Character Psychology

analysing our heroes (and villains)

As video games become more realistic, so do their characters. Our most loveable protagonists (and antagonists) have to go through a lot! Through them we can observe human psychology and we can use them as a vessel to learn and grow.

Warning!

As we will be discussing important plot points to explore these characters, there will be spoilers.
Kratos
God of War
  • Psychology Discussed:
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Locus of Control
  • Suicide and Suicidality
Lara Croft
Tomb Raider
  • Psychology Discussed:
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Defence Mechanisms
  • Developer's Views
Cloud Strife
Final Fantasy VII
  • Psychology Discussed:
  • Social Purpose
  • Defence Mechanisms
  • Dissociative States
  • Personal Growth
Squall
Final Fantasy VIII
  • Psychology Discussed:
  • Defence Mechanisms
  • Social Anxiety and Generalised Anxiety
  • Attachment Theory
  • Overcoming Personal Obstacles; Growth