Do you know how they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Well, that may be true, but there’s still no denying the fact that video game characters can sport just about anything without raising a few eyebrows as a result. And to be fair, even some of the most questionable outfits have been accepted by the community, simply because, you know — they’re video game characters, and being effortlessly stylish is in their code.
Of course, there’s a reason why cosplay conventions exist, and it’s because video game characters are somewhat easy to imitate. Though to be fair, some styles can only be rocked by the source, and it’s rare that you’ll find a living, breathing person with the same attention to detail as their on-screen fashion icons. And if you want to talk about the absolute best in the business, then let’s open up the book on these five heroes.
5. Dante (Devil May Cry)
It’s somewhat difficult to mold over the thought of Dante and not associate him with the silver-haired surfer boy persona, to be fair. But that’s where the focal point often falls with Devil May Cry’s lead, and it’s pretty easy to brush off the rest of the getup like it’s nothing more than second-hand rags on a rubber mannequin. Take a moment to look a little closer, however, and you’ll spot the minor details that make the beloved demon hunter one of the most stylish video game protagonists of all time.
Of course, Dante has seen his fair share of phases over the years. That said, no fashion trend has ever fallen flat and left fans scratching chins. And so, for that reason alone, we’re inclined to give the boy in crimson red the silver medallion for being the most stylish rebel in gaming.
4. Tidus (Final Fantasy X)
To be honest, it isn’t unusual for Square Enix to go above and beyond when designing characters for its canvas. Final Fantasy, for example, has some of the most bizarre outfits and accessories in gaming, period. But that’s partly the reason why fans adore the series: its talents for drafting, developing, and embellishing unique threads for each and every lead, companion, and NPC.
But anyway, let’s talk about Tidus. Say what you will, but Zanarkand Abes’ legendary blitzball star has style — and a lot of it. From the signature chain pendant to the jet-black and yellow threads, Tidus takes comfort in being one of the best-looking characters in the series. And that’s saying something, given that this is Final Fantasy we’re talking about here.
3. Edward Kenway (Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag)
Assassin’s Creed not only has an entire atlas to experiment with, but the freedom to rewrite history to suit whatever narrative Ubisoft molds around it. For every era it delves into, of course, comes a time capsule, which usually includes oceans of time-appropriate keepsakes, architectural designs, and fashion styles. And Black Flag, being based around the golden age of piracy, was in possession of one of the loftiest capsules of all.
Edward Kenway, the rogue pirate with the mentality of an assassin, sported one of the best outfits in the series to date. Or at least, it was on par with Ezio Auditore’s elegantly stylish Master Assassin wears, anyway. The gun-toting privateer, however, went on to finesse the formula by adding a fresh coat of paint to a stylish yet worn hand-me-down robe. A couple of embellishments later, and Kenway went on to set the new standard for the series.
2. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
It may not look it these days, what with her general attire bordering more Bear Grylls than Brussels Fashion Week, but Lara Croft was once known for being the fashion icon of the gaming world, as well as the poster child of action-adventure, in general. And while a lot has changed since Square Enix rebooted the survivor trilogy, the treasure-loving crypt dweller has still managed to retain the finesse that made her universally loved way back when.
Before 2013 threw Lara Croft to the wolves, it wasn’t unusual for the adventurer to spiral from one fashion trend to the next. As well as being the self-proclaimed Angel of Darkness, players also had the opportunity to see countless other styles come to fruition, all of which were tailored to the appropriate season and terrain. Needless to say, Crystal Dynamics probably had a division devoted to drafting Lara’s apparel for every instalment in the series. Good thing it all paid off in the end, though, right?
1. Handsome Jack (Borderlands)
Because who says bad guys have to wear bad clothes, right? It’s only fair that these villainous sociopaths get the same tools to potentially outdress their competition. And on that note, Handsome Jack blows the opposition out of the water. And that’s saying something, as Gearbox’s universally acclaimed shoot ’em up saga is known for having quite the snazzy collective.
Bringing a dusty steampunk coating to a worn business apparel, Handsome Jack crafts a next-level design that puts even the likes of Mad Moxxi and friends to shame. Although corrupt and twisted beyond belief, the guy scrubs up rather well, which is precisely why Gearbox made him the centerpiece of nearly every pre-launch promo. Can’t say we blame them, to be honest. Anyone in the same boat would’ve done the same.
So, what’s your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there any stylish video game characters you would’ve included in this list? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.