Joel from The Last of Us
SPOILERS AHEAD! REPEAT! SPOILERS AHEAD!
Joel is a powerhouse of a character, neither hero nor villain. He’s just a human amidst the apocalypse. That's all he is. He makes some very questionable choices and some very justifiable ones even as you, the player, take control to watch his progression first hand. That, of course, is one of the most compelling traits of The Last of Us. You have to play as a guy who doesn't have it all together, who’s selfish in many ways, who just wants to survive.
Before the fall of mankind, Joel was a hard-working single parent with a loving daughter named Sarah. He cared for her deeply, as you can see in the just the first few minutes of gameplay. Joel puts a roof over her head and food on the table. Even in such a short time you can tell how genuine their chemistry is because, in reality, she's all Joel really has. When things start to take a turn for the worse and a fungal disease infects most of the population, Joel does everything he can to protect his only child, but like so many others, Sarah becomes a casualty during the fall of the US. Joel loses everything. He's down to nothing.
Why we love him:1. He's very much human: he's not just a hero that can do all these different things. He's vulnerable and he doesn't always make the right decision.
2. He's tough: only when he has to be, but he's not one that I’d want to fight. The man can fight.
3. He's a softy: despite his bearish demeanor and gritty appearance, Joel has a soft squishy spot in his heart for his daughter Sarah and his newly adopted daughter, Ellie.
4. He's voiced by Troy Baker: Does this really need explanation?
By David White