So I’ve been playing a LOT of Persona 5 lately. Surprise surprise. But it occurred to me after a certain point in the game that there are some of the supporting cast I have grown to love more than anyone else in the game. And, thinking about it more, there have been a lot of games that had characters I fell further in love with than the main character. So this goes out to some of the secondary characters I’ve loved more than the protagonist.
Futaba and Sojiro Sakura
Sticking with Persona 5, and the characters that made me realize this, let me introduce Futaba and Sojiro. MAD SPOILERS INCOMING GUYS!
In P5, you play a 2nd-year high schooler who has a criminal record hanging over your head. With your parents dismissing you and your continued statements of innocence, a man by the name of Sojiro takes you in. He’s a total dick at first, taking every chance he gets to belittle you because of your status as a criminal, but he changes his tone further down the line.
A bunch of story stuff and fights later, and if you’ve been building a relationship with Sojiro, you find out that you aren’t the only minor he’s looking out for. Enter Futaba, my future wife. My queen. My goddess divine.
You find out that Futaba has had a horrible childhood. Between her mother’s death (which Futaba has blamed herself for), suffering abuse at the hands of her relatives, and being bounced from one home to another for years, you can’t help but feel sympathetic. If your first instinct isn’t to protect Futaba with your life, you, are in fact, a monster.
Sojiro took Futaba in, making quite an odd pair. But as soon as their stories became known to me, I dropped everything and focused on them. Ryuji wants to hang out? Nope. Got five Momentos requests you gotta do? Don’t care. The principal of your school just died? I knew he was gunna die forever ago.
I have become so engrossed with the Sakuras’ stories that I literally don’t care about anything until my relationship with them is maxed out! And the story of Persona 5 is AMAZING! But all I want to do right now is spend every waking moment with my weird, misshapen family.
Let’s go back a few months in time to Resident Evil 7’s Zoe. I was never really a fan of Ethan. His story of going and saving his missing girlfriend was meh. Seen it, done it, over it. Boys have been saving missing girls forever, just ask Nintendo. They know all about that life.
Mia, I liked even less. She reeked of being into deep shit since the beginning of the game. So when it was revealed she actually knew all about what was happening, all the more reason to leave her for dead back on the docks.
Zoe, however, was this guardian angel in regards to Ethan. She was helping Ethan kill her whole family! She knew her mother, father, and brother were too far gone to be saved, so she focused all of her attention on saving you. Sure, it doesn’t feel like it when you have to do all the actual killing, but for me, she did more than drive the plot forward. Zoe was a character with an impossible choice to make, but she did it for your sake.
My southern belle did get some time in the limelight though. In Resi 7’s first batch of DLC, she got a short story devoted to her dealing with the strange and sudden change to her family. You saw them all as a normal, loving house of 4. And you watched in horror as the people you loved and who had loved you began to tear each other apart.
Last, but not least…well maybe in size and age, is Tiny Tina. An NPC from Borderlands 2, Tiny Tina literally blasts her way into your heart. Some may have found her behavior annoying or felt that no 13-year-old would talk the way she did. I, however, was totally in from her carefree singing as she blew up a bandit that had pushed her too far.
Similar to Futaba, she hasn’t had a great life. Tina’s parents are dead. She has very few people to depend on. She has to take care of herself, nevermind the fact that she is living not far from a bandit camp. But she manages to be upbeat, and is one hell of an engineer. Mainly crafting bombs that go POW!
And, like Zoe, Tina got some DLC focusing on her as well. Tiny Tina’s Assult On Dragon Keep. Tina plays as a kind-of-sort-of DM as the four protagonists play a table top RPG with the girl. It turns the world of Borderlands on its head as she decides what enemies you will face, changes her mind, and, like a temperamental DM, just makes bosses too hard for you and you have to plead for her to stop.
All while the “game” is happening, you start to get a better feel for her character and even dive into some back story stuff. But no matter what, it’s a fun, epic journey.
Of course, there are more secondary characters that could use a little lovin’ but that’s my list for today. Do you have any characters you’d like to give a shout out to?