Please never give me another cut-and-paste dwarf companion who swills ale, has a beard, loves fighting, uses an axe or warhammer, hates elves, speaks in a Scottish accent and so forth. Not even if he wants to be a monk and beat people up with his fists.
You mad, I loved Khelgar... Personally I strongly disagree people who dislike tropes like this... It's because of the racial concepts that games and characters are believable and how they operate within racial tropes makes them cool (if well written)
I do not understand the tendency to dislike the "traditional" representation of certain races. I hated this to no end in NWN Persistent Worlds that everyone and their mother and grandmother and the whole family avoided racial "traditions" and 8/10 players wanted to create social outcasts of that race dealing with some of personal trauma of theirs... which led to players RPing racial concepts more of abnormality than a norm...
Sure, once in a while an Outcast can be interesting, but not when it seems like world does not give a damn about their abnormality...
I'd rather have companions be representatives of their races and classes, which would make interactions with a player's character more believable.... Say you are a dwarf, and you have a dwarven companion... You do or say something that's way off the cultural scope of the race and your companion tries to set you straight with a snarky comment or you lose "influence" with him/her. Only your PC should be very unique. Companions should be more in attuned to their class and racial backgrounds, but with some own agenda and interesting backstory.
To be honest I do not have a companion that I would hate, I simply prefer some over the others based on characters I play. If I was to show one, I would probably choose Anders from DA2 - most annoying from my point of view.
From non-companion characters there is one I hate with hellish fire... The ME3 space-god mode-brat... The next on the line is Space Ninja Kai Leng (yup ME3 delivered on the characters I hate)
Edited by Darkpriest, 28 January 2013 - 12:29 AM.