While it might be easy for players to identify the bonds that exist between two human characters in video games, there should be an acknowledgement of the non-human characters that go above and beyond the call of assistance. These characters connect to gaming protagonists in a way that most other human characters cannot and tend to exhibit an unparalleled form of dedication to their counterparts. Without these characters, the games in which they appear would not feel the same. Be prepared to do the impossible, because you’re not alone as we present our list of 10 Unforgettable Non-Human Video Game Companions.
Yoshi – Super Mario Bros. Series
Yoshi has been at Mario’s side since he was a baby and is one of the most loyal characters in the history of gaming. In more recent titles, Yoshi has proven that he is a hero of his own accord. Despite being orange in the Super Mario Bros. film, many hearts sank upon witnessing Yoshi being stabbed, which shows the attachment gamers have to such a beloved character (and symbolizes how bad Hollywood butchered the Mario franchise).
Cortana – Halo Series
Before Elizabeth stole our hearts in inspirational (and interdimensional) ways, Cortana was the one to set the standard in being the drive for the champion of an FPS to overcome insurmountable odds. “Don’t make a girl a promise… if you know you can’t keep it.”
Claptrap – Borderlands 1 & 2
Claptrap might be memorable for his silly nature, zany dialogue, random bouts of dancing, and playing dubstep, but he is also the entire reason why players go to war against Handsome Jack in Borderlands 2. When Jack deactivated all the other Claptraps, certain minions (mainly you), were implemented in order for Claptrap to get revenge.
Rush – Mega Man Series
Since debuting in Mega Man 3, Rush has been Rock’s trusty sidekick, offering various types of transportation for the Blue Bomber. Despite his numerous video game appearances, his performances in the Mega Man cartoon series and Captain N: The Game Master were adorable.
HK-47 – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic
He might seem like a common protocol droid, but once you purchase him and remove his restraining bolt, you find out that you got a lot more than you bargained for. “Statement: I have already learned a great deal, master, and I am anxious to learn more of lying, betrayal, and new ways to harm innocents.”
Geno – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
A celestial being that took possession of a puppet’s body in order to help Mario & Co. defeat Smtihy and help restore wishes to the Mushroom Kingdom, Geno is proof that there is a higher power in the Mario-verse (asides from Players 1 and 2).
Tails – Sonic the Hedgehog Series
Miles Prower has been a loyal companion to the Blue Blur for over 20 years. You would think that Tails would have shown Sonic how to fly the Tornado by now and let the one who can’t physically fly be its pilot instead of wing-rider.
Interceptor – Final Fantasy 6
Mercenary/ninja Shadow might warn people that his dog bites strangers, but the Interceptor’s playful nature towards young Relm suggests that there is a secret relation between the two party members that is furthered by the dream sequences Shadow experiences in the second half of the game.
Epona – The Legend of Zelda Series
Sorry Navi, you got annoying way too fast and were never there for Link as many times as Epona has been.
Urdknot Wrex – Mass Effect Series
There are so many quotables, gunfights, headbutts, jokes, and awesome memories involving Wrex that it’s hard to mention a specific one out of the bunch… unless Shepard killed him on Virmire (Commander Shepard). We’ll never look at a bag of ice the same way ever again.