We gamers have been blessed over the decades to have been given plenty of quality characters to choose from. From Princess Peach to Zelda, Bayonetta and Lucina, we're spoiled for choice. Not only can we have them represent us in battle or on an adventure, but we can also admire them along the way. Some have superior hand-to-hand combat, others boast brilliant swordplay, and a few have elite speed or healing abilities. Alongside these impressive attributes, a number of them have dashing good looks to compliment.
However, for each piece of video game eye candy, there's a handful of characters (usually the antagonists) that will send us running for the hills at top speed. It's not just zombies either, even some protagonists can be a little too intimidating to handle
19 Take Home: Samus Aran (Metroid)
If you've only ever played as Samus in Super Smash Bros., then you might actually be a little surprised to realise that she's actually, well, a she. With armour and a helmet, it's sometimes hard to tell. However, underneath it all is a strong, independent, blonde-haired woman who can hold her own in any battle.
18 Take Home: Tifa Lockhart (Final Fantasy)
Hailing from the Final Fantasy series, Tifa Lockhart is one of the three main characters from Final Fantasy VII. She was a childhood friend to Cloud Strife, as well as one of the AVALANCHE members. Tifa might be a little shy, but she sure can pack a punch, so be carefully what you wish for.
17 Take home: Zelda (Legend of Zelda)
The first Legend of Zelda game was released way back in 1986, and its main character (Zelda, of course) has been appearing in a plethora of related games ever since. We love that she knows how to use a sword, and for that reason, we'd definitely stay on her good side whenever possible.
16 Take home: Biker Rosalina (Mario Kart 8)
There's just something about Rosalina riding around on a 4-wheeler that gets the gears rolling. Maybe it's her badass skills behind the wheel, or maybe its the crown, but either way, Rosalina from Mario Kart 8 has something seriously special about her. Regardless of whether you drive automatic on manual, Rosalina will be up for the challenge.
15 Take home: Krystal (star fox adventures)
As one of the main characters from Nintendo's action-adventure game Star Fox Adventures, Krystal the Fox certainly knows how to turn a few heads. Her choice of striking purple attire is easy on the eye, and despite having a bushy fox tail, she's kept it under control. Even though it was intended for the 64, Star Fox ended up being first released on the GameCube.
14 Take home: Peach (Super Mario Bros.)
Ever since appearing in Super Mario Bros back in 1985, Peach has appeared in countless Nintendo games over the years, including Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and as the titular character in Super Princess Peach. She's a loveable princess with flowing blonde hair and plenty of combat and driving talent, so she's quite the catch.
13 Take home: Bayonetta (titular character)
Ever since she was introduced back in 2009 as the titular character in Bayonetta, this character has been a huge hit. She has an uncanny ability to shapeshift and can slash enemies into teeny-tiny pieces without much effort. Plus, she looks like she could walk down the catwalk at a moment's notice.
12 Take Home: Mercy (Overwatch)
The Swiss field medic Angela Ziegler, who we know better as Mercy from the 2016 game Overwatch, is the perfect balance between helpful healer and cunning attacker. Mercy struts around in a Valkyrie Suit acting (and looking) almost like a guardian angel for her fellow teammates, fixing them up when they're hurt and bringing them back to good health.
11 Take home: Daisy (Super Mario Land)
Princess Daisy made her first appearance in Super Mario Land way back in 1989, but it wasn't until she strutted her stuff on the court in Mario Tennis that she became a true staple of the Mario gaming world. Daisy is portrayed as Princess Peach's best friend, and they often come as a pair in various games.
10 Take home: Impa (The Legend of Zelda)
Hailing from the famous Legend of Zelda series, Impa is a recurring character that despite being lesser-known, still holds her own in battle, and is adored by fans. Impa acts as Princess Zelda's adviser, as well as being the General of the Hyrulean Forces. She's pretty handy in the magic department, able to Magic Circles, and as long as we stay on her good side, we imagine that she'd make for great company.
9 Take home: Lucina (Fire Emblem)
As one of the three main protagonists from Fire Emblem Awakening, Lucina is high up on our list of desirable video game characters. If you want to lock her down, however, you'll have to get approval from her father, Chrom first. Lucina and Chrom share a close bond, especially since he taught her how to properly use a sword.
8 Take home: Misty (Pokemon)
We know Misty from the series of Pokemon games that have taken the world by storm ever since the '90s. Together with Ash Ketchum and Brock, she was one of the famous trio that dominated the Pokemon movies and TV series when they came out. Not only is Misty a great Pokemon trainer, but she seems like she'd make great company too. (Or at least she will when she gets older.)
7 Run from: Gruntilda (Banjo Kazooie)
Lacking some hygiene and common manners, and often sticking one of her green, ugly fingers right into the top shelf of her nose to fetch the latest collection of gooey boogers, Gruntilda sure knows how to fend off any potential suitors. She boasts way too many Wicked Witch of West vibes and for that reason, we're out.
6 Run from: Wendy O. Koopa (Super Mario)
We'll say a quick hello to Wendy O. Koopa, and then we'll bolt in the other direction. Wendy is one of the seven Koopalings from the Super Mario series, and the only female of Bowser's Koopa Troop. As the only gal amongst a plethora of boys, you can be sure that she'll be up for a fight and will be tough as nails. Plus, let's be honest, she's a little creepy for a 'cute' character anyway.
5 Run from: Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
While plenty of avid gamers would put Tomb Raider's own Lara Croft firmly into the 'take home' category, she's just a little too menacing in our view. She looks like the type of woman who would snap in an instant, and when she's wielding twin pistols, there's no way that it would end well.
4 Run from: Alma Wade (F.E.A.R)
Nothing at all about Alma Wade is pleasant. She looks way too much like the girl from The Ring, and those eyes stare straight into our souls like knives. It doesn't help that she's constantly popping into the corners of the screen whispering and giggling. There's just a whole lot of nope about it. Run as fast as you can.
3 Run from: Jynx (Pokemon)
As one of the original 151 Pokemon, Jynx has been around for a number of years now. The issue is that she's too much of an awkward mix of Pokemon and human. Either way, you look at her, she's either a strange-looking Pokemon, or a strange-looking person. Once you figure out what you actually want to be, Jynx, let us know.
2 Run from: Lisa Trevor (Resident Evil)
Before Lisa Trevor looked like, well, an inbred zombie, she was a relatively normal human. But it all changed when she was taken by Umbrella Pharmaceuticals and used as a test subject. Clearly those tests didn't go too well, because based on looks alone we'd be dashing as far as possible at top speed. Pass, thanks.
1 Run from: Darlene Fleischermacher (Dead Rising)
Not only are we forced to come face to face with zombies in Dead Rising, but we're also up against something potentially much worse, real-life humans. Darlene is the living representation of America's greed and gluttony, and she has a look in her eye that'll send any sane person running for the hills.