Case Studies in the Art of Prince Charming: O

CARTH ONASI

Code name: Hairless Wookie

Code name: Hairless Wookie

Truth be told, I could do an entire A to Z blog challenge on BioWare characters alone.

(Oh yes, there are more to come.)

Series/Book/Movie: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

Who He Loved: ME. I…I mean, you know, Revan.

Massive spoilers below.

“I’m not a warrior, I’m a soldier. There’s a difference. Warriors attack and conquer, they prey on the weak. Soldiers defend and protect the innocent—mostly from warriors.”

Carth is easily one of the most infuriating companions in BioWare history. In fact, I think he’s second only to Kaidan Alenko. So really, that said, let’s look at the common denominator. Mmmhm. Thanks, Raphael Sbarge.

Why is he so infuriating, you ask? If you’ve played this game before, take yourself back to your very first run through. For the love of biscuits and gravy, you wake up in complete confusion and this dude has got accusations seeping from his eyelids. He’s distrusting and difficult. There’s a chip on his shoulder so large that it could (and probably should) feed the entire Undercity for two weeks straight. Carth is grumpy and irritable and calls you beautiful and, well, who knows what game he’s playing.

And then you find out why he’s so upset.

Some people become wounded and surround themselves in a protective shell from the rest of the world. They stow away, afraid to ever feel or love again. That’s where their life is squandered and they lose all chance of true happiness. Carth’s like that, but in a hermit crab-like way. He’s on a mission to not only use his flyboy badassery to save the cosmos, but to avenge the death of his family. He intends to do so while squatting in his mobile feel-shelter.

But then he finds you.

That’s when his life changes. Wars are fought, missions are completed, he falls in love, and then rug is pulled out from beneath him. He comes face-to-face with the person truly responsible for all his pain and loss. That would be you, kid, the brainwashed former bad guy. You’re who he not only learned to trust, but grew to love. Carth actually had every right to pitch a fit and shoot you down. He doesn’t, though. Instead, he decides to stick with you to serve as your conscience – like a Jiminy Cricket, if you will – and help you to save the freaking galaxy. (See what I did there?) And he does so despite having every honest reason to give you the kiss-off, exact his revenge, and get the heck out of dodge.

There is something to be said for a Prince Charming who is able to step outside of his own emotions to serve the greater good. It takes him a bit to get there and that’s okay. We are given upfront, close, personal access to his development. We’re able to watch him rise from the fiery pit of despair as he becomes a hero. That’s why Carth makes a fantastic Knight in Shining Armor.

xo – Meli

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