There are 3 Playable Characters in NieR: Automata. These characters are in fact androids sent by humans to the Earth to restore peace and purge the planet of all evil automata.
Players cannot freely choose which character they wish to play whenever they want. However depending on where you are in the story, you will switch to one of the characters accordingly. Pick one of the characters below to see more information about them.
After clearing your third playthrough however, you will unlock a Chapter Select option from the main menu which lets you play as any character, provided they were available in that chapter.
- You will be able to unlock other playable characters in New Game Plus.
- Please see the NPC page for details on non-playable characters.