Gaming's most impractical outfits

Games and fashion have never exactly gone hand in hand. PC players wearing non-ironic t-shirts about binary code. Developers wrapping their characters in leather from head to toe and thinking it’s still ‘the look’. Any Nintendo tee that isn’t adorned with ‘know your mushrooms’. Let’s face it; trying to inject fashion sense into the gaming world is a lost cause.

But while the medium has never been famed for snappy dressing, there are worse things than being unfashionable. Like fighting in your kecks. Against a giant lizard. A giant lizard who’s carrying a big sword. Yep, dressing impractically for the situation is something the following characters are all guilty of. And these guys and girls don’t just need a new tailor; they need a good mental professional to help them through these clothing catastrophes.

As modelled by: Gloria in Devil May Cry 4

What’s the best attire to wear when you’ve got a hot date with dozens of ravenous hell beasties? Protective armour? A Kevlar vest? Iron-coated underwear? Nope. The only thing that’ll do the job is a bodice so revealing it would make a helmer of German grot blush. While the ludicrously flimsy fabric might provide no protection against mandibles, claws or scythes, it does pack some NASA-shaming tech in its nether regions.

Other half left the room? Good. Now look closely and you’ll see that Capcom’s curvaceous starlet is wearing no… how can we put this delicately? Under garments. Thanks to some gravity-defying magic, though, the tip of that bodice somehow always manages to strategically cover our lady’s unmentionables. But while it may protect her privates from peeping eyes, we don’t imagine it offers much resistance against the hordes of hell’s weapons.

As modelled by: Mario Mario in Mario Galaxy

Space. The final frontier… for terrible clothing choices. There’s a reason why NASA invest/waste millions of their moolah on the space program every year. R&D for rocket technology. Advanced training for astronauts. And, of course, those useful things called space suits. They’re really handy by all accounts. Something about letting you breathe in an oxygen-free environment, we think.

But not for our boy Mazza. Oh no. Who needs all that needless breathing apparatus and all that shit that stops your head from popping like a balloon when you’ve got a pair of red and blue dungarees to brave the cold, uncaring vacuum of space. The portly plumber’s lungs should collapse before he nabs his first power star. And let’s not even start on how useless his shoddy Italian garb should be for traversing planets covered in molten rock, man-scoffing plants and giant bees.

As modelled by: Arthur in Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

One of gaming’s toughest titles is made even harder, thanks to Arthur’s ridiculous armour. On paper, wearing a reinforced metal suit seems like a pragmatic and practical solution when tasked with beating up beasties. But in practice it offers about as much protection as a soggy cardboard box in a hurricane.

Get so much as breathed on by any of the monsters in the game and you can say goodbye protective suit and hello to the most iconic boxers in videogames. The stupidly breakable armour may be laughable, but it still offered a might more resistance than a pair of cotton undies against a world filled with ghouls, goblins and gaming’s most nails bosses.


  • 2cute2Bcruel - May 2, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    Ivy looks so fat in SCIV. I'm just saying. That thong's gonna disappear.
  • Ravenbom - October 24, 2008 5:13 p.m.

    It took me a reread of this article to come to realize, the Superman photoshop should have just been Gordan Freeman in his HEV suit with a S logo on it. Just a thought. ;)
  • cricket0 - September 27, 2008 2:48 p.m.

    I love impractical clothing, but not if it doesnt have whats nessecary.
  • ilusha - September 23, 2008 6:51 p.m.

  • DELTA8558 - September 22, 2008 3:05 p.m.

    Gotta love ivy...
  • Patius - September 21, 2008 11:59 p.m.

    Ivy. ... lol.
  • Herschal - September 21, 2008 4:43 p.m.

  • Ryanthestormout - September 21, 2008 6:22 a.m.

    Haven't you guys done this list, like, ten times? Seriously?
  • LilBompie17 - September 20, 2008 10:21 p.m.

  • slymaster - September 20, 2008 7:31 p.m.

    mario is awsome he dosen't need a helmet he has beat bowser in a volcano (sunshine) and there was evil jelenten (the green stuff) so why should he need a helmet in space.
  • EmoMuffin - September 20, 2008 5:15 a.m.

    I bet going into a fight buck naked would be a pretty good way to dress. Hell, the Ancient Greeks did it, and they ended up creating the Olympics.
  • souleater77 - September 20, 2008 4:33 a.m.

    Thanx for opening my eyes. I just realized that Sniper Wolf is EVE from MGS3?!!!!?!!!
  • bron1417 - September 20, 2008 12:06 a.m.

    Ivy's outfit is crazy. but it's still the best
  • JoeMasturbaby - September 19, 2008 10:16 p.m.

    Ivy + Talim = Soul caliber for me.
  • Tasty_Pasta - September 19, 2008 6:48 p.m.

    Ha, I never noticed how impractical Sniper Wolf was.
  • Juriasu - September 19, 2008 4:16 p.m.

    Everyone in this list are so awesome, the don't need good clothes anyway.
  • Nintendophile - September 19, 2008 12:16 p.m.

    Yes, Ivy's tight, restrictive outfit = Impractical. But... It sure is doing a good job of making my *pants* tight and restrictive... So, bonus points for that.
  • ryno - November 22, 2008 3:42 a.m.

    Ivy's smokin now but i don't want to picture her when shes eighty her boobs would sag down and she could use them as weapons.
  • cricket0 - September 26, 2008 9:25 p.m.

    I love impractical clothing, but not if its a life or death situation.
  • RadicalVoodoo - September 22, 2008 7:29 p.m.

    Somehow, I knew Ivy would be on this list. I bet by Soul Calibur VI of VII she'll fight completely in the nude.

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