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 Best NPCs In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

1 Paarthurnax

Come on that's my dragon homie - thebounty

He's like the Stephen Fry of dragons

He's pretty wise, a good dragon and all-around good guy. - BruhMachine

Wish I could kill the blades instead!

2 Jarl Balgruuf

A true nord and neutral. Ulfric forces his hand with his illegal insurrection but Bulgruuf himself is a great guy. - BruhMachine

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

3 Cicero

I hate people who think he is a pain in the butt. He and sheogorath are like the comedy reliefs of skyrim + he is a good follower and a better dark brotherhood agent

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

"Cicero never understood thieves, really... take someone's things before you kill them? And they call me crazy..."

Isn't he you favorite insane guy dressed weirdly, too? Excluding the Joker?

4 Aela the Huntress

she is the only hot spouse you can get in the game. although if serana was on option ?

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 Sheogorath

"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!

I mean come on "I'm doing the fish stick it's a very delicate state of mind" go doesn't love him

Skyrim so far for me has been generally an epic game with humorous and other bits thrown in in the right places. Sheogorath is one of these, mostly due to how damn random he is.

6 Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak

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

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

Ulfric is a jerk

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!

7 Serana

Probably my favourite. She's the most real character here. In my head cannon, shes the only person fit to be a companion or lover of the Dragonborn. - BruhMachine

Player should have married her just saying. come on bethesda

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.

If only you could marry her. :(

8 Brenuin

My favourite! He's the beggar in Whiterun.

Me: "Still thirsty? "
Brenuin: "Not anymore, thanks to you, friend."

Lol, he's the best. - TheHabsFan

9 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?


10 Brynjolf

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

He had me at "lass"

Smooth criminal. - BruhMachine


The Contenders

11 M'aiq the Liar

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

M'aiq is tired now. Go bother somebody else.

M'aiq should be a playable character, it would be very interesting

If M'aiq was a follower, then I would never stop playing Skyrim.

12 Mjoll the Lioness

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

The best ever out of everyone... best WARRIOR!

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.

13 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

14 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

15 Gabriella

Is there Gabriella named NPC in Skyrim? Laugh out loud

16 Farkas

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

He is a savage

I would call him fark-ass. - TheHabsFan

17 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.

18 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

19 Faralda
20 Kharjo

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

I literally made him into a death machine when I play skyrim - SirSkeletorThe3rd

21 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?

22 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.

Just love hating him

23 Vex
24 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?

25 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

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

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

26 Miraak

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

27 Athis

Best accent in the game man!

28 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

29 Nazir

Able to move with the times, great guy. - BruhMachine


Because he flex like Sithis bitch

30 Bandits
31 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.

32 Ralof

He is not given enough credit. He is a very nice guy. His gang may be racist jerks but he is more nice than that

33 Hermaeus Mora

I swear upon blade and soul to forever carry on his will

34 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

Evil itself!

35 Vilkas
36 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.

Nothing beats good old Lucien. - BruhMachine

37 Tolfdir
38 General Tullius

One of the empires best. Calm and intelligent, able to content with Ulfric without any real support from Cyrodill. - BruhMachine

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

39 Veezara

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

40 Sven

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

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 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!

What can I say? All around guy really stuck into his job. - BruhMachine

43 Sapphire
44 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."

45 Falk Firebeard

I don't know

46 Lucia
47 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

48 Lucan Valerius

Everything is for sale

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

49 Hircine

Father of "manbeast" enough said

50 Festus Krex

Reasonable, smart, open to the old ways unlike most everyone else. - BruhMachine

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