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->'''[[TransparentCloset Marik]]:''' There are no women in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' [[DudeLooksLikeALady There are only extremely girly men!]] [[LargeHam And I am the girliest of them all!]]\\
'''[[SissyVillain Pegasus]]:''' [[YouKeepTellingYourselfThat Keep telling yourself that.]]
-->-- ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''
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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, 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]], 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.

''Bishōnen'' can be found equally distributed between heroes and villains; ''bishōnen'' villains often develop [[DracoInLeatherPants devoted followings]] among fans. ''Bishōnen'' with [[HairColors white hair]] are [[WhiteHairBlackHeart almost always villains]], no matter how they initially seem.

The psychology behind the concept is rather interesting. The aesthetic has a tendency to be standard of beauty that [[StupidSexyFlanders transcends the boundaries of both sexual orientation and gender]]. Why it appeals to females is disputed, but one theory is that a feminine man is less inherently threatening to female eyes, [[HandsomeLech even if looks can sometimes be decieving]].

In the English fandom, the term ''bishōnen'' simply connotes "a really, really attractive male", but in its original usage, it refers to a specific type of attractiveness that is found in adolescents. The cutoff for bishōnen in the strict sense is around 20 years old. Beyond this age, the Japanese describe male attractiveness through terms like ''biseinen'' or ''bidanshi'' ("beautiful man") or ''ikemen'' (roughly "good-looking guy"). [[FanNickname The affectionate English fandom shorthand]] "bishie" bypasses the lexical issues somewhat. Examples of both Bishounen and Biseinen should be placed on this page. Likely to have drawn on a {{moe}} aesthetic when they were younger.

The comparable Korean concept is ''kkot-minam'' ("flower pretty boy"). The most similar Western type is PrettyBoy.

The appearance and behavior of the archetypal ''bishōnen'' is often used to explore sexuality and gender norms. Thus, {{Yaoi Guys}} have a tendency to be this.

Originally, bishōnen characters were the province of {{shoujo}} and {{Boys Love Genre}}s, but since [[BishonenJumpSyndrome the mid-90s]], it has become the default style for teenage boys in pretty much any work looking for a cross-demographic audience. Since more modern anime and manga are overwhelming geared towards appealing to both men and women in this respect, a large majority of virtually all mainstream works will feature at least one ''bishōnen'' character, if not more. Also the farther ''bishōnen'' characters disseminate from their source genres, the less likely it becomes that there will be in-universe mention of their androgynous looks/attractiveness.

OlderThanPrint, since ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji'' has it in spades.
Often comes with the BishieSparkle. If all the guys are ''bishōnen'' without many women to balance them out, you've got yourself a CastFullOfPrettyBoys.

Related to RuleOfGlamorous. The LongHairedPrettyBoy is a standard ''bishōnen'' design.

Contrast {{Gonk}}, {{Hunk}}, TheGrotesque, and PuniPlush. Pretty girls are known as ''{{Bishoujo}}'' ("beautiful girl"), but the esthetics of bishoujo are different, typically emphasizing cute, petite femininity rather than sleek androgyny. See {{Bifauxnen}} for ladies who conform a bit more closely to the ''bishōnen'' aesthetic.
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!!Examples -- This is an East Asian media only trope. For pretty boys in other cultures see PrettyBoy[[note]]The difference is primarily cultural, and it is not at all uncommon for {{Animesque}} media to use this trope much in the same way as the examples here, but for convenience's sake, let's just put the Eastern ones here and the Western ones there.[[/note]].
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* [[Bishonen/AnimeAndManga Anime & Manga]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Genji in ''Literature/CloudOfSparrows'', who is described as 'too pretty for a man' -- as is the character's OlderThanPrint namesake, Hikaru Genji in the ''Literature/TaleOfGenji''.
* ''Literature/EclipseHunter'' gives us Daren Solaris, who is so pretty that the series' resident {{Tsundere}} bishoujo ActionGirl goes into a mad rage when she sees that he normally wears glasses that disguise his prettiness, going as far as to ''tear his glasses off of his face and grind them into dust.'' '''LITERALLY.'''
* Most of the cast in ''Literature/HalfPrince'' falls into this category. The game world requires your character resemble you, but lets people beautify themselves, and a lot of people look very lovely in game. Prince, who is actually a girl in real life and the only person playing an opposite gender in game, ends up being the single most bishie thing in existence. Only a few main characters don't take this route, with Wolf having a more mature look in real life and making himself uglier in the game, Gui turning out to be a bishie in real life and not altering his in game appearance. Nan Gong Zui, who makes himself look like a victim of TestosteronePoisoning in game, also turns out to have a very boyish appearance in the real world.
* Rowan in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagic'' is known for his handsome, slender features and long blonde hair. Taunted by the soldiers with names like "pretty-boy" and "blondie".
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[[folder:Manhwa and Manhua]]
* A HUGE number of the characters in ''TheRavagesOfTime'' fall under this category. Most of the Water Mirror Eight Geniuses, Sima Yi, and the young members of the Yuan clan are all delicate-looking and gorgeous. Xiao Meng is the extreme, but well, [[DudeLooksLikeALady he's aeunuch, so that comes with the territory]].
* Shichan from ''Manhwa/AflameInferno'' who models on the side.
* Yoo-min from ''Manhwa/CutieBoy''.
* Duo Xi from ''Manhua/DivineMelody''.
* Since the vast majority of the characters in ''Literature/HalfPrince'' are made in a video game they're all gorgeous (as players often make their characters so). The titular character is noted for being the most good-looking character, since they turned the pretty effect as high as it could possibly go.
* Woojae from ''Manhwa/{{One}}'' has the nickname "Prince Charming" due to his good looks.
* Dong-whi from ''Webcomic/NineteenTwentyOne''.
* Armand from ''Manhwa/{{Priest}}''.
* Kyu Ra from ''{{Rure}}'' [[spoiler:which fits with his "prince charming" image]].
* Rai, Frank, Shinwoo, M-21 and Takeo from ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}''.
* Id from ''Literature/{{Id}}'' is the very definition of this trope. Men and women alike fawn over his beauty. Though more often than not, every person he's met has initially thought him a woman.
* ''MagicalJxR'' has a lot of these.
* Junho from ''TheThreeTimes''.
* ''Manhwa/TheBreaker'': Hyuk So Chun.
* 25th Baam aka Jyu Viole Grace from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Any VisualKei artist, in general. Many of them are proud of it.
* {{Gackt}} is a living breathing example of this. Even he admits it. In nine* nine, Gackt is shown some pictures of himself when he was younger, to which he responds, "I was a total bishonen back then...But now I'm a biseinen." The difference being that bishonen technicality applies to only boys in their teens but biseinen applies to adults.
* KoreanPopMusic is filled with these.
* The record label Johnny's entertainment is famous in Japan and the rest of Asia for its many all bishonen/biseinen boy bands
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Fulgrim of the Emperor's Children and Sanguinius of the Blood Angels qualify as this. At least, Fulgrim [[AscendtoaHigherPlaneofExistence used to qualify.]]
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Many of the [[KingArthur Knights of the Round Table]] in ''VideoGame/GoldenLogres'' have a unconventionally feminine appearance.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Since {{Takarazuka}} in Japan is composed entirely of female actors playing both male and female roles, it's no surprise that male roles often look a little Bishonen. Case in point, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spFt2yf8D7U Wao Youka]] as Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera, or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfkbABgyVzk Shizuka Asato (Zunko)]] as Der Tod from {{Elisabeth}}.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series: ''any'' of the main male characters, at least once graphics became advanced enough to portray it; the official character art shows that the older ones actually were this, too, when not depicted with blocky, low-resolution sprites. Specifically:
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'': Warrior of Light, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'': Firion, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'': Luneth, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': Cecil, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'': Bartz, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'': Squall, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': Zidane, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Tidus, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': Vaan, and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'': Noctis. That is every leading male protagonist to date. And the ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' series includes ''all'' of them (except Noctis...[[AdaptationDisplacement and Luneth]]).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': '''[[DracoInLeatherPants Sephiroth]].''' In the original cut of the scene with Sephiroth frozen in crystalized Mako, he was to have feminine curves to allude back to Jenova. Things were scaled back there for the same reason Squall in ''VIII'' was made to look more masculine.
** Now, now, let's not forget our MemeticSexGod [[http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/7500000/Soldier-2nd-Class-Zack-zack-fair-7523031-1024-768.jpg Zack Fair]].
** DirgeOfCerberus: Vincent Valentine.
** As for Kuja from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', he reaches truly DudeLooksLikeALady proportions. This is even {{Lampshaded}} by Queen Brahne, who outright calls him a "girly-man". To be fair, though, he calls her "elephant-lady".
** ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'': Penelo, in the in-game manual:
-->'''Penelo:''' Personally? I don't believe that boys should be prettier than I am.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'': Emperor Palamecia, anyone?
** If you look past the [[HalfHumanHybrid non-human]] features, Seymour from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' can fit the bill as well.
** TetsuyaNomura, the designer for many of these characters, is a real-life Bishonen (see his page picture). A [[OlderThanTheyLook 40-year old]] Bishonen.
** Hope Estheim from the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII XIII]]-universe also counts, especially in the [[VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}} sequel]].
** And then there's Vayne Solidor of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', who even in full armour is still a very slender guy with more hair than two out of the three women in the main party.
* A surprisingly large number of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''' main male characters are like this, with Ash Crimson pushing the androgyny to ridiculous levels.
* chaos (no capitalization) from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''
* VideoGame/{{Okami}} has Waka, who FLIES seemingly by virtue of sheer BishieSparkle and his [[NiceHat improbable headdress]].
* Link from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''. Comedy Central ''did'' base [[DrawnTogether Xandir]] on him, after all. One gay magazine [[http://www.gamespot.com/news/6151905.html voted him "hottest game character"]], to the endlessly amusing horror of the teenage males in the fanbase.
** [[{{Rule 63}} There is an image on the Internet of Link as a girl.]] Despite his (ahem) additions, he looks ''exactly the same''.
** Kafei from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' is a young version of this.
** Demon Lord Ghirahim from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''.
* Kristoph Gavin and his brother, Klavier Gavin, from the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. Max Galactica and Matt Engarde in ''Justice For All'', as well.
** Most notably, the effeminate Max Galactica, with his flamboyance, camp, and pure fabulousness. [[FauxYay (Because you, too, have stolen one of Max Galactica's many, many hearts.)]]
** And let's not forget our magenta-clad prosecutor Miles Edgeworth. He's so pretty that about five girls ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] [[AbhorrentAdmirer Old]][[MotorMouth bag]]) during the series get crushes on him...[[ChasteHero not]] [[{{Asexuality}} that]] [[HoYay he]] [[ObliviousToLove notices]].
* Raiden in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''. He was designed as an androgynously alluring blank slate for the player to project themself onto. 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, among [[ReplacementScrappy other reasons]].
** Naturally, also his thinly-veiled parody in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', Raikov.
** Kojima eventually admitted that Raiden's looks were an attempt to attract more young women to the games. It worked. You'll notice on Website/DeviantArt that Raiden has tons and tons of fan art, a good 95% of it from women.
*** And then came along [[BodyHorror Metal Gear Solid 4:]] [[UnwillingRoboticisation Guns Of The Patriots.]]
* Because of its ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' influences, ''KingdomHearts'' not only features bishonen leads [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover from that series]], but its original characters effectively form a CastFullOfPrettyBoys.
* ''MagnaCarta: Tears of Blood'' kicks the Bishonen up to 11, making its main lead, Calintz, and his apprentice, Azel, almost entirely unrecognizable as male. Chris Arcway manages to dodge the bullet with his open button-up shirt and cocky womanizing attitude, but even Raul, the tall, masculine, goateed swordsman who appears a few times in the game, gets a touch of Bishie thanks to the artstyle (no matter how impossible it seems to be Bishie with a goatee).
* Quite a few male characters in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series, including (but not limited to) Mid-boss, Seraph Lamington, Fukubei, Master Big star, Adell, and [[spoiler:Tink.]]
** During the intro narration of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'', a portrait of Tyrant Valvatorez [[ArtShift drawn in a much more semi-realistic, shoujo-esque style]] than the simpler, more stylized art of the games is shown. [[http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc402/sparkysharps/tumblr_lre93kNAHR1qeta35o1_1280.jpg This is the portrait in question]].
* [[spoiler:Mitsumoto]] and Abyss in ''[[IzunaLegendOfTheUnemployedNinja Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns]]''.
* Ramirez from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' seems to rock the "pretty but misunderstood" vibe as hard as he possibly can. Enrique is pretty much his good counterpart. A number of recruitable crew members further the bishounen appeal, particularly [[spoiler:Lawrence]] and [[spoiler:Ilchymis]].
* Zelos from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Yggdrasil, too. Some fans would argue that Kratos is one as well. The game is ripe with bishies. Kratos is a good example of a ''biseinen'', or 'beautiful man' - what a bishounen becomes when he grows up.
* Several of the guys in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'': particularly Yuri, who can be mistaken for a woman until he opens his mouth.
* Guy, Luke and Asch from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' If you count Jade as a verging-on DudeLooksLikeALady ''biseinen'' that's the whole main male cast.
* The Franchise/TalesSeries: although having more of a fairly (and by that, we mean in the smallest margin, as the game models differ slightly from the official art) masculine face than some other Franchise/TalesSeries [=Bishonen=], Richard from VideoGame/TalesOfGraces certainly fits the role, having traditional elements including medium-length blond hair, fancy frilly clothes, and immense popularity throughout the kingdom (in one skit, he mentions his "dilemma" with the sale of Richard-themed items). His seiyuu is even the same as a certain other [=Bishonen=] of TsubasaReservoirChronicle, and he even sports [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Zelos]] [[RealMenWearPink Wilder's]] costume as DLC. Doesn't help that his younger self can be seriously mistaken for [[DudeLooksLikeALady a girl]].
* [[spoiler:Teddie's human form]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' was clearly designed with this in mind. He makes extensive use of the BishieSparkle [[HandsomeLech to manipulate women that he comes across]]. Not to mention, during the crossdressing scene, he was the only one [[AttractiveBentGender able to pull off looking like a girl]]. One male commentator from the audience even exclaims "I'd hit that."
** Akihiko from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' certainly qualifies, being quite the ChickMagnet.
** In a less obvious manner, the main character (or [[FanNickname Minato]]) may also qualify, having a very slender figure, subtle facial features, and pretty eyes. He's also frequently described as a "pretty boy" or "handsome", to the point where a certain CorruptCorporateExecutive tried to exploit him.
** From ''{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'', we have Jun, a character so pretty that many female characters look upon him in envy.
** Naoto Shirogane, also of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', appears to be one of these...[[spoiler:but in a rare subversion, [[{{Bifauxnen}} he is actually a she]].]]
* It was an old joke in the fandom that those not familiar with the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series would think that Zero was actually a girl, thanks to his RapunzelHair and what [[FanNickname fans like to call]] the [[GagBoobs Booblights]]. This was even {{lampshaded}} by [[spoiler:Bass of the original series]], when, upon seeing Zero's blueprints, scoffs at Zero's appearance, thinking that he was "too girly" to be the strongest robot, [[spoiler:like [[BigBad Dr. Wily]], Zero's creator, claimed]]. And he seems to be quite a ChickMagnet, too; for both fellow Reploids and one ''human''. What was [[spoiler:Dr. Wily thinking when he created Zero and came up with ''that'' design, anyway? So much for being a threat to civilization...]]
** WordOfGod has it that Zero original concept WAS that of being a female robot. The booblights are probably remnants of this concept.
** The majority of Maverick bosses in the series have aggressive looking eyes with thin oval-shaped irises. However, the dragonfly [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Reploid]] named Commander Yammark from ''Mega Man X6'' is the ''only'' one with [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090225140935/megaman/images/4/47/Mmx6commanderyammark..jpg big, bright eyes]] [[http://images.wikia.com/megaman/images/0/04/CommanderYammarkMugshot.jpg with pronounced eyelashes]]. This is why people [[ViewerGenderConfusion thought he was female]].
* ''HarvestMoon'':
** Julius, Jamie, Tim/Trent, Alex, and Skye from ''HarvestMoon'' are bishonen.
** Will from ''Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands'' bears more than a passing resemblance to the above-pictured Tamaki.
** It's easier to name guys that aren't bishonen in more recent games.
** 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:
-->''"Sophie? What a fine, manly name!"''
* ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis''[='=]s newer protagonists.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'':
** Uesugi Kenshin takes this far enough that fans [[ViewerGenderConfusion seriously doubt he's really male]]. Granted, the games also have Motonari, Keiji, [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Mitsuhide, and Hanbe]], but Kenshin is still the reigning king/queen.
** Keiji is a strange case, as he has a muscular figure but a very pretty face and long, silky hair. And Yukimura also seems to become more feminine looking with each new installment.
* ''DynastyWarriors'' has its fair share, with Jin (Sima Yi, Sima Shi, Sima Zhao, Zhong Hui, Xiahou Ba, Jia Chong, Wen Yang) being a certified CastFullOfPrettyBoys. The other kingdoms don't fail to deliver however with Shu (Zhao Yun, Jiang Wei, Guan Suo, Guan Xing, Zhang Bao), Wu (Zhou Yu, Lu Xun, Ling Tong), and especially Wei (Zhang He, Cao Pi, Guo Jia) hosting some impressive examples.
* ''SamuraiWarriors'': we have Mitsuhide, Hanbei, Ranmaru, Kiyomasa, Motochika, and Kojiro.
** Don't forget Sanada Yukimura, Date Masamune, Mistunari Ishida and Azai Nagamasa.
* Testament of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', who, in addition to his long black hair and androgynous face, has [[VillainousCrossdresser an outfit consisting of a man-bra and a skirt that shows a decent amount of leg]]. And that's not going anywhere near [[DudeLooksLikeALady Bridget]]. There's also [[FairCop Ky.]]
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** Lucius, the amazingly feminine featured pretty boy monk with long blond hair. Of course, he defends the fact that he is male when confronted by Serra.
** A typical Fire Emblem game will have several bishonen, at least a couple of rugged manly men, a few [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave good looking grandpas]], and a {{Gonk}} or two. Few are as bafflingly pretty as Lucius, though.
** When ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' first showed off Marth, most western players were intially quite confused as to whether Marth was a girl or not. His voice actor cleared this up a bit, though.
** Libra in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' takes this to such ridiculous levels he invokes StupidSexyFlanders and EvenTheGuysWantHim in-universe. Oh, and he has [[VocalDissonance a very feminine voice too.]]
*** Less so than Libra, but the Type 01 build for a [[PlayerCharacter male Robin]] is fairly bishonen, especially if you give him [[LongHairedPrettyBoy long hair]].
* Pit from ''{{Kid Icarus Uprising}}'' and his dark counterpart likely qualify also.
* Taichi in ''CrossChannel'' has a rather androgynous but attractive appearance. He, on the other hand, is convinced he is horribly ugly for reasons that are never really revealed.
* Pretty much any guy from the [=NeoRomance=] series (''Franchise/{{Angelique}}'', ''HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'', ''[[KiniroNoCorda La Corda d'Oro]]''). Eisen of ''Haruka'' proved to be pretty enough to [[DisguisedInDrag disguise himself as a girl]] on one occasion; even ''the Emperor'' is bishounen, though he has the excuse of being Eisen's half-brother. In the ''La Corda d'Oro'' anime, one character (Kenichi Shimizu) actually gets ''called'' a bishounen by the lead girl when she first meets him.
* Among the attractive male characters in ''InfiniteSpace'', a few of them fall into bishonen/biseinen category. Lord Roth is arguably the best example, with his [[LongHairedPrettyBoy waist-length lavender hair]] and feminine face. Main character Yuri is quite pretty himself.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has [[OneLetterName N]], as well as [[PowerTrio Cilan, Chili, and Cress]]. Cheren and [[PlayerCharacter Hilbert]] qualify as well.
** Bishonen characters in other games include Falkner, Bugsy, Morty, Will, Wallace, Steven, Roark, Volkner, Riley, Aaron, Lucian, and Marlon. Maxie may count as well, even though he's older than the others.
** The male player characters have been trending toward this. Calem, the male player character for X and Y, is probably the most blatant example - especially when compared to Red's original game design. Or for previous gens,[[AdaptationalAttractiveness compare the remake designs to their original ones.]]
* ''WarioWare'' has Young Cricket, who is popular among Japanese women for being the only bishōnen in the series.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' has two bishonen: Psaro the Manslayer (Human form) and Angelo.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''. Alucard is one of the quintessential examples. Mistaking him for a girl is not likely to be a problem, though, given the loving attention put into his sprite and the fact that his VA has a very, very deep voice. Several other protagonists in later ''Castlevania'' titles, such as [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Juste Belmont]] and [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Soma Cruz]], are this as well.
* Yuuto is the only male in ''EienNoAselia'' that could really be described as pretty. On the other hand, he's also pretty muscular by the end, so despite the face, he isn't exactly girly.
* Joshua from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'':
** Vega, the Spanish ninja. It's even part of his character. Vega is a narcissist who believes his face to be extremely beautiful, and cannot stand the ugly. Part of it comes from traumatization as a child when his ugly father killed his beautiful mother. He also wears a mask, not to hide his identity, but to prevent his face from being scarred. Remy in ''Street Fighter III'' is even more of one (though he's not narcissistic like Vega).
** In the Alpha series, Ken becomes one of these, with long, flowing hair in a ponytail and a younger face ([[http://www.arcadeflyers.com/flyers_video/capcom/10025701.jpg some pieces of art]] for the game even show him with pronounced lips, a rarity for ''Street Fighter'' characters). However, the other games show him looking older and more muscular, with PermaStubble.
* Prince Peasley from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', who makes the whole screen gleam - literally - when he [[HairFlip tosses his hair]].
* The main character of ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus''.
* ''BushidoBlade 1'' and 2 have Katze.
** Also, Kaun.
* The ''{{Suikoden}}'' series of games have, quite literally, ''dozens'' of bishonen among the ranks of the Stars of Destiny ([[OneHundredAndEight 108 per game!]]). Notable ones include and are not limited to: every main protagonist, Flik, Luc and Sasarai, and Yuber.
* Sergei from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''. Yasha is to an extent too, though not quite as much.
* Many of the characters of ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' are well-noted for this, including the game's main character Frederic Chopin and the main on-screen avatar character, Allegretto.
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[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'''s Keiichi is noticeably pretty, and even [[BishieSparkle sparkles]] a couple of times, as well as Satoshi, who is a more extreme example than Keiichi and is even voiced by a female.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has the absolutely adorable Kanon, not to mention Battler. George was made to be this in the anime and the UpdatedRerelease for the Playstation 3, but in the original sound novels he's rather plain in comparison to Kanon and Battler.
* Yukito from ''VisualNovel/{{Air}}''. As well as a Silver-Haired TallDarkAndSnarky IneffectualLoner, [[CharacterizationMarchesOn he later shares some traits with]] [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] himself!
* ''{{Yo-Jin-Bo}}'' is a CastFullOfPrettyBoys. Since it's a RomanceGame, it's kind of expected. Bo is considered [[DudeLooksLikeALady so pretty he's practically female]] by the other characters; he's annoyed when [[EvenTheGuysWantHim a crossdresser hits on him]], but plays this to his advantage and says he should be allowed to guard the Princess during her bath because he "looks androgynous" with his long hair and wouldn't disturb her as much as the other guys.
* Heinz Heger in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth''.
* In ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' Touma is the most notable contender, but Cap also fits, both of them with fan clubs.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Fate Stay Night}}'' features Gilgamesh, the ancient King of Mesopotania, who´s apparently a tall, white, red-eyed blonde who´s commented on by one of the main heroines as "he looked like a model". It seems that A+ Charisma skill is justified. Too bad he´s a giant douche with an ego the size of the Universe until Fate/Hollow Ataraxia, where he drinks a potion of youth and becomes an adorable well-mannered kid who wouldn´t hurt anyone. His child version is of course equally Bishonen.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' is the dating sim where almost all of the love interests are pigeons. The exceptions are a quail and a partridge. There is the option to see a pseudohuman alternate appearance at the introduction of each one, and these are all quite bishie even when that doesn't really fit the bird or the character (the middle-aged "fat bird" or "fluffy heretic" is just as svelte and pretty as the ones represented as teenaged boys). The only exception is Okosan, who's only portrayed as a bird in a school uniform.
* Being a BL game, [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys all of the main characters]] in ''VisualNovel/DramaticalMurder'' are bishonen. However, most of the protagonists are over 20, so they would technically be considered ''biseinen''.
* Kyousuke from ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters!''. Mio outright calls him a bishounen one time. And in the Mask the Saito OVA, at one point he dramatically tears off his mask at sunset and sparkles fly as his hair shakes. (The sparkles being his tears from when he was crying because he was so touched a moment before, but still...)
* Mizuho in ''VisualNovel/OtomeWaBokuNiKoishiteru''. [[WholesomeCrossdresser Of course]]. That being said, he is ''quite'' pretty even when not dressing as a girl.
* Pretty much [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys the entire cast]] of ''VisualNovel/GakuenHeaven''.
* Takuma and Hamaji from ''VisualNovel/H2OFootprintsInTheSand''.
* Just about every male in ''VisualNovel/TogainuNoChi'', especially Rin and Akira.
* Pretty much the entire male cast of ''VisualNovel/UtaNoPrincesama''.
* The five male leads from ''VisualNovel/HiiroNoKakera''.
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* Not your typical MadScientist, Professor T.X. from ''Webcomic/M9Girls'' is pretty much the embodiment of this trope.
* In ''Webcomics/GirlGenius'', the artist Phil Foglio made a drawing of a "bishie [[SuperSoldier jäger]]" in jest to his wife and co-writer Kaja. At her insistence, it was developed into the purple LongHairedPrettyBoy we know now as [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100519 Maxim]]. Despite being a pretty boy, he's still a [[BloodKnight Jäger]][[UndyingLoyalty monster]] in every sense of the state.
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* Okay, I just have to put Yuzuru Hanyu into here. I mean, come on! He figure skates like a ballet dancer an Johnny friggin' Weir designs his clothes.
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