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Name: Hawke
Occupation: Champion of Kirkwall
Relationships: Leandra (mother), Malcolm (father, deceased), Bethany (sister), Carver (brother), Gamlen (uncle), Various potential love interests
Fandom: Dragon Age II
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Hawke is the player character in Dragon Age II. There are as many Hawkes in fandom as there are players, since every player creates a unique character. Players can control:

  • Whether Hawke is male or female.
  • Hawke's class: warrior (two-handed or weapon and shield), rogue (dual weapon or archery), or mage.
  • Hawke's personality: diplomatic/helpful (blue), charming/sarcastic (purple), or aggressive/blunt (red).
  • Whether Hawke is pro-mage or pro-Templar.
  • If Hawke follows a friendship or rivalry path with his/her companions and love interest(s).

Garrett Hawke is the default male Hawke, while Marian is the default female Hawke. Players can also create custom Hawkes with different names and appearances.


Hawke is a popular focus for fanworks, although some people are uncomfortable reading about a character who can quite easily serve as a self-insert. Some fans of the Dragon Age franchise dislike Hawke, especially when compared to The Warden: "As many others before me have said, one of DA II's problems was that Hawke had no real drive or purpose, no goal to work towards beyond becoming wealthy, which they accomplished in the first act. Hawke was very passive and inactive IMHO, little more than a vocal bystander, while The Warden was always working towards something." [1]

Hawke has five potential love interests in canon: Anders, Fenris, Isabela, Merrill, and Sebastian Vael (only with the Exiled Prince DLC, and while playing as a female). Hawke can also engage in a one-sided flirtation with Aveline Vallen, and has the opportunity to flirt with (or have sex with) a variety of secondary characters, including Dragon Age: Origins' Zevran. The most popular Hawke pairings on the Dragon Age Kink Meme include Hawke/Anders and Hawke/Fenris. Other pairings that occur with lesser frequency on the meme include Hawke/Cullen, Hawke/Varric, and Hawkecest pairings (Hawke/Carver or Hawke/Bethany).

Artist Jakface created the meme Sassy Gay Hawke as a parody of the male, sarcastic Hawke play-type.



  1. ^ Your ideal RPG? (Accessed Sept. 7, 2012)