The Top 7... Lazy Character Clichés

Copy, paste, unoriginality! The most overused archetypes of all time

Description: Behold the most shameless - and least surprising - character cliché of all time. Yes, in the fictional worlds of gaming, clothing is apparently in short supply and temperatures are clearly scorching. Why else would 99% of the women - from spies, ninjas, vampires and sorcerers to reporters, golfers, mechanics, archeologists and high school students - choose to dress up like a bunch of Las Vegas strippers?

Oh yeah... money, that's why. On an unrelated note, have you checked out ourSexy Fan Artgallery lately?

Common characteristics:

  • Skin.
  • Skin.
  • More skin.
  • Um, some other stuff like a weapon... or a face... we think?

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Possible Inspiration:

The Antidote:

The female protagonist of Portal remains fully clothed, from head to knee, throughout the entire game. Moreover, her gender is not used to sexualize the shooter, or market it to horny teenage boys, in any way. No, the hero of Portal just happens to be a normal-looking and normal-dressing woman, like 50% of the world's population. Imagine that.

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Jul 21, 2008


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