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.
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.
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.
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.