Poppy is the author of A Bard's Lament and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
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.
20. The Prince (Prince of Persia)
English voice actor: Yuri Lowenthal
Game's year of release: 2003-2009
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.
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.
18. Jin Kazama (Tekken)
English voice actor: n/a
Game's year of release: 1997
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.
17. Prince Sidon (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
English voice actor: José Antonio Macías
Game's year of release: 2017
Prince Sidon is the prince of the Zoras, and he's so upbeat and positive about Link that fans all over the world instantly fell for him, shipping him and the main character with multiple pieces of fan art. Who knew it was possible to make a fish-like character be so attractive and endearing?
16. Jin Sakai (Ghost of Tsushima)
English voice actor: Daisuke Tsuji
Game's year of release: 2020
Company: Sucker Punch Productions
This incredible RPG about a samurai defending his homeland of Tsushima Island was one of the most anticipated games of 2020. The main character, Jin Sakai, is a brave warrior who will do anything to save his island and rescue his kidnapped uncle. As well as being skilled with a blade, he's also hot to boot.
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.
14. Chris Redfield (Resident Evil)
English voice actor: Scott McCulloch, Michael Filipowitch, Joe Whyte, etc
Game's year of release: 1996–
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.
13. Goro Majima (Yakuza 0)
Voice actor: Hidenari Ugaki
Year of game's release: 2015
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*.
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?
11. Richter Belmont (Castlevania: Rondo of Blood)
English voice actor: David Vincent (Symphony of the Night)
Game's year of release: 1993
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.
10. Link (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)
English voice actor: N/A
Game's year of release: 2006
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.
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.
8. Chrom (Fire Emblem)
English voice actor: Matthew Christopher Miller
Game's year of release: 2012
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.
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.
5. Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Assassin's Creed 2)
English voice actor: Roger Craig Smith
Year of game's release: 2009
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.
4. Cullen Rutherford (Dragon Age: Inquisition)
English voice actor: Jonny Rees
Game's year of release: 2014
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.
3. Jacob Taylor (Mass Effect 2)
Voice actor: Adam Lazarre-White
Game's year of release: 2010
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!
2. Alistair Theirin (Dragon Age: Origins)
English voice actor: Steve Valentine
Game's year of release: 2009
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.
1. Waluigi (Super Mario)
English voice actor: Charles Martinet
Game's year of release: 2000–
Waluigi. That is all. You can't improve on perfection.
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
Question: Who is the strongest gaming character?
Answer: 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.
© 2014 Poppy
goingnowhere on August 11, 2020:
Where's Carlos Oliveira from Resident Evil 3 remake? 8) jk, everyone has different taste
whe on July 18, 2020:
Lol nice list!
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on May 26, 2020:
He is perfect :)
AkatsukiWolfie on May 23, 2020:
OML, I didn't know waluigi is number 1! o,, o
Alright thats weird
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on November 12, 2019:
I'm sorry, Razor. No one can beat Waluigi. It's simple physics.
Razor on October 08, 2019:
Number 1 should always belong to none other than Sephiroth
Nero on April 17, 2019:
Sephiroth should be number 1
Jan on April 16, 2019:
Dante from the original Devil May Cry series
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on April 15, 2019:
Damien on April 14, 2019:
Pagan Min from Far Cry 4
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on December 24, 2018:
Haha, of course! How could I forget?
CRUMbus on December 24, 2018:
Demonqueen17 on August 11, 2018:
Banana on March 07, 2018:
Sam Drake from Uncharted and Jacob Frye from AC:Syndicate should be in the list:")))
Sabrina on December 30, 2017:
Great List but Sebastian Castellanos from The Evil Within should be on list too :)
Gumball on December 29, 2017:
The older Noctis in FFXV is my vote for the most good looking male character ever.
Come on on December 27, 2017:
svetlana213 on October 01, 2017:
Great list! Though im a bit sad you didn't include Samuel Drake from Uncharted 4. :(
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on August 02, 2017:
Thanks for commenting! Scars and rugged-ness is certainly hot ;)
Dorkish on August 02, 2017:
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~
Mohit Tiwari on June 11, 2017:
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on October 21, 2014:
Alistair stole my heart, but Link has been there my whole life. I wish I'd put him higher on the list :P
Link10103 on August 09, 2014:
Dont think I should be voting, being a straight guy and somewhat biased...but Link all the way.