Octopath Traveler II: All Characters RANKED! (By Personality)
Octopath Traveler II is one of the most fun and unique RPGs when it comes to how the stories are told, and the characters truly bring these scenarios to life! From a hardcore thief murders people to a go-lucky merchant trying to save the world from poverty, each character has their own distinct personality that separates them from the rest. One last note: check out the above video for my first impressions ranking… it is very different from this article, my final ranking! Now without further ado, RPG Ranked presents... Octopath Traveler II: All Characters RANKED! (By Personality).
8. Hikari - C Tier
At first, Hikari was my third favorite character. I loved that he was a prince that cared for his people and wanted to fight back against his vile brother. However, as much as this was awesome, he eventually just fell into two boring tropes without much variation: first, a fallen prince, and second, an anime main protagonist who fights with the power of friendship. I don't really mind these tropes, in fact, I actually like them when they are done well. However, very little was done with Hikari to set him apart from the rest, and I thought most of his dialogue was iffy at best. Overall, Hikari was not bad, but his personality simply felt underdeveloped.
7. Osvald - C Tier
When somebody’s entire personality revolves around books, love, and trying to murder someone, it is quite weird to rank them on this list. While his story is very powerful, it is hard to like a grim scholar who is so driven to kill that we rarely see other sides of him (one thing Throné did well was showing us her kind side from time to time). Though some flashbacks and travel banter show a wider perspective of Osvald, the fact that he is so focused on killing Harvey makes him very cold and unrelatable. I will say though, his banter with Partitio was some of the best dialogue in the game. While he was still interesting and I enjoyed seeing his love for his family, overall, it was just too hard for me to like him anymore than any of the next characters on his list.
6. Agnea - B Tier
Agnea is a relatable character for me—I love performing on stage and bringing smiles to other peoples’ faces as well! However, she is very much one-note and uninteresting, as while I can relate to her, she only talks about making people happy, and it eventually gets very annoying. If one of her chapters was tragic enough to shift her perspective a bit (like Alfyn’s Chapter 3 in the first game), she could end up becoming a much more interesting character, but Agnea always seems to recover so quickly from tragic events that it makes her seem so fake. Overall, as much as I love Agnea, she just really isn’t interesting enough to place any higher on this list.
5. Throné - B Tier
The fact that Throné is this low on my list is a testament to the fact that I loved all of the characters in this game. My biggest problem with Throné is just that she is probably the least relatable character in the game. Though I can relate to her longing for freedom, she still has a lot of blood on her hands. She is also very cold and awkward, so while I was rooting for her throughout her fantastic story, I did not feel connected to the story like I did for the other characters—I felt like a distant bystander. I loved her interactions with Temenos, which showed the foil between a kind-hearted murderer and a heretic-esque Cleric. She has the opposite problem that I had with Agnea—she was very interesting, but not relatable at all. Since she was so interesting, she falls in fifth, but her relative lack of relatability prevents her from being any higher on this list.
4. Castti - A Tier
At first, I was not the biggest fan of Castti—in the video, I put her in last place. I just found her to be a boring and uninspired amnesiac, and I found myself just wanting to play any character story other than hers. But after her Chapter 3? She went from being drab to an amazingly written mother figure and friend, and it carries over throughout her Crossed Paths and travel banter… particularly, her relationship with Ochette is absolutely adorable! Seeing the loss of each of the Eir’s Apothecaries during her third chapter is heartbreaking and adds so much depth to her character, and her close friendships really show the player the person she really is. Overall, though she is not nearly as fun as the next few characters on this list, her amazing back story and motherly persona was enough to rank her in fourth place on this list.
3. Ochette - A Tier
Simply put, Ochette is fun, hilarious, and adorable. She is one of the most fun characters I’ve ever seen in an RPG, and I was never bored when I was playing Ochette’s chapters. Seeing her very simple perspective on life is escapism from the convoluted human life present in the other stories, and makes her really pop out from the rest of the characters. It is especially hilarious to see how happy she becomes just from eating some jerky! Overall, with how silly and likable she is, she is easily one of the best characters in Octopath Traveler II.
2. Temenos - S Tier
The friendship between Temenos and Crick is one of my favorite parts of Octopath Traveler II. Temenos is perhaps the most original character in the game, and since he is a rogue, detective cleric, he has many layers. To be honest, Temenos kind of reminded me of Shawn Spencer from Psych! And that makes Crick Gus, of course. Except Gus doesn’t die. But I digress. I just always love a good mystery story, and with Temenos’s spontaneous and unexpected comments, he is a perfectly hilarious detective. On top of all of that, I’d argue that he is the main character of the game, with the final chapter centered around the information and themes of Temenos’s story. Overall, with an original personality, an amazing friendship with Crick, and the most plot relevance of any character in the game, he is the runner-up for the best job in Octopath Traveler II.
1. Partitio - S+ Tier
Saving the world from poverty, being a Wild Western hero, and being somebody who never gives up on people or their dreams? Partitio is simply a legendary RPG character, and one of my new favorite fictional characters of all time. He did all that he could to stop Roque’s monopoly, destroying his reputation and bringing prosperity to the world. Yet after all of it, he hires Roque for a one singular leaf. This was simple, yet profound. Partitio tells everybody that they deserve a second chance, and that people should always put hope in their dreams because they have the power to accomplish them. Heck, he even inspired me a little bit, as though my dreams are very lofty and nearly-unachievable, his story gave me a bit more hope. And on top of all of this, Partitio’s Theme is now one of my favorite songs of all time. Overall, with a fantastic story and one of the most charming personalities of any video game character, he was easily the best character in Octopath Traveler II.