Top 20 Hottest Male Video Game Characters

Updated on June 16, 2020
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Poppy lives in Enoshima and likes to read novels and play video games, especially open-world RPGs.

Who are the hottest male video game characters? Read on to find out which pixelated hotties made the cut.
Who are the hottest male video game characters? Read on to find out which pixelated hotties made the cut. | Source

We've all done it—despite a character from a cartoon or video game being, technically, a bunch of well-placed pixels, we've still sometimes said "oooh, they're lovely. Shame they're not real."

As well as engaging storylines, multiple missions and sidequests, fun gameplay, and sometimes the chance to challenge friends and strangers online for endless tournaments, video games have also brought us the odd character who we love to crush on. As well as a multitude of hot female characters over the years, we are also able to enjoy some tasty male characters as well!

Here is a list of the top twenty gorgeous male characters from video games who have their own fan clubs and are popular choices for cosplay and crushes.

The Prince
The Prince | Source

20. The Prince (Prince of Persia)

English voice actor: Yuri Lowenthal
Game's year of release:

The action-packed Prince of Persia games inspires happy memories. The Prince, skilled with a blade and serving handsome looks, won the hearts of many players in the 2000s.

John Marston
John Marston | Source

19. John Marston (Red Dead Redemption)

English voice actor: Rob Wiethoff
Game's year of release: 2010
Company: Rockstar Games

Cowboy lovers had a hard time forgetting the main protagonist of Red Dead Redemption. He also appears in Red Dead Redemption 2 as a supporting main character. John just screams manliness and his character was praised by critics for his complexity and his quest for atonement.

Jin Kazama
Jin Kazama | Source

18. Jin Kazama (Tekken)

English voice actor: n/a
Game's year of release: 1997
Company: Namco

Who doesn't love sexy ripped guys who can beat their enemies into a pulp? Jin Kazama first debuted in Tekken 3 in 1997. Though some argue that he's been nerfed in the later games, this hunk of Japanese muscle is still a dreamboat.

He's the best fish prince around.
He's the best fish prince around. | Source

17. Prince Sidon (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)

English voice actor: Jamie Mortellaro
Game's year of release: 2017
Company: Nintendo

The Zelda fandom went crazy for this upbeat Zora prince—younger brother to Champion Mipha. Thousands of fans are shipping Sidon with Link, falling for his constant positivity, encouragement, and belief in the hero of Hyrule.

Prince Sidon is certainly cute and his wholesomeness just makes him all the more attractive.

Letho | Source

16. Letho (The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings)

English voice actor: Mark Lewis Jones
Game's year of release: 2011
Company: CD Projekt RED

Letho, also known as Kingslayer, is the villain assassin and main antagonist in the Polish video game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. He's muscular, he's mean, he kills mercilessly . . . and he also happens to be hot.

He has a luscious, silver mane.
He has a luscious, silver mane. | Source

15. Nier (NieR Gestalt)

English voice actor: Jamieson Price
Game's year of release: 2010
Company: Cavia and Square Enix

Nier is the main protagonist of the vastly underrated video game of the same name. I'm a sucker for nice guys, and Nier's fierce love for his sick daughter, loyalty, and kindness matches his heroic physique and awesome strength. Definitely one for the list.

NieR Replicant is a game that's identical to NieR Gestalt, but the main character is Yonah's brother, not her father, and he's younger and slimmer than in NieR Gestalt.

Just look at that tight shirt.
Just look at that tight shirt. | Source

14. Chris Redfield (Resident Evil)

English voice actor: Scott McCulloch, Michael Filipowitch, Joe Whyte, etc
Game's year of release: 1996–
Company: Capcom

One of the most well-known characters in Capcom's survival horror Resident Evil franchise is Chris Redfield, Claire Redfield's brother. He turned the heads of many players during his appearance over the years and remains a favorite today.

Even with one eye, his gaze can pierce your heart.
Even with one eye, his gaze can pierce your heart. | Source

13. Goro Majima (Yakuza 0)

Voice actor: Hidenari Ugaki
Year of game's release: 2015
Company: SEGA

Yakuza 0 is the prequel to the more recent Yakuza games and was released on PlayStation 4 in 2015. Majima is one of the two playable characters in Yakuza 0 and is a member of the Japanese mafia from Osaka.

He's the owner of a nightclub and a powerful fighter. I fell in love with him when he was sent to assassinate a young woman, but took pity on her when he heard her story. The girl is blind, and he helps protect her for most of the game. His sweetness and patience with her (although he pretends to be grumpy) is adorable. Oh, and he also fights other yakuza members to protect her. *Dreamy sigh*.

Geralt | Source

12. Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher III: Wild Hunt)

English voice actor: Doug Cockle
Game's year of release: 2015
Company: CD Projekt RED / Bandai Namco Entertainment

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is one of the most celebrated fantasy RPG games of our generation. The protagonist is strong, sexy, and his main profession is killing monsters. What more could we ask for?

His girlfriend is a lucky lady!
His girlfriend is a lucky lady! | Source

11. Richter Belmont (Castlevania: Rondo of Blood)

English voice actor: David Vincent (Symphony of the Night)
Game's year of release: 1993
Company: Konami

Richter Belmont is a vampire hunter who wields a whip. He's also a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Looking at this muscular cutie, I'd have to say his girlfriend Annette is one lucky lady.

Link in "Twilight Princess"
Link in "Twilight Princess" | Source

10. Link (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)

English voice actor: N/A
Game's year of release: 2006
Company: Nintendo

Link is a silent hero who's been around to save Princess Zelda since the release of the first Legend of Zelda 2D game in the '90s. He's even made guest appearances in fighting games such as the Soul Calibur, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Brothers series.

With his sword, shield, arrows, and an unquenchable thirst for justice, he's a brave and handsome hero we all know and love.

"He's about as manly as one can get."
"He's about as manly as one can get." | Source

9. Kratos (God of War)

English voice actor: Terrence C. Carson/Christopher Judge
Game's year of release: 2005–
Company: Sony Computer Entertainment

Kratos is a powerful Spartan wielding huge swords chained to his arms. He fights Greek mythological beasts, climbs a titan for three days without rest and battles gods —he's about as manly as one can get.

On top of that, he's gorgeous if you're into the masculine, grumpy type. As well as being a great game series, you also get to control this hunk of muscle.

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A DEFINITE Hunk | Source

8. Chrom (Fire Emblem)

English voice actor: Matthew Christopher Miller
Game's year of release: 2012
Company: Nintendo

The main protagonist of Fire Emblem Awakening is another sword-wielding hottie who appears in Smash Bros. Ultimate. A descendant of Marth and Lucina's father, Chrom is a definite hunk and a great addition to the Fire Emblem franchise.


7. Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid Series)

English voice actor: David Hayter
Game's year of release: 1998–
Company: Konami Computer Entertainment

Another incredibly popular game series is Metal Gear, with the famous Solid Snake as its protagonist. He's a spy, he's a killer, he wants to save the world—what more could you want? Not to mention that tight suit and headband. He's also been named one of the manliest video game characters ever.

Cloud has phenomenal Tokyo-style hair.
Cloud has phenomenal Tokyo-style hair. | Source

6. Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)

English voice actor: Steve Burton (movie)
Game's year of release: 1997
Company: Square Enix

Final Fantasy VII is still the most famous and popular Final Fantasy game and it really put the franchise on the map. A movie was even made based on it, named Advent Children, where Cloud was revealed in all his HD glory.

Cloud is an extremely popular character for women players and watchers all over the world—from his destructive sword to his Tokyo-style hair, he's everything you'd want in a hero.

Enzio | Source

5. Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Assassin's Creed 2)

English voice actor: Roger Craig Smith
Year of game's release: 2009
Company: Ubisoft

There's nothing quite like a trained killer with assassin heritage and a thirst for vengeance. Set in the 15th century, Assassin's Creed 2 tells the story of an Italian nobleman who trains as an assassin from age 17 and embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about the Templar Order. Ezio is sexy, dresses well, and the main protagonist of AC2. One for the list for sure.

You are free to flirt with this hunk as you please!
You are free to flirt with this hunk as you please! | Source

4. Cullen Rutherford (Dragon Age: Inquisition)

English voice actor: Jonny Rees
Game's year of release: 2014
Company: BioWare

Cullen Rutherford is a (non-playable) part of your character's team and commander of your Inquisition's army. An ex-templar, strong yet shy, he's a charming addition to your force.

He is also possible for your playable character to romance, which made him even cuter.

Jacob Taylor
Jacob Taylor | Source

3. Jacob Taylor (Mass Effect 2)

Voice actor: Adam Lazarre-White
Game's year of release: 2010
Company: BioWare

Here we have Jacob Taylor from Mass Effect 2. Who's idea was it to have a shirtless scene? Whoever it was, female players from all over were playing with a big grin on their faces. Jacob is fine!

Alistair Theirin
Alistair Theirin | Source

2. Alistair Theirin (Dragon Age: Origins)

English voice actor: Steve Valentine
Game's year of release: 2009
Company: BioWare

Alistair is incredibly popular not only because of his knighthood but his personality too—he's charming, witty, kind-hearted, and just too cute for words. Best of all, you can woo him in the game with gifts and correct dialogue choices.

Alistair appears as a companion very close to the beginning of the game. As you get to know him better, you can find out more about his past—including a secret that makes him all the more attractive.

Pure Perfection
Pure Perfection | Source

1. Waluigi (Super Mario)

English voice actor: Charles Martinet
Game's year of release: 2000–
Company: Nintendo

Waluigi. That is all. You can't improve on perfection.

Who Would You Rate as Number One?

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Some Excellently Placed Pixels

People have been crushing on video game characters for decades and will definitely continue to do so! Whether they're the heroes, tasty NPCs, or villains we adore, it's always a nice bonus when we can develop crushes on these excellently placed pixels.

Questions & Answers

  • Who is the strongest gaming character?

    That's a great question! Maybe Kratos? He did defeat Ares, after all. But I'm sure there are many other powerful characters out there.

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    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


      5 weeks ago from Enoshima, Japan

      He is perfect :)

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      5 weeks ago

      OML, I didn't know waluigi is number 1! o,, o

      Alright thats weird

    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


      7 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      I'm sorry, Razor. No one can beat Waluigi. It's simple physics.

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      8 months ago

      Number 1 should always belong to none other than Sephiroth

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      14 months ago

      Sephiroth should be number 1

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      14 months ago

      Dante from the original Devil May Cry series

    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


      14 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Great choice!

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      14 months ago

      Pagan Min from Far Cry 4

    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


      18 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Haha, of course! How could I forget?

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      18 months ago


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      23 months ago


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      2 years ago

      Sam Drake from Uncharted and Jacob Frye from AC:Syndicate should be in the list:")))

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      2 years ago

      Great List but Sebastian Castellanos from The Evil Within should be on list too :)

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      2 years ago

      The older Noctis in FFXV is my vote for the most good looking male character ever.

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      Come on 

      2 years ago

      Chris Redfield

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      2 years ago

      Great list! Though im a bit sad you didn't include Samuel Drake from Uncharted 4. :(

    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Thanks for commenting! Scars and rugged-ness is certainly hot ;)

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      2 years ago

      Even though they're very similar, I think Venom Snake is hotter than Solid. His rugged face and body covered in scars is really attractive, plus I'm a sucker for guys with pony tails~

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      Mohit Tiwari 

      3 years ago

      Jin kazama(tekken)

    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Alistair stole my heart, but Link has been there my whole life. I wish I'd put him higher on the list :P

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      5 years ago

      Dont think I should be voting, being a straight guy and somewhat biased...but Link all the way.


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