Dragon Age And Mass Effect Companions, Ranked

Dragon Age And Mass Effect Companions, Ranked
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It’s that time of the year again. Everyone is ranking their favourite games of the year or their most anticipated games of next year, but for Bioware fans — with the last of Dragon Age Inquisition’s DLC being released this year — there’s only one list that matters: a definitive ranking of all 51* companions from the Mass Effect and Dragon Age games.

*Some exclusions include the temporary companions from various games’ introductions and Tallis from Dragon Age II, considering that I never actually played her DLC. So that we can work our way up to better things, let’s start with the lowest of the low:

51. Anders, Dragon Age II

Anders’ terrible characterisation in Dragon Age II was only made worse by the fact that he was genuinely likeable and interesting in his first appearance in Awakening. There was nothing in the DA2 character that resembled the one from Origins’ DLC at all, aside from his odd feathery shoulders. They might as well have made him a dwarf and a warrior while they’re at it. Anders’ DA2 incarnation is oddly preachy for someone who abandoned his oath to the Grey Wardens to become a magical terrorist, and he inevitably manipulates Hawke (even a romanced Hawke) into helping him create a bomb to destroy a place of worship. Yup. DA2 was a game full of odd plot decisions and inconsistent characterisation, but Anders was really the crux of it.

50. Blackwall, Dragon Age: Inquisition

Blackwall is like that creepy old uncle that turns up to Christmas gatherings uninvited and no one really knows how to tell him to leave. Identity theft aside, Blackwall just isn’t interesting as a character. He’s a Grey Warden fanboy with no personality, who will force himself into a romance with a female Inquisitor at the first sign of flirting. What’s worse for the hapless players who romance Blackwall is that there are very few options to actually break off a relationship with him. Before you know it he’ll be asking you to settle down and have kids with him, because he’s just an exciting character like that.

49. Leliana, Dragon Age: Origins

Fun fact: I killed Leliana in Origins. She just keeps coming back. Terrible accent aside, Leliana sits halfway between naïve chantry sister and ruthless cutthroat spy and never quite works for either one. In Origins as a companion she’s desperate for your approval, in Inquisition as an advisor she’s more painfully grimdark than Christian Bale’s Batman. I just wish she would leave me alone.

48. Solas, Dragon Age: Inquisition

I’m the first to admit that Solas is actually one of the better characters in Inquisition. That is, if you play as a Lavellan. Solas’s huge flaw is that the most interesting elements of his character only come through if you’re an elf and, ideally, a female. That and he’s an insufferable know-it-all at the best of times.

47. Ashley Williams, Mass Effect 1 and 3

Ashley suffers in my rankings mainly because she never actually survived past the first game, but I’ve never had reason to save her either. Ashley is a xenophobic human in a game where, let’s face it, the aliens are by far the most interesting part. Taking her in your squad just seems like a poor idea.

46. Liara, Mass Effect

Liara suffers from the same problems as Leliana. She’s supposedly a naïve ‘young’ Asari whose entire knowledge of the galaxy is purely academic. And then she suddenly becomes one of the most powerful underworld figures in the Mass Effect universe, complete with cutthroat instinct and a sense of independence that is largely absent in the first game. Does that make sense to anyone else?

45. Zaeed, Mass Effect 2

Zaeed suffered from being a DLC character, but there really wasn’t much character there to begin with. He’s like an amalgamation of all ‘Nam vet stereotypes ever, and when you consider what Shepard’s been through, it would take a lot more than his stories to actually be impressive.

44. Jacob Taylor, Mass Effect 2

Why are you even in this game? For the first hour of Mass Effect 2 I was under the impression that Jacob was a temporary companion who would soon die off to be replaced by a more interesting squadmate. Nope, turns out the least interesting character in the game is actually here to stay.

43. James Vega, Mass Effect 3

As above. Vega isn’t a terrible character, but in a game where only two new characters were introduced as squadmates, I wish they’d given us someone a bit more interesting.

42. Merrill, Dragon Age II

Merrill is written to be absolutely clueless about pretty much everything. When she’s also the character in your team who wields the most powerful type of magic in all of Thedas, that seems like a really bad idea. She constantly tells everyone that she knows what she’s doing but never quite proves it.

41. Cole, Dragon Age: Inquisition

Cole is just a little too odd to really form a connection to him. Most of his lines are essentially references to other geek media, which is cute as an easter egg but doesn’t really contribute to creating an interesting character. Plus his ‘My Two Dads’ scene with Varric and Solas really seemed to come out of nowhere.

40. Vivienne, Dragon Age: Inquisition

I really don’t mind Vivienne’s pro-templar opinions. It was interesting to see that there are mages with that viewpoint, although the rest of the character was a little lacking. You never really learn anything about Vivienne herself — you only hear her opinions.

39. Dorian, Dragon Age: Inquisition

First of all, Dorian breaks the game’s own lore. Through the entire series, codexes have told us that Thedosians don’t really care about sexuality at all. Unless you’re Dorian, as it turns out, and it’s vital to your plot line. He’s also a spoiled brat who tries real hard to justify Tevinter’s culture of slavery — so long as it benefits him.

38. Oghren, Dragon Age: Origins

Oghren was great fun to have around, but he was also quite a two dimensional character. A lecherous, bearded dwarf who likes drinking isn’t exactly ground-breaking.

37. Sten, Dragon Age: Origins

Like a lot of the characters in Origins, Sten wasn’t fleshed out as much as companions in other Bioware games, though getting our first look at the Qunari culture through him was always interesting.

36. The Iron Bull, Dragon Age: Inquisition

The Iron Bull started out as one of my favourite characters, but he never seemed to change throughout the game. He always remained the same mix of bravado and apathy — even after you do his seemingly life-changing companion quest.

35. Alistair, Dragon Age: Origins

In Bioware’s own canon for the Dragon Age universe, Alistair becomes king. Alistair makes a terrible king — he’s not even willing to take charge when it’s just him and the warden in the party, so how’s he going to go with an entire kingdom? On the surface, Alistair seems lovely — and his romance is pure saccharine — but when it comes down to it he’s fairly useless and incredibly whiney.

34. Morinth, Mass Effect 2

Morinth is every goth philosophy student who’s watched Fight Club too many times, which is actually pretty fun during the mission where you have to ‘seduce’ her. Given I didn’t have high enough renegade to properly recruit her, so I couldn’t justify ranking her any higher.

33. Justice, Dragon Age: Origins Awakening

Justice was an interesting concept for a character and, I would argue, a more well-realised spirit companion than his successor in Inquisition, Cole. The fact that he was essentially walking around in a zombie body for the entirety of Awakening was pretty great, too.

32. Javik, Mass Effect 3

Javik is hilarious, if only for his banter with Liara. However, for such an interesting character — the last surviving member of a long dead, technologically advanced race — he really suffered for being a DLC character.

31. Sebastian Vael, Dragon Age II

Again Sebastian suffers as a DLC character who could have been so much more. His ten minute long speech at the end of the game definitely feels shoehorned in, and his romance is halfhearted, but I’m still a sucker for that accent.

30. Kaidan Alenko, Mass Effect 1 and 3

As goofy as Kaidan is, I can’t quite bring myself to hate him. He makes for good comic relief, but I just have to wonder why, out of all the talented people you met throughout Mass Effect, anyone decided to make Kaidan a Spectre.

29. Sera, Dragon Age: Inquisition

I loved Sera at first, and then I hated her. Eventually it settled somewhere in between. Her ‘quirkiness’ seems a little too forced to be a favourite, but she’s also a lot more fun than most of the people on your team in Dragon Age Inquisition.

28. Loghain, Dragon Age: Origins

I never recruited Loghain for the longest time. He’s a racist old man, but he actually redeems himself a fair bit when you recruit him as a Grey Warden. He knows he did the wrong thing, and he’s happy to sacrifice himself to make up for it. His subtle digs at Alistair are also pretty hilarious.

27. Nathaniel Howe, Dragon Age: Origins Awakening

For a DLC addition that’s not quite its own game, Awakening had some of the most interesting characters in the Dragon Age universe. After Arl Howe was such an effective villain in Origins, bringing his son in as a companion and actually making him likeable was a point of genius by the Awakening writers. Bonus points for a prison scene that’s much better than Blackwall’s.

26. Samara, Mass Effect 2

While Samara is an interesting character — and a part of Bioware’s best squad, your team in Mass Effect 2 — she’s always just a little bit distant. Morinth does seem like she would be a bit more fun to hang out with than her mother.

25. Dog, Dragon Age: Origins

Dog sits squarely in the middle. While you can’t help but love your furry companion in Dragon Age: Origins (and no, I’m not talking about Oghren), he also suffers as a team member due to his inability to equip armour or weapons. Poor Barkspawn inevitably gets forgotten in the latter half of the game — at least until you send him to rescue the warden in Fort Drakon.

24. Wynne, Dragon Age: Origins

Wynne is like the Samara of the Dragon Age universe — she’s your standard team mum, but she’s also very morally upright, which can be a problem when you play a morally questionable character. That being said, she’s a solid asset to any team, and dressing her up in heavy armour as an arcane warrior never gets old.

23. Thane Krios, Mass Effect 2

Thane was supposedly designed to be a sexy alien love interest, but he still just comes across as creepy. That whole photo-memory thing he does would have me backing away slowly. As with many Mass Effect 2 characters, however, it’s his personal quest that really makes you form a connection to the character — just in time for them to kill him off in the third game.

22. Isabela, Dragon Age II

Isabela was another returning character in Dragon Age II who barely resembled her Origins counterpart, although in this case it was definitely for the better. Isabela seems shallow at first, but can come around thanks to a fairly satisfying character arc. If only it wasn’t bugged. That’s right, in some games you can do all the right things and she’ll still turn on you. Thanks, Isabela.

21. Zevran, Dragon Age: Origins

What is it with rogues and being bugged? Zevran’s romance in particular is notoriously buggy, but if you can look past it then he’s one of Origins’ most successful characters. On the surface he’s a typically campy sexy assassin — with some admittedly brilliant banter — but the depth of his character is revealed once you get closer to him.

20. Jack, Mass Effect 2

By the end of Mass Effect 2 I had gained Jack’s loyalty and I considered us friends, though trying to talk to her gave me only an “I’m done talking to you.” We left at a low on the end of that game, but it was Mass Effect 3 that really cemented her as a great character — even if most of her arc occurred offscreen.

19. Miranda Lawson, Mass Effect 2

Miranda was a character who slowly grew on me. Unless you’re romancing her (I assume) she never becomes truly likeable, but she at least demands respect. That is, when she stops talking about how it sucks that she’s perfect. I know you were genetically engineered, Miranda. You told me seven times before lunch.

18. Morrigan, Dragon Age: Origins

While Morrigan’s return in Inquisition was questionable (seriously, when did she become an expert on ancient elves?) she was one of my favourite characters in the first game. From the standoffish and often cruel character that you pick up at the start, becoming friends (or more, if you play a male warden) with Morrigan is a slow but rewarding process.

17. Sigrun, Dragon Age: Origins Awakening

Dragon Age needs more female dwarf companions. Dragon Age needs more dwarves in general. While Couslands and Dalish Elves were overhyped in Origins, the dwarves had some of the most interesting lore in that game, and Sigrun personified the best of it.

16. Kasumi Goto, Mass Effect 2

I have to admit: I thought I was going to hate Kasumi when I first played Mass Effect 2. I had thought she would turn out to be a kind of space Leliana, and I put off playing her mission until after I had finished the suicide mission itself. I regret that now — I would have liked to have Kasumi around for longer, considering how fun her character ended up being. Of course, a large part of that is likely to do with how enjoyable her companion quest itself was.

15. Velanna, Dragon Age: Origins Awakening

The Dragon Age series has only had two Dalish companions, and Velanna typifies the best of them. She’s openly derisive of humans and she doesn’t care who knows it, but she’s also the perfect Grey Warden. She’ll do what has to be done to end the blight, no holds barred.

14. Nyreen Kandros, Mass Effect 3: Omega

Nyreen was only a companion for the short Omega DLC for Mass Effect 3, but she deserves a spot here as one of the only female turians we actually see in the game. She also provides the perfect counterpoint to Aria’s angry crusade, showing a more benevolent side to Omega Station.

13. Shale, Dragon Age: Origins

Shale is hands down the best DLC character in any Bioware game. She’s sassy and unexpected, demanding gems to make her huge (but don’t tell her that) golem body “glitter”. If you didn’t enjoy taking Shale out as a companion, then you’re probably playing the game as above.

12. Aria T’Loak, Mass Effect 3: Omega

Aria is an unashamed badass, and she’ll actually join your party for the Omega DLC. If your Shepard is a biotic then she’ll probably put you to shame, and prove why she is the largely undisputed “queen” of Omega. Unlike most of your Mass Effect companions, Aria doesn’t want Shepard’s approval. Just your help.

11. Wrex, Mass Effect

Wrex doesn’t have to survive past the first game. If he doesn’t, however, you’re missing out. Despite his main contribution being in the first game — where the companion relationships weren’t emphasised as much as they were in the last two — Wrex is that old friend who just keeps popping up where you least expect him.

10. EDI, Mass Effect 3

From her suspicious beginnings in Mass Effect 2 to her sexy robot body in the third game, EDI is your ship. It’s honestly hard to hate her, as the unshackled AI slowly develops her sense of humour — with the help of Joker, of course.

9. Fenris, Dragon Age II

In a game that’s full of weird black and white opinions on the mage/templar debate, Fenris actually has a reason to hate mages. It’s not his most endearing quality, but it’s his loudest one. The depth of Fenris’ character beyond his hatred is evident instead through the small things — like the fact that he plays cards with Aveline’s husband once a week, or his surprising dry wit.

8. Mordin, Mass Effect 2

It’s a hard thing to do to make someone with an irritating speech pattern likeable, but then there’s Mordin. Technically he seems like he should be a bad guy, a Joseph Mengele of the Mass Effect universe, but throughout the games he seems to make all the tough decisions and still seem like he’s doing the right thing. I’m not even going to mention Mass Effect 3. It’s too soon.

7. Legion, Mass Effect 2

After so much of the first game involving killing geth, meeting Legion was a bit of a shock. At first you don’t trust him, maybe even don’t like him, but he quickly grows on you. Like EDI he asks the hard questions about consciousness and identity — all setting up for heartbreak in true Bioware style. Yes, this unit does have a soul.

6. Cassandra, Dragon Age: Inquisition

Cassandra believes in the Inquisitor. It’s how she motivates herself and even other people in Skyhold when the task seems impossible. Even if you manage to lose all your approval with her, she still believes that the Inquisitor is the right person to lead. She even has a bit of a fangirl moment if you play a female Inquisitor — she loves the fact that a woman is in such a position of power in Thedas, and this seems to make her friendship even more rewarding than actually romancing her.

5. Varric, Dragon Age 2 and Inquisition

Varric’s inclusion in Dragon Age Inquisition seemed entirely unnecessary, but his Dragon Age II incarnation remains one of the best in the entire Dragon Age series. It’s not often that a character in game feels like a best friend, but that’s exactly what he is for Hawke. Add in some stellar voice acting and a generous heaping of chest hair, and Varric has to make it into the top 5.

4. Tali, Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3

As another character I didn’t expect to like (I went into the Mass Effect series with a lot of preconceptions), Tali ended up being a favourite. Part of this has to be attributed to the fact that she’s one of the two (see below) characters who’s present in every game in the trilogy. Unlike what they did with Varric in Dragon Age Inquisition, however, Tali continues to grow in each new game, instead of just coasting on her likeability from the last game. Plus, drunk Tali in the rec room is priceless.

3. Garrus, Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3

As above, Garrus sticks with Shepard throughout the three games, going from a bored C-SEC investigator to a turian military leader. Like Alistair in Dragon Age, he struggles with being a leader himself, constantly working under Shepard’s command instead. Unlike Alistair, he actually overcomes this problem to take responsibility.

2. Grunt, Mass Effect 2

Encountering him as essentially a newborn, it’s no surprise that we follow Grunt through such a huge character arc. From almost killing Shepard in the beginning to becoming something like an adopted son, it’s honestly hard not to like Grunt. He’s fairly easy to understand — there’s no complicated backstory, no ulterior motives. Shepard is letting him kill things and he loves it.

1. Aveline, Dragon Age II

Considering I have cosplayed her, it’s not surprising that Aveline gets the top spot in my list. Aveline is one of the few characters in any Bioware game who seems to have a life outside of their respective main character. She does her own thing, chooses her own love interest and she’s entirely unapologetic about it all. At the same time, she has a definite bond both with Hawke and most of the other characters — all of her interactions with other companions show a surprising level of nuance, and she’s always looking out for her friends even if it requires bending the law just a touch. Aveline is the hero Thedas needs.

With Mass Effect: Andromeda rumours popping up all over the place, there’s already plenty of discussions on what sort of companions the next big Bioware game is going to give us — here’s hoping for more Grunts and less Jacobs.

Have I neglected your favourites or exalted your most hated characters? Where would you have ranked things differently? Let us know in the comments!


  • Not only is Garrus not first, but third below Grunt? By any measureable standard, this list is wrong. That’s not even an opinion. That’s just fact.

    • I romanced Garrus hardcore but I would still sacrifice him in an instant for my overgrown Krogan child.

  • I broadly agree with your ranking, though Garrus needs to be higher on the list.

    Like, much higher.

    ILY Garrus

  • This list proves to me how much I’ve forgotten about these games, a lot of these companions names and traits are long foreign to me now,

  • It’s all a matter of opinion. Personally, I would have Aveline somewhere up in the 50’s and Morrigan at number one.

  • This list reminds me how wonderfully individual the experience of playing these series is. You’re list is basically totally different to anybody else’s.

    But seriously, I still think Dragon Age Inquisition was a total letdown. There were no real likable companions there, but the whole ‘Dread Wolf’ thing at least made one of them interesting lore wise.

    • the whole ‘Dread Wolf’ thing at least made one of them interesting lore wiseEspecially if, like me, that person was your in-game romance. Wow that situation completely floored me. But yes, I completely agree, to me Inquisition had none of the immersive depth of its predecessors (particularly Origins). Inquisition to me felt like a shallow single-player MMO, full of meaningless fetch quests and empty-feeling environments.

      • I’ve had so many discussions about Inquisition, and I think one of the main problems for me is that the Inquisitor is so devoid of character. In providing voice acting that would fit so many different character types, I feel like they just stripped it of personality.

        That’s also why the Solas romance is so interesting — because that final scene is the only time when your Quizzy actually seems to experience some kind of emotion.

        I also feel like there’s no real camaraderie between companions. They don’t really interact, and when they do they’re mostly just bickering with each other.

  • I found Kasumi, Fenris and Cassandra largely dull, but as with all of these things, it’s a matter of personal taste.

    My rankings would be very different (and by the looks of things, apparently I missed/forgot a couple of DLCs? There are a few people in there I have no memory of, so they either had no impact on me or I just never played those DLCs), but I would have had Jack, Sera, Dorian, Solas and Thane a lot higher. I loved those guys.

    • It’s interesting how the character you play influences how much or little you like a character though. I found Cassandra very dull with a male character, especially in a romance, but as a female inquisitor the friendship was awesome. Likewise I liked Ashley significantly more when I played as a spacer than when I was earthborn — her and Shepard bonding over being army brats makes the relationship seem a lot more authentic.
      Goddammit Bioware is (mostly) really good at this shit.

      • The very concept of Cassandra is so depressing to me. This is a seriously, hardcore impressive woman, we’re talking elite special forces veteran shit who straight-up started doing shit when no-one else was… but Johnny-come-lately of the glowing hand just utterly eclipses her achievements and relegates her inspiring determination and resourcefulness to a mere footnote.

        Tragedy, in my eyes. To end up being viewed by history as ‘The Girlfriend’ would just be insult to injury.

      • Very true!

        I was playing a pretty straight-laced Elvish Inquisitor, and I think that contributed to the fun I had with Sera. She really brought out my Inquisitor’s hidden silly side, which I enjoyed. We had a cool, teasing, honest friendship. I also didn’t know about her sexuality when I first encountered her, so had a funny moment of “she’s cute, I’ll try flirting with her. Wait, why isn’t she interested? …OH! I get it.”
        I think that initial misstep only made the friendship more fun.

        And dammit, now I want to go back and play the Mass Effect games another few times…

  • I can’t say anything about the dragon age series, but really, Tali being anything other than number 1 is inconceivable for me (I’m not saying that because she was my character’s romantic interest either, that was Liara which the second and third games kind of made me regret).

    Jack would probably be second for me and I never understood the whole love for Garrus although I must admit his arc is about as well written as the series gets (with the exception of Tali). Wrex would be my pick for number three.

    Nyreen would be higher than Aria T’Loak but I tend to agree with their placement despite having such small roles. Miranda and Ashley would be my picks for the bottom of the list (I shan’t abide any space racism aboard my Shepard’s ship) and Liara would sit somewhere in the middle (I really liked her in 1, 2 and three were pretty bad as far as her arc went). Everyone’s favourite Turian would be below Nyreen as harsh as that might seem, but Nyreen’s arc, as short as it was, felt much better to me than Garrus’ as well written as Garrus’ arc was.

    edit: Had to add that the conversation between Shepard, Wrex and Grunt at your party in the Citadel DLC was bloody amazing. That alone elevates Grunt for me from a middling to a pretty solid character.

    • See as much as I love Nyreen, her inclusion seemed to add more to Aria’s character than it did to her own in the end. A+ DLC though, would play again.

  • HK-47 should be no.1, Meatbag.

    Sera is an annoying little houseo and shouldn’t even be considered a companion.

    Thane should be higher, I really liked that guy.

  • Cullen isn’t on the list at all. I am disappoint.

    If you want a dramatic change for the Iron Bull’s character, do the following:

    a) don’t save his Chargers in his side mission
    b) take him with you as a companion in the Trespassers DLC

  • Not a bad list… I’d just have all the DA2 characters even further down than 51.

    I’d rate non-verbal NPC’s and even a barrel above any DA2 character.

  • My top three would be:
    1. Shale
    2. Liara
    3. Sera

    My bottom three would be:
    1. Fenris
    2. Fenris
    3. Fenris

    • I can’t believe One-Note McAngstypants was so high on that list. He’s so. Boring. And utterly unlikeable.


    Yeah, fuck that guy. My first exposure to Anders was DA2 and I felt like I needed a bath to wash all the emo off after every conversation. Mewling little sop. Given the whole Justice/Vengeance ride-along spirit thing going on you could almost think of it as commentary on the psychological degradation that comes from paranoia over mental illness, but Jesus, so ham-fisted… Such a stretch.

    I don’t like Ashley much because she’s grating, and between her and Kaidan it’s no-contest. The dude’s a wry gentleman who has his shit together. No contest, Shep/Kaidan-shipping all the way.

    But if you let her live, Ashley does mature over the series. And her so-called ‘xenophobia’ is pretty damn benign, if not even existent. Her quote about how species/races prioritize their own is very, very true to life even now, here on Earth. Simply saying that it exists and you can understand it is a far cry from endorsing the attitude.

    And being suspicious of alien crew members accessing human military secrets on a human military vessel is not just common fucking sense and the mark of a soldier displaying initiative and patriotism, but also turns out to be justified.

    Ash dies in all my ‘canon’ runs, but she’s a better character than folks seem to give her credit for.

    Yeah… no objection. So token. Her shift from naive academic to ultra-savvy underworld nightmare is developed in a comic. A comic. If your answer to any holes in character development or plot in a games series is, “You have to have read the related material,” then your answer is shit and the people doing the games haven’t done their job of showing development in the games.

    Jacob and Miranda suffer from this as well. Oh, such history, such ‘in media res!’ Fuck off. If the most interesting thing these characters have done is in another game/other piece of fiction, something’s wrong.


    Wasn’t Dorian’s whole thing that Tevinter do care about bloodlines? His father’s objection wasn’t that he was doing some sinful butt stuff that hurts society right in the morals, but because he’d put all this effort into creating his genetic legacy, only to have it turn around and say it wasn’t going to propagate. No! My genetic immortality! Also, Krem’s existence also kinda makes a big deal about Thedosian sexuality…

    Such ‘meh’. Her with-us-or-against-us bullshit. She clings to her 2-dimensional black-and-white worldview and won’t ever, ever let it go.

    Uh… what the fuck? Author has some serious issues, what the hell is creepy about letting people have their memories? I happen to have an excellent memory, what – should I not be entitled to relive my fond memories now and again? Should I be deleting my memories to the fog of time for the sake of other peoples’ privacy, who were in my memories? Is that ‘creepy’? This is your issue, weirdo, not Thane or anyone else’s.

    Yeah, she ‘turned on you’ because her life was in danger and she was scared. Not just for her life, but of growing attached to one person. If you romance her and bother to actually read the ‘what happened in the last couple years’ screens full of text in DA2, you get the very satisfying note that when she took off again, it was after an argument with Hawke, where the stand-offish pirate admitting in a fit of emotion that she didn’t come back for the fucking city, she came back for Hawke. And the bonehead goofed it up. Miscommunication and misunderstanding = Real relationships, people. Real.

    Morrigan + Hero of Ferelden ran off into the sunset to raise babbies. OTP. End of story.


    EDI+Joker=totezadorbz OTP.

    Holy crap, why is One-note McAngstypants so high on this list?!

    Er… over Wrex? Is… is this list just upside down or something?

  • One of my favourite things about the Bioware games is not just the way you interact with other characters, but also the way other characters act with each other. It’s interesting to hear the mid-mission banter between two characters who really don’t get along.

  • Was there any reason why TOR was not mentioned?

    Pretty sure HK-47 is top 3 and Bastilia is up there somewhere purely for how awesome she gets if you go darkside. Other than that I appreciate Grunt being number 2.

    • Only because I haven’t played them all the way through. I’m getting there, but the games are (unfortunately) pretty dated for someone who didn’t play them when they were released.

      • I’d suggest checking out the modding site, “Deadly Stream.” They’ve got a few graphical mods up there for Knights of the Old Republic that would at least equal ME 1 in quality.

        Nice article by the way.

  • Just sayin’… I am personally offended that there are not more robots in this list. I feel like this is oppression of our non biological brethren. They should most likely make up the top three you privileged shit lord!

    • Yes, I completely agree. It disgusts me that our synthetic brethren, though fictional, are being disrespected like this. But it’s not the writer’s fault, or even biowares. It’s our global culture. We seem to have a bias towards organics.

      Hopefully this bias gets destroyed in the future, before synthetics are likely to become a reality. If not there will be blood and oil drawn. This bias could lead us to treat them as slaves.

      Even if synthetics don’t become reality, why take the chance?

  • As a disclaimer I’ve never really gotten into Dragon Age as a franchise (beyond being a big fan of Claudia Black’s work anywhere), so my opinion on those has about as much weight as a vanilla midget on Monday Nitro.

    That said I’m of the notion that Liara being in the 40s behind the likes of Jacob, James, Morinth, Kaidan, anyone but Garrus and Tali really, is disgraceful.

  • Anders at dead last? What in christs name are you smoking? He was one of the most empathetic and interesting characters I’ve ever seen in a video game. Being in a shitty, actively oppressed minority group his whole life and trying to fight the power whilst still doing good in the world; he was so far out of the generic fantasy tropes it wasn’t funny. Not to mention that his plot line of believing himself to be inhabited by the spirit of Justice and eventually going through self-reflection and coming to terms with the fact he was simply bitter and was possessed by the spirit of Vengeance was amazing. Sorry that he wasn’t a cute romantic interest who you could cosplay as.

    • Empathetic? He had the biggest martyr complex I’ve ever seen! Oh poor oppressed mage, discriminated against, like elves, and slaves. And castless dwarves. BUT NO ONE HAS IT WORSE THAN MAGES. He wasn’t interested in anyone else’s plight BUT the mages. He was a narrow minded stick in the mud, if he could see the big picture why wouldn’t he want to continue helping the Grey Wardens? Surely he could see he would have more of a position to make a difference there than live in a gutter in Kirkwall for 7 years feeling sorry for himself?
      When did he come to terms with Justice?! So he’s a do-gooder vigilante and also simply bitter because of the Vengence demon? which is it?!

    • I feel like he suffered because I didn’t install the DLC until after the suicide mission, but I did the same with Kasumi and I loved her. He seems to be pretty popular, though. I just never got the appeal.

  • Grunt ahead of Wrex? Fenris in the top ten? SEBASTIAN ahead of Alistair? What is this person smoking?

    I also join with the chorus of people who think Garrus should be No. 1.

  • I’m not sure if I agreed with Fenris and Grunt being so high on the list.

    I also do not agree with Dorian being that low.

    PS. Same sex gender is not forbidden in Thedas but each nation has different view on it.

    In Orlais, it is considered a quirk of character and nothing more.

    In Ferelden, it is a matter of scandal if done indiscreetly but otherwise nothing noteworthy.

    In Tevinter, it is considered selfish and deviant behavior among nobles, but actively encouraged with favored slaves.

  • I would have preferred a UFC or one GIF link compared to this horrible rank list.

    Fenris is one of the worst characters created, I’ve only noticed childish females enjoying his character.

  • These lists shouldn’t exist, really. Everyone has their favorite and least favorite companions for different reasons (some people HATE Alistair and LOVE Loghain, for example). This list is /your/ personal list, and the reasons you dislike most characters are your own. Personally, I disagree with most of your list, but we’re different people and none of us is right or wrong for liking or disliking a character. Maybe making a list like this in a blog that’s not personal is not the best thing to do- Lists like this one belong to tumblr.

  • Soon as i saw Anders in last spot, i knew it was going to be one ‘those’ lists.
    Chuckled at Fenris in top 10.
    Laughed extremely hard at Aveline at number 1.
    And this place wants me to turn off adblock to pay for the aus writers who post tumblr posts.

  • I’m very surprised to see Aveline as number one. She is one of the DA characters that disn’t make that big of an impression on me. I know she did on other people though. Still, number 1? I’m also surprised Dorian isn’t in the top 5. He is my favorite character from both games and one of the most memorable. And no, not cuz he’s gay. Because he’s awesome.
    I don’t know why but I never felt the same attachment to the characters in ME. I wanted too. Some of the characters from DA have stayed with me and feel like old friends.

  • And how could you call Dorian a spoiled brat?! He left everything behind, gave up the wealth, status to do something he believes in. Maybe some people just don’t get sarcasm….

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