Submitted by dizzleK 1895d ago | opinion piece

Ugly Video Game Characters

Via Polish the Console: "Every video game has an ugly character or two and I can overlook them. But I find it difficult to get connected to, feel empathy for, or wish for the survival of my main character when all I can think is “Holy crap why did they make him so damn ugly?” I’m supposed to be living for a period of this person’s life. I’m supposed to assume their role and identify with them. Why would I want to? Is it supposed to be fun to have children and women run screaming at my very appearance and have farmers chase me with pitchforks until I eventually burn to death in a windmill (name that movie)? No, its not fun." (PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

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BornToKill  +   1895d ago
How dare you!
Blacktric  +   1895d ago
Her face was "kinda" f*cked up actually. She was hot there is no doubt about it but she kinda seemed different to most players because of her face. Oh and BTW the ugliest game character is without a doubt Ganon from Wand Of Gamelon and Faces Of Evil.

Rot_in_Fail  +   1894d ago
butterface lol, never heard that before, funny lol :D
ExplosionSauce  +   1894d ago
True butterface.
StbI990  +   1894d ago
Love butterface over any cute face w/e any @ss...butterface FTW!
Rumor  +   1894d ago
@ two above me
lmao, i ROTF when u said overpowered jaw line hahahahaha
Redrum059  +   1894d ago
wat about tingle from the zelda games?
i hate that guy... thing?...

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dizzleK  +   1895d ago
i disagreed with it too. miranda would definitely be in the top list of "easy on the eyes" characters.
Kurt Russell  +   1895d ago
I would say she is a BOBFOC personally ;)

Body of baywatch face of crimewatch
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Reibooi  +   1895d ago
Her face had that uncanny valley effect. If you know who she is modeled after and have seen the real person and then she Miranda in game she just looks off.

That said I would not go as far as to call her ugly. There are far worse characters out there.
Myze  +   1894d ago
Actually, knowing who she is modeled after, kind of helped me picture her (Yvonne Strahovski) while playing. Anyone who claims the real life woman is ugly has some of the worst taste imaginable.

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mirroredderorrim  +   1894d ago
better comparison.
ExplosionSauce  +   1894d ago
Looks like they made her ugly, compared to the real life model.
b-real  +   1894d ago
she is hot..
but they slightly (just slightly) over powered her jaw line. Other than that she is hot stuff. To bad she hated my ME2 character :(. I ended up f*cking that ugly jack mole just to get a load off...
Socrates  +   1894d ago
"To bad she hated my ME2 character :(. I ended up f*cking that ugly jack mole just to get a load off..."

That stuff had me laughing my @ss off. lol

But yeah, Miranda is hot. I don't care what anybody says.
Alos88  +   1895d ago
I'm surprised they mentioned her but not Jack.
Galaxia  +   1895d ago
Jack was utterly revolting, both physically and personality wise. Worst character ever.
pustulio  +   1895d ago
It was horrible...
unknownhero1123  +   1894d ago
hey jack was cool.....
with a bullet wound in the stomache. miranda is not ugly, I don't see why she's on this list.
Ocelot525  +   1895d ago
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Yi-Long  +   1895d ago
The chick from Bayonetta...
... is one of the worst and ugliest lead-character designs in a game ever. Horrible.

I'm pretty damn sure many people never gave the game a chance because the lead-character was so unappealing.
Persistantthug  +   1894d ago
@Yi-Long ......Woah.....wait....You're telling me the BAYONETTA chick was ugly?
What planet are you from?
On this planet, she's hot...even if it is a video game.

Also, alot of people didn't give the game a chance because PLATINUM GAMES botched the PS3 version. However, they've since learned their lesson and will now lead develop their game(s) on the PS3. Had they not gone the lazy route and had they done that from the start, Bayonetta would have done better both COMMERCIALLY and CRITICALLY.

Considering this is a Japanese based game, they should have done this from the start.

One good thing to come out of this "fiasco", is that ALOT of other developers took notice.
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acky1  +   1894d ago
i had a permanent chubby throughout the Bayonetta demo...shes damn hot
Greywulf  +   1894d ago
Persistant, no.
Bayonetta just didnt' appeal to the general PS3 audience. Even if it ran that 5% better on the PS3, theres this thing called God Of War 3 that people have been looking forward to for years.

It just came out of nowhere, and was an oversexed generic blah of a title.
xskipperx82  +   1894d ago
It ran better on PS3??? Are you retarded?
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Persistantthug  +   1894d ago
Greywulf .....Yes.
I didn't say BAYONETTA would have gone double or TRIPLE platinum....

What I said is, if the game (PS3's version) had not been universally reported and WIDELY PUBLICIZED as inferior on the PS3, then the game would have done BETTER both commercially AND critically.

Bayonetta lost review scores AND sales behind this "fiasco".

What's the problem here, Greywulf?
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Yes_2  +   1895d ago
I get that some people might not find Miranda's face attractive because she's fairly unique looking, but "ugly"? Hardly. She's no uglier than the average girl you'd see irl. That's what makes her an interesting character to look at imo...She's not a cookie-cutter beauty. She has her flaws. Just like a real person.

"Ugly" is someone who looks like Gruntilda or Wario or Street Fighter's Rufus. Not Miranda.

Sometimes I wonder what sort of standards people on N4G have... or does the internet skew people's perceptions or something? :/
starchild  +   1895d ago
I agree completely. Miranda was nice to look at. I thought she was attractive for a videogame character.
dredgewalker  +   1895d ago
Miranda ain't ugly, she just looks average with a lot of sex appeal. I can say Chloe is ugly even though she also has a lot of sex appeal.
MmaFanQc  +   1895d ago
cmon..... @BornToKill
she look like michel jackson.........
inception123  +   1895d ago
miranda is only ugly because the 360 isn't powerful enough to make her look the way the devs wanted(she was modeled after her voice actress yvonne strahovski).
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DarkSpawnClone  +   1894d ago
wow really ?,wtf is with all the trolls and fanboys.can we have one convo with out being a fanboy!!?!?.look at the 2 tools that agreed with him,i hope they just missed the disagree button.
Megaton  +   1894d ago
Miranda's a brown bagger. Jack has a way better face, and Tali probably does too.
AmazingBrian  +   1894d ago
Where is Seth from RDR?
MEsoJD  +   1894d ago
this is a
horrible list
otherZinc  +   1894d ago
This is how I exclude Stupid @ss Sites......
Any site that could find anything undesirable about Miranda isn't credible at all.

Thanks to whatever site or blog this is, you're stupid, period.

Also, this is how stupid the Mods are at N4G to allow such an article. Some things are opinion, Miranda's Hotttness is Fact!
Odin777  +   1894d ago
Miranda's voice actor is actually pretty damn hot (the actress in the tv show Chuck).
Redrum059  +   1894d ago
wat about twinkle from the zelda games.
i hate that guy... thing?...
mastiffchild  +   1894d ago
LOL@all the comments on the site! Why does someone have tro be gay just for having a different opinion over a female character or, more pertinently, for stating a few male characters aren't very pretty?

I think this kind of thing shows how insecure a few gamers are with their sexuality myself. I mean, seriously, do you NEED to be a homosexual top know whether your fellow man is an ugly or attractive fella? The article wasn't asking for, say, Marcus Fenix to turn him on and just criticised the cliches that surround these characters in most cases. Was any of it needed? No, but neither were the "fagbag" and "FAGGOT" comments from the readers. So the author doesn't find the same collection of pixels as pretty as you-t doesn't mean he wants to sleep with men.

To me the issue is that Miranda just doesn't have the delicacyh of feature that the real life lady has. the jawline and eyebrows being a bit too strong on Miranda and causing a little manliness that we could have done well without. Saying she's a munter, though, is well unfair as Bioware actually had a decent go at replicating Yvonne's face but they just came up short.
422185  +   1895d ago
LOL here's a funny part
Marcus Fenix of Gears of War cannot, at all, wear a normal shirt. Look at him. His wristis the same size as his neck. Is this some medical condition we need to be aware of?
DelbertGrady  +   1895d ago
He's modelled after this guy.

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mikeslemonade  +   1895d ago
It's a side effect of the Unreal Engine 3.
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starchild  +   1895d ago
Stupid comment. All kinds of characters have been created using Unreal Engine 3 and they look nothing alike. Miranda looks nothing like Batman who in turn looks nothing like Trip from Enslaved. It's up to the designers and artists, not the engine.
NonApplicable  +   1895d ago
@ starchild
Time to protect the queen

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corneliuscrust  +   1895d ago
I still don't understand how people can blame
things like that on the ENGINE.

It's a TOOLSET. The DEVS make the assets. The engine didn't build the models or textures.
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Megaton  +   1894d ago
Beefcake processing.
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NonApplicable  +   1894d ago
Mike's comment is a joke. I'm glad the world hasn't lost it's humor.
Alos88  +   1895d ago
He reminds me of Chris Redfield in RE5, they both suffer from the same Liefeldian proportions.
RedPawn  +   1895d ago
The Hoe from Velvet Assassin.
-MD-  +   1895d ago
The main character? You think she's ugly? For shame.
Alos88  +   1895d ago
I thought it was ugly the way she had a mode where she strutted around in hospital garb purely for the viewer's titillation.
OSU_Gamer  +   1894d ago
you said "tit" haha
F4sterTh4nFTL  +   1895d ago
The Entire cast of Fallout 3
Fade_Walker  +   1895d ago
I think that the Entire cast of Oblivion looks a lot worse.

But there is no doubt that the case of Fallout 3 isn't easy on the eyes either.
TrevorPhillips  +   1895d ago
Mileena from MK, although she does have a hot body. It's just her face, it's a turn off
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spooky205  +   1894d ago
yeah dude not
digging the skeletal lower pirahna face that eats you and spits your bones out look.

Kratos should be on this list. He has to be the toughest, ugliest, and angriest bastard in all of greece. Although despite this he GETS LAID IN EVERY SINGLE GAME! HAIL Kratos God of Booty. Clotho from GOW 2 is also a nice mention.

abe from the oddworld series should get a mention too. Prostitues from fable 2 (RIP boner). Oro from streetfighter 3. Sheeva from mortal kombat. The author of this article clearly hasnt witnessed ugly yet.
angelrebirth  +   1895d ago
The Entire cast of :
Halo and Fable
Galaxia  +   1895d ago
Cortana was pretty, for an AI.
Alien_Bob  +   1895d ago
Yeah, Max Payne looked a lot better in MP2... That constipation must've been what really ticked him off.

Also, every single character in Oblivion. Holy crap.
GoodSpeed  +   1894d ago
It must be me but for a game as old as Max Payne, that face still kicks A$$. Looks like he's ready to curb stomp some schmo all over the pavement after he peppers him full of .45 cal. holes. Sorry, I just can't hate on that game in any way.
Fade_Walker  +   1895d ago
5/6 of them are guys. So I really don't care how good they look.

Max Payne shouldn't count considering the game has been out for almost 10 years.

Miranda's face isn't perfect, but she is FAR from the worst.
Acquiescence  +   1895d ago
Miranda a million times, good call
Somewhere along the way, something went wrong with the mo-cap. She just looks...off. Nice to know that botox reigns supreme in the Mass Effect universe.
Acquiescence  +   1895d ago
Gee whizz Miranda fanboys, settle down
The real life model is a good lookin' broad, I'm not disputing that. All I'm saying is that something went awry during the transition from real life to game.
Mutant-Spud  +   1895d ago
Miranda Lawson was modeled from and voiced by Yvonne Strahovski.
It's actually not a bad likeness but agreed on the fugliness, for me it was the teeth, something slightly off there.
oobob  +   1895d ago
Her bicuspids were clearly out of proportion with her incisors. A double-bagger for sure.
Acquiescence  +   1895d ago
I like the cut of your jib.
X-Alchemist  +   1895d ago
Miranda is not ugly !
If call Miranda ugly your calling the real person behind her voice and features ugly

and i can swear I've read this article before with the exact same characters in it

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HDgamer  +   1895d ago
I guess they hate dark haired women.
Baka-akaB  +   1895d ago
what some are saying is that they screwed up the game model for an otherwise hot actress
Corrwin  +   1895d ago
Miranda? She's not drop dead gorgeous...
But that's her charm. She does look like a human being, not some busty perfect androgynous Lara Croft type character. She looks human!
NarooN  +   1895d ago
Yeah, everyone has their own little quirks and preferences but Miranda is far from ugly. Anyone who says they wouldn't do her are angsty pre-teens who only jack off to pornstars and thinks every woman in the world has to fit some mythical (emphasis on mythical) proportions or features to even be datable. And I bet half of those guys like that aren't exactly the ones who have the right to be picky. Protip: look in the mirror.

Some people mentioned Jack. Jack has a nice face, it's the shaved head that turns people off. Put a wig on her and you'd change your sentiment in a heartbeat I bet.
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oobob  +   1895d ago
My girlfriend is a hot, petite blond and she was getting jealous of miranda.

I just read her this comment and she said, "Stupid Miranda" and reminded me how lame her sex scene was. I'm not joking about any of this.
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Skadoosh  +   1895d ago
Miranda??? You serious? Yeah she might have a butter face but do you remember that ass and those tight pants?????
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starchild  +   1895d ago
The Miranda comments didn't make a damn bit of sense. If you look at the photo of Yvonne Strahovski people above linked to and compare it to the shots of Miranda there is literally almost no difference aside from the different hair color. The facial features, including the jaw structure, are very similar. And who is going to call Yvonne Strahovski ugly? That's right, no one.

Both Miranda and the actress that voiced her are very attractive.
oobob  +   1895d ago
"And who is going to call Yvonne Strahovski ugly?"

We all know that guy who cracks on your women and brings home manatees.
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spooky205  +   1894d ago
the likeness is there
however the proportions are way off. There isnt a single straight heterosexual guy that would dare call yvonne strahovski ugly. But miranda? Now thats something else. Miranda looks like a ivonne strahovski that got punched hard in the face sans the bruises. Notice how mirands lips (especially the bottom) are wider across her face and much more plump. Notice how flat mirandas nose is compare to ivonnes. Notice how much more ivonnes jawline is defined and thin complimenting her sexy shoulders. Now notice mirandas man chin.

Is miranda hot? why yes she is. She is a likable character (or atleast later on turns to be). She is beautiful in the average girl you pickup on the street type of way. But miranda is no Ivonne.
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Syaz1  +   1895d ago
yvonne strahovski is amazing, miranda lawson is not. i dont get how the texture designer can screw up her looks so bad. she looks like michael jackson, plus a sex change.
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Bolts  +   1895d ago
The uncanny valley stuff didn't help either. There are hot chicks that looks like they belong in a video game and there those with the expression of a zombie robot. Miranda Lawson is the latter.
magicwalnuts  +   1895d ago
Geralt looks like a total badass, same with Triss Merrigold, what a babe! Miranda is totally hot minus her mild case of uncanny valley syndrome. Where's the characters based on the Oblivion engine? Those guys are so butt ass ugly its ridiculous.
il-mouzer  +   1895d ago
I don't think CD Projekt wanted Geralt to look as of he was some sort of model, apart from that - how vain is this article really. Judging characters by their looks... I'd rather see a list with the most interesting characters from a game with some deep background and an interesting character development.
midgard229  +   1895d ago
just about anyone from oblivion if u dont have a pc mod. thats the only game i dont mind having a helmet in :p
midgard229  +   1895d ago
miranda looks exactly like michael jackson
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Tikicobra  +   1895d ago
The only one I agree with on there is Nier. Geralt looks badass, Miranda isn't ugly, Marcus is rough, but it's appropriate, and Sev, well, he isn't THAT bad.
Darkfiber  +   1895d ago
Finally! Yes, Miranda is hideous. Yvonne Strahovski has no right sexing Mark Vanderloo. Man, isn't that creepy? I wonder if they had to ask his permission to portray his likeness as having sex with the likeness of an actress. Americans think anyone with an accent is "hot" or "classy", it's mystifying. She is ugly as sin, get over the accent. With those cheeks and those teeth, she looks like Bugs Bunny for Christ sakes, open your eyes.
RyuDrinksTheDew  +   1894d ago
Miranda? ugly? really? damn, i thought it awesome how the captured Yvonne's beauty.
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SOAD  +   1894d ago
Miranda does look weird, but so does Chloe from Uncharted 2. Elena looks beautiful, so I wonder why Naughty Dog made such a weird looking female in the second game.


See? Bulldog face. Weird eyes. Definite uncanny valley effect.
El_Colombiano  +   1894d ago
That must be shopped
Darkfiber  +   1894d ago
She looks like a fucking zombie with jaundice. Chloe is hideous too. I never considered myself a big enough loser to find video game characters hot, but lately the ones that are being considered "hot" just look fucking weird to me. Chloe has like yellow skin and black eyes and she's a fucking stick with the tiniest ass I've ever seen in my life, and guys like that? Jeez, must be hard up for a real girl. Really reinforces that stereotype that gamers are a bunch of horny virgins living in their parents' basements if they think these girls are actually good looking. Trying going outside for once.
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spooky205  +   1894d ago
dude i had completely forgotten about
chloe. She always looked quite a bit off to me. I think its the beady eyes *shudders*

Her voice actor is actually a quite attractive older woman. I think they should had modeled her a bit more. I know more or less the voice actor who also do the motion capture are modeled very loosely to look similar to their video game characer counterparts. They should have taken alot more features from her. Plus like darkfiber said she got no ass. I like my women with curves. I cant hump a lampshade bodied woman! Some women need to realize being too skinny is also not healthy or attractive.
LeonSKennedy4Life  +   1894d ago
The movie is Titanic.

inb4 trollin'
AKS  +   1894d ago
Miranda looks just like Yvonne Strahovski. They have nearly identical facial features. The animation could be better, but Miranda ugly? Hardly.
Jeff-Ryan  +   1894d ago
western design
western studios always make women look ugly or butterface or have thick lips. Its the truth.
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