I didn’t play Okami so I guess I have to talk about Mario Paint.
Except all I can really think of is how this game scared me as a kid…
So I’ll just go off on some of my favorite painter characters in other childhood games, because I don’t want one of those dragonflies to come out and sting me.
So the most obvious one is Relm from Final Fantasy VI. She was my favorite character, because she was a bratty little girl and I really identified with those as a child, and also she had a super-high magic power stat even though magic wasn’t in her blood.
Next, there was the painter girl, Adeleine, from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. You didn’t get to play as her, which severely disappointed me, but whenever she showed up to paint some healing food for Kirby to eat, I still got really excited.
Finally, in the villain category, there was the leader of the Happy Happy Cult in Earthbound, Carpainter.
He not only converted a whole town to his bizarre blue-obsessed religion, but he also kidnapped a young girl to be their priestess and locked her up until she agreed to assist him. Ick. When I was a kid, I was really confused by his name, especially since there weren’t really any cars in Happy Happy Valley. It wasn’t until later I found out that Earthbound had a lot of religious references, many of which were altered.
Of course, those aren’t all the painters I’ve encountered in video games, and sometimes paint just keeps popping up as a plot point in recent games as well. However, I really don’t have much else to talk about, so I won’t belabor the point any longer. Have a paint-filled day!