What makes a "favorite" character? In my case, it's kind of a visceral appreciation and not purely an abstract "what-if" meta obsession. Put simply, I often know if a character (or pairing) is truly a favorite by how I respond to artwork. If seeing a little fan-doodle or icon provokes a reaction in me, that's a beloved character. If I see the picture, think "meh," and skip on by, I don't really like them all that much-- not for what they are in-game, or in-media.
I'm also skewing this list toward the characters who have a substantial amount of material upon which I can base my opinions. I love Norne to bits, but she has, what, three lines of translated dialogue? That's not enough to hang anything on.
So, if this entry feels like a bit of a cheat, it's not.
I don't write 'fic about him. I don't have complex meta posts about him. I haven't played the second of the two games he's in, cause I rather dislike the first game.
But if you mentally give a power salute to virtually everything that character says on-screen, I think that makes them a favorite character.
Therefore, at #8... Soren
.( He is so. )