9. Cere Junda - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
The immaculate Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order introduced us to the former Jedi Knight Cere Junda. Having previously been mentor to the game's primary antagonist, Trilla Suduri, Junda acts as both a guide and a history teacher to the player.
At first, the character appeared to be nothing more than a cold, unrelenting force, dedicated to revenge against the Empire after the events of Order 66. She pushes protagonist Cal Kestis to better himself in the ways of The Force and join her fight. As the game progresses, however, she becomes so much more.
Following the revelation of her previous padawan, it’s understandable where Junda’s hatred comes from and her desire for Kestis to be better. She becomes almost a mother figure to him, slowly opening up a much softer and more likeable side. This culminated in her attempting to make amends with Suduri come the end of the game, despite the atrocities she had committed.
Below all that hardness was a truly captivating character, warm and emotional. Her well roundedness and deep characterization made her a highlight of the game and let's hope she makes a return in the sequel. Oh, and she’s also really handy with a lightsaber.