Best NPCs In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

NPC means non-playable character for those of you who don't know. Basically every character in the game apart from the Dragonborn.

The Top Ten

1 Paarthurnax

Wish I could kill the blades instead!

I would kill Elisif instead of him, if I could

Come on that's my dragon homie - thebounty

He's like the Stephen Fry of dragons

2 Sheogorath

He is the "Hero of Kvatch",i was quite happy when I realize it

The best!

"Oh yes, I was there for that whole sorted affair. Marvelous time! Butterflies, blood, a fox, a severed head, ohoho! And the CHEESE, to die for! " - Sheogorath, Best video game character of all time (joking of course, but he is really great). Personally, I do think Sheogorath is the main character of Oblivion, if you consider the Shivering Isles canon, which I do. Sheogorath is just so deliciously insane, hilarious and evil at the same time.

"Do you mind? I'm busy doing the fishstick. It's a very delicate state of mind! " "Ta ta, come by again, or I'll pluck out your eyes! Haha! "

He's simply hilarious! And the cheese... It's to DIE FOR. Wait. We weren't talking about cheese, were we? What were we talking about? WAIT! Don't tell me! I WANT TO GUESS!

3 Jarl Balgruuf

Now listen well, he's Jarl Balgruuf, and he be ballin, ballin, ballin, Jarl Ballin, ballin, ballin. Swag, he's Lord of the Rings, and the Jarl of Whiterun, holla if you need him...

Sorry, can't ever forget that. But I like Balgruuf because he is probably the smartest Jarl out of all of them (though I also quite like Ulfric) and is loyal to his people, first and foremost. And he tries to stay out of the war for as long as he can but when Ulfric threatens to besiege Whiterun he fought back because he was no coward. If I had to choose which Jarl to be the next High King, my vote would go to Balgruuf...

Balgruff is nice and has a funny name but I hate his kids

He's the lord of the rings and he be Ballin so Holla o us need him

He gives you a good weopon and starts you off

4 Aela the Huntress

Is it weird that I crush so hard on her?

She's cool and a great wife.

She is a really good follower. I took her into labyrinth and she destroyed the skeletal dragon. (I did give her daedric armor but not daedric weapons.) - Katekat123

Good base damage for her weapons of you did not give her the armor I don't think she would destroy the dragon. - Roach

5 Legate Rikke

Legate Rikke wasn't the person who ordered death sentence of Dragonborn. It was an imperial Captain, imperial by race. Rikke is nord. - zxm

How come in the subtitles it says her name then

Everybody thinks that she sentenced the dragonborn to his/her death, but the person who did that was killed by alduin. Legate rikke wasn't even at Helgen.

She's a total boss

Need I say more?


6 Serana

The only well-written character in Skyrim. Every NPC in Skyrim seems one-dimensional and bland, voiced by the same two or three voice actors repeating the same lines. With Serana, I could actually feel her vibe and personality. Her being super flirty and yet unmarriageable is so sad and poetic. Long live the Vampire Princess.


She is the best

If only you could marry her. :(

7 Cicero

Cicero wants some Skyforge Steel. Sharp, sharp, for easy STABBING.

The Goat

Who doesn't love a Joker Rip-off?

"Let's kill someone! "

8 Mjoll the Lioness

She is the only follower I ever use

In a city getting its reputation ruined by corruption and crime, she's a badass warrior who protects its people. She also sends you to Mzinchaleft, which is nice.

Am I the only one who thinks that she should be the Jarl of Riften? - aldwych94


9 Hadvar

He helps out when you join the legion and turns out to be a great character. - aldwych94

Only important briefly. Afterwards he's irrelevant. - Canuck101

10 M'aiq the Liar

M'aiq is eternal. M'aiq will tell you many secrets.

"Go away, M'aiq is busy now."

I happy as a hell when I see this guy

He tells you all the features of the games and other Easter eggs, but in riddle form.


The Contenders

11 Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak

Not only my favorite Skyrim character,but my favorite character of all time.

He is epic.

MUh hE IS raCiSt

That's the reason why I support Ulfric and the Stormcloaks,they are like the National Socialists,and I'm proud of being a nord!

Ulfric is the true High King of Skyrim. DOWN WITH THE EMPIRE!

12 Gabriella

Is there Gabriella named NPC in Skyrim? Laugh out loud

13 Hold Guard

I used to like the hold guard but then I took an arrow to the knee.

I love their armor, lines and especially the fact they treat that chicken in river wood like a holy object that can make you immortal and allows you to make it rain bacon.

I used to like the hold guard bu then I topk an arrow to the knee.

14 Astrid

Her death was one of the saddest in the game. - aldwych94

Astrid shouldn't even be on this list

Love me some character development!
well.. it developed from "my child" to "kill me"... it's a development nontheless?

15 Karliah

She gives you a pretty good bow at the and of the thieves guild storyline.

Her voice is hot.

How could anyone forget the one who always sounds like they are whispering lol.

She's good but her voice is so creepy

16 Kharjo

Cute kitty man.

Kharjo is and amazing follower always keeping up with me unlike the other followers

Best follower in vanilla Skyrim by far. Sweet, strong, and the quest to get him is easy.

He's such a sweetheart, but still a badass

17 Vex
18 Faralda
19 Brynjolf

He had me at "lass"

I love his accent, and just how ridiculous he looks in nightingale armor and how much he changed. Love that dude.


Brynjolf mays here with my falmer blood elixir

20 Kodlak Whitemane

The only good part of the Companions questline.

Kodlak Whitemane is in a better place now.For is there any place better than Sovngarde?

21 Athis

Best accent in the game man!

22 Lokir of Rorikstead

He dies too soon. I wish there was an option to escape with him instead of those two brutes.

Best guy in the game

There are no words to describe the greatness of this character. He is great

The gods sent a dragon to save him, he should have waited

1 Comment
23 Nazeem Nazeem

Why is Nazeem on this list? Everything that he says is a snobbish comment! - aldwych94

Nazeem- "Do you get to go to the cloud district often? No, of course you don't"
Me- "Do you like to do it with yo momma, yes of course you do."

Annoying... that's all!

Oh what am I saying, I'd have you know there's NO PUSIE

24 Bandits
25 Miraak

€Sarcastic even when dying”
”Fights dragons before it was cool”
“His VOICE <3”

26 J'zargo

My favorite line..."If anyone sneaks up on us, I will smell them coming. Or...I might not. We will see."

This Khajiit is so funny when he refers to himself in the third person

Best follower
Sadly nonessential but he's the only guy ill load a save for

27 Nazir

Because he flex like Sithis bitch

28 Neloth

On my Level 86 high elf account, I just spend all my time in solsteim so I can hang out with him, he's my favorite.

29 Ralof
30 Alduin Alduin

Alduin is so cool, I have no idea why he is not the number one character in skyrim! He's the most awesome looking dragon and the most powerful one too.

Alduin is the best

31 Hermaeus Mora
32 Tolfdir
33 Veezara

He was the only reason that I never chose to destroy the Dark Brotherhood, other than Spectral Assassin and Shadowmere.

34 Sven

There is nothing more amazing then having this useless piece of crab fighting people with his iron dagger

35 Spectral Assassin

Lucien Lachance was awesome in Oblivion. Sad to see him die.

Now he's back in Skyrim, as a loyal spirit.

You know a character is great when he pretty much hijacks a quest line in a game he arguably doesn't quite belong in... The only problem is the constant talking, but oh well.

36 Farkas

Farkas is the most good looking guy in the game and makes a decent follower

He is a savage

37 Heimskr Heimskr Heimskr is a Nord priest and a preacher who can usually be found in the Wind District of Whiterun, delivering sermons about Talos. He is also an ardent supporter of the Stormcloaks, primarily due to the prohibition of Talos worship imposed by the Empire.
38 Sapphire
39 Vilkas
40 General Tullius

He knows what's best for skyrim! He's very practical and just in my opinion

General Tullius is hell of a lot nicer than Ulfric Stormcloak

41 Dragonborn

Admit it, you like yourself above any npc!

Shouldn't be here. He is not an npc a.k.a Non Playable Character.

42 Belethor

"I'd even buy one of your relatives if your looking to sell! Haha yeah that's just a little joke."

"I'd sell my sister to you, if I had one."

43 Lucia
44 Sofie

When I heard about her, I felt so sad for her when her dad died in the war and when she ended up being homeless. I couldn't help but adopt her. - aldwych94

45 Delvin Mallory

He has a funny sort of appeal, he is very helpful, and he does a lot of work around the thieves guild. Plus, he called "the curse"

How is he so low, he is Jason Statham!

46 Hircine

Father of "manbeast" enough said

47 Falk Firebeard
48 Vaermina

My favourite Daedric Prince!

49 Lucan Valerius

There's everything I need in his general store :9

50 Festus Krex
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1. Gabriella
2. Aela the Huntress
3. Cicero
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2. Jarl Balgruuf
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