A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

By the end of the 90s, the 16-bit era ended and 3D took over. With the PlayStation and 3D graphics cards out there allowing for new possibilities, narrative and gameplay, the 90s produced some of the most attractive characters in video game history.

Well-known mascots and protagonists made their transitions to 3D, other, yet to be famous ones made their low polygon debut. In the second part of our series—showing the most attractive females and males in video games—we explore the 90s.

But let's not rush forward. Games in the first half of the decade featured primarily improved 2D graphics, creating some really detailed and memorable characters.


Chun Li, Ryu, Ken and Guile in Street Fighter II (1991)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Bubble Bath Babes (1991)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat (1992)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Mai Shiranui in the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series (1992)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Leather Goddesses of Phobos 2 (1992)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Spellcasting 301: Spring Break (1992)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Night Trap (1992)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Time Gal (1993)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Morrigan Aensland in Darkstalkers (1994)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Samus Aran in Super Metroid (1994)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Voyeur (1994)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Tanya in Command & Conquer: Red Alert (1996)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Leisure Suit Larry 5-7 (1991-1996)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Princess Rosella in King's Quest VII (1997)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Elaine Marley in Monkey Island 1-3 (1990-1997)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Nico and George in Broken Sword I-II (1996-1997)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s


Although the PlayStation was already out in 1994 in Japan, the real 3D breakthrough happened two years later with the release of Core Design's Tomb Raider. Can't say that these early 3D character models were perfect compared to the beautiful 2D ones, but it they made strides as the years went on.

Kazuya, Michelle and Anna in Tekken (1994)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Princess Peach in Super Mario 64 (1996)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield in Resident Evil (1996)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Duke in Duke Nukem 3D (1996)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (1996)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

James Bond in Goldeneye 007 (1997)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Tifa, Cloud and Aeris in Final Fantasy VII (1997)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Aya Brea in Parasite Eve (1998)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Elexis Sinclaire in Sin (1998)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Red Lotus in Deathtrap Dungeon (1998)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Solid Snakeand Meryl in Metal Gear Solid (1998)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Heishiro Mitsurugi in SoulCalibur (1998)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

The Hunter in Quake III Arena (1999)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s

Squall and Rinoa in Final Fantasy VIII (1999)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 90s


Compared to the 80s the 90s introduced a vast amount of attractive characters. Our list is just the tip of the iceberg, so make sure to leave your picks and favorites in the comments with visual support!

sources: eVoluci0n, cubex55, Joao Carlos, stormypetrel, Darius320, Broken Sword Wiki, szemigi, Fernito, Fighters Generation, Quake Wiki