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21st Mar '17 3:00:44 PM Ghostofthemoonlight
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this trope by having characters of both sexes feeling attraction and openly flirting with Link. Sure, it's been implied in previous entries to the series but it has never been this blatant.
19th Mar '17 11:14:31 AM lalaTKG
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* ''Roleplay/RouletteRampage Reloaded's'' Kiyoyuki Irino serves as a small deconstruction of the concept. He is portrayed as handsome and girls do find him attractive for his small frame and prettyboy looks, but Irino himself thinks that he's not in his ideal type of body. As an actor, he wants to get more masculine roles to play, but he can't do it with his type of body, so he dived head long into voice acting, which allowed him to play any type of role he wanted. Combine that with his insecurities about his more popular (and masculine looking) older brother and his in-game mentor figure Tetsuo Shingen, and you've got a boy who really needs to find some measure of inner peace.
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17th Mar '17 8:11:04 AM Steven
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** Link becomes even prettier in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. It actually helps him in one main quest where he has to [[spoiler: dress up like a Gerudo in order to get into the female only town they reside in]].
13th Mar '17 5:19:17 AM Mooncinder
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** Cloud Strife was handsome [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/f/f0/FMVCloud.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20081104062606 originally]] but still clearly a dude but his redesign in Advent Children [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f5/5b/9e/f55b9e9f250bc7300a3b362a7fa79e0c.jpg however]] oh dear, thankfully the Remake [[http://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Cloud-Strike-looks-twice-as-handsome-at-the-FF7-remake-670x388.jpg mans him]] up again.

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** Cloud Strife was handsome [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/f/f0/FMVCloud.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20081104062606 originally]] but still clearly a dude but his redesign in Advent Children dude. His [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f5/5b/9e/f55b9e9f250bc7300a3b362a7fa79e0c.jpg however]] oh dear, thankfully the redesign in Advent Children]] however, sends him far into Bishonen territory. The Remake [[http://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Cloud-Strike-looks-twice-as-handsome-at-the-FF7-remake-670x388.jpg mans him]] up again.



* Raiden in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''. He was designed as an androgynous alluring blank slate for the player to project themselves onto since unfortunately Japanese fans wanted a pretty boy to play as. There's a scene where another character [[spoiler:makes a grab for his groin, and is surprised to find he is male]]. And you have to play as him naked. No, we are not making that up. He was widely reviled for this by the FanDumb, among [[ReplacementScrappy other reasons]].

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* Raiden in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''. He was designed as an androgynous alluring blank slate for the player to project themselves onto since unfortunately Japanese fans wanted a pretty boy to play as. There's a scene where another character [[spoiler:makes a grab for his groin, and is surprised to find he is male]]. And you have to play as him naked. No, we are not making that up. He was widely reviled for this by the FanDumb, among [[ReplacementScrappy other reasons]].



** After many years, Raiden finally became awesome thanks to his own game ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' which [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/thegamingfamily/images/d/db/641726-metal-gear-rising-revengeance-playstation-3-screenshot-raiden.jpg buffs him up]] possibly to the extreme, but after the dumb pretty boy look. it's very welcome.
* Leon Kennedy of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series makes the cut, but barely. Even at his prettiest he was still quite solidly built and masculine, and his face becomes a little more chiseled and tough-looking in each new appearance. His haircut, though, remains top-shelf bishonen.

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** After many years, Raiden finally became awesome thanks to his own game ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' which [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/thegamingfamily/images/d/db/641726-metal-gear-rising-revengeance-playstation-3-screenshot-raiden.jpg buffs him up]] possibly to the extreme, but after the dumb pretty boy look. it's very welcome.extreme.
* Leon Kennedy of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series makes the cut, but barely. Even at his prettiest he was still quite solidly built and masculine, and his face becomes a little more chiseled chiselled and tough-looking in each new appearance. His haircut, though, remains top-shelf bishonen.
1st Mar '17 8:29:19 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Many characters of ''Manga/{{MAR}}'', on both sides of the good/evil divide. Alvis and Nanashi are this, combined with the headband of eyecovering. Every once-in-a-while, they even comment on it in-universe.



* Many characters of ''Manga/{{MAR}}'', on both sides of the good/evil divide. Alvis and Nanashi are this, combined with the headband of eyecovering. Every once-in-a-while, they even comment on it in-universe.



** Cilan, who was being subject to ''Ouran'' comparisons before HilariousInhindsight [[Creator/MamoruMiyano kicked in]].

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** Cilan, who was being subject to ''Ouran'' comparisons before HilariousInhindsight HilariousInHindsight [[Creator/MamoruMiyano kicked in]].
1st Mar '17 8:23:53 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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A popular Asian character type, the ''bishōnen'', or "beautiful boy", is a male character that possesses [[AmbiguousGender androgynous]] or "feminine" physical traits. He is usually tall, slender with almost no fat and little to no muscle, and [[PermaShave no body or facial hair]]. Large, expressive eyes are almost a given, though TsurimeEyes are also common in more serious examples. In anime, many ''bishōnen'' have [[CrossDressingVoices female voice actors]] (most comedically, [[Characters/NarutoNarutoUzumaki Naruto Uzumaki]]), although those that don't get startlingly deep, sexy voices instead. [[DudeLooksLikeALady It is not uncommon for those at the more feminine end to be mistaken for women by other characters]], or for savvier examples of the type to take advantage of such an assumption.

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A popular Asian character type, the ''bishōnen'', or "beautiful boy", is a male character that possesses [[AmbiguousGender androgynous]] or "feminine" physical traits. He is usually tall, slender with almost no fat and little to no muscle, and [[PermaShave no body or facial hair]]. Large, expressive eyes are almost a given, though TsurimeEyes are also common in more serious examples. In anime, many ''bishōnen'' have [[CrossDressingVoices female voice actors]] (most comedically, [[Characters/NarutoNarutoUzumaki Naruto Uzumaki]]), although those that don't get [[VocalDissonance startlingly deep, deep]], sexy voices instead. [[DudeLooksLikeALady It is not uncommon for those at the more feminine end to be mistaken for women by other characters]], or for savvier examples of the type to take advantage of such an assumption.
22nd Feb '17 11:40:58 AM Adeon
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* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' the Primarch Sanguinus is described as being incredibly beautiful with long blonde hair and powerful Angelic wings.
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21st Feb '17 9:10:03 AM Adept
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** Similarly, many of the young males in the spinoff series ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' are bishonen. The newest protagonist barely looks male, which, what with the HelloInsertNameHere nature of the game, can lead to some unintentionally hilarious moments:

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** Similarly, many of the young males in the spinoff series ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' are bishonen. The newest protagonist of ''RF4'' barely looks male, which, what with the HelloInsertNameHere nature of the game, can lead to some unintentionally hilarious moments:
19th Jan '17 12:15:50 AM Dark_Lord_
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* Both Ishida Yamato and Ichijouji Ken of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' fall into this category. Their actual looks are never commented upon, but one figures that this is at least partially why they are [[MrFanservice fangirl bait]], both in and out of the show. Also lampshaded in an Audio Drama.
** Well, there was that page in the translation of the 02 manga where Daemon calls Ken ''"the pretty one"'' (if you're thinking that's too creepy for words, then you're probably still sane).
** In one episode of zero two, Gabumon lampshades this by saying "Yamato isn't the only heartthrob here", while Ken was hit on by a very young girl.
** Yamato, notably, had a...[[{{Shotacon}} considerably older woman try to pick him up]] when he was ''eleven''.

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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
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Both Ishida Yamato and Ichijouji Ken of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' fall into this category. Their actual looks are never commented upon, but one figures that this is at least partially why they are [[MrFanservice fangirl bait]], both in and out of the show. Also lampshaded in an Audio Drama.
** Well, there
Drama. In the series themselves Yamato, notably, had a...[[{{Shotacon}} considerably older woman try to pick him up]] when he was that page ''eleven'', while in the translation of the 02 manga where Daemon calls Ken ''"the pretty one"'' (if you're thinking that's too creepy for words, then you're probably still sane).
** In
one episode of zero two, Gabumon lampshades this by saying "Yamato isn't the only heartthrob here", while when Ken was hit on by a very young girl.
** Yamato, notably, had a...[[{{Shotacon}} considerably older woman try to pick him up]] when he was ''eleven''.
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** Thoma H. Norstein, from ''Series/DigimonSavers'' has this kind of look to him.
** Several humanoid Digimon themselves have this as an aesthetic, appearing as young attractive human males. Examples are Angemon, his evolution [=HolyAngemon=] and Vamdemon from ''Series/DigimonAdventure'' and Lucemon Falldown Mode from ''Series/DigimonFrontier''.



** Zarbon in particular is TheFightingNarcissist; [[OneWingedAngel his true form]] is not pretty at all, and he takes a handicap in battle to maintain his good looks.

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** Zarbon in particular is TheFightingNarcissist; [[OneWingedAngel his true form]] is not pretty at all, and to the extent he takes a handicap dislikes to transform into it, handicapping himself in battle to maintain his good looks.battle.
15th Jan '17 10:00:08 AM Game_Fan
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* Alcuin from ''KushielsLegacy'' has fine white hair and delicate features.
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