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The Top 7... Most giving characters in gaming

2. Main Character

From: Persona 3/Persona 3 Portable

Persona 3's silent lead proves one thing: sometimes all it takes to make a difference is giving a complete stranger the time of day. Throughout Persona 3, he/she is constantly encountering strangers via social links, and ends up fostering deep relationships with these characters. It's amazing how far these relationships go, starting out as incidental friendships, but quickly turning into something deeper: a full understanding of another's psyche, and sometimes even love.

Our main character doesn't run away from others' heavy woes, either; this is especially evident from the Sun social link, in which he helps a young dying boy come to terms with his own death. And as the social links so notably reveal, everybody is suffering from some sort of hardship in life, whether it's the young girl who's trying to accept her parents' divorce, or the old couple getting over the loss of their adult son. Whoever they are, whatever their circumstances, there’s not a soul that our main character touches that doesn't end up for the better.

Sometimes, it’s just a matter of lending an ear to someone in a time of need, and the main character proves just how powerful our own actions can be to others, no matter how small or insignificant they seem to us. If anything, Persona 3 showcases just how empty our lives would be without the relationships we form, and just how vital it is to our human condition to foster them. The impact we can have on the lives of others is profound, and our main character never takes that for granted. This world is much too dark a place to face completely on our own.

1. Jade

From: Beyond Good & Evil HD

Jade's one of those girls who just has it all. She's insightful, inquisitive, determined and brave, but above all else, she's one of the most generous characters you'll ever meet. Why? For starters, she takes care of a group of children who’ve been orphaned by the attacks of the alien DomZ, working with her partner/”uncle” Pey’j to keep them safe. It’s a role she takes very seriously, going to extreme lengths to rescue the kids and making it her goal teach them to look out for one another.

Jade pays the bills by taking on dangerous assignments as a photographer, documenting the deadlier forms of wildlife on her home planet, Hillys. Before long, however, she uses her talents to give a much bigger gift to a much larger group of people: the truth behind what’s happening to their planet. Driven by a need to serve the public and to understand both sides of the story, she starts infiltrating government facilities, where she learns that Hillys’ would-be protectors – the militaristic Alpha Sections – are in fact in cahoots with the DomZ, and are trafficking in human captives. Any other person might have left the DomZ and the Alpha Sections to fight their pretend war, but when Jade learns the truth, she's not willing to stand idly by, and she risks it all to expose the Alphas for what they really are.

You really have to admire a woman who’s willing to put her life in danger repeatedly to help those who can't help themselves. Jade doesn't step back, and she's never afraid to stand up for what's right, not even when her life and soul are on the line. The same could be said of a lot of game heroes, true, but how many of them pushed themselves to the brink to rescue and resurrect everyone they know? If that’s not generosity, then nothing is.

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42 comments

  • oddprophet - November 23, 2011 12:59 p.m.

    What about Tom Nook from Animal Crossing? He gave you an entire house! And all he asked for in return was your love (and your wallet)
  • Darkhawk - November 27, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    Don't get me started on that bastard. "Oh, here's a house. Now you owe me 8 million Animal-Bucks." "Oh, so you've paid off your debt, eh? Well good thing I ordered that addition for 4 million more... MWAHAHAHAHAHA~"
  • ranivus - November 23, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    Female sheperd... good choice.
  • CitizenWolfie - November 23, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    Wow, a GR article where Heavy Rain gets a POSITIVE mention? April Fool's was ages ago guys! But seriously, what about Agro from SOTC? He goes through the whole game asking nothing from Wander yet willingly takes him to the furthest reaches of the map and help you fight huge monsters. And even, EVEN after all that, (spoilers) sacrifices himself to ensure you complete your task. And even THEN, (spoilers again) manages to limp ALL the way back to the temple out of loyalty to his master. Agro is surely the most heroically selfless character in recent gaming history.
  • El Dango - November 23, 2011 7:10 a.m.

    Jade can also give people some of her stuff, so that's like a literal thing. Hurray!
  • jmcgrotty - November 23, 2011 1:36 a.m.

    I would have said the Hot Coffee girl.
  • phoenix_wings - November 22, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    :( I cried.
  • EBAX1 - November 22, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    Depending on who you play as in skyrim, you gould be the most generous person ever. My misc quest list is overflowing from people asking me to find them crap
  • KoRLumen - November 22, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    *ahem* Ramirez... do everything! No? Though, I guess he kinda has no choice, being a solider and everything.
  • shawksta - November 22, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Great list, I never thought of whats-his-face from scribblenauts, nice one! Here's a stupid but reasonable choice: The Judge from Ace Attorney, he gives the defence too many Godamn chances, the prosecution are pretty pissed off.
  • Whoissheandwhydidshesayit - November 22, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    Real thanksgiving was just over a month ago...
  • Whoissheandwhydidshesayit - November 22, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    Real thanksgiving was a month ago...o
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - November 22, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    I would almost argue for John Marston being on the list. He does a dozen tasks for everyone he meets, and what does he get in the end? Exactly.
  • BladedFalcon - November 24, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    Most of those tasks he didn't really do them out of true generosity though. The man was ridden with guilt, so a lot of those acts can't really be considered selfless when what you are trying to do is to seek forgiveness for yourself. And this is because in the past, Marston had done a lot of damage to other people. His is a tragic story, and i would never deny that, but I don't believe he qualifies as selfless, much less giving. And then there's the fact that he also does tasks for a tyrant and a rapist... (Allende) so you gotta wonder how great his moral compass was even when he was trying to find redemption.
  • JoeMasturbaby - November 22, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    thought Charlie Barratt wrote this one, but then I saw Persona and Beyond Good and Evil and knew It had to be written by somebody else. I agree with #1.
  • coryhendetta - November 22, 2011 11:20 a.m.

    Nice to see Persona getting some recognition.
  • revrock - November 22, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    Hamlet from Illusion of Gaia!!!!!!
  • ShowMeYourKitties - November 22, 2011 6:59 a.m.

    Kinda surprised you went with Frog instead of Robo. I love Frog, but Robo sacrificed 400 years just to plant a forest...
  • Asloveszuko - November 22, 2011 5:21 a.m.

    So glad Jade was #1 on this list, as soon as I saw the title it just whispered to me "Jade". Amazing game, one that everyone should play!

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