PRINCE ALISTAIR THEIRIN
It almost feels like cheating. Alistair is, perhaps, one of the most well-rounded and balanced romantic interests in video game history. I’m sure he’s the reason behind many a nerd girl’s forever lonely status. He’s set a bar that no actual man would probably even want to attempt. It just doesn’t get better than him.
Tall, blonde, and handsome, Alistair has chantry charm and an easy-going attitude…for the most part. It doesn’t take long to discover that under all of his charisma hides a man from a life filled with pain.He’s the first long-term character that your Warden will meet.
Series/Book/Movie – video game, Dragon Age: Origins
Love Interest: Your Female Warden (bonus points if she’s nobility, oh-swoon-sigh).
So here’s the thing. Alistair could easily be brushed off as some innocent kid who got plucked up from the chantry (think: church) and sent off to kill big bad guys. He seems to have had less life experiences than the average preteen and might have maybe a hand full of common sense. His jokes are sometimes…well, what I call “endearing” could also be called “corny,” but it’s in the eye of the beholder, right? His heart is pure as gold. In the end, that’s what truly matters.
And then you discover that he’s this castaway orphan child who was sent to live in the chantry because no one wanted anyone to get the wrong impression about him and, in return, think ill of his adopted father. It gave him a complex, you see. Trust issues and the like. And then he was taken by this other fellow who brought him in to this “family” (a.k.a. the Grey Wardens) and Alistair was finally able to really experience life.That is, until they were all brutally murdered when betrayed by an ego-maniacal sycophant.
He blames himself for that, by the way.
What makes him the perfect Prince Charming, though? Alistair is able to push past all of his issues and worries to find beauty in his companion. His entire romantic ambition is summed up in one scene, when he gives the Warden a rose that he found in a town that was destroyed: “…I remember thinking, how can something so beautiful exist in a place with so much despair and ugliness?…In a lot of ways, I think the same when I look at you.” He never betrays her, nor does he put her in risk. Alistair is the cheeky protector of the Warden’s heart…
…as long as you don’t screw up the game’s ending.
xo – Meli