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

Come on that's my dragon homie - thebounty

He's like the Stephen Fry of dragons

The Dragon on your shoulder

He's the most epic npc made by Bethesda.

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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

Oh, I know! I'll write this as a death threat, written on the back of an Argonian PORCUPINE!

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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...

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

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?

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

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 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

I’m surprised some of these characters ranked above Serana. The Dragonborn gets closer to her than to any other character in the game.

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8 Mjoll the Lioness

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

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.


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

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

He is. The best

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10 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

The Contenders

11 Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak

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

Ulfric is a jerk

He is the true high king of skyrim

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

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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 Faralda
15 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.

Her voice is hot.

She's good but her voice is so creepy

16 Astrid

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

Astrid shouldn't even be on this list

17 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?

18 Vex
19 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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20 Athis

Best accent in the game man!

21 Lokir of Rorikstead

Best guy in the game

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

The divines did not help him :'(


22 Brynjolf

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

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23 Bandits
24 Nazeem Nazeem

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

Annoying... that's all!

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."


no. - Canuck101

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25 Miraak
26 Ralof
27 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.

28 Spectral Assassin

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.

29 Farkas

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

He is a savage

30 Tolfdir
31 Nazir
32 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

33 Heimskr Heimskr
34 Hermaeus Mora
35 Veezara

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

36 Sapphire
37 Sven

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

38 J'zargo

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

39 Dragonborn

Admit it, you like yourself above any npc!

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

40 Lucia
41 Hircine
42 Vilkas
43 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

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 Belethor

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

46 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!

47 Festus Krex
48 Faendal

1. He's the only wood elf follower (I think)
2. He's one of the first available followers
3. He's a really good early archery trainer
4. He's a great shot with a bow (saved my life a few times)

49 Savos Aren
50 Elisif the Fair
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