I'll just do the characters I play as most. Wickerbottoms glaring weakness is that she can't sleep? Because sleep was something that was seriously needed for every character in the scheme of things. Yeah. You still have green caps, cooked cactuses, flowers, top hats, dapper shirt and other item to help with sanity. She really isn't losing out in the scheme of things here. If anything she gives you more incentive to actually get out and explore because you can't snooze away. Wigfrid is brilliant, I agree, but we all know that. She's meant to be awesome. She's a dang Valkyrie (actress) for hecks sake. She does have to fight consistently for sanity, though, and gold isn't always plentiful on every game. However, if you like base building, as we all do, there is less incentive to use her because farms mean pretty much nothing for her in the scheme of things, nor berry bushes and bees, even as crock pot filler. Wilson is the main and first character, so naturally he doesn't have any drawbacks, unless you consider not having anything particularly special about him a bad thing. His beard really does help out in the winter, but if we're being truthful here, a thermal stone and logs/grass/twigs will get you by comfortably enough. The quick meat effigy is his claim to fame here, but anyone with enough experience won't need them or just have less reason to make them. Wilson is the best character for newbs overall, and the best to pick if you start on a server which is already a good amount of days into autumn, as even his short beard can help out somewhat. Webber is situational. If he can find a good bunch of nests, you don't need to worry about anything else. Catch butterflies, plant flowers, pick flowers and eat butterfly wings and monster meat. Glands for health, silk for stuff. Pretty sweet. If not, even just a couple of nests isn't bad, and he does have his own to add into it. His beard is also helpful, and while not as good as Wilsons is still good to have, and grows quicker too. Maxwell, when he gets added of course, just going by the mod, has amazing sanity regen, which is his claim to fame as use for a character. Without that, his Armour and weapon would run out soon enough, and his book requires nightmare fuel to function. His sanity regen is balanced by his extreme difficulty to go insane as well as his poor, poor health. His regen means that sanity items for everyone else is less likely to be picked up, and he can also eat sanity decreasing foods without worry to his... Sanity. Also, he can be a brilliant team player when the base is all set up and many are dead. If he can supply himself with enough health regain via dragon fruit or some such, he's the best for crafting telltale hearts with, since that brilliant sanity regen of his means that he will likely never come into insanity problems. As for the other characters, people will list their points. In the scheme of things though, every character is worth playing as if you like them, even if you feel they aren't as good as another character. Do I think Wickerbottom, Wigfrid and Maxwell are the best? Certainly. Do I dislike the other characters? No. Do I still play as Webber and Wilson? Of course. People just don't play for their abilities, but because they also like the character in question. That's a good enough reason in itself to think they are the best character, even if stat wise they aren't.