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What is your all time favorite character design in gaming?


Oct 27, 2017
Hard to choose. I'll abide by the rules and only post one:

Lucca's personality is perfectly expressed by her design. You can instantly gather that she's mechanically-inclined and intelligent, while also looking curious and adventurous. It has just enough of a Steampunk feel to it without actually lumping it in with Steampunk.


Oct 28, 2017
Don't know about absolute single favourite, but off the top of my head, these are just a few that I really liked.

Ezio - Assassin's Creed.

Gabranth - Final Fantasy XII

Jehuty and Anubis, Zone of the Enders.

Thunderjaw, Horizon Zero Dawn

Isaac Clark, Dead Space

Garrus, Mass Effect.

Hunter - Bloodborne



Oct 25, 2017
San Diego County
Frog and Alucard were already posted, so I'm gonna get esoteric and go for Pang Tong from Dynasty Warriors 5

There are a lot of DW designs I like a lot, but I went with my favorite diminutive, cheeky sage. I like how flush and flowing everything is here. In the other games, I sometimes think they go a bit too far with his headpiece.

Anyway 4, 5, and 9 generally have my favorite designs for the cast. I dunno how they keep up the quality with so many characters. The character design often sticks out from the more lackluster aspects of the games' art.


Jan 14, 2019
San Jose, Costa Rica
for sure. Cloud is simply the defacto hero design. Everything about his pose, colors, etc. It's so good and was clearly the mold for future JRPGs or videogames in general.
Exactly. The overall silhouette of the buster sword with Cloud's slim body and overall simple clothes...


It would even work in 16-32 bit era pixel art. Nomura was really on to something back in 96-97



Oct 17, 2018
I probably wouldn't bill it as my "all time favorite," but the first character that sprung to mind is Morgana.

That round head, use of black/white, having a "mask" that blends in with the fur, the smattering of yellow... just sublime.

I've also always loved Kazooie's design. Simple, but great use of red/yellow:



Oct 25, 2017

Yun & Yang (Street Fighter 3: Third Strike key/ portrait art was the best)

Raiden (Metal Gear Rising design is pure, 100% badass)


Oct 27, 2017

Balthier - Final Fantasy XII

He isn't my favorite character ever by any means, but I genuinely believe his design is flawless.
I didn’t truly appreciate FFXII until Baltheir’s background was revealed. There were so many hints but they were of the sort you’d normally take for granted in a video game. Like, why does Baltheir speak the way that he does? Why does he look so distinct? Oh, it’s because he’s supposed to be the swarthy and cool guy of the party. And then it’s like, no, it’s because of who he was. Where he was from. The life he lived. The culture that he was born into. The position that he once held. He’s not the only person who looks or speaks the way that he does, and the people who do are people like him who are living the life he once lived. And that’s when I realized that that same level of care went into every single character in the game, and I was floored. Masterful localization, one of the best there ever was, and Baltheir was the key that made me realize it
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Oct 28, 2017
I’ve always been in love with this guy.

( I’d still love for the next 2D Mario adventure to adopt this style, it’s completely possible with today’s rendering technology to achieve this look with 3D).


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Oct 25, 2017
I'll have some thinking to do over the day to come up with a singular answer.

Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Protagonist

Honestly it's pretty striking how much better female Pokémon player-characters seem to be designed compared to their male counterparts, I think the only generations that were equal for me were Red/Blue/Green (counting the Fire and Leaf remakes) and Black and White and Black and White 2.


Oct 25, 2017
Simple, perfect mickey mouse like design.

In a more modern case i really loved what the caharacter artists did with the majority of characters there. Really nice and clean designs with lots of charisma that are actually the ones that sustains the game. They made me buy a multiplayer game just vecause they looked so good.


Oct 27, 2017
Full body robe Black Mage:

They're all great, from FFT to Vivi, but I'm not a huge fan of their striped pants compared to the full robe. It's just so cute, cool, and timeless.


Oct 27, 2017

Weltall from Xenogears has always had a special place in my heart. The connection with Fei and how it transformed along with his alter ego was so memorable.


Oct 27, 2017
Tough call. If I was forced to choose, the Nanosuit 2 would probably get my vote:

The predominantly carbon nanotube framework of the suit, rather than some explicitly metal component, gives it a fairly unique look among other sci-fi power suits. The red visor looks good on it, too.
Nov 1, 2019
Not good at picking just one so I'll post a few:

Lady Maria (Bloodborne)

Faith Connors (Mirror's Edge)

Donkey Kong

The Mario Brothers

Dante (Devil May Cry)

Lucina (Fire Emblem Awakening)



Oct 26, 2017
Ciri and 2B, not going to post pics because they both look so much more mesmerising in motion. Also guilty of whatever insinuations you want to throw at me. I don't care :D.


Jun 22, 2018
A lot of my picks are here already (Rock Howard, Gabranth) let me go with some other faves.

Timeskip Noctis looks super sick

my Fave Champions from Pokemon, Steven and Cynthia are also up there