2016 oprainfall Awards: Best Hero

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

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2016 Oprainfall Awards | Header

oprainfall AwardsBEST HERO

Previous Winners
2012: Lee Everett (The Walking Dead)
2013: Lucina (Fire Emblem: Awakening)
2014: Bayonetta (Bayonetta 2)
2015: Kazuma Kiryu (Yakuza 5)

What makes a hero? Last year our choice for the best hero was a guy who was very good at beating up bad guys. This year our nominees for the best hero are a monster slayer, a Godslayer, a pilot, and an attorney. One of those does not seem to sound as exciting as the others…

Geralt – The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine

2016 Oprainfall Awards | Geralt

NA Release Date: May 31, 2016

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


The work of a Witcher never seems to end. In the expansion, Blood & Wine, Geralt once again sets out to find a monster that needs to be slain. However, as usual, things are never really that simple for Geralt. This, of course, won’t be too much of a problem for our favorite Witcher since he always gets the job done somehow. So if you need a hero you can always count on Geralt, just make sure you have enough to pay for his services.

Phoenix Wright – Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice

2016 Oprainfall Awards | Ace Attorney

NA Release Date: September 8th, 2016

Platform(s): 3DS


An attorney is probably not one of the first occupations that you think of when you hear hero. With that being said the Ace Attorney knows how important his role is after having been falsely accused in the past. In Spirit of Justice, we see Phoenix going on a trip to Khura’in to visit Maya and like always, Phoenix ends up becoming involved in a number of cases. However, he is in a place where lawyers are looked down on and, if a client is found guilty then his attorney also receives the same sentence. That may dissuade most, but not Phoenix Wright.

Nanashi – Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

2016 Oprainfall Awards | Nanashi

NA Release Date: September 20th, 2016

Platform(s): 3DS


The world is definitely not in a good place in this game, and our protagonist’s story starts off a bit rough with him getting killed. Usually, things end there but, Nanashi gets a second chance at life in exchange for becoming a demon’s puppet. After our resurrected protagonist becomes the demon Dagda’s “Godslayer”, he sets out on a path where he decides who will end up controlling humanity. Sometimes a hero has to make some tough decisions.

Fox McCloud – Starfox Zero

2016 Oprainfall Awards | Star Fox

NA Release Date: April 22, 2016

Platform(s): Wii U


In Starfox Zero an evil empire has been formed with less than benevolent intentions. Yeah, it is a real original premise but, you can’t deny that it shows that a hero is needed. With that, we see Fox McCloud once again jumping into the cockpit of an Arwing while being supported by the other members of the Starfox team. Just being a bit outnumbered isn’t going to stop Fox McCloud from being a hero.

This year’s best hero is…

Phoenix Wright – Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice

2016 Oprainfall Awards | Phoenix Wright

Compared to the other contenders, the Ace Attorney doesn’t seem to hold up well to them. Phoenix isn’t the strongest guy, his profession isn’t exciting like being a pilot, he doesn’t fight monsters or supernatural beings (unless you count his crossover appearances), but what he does is protect the innocent from being wrongly punished. With the newest game, Spirit of Justice, we see how he is even willingly to risk punishment for himself by defending those who are innocent. He shows that even if you aren’t the chosen one or possessor of some special ability, you can still be a hero.

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  • MusouTensei

    I have stopped caring about PW when Capcom turned it into a digital only franchise in the west tbh, and I can’t stomache the westernization of the earlier games anymore either.

    My Hero 2016 has to be Rean Schwarzer which I spent time with for over 200 hours.

  • Mr0303

    OBJECTION! I haven’t played any of those games.

    My Hero for 2016 is Oswald from Odin’s Sphere Leifthrasir. His story arc was awesome and he was more of a dark character. Not to mention his damage output.

    Honourable mention to Doom guy – he was as badass as ever and didn’t care one bit about the plot of his own game.

  • Doom Guy. Does he count? I just loved how he doesn’t give a shi- oh, looks like I got ninja’d by Mr0303. 😛

    Rean Schwarzer would be my other pick, even if he is a little too typical for JRPG protagonists.

  • Panpopo

    Well that was a surprise. I like phoenix as well but I thought Geralt would be a shoe-in.

    I wasnt here back then but I liked the previous choices, especially Lee.

  • Klagmar

    Wait, am I crazy or were we able to vote on these in past years? Seems the staff is choosing this time?

    • Steve Baltimore

      We didn’t have enough time to do the Reader’s Choice Award this year, but in the past we have done one.

  • Sylveria Shini

    This was a pretty weak year for male protagonists I think. Normally its kinda hard to get away from doods leading the show in games (though not as hard as certain people would make ya think) but for 2016 I’m hard pressed to think of anything that I played that I HAD to play a male character. DOOM honestly might be the only one and I guess Sword Art Online Hollow Realization technically cause you’re always kinda-sorta Kirito even if your avi is female.

  • Jeff Neuenschwander

    To me, I see this victory similar to that of Lee Everett the first year: an every-man that helps the little guy in their time of need. A perfect winner in my book.