When I took this assignment, I spent several days in profound thought trying to narrow my choices down. I didn’t want to choose the obvious answers like Samus, Mario, or Sonic. There were a plethora of other obvious choices that I could have made, but none of them were my number one favorite video game character. Although, some honorable mentions would include: Duke Nukem, Garrett, Lolo, and Crono.
I spent a whole day’s time going back and forth between Yuri Lowell and Luigi. I know Luigi is kind of an obvious answer, but growing up as a little brother who always got stuck as player 2, I was accustomed to playing as Luigi. I literally grew up with Luigi. I would play the Super Mario Bros trilogy, and I would always play as Luigi while my brother played as Mario. I have a soft spot for where Luigi comes from and what he represents. He is always getting tarnished and looked down on, a lot like how I felt with my brother and his friends. Then after growing, Luigi got his own spotlight a few times, Luigi’s Mansion + Dark Moon, and New Super Luigi U. Kind of like me as I grew I finally got my own spotlights in my adult life, my wedding day and the birth of my son.
Despite all that, Yuri Lowell still stands as a contender. For those who haven’t heard of him or played Tales of Vesperia, Yuri Lowell is one of seven main character of a story about full of secrets, spirits, and magic. Yuri Lowell is an expert using swords and small axes. Yuri isn’t a traditional hero. He will protect those who can’t protect themselves, but unlike most heroes, he isn’t afraid to dirty his own hands. It’s also more than just his unconventional ways. It’s one thing to dirty one’s hands in a world where you would expect it. In Tales of Vesperia, it seems to be a little lighthearted, but there are a few heavy plot points. These points really shocked me, and made me really enjoy playing as Yuri and playing the game.
I finally came to a decision by considering this: Luigi was my favorite in my childhood. Yuri Lowell will be my favorite character for my adulthood. I really haven’t found a character who has won my respect, surprised me by what he is willing to do, and who looks good in a fedora. I’m sorry Luigi, you have been replaced. How ironic.