Sometimes, you need a Knight in Shining armor. And sometimes, you get your annoying older brother instead.
I was watching the Nostalgia Chick’s Top 10 “Hottest” Animated Guys video and started wondering — who would make the top of MY list? When I was in that young and impressionable age where crushing was common, what fictional characters did I obsess over? Well, here’s my top five list. Judge me if you want to. I regret nothing. Well, maybe #5. A little. SHUT UP I WAS A TEEN!
5. Riku from Kingdom Hearts
I loved this game. And one of the things I loved about it was Riku. Yes, I fell prey to the bad-boy image just like every other teen-age girl that ever lived. I thought it was overdone in two (a LOT of things were over-done in two…) but in one, everything was at just the right level of subtext for my over-active imagination. Mmmmm Paopu fruits…
4. Heero Yuy from Gundam Wing
Because nothin’ says “sexy” like “sociopath”. I was still in the “bad-boys are hot” phase, but starting to move out of it. I always liked the drive Heero had, but found his robotic personality a little wearing. Not to mention his preachy, pacifistic girlfriend. If only Duo and Heero’s personalities could have been combined…well, then they would have been more like the people farther up in this list.
3. Zelgadis Graywords from Slayers
I love that Zel can be both a badass AND the butt of a joke. Sometimes simultaneously. He brooded, but with a decent reason, and frankly his more somber approach was occasionally a welcome reprieve from the zany hijinks of his companions. That said, for a serious guy, he got roped into playing a LOT of silly roles. He was sarcastic, smart, willing to get his hands dirty, and had just enough darkness in him to make him interesting. Like most of the character on this list, he was driven, and through his journey with Lina’s crew learned how to make some compromises for the sake of a good friend. Also, how to be a bunny, a ship anchor, and a disturbingly attractive woman.
2. Zidane Tribal from FF9
A Laid-back thief and shameless womanizer, Zidane was apologetically carefree, but when the chips were down you knew you could count on him. I liked that Zidane was NOT a brooding, over-dramatic, darkness-ate-my-soul kind of character, despite being an amnesiac orphan. He loved adventure, and encouraged Princess Garnet in her adventuring too. In fact, he encouraged pretty much EVERYBODY he encountered. He validated and appreciated people, was loyal to a fault, and improved the lives of nearly everyone he met. Even some of the bad-guys. Zidane was the kind of guy I would have liked to have around, but even this monkey man can’t hold a candle to the guy in the top spot.
So, without further ado, at the #1 spot…
1. Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke.
Focused and determined, yet kind and polite. With every reason to brood about his past, he instead pursues a goal greater than himself with unflinching dedication. As for the romance side of things, his love doesn’t diminish Sen. He doesn’t ask her to be something she’s not, but brings out feelings that she’s hidden away. They become greater people having known one another. And that is why, hands down, Ashitaka is #1 in my book.
So who’s in your top five list of most attractive animated guys or gals?