As already mentioned on the main page, these games tend to be Strictly Formula
and, as a result, many characters fall under specific archetypes and many organizations and locations will have some similarities. See also 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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The Heroic Charmer
A charming, heroic, handsome gentleman (often with a dash of good humor), this character is usually the lead male, acquired early in the game. In most cases he's a a Love Interest
for the female—and sometimes male—Player Character
. If he is, he's definitely an example of Single Woman Seeks Good Man
Good, sweet, and kind, this character is Always Female
. It's likely that she's a Love Interest
, and is always beautiful and youthful. If she has an especial emphasis on her optimism and kindness, then she's probably a regular Girl Next Door
. The Betty
to the Defrosting Ice Queen
to The Sweetheart's Betty, the Defrosting Ice Queen
can have a several personality types, but they always share an aloofness to the Player Character
at first, slowly warming up to them over the course of the game. They tend to be the sexiest female party member (which often coincides with being one of the most amoral characters in the group). She is usually a love interest.
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 in battle, this character can have a lot of personality variations, but is encapsulated in their martial ability and the pride they take in it. In a fantastical setting, this character is probably a different species (and a Proud Warrior Race Guy
), whose culture glorifies combat and warriors.
Blood-thirsty Comic Relief
This character frequently expresses a desire to kill people or wreak havok, always played up for laughs. Nevertheless, they are also resistant to quitting the party, as their comic half makes them a "low-stress" character for the player.
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 (Baldur's Gate : Throne of Bhaal) In a subversion, she ends up traitor
- Gorion moreso, but his death came way quicker.
- Bim, Olgerd, Berna, and every Academy Instructor (Neverwinter Nights)
- Jolee Bindo (Knights of the Old Republic)
- Master Li (Jade Empire): Subverted
- Captain David Anderson (Mass Effect)
- Duncan, Wynne (Dragon Age: Origins)
- Orgus Din, Darth Baras, Yuon Par, Darth Zash, Keeper, Braden, General Garza (Star Wars: The Old Republic)
Organizations and Places
The Doomed Starting Area
It is not necessarily the hometown
, but it is doomed nonetheless.
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.
The Lost World
The location of the Lost Technology
of the Precursors
, conveniently forgotten by modern civilization. Either the place of the final showdown with the Big Bad
, or a key to reaching it.
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.
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.