Yuri Lowell is pretty kickass.
This right here. Yuri Lowell is as badass as JRPG heroes come, and for the most part, any game hero. Never loses his cool, jokes in the face of impossible odds, and basically gives the finger to anything he doesn't believe. Hell, he even did it to his best friend, multiple times. All of this without appearing or being an ass.
GOTY Contestants this year: Dead Space 2, Dark Souls, Tales of Graces f. Everything else can suck it.