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

I killed him thinking a would get gold. Then found out you don't. Tried to redeem myself by killing the blades and the greybeards still hate me. Don't kill paarthurnax or the greybeards won't teach you new shouts

If you kill Toriel/papyrus/Sans, that's the equivalent of killing Paarthurnax. A true supporter along the way.

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

The Yoda of dragons he is easily the wisest and best npc in the game when Delphine said to kill him...uhhh no screw her.

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...

Come on, he's the best Jarl! He's not an idiot like some other characters, he's helpfull and in general an enjoyable NPC (Plus he's Ballin)

Great man. If it weren't for him, Alduin would not be dead. Sure his kids are sassy,and he's ignorant about the war, but the dragons are a greater deal.

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


"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! "

"Why do I need a reason for everything? Mortals, mortals, mortals! Always needing a reason to do things. For example: people think light chases away the shadows! I prefer to think that without a few lights, there'd be no shadows to enjoy."
- Sheogorath, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (the best quote EVER in my opinion)

Seriously, this guy is the most awesome out of all the Daedric Princes.
Glory to the Mad God, Lord of the Never-There.

Morrowind's daedric mission: Kill a Blue Giant Netch with the Fork of Horripilation. 10 min of game in which I couldn't stop laughing hitting a house size monster with a tiny fork. In Oblivion we all fell in love with him, his Shivering Isles and his hilarius dialogues. We all waited Skyrims daedric quest to see a clue if Sheogorath is confirmed to be who we expected. Simply best characters of all Elders Scrolls saga

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.


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

Insanely funny as well as insane. Loyal to the old and true Dark Brothehood ways. Sneaky as can be and his added dialouge always has me laughing.
"Cicero wants sky forge steel. Sharp sharp sharp to stab stab stab"
Did I mention, he is insane?

"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?

Aela the Huntress

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.)

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

Is it weird that I crush so hard on her?

She's cool and a great wife.

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

Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak

He is a magician with 1-handed weapons, the most cunning man that Tamriel will ever see, and has the power of the Thu'um along with an assortment of magical swords, axes, and maces. He is a true Son of Skyrim

I remember murdering him with a voice. Shouted him apart.

He's really cool man. And his voice is unff. Major character crush

He is the true high king of skyrim


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.

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.

Possibly the most developed character in Skyrim and seems more human than most other npcs. However, she was the "forced in" kinda type. They wont even let you ditch or dismiss her until you complete the ENTIRE Dawnguard questline.

She was not just the type to say yes because of a necklace. You had to say the right things.

Mjoll the Lioness

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?

She is the only follower I ever use


M'aiq the Liar

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

We all love M'aiq, don't we? And y'know, dragons never really disappeared, they were just invisible. And very quiet.

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.

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.

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.

How come in the subtitles it says her name then

She's a total boss

Need I say more?


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

Only important briefly. Afterwards he's irrelevant.


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

He had me at "lass"

He gives you gold for framing a rando for theft so yeah that's cool I guess😐


My favourite! He's the beggar in Whiterun.

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

Lol, he's the best.

General Tullius

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

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

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?


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

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

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

I had to roast my follower for him


Is there Gabriella named NPC in Skyrim? Laugh out loud


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.

Hold Guard

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 but then I took an arrow to the knee.

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


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

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

She's good but her voice is so creepy

Her voice is hot.


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.

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

He's such a sweetheart, but still a badass


Her death was one of the saddest in the game.

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?

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

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