As already mentioned on the main page, early BioWare tended to be StrictlyFormula with some key patterns persisting today. 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:Companions]]

!!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 LoveInterest for the female--and sometimes male--PlayerCharacter. If he is, he's definitely 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)
* Garrus Vakarian (VideoGame/MassEffect2)
* Varric Tethras (VideoGame/DragonAgeII, Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition) [[note]]A rare non-romanceable example[[/note]]
* Cullen Rutherford (VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition) [[note]]notable in that he is not a party member, but does represent a fully fleshed out companion[[/note]]
* ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'':
** Corso Riggs (Smuggler)
** Doc (Jedi Knight)
** Felix Iresso (Jedi Consular)
** Aric Jorgan (Republic Trooper)
** Vector Hyllus (Imperial Agent)
** Malavai Quinn (Sith Warrior)
** Andronikos Revel (Sith Inquisitor)
** Torian Cadera (Bounty Hunter)

!!The Sweetheart

Good, sweet, and kind, this character is AlwaysFemale. It's likely that she's a LoveInterest, and is always beautiful and youthful. If she has an especial emphasis on her optimism and kindness, then she's probably a regular GirlNextDoor. The {{Betty|AndVeronica}} to the DefrostingIceQueen's Veronica. If the game has another installment/expansion after their debut, something will make her not so innocent anymore (mostly assertive).

* Imoen, Aerie, Nalia ([[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate series]])
* Linu La'neral (VideoGame/NeverwinterNights)
* Mission Vao (VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic)
* Dawn Star (VideoGame/JadeEmpire)
* Liara T'Soni, Tali'Zorah (Franchise/MassEffect)
* Leliana (VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins)
* Sigrun (VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening)
* Merrill (VideoGame/DragonAgeII)
* Kelly Chambers (VideoGame/MassEffect2)
* Samantha Traynor (VideoGame/MassEffect3)
* Josephine Montilyet (VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition) [[note]]notable in that she is not a party member, but does represent a fully fleshed out companion[[/note]]
* ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic:
** Kira Carsen (Jedi Knight)
** Vette, Light Side Jaesa Willsaam (Sith Warrior)
** Ashara Zavros (Sith Inquisitor)
** Nadia Grell (Jedi Consular)
** Ensign Temple (Imperial Agent)
** Mako (Bounty Hunter)


!!The DefrostingIceQueen

The [[BettyAndVeronica Veronica]] to The Sweetheart's Betty, the DefrostingIceQueen can have a several personality types, but 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 (which often coincides with being one of the most amoral characters in the group). She is usually a love interest. Much like the Sweetheart, if there is a game after their debut where they are featured, their defrosting ''sticks'' and they become warmer than their debut, while still aloof.

* Viconia (VideoGame/BaldursGate)
* Sharwyn (VideoGame/NeverwinterNights)
* Bastila Shan (VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic)
* Silk Fox (VideoGame/JadeEmpire)
* Morrigan (Franchise/DragonAge)
* Velanna (VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening)
* Miranda Lawson (VideoGame/MassEffect2)
* Cassandra Pentaghast (Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition)
* ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''
** Risha, Akaavi Spar (Smuggler)
** Elara Dorne (Republic Trooper)
** Kaliyo Djannis (Imperial Agent)

!!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 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 Vallen (VideoGame/DragonAgeII)
* Blackwall (Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition)
* Javik (VideoGame/MassEffect3)
* VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic:
** Aric Jorgan (Republic Trooper)
** Qyzen Fess (Jedi Consular)
** Torian Cadera (Bounty Hunter)
** Bowdaar, Akaavi Spar (Smuggler)
** Khem Val, Xalek (Sith Inquisitor)
** Sgt. Rusk (Jedi Knight)
** Lt. Pierce (Sith Warrior)

!!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.

* 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)
* The Iron Bull (Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition)
* VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic:
** Skadge (Bounty Hunter)
** M1-4X, Tanno Vik (Republic Trooper)

!! 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/Councilor/Admiral David Anderson (Franchise/MassEffect)
* Duncan, Wynne (VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins)
* VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic:
** Orgus Din (Jedi Knight)
** Darth Baras (Sith Warrior)
** Yuon Par (Jedi Consular)
** Darth Zash (Sith Inquisitor)
** Keeper (Imperial Agent)
** Braden (Bounty Hunter)
** General Garza (Republic Trooper)

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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)
* Haven (Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition)
* 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)
* The Inquisition (Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition)
* Cerberus (VideoGame/MassEffect2)
* The Jedi, The Sith, Imperial Intelligence, Havoc Squad (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic)

!!The Lost World

The location of the LostTechnology (or magic) 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 Temple of Sacred Ashes (VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins)
* The Temple of Mythal (VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition)
* 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)
* Haven and Skyhold (Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition)
* 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)
* Red Lyrium (VideoGame/DragonAgeII,Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition)
* The Elder One (Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition)
* The Sith Emperor, Sel Makor, the World Razor, the Dread Masters, the Terror From Beyond (VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic)


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