Wander (Shadow of the Colossus)
Welcome to the most depressing entry on the list! Wander rides into a mysterious temple with a girl named Mono. She seems to be quite dead, but that’s pretty much all we know about her. What we do know is that Wander wants her back, and he embarks on a rather shady quest to do so.
Wander is told that slaying all of the colossi across the mysterious land is his ticket to getting her back, and he obliges, purely out of love for her. It quickly becomes clear that these towering beasts present no danger to anyone except Wander, and that’s only because he’s stabbing them all in the head.
Wait, Wander’s kind of a dick, right?
Link (The Legend of Zelda)
Finally, we have the ultimate silent protagonist. He’s been around for over 25 years, and we’ve heard nary a peep from Link. Well, except for various grunts and cries that come over the course of battle.
This pointy-eared elf has been an industry mainstay because, despite his utter lack of communication skills, Link has always shown tremendous courage and ingenuity in the face of doom and gloom, time and time again. I mean, technically it’s a different Link in most games, but they all display the same heroic traits.