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12 game heroes who look like villains

GamePro counts down twelve video game heroes that don't quite look the part.

  • What he looks like:


    Who he really is:


    In reality, Shadow hates to see adorable woodland creatures get turned into terrible killing machines as much as the next hedgehog, so while he was once a rival to that other speedy mammal, he now fights with him for good.
  • What he looks like:


    Children, this is what happens when you can't decide on what style of fashion you want to pursue. If only Gungrave's Grave could have chosen either the gothic look, or the western look, gamers wouldn't have been confronted with the confusing, gloomy, cowboy hybrid.

    Who he really is:


    In the future it isn't enough to just be a resurrected zombie who hunts down the mafia using supernatural guns and magic. No, if you want to be taken seriously, you'll also have to dress like someone who knows how to ride those fabled bone horses.
  • What he looks like:


    If you picture one of those strange drummers from Blueman group, combine him with a skeletal Calista Flockhart (Indiana Jones' girlfriend), and then throw some tattered rags around his emaciated shoulders, you'll basically have Raziel. Also, Indiana Jones 4 sucked.

    Who he really is:


    Most of us know what happens when vampire children start gaining supernatural abilities before their loving vampire fathers: they get beaten. And in Nosgoth, there isn't any sort of child protective services to protect against vampire abuse. As a result, the trounced Raziel enacted a plot of revenge, which entailed killing as many vampires as possible.
  • What he looks like:


    He sleeps in a coffin, he has massive fangs, he's immortal, and he can shapeshift into various demonic creatures, and yet the creators of Final Fantasy insist that Mr. Valentine is not a vampire. Yeah right, and Elton John likes women

    Who he really is:


    Vincent Valentine ("double V" or "dubs" to his friends) is really just another Japanese attempt at an anti-hero. The attributes he possesses to put that anti- in front of his hero include: brooding, dark clothes, partially-covered facial features, and a mysterious past.
  • What he looks like:


    Either Torque has engaged in the bloody killing of multiple persons or he very recently fell into a box of those tiny ketchup packets they give away at fast food restaurants. And while the prison uniform, the hefty cache of weaponry, and the mad expression seem to point towards the killing possibility, the lack of sneakers may indicate ketchup-packet box.

    Who he really is:


    It seems like it would be pretty shitty to be wrongly convicted of murdering your entire family, but what might make that pill a little easier to swallow is if you possessed the ability to transform into some sort of super-monster, capable of wanton violence and destruction toward evil-doers. Fortunately for Torque, he does.
  • What he looks like:


    If a powdered donut transformed itself into a man, and then lifted weights for about 5 years, followed by the growing of a virile goatee, he would start to resemble Kratos. To finish the transition though, the donut would then need to kill thousands of people via deadly chain blades, and splash their blood onto various parts of his body.

    Who he really is:


    Once a promising general in Sparta's army, this pale soldier learned the hard way what war was good for: "Absolutely nothing! Say it again y'all; War! Huh, good god; What is it good for? Absolutely nothing; Listen to me!" (referenced song by Edwin Starr). So to prevent Ares from using war to destroy Athens, Kratos hunted down Pandora's Box and slew the god.
  • What he looks like:


    Manhunt's James Earl Cash proves he's the escaped inmate of the Carcer City correctional facility by donning his menacing prisoner garb throughout the game. However, his clothing also bears a striking resemblance to Jay Leno's laid-back, casual garb, that is if Jay Leno had nipples that lactated blood.

    Who he really is:


    Normally one would be happy to get sprung from prison on the night he's supposed to be executed, but when you've been freed to be the star/victim of an upcoming snuff film, you probably should keep your festivities to a minimum.
  • What he looks like:


    Based on this Prince's appearance, I wouldn't imagine that it's much fun being one of his subjects, what with all the deadly swords and malicious glares. His appearance also seems to indicate that he has a tough time keeping his pants above his waist, hence the five belts.

    Who he really is:


    It's an unusual circumstance when you're being hunted by a magical timeline guardian for using your enchanted, time-manipulating sand. And dramatic events call for dramatic actions, i.e. killing thousands of time-demons in order to evade capture. However, the most unusual event of Warrior Within, had to be when the Prince decided one belt was just not gonna cut it.
  • What she looks like:


    I wouldn't be surprised to walk into my local S&M club and find one of the dominatrixes-for-hire dressed exactly like Rayne. Then again, it's been weeks since I patronized The Gimp Whip, so who knows what's going on there now. That being said, it's hard to imagine anyone looking like Rayne and not engaging in some sort of painful activity.

    Who she really is:


    This half vampire, half human hates evil. In fact she hates it so much that if someone even so much as attempts to become a Nazi, she disembowels and/or removes his limbs and head. So if you're a Nazi, I'd play it safe and avoid The Gimp Whip, just in case.
  • What he looks like:


    Pale skin is either a sign of albinism or that you're some sort of unnatural fiend sent from the depths of hell to wreak havoc on those who have pigment in their skin. And due to Alucard's blood-sucking fangs, one would likely guess that he's the latter.

    Who he really is:


    Unfortunately for Castlevania's Alucard, he is not a fiend sent to eradicate humans, meaning he is most likely the world's first and only albino vampire with a heart of gold. Hopefully he's also the last.
  • GamePro counts down twelve video game heroes that don't quite look the part.
    Video game protagonists aren't always smiley-faced elves in white tights and jovial plumbers. In fact, sometimes game heroes look even more menacing than their own arch enemies. Without further ado, read on as we explore the twelve most sinister-looking main characters in games.

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