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

He's like the Stephen Fry of dragons

If you kill Toriel/papyrus/Sans, that's the equivalent of killing Paarthurnax. A true supporter along the way. - Canuck101

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

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.

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2 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.

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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...

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

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

Jarl Ballin... the name is self explanotory

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4 Aela the Huntress

Is it weird that I crush so hard on her?

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5 Legate Rikke

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.

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6 Cicero

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

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?

I I find a signing bird ill snap it neck before its heard hehehehehe

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7 Serana

If only you could marry her. :(

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

The first video game character I ever fancied

A character with an actual interesting backstory, that means something.

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8 Mjoll the Lioness

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

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9 M'aiq the Liar

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

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.

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

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10 Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak

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

He is the true high king of skyrim

Has a very bad ass voice

Ulfric is a jerk

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The Contenders

11 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

12 Gabriella V 1 Comment
13 Faralda
14 Karliah

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

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

She's good but her voice is so creepy

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15 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.

16 Astrid

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

Astrid shouldn't even be on this list

17 Vex
18 Kodlak Whitemane

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

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20 Kharjo

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

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