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Grace Nakimura
Gabriel Knight series

Gabriel Knight's research assistant-slash-love interest also made it onto our best sidekicks list, but only because that's how she describes herself. Grace Nakimura may be a bit too hung up on Mr. Knight for her own good, but she's certainly the most interesting character in Jane Jensen's great mystery series. She's the motivating factor - she isn't so much Watson to Gabe's Holmes, as she is Fred the Lion to his Super Chicken.

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Most of Grace's tasks seem thankless: She researches topics while Gabriel is out in the field, flirting with both women and danger. It wasn't until halfway through the series that she got to see some of the action herself.

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In the last two Gabriel Knight games, Grace has been a playable character (in the first, you only played as Gabriel). And though she mostly just pores over historical documents, the chapters in which you play as Grace are usually the most interesting. It's obvious that Jensen puts a great deal of research into her games, and it's in Grace's chapters where this attention to detail really comes through. Furthermore, the most interesting puzzles of Gabriel Knight 3 were all centered around deciphering the location of the hidden treasure, something that was completely Grace's job. If Gabriel Knight 3 had been all about Grace, it would probably have been a much better game.

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Grace is everything you want from a character, female or otherwise. She's smart, witty, and resourceful. She may get a bit catty (especially when it comes to Gabriel's female acquaintances), but she's an important factor in what makes the Gabriel Knight games so great.
 

Where in the world did she come from?