The sexiest new characters of the decade

MISS 2005: Silk Fox

Introduced in: Jade Empire

Jade Empire featured a whole parade of lovely females. Three of the possible player characters – Wu the Lotus Blossom, Scholar Ling, and Radiant Jen Zi – were knockouts, and your best friend was Dawn Star, a stunner whose idea of casualwear was a slit-to-the-hips skirt that thought it was a loincloth. But even amid this flood of babery, the ninja-like, intoxicatingly mysterious Silk Fox still stood out. When you first encounter this cold-mannered anti-heroine, she’s an adversary, and the mystique surrounding who she is and what she wants makes her immediately captivating . Well, that and the skin-tight catsuit, let’s be honest.

Amazingly, Silk Fox actually gets hotter as you learn more about her. Over time, the veil comes off and, Surprise! She’s gorgeous. And smart. And she has principles: Silk Fox is actually the royal (and rich) Princess Lian, a pure-hearted aristocrat who adopts a vigilante alter-ego to protect her people like some ancient Chinese blend of Batman and Catwoman. Speaking of which, she’s a wickedly capable fighter, fast as lightning and deadly as a viper, which is damned attractive if you’re wandering about in demon-infested medieval China, getting blasted with dragon breath and magic boulders. And finally, Silk Fox is remarkably open-minded – not only can she fall in love with a male or female player, she’s not against a ménage a trois with Dawn Star and a male player. Slutty? Arguably. Sexy? Absolutely. 

Sexiest moment: You can actually sleep with her – so, as fun as flirting is, we’re gonna go with the scene in which she gives it up.

MISTER 2005: Wander

Introduced in: Shadow of the Colossus

On the outside, Wander isn’t exactly the typical manly, chiseled-abbed notion of a male sex symbol. He’s skinny, pale, and even a bit effeminate, and not even in the emo/glam-rocker way that drives women wild. However, he does have some pretty sweet taste in duds, considering his snappy poncho and Roman gladiator-ish leggings. He also has the skills to impress, what with being an expert in archery, horseback riding and swordsmanship. And don’t forget: he really loves his horse. Girls love horses, too, and they always love a guy who can get along with animals (because animals are like surrogate children).

But really, all of that stuff falls away when you think about what this guy would do for love. We don’t know if Mono, the girl he cares for, is his beloved or his sister, but to the ladies, that doesn’t matter. Wander is so devoted to this girl that not even death will deter him from trying to save her. He’ll follow a mysterious voice that tells him to risk life and limb to bring her back, even though he doesn’t know if it’s the truth. He’ll take on sixteen gigantic, deadly beasts for love. He’ll even risk the corruption of his soul and the destruction of the land for her. Okay, so maybe that’s a bit irresponsible, but it’s also panty-meltingly impressive.

Sexiest moment: Every time he encounters a colossus, witnesses its majestic power, and then charges in for the kill, undeterred.

MISS 2006: Fran

Introduced in: Final Fantasy XII

Let’s get this out of the way: Yes, Fran is a viera rather than a human. But, considering viera is actually the ethnically correct Final Fantasy term for “sizzling hot bunny girl with a cute Icelandic accent and a penchant for clothes that look like lingerie,” we’re going to go ahead and let it slide.

Even without the bunny ears, Fran would easily rank among the most exotic fantasy babes ever conceived. She has a lush mane of striking white hair, which frames a delicate face with scarlet eyes and caramel skin. She’s working an impossibly leggy, fit-yet-feminine physique that would make a swimsuit model cry, and has zero qualms about showing it off with an outfit that’s just one bullwhip away from being bondage gear. Even her voice is unique and intriguing, her Bjork-ian enunciation enhanced by a high-pitched tone that’s just a tad too girlish and innocent to belong to such a blazingly grown-up body (though we’ll admit the smoky, deep voice of her Japanese actress sounded hot, too).

Fran’s personality is almost as captivating as her exterior. She’s loyal, brave, noble and extremely tough (she’s also a bit feral, which could be a kick). But she’s also endearingly tragic: When she ventured into the outside world, Fran gave up her right to stay in her forested homeland, severing her connection to her family forever. Considering they’re all nearly as beautiful as she is, that’s a hefty sacrifice indeed.  

Sexiest moment: Shortly after being introduced, Fran’s partner Balthier is chasing you. Suddenly, Fran swoops in on a hoverbike, cutting off your escape route. When we found ourselves locked into the gaze of those smoldering eyes as Fran advanced, intense as a lioness moments before pouncing on a gazelle ... we were too turned on to be afraid.

MISTER 2006: Genesis Rhapsodos

Introduced in: Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII

As the product of a mysterious genetic experiment called Jenova Project G, Genesis’ body literally holds all kinds of secrets. His Hot Topic-chic single black wing is the most obvious of his genetic modifications, but who knows what else is going on under that flowy red jacket and Shinra uniform? We’re not necessarily trying to be grody – which is to say, “OMG we’re not talking about his wiener(s?!!?)” – but beginning with his sultry debut in the secret ending of Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, his physical state is key in revealing information about Jenova, the source of all evil in the FFVII universe.

When he’s not questing to purge his body of foreign genes, Genesis enjoys the performing arts. Loveless, the play from which he constantly quotes, is pretty much about an all-dude three-way (or at the very least, that’s one completely valid interpretation). And Genesis relentlessly pretends that he and his two friends, Angeal and Sephiroth, are the three men from the play, and spends nearly all his time onscreen in Crisis Core trying futilely to convince them to play along with his fantasy. Come on, you guys! Why does Sephiroth always have to ruin everything?

Oh, and did we mention (we didn’t) that Genesis is based on real-life singer/musician/actor/model (etc etc) Gackt, who also voiced the character in the Japanese versions of DOC and CC? Few men can be described as exquisite beauties, but Gackt is certainly one of them, and Genesis is easily one of the most accurate celebrity renders in all of videogame history.

Sexiest moment: When his degeneration (grody!) is healed after Banora grants him the Gift of the Goddess and he bursts out of this huge water orb and picks up his brother Weiss with his powerful man arms and flies off into the night with him.


  • elilupe - January 5, 2011 1:26 a.m.

    Two furries? I like it...
  • FauxFurry - January 4, 2011 1:54 a.m.

    Looking back at this article, I'm still surprised that noone mentioned Sly Cooper's perchant for perpetual pantlessness as being a contributing factor to his sex appeal. Way to take the high road (as in focus on the area above his snazzy belt buckle (worn for style as much as utility even if it is not utilized for the purpose of holding up lower body garments). Krystal wore a thong and a loin-cloth, at the very least(or should I say most?), rather than falling back on the whole impractical Chewbacca-esque fur merkin look. On the strictly human front, the lack of Sheva Alomar anywhere on the list is a pretty huge oversight. Can't anyone from (some vague location in what is clearly Western)Africa get any love?! 2010 looks to have a great crop of characters to round off this list and close out the previous decade in high style. You could practically pick any character at random from Final Fantasy XIII (yes,even Sazh if one has a thing for the more mature gentleman)as you could with any of the women introduced in Mass Effect 2 for new entries. You have Bayonetta, Jean, Rodin and Chesh...Luca for Sega's contribution. How about Hazama from BlazBlue:Continuum Shift to help fill your badboy quotient(he's also the who has the nigh unavoidable shirtless scene you get in anything anime related so long as attractive human males are involved)? Makoto isn't strictly new for 2010 but she ought to be close enough for the purposes of such an article (to get yet another 'man-animal hybrid' on the list,anyway). Page the firey revolutionary leader and Ben Finn the charming rogue from Fable 3 would also make fine inclusions if the customizable Prince/Princess don't qualify largely due to being the least interesting character(s) for most of the game. You'd just be begging for controversy if you pick anybody from Deathsmiles for the list, considering that all but one of the girls is in Bridget from Guilty Gears age range but lack that certain Y-Factor to lessen the creep factor any. You'd be better off with Raul the ghoul of Lily the super mutant than them! "sacred tliont"? That's not very helpful,ReCaptcha. Player defined names for Sacred characters does nothing to paint a visual image of how appealing this character 'tliont' may have been. The name isn't even particularly soothing to the eyes or ears.
  • hanktherapper - January 4, 2011 1:10 a.m.

    Cate Archer needs to make a comeback.
  • Gameover333 - January 4, 2011 12:18 a.m.

    Fang or lightning where is the love? for final fantasy 13?
  • RicePuddingUK - January 3, 2011 11:40 p.m.

    Mister 2002 should've been Tommy Vercetti, Sly Cooper seriously? Mister 2003 should've been Max Payne.....
  • Ganonpork - July 24, 2010 6:53 a.m.

    redo this with Bayonetta and Snow.
  • joy - January 19, 2010 4:02 a.m.

    Good List but what about Jade from Beyond Good & Evil Miss 2003?
  • PerezI03 - January 11, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    Zoey is the hottest gamer chick ever and i wish they brought her back into L4D 2. Rochelle is stupid. What ever happened to Sheva from RE5? She was smokin' hot also.
  • megalodon - January 9, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    Would love to see Chloe Frazer get her own spin off game real soon
  • wrapdump - January 6, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    2010: Bayonetta.
  • AssassinsCreedII - January 4, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    You are completly correct! Though, many preffer to call it "Twin Hidden Blades" IMHO I think both are right.
  • JDMDrifter - January 4, 2010 4:49 a.m.

    Ezio was the most obvious for mister 2009, and AssassinsCreedII you are mistaken GR is right it is Cristina he seduces, Claudia is Ezio's sister. Its not twin hidden blades either its double hidden blades. GR only made one mistake in the AC II article
  • JackSkellingtonsSkin - January 4, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    Naomi Campbell from MGS4, I know she was in MGS1 but in reality that was just a photo.
  • AssassinsCreedII - January 3, 2010 3:50 p.m.

  • AssassinsCreedII - January 3, 2010 3:48 p.m.

    I just knew it would be Ezio! There is two mistakes in the ACII thread.. It's called "Twin Hidden Blades" and her name isn't Christine.. It's Claudia :-) and I wrote all this on my PS3 which by the way takes quit longer to write on..
  • iDeza - January 3, 2010 8:49 a.m.

    i gotta hand it to fran she is 1 sexy bitch
  • Romination - January 2, 2010 7:15 a.m.

    2002 was a bad year that animals had to take it. I think runners-up would have been nice
  • ClusterShart - January 2, 2010 4:41 a.m.

    Teddie is proof that crunches make you sexy.
  • Wubbles - January 1, 2010 6:46 a.m.

    I am totally beating up whoever said math wasn't interesting.
  • Frexerik - January 1, 2010 4:57 a.m.

    qft: "Saying a girl “has a great personality” is usually code for “my god is she ever fugly,”"

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