Gaming is littered with great characters - villains, squadmates, NPCs and of course, the protagonist themselves. With sequels, franchises and sagas commonplace in the medium, most get time to build a legacy.
For this lot though, one game was all they needed to make an impact. Some of them may yet return in the future, though for some their race is surely run.
Some of these characters have deeply affecting stories which stay with you long after the screen fades to black... others are just a great laugh. Gaming characters run the gamut, so this list has to as well. While some might have had a more emotional impact or have quote-unquote ‘better’ writing, they’re all massively memorable in their own way.
Some were even trailblazers for trends which followed them later. Even if they only had one game, their influence can be felt in others far and wide.
Whether they provided great fun, touching stories, tough foes or a unique experiences, each of these characters only needed one game to make it count. They’re fantastic characters, and each give their games some great replay value.