Role-playing video games, or RPGs, allow the player to step into a fictional world and become part of it, usually by taking on the role of the hero of the game. The following are among the most popular and well-loved RPG heroes.

Link, from The Legend of Zelda, began his game life as a boy and became a warrior. Along the way, he has become the quintessential video game hero, helping whoever needs help and always remembering to be polite.

Cloud Strife, the mercenary hero of Final Fantasy, is an iconic character who must overcome his past as a former member of SOLDIER to become the leader he was meant to be.

Minsc of Baldur’s Gate is an unlikely RPG hero. A berserker with an intense desire to do good, Minsc is known for his special relationship with his “space hamster” Boo.

Crono of Chrono Trigger is a fearless (and voiceless) hero who stands by his allies to a remarkable degree, even getting a notable villain to depart from his evil ways.

Sora of Kingdom Hearts is a likable teenager who makes friends everywhere he goes, then fights alongside them and rescues them when needed. His innocent and sweet nature sets him apart from other RPG heroes.

In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, players design their own characters within the templates provided. It’s no surprise, then, that the heroes of Skyrim have become so popular. All the player characters learn early in the game that they are Dovahkiin, or dragonborn, which means they have a human’s body but a dragon’s soul.

Another popular player-designed RPG hero is The Grey Warden of Dragon Age: Origins. The Grey Warden can be a human, an elf, or a dwarf. Regardless of his origin, he always takes the lead in facing the threat of Darkspawn.

Fei Fong Wong, the lead character of Xenogears, may actually count as multiple heroes because he suffers from dissociative personality disorder, with alternate personalities awakening within him when he faces a crisis. Fei also has amnesia, so part of his quest is to discover the truth about his past.

Lucas is the hero of Mother 3, a cult favorite RPG for the Game Boy Advance. Lucas teams up with his twin brother, other family members, and their friends to fight the Pigmask Army in a story line that allows the hero’s character to grow much more than is allowed in many RPG games.

Ash Ketchum of Pokémon is the first RPG hero many video game players meet, given that he is a 10-year-old boy. Although initially he is rash and reckless, his determination to be a Pokémon master and his faithfulness to his friends make him a true hero.

The heroes of RPGs are diverse in personality, background and quest, allowing just about anyone to find a hero to suit their style.

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