10The New Kid from South Park: The Stick of Truth
The New Kid (also affectionately known as “douchebag”) from South Park: The Stick of Truth may not appear in many best protagonist lists, but they’re a great silent protagonist. Far from its early days where the series’ humour was generated purely from swear words and fart jokes, South Park has become a social critique – and a silent protagonist is perfect for this.
South Park: The Stick of Truth critiqued many video game tropes, and the mute lead was one of the characteristics it mocked. By labelling the player as ‘Douchebag’, it subverted nearly all RPG games where the player becomes or is someone of note. Honestly, we couldn’t imagine South Park: The Stick of Truth without a mute protagonist.