Joel Was Neither Hero nor Villain In The Last Of Us, Says Troy Baker

The Last of Us voice actor Troy Baker, who made us feel for protagonist Joel, has talked about whether Joel was a hero or villain in The Last of Us. According to Troy, he is neither.

During a discussion earlier this month at the Manchester Comic Con, Baker was asked whether he prefers playing “good” or “evil” characters.

[With TLOU] you assume that Joel is the hero and David [played by Nolan North] is the villain, but…everyone is the hero of their own story.

I firmly believe that David believes he’s doing what is best for his people, and he is the hero in his story.

Joel, I don’t think deals in those terms at all. I don’t think Joel believes he’s a hero. If he was to lean anywhere I think that Joel would consider himself a villain, which is why he can say that he’s been on both sides. Like he can say ‘I’m just a guy trying to get by. I’m not here to save anybody, I’m not here to upset anyone’s plans. I’m just trying to live one day at a time.’

He talked about how once you start operating in the gray zone, you don’t want to go back to playing one-dimensional characters.

“That said, once you get to play the Joker, playing the ‘villain’ to the player’s perspective is way more fun. Way more fun.”

We don’t know yet how big of a role, Joel will be playing in the upcoming sequel, The Last of Us Part 2.

Troy Baker has said in the past that we are not “ready” for The Last of Us 2, this might mean that we are in for a few twists. This could include the revelation that Joel doesn’t truly exist in the game, that he is but a figment of their imagination.

We do not know the exact date on which The Last of Us 2 will be released. We don’t even know the time frame for the release of The Last of Us 2. However, Ellie’s voice actress Ashley Johnson talked about The Last of Us part 2 release date in an interview with Critical Role.

During the interview, Ashley Johnson was asked about when is The Last of Us Part 2 coming out. Johnson replied to the question by saying “Uh, I think it’s coming out Feb-” but then she is cut off by the host.

Perhaps it’s a joke, but it could be serious as well. Let’s wait and watch.