A Question for the Ladies

 By Shamus Jul 29, 2008 156 comments

Yesterday’s discussion of Geralt got me thinking, which is never a good thing and should be avoided at all costs. But it’s too late now, and I can’t rest until I get the answer to a simple four-paragraph question:

We have many fetching female leads in videogames. In fact, off the top of my head I can’t think of ever seeing any plain or unattractive ladies on the cover of a videogame. Maybe my standards are low, but it seems that most are either genuinely attractive in a realistic sort of way (Alyx Vance) or idealized fantasy supermodel boob-job Maxim-style attractive. (I’m not personally such a fan of the latter, but I’m also a grouchy and possibly senile old man who has tastes out of alignment with most of the rest of our culture.) At any rate: Women protagonists in videogames are invariably attractive on some level.

(Let’s just pretend I made a “John Romero is a hot chick” joke somewhere in that last paragraph. I know I’m supposed to, but after all these years my heart just isn’t in it anymore.)

But as far as I can tell, the same doesn’t seem to be true of the men in American / European games. (We’re ignoring Japanese games, which is another whole subject entirely and will threadjack this whole discussion before it even gets going if we don’t disqualify them right off the bat.) I realize tastes vary, and answers are likely to be all over the map, but I can’t help but notice that aside from their muscles, most male videogame characters don’t look anything like the average male sex symbol. “Grizzled” is a word that can be used to describe about 90% of them. “Horribly deformed or scarred” applies to a good percentage as well. And of course there is the ever popular category of “faceless“.

But there must be a few good-looking men in the world of videogames. For my own curiosity, would you care to list who you think is attractive? And in case you’ve forgotten the title of this post already, this really is a question for women. If I wanted the clueless half-guesses of a hetrosexual male I would have just asked myself instead of typing 373 words on the subject.

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  1. Shamus says:

    Wait! I just thought of a game with an Ugly Woman on the cover: Lands of Lore, a super old-school RPG. Had a witch on the cover.

    Oops. Did I just threadjack my own comment thread before it even got started?

    I’m an idiot.

  2. SolkaTruesilver says:

    Well.. my personnal point of view about it, Shamus, is that the video game are trying to appeal to it’s core audience:

    Young Men (who are become less young every year)

    So.. the Women are boobilish, and the Men are idealized version of the genre, but the Man’s vision of how a Man should be. But we are as much riped riped over.

    The thing is, they don’t think they’d gain more sale by having a female-friendly male character rather than a Testosterone-monster.

  3. Yspoch says:

    Microsoft Word counts 376 words. Now, who has it right?

    *ducks, runs and hides*

  4. Murphy says:

    That witch is totally hot. 10/10. As the kids say, ‘doable’.

  5. Illiterate says:

    Gortana is afar from unattractive, and master chief is a tin can. which of those has any bearing on this? what does halo have to do with the topic at hand?

  6. Kaorael says:

    The only western game I can think of with attractive male heroes is one you’ve recently reviewed, Guild Wars.

    Of course it being a pseudo-MMORPG I don’t know if it would count…

  7. StingRay says:

    [Lands of Lore]

    Wow…. That’s a GILF if ever I saw one!

    I think there are plenty of attractive male leads, but, being a guy, I can’t comment. :-)

  8. Jez says:

    I always thought Duke Nukem was perilously close to being a village person.

    Not that many big games have female leads anyway. Look at the No-One Lives Forever series, both of which were terrific games but performed poorly, perhaps because of the female lead, despite her attractiveness.

  9. Nixorbo says:

    Gordon Freeman?

  10. Eric says:

    Homer simpson from the games, and the guy and chick from DAIKATANA, and I thought most women who play video games were lesbians. no offense to anyone just what i read in statistics.

  11. kmc says:

    You know, I’ve never thought about it much (i.e. cared). And maybe that’s your answer. I’ve heard lots of guys say that, for instance, on WoW, they play a female character because “whose butt do you want to look at for 70 levels?” But since I don’t play to get my lack of rocks off, it doesn’t have much of a bearing on my preference. Short answer: they don’t make game characters for women, and women as a group don’t care one way or the other enough to protest. That’s my guess.

  12. The Lone Duck says:

    As I guy, I won’t answer your question (question being “would you care to list who you think is attractive?”). But I will say, aside from the larger, outside my scope, question about the fundamental differences between men and women, that men have more “Easy Buttons” than women. To make an attractive videogame girl, put a face that doesn’t make you turn away and some boobs on to a moderately skinny sprite/3-d model. And that step about the face isn’t always necessary, if you go with some creepy mask, etc. Women don’t have that. In the 70′s they had mustaches, but that no longer applies today. (Why else does Mario have a mustache? 70′s residue).

    (I know why Mario has a mustache for real, so please don’t act all high and mighty by correcting me when I’m plainly joking. Sorry to be heavy handed, I just to nip that comment in the butt.)

  13. Sarah says:

    Well, let me see…

    Solid Snake is pretty attractive, if you’re into the Rambo-Aragorn facial hair sort of thing. Also, penis jokes.

    Link of Legend of Zelda fame has gotten steadily more sexy with every iteration, and at this point, I can’t think of anyone who’d not want to jump on that, if the aforementioned were real.

    A lot of Final Fantasy characters are considered to be the ultimate in sexy video game men. Y’got Cloud, Sephiroth, Vincent, Squall, the list goes on for quite a long while.

    Riku, of Kingdom Hearts and it’s sequels, and of course the major portion of the Organization Thirteen…though don’t these guys pretty much come from the same mold as the previously mentioned Final Fantasy man-candy?

    Games for boys (or games that are generally perceived as For Boys) don’t tend to have the cute ones…

    *errhmmm*
    Gordan freeman’s got a good look going? Sure, why not!

    and in WoW?
    Not a whole lot there. The human men are…well…is clunky the right word? They’re too busy having big shoulders to be attractive, and the torsos on most races leave something to be desired in the ‘is that deformed or not’ category. Oddly enough the Tauren and Draenei seem to have the least odd chestular areas, probably because they share polygons there.

    I’m not sure if that makes it beastiality of not, but…eh.

  14. Zack says:

    I think part of the issue is that society is obsessed with female beauty. Most females would love to be thinner, more beautiful, in better shape. Society doesn’t put nearly as much pressure on guys to be physically attractive. So there are multiple incentives to represent the more attractive end of the spectrum.

    Actresses careers are generally declining by 25. At 30 they are asked to play mothers rather than love interests. I remember one actress who was paired with the same leading man as daughter, lover, and mother in different movies.

    It is all a matter of disposable beauty. Women are expected to provide a 21-25 year old supermodel physique, while males only need to be financially successful CEO making over 6 figures. It is a rather rude double standard. It is much easier to do the latter and for much longer.

  15. Conlaen says:

    Don’t forget there have been “faceless” heroines as well. I know of at least one anyway, Samus Aran!

  16. Daemian Lucifer says:

    Ive been asking the same question for years.Aside from a few portraits in a few games(like baldurs gate and heroes of might and magic 2&3),Ive almost never seen a good loking male protagonist,nor an ugly female one.Although,lucas from fahrenheit looks handsome.At least in his office he does.

  17. Hal says:

    Sarah
    I think our host wanted to avoid those androgynous Square-Enix characters in this discussion. Arguments about how much they actually look like males probably wouldn’t get us anywhere.

  18. You don’t have to be “attractive” as a man to be *sexy*–just look at Jason Statham. Myself, I prefer men with some personality, intelligence, and experience. That tends to rule out vapid pretty-boys like Leonardo DiCaprio and Orlando Bloom.

    Granted, I’m not a fan of the super-ripped look, either. Bodybuilders always make me wonder whether their muscles are about to burst out of their skin, Alien-like, and start eating people’s faces off. Seriously.

    I haven’t played any of the Half-life games, but from the cover I’d have to say that Gordon Freeman is pretty sexy. Most of the male romantic interest characters in Bioware/Obsidian games are pretty well done–Sky from Jade Empire, Casavir and Gaan from NwN2, Carth and Atton from the two KotoR games, Kaiden from Mass Effect.

    If you want to make a male character in a video game sexy, get a good *voice actor* and give him some really good lines.

  19. Sarah says:

    Hal

    He asked me what womens find attractive,and as someone who has a uterus I’m entitled to mention what many uterus-bearers find to be sexy men.

    It’s not my fault that many women like men who have delicate facial features and slim feminine hips.

  20. Feylamia says:

    For my own curiosity, would you care to list who you think is attractive?

    Gay female here, so this may be kinda off, but I think Carth Onasi (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic) and Max Payne are pretty darn attractive. (And so’s my mohawky red-haired warrior in Guild Wars. :D)

  21. Miako says:

    Truedat about voiceactors. Anyone got someone to nominate from Star Control 2? I kid, I kid.

    I think it’s mostly the first person shooters/brainless rpgs that give the ripped look — and lets face it, carrying around that much metal that poorly means you have to be big.

    Anachronox’s lead is pretty hot. Garret too.

    I don’t play too many other first person thingummies, actually — more of a strategy gamer, so…

  22. Miako says:

    The Last Express’ lead is cute — not my type, but pretty on the eyes.

    Het fem here.

  23. Rhykker says:

    Hey Shamus, I’m not sure if you were disallowing guys from commenting altogether or simply from answering the question; if it’s the former, then I apologize in advance. I just wanted to comment on something you indirectly brought up.

    Many women say that women are portrayed unrealistically in video games – and I agree. But men are portrayed unrealistically as well; as you alluded to, they are all overly-muscled epitomes of “coolness” and “badassery.” In games, you can expect guys to be wearing the most badass armor possible over their hulking, towering figures of absolute manliness, while a lady’s power is essentially directly related to how much skin she is showing without actually being nude.

    Now I know a lot of women feel that one cannot make that connection. They’ll protest, saying, “it’s not the same thing!” Well, maybe I just don’t understand it because I am not a woman, but I believe that both men and women see unrealistic portrayals that they cannot hope to live up to. No matter how much I work out, I’m never going to look like Reaper (maybe I don’t want to, but that’s not the point).

    Now I know you’ve had nothing positive to say about UT3, and the testosterone-pumped male characters don’t help its case, but one must admit that the female characters, in general, are portrayed fairly well (relative to other games, at least). The women are realistically proportioned (ie, they don’t have huge breasts), and they are, for the most part, realistically armored (some show a bit of skin, but they all have at least some clunky armor that does not flatter their figure). In fact, UT2 was perhaps the best, because it had plenty of female characters with ugly faces and far-from-supermodel figures.

  24. As someone who possesses two X chromosomes, here’s my opinion on the subject:

    - Garrett of the Thief series
    - The Prince of Persia
    - Any Blood Elf from World of Warcraft
    - Gordon Freeman (being smart is HOT!)

    Rather than having an attractive male protagonist in a game, I would prefer to see more strong, independent and capable women.

    I don’t care how attractive a woman may be in a video game. But I do care if her sole purpose for existing is to gratify the ego of the game’s male characters. (Or the game’s male PLAYERS.)

  25. Lady Kat says:

    Um, I’m only coming up with Japanese games here. Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and the like…

    Well, I guess we could call Solid Snake attractive, in a gruff, rugged sort of way.

    I also think that many of the men from the Silent Hill series are attractive; Vincent from SH3 has a studious look, but with an evil edge. Love that. Henry from SH4 is also cute.

    I hope that helps. Probably not. Oh well.

  26. MRL says:

    Is it all right if a bisexual male puts his two cents in?

    Gordon Freeman is an exception to my normal dislike for full beards; he’s definitely cute. It’s really hard to avoid any Japanese-made video games here, so my choices are somewhat limited…

    How about the Prince of Persia? Tall-ish, dark, most certainly handsome, AND he goes from fully-clothed to half-naked over the course of the game. His personality changes from “immature, sexist jerk” to “somewhat more mature, decidedly less sexist semi-jerk” by the end, as well.

  27. SkeevetheImpossible says:

    I have to agree with Sarah that chick from final fantasy 7 with the big sword is hot

  28. Fritha says:

    Attractive males in games? Uh, to be honest, none really leap to mind. I’m not playing the games to look at hot men. It’s the characters “personality” that will stand out for me, more then their looks.

    So I’d like to second the comment above about the Bioware charcters (Sky from Jade Empire, Casavir and Gaan from NwN2, Carth and Atton from the two KotoR games – haven’t played Mass Effect though).

    Make the male characters interesting – that for me is far more important then what they look like.

  29. Maddy says:

    I’ve never played Hit Man, but I like the guy on the cover.

  30. Freykin says:

    Don’t forget that Metal Gear Solid is also a Japanese game. It feels less like one, but it sure is one.

    Discounting Japanese games, with which I could list tons, the list becomes pretty small. Gordon Freeman has some charm to him, judging from box art. Kaidan from Mass Effect aint bad, but could be better. Some of the possibilities in Age of Conan or Everquest II don’t look half bad either.

    Edit: Completely forgot about the Hitman guy. He can take me out to dinner anytime.

    And while I’m a guy, I feel quite capable on commenting on this since I’m interested in both guys and girls.

  31. Craig says:

    I am still waiting to play as an ass-ugly female lead in an rpg. Preferably if she had sexual conquests.

  32. Chris says:

    Sorry to be a male responding, but I think Jennifer Snow’s perspective hit a lot of fine points that bring a lot to mind what I’ve been told by other women: it’s more about personality.

    To put things into perspective, let’s think about the show Firefly. The actor for the character Simon (the medic/doctor) has that “handsome pretty-boy” look to him. However, the actor Nathan Fillion, who played as Malcom, has developed an insane number of fangirls from Firefly alone, let alone anything else. The guy doesn’t have the same stereotypical attractive features, so why would he be more popular?

    Simply, the character himself had a great personality, and Nathan Fillion brought it to life with superb acting. Meanwhile, Simon’s character, while also a good one, is a personality that is conflicting between different worlds, and so sometimes he comes off as an unlikeable asshole or as a coward.

    Now, Nathan Fillion does actually have a really cool personality, so he’s had more and more fangirls amass as the years after Firefly continue, but the primary thing that got girls interested was personality, even if it was of the fictional character before it was the actual actor.

    Now I’m not claiming to know what women are thinking, but Jennifer pretty much said the same I’ve heard from a lot of women. Or rather, the women that are more likely to be playing video games. I think the sort of girls that go ga-ga over boy bands are also attracted to the personality conveyed in the music, it’s just…a very different personality.

    I think there are two major problems with games when it comes to making truly attractive male and female characters: writing. Sure, female characters tend to be hot, busty beauties, but their dialogue and personalities are often cardboard-thin. Of course, male characters may often be the same way, or they are the stereotypical one-liner cracking bad ass. I think this is ultimately why there’s a common trend that gamer girls often enough lean to Japanese made games, where even the characters with DD-cups and a t-shirt ten sizes too small have some level of a personality, even if, to some of us, it’s trite and right out of “how to write an anime 101″. Hence Sarah mentioning so many JRPG type characters.

  33. Brian says:

    From Richard Cobbett’s blog about a year back:

    When Dreamworks approached Clive Barker with the original design for would become Clive Barker’s Undying, their main character was a tough, hard-headed baldie called Count Magnus Wolfram. “You’ve got a gay man in charge here,” warned an unimpressed Barker. “Bring me someone fabulously sexy. Bring me somebody I want to sleep with.” Ten days later, Magnus was gone, Undying starred handsome Irish rogue Patrick Galloway, and the games industry had its only major male character to date designed specifically to be sexually attractive to other chaps.

    Not exactly on-topic, but the story always amused me.

  34. Brad says:

    “Don’t forget there have been “faceless” heroines as well. I know of at least one anyway, Samus Aran!”

    Actually, she does have a face. Though it remains covered for majority of the games, she does take it off at the end of each game (if certain requirements are met). In fact, you see her without her Power Suit in the beginning of Metroid Prime 3.

  35. Dacendaran says:

    Well speaking as a Totally straight male i would have to say I would turn gay for Gordon Freeman.

  36. Liz says:

    The blood elf males in World of Warcraft are pretty hot, actually, though their “personalities” (as evinced via /emotes) are vain and self-centered.

    The dilemma, as near as I can tell, is that you want your video warriors to be ripped and muscular and gritty with grim experience… but most of *my* female friends are more physically attracted to slender, almost “pretty” men. What I’d love to see is for WoW to offer multiple body types — or at least, alter body type based on character class, for men and women both. Make the warriors and paladins ripped, make the mages and priests scrawny. Or something like that. (Actually, what I’d love to see is an adjusting musculature that responds to some formula based on the character’s stats, but that’s a little more involved than a game needs to be, at least until the rendering engines get a LOT better.)

  37. Inna says:

    I know you said no Japanese games, but the only one that comes to mind is Dante from Devil May Cry. Maybe also Lara Croft’s coworkers in Tomb Raider: Legend.

    But the thing is, even when guys in games are hot, I just can’t bring myself to care, or even notice that much. I don’t know how guys react to women in video games, but given the prevalence of incredibly weird armor for women, I would guess that they must care at least somewhat. (Although really, the best warriors used to go in to battle naked, to show that they won’t make any mistakes… so maybe it means that the women are just that much more awesome?)

  38. Zack says:

    Sarah: You said “It’s not my fault that many women like men who have delicate facial features and slim feminine hips.”

    As an slim androgynous male who had long hair and well defined Swedish facial features, I have to disagree. (I modeled a bit, so I am probably at least above average.) As a slim “pretty” male I received derision from “typical” females and had them describe me as “too pretty” or “gay looking”.

    SOME females love the “pretty-boy” look but it is a small subset kinda like the number of women who love lots of shirt busting muscles. I have a woman (Into Japanese pretty-boy video games, no less) who really digs my type of looks, but there were years where I was passed over for other types of builds.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. No one is beautiful to everyone. I think it is interesting that Western games focus on the extremely musclebound males and top-heavy females. I mean the guy from gears of war, unreal tournament, etc must weigh 300 pounds and clearly has a 60 inch chest. That is just beyond reason.

    I find it interesting that the male figures in many American made games are built like linebackers or professional bodybuilders. It is what I expect teenage males to picture as male perfection and not what female seem to appreciate. (I have only met one woman who really likes body builder physiques)

    I think it is an artifact that games are still designed as if the target market was teenage boys. The market is no longer really that demographic but the industry is very slow realize this and to change.

  39. Derek K says:

    A big todo was made about Jade (?), from Beyond Good and Evil, being a “normal” girl.

    I’m amused at the “no, no, we don’t want to talk about girly boys” comments – so far, it’s been pretty clear that a lot of women are fond of the girly boys, even if the boys don’t want it to be so. ;)

  40. Chris says:

    Something that popped to my mind after the mention of Devil May Cry, actually, is that Capcom has tried to bring more girls to some of their games by taking celebrities popular among the female fan base and making a character around their likeness. They did this with their Onimusha series, and Lost Planet as well. I believe Square tried it themselves for Final Fantasy X.

    Don’t know if it really adds to the topic, but I figured it was worth noting. Whether it works or not is something I don’t know, but maybe if we started having heroes modeled after Brad Pitt (who is an awesome actor anyway so go for it) then we’d see how girls reacted.

  41. Teppesh says:

    Well, if we are going to talk about unattractive female characters, we can’t forget about Oblivion, which has a deep, detailed character-generation system that creates characters that range from homely to downright hideous, for BOTH genders! In fact, you will never meet a single attractive character in that game.

  42. Lain says:

    If I would be a lady, I would fell in love with Garrett from Thiefs. Mysterious men alway seem to be sexy.

    You all should look into the free MMORPG “9 Dragons”. The Lads and lasses there seem to be attractive for both kind of players. Ok, Its asian, but definetly NOT Manga.

  43. Bonejesta says:

    My wife just gave me her top 5 Male Game heroes:
    1: Dante (Devil May Cry)
    2: Raiden (Metal Gear Solid)
    3: Albert Wesker (Resident Evil)
    4: Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
    5: Chris Redfield (Resident Evil)

    Honourable Mentions go to Billy (Resident Evil Zero), Walter (Silent Hill 4) and Samonosuke (Onimusha 1,3 and 4), although Samonosuke was modeled after and voiced by Japanese movie star Takeshi Kaneshiro.

  44. jbrandt says:

    I am told by my young lady friend here that the real-world protagonist in Assassin’s Creed is “fine-looking.” (I think she means he looks okay, not that he’s one fine hunk of manflesh, but she says “I wouldn’t mind looking at that while I was playing a video game.”)

    She likes Gordon Freeman as a person. Poor Gordon. :(

  45. jbrandt says:

    Teppesh: My girl is right now playing through Oblivion with a character she managed to make look just like Rose Tyler from Doctor Who. I’m not sure how she managed this, but there you go– it’s an attractive character who doesn’t look like she was hit with a shovel.

  46. Oleyo says:

    “while males only need to be financially successful CEO making over 6 figures. It is a rather rude double standard. It is much easier to do the latter and for much longer.”

    Um, got any hints you can pass along? It doesn’t seem so easy for me…

    :)

  47. Klepackage says:

    I’m wondering what some of the ladies think about Altair of Assassin’s Creed. He’s quite athletic, but he’s not pumped up on steroids like the UTIII or Gears of War characters.

    Also, what do people think of the characters from Faith and a .45? The male character again is fit, but not completely ripped with obscenely large muscles and Ruby is dressed much more conservatively than the typical video game heroine.

    http://kotaku.com/351387/faith-and-a-45-trailer

  48. The Lone Duck says:

    @ Jennifer Snow: You made a distinction between “attractive” and “sexy”. I’m curious as to what defines that distinction. Obviously, there are physical traits that are attractive/sexy/whatever, and there are personality traits that do the same. It’s been my experience that more women are driven by personality and physical traits. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some traits you value more than others.

    I must be getting old, I forget where I was going with this. :P

  49. Samalander says:

    As a gay man, I guess I don’t quite fit in with the requested demographic, but it hasn’t stopped everybody else so here goes. ;)

    Nathan Drake (from “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune”) hasn’t been mentioned yet and he’s pretty attractive to me.

    I’ll also second a lot of the other nominations.

  50. Blackbird71 says:

    @Rhykker

    “Many women say that women are portrayed unrealistically in video games – and I agree. But men are portrayed unrealistically as well; as you alluded to, they are all overly-muscled epitomes of “coolness” and “badassery.” In games, you can expect guys to be wearing the most badass armor possible over their hulking, towering figures of absolute manliness, while a lady’s power is essentially directly related to how much skin she is showing without actually being nude.”

    Got some good points there. I found the typical video game male figure particularly annoying in games like NWN. Here I am, trying to play a spellcaster with 6 STR and 8 CON, and I’m every bit as built as the barbarian… All props to Bioware for making some great stories, but the character models were often a huge immersion-breaker.

    @Derek K
    “I’m amused at the “no, no, we don’t want to talk about girly boys” comments – so far, it’s been pretty clear that a lot of women are fond of the girly boys, even if the boys don’t want it to be so.”

    I don’t think it’s as much about people not wanting to talk about it as it is the fact that Shamus laid down the ground rules for the discussion, including the following:

    “We’re ignoring Japanese games, which is another whole subject entirely and will threadjack this whole discussion before it even gets going if we don’t disqualify them right off the bat.”

    Unfortunately, people seem to either not care about or not notice the disqualification, so Shamus can consider his thread jacked.

  51. Kristin says:

    Carth. I love him so much that I wish his character had stayed on Voyager longer, just so I could listen to the voice.

  52. Jagyr says:

    As a bisexual male, I can say that neither the male nor female characters in most videogames appeal to me. Maybe this is because my tastes don’t match those of the target demographic. (However, some Japanese game male characters aren’t half bad, but we’re not including Japanese games)

    It does seem to me that all videogame lead characters are targeted towards heterosexual males: females must be attractive, if not Hustler-esque, while males must be “manly.” Not necessarily attractive, but definitely masculine.

  53. Kristin says:

    Forgot to say and my post isn’t showing up so I can’t edit it: I’m another one who loves the androgynous look.

  54. Emily says:

    I couldn’t agree more with Jennifer Snow “If you want to make a male character in a video game sexy, get a good *voice actor* and give him some really good lines.” The first characters that came to mind when I read Shamus’s post were Kain and Raziel–neither are good-lucking (quite far from it!) but they have excellent voice actors and interesting dialogue. I also rather fancied the Druid and Necromancer in Diablo II, for their dry wits and semi-creepy natures. (To break the rules of the topic, Auron from FFX was pretty hot, and not at all “girly”.)

  55. Ran Kailie says:

    I’m gonna have to go with Solid Snake.

    But again I also think the Punisher and Nick Fury are hot…

    Rugged guys… moar plz.

  56. Laura F says:

    The only one I can think of is the guy from Prince of Persia. That’s one game that I really don’t mind watching my brothers play for hours, because WHOO. I’ve also always liked Link, but that’s Japanese, isn’t it?

  57. Eric says:

    What about that chick from devil may cry, she was sexy in a ugly way.

  58. I play WoW mostly, so I’d have to say out of all the men, the night elves are probably the most attractive. Then again, I’ve always been a sucker for elves. But not blood elves, they’re too PrettyBoy for me ;p

    Some of the guys from Soul Caliber were pretty cute. :)

    But really, I don’t care what the character looks like, just what they can do to make the game fun for me to play.

  59. Derek K says:

    Personally, I often find it hard to make a male character that I want to play, because of the above mentioned manliness. My tastes in RPGs run towards dex-fighter types, or tank-mages. So it’s rare that I want a bulked up badass.

    I had to go download some new models for KoTOR and KoTOR II because I didn’t like any of the portraits, frex.

    However, I would like to point out the prime example of hunk of man:

    MINSC.

    As the man himself said:

    “If you have any need of a stout blade, and an even stouter man to swing it, do not hesitate to call on me. ”

    “You point, I punch.”

    “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, watch it! I’m huge.”

    and, of course,

    “Go for the eyes Boo, GO FOR THE EYES!! RrraaaAAGHGHH!!! “

  60. David V.S. says:

    From Sarah, #14
    > and in WoW? Not a whole lot there.

    Since Shamus asked about attractive, not sexually desirable

    My gnome gets frequent comments about being cute, in part because male gnomes are somewhat cute and in part because of his huge green mustache. I even have one male friend whose wife has repeatedly asked him, “When is your character going to adventure with that cute gnome again?”

    This amuses me since I don’t find the ‘toon cute myself.

  61. Spider Dave says:

    The good looking guys I can think of have already been touched on, Atton Rand and Gordon Freeman. But if you’re looking for unatractive women, Oblivion is where it’s at.

  62. Guile says:

    I’m surprised no one has made the stupid joke about Gordon being attractive to women because he never talks. Hyuk hyuk.

    In any case: Siegfried from Soul Calibur has a reasonably buff, Nordic look to him that I like. Nathan Drake has the Indiana Jones-esque adventurer thing going, although he’s also kind of a smarmy dick. And also, although it IS a JRPG series, Shadowhearts has some nice protagonists: Yuri is pretty hunky (also kind of a dick, but on him it’s attractive), and that kid in the third one is young, but adorably awkward and sure of himself.

    As you can see, I’m kind of all over the place.

  63. Stray Silvers says:

    The Prince from Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Garret from the Thief series, for the voice.

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