There are really only two types of video game character: Good and bad.
Developers only ever seem capable of rendering either truly great characters, who feel so lifelike it's as if they're real people, or really bad ones, who move and act and talk in ways that mean the illusion of the game comes crashing down. Compare the characters of Joel and Ellie from The Last of Us, for example, to the stilted nightmare that was Sara Ryder from Mass Effect: Andromeda. There's a big difference.
Every year, as new games are released, we're treated to a host of never before seen characters, most of whom will disappear from our memory banks the minute the game's over - not because they were particularly bad, but because they were forgettable, or inferior to other aspects. Resident Evil 7 was great, to cite a recent game, but its lead protagonist, Ethan, was nothing to write home about.
Sometimes, though, a new character can feel like a huge revelation: an original creation with a real personality, brilliant voice acting, genuine charisma, and the built-in ability to elicit a genuine response in you, the player. Sometimes it doesn't even take all that: a truly original design can burn a character into your retinas forever.
2017 had its fair share of terrible and mediocre characters, but it also gifted us with some super memorable ones, too: here are the year's 10 most unforgettable...