311 Votes in Poll
I will always prefer the Hero and the Inquisitor over the Champion, simply because I can make those two dwarves, whereas the Champion is only human. I prefer the Hero overall, because they have stronger connections to dwarven culture. Also, unlike the Inquisitor, they aren't forced into being the Herald and champion of a god they don't believe in.
For me it's got to be Hawke because they felt more like their own character. I know a lot of people didn't like Hawke for exactly that reason because that made them harder to roleplay but for me that allowed me to connect with them. The warden being a blank player-insert character allows people to project whatever you wanted onto them to better help RP, it allows the player to be them and inhabit their main character better, but for me that's not feeling close, I can't forge any meaningful connection with someone that I'm projecting so heavily onto. I struggle to sacrifice Hawke in the fade Inquisition but I've never had any difficulty sacrificing the Warden against the archdemon.
As much as I love the Warden, and to a lesser extent the Inquisitor, both of them feel like Mary Sue characters long before the end of their arc. They are just... too much, and the more they do, the less I feel close to them.
I've always loved the feeling that Hawke started like a regular Joe, but also kind of ended up as one too. Sure he/she became the Champion, but somehow, it felt so accidental, and the title was given so relanctutely by Meredith, that it felt Hawke was only a Champion in name and never a hero on the grandscale. Just a guy/gal at the right place at the right moment (or wrong, considering how things turned).
It always made him/her way more human to me than the Warden and Inky ever did.
Of protagonists, it's my Cousland HOF.
From all my OCs, it's my non-protagonist Tabris. Of my DAO trio of OCs, she is the least pretty, least deadly and least refined. The other two are of noble blood while she is just a knife ear... but I still favors her most. Perhaps exactly because her imperfections.
So, why don't I favors Hawke over HOF or Inquisitor? Too much of him belongs to Bioware, I guess...
I’ve always felt closest to the HoF because I like to make myself the Cousland Warden. I never feel close to the Champion, but that’s because I prefer to play as a “canon” Garrett Hawke instead. As for the Inquisitor, I played as myself the first time around, but every replay from then on has been as a different character. So while I’m not necessarily close to the Inquisitor either, I do like them a lot.
Wow, I’m shocked to see people felt closer to the inquisitor than Hawke. Definitely opposite for me
I would have to say my Hawkes the 3 classes each has their own story in my creation through Kirkwall so to me personally having to dealing with someone close that was murdered 4 years ago and left my daughter without a mother, the whole tragedy and becoming triumphant was definitely an epic drama I could relate to so most definitely The Hawkes!
After some thought, it's probably the Hero of Ferelden for me. The glimpse into the Hero's life before everything goes south is very grounding and helps personalize the character before the mad scramble from Ostagar onward. The Hero has a great deal of agency and builds all of their influence in a very hands-on kind of way. Their methods - heroic or villainous - are ours to determine. Although the character is voiceless, their words have personality and impact on others. It's just a very original and unique character (which is part of why they should never make another appearance).
There's a little less attachment to the Inquisitor. There's no real hint of what life was like before the Conclave. There's no real way to affect the Chantry that ignores the Herald of Andraste, but insists the Inquisitor make all the decisions. Others have pointed out there is no real option to be anything other than generally heroic. Influence is less about personal involvement and mostly built through agents at a distance through a time-gated war table. Yet despite all of that, the Inquisitor's personality is determined by the player. The Inquisitor is the one influencing the future, making some important decisions in person, settling conflicts, influencing thrones, factions, and the dispersal of information.
The issue with Hawke is that of being merely a spectator in her own life. Nothing the Champion does makes any difference anywhere or to anyone. From the very beginning (the inability to choose who attacks the ogre), the story is so railroaded there's hardly a need to even press a button, and the time-skips mash everything together so there's no chance to consider or reflect. The development of a personality is not determined by the player, but firmly linked to dialogue flavors. That's not personal, but ludicrously equates to someone cutting up with their friends being literally unable to be polite to anybody else or unable to threaten deserving dirtbags. There is actually less of Hawke to personalize than the Hero or the Inquisitor because Hawke is a character in Varric's story while the others are motivators in their own, actual lives. It's ironic that by the time we meet the real Hawke in DAI, they are already another NPC.
^ While I agree with your DAO and DAI assessment as well as some points for DA2 (tone railroading, I want to be decent to my friend and spit at those who deserve it), I rather hate what they did with them in DAI. Blood magic this, blood magic that. For purple Hawke, it might be written off as trolling to some extend, but if you got a Hawke with blood magic spec and/or romancing Merrill, it just comes across as utterly hypocritical and/or abusive respectively. And since I cannot recreate the iconic female face due to lack of hairstyle, all I'll say about this is #NotMyHawke! :P
^Oh, I'm no fan of Hawke in DAI either. The Champion goes from 'making decisions with a true heart' to constantly and bitterly blaming blood magic. As you say, it comes off as hypocritical even for non-mages. I can forgive some appearance changes due to engine differences, but a complete lack of *any* decent hairstyles pretty much renders all aspects moot, but that's a completely different topic. Between Alistair and Hawke, the decision of who to leave in the Fade wasn't that difficult.
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