A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

The first years of the new millennium brought us the seventh generation of video game consoles, and with that came a whole new family of attractive men and women. With new evolutions, this decade introduced the start of increasingly realistic-looking characters.

In this decade, we finally started to see male protagonists who aren't weird action-hero caricatures, but look more natural. But the trend for female characters started to lean towards ridiculous proportions that gave even the original Lara Croft a shameful run for her money.

We've already taken a look at the 80s and the 90s, but in this third part of our series we'll explore the era between 2000 and 2009.


Joanna Dark in Perfect Dark (2000)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Julie in Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. ² (2000)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Cate Archer in No One Lives Forever (2000)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Dante in Devil May Cry (2001)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Konoko in Oni (2001)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Cortana in Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Yuna and Tidus in Final Fantasy X (2001)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Mercedes Cortez in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Farah and the Prince in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2003)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball characters (2003)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Max and Mona in Max Payne 1 & 2 (2001 & 2003)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Samus Aran in Metroid Zero Mission (2004)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Alyx Vance in Half-Life 2 (2004)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Fran in Final Fantasy XII (2006)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Zoe Castillo in Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (2006)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Nariko in Heavenly Sword (2007)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Commander Shepard in Mass Effect (2007)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Princess Peach in Super Mario Galaxy (2007)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Nathan Drake and Chloe Frazer in Uncharted 1 & 2 (2007 & 2009)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Lara Croft in Tomb Raider Underworld (2008)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Travis Touchdown in No More Heroes (2008)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Akihiko in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (2008)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Sheva Alomar in Resident Evil 5 (2009)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Ezio Auditore in Assassin's Creed II (2009)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Kisuke and Momohime in Muramasa: The Demon Blade (2009)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

Cammy and Vega in Street Fighter IV (2009)

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00sS

With two generations of consoles, handhelds and PC games out there, there might be other good looking characters missing from our list. Post them with visuals in their finest form in the comments!

sources: Prince of Persia Wiki, Naughty Dog, Perfect Dark Wiki, Heavy Metal Magazine Fan Page, Bungie, FF Wiki, Dreamfall, Ninja Theory, Megami Tensei Wiki, Capcom

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