RPG Protagonists are a strange lot that usually consist of the most basic stereotypes of heroism. While heroes from older titles were mostly mutes, the newer generation's gift of speech has a lot of them come off a bit whiny. So in terms of breaking the mold these characters come off as a bit strange to the usual characters.
5.Odio (Live A Live)
This Japanese only RPG features a lot of strange characters that are mostly mutes. The premise of the title has you take the role of heroes in many different settings from a western to a science fiction horror story. The true hero though is a classic knight who is off to fight the demon lord and save the princess. Except this is a story where the hero ends up being the loser in all situations of love and heroism. This leads to the hero going insane and killing everyone in the kingdom he swore to protect, and becomes the new demon lord.
4.Cthulu (Cthulu Saves the World)
So the lead character is going to be a green grotesque mythical monster. Instead of going to destroy the world he must save it first. Try to name a hero whose goal is similar to that!
3.Cecil (Final Fantasy IV)
Many heroes don't have the word redemption in their vocabulary. Cecil was a dark knight prior to the beginning of the game. Although we see him regretful about his actions in the beginning, we have to realize he's been a dark knight much of his life. It goes without saying what actions he may have done prior to Final Fantasy IV. Cecil's tale is one of redemption that sees him eventually even become a holy paladin. A very different tale from the normal.
2.Mario (Super Mario RPG)
The most interesting silent character in an RPG ever. Mario explains things things to his friends or others by acting things out. This includes Mario throwing on costumes of Bowser and other characters. Mario goes to extremes including self injury to tell a story. This coupled with the odd choice of casting Mario in an RPG no matter how many times it's done.
1. Terra (Final Fantasy VI)
Terra has an interesting background as a mysterious human that can wield magic. In the game's beginning she is an enslaved soldier who breaks free of mind control only to be lost in a world she doesn't remember. What is so bizarre about her is she loses her role as a lead character in the game's second act. Her role is extremely minor in the last half of the game, making her the strangest main character.