What does NPC stand for?

Non-player character

In role-playing games (RPGs) and video games, NPCs are the characters that players do not control. In IRL RPGs, these characters are usually controlled by the game's DM. In video games, these characters are controlled by the game's AI.

In-game enemies, allies, and neutral characters can all be described as NPCs. For example, in MMORPGs, bosses are NPCs, and so are merchants. Player characters (PCs) can often interact with NPCs, either through dialogue, combat, or both.


Who's your favorite NPC in FFX? Mine's Luzzu.
Some NPCs are quite important ...

Some NPCs are quite important ...

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Updated February 28, 2022

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