A player character is a character in a video game or role playing game who is controlled or controllable by a player, and is typically a protagonist of the story told in the course of the game. This principle has been applied to the StarCraft series in various manners.

List of Player Characters


In StarCraft and its expansions, a single player character existed in each of the episodes. The player character never spoke or appeared in game and in the instances that he/she was acknowledged, would always be addressed by his/her position or a similar term of familiarity.

StarCraft Player Characters

Brood War Player Characters

As of this point in time, these player characters have yet to be "dealt with". It was previously inferred that the executor of Episode IV was the same one which appeared in Episode III, though with Artanis appearing as a controllable unit and speaking to the executor, this clearly is not the case, though Blizzard has recently referred to Artanis as Executor.[7]

The captain's survival/lack of it has not been addressed. While the UED Expeditionary Fleet was mostly wiped out, some UED remnants can be found in the Koprulu sector.[8]

Like the executor, it was often inferred that the Episode VI cerebrate was the same as the one in Episode II. However, with the death of the first player character cerebrate at the hands of Tassadar in StarCraft: Queen of Blades, this is clearly not the case.[4] In a sense, the cerebrate has already been "dealt with", Kerrigan having eradicated the cerebrates as of StarCraft II.[3] It is probably the cerebrate which aided her in her advanced infested terran project.[9]

Other StarCraft Player Characters

StarCraft: Ghost

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This article or section contains information about StarCraft: Ghost, which has been declared non-canon. Elements may be taken as 'flavor lore' however.
The content may be significantly out of date. Please do not add speculation to this article, and remember to cite a published source for details.

In StarCraft: Ghost, players were to take the role of Nova, a ghost agent. She was seen from a third person perspective,[11] as opposed to the more first person perspective of the original game and its expansions.[12][13]

StarCraft II

The player character device did not return in StarCraft II. Blizzard is currently in the process of removing the concept in future games.[3] While players take control of various individuals within the story mode space and in some missions, the third person perspective remains.[14][15] These are as follows:

In the StarCraft II Tutorial, the payer takes control of an unnamed Terran Dominion recruit for the first two missions,[16] then changing perspective to a zerg intelligence under a queen[17] and finally a protoss under an unnamed executor.[18]


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