Book lovers are everywhere. No, really, they are. And to prove it, I set out on a quest to bring you a sampling of book-loving characters in video games.
My first instinct was to call dibs on Hermione, but that would just open the door to all the book-first characters who made it over to the video game world. And that would be cheating, I also disqualified all the ancient, eccentric mentors from this category (I’m looking at you, Samos the Sage from Jak and Daxter), no matter how many books or pairs of reading glasses they have.
Here is my shortlist of book-loving video game characters!
3. Quistis Trepe
I’ll start of with this almost-reader from Final Fantasy VIII. Emotional and troubled inside, Quistis Trepe puts up a strong front and hides behind her strict, librarian looks.
Sure, you probably won’t find her in the local military school library and her weapon of choice may be a chain whip, but look – glasses! This and her role as the youngest teacher in FFVIII’s elite military school lands her the post of honorary geek – that and her stoic, no-nonsense attitude. It counts, right?
2. Lucca Ashtear
There would be no Chrono Trigger without Lucca Ashtear who accidentally teleports our hero on his first trip through time. A tech genius in mideval fantasyland, it doesn’t take her long to travel 1,200 years into the future and fix and befriend a robot.
Despite her weak skills in weapons combat, switch her over to magic, specialize in defensive spells, and you’re set – and the enemies in a world of hurt. And when the company finds itself in a magic library, and you run around aimlessly talking to people so you can finally move on with the game plot, Lucca is off on her own. Presumably, reading.
And finally, there’s the scholarly dream-chasing Shad from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
The dagger he hides in his book doubles as a bookmark, the formal speech is as adorable as it is annoying, and his enormous bowtie – to use the words of Doctor Who – is cool. Though utterly useless in a fight, his formidable book reading wins the day (and game) for Link with some high skills in dealing with obscure texts.
Canaries, I had a crazy time thinking up even these three. Do you know of any cool readerly video game characters?
This post has been brought to you by awesome-author Eliza Nuckle , who challenged me to write about video games and literature.