Baldur’s Gate 3 was the surprise hit of the summer for a plethora of reasons, not the least of which was its remarkable breadth. While the game takes place in a standard Dungeons & Dragons fantasy setting, it contains a wide variety of cultural references, from Edgar Allan Poe to Avatar: The Last Airbender. That flexibility makes it pretty easy to see how characters from other franchises might fit into the game’s world, whether it be as a companion or one of the game’s many adversaries. Check out the list below for some examples of characters who feel like they might belong in Baldur’s Gate 3.
Wario (Super Mario)
Come on. Don’t act like you wouldn’t immediately try to fuck Wario. He’s got that bad boy attitude that the masses secretly yearn for. Beyond just the romantic options, I think he would be an interesting Bard build.
Vincent Valentine (Final Fantasy)
Okay, so he’s not technically a vampire, but all the basic elements are there. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal to say he’s, like, Astarion’s cooler and more attractive cousin, or something. Yeah, Astarion stans, your boy pales in comparison to Vincent. You’ll just have to live with that fact.
Falco Lombardi (Star Fox)
A highly skilled teammate who is also an arrogant prick? Yeah, Falco would easily blend in with the rest of the Baldur’s Gate 3 crew.
Simon Belmont (Castlevania)
He’s a cool, dark fantasy hero with a unique weapon. He also famously hates vampires, which could lead to some spicy intra-party drama. Simon would be a perfect addition to the game.
While Master Chief’s high-tech appearance would stick out like a sore thumb, the Arbiter’s alien-monster aesthetic probably wouldn’t raise any eyebrows. As a bonus, Covenant weaponry is just wacky looking enough to be believable in the Forgotten Realms setting.
Hey, we might as well get her into a good game. She could easily play a role in the devils versus demons subplot, though she does risk coming off as just a less cool Karlach.
Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher)
I get it; he was a book character first. That’s beside the point. It feels like Baldur’s Gate 3’s character creator started with Geralt and worked backwards. Geralt fits into this world so well that he is actually an Easter egg in the game already, and you probably didn’t notice!
Leon Kennedy (Resident Evil)
He might break lore by using guns, but I don’t care. I just need someone to kill all these goddamn spiders. You might argue that there’s not actually that many spiders, but you’ve already lost that debate. One is too many.
Ryo Hazuki (Shenmue)
He’s just really good at slogging through long, boring dialogue. Having a party member who could just handle all of that would be a great asset in Baldur’s Gate 3.
We dreamed of creating the world’s strongest flesh-golem wizard…and we succeeded.
Come on. This will probably be a pre-order bonus for the inevitable Switch 2 version of the game. You wouldn’t even blink if she appeared in a cutscene, guns and all.
There could be a whole sidequest about bringing down Lich King Arthas in the game already. Frankly, there’s no way of knowing.
Honestly? Let’s just get the mod folks to do this for us. It shouldn’t be too tough to turn Halsin into Banjo and let him summon a bird familiar. We can make this happen.
Prince Sidon (The Legend of Zelda)
Does this make you happy, you Ctrl-F-ing weirdos? Yeah, I know you clicked this link praying I would mention the prince of the Zoras. And yeah, I guess you’re right. Sidon would not only be a compelling presence in the game, but all of you freaks could also live out your fantasy and actually get with him instead of watching him get engaged to another character. You would get your way.
This could be a cool artificer build with some eccentric flavor. The morally gray nature of Baldur’s Gate 3 allows us to experience villains from different perspectives, and I think it would be neat to roleplay as Robotnik himself. Also, Halsin would fuckin’ hate him, and that would be fun to watch.
Bo Jackson (Tecmo Bowl)
Sure, he’d be an absolutely broken character, but he’d also be so fun to play! He’s built from the ground up for creative multiclassing, and you don’t have to recruit him if you want more of a challenge. Plus, we all know he’s a bit of a glass cannon in the end.
Lloid (Animal Crossing)
Fine, he doesn’t really fit in. Still, imagine how funny it would be if this guy replaced Withers. Every time you go to revive a party member, he’s just wiggling like crazy the closer you get. Comedy gold.
Wizard (Stardew Valley)
They put Gale in the game, so the bar for “wizard” isn’t very high, here. Stardew’s Wizard still has a purple motif, so he could shake things up without rocking the boat too much.
Boss Galaga (Galaga)
We’ve already got a weird spaceship thing going on with the Mindflayers, right? Why couldn’t we include this guy? Imagine the tactical implications of intentionally trying to get a party member captured just so you could win them back and have an extra ally for the rest of the battle. See? It’s not as crazy as it seems!
Lohse (Divinity: Original Sin II)
It’s uncanny how well Lohse would work in Baldur’s Gate 3. If I didn’t know any better, I might think the game’s developers were somehow using her to audition to be given the opportunity to make a Baldur’s Gate game. That’s crazy, I know, but I can’t help but think it.