The Hunkiest Heroes in Video Games – Too Bad There Aren’t Enough of Them

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Everybody who has ever played a video game can attest to the fact that the majority of the female characters in them are usually not horrid beasts whose appearance is so revolting that you want to gouge your eyes out. Usually, if a female character is insulting to our senses it is because they are either a zombie, some sort of enemy we are suppose to detest or they are the overly plump mother figure. The heroines, or the damsels in distress are usually pretty easy on the eyes and for a pixilated figure and and the fandom that surrounds Lara Croft, for example, can attest to this.For years on end, men have had their Dead or Alive chicks, Lara, the Final Fantasy babes, any female in Soul Calibur, and pretty much the whole gambit of scantily clad women in the RPG genre. This has always been okay with me, because I am not a prude and I understand that developers and the demographic that they cater too are mostly male. Men like to look at voluptuous women oozing with sexuality that can handle a broadsword with as much tender loving care as they would a helpless kitten. It is a scientific fact that men are stimulated visually when it comes to the opposite sex and therefore, if a game developer wants to include a female character in a game that wears nothing more than a thong, pasties, thigh-high boots and fishnet stockings and go for it! It does not offend me in the slightest.

I do however, have one request from developers: Why not make your main protagonists just as easy on the eyes as the women? I am not asking you to put them in a codpiece or have them in costumes that make them look like nothing more than a reject from a Village People casting call. I am not even asking for you to make them “really, really, ridiculously good-looking”. I just think it would be wonderful to have nice looking men who are just as easy on the eyes as their pixilated female counterparts. Handsome heroes in video games are few and far between and while Duke Nukem may be a bad ass, his resemblance to Howie Long only disgusts us to be quite honest. Solid Snake may be one of the most awesome heroes of his genre, but he is no Sam Elliot.

Because of the lack of hunky men in video games, I set out to find some that I personally though might fit the “handsome” mold. I shared my findings with some female friends who are also gamers, and they agreed with me on my selections. With more and more women taking up gaming as a hobby, if you are going to include a hot chick, make her counterpart just as hot. I have picked some of the hunkiest gaming heroes that have so far graced our TV/PC screens, and while there are not that many, the ones I have chosen and to me anyway and are the ones who are easiest on the eyes.

leon kennedy

Leon Kennedy and Resident Evil 4

Leon may look like Matt Damon’s little brother, but he is not Matt Damon. This guy can take anything thrown at him, can handle a gun, can maintain his sense of humanity while a virus spreads through his body, and kill a horde of zombies without blinking an eye. He does this, all the while trying to protect the President’s jailbait daughter from being used as a pawn in a massive conspiracy. Leon even has the decency to turn down what would amount to a “sure thing” with Ashley at the end of Resident Evil 4, because he has a sense of dignity and self-respect. He is the stuff movie heroes are made of and a man that would make a woman in real life swoon.

kratos

vin diesel as kratos Kratos and God of War Franchise

Ok, I know this may seem like a strange choice to some of you, especially considering how pale and ugly he was in God of War 2 and but that is neither here nor there. Kratos is a God. Let me repeat that and he is a God. Power, especially ultimate power such as that is sexy as hell. He is buff, ruthless, animalistic, and can please two babes at once. He still pines for his deceased wife, which proves that he does harbor some sort of vulnerability albeit in very scarce amounts. He is ruthless, dangerous, deadly, and above all oozing with manliness. He is the type of man that would pick you up, throw you down on the bed and make you feel privileged for being one of the notches on his blade. Kratos is the man you would want to try and “rescue” from himself, and eventually, end up heartbroken and unless grew tired of you and snapped your neck after nagging him too much about his constant desire for vengeance; plus he kind of looks like Vin Diesel.

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Indiana Jones and Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb

This is a no brainier, despite how much this game sucked. Indiana Jones is the stuff legends are made of. He is a man’s man, intelligent, handsome, adventurous, flawed and sensitive. Plus it does not hurt that he looks like Harrison Ford. Most women my age had a crush on Indiana Jones as a kid, and not just because Harrison Ford was also Han Solo, but because Indiana Jones was something straight out of a romance novel. He signified what every woman truly wanted and we need more men like him in video games, which lead me to my next choice.

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Nathan Drake and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

Nathan Drake is the new Indiana Jones of the video game world. He is almost a swashbuckler and he lives on the edge, he packs a gun, he has a sense of humor, and above all he is not hard on the eyes. It is about time we started to see decent looking men portrayed in video games, and Nathan is a great start.

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Altair and Assassin’s Creed

When Altair is indeed the assassin, he is pretty hot. Unfortunately he is not so hot when he is not in his dream sequences. When Altair is in the Middle East assassinating Templars, sneaking around, leaping from towers into piles of hay and he is at his hottest. He is slinky, mysterious, brooding, and on a mission. What could be sexier?

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Dante and Devil May Cry Franchise and Specifically DMC4

Over the years, Dante has grown on me. Originally, I felt he was a bit too feminine to be considered attractive by video game standards. He reminded me more of a FF reject although not as feminine looking as Tidus, but pretty namby-pamby looking nonetheless. However, with the release of DMC4 Dante has grown up and is now pretty good looking for a computer-generated hero. Sporting a five o’clock shadow, a lopsided grin, and dripping with macho confidence and this half demon is just what the doctor ordered. Plus, he can kick any demons ass you throw at him.

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Max Payne and Max Payne Franchise

Max Payne is not exactly the best looking man in video games, but he is decently attractive. What makes him one of the hunkiest men in video games is his tortured soul. The death of his wife and child left a gaping hole in this man, and as he takes his revenge out upon any baddie that comes his way, you see the pain in his eyes and you just want to hold him and tell him that everything is going to be ok. Women are sucker for that.

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Geralt of Rivia and The Witcher

Geralt is just flat out sexy. Sometimes, he may look like the video game equivalent of Sam Neill, but that is no matter. He is the Captain Kirk of the medieval world and bedding any female regardless of whether she is human or succubus. Plus, chicks dig scars.

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Agent 47 and Hitman Franchise

Agent 47 is pretty hot. He is a tall, dangerous, imposing figure who although trained to kill has been known to show compassion on rare occasions. While not quite superhuman, he is at the extreme end of what a human being is capable of, can take a shot to the chest, run faster than most men dare dream and his is very strong. He is sort of like the bionic man except instead of being made of bits of machinery; he was formed in a lab from 5 different crime bosses’ DNA. Again, his appeal falls into the “danger is sexy” category, which seems to be prevalent in video game heroes.

sephiroth

HONORABLE MENTION: Sephiroth and FF VII, Crisis Core, Advent Children, Kingdom Hearts, etc.

Sephiroth may be slightly feminine looking, and yes, he is totally insane without a shred of humanity in his black soul and but he is pretty dashing. No, I am not a member of the Silver Elite or anything and but for an evil bastard, he is pretty cool. He is tall, handsome, has long silver hair, bright emerald green eyes, and dresses really interestingly. His theme music is rockin’, and you cannot tell me that there were many occasions during FF VII that you just wanted him to kill Cloud and be done with it. Sephiroth is only an honorable mention on this list because in reality and he would have nothing to do with a simpering human being no matter how hot she is because he is above that. Plus he is a villain – not a hero.

I know that I am in the minority when I say this, but it is high time that lady gamers were catered to just slightly in the video game industry. Men have breast psychics to look forward to in games, so we should have something to look forward to as well

This is just a small sampling of even slightly attractive male characters in video games. If there are any female gamers out there who think I left anyone out, please feel free to mention them in the comments section. I know that this post is just the nonsensical ramblings of a lunatic mind and the way it is written will not garner any award any time soon and but it is not meant to be a grand piece of literature, but just something fun and out of the gaming norm. I hope you enjoyed it on even the most minuscule level.

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21 Comments on The Hunkiest Heroes in Video Games – Too Bad There Aren’t Enough of Them

Jiki

On April 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Groin physics for women? :D

But seriously – max payne looked so much cooler in the first episode, in the second he was hurt and puppy-eyes and stuff, but way more plainer. And altair is kinda like a spoiled kid who thinks he knows the best. I haven’t gotten very far in the game, but in the beginning he’s a highly dislikeable character.

Stephany

On April 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm

I never said they had to be likable characters… just hunky! :wink: :lol:

Jiki

On April 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm

So much about sweet personality. :(

Jiki

On April 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm

*meaning anything. :oops:

LOKain

On May 18, 2008 at 5:57 am

What the hell man what happen to Kain from Legacy Of Kain series? His the cooliest dude from them all :evil: Or Sweet Tooth or even Better Master Chief

housemaster

On May 23, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Solid Snake, Any one would do.

sunny skies

On June 11, 2008 at 9:46 pm

oh my goodness, i would love to see Squall Leonhart from FFVIII in this list! he’s the strong and silent hunk you learn to love.

stephanie dawn

On July 3, 2008 at 8:51 pm

ya wheres squall? :sad: hes such a hunk!!! :grin:

Carly

On July 25, 2008 at 5:01 pm

Well….the brothers Darc and Kharg from Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits are very pretty to look at. And so are Jin Kazama, Devil Jin, Hwoarang, Lee Chaolan, Lei Wulong, and other character of the Tekken series. Some guys from Guilty Gear, but that might be pushing it, I suppose.

And of course you can’t forget Squall Leonhart, Vincent Valentine, Cloud Strife, Setzer, Firion (or he would be if he wasn’t an inch tall anyway, the same goes for Locke from FFIII), and you cannot deny Auron from FFX, and Seymour, in a weird way…but then there’s also Zack Fair and Genesis Rhapsodos. IN any case, as long as my list may be…(I have no life…) a list of man-pleasers would find itself much longer just from the games I mentioned.

rishi

On August 6, 2008 at 6:05 am

no doubt…
prince of persia is d hottest dude of gaming arena !!! :cool:

Vanyel

On September 3, 2008 at 8:55 pm

You forgot the best thing about Sephiroth. his sword. That thing is LOVELY.
Other than that I like your list and totally agree with you. FF has a few hunks you could mention. Squall, Kuja (bad clothes but if you like pretty boys..)
But yes I would like guys who kick ass and look good (not feminine though).

Vanyel

On September 3, 2008 at 9:01 pm

What’s Silver Elite? I tried googling it and nothing came up.

donny darko eat my ass

On September 10, 2008 at 3:01 am

i would at least like to see some cool pics of sora from kh2 plz :mrgreen:

Elle

On October 13, 2008 at 2:10 pm

I agree about Squall…but Seifer does something for me that Squall doesn’t, which is odd. Must be the whole height thing… :lol:

Anyway, I agree with your #1 choice, but I really would’ve ranked Dante much higher. He was pretty-pretty in the earlier games but his attitude was sexy enough to roughen up his girly face so that when DMC 4 came around I was in heaven. Hmmm. I really should start dating again…

Tiersa

On November 6, 2008 at 2:10 am

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve been drooling over Iori Yagami from King of Fighters for years now. You should take a look at him if you haven’t already :wink: King of Fighters caters to both girls and guys, or at least i think so. Hehehe

Stephany

On November 6, 2008 at 4:38 am

Elle: I feel the same way about Dante and the whole getting out and dating again thing! LOL! I’m with ya sister!

Tiersa… I looked him up, and when I make the next list he will be on it :-)

Everyone: The guys are in no particular order or anything. No best to worst or hunkiest to not as hunky. Just hunky for a pixilated male.

Maria

On November 27, 2008 at 7:30 pm

I don’t know. Most women I know aren’t into the hairy chest muscle bound thing. A nice boflex bod and long lashes do it for me. I say keep the hot girly men coming. Considering how many fan girls drool over that Alamasy guy I say the artists are doing their job. Sorry, sister, Im thinking if you like Kojak, that is very cool, but I prefer something more like Jensen Ackles. I disagree in a big way. In fact I just saw a FF 13 trailer and I was thinking of just how easy on the eyes those males were.

Maria

On November 27, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Oh and Sephiroth may be beautiful, but that whole “mother” thing would not be a plus. I have met men like that…..its not pretty.

Jill

On April 10, 2011 at 9:31 am

Balthier from FFXII! I would totally fly away with him. And Alistair of Dragon Age…funny, gorgeous, and really sweet.

Amanda

On September 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

LEON!!!!!

wolfeh42

On August 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm

You forgot about Ezio, also from Assassin’s creed!