Octopath Traveler Series: All Characters RANKED (by Personality)

Octopath Traveler Series: All Characters RANKED (by Personality)

Octopath Traveler 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 scholar who wants to murder his nemesis to a go-lucky merchant with a notebook, each character has their own distinct personality that separates them from the rest. Now without further ado, RPG Ranked presents... Octopath Traveler Series: All Characters RANKED! (By Personality).

16. Therion - C Tier

How to pick a character in Octopath Traveler - Polygon

This might be my biggest Octopath Traveler hot take, but I just don’t love Therion. I feel like you either love him or hate him, and I’m more aligned with the latter. I don’t despise him, but I don’t really like him either. While I do occasionally thoroughly enjoy his sass, the way he treats everybody is more like a moody teenager than any moody teenager I’ve met. It’s like he is taking mood steroids or something. The fact he says “whatever” and rants about how much he wants to go to a tavern is off-putting, and so is his lack of trust. Like not trusting people makes sense, but the annoying way he talks about it is just too much for me. I love the ideas of Therion’s character, but the execution was just not for me, so overall, Therion falls in last place on this list.

15. Primrose - C Tier

How to pick a character in Octopath Traveler - Polygon

I really loved Primrose and how she was executed during her story. Though she was a badarse character, as soon as she started talking to the others in the tavern, she just started to annoy me. She just spontaneously talked about her beauty much too often, and to me, that’s anything but an attractive character trait. As cool as she was, having severe daddy issues and talking about how hot she is being her two biggest traits? That made Primrose not very appealing for me. Sorry for the two hot takes in a row, but I just didn’t like Primrose very much either.

14. 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.

13. Cyrus - C Tier

How to pick a character in Octopath Traveler - Polygon

Okay, I really do like my man Cyrus. He’s so smart, yet so entirely oblivious. He is awesome, but sometimes, it is so cringeworthy to see Cyrus in situations where he is so intelligent but so unintelligent at the same time. I love the idea of the oblivious lovable character, but again, like with Primrose and Therion, I found the execution kind of annoying. While the lady who liked him was kind of an idiot so I didn’t want Cyrus to be stuck with her, I just felt like Cyrus didn’t really have an interesting arc about emotional intelligence, which could’ve been a really big highlight for this character. Also, while most of my favorite Octopath Traveler characters have meaningful relationships with the people around them, Cyrus just talks to everyone equally, making it feel like he simply just talks to people for the sake of spitting information at them. Overall, while I like Cyrus in many ways, he is too much for me to handle sometimes.

12. Osvald - B 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 Throne 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.

11. 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.

10. Tressa - B Tier

Tressa’s go-lucky, fun, and stubborn personality carries her otherwise mediocre story. Though her obsession with mercantilism is a little annoying, her meaningful interactions with the other Octopath Travelers, Captain leon, Ali, and Noa elevate her character for me. Though she has flaws that are pretty annoying, I enjoyed the execution much more than the previous characters. So overall, Tressa is an above-average character to me, but not a fantastic character.

9. 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 Throne 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.

8. Olberic - A Tier

The ever-awesome holy and noble Knight character with his awesome monologues. Olberic was cringy to me, but in an endearing sort of way. For me, Olberic was an example of the good Knight trope done right. With a tragic backstory, a story with great stakes, and a fun not-too-stoic-but-not-too-whiney personality, I really liked him. His story with Erhardt was smooth and I really liked it a lot, and his second and fourth stories had a lot of awesome substance. Overall, I loved Olberic, even though some people found him basic.

7. 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.

6. Ophilia - A Tier

How to pick a character in Octopath Traveler - Polygon

Sure, she is a basic Cleric, and her personality is almost solely  centered around being kind to others… but unlike many Octopath fans, this is what I love about her. Though she is simple, her character is quite powerful. The way she helps people feel better just makes her quite inspiring, and I really do want to be more like Ophilia. The way she cares about her father and her sister has inspired me to be a better person myself. Overall, though she is kind of basic, her kindness makes her one of my favorite characters in Octopath Traveler.

5. H’aanit - S Tier

How to pick a character in Octopath Traveler - Polygon

We just love H’aanit. She’s such a vibe. Her old English is just a whole thing, and it made me laugh every time she would pull out a questionable one-liner like “comen, if thou darest.” She is just so fun and though I find her story mid at best, her interactions with characters around her makes her story worth playing. She has a lot of personality in everything she does, and while some people find this annoying, I personally really like it. Some people love Therion and hate H’aanit, and vice versa, and I always love hearing how different characters impact people in different ways. It is A-okay to have different opinions about different characters! Overall, I just think H’aanit is epic.

4. Ochette - S 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.

3. 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 character in Octopath Traveler II.

2. Alfyn - S+ Tier

Alfyn is just the biggest giga-chad around. Alfyn is just as nice as Ophilia, but with more depth, personality, and backstory. Alfyn is so cool, treating his best friend, family, and acquaintances all with such kindness. He is also fun, silly, and relatable, and he goes through a powerful character arc as he comes to realize that helping people is not always the best thing to do. That some people don’t deserve to be helped. I just found his story so great and intriguing, so overall, I love Alfyn and find him very relatable, so overall, he is my favorite character in the original Octopath Traveler.

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.

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