'Zorah nar Rayya/vas Neema/vas Normandy (Franchise/MassEffect)
* Leliana (VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins)
* Sigrun (VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening)
* Merrill (VideoGame/DragonAgeII)
* Vette (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Sith Warrior companion)
* Light Side Jaesa Willsaam (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Sith Warrior companion)
* Ashara Zavros (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Sith Inquisitor companion)
* Nadia Grell (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Jedi Consular companion)
* Ensign Temple (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Imperial Agent companion)
* Mako (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Bounty Hunter companion)


!!The DefrostingIceQueen

The [[BettyAndVeronica Veronica]] to The Sweetheart's Betty, the DefrostingIceQueen can have a several personality types, but they always share they always share an aloofness to the PlayerCharacter at first, slowly warming up to them over the course of the game. They tend to be the sexiest female party member, and probably is one of the most amoral characters in the group. She is usually a love interest.

* Viconia (VideoGame/BaldursGate)
* Sharwyn (VideoGame/NeverwinterNights)
* Bastila Shan (VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic)
* Silk Fox (VideoGame/JadeEmpire)
* Morrigan (Franchise/DragonAge)
* Velanna (VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening)
* Miranda Lawson (VideoGame/MassEffect2)
* Risha (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic)
* Elara Dorne (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic)
* Akaavi Spar (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic)

!!The Proud, Honorable Warrior

Most likely the brute force on the team, this character embodies the fighting spirit and is proud of it. Capable, tough, fierce, and always honorable this character can have a lot of personality variations, but is encapsulated in their love or skill of battle and combat and the pride they take in it. In a fantastical setting, this character is probably a different species (and a ProudWarriorRaceGuy), whose culture glorifies combat and warriors.

* Keldorn, Valgyar (VideoGame/BaldursGate)
* Daelan Red Tiger (VideoGame/NeverwinterNights)
* Canderous Ordo (VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic)
* Ashley Williams, Urdnot Wrex (Franchise/MassEffect)
* Sten (VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins)
* Grunt (VideoGame/MassEffect2)
* Aveline (VideoGame/DragonAgeII)
* Javik (VideoGame/MassEffect3)
* Aric Jorgan (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Trooper companion)
* Qyzen Fess (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Jedi Consular companion)
* Torian Cadera (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Bounty Hunter companion)
* Bowdaar (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Smuggler companion)
* Akaavi Spar (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Smuggler companion)


!!Blood-thirsty Comic Relief

This character frequently expressed a desire to kill people, and is probably not even a person itself. Either that, or they booze themselves up so much they enter a inhuman frenzy. Nevertheless, this character is also resistant to quitting the party, as their comic half makes them a "low-stress" character for the player.

* Korgan and Montaron (VideoGame/BaldursGate)
** Minsc from the same- but only if he's doing it ForGreatJustice!
* Tomi Undergallows (VideoGame/NeverwinterNights)
* HK-47 (VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic)
* The Black Whirlwind (VideoGame/JadeEmpire)
* Shale, Oghren (VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins)
* Skadge (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Bounty Hunter companion)

!! The Mentor

Pretty much doomed to die at some point, this character has taught you what you know, or is the respected leader who might induct into the Secret Organization you find yourself in. Wise and proud, this (often male) character will guide you on your journey. They are usually not a party member.

* Melissan The Red (VideoGame/BaldursGate : Throne of Bhaal) [[spoiler:In a subversion, she ends up traitor]]
** Gorion moreso, but his death came way quicker.
* Bim, Olgerd, Berna, and every Academy Instructor (VideoGame/NeverwinterNights)
* Jolee Bindo (VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic)
* Master Li (VideoGame/JadeEmpire): [[spoiler:Subverted]]
* Captain David Anderson (Franchise/MassEffect)
* Duncan, Wynne (VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins)
* Orgus Din, Darth Baras, Yuon Par, Darth Zash, Keeper, Braden, General Garza (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic)

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[[folder:Organizations and Places]]

!!The Doomed Starting Area

It is not necessarily the [[DoomedHometown hometown]], but it is doomed nonetheless.

* Candlekeep (VideoGame/BaldursGate)
* The Neverwinter Academy (VideoGame/NeverwinterNights)
* The ''Endar Spire'' and Taris (VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic)
* Ostagar and Lothering (VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins)
** Castle Highever (Human Noble Origin, VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins)
* Lothering (VideoGame/DragonAgeII)
* Eden Prime (VideoGame/MassEffect1)
* SSV Normandy SR-1 (VideoGame/MassEffect2)
* Earth (VideoGame/MassEffect3)
* Two Rivers School (VideoGame/JadeEmpire)

!!The PlayerCharacter's Special Organization

This organization is either above the law in some way, or is otherwise able to provide special resources to the player character. The player is inducted in to the order, which gives them the right to do all the nosy, murderous things they usually do.

* Lord Nasher's court (VideoGame/NeverwinterNights)
* The Jedi (VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic)
* The Spirit Monks (VideoGame/JadeEmpire)
* Spectres (Franchise/MassEffect)
* Grey Wardens (Franchise/DragonAge)
* Cerberus (VideoGame/MassEffect2)
* The Jedi, The Sith, Imperial Intelligence, Havoc Squad (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic)

!!The Lost World

The location of the LostTechnology of the {{Precursors}}, conveniently forgotten by modern civilization. Either the place of the final showdown with the BigBad, or a key to reaching it.

* The Source Stone (VideoGame/NeverwinterNights)
* Lehon (the Unknown World, VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic)
* Ilos (VideoGame/MassEffect1)
* The Collector base (VideoGame/MassEffect2)
* [[spoiler: The Temple on Thessia]] (VideoGame/MassEffect3)
* The Deep Roads, Elven and Tevinter ruins (Franchise/DragonAge series)
* Tython and Belsavis (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic)

!!The Party Headquarters

Where the party members rest between missions and hand out their personal quests to the player. Has a high probability of being attacked at some point.

* The Pocket Plane (VideoGame/BaldursGate : Throne of Bhaal)
* Starship ''Ebon Hawk'' (VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic)
* Starship SSV ''Normandy'' SR-1 and SR-2 (Franchise/MassEffect)
* The Party Camp and Arl Eamon's estate (VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins)
* Vigil's Keep (VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening)
* Player Star Ships and the factions' fleets (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic)

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[[folder:Villains]]

!!The EldritchAbomination
You can't reason with it, you can't understand it, you can't cut deals with it, and you ''might'' be able to stop it...temporarily.

* Bhaal (VideoGame/BaldursGate)
* The Reapers (Franchise/MassEffect)
* The Mother Demon and the Unnamed Foe (VideoGame/JadeEmpire)
* The Archdemon and Darkspawn (Franchise/DragonAge)
* Rock Wraiths (VideoGame/DragonAgeII)
* The Sith Emperor, Sel Makor, the World Razor, the Dread Masters, the Terror From Beyond (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic)


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