This is a tricky question.
Early on it was Oscar Mike because I was genuinely surprised by him and his lore. I spoke about this over on the Steam community. He’s such a subversive character, it’s perfect.
On the surface, Mike looks like he’s just another Halo guy. Once you get into it though he’s actually … quite yuong? It doesn’t seem like he’s been spawned long. So the impression I get of him is that he’s basically an eight year old boy in a man’s body, with a military database dumped into his head.
He has that sort of tsundere attitude that boys who aren’t sure of their identity have, and it’s adorable. And there are other factors, too. From what I understood of him, he was kicked off planet Mike for being too sensitive. It alienated the other Mikes that there was one that really wanted to learn how to write poetry.
And now Mike’s found a place with Ghalt’s merry band, he’s having a bit of an identity crisis. On the one hand, he wants to retain his prior identity, but on the other he desperately wants the approval of the Peacekeepers. So he’ll do things like make puns and act all ‘I can’t believe I said that!’ about it.
Also. Hugs are stupid because they result in too many broken ribs. Apparently he’s been getting a lot of hugs from Montana. It’s funny because Montana has become like a sort of weird father figure to him.
And that’s absolutely brilliant when you think about it! No, really, it is. Who plays Call of Duty, Halo, and the likes the most? Young boys, and often ones as insecure as Mike is. He doesn’t have the potty mouth (as they couldn’t do that), but so many things about him are so right.
You’ll find I’ve liked a lot of characters for their story.
I loved Benedict, but I’ve discussed why elsewhere. Essentially how his curent nature, personality, and actions are all a tribute to his lost nestmate, along with showing disabled pride (which any disabled person can relate to) in a really respectful and subtle way. He has a lot to ‘laugh’ about, so he does.
I feel a little sad for Benedict, so I hope he does find some of his family, eventually.
ISIC I love because of The Algorithm being the best send-up of the Simulated Reality theory I’ve ever seen. I can actually appreciate nihilism too, when someone actually understands how it’s supposed to work. And surprisingly, ISIC’s writer does. It doesn’t have to be all depressing, after all. Also, ISIC is a little s… no, wait, I probably can’t say that, here.
Shayne & Aurox. Oh, they’re great too. They’re just such a perfect version of that teenage girl escapist paranormal fantasy. I’ve seen a lot of that thanks to my partner and just having been on Tumblr in general. A girl and her monster, what she’d do in that situation, that sort of thing. Even right down to the detective agency, they just got so much right about it.
That’s one of the reasons Battleborn stuck with me. Every Battleborn is some nerdy weirdo’s escapist fantasy, and done right. When they said ‘a badass for every kind of badass,’ I don’t think that’s as far from the truth as marketing usually is. And that’s delightful to me.
Reyna I’ve spent large amounts of time playing and enjoyed thoroughly. She’s a chubby, body positive, bawdy, and badass momma bear who’s not taking anyone’s crap. It’s like someone took Roseanne and Whoopi Goldberg (both of whom I love) and mooshed them together! I really hope other game developers take note. If you want to do a chubby lady, this is how you do it. Okay? Okay. Good.
The Jennerit have been a laugh. Not my top favourites, but still. Rath’s ‘Keeper of the Blade’ taunt is a laugh. Ambra’s kind of brilliant in her representation of haphephobia (a fear that I unfortunately also suffer with, so I completely understand the poor lady). And Caldarius is far, far too good at being Megatron. Anyone else notice th at? His default colours are, I think, reminiscent of Gen 1 Megs, whereas his last colour palette reminds me of the War for/Fall of Cybertron games and their Megatron. Oh and that slow clap. So Megatron.
I think the only thing that’s missing from Caldarius being a Megatron parody would be saying yes a lot to the point where it actually starts to get questionable, but that might be too on the nose. Anyone who’s ever seen Beast Wars will know what I’m talking about.
Galilea is a brilliant challenge to what people might see as how feminine a woman should be, whereas Ghalt is the opposite of that and has a quiet sensitivity to go alongside his masculinity which doesn’t impair it. Ghalt reminds me a little bit of Chakotay from Voyager.
Essentially, I’ve been running through a big part of the cast and I’ve been continually delighted by them. I can see whom each one is meant for and as such I can appreciate them all. I think my absolute favourite is Benedict, whom I can relate with the most being disabled and having experienced loss. I just wish I was actually good at playing him. I do try!
My partner’s brilliant at playing him. I remember the first time we fought the Conservator, I was being her pocket healer as Reyna and I lost track of her. Then I spotted her, above the Conservator. And I was quite vexed by how thoroughly she’d hornswoggled gravity.
I never thought I’d get to write ‘hornswoggled gravity.’ But there you go. Ah, Battleborn.