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The 10 Most Adorable Protagonists in Gaming

Just look at them! Aren’t they so cute?


Protagonists are absolutely vital in any gamer. The player needs to feel a connection between themselves and the character so that a bond is built.

Some protagonists are silent. Some have well-written characters that tug on the heart strings of the player. Some, however, are just so damn adorable that it’s impossible not to like them. 

You know that feeling when you walk past a pet shop and see all the cute soon-to-be pets through the window? That’s what these 10 games do: they ensure that a bond is built between the player and the protagonist by making them look incredibly cute. 

So, prepare your ‘awwws’ and see who the 10 most adorable gaming protagonists of all time are. 


Awwwwwwwww. Yup, unless you’re related to Steve Irwin you’re probably not going to find too many crocodiles who are this cute, but Croc really stands out. From Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, released in 1997 for PlayStation 1, Sega Saturn and PC, Croc is a loveable protagonist looking to do good in the world. 

Evil magician Baron Dante stole some Gobbos, and it’s down to Croc to save them. Croc: Legend of the Gobbos is one of the earliest 3D platformers, and Croc jumped and hopped throughout the lands of Gobbo Valley. Not only is Croc adorable, but he’s also a hero. What a combination. 



Awwwwwwwww. What exactly is Daxter? Well, er, he’s half otter and half weasel. Perhaps not the two most obvious animals to combine to make a cute creature, but funnily enough Daxter’s combination was a complete accident. In Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Daxter falls in to a pit of Dark Eco and is transformed into the adorable protagonist. 

Daxter works alongside Jak, and eventually gets his own standalone game in 2006 with a game surprisingly called Daxter. Daxter is quick-witted and a bit of a coward, but he has a great bond with Jack. He’s a brilliantly comedic character, and an adorable gaming protagonist. 


Awwwwwwwww. This 21-year old squirrel looks just like a Disney character. Big bushy tail, big cute eyes, and little adorable clothes to match. But in reality, Conker is anything but a Disney character: he swears a lot, drinks a lot, and enjoys the opposite sex of squirrel a lot. In looks, Conker is adorable, but in personality, perhaps not. 

But throughout all of his misadventures (and there’s plenty of them) the underlying story of Conker’s Bad Fur Day is always that he wants to return home to his girlfriend. Conker may be bad mannered at times and have some terrible habits, but deep down he’s a decent squirrel. Plus, just look at him. Who could ever stay mad at Conker? 


Awwwwwwwww. Bears are really adorable, in a slightly terrifying kind of way. Sure, they could maul and kill you (just ask Leonardo DiCaprio), but look at their little legs and tummies! That’s why we have teddy bears and Winnie the Pooh, right? And Banjo is no exception. 

Banjo is a fun-loving bear who loves to play music – what’s not to love? He’s also a family man bear and travels to distant lands in order to save his sister from the evil witch, Gruntilda. Along with his pal Kazooie, Banjo is an absolutely adorable protagonist with a heart of gold. 


Awwwwwwwww. It’s unbelievable that the term ‘ratchet’ now means ugly (I know this because I’m down with the kids, not because of Urban Dictionary). ‘Ratchet’ should mean adorable, because that’s what Lombaxes are. With their cute little ears and tail, the planet of Fastoon must be a big vacation spot for lovers of adorable creatures. 

Ratchet also loves gadgets and big guns. Perhaps not the two passions most related to being cute, but even those huge guns just look insanely adorable when held by Ratchet. Originally seen in 2002’s Ratchet & Clank released on PlayStation 2, Ratchet has been in many sequels and even his own film. Truly, a very successful little Lombax. 


Awwwwwwwww. It’s a… it’s a… green dinosaur with a huge tongue that likes to jump high and lay lots of eggs. Yup, Yoshi may well be a pretty unique protagonist, but he’s also one of the most adorabl,. Does Yoshi ever stop smiling? Probably not, he’s just happy to be here, and we’re happy to have him here. 

Yoshi first appeared in Super Mario World in 1990 where he was nothing but a side character to help Mario and Luigi. But in 1992, on the NES, Yoshi got his first standalone game and has featured in many since. It’s not surprising that Yoshi ended up becoming one of Nintendo’s most iconic characters: he’s very unique, and so insanely cute. 


Awwwwwwwww. Who’s a good boy? Is it you Jake? Are you a good boy? Yes you are! Dogs are often included in films and games. They’re man’s best friend after all; is there anything that tugs at the heart strings more than an innocent dog in potential peril? They’re loyal and caring. And that was brilliantly showcased in the 2003 release of Dog’s Life for PlayStation 2. 

Jake has a crush on the local dog called Daisy, and sadly she is taken away by the evil dogcatchers. Thus begins Jake’s long journey to save Daisy – one that even includes a plot to turn dogs into cat food. The player can use Jake’s smell sense to help them track important items (because he’s such a good boy, yes he is). Dog’s Life is a game like no other, and Jake is just the perfect adorable dog for the role. 


Awwwwwwwww. It’s a little electric rodent that could shock you and potentially kill you! Pikachu has become the face of Pokémon, and it’s clear why: he’s just so adorable.

Pikachu was introduced to the gaming world with Pokémon Blue/Red. But he didn’t get the chance to be a protagonist until 2000 with Hey You, Pikachu. In this game, you got your own Pikachu to bond and play games with. Hey You, Pikachu even used Nintendo 64’s under-utilised voice recognition addition to make it even more realistic. Everyone wants their own Pokémon, and we got that chance in 2000 with the most adorable Pokémon of them all. 


Awwwwwwwww. It’s a little mouse who’s a minstrel and setting out on a dangerous adventure to find his true love! Did your heart just melt? My heart just melted. From Ghost of a Tale, released in 2018, Tilo is the loveable protagonist who you guide through the countless perils of Dwindling Heights Keep. 

Ghost of a Tale is an incredibly tense game full of atmosphere and suspense. It uses a stealth system which adds to the drama, and constantly makes the player worried for poor little Tilo. It’s the perfect mix of danger, and an adorable protagonist who we don’t want to see any harm come to. 

Cartoon Link 

Awwwwwwwww. It’s a complete change in design to the Link we know and love, and we’re mad about this! Or at least we were, until Wind Waker released and we realised that  a cartoon version of Link could be just as heroic, but also incredible adorable. 

From the moment Link’s sister, Aryll, is kidnapped, Link’s journey is set out; his motive is clear and he’s completely won us over as a fantastic protagonist. From there Link engages in comedic moments, daunting tasks, and ventures to save the lands once more. Link is arguably the greatest video game protagonist of all time, but with the change to Cartoon Link, he also becomes one of the most adorable gaming protagonists, too.

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