Facts About Joel Miller, A Character That Reflects Dilemma of Human Life

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Facts About Joel Miller, A Character That Reflects Dilemma of Human Life

Creating iconic characters from a new franchise or game series is not easy, especially in the realm of AAA games. Making a game and its characters give a global impression and spotlight is not an easy thing. Moreover, at the same time, developers also have to compete to grab the attention of the media and players through their games.

But from the new characters that appeared in the 2010s, there is one character who seems to have succeeded in gaining iconic status. The character is Joel Miller from The Last of Us series.

Just Humans and Not Heroes

Facts About Joel Miller, A Character That Reflects Dilemma of Human Life

In fact, Joel is an ordinary human being in the world of The Last of Us which is full of zombies due to a fungal epidemic that lasts for decades. It doesn't have superpowers or immunity to yeast or zombie infections that have ravaged its world. This means that once attacked and bitten by a zombie, he will die or become a zombie.

But that doesn't mean he is completely helpless. Even though he is quite old in terms of age, he has physical abilities that are far above average. This allows him to still beat up zombies or even get past the tough obstacles that you do in the game.

Facts About Joel Miller, A Character That Reflects Dilemma of Human Life

Unfortunately, even though he is strong and able to survive for many years, he is far from being a hero. On the contrary, from the moment he first appeared on the screen, he was quite a cold-blooded and jerk. He is apathetic, brutal, and unforgiving. He almost never smiles and finds it very difficult to trust other people. He just wanted to survive and would do anything about it, including killing other people.

These characteristics actually make sense in a world full of zombies for decades. Surviving to tomorrow is very difficult, and humans make groups to survive as long as possible. Whatever must be done, including tackling other groups if necessary, and as a character Joel understands that.

Again, despite having the ability to help others, Joel is not ultimately a hero. [post_ads]

Finding Hope Again

Facts About Joel Miller, A Character That Reflects Dilemma of Human Life

Joel's stubbornness and disbelief with other people may have existed since the beginning of the story. But his apathy was formed when he lost his daughter when the zombie outbreak first broke out. Even though he was able to survive decades later, he had no motivation and survived without any reason.

But the situation changes when he meets Ellie, a child who is immune to the existing zombie plague. Joel is tasked with escorting Ellie to a place to extract her brain in search of a vaccine for a zombie plague. But over the journey and various interactions, their relationship changed. Joel slowly becomes concerned about Ellie and in the end thinks of Ellie as his own daughter. [post_ads]

Facts About Joel Miller, A Character That Reflects Dilemma of Human Life

It was this relationship that slowly changed Joel. He is still a cold and hard man. But like a good father, he also tried to ensure Ellie's safety, even if it meant fighting a side he shouldn't be fighting against. In short, for the sake of his "daughter", Joel is willing to become the enemy of the world.

This dynamic is what makes Joel so memorable as a character. He is not a hero who wants to save the world, and you may disagree with the actions he takes during The Last of Us. But even so, you at least understand the reasons behind the actions and decisions he takes. Joel is an apathetic person who suddenly finds hope and loved ones again, and he doesn't want to lose it a second time. [post_ads_2]

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