Adorkable: Video Games

  • If you are a main character in a Kingdom Hearts game, you are probably some shade of Adorkable.
    • Sora, especially in the first game. In the later games, he Takes A Level In Emo, but he still has a distinct boyish enthusiasm and optimism.
    • Ventus is possibly even more adorkable than Sora given his nature, which is only highlighted when he interacts with Zack and Hercules.
    • Riku gets a shade of this in Dream Drop Distance when Shiki starts flirting with him and he's utterly flabbergasted. Lampshaded when she asks if he "gets out much".
  • Tales of Symphonia:
    • Lloyd has won many a fangirl for his innocent, boyish charm.
    • Colette. She's clumsy at times, but extremely sweet-natured and caring.
  • Tales of the Abyss:
    • Luke, once he cuts his hair, gets rather adorkable with his sudden dependency on others and embarrassed social moments.
  • Persona 4:
    • This is the common reaction to Naoto Shirogane despite (or because of) the fact that she is a girl. Normally speaks in a very mature and intellectual fashion, but can start gushing over anything that relates to her interests in detective novels, solving mysteries, action figures and tokatsu shows; her own Dungeon in the TV World is noted as looking like something out of a sentai or tokatsu series, her Shadow appears as a sentai-ish half-cyborg, and even her Personas have that sort of motif. She also gets very easily flustered in social situations, and really gets shy if the player takes her romance path.
    • Though she normally comes off as a straight-up martial arts loving Big Eater tomboy, Chie Satonaka is pretty adorkable as well as you pursue her Social Link and discover her more feminine traits. She breaks down and starts awkwardly crying in the middle of Junes after Yosuke and the protagonist's second expedition to the TV World, she freaks out when Nanako chirps that there's a grasshopper on Chie's back, and she gets very shy and prone to blabbering during her romance scenes.
  • Persona 3:
    • Unexpectedly, Akihiko Sanada - who initially comes across as a cool, self-assured upperclassman and is the most sought-after boy at Gekkoukan High School - turns out to be completely adorkable when it comes to actually interacting with girls outside of SEES. The PSP re-release turns it Up to Eleven by making him a possible love interest for the female protagonist.
    • Shinjiro Aragaki, of all people, also turns out to have a bit of this going on thanks to a hidden love of animals and cooking shows, though he's more a gruffly Sugar and Ice Personality than outright dorky. Again, it's played up in the PSP version thanks to his Social Link in the female main character's route.
    • Theodore, Igor's male assistant in the PSP version (if you play as the female protagonist) is smooth and calm in the Velvet Room, but if you take him out to explore the human world, he quickly shows himself to be this, with his Fish out of Water tendencies and his childlike wonder and uncertainty about the ways of the human world (to say nothing of his being Sarcasm-Blind).
  • Katsuya Suou from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is a cop who wonders if the penal code applies to demons, and he will even interrogate them as a contact option! Her also has a HUGE crush on Maya Amano, and because he's got a crippling case of Cannot Spit It Out, he calls her Ms. Amano, even towards the end of the game.
  • Final Fantasy
    • Final Fantasy VII:
      • Zack Fair in the Compilation, especially the prequels Crisis Core and Before Crisis. Zack is one of the strongest characters in the series, but he STILL manages to have oh so many adorably silly moments. Even pre-Nibelheim (i.e., sane) Sephiroth apparently isn't immune to Zack's adorkable qualities, as seen here.
      • Cloud and Tifa can both be rather adorkable at times, when they aren't moping about. Especially when moments of sexual tension hit and their shyness and discomfort comes out full blast.
      • Aerith with her incurable optimism, snarkiness, and punctuated by her bizarre rescue plan in Wall Market. She tends to flitter between this and Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
    • Final Fantasy IX:
      • Vivi. He's sweet, kind, The Woobie, clumsy, and adorable. He fits this like a glove.
      • Zidane may act like a total flirt, but deep down, he's this. Particularly the way he acts around Garnet/Dagger and his boyish attitude.
    • Tidus from Final Fantasy X is cheerful, a total Keet, and Cannot Spit It Out in front of Yuna. Square Enix loves this trope.
    • Final Fantasy XIII: Snow freakin' Villiers. Big, tough, friendly, cheerful, boyish hopeless romantic... aww. (Someone at Square Enix definitely loves this trope.)
  • Metal Gear:
    • Big Boss (mostly in his younger appearances). He irrationally loves boxes, is scared by horror movies, and believes in Santa because he brought him presents. There's also a scene in Snake Eater where he geeks out over a highly-modified M1911 pistol... ignoring the half-naked woman that brought him the gun in the first place.
    • Otacon, especially in Metal Gear Solid 4. His backstory and the events of the game make him a huge Woobie, and he becomes easily flustered and has a soft manner of speaking. He has crushes on both Sniper Wolf in the first game and Naomi in the fourth who both end up dying in front of him as he cries pathetically.
    • Ocelot could almost be considered this in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, where he appears as a young GRU Major who tries incredibly hard to be cool, from adopting his signature revolver at a young Big Boss' suggestion to doing incredibly complex and almost silly Gun Twirling.
    • For both Otacon and Ocelot, the Hiimdaisy comics dialed this trait Up to Eleven, making Otacon even more of a Woobie and Ocelot into a Butt Monkey who makes his crush on Big Boss even more obvious.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Shad from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — a few fans have speculated that he may be some sort of Hyrulean Expy of Otacon. He's also supposedly very similar to Nintendo of America translator Bill Trinen; goodness only knows what that says about Bill.
    • Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. His toon design, closeness with his little sister, as well as his overall expressions help generate this.
    • Link at the beginning of Skyward Sword, notably when he is with Zelda, who seems to have this opinion of him when he holds up her sailcloth. By the end, he has taken several hundred thousand levels in badass.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Tali'Zorah in the second game. Particularly if you play a male Shepard and go for the romance with her. Not to mention her hitting The Woobie status during her loyalty mission.
    • Garrus Vakarian. As above, playing a Shepard of the opposite gender and romancing him makes this particularly noticeable, but it's present all the same.
    • If you didn't romance either of the above, they hook up in part three. The scene where you catch them together may set off your Cuteness Proximity.
    • Liara T'Soni, who is able to be romanced by both sexes. A good portion of her romance in the first game has her being easily flustered by Shepard's romances and accidentally, and quite humorously, putting her foot in her mouth. Both attributes were found adorable. And, a lot like Tali, she's a massive woobie.
    • Legion, if you talk to him and ask why he's wearing your old armor. He reacts with what seems to be the geth version of a blush and then says: "No data available."
    • Samantha Traynor, the chess-loving comm specialist in the third Mass Effect game, fits this definition to a T. Sadly, for those playing the male Shepard, she's lesbian, but if you play the female version, she does a lot more than just play chess with Shepard.
    • Maya Brooks in the Mass Effect 3 "Citadel" DLC, maybe more so than any other character in the franchise. At least she appears to be.
    • The humanoid version of EDI in ME3, especially in her awkward attempts at humor, her nerdy responses to questions like "What are you thinking?" and, definitely, her adorkable attempts at AI/human romance with Joker.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Luigi becomes more Adorkable every game. He's clumsier than his better-renowned brother and often made a Butt Monkey, but he does get his time to shine both with the rest of the cast and among the fanbase.
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Koops, the poor awkward little Koopa who lost his confidence after his dad got eaten by a dragon. Despite his quirks—nay, because of them—he's got quite a large crowd of fan girls.
  • Within the small fandom for Beyond Good & Evil, The Big Guy Double H has a not-insignificant Fangirl following due to his bumbling-but-sweet goofball-spy nature. His adorkability is especially pronounced due to what he is.
  • Jeff from EarthBound, with that suit, glasses, bow tie, bowl haircut....and he has TONS of fangirls. Lloyd from the prequel counts, too.
  • From BlazBlue:
    • Noel Vermillion. She writes poetry, but gets embarrassed reading it to others. She loves pandas. She is constantly apologising to people (in a sweet way, not an annoying way). She's one of the cutest girls in video games, and the most awkward.
    • Makoto Nanaya, on top of being smoking hot, is very much a big kid at heart, having a love for dinosaurs, Humongous Mecha, and sweets.
    • Humorously (and tragically enough only briefly), Ragna in this exchange in Rachel's Chronophantasma gag reel, when Celica admits to having a crush on him:
      Celica: "I like Ragna? Of course I like Ragna! You didn't know that?"
      Ragna': "Well... I-I didn't think you hated me, but... when you put it so frankly, I... I'm getting embarrassed, here."
  • Harvest Moon:
  • Left 4 Dead:
    • Ellis. He's a fairly outgoing Keet, but he gets so adorably tongue-tied talking to Zoey.
    • Louis, with his eternal optimism in the face of zombie hordes, hopeless odds, soul crushing despair and Francis, would seem to qualify.
  • Lego City Undercover has Frank Honey, the hilariously inept police officer who has boundless optimism and a almost puppy-like excitement for his job despite screwing up pretty much every assignment he's given.
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Apollo Justice. His fear of everything and style of lawyering makes him so stupidly cute one begins to wonder how he became a lawyer in the first place. Also, he fanboys over Phoenix until finding out he forged evidence, and his excitement over talking to Vera could be comparable to a high school student on a first date.
    • Adrian Andrews takes Cute Clumsy Girl to a whole new level by breaking the Kurain Sacred Urn by dropping it in paint. There's also her dependency, which makes her follow the advice of someone else and imitate their personality (as seen with her mentor, Celeste Inpax). Plus, the way she tries to act all tough-as-nails like her mentor makes her more of an example of Sugar and Ice Personality rather than your typical Stoic.
    • Miles Edgeworth often behaves as adorable dork, especially when it comes to trying to loosen up and when he interacts with his not-so-secret love of the Steel Samurai.
    • Ron DeLite. This guy loses his cool whenever his wife flirts with him, and has a hard time talking without trailing off. He may act like a Gentleman Thief, but he's really this deep down, especially his reaction on getting a letter from his wife, Desirée.
    • Phoenix Wright himself qualifies as well, to some extent. Especially when he's younger and with a cold. One such example is when he tries talking to Iris. He can barely keep his cool (because she's the twin sister of his former ex-girlfriend) Actually, she impersonated Dahlia and was really the true "Dollie" Phoenix adored. He also denies being a fan of the Steel Samurai, despite having numerous merchandise, much like Edgeworth. Let's face it, this man is just as adorkable, if not more so than Edgeworth due to his regular display of awkwardness.
    • Franziska von Karma isn't immune, either, once she starts to defrost. Though, her moments are much more subtle than the others. At one point in Case 3-5, she asks Phoenix (in a completely sincere tone, based on his inner commentary when he answers her) if there used to be a lively port town along a river... which is at the bottom of a deep canyon in the mountains. Phoenix notes in the same case that "she's so openly hostile, it's almost cute", which implies that at this point, she's actively trying to be as tsun tsun as possible. She's strongly implied to have a severe Inferiority Superiority Complex thanks to her father and brother, and once you see Behind the Mask to that insecure side, she's a slightly awkward young girl with a poor understanding of emotions, something even her stoic brother, Miles, understands.
  • Fallout: New Vegas:
    Arcade (when asked about his familiarty with vertibirds): (shifty eyes) Uh, what does anyone know about them? Big... flying machines, right? (nervous laugh) Crazy helicopters. So weird.
  • Rief in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. Soft-spoken, scholarly, wears Nerd Glasses and a bowl cut, and if his intro scene is anything to go by, he has a touch of the Keet and a bad sense of self-preservation, as his reaction to a Psynergy Vortex is to get excited and take a closer look.
  • Travis Touchdown from No More Heroes, when he's outside of missions, he's like a big grown up nerd who has to keep on doing his best to live a normal life despite being a total badass assassin.
  • Tales of Vesperia:
    • Yuri Lowell, while not a shining example of this due to the serious nature of the story and his role in it most of the time, has his moments in several skits and scenes, especially when interacting with fellow party members Karol and Estelle.
    • Karol who gets excited about guilds and her heroes and has a Precocious Crush on Nan.
    • Estelle, geeking out over guilds, books and ancient history.
  • BioWare really seems to like this trope; Star Wars: The Old Republic features several companions for player characters of varying degrees of this trope. Watch the dorkiness be cranked up to eleven if the romance option is taken.
  • Dragon Age: Origins:
    • Alistair. From the way he quips at Morrigan, to his stories about teasing the cloistered monks who raised him. He's also a templar trained to murder mages who turn into abominations which makes this a subversion and a half of the Bad Ass trope.
    • Leliana is incredibly adorkable, especially in her romance sub-plot. She's extraordinarily girly and goofy for someone who's trained in the arts of theft, seduction and murder. She also can acquire a nug and name it "Schmooples".
    • Zevran displays dorky attractiveness if you venture into his romance sub plot. Normally a dashing lothario, cold to emotions as his assassin life requires him to be, actual love is something he's not used to dealing with and it shows.
  • Dragon Age II continues the tradition with Merrill, who's a sweet, shy Motor Mouth who's Oblivious to Love, tends to put her foot in her mouth, and is an easily distracted Cloud Cuckoolander prone to non sequitur observations ("I see sparrows in the rafters!"). She's also a Fish out of Water, obsessed with her research into elven history (and dark magics), and a social outcast and Woobie who just gets woobier as the game progresses.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition has, believe it or not, Cassandra. Once the player grows closer to her, either as friends or a Love Interest, she lets her tough exterior down and reveals an idealistic romantic underneath. This becomes especially apparent when it's revealed that she's a huge fan of Varric's books, especially his smutty romance serials, which he considers to be his worst work.
    • Cullen, the commander of the Inquisition's military, is as adorkable in personal matters as he is confident on the battlefield. This is only pronounced if he is romanced but if he is, the guy has this in spades. Funny that the Inquisitor who romances him has almost the same level of adorkability - a rare thing for a BioWare protagonist.
  • Guybrush Threepwood from the Monkey Island PC game series is quintessentially adorkable. His first line ever includes an overly exuberant "I wanna be a pirate!" - immediately exposing his adorkable lack of gruff and tough pirate attitude. In his first meeting with the beautiful pirate governor Elaine, he loses all power to speak coherently, uttering words like "blggw" and "dmnkly" (as the game was initially released in 1990, the jokes were in text).
  • Hikami Itaru from Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2, an intelligent, hard-working, glasses-wearing stickler for the rules who is quite a bit awkward when it comes to girls. If there was ever any doubt, he earns this role in an early CG when the protagonist comes across him wearing a very dorky looking helmet. When she asks, he simply says that it's part of the school rules to wear them and seems confused by the very question.
  • If you're patient, lucky and adventurous in Tales of Graces, you can catch Hubert becoming this, usually either because of Pascal...or the Sunscreen Rangers:
    Hubert: Tonight we feast on dead seafood! Pow Pow!
  • The Walking Dead:
    • Omid. He's worried about his cat during a zombie apocalypse and he's probably the most cheerful character in the game.
  • Spyro the Dragon, the original and Legend series incarnations. The original Spyro was headstrong and arrogant; despite being the youngest and littlest dragon in the Dragon Realms, which made him a lovable Kid Hero. The Legend series Spyro became even more adorkable from being voiced by Elijah Wood. He was a sweet, intelligent dragon who was always willing to help anyone. And this is despite learning about where he truly came from and who he truly is — The Chosen One. He is suddenly told that he is a rare purple dragon and it is his destiny to save the entire world! On such short notice as well, considering he just learned he was one of the only dragons left and was actually adopted by dragonflies!
  • Riki, the protagonist of Little Busters!. Shy, girly-looking Ill Boy Woobie who is perfectly polite and earnest when it comes to the girls around him but has problems with getting out of the shadow and safety of his childhood friends and gets easily flustered whenever anyone teases him? It's no wonder so many girls end up hanging around him.
  • Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (2013). Despite all the hell she's put through, she continues to display a giddy enthusiasm for the various artifacts and historical sites she discovers over the course of the game.
  • A lot of Leon S. Kennedy's appeal in the Resident Evil franchise is thanks to him being such a loveable dork and such a complete Bad Ass at the exact same time, though it varies from game to game. He's at his absolute adorkablest in Resident Evil 4 with his deadpan lampshading and his cheesy One-Liners.
    Salazar: I've sent my right hand to dispose of you.
    Leon: Your right hand comes off?
  • Resident Evil 6 gives us Sherry Birkin who, despite being a rather Bad Ass government agent in the same agency as Leon above, still manages to act like an adorkable high school nerd (Maybe it's hiring policy or something). It really shows when she's put with the sarcastic and snide Foil that is Jake Muller, such as when escaping an avalanche on snowmobiles:
    Jake: God must really hate us today!
    Sherry: Just keep going! We'll make it! Anyway, uh, I don't hate you!
  • Namco High:
    • Cousin, who has a good heart and isn't all that skilled at communicating clearly, comes off as this during most of the romances, especially the most awkward bits - stumbling, misunderstanding things, failing to get concepts out clearly, and especially failing to understand what's going on in many situations.
    • Enthusiastic, chipper, skeptical and somewhat overzealous would-be gumshoe Jane, especially when blundering through inept conversations about weirdness she refuses to accept even exists;
    • Meowkie, who has a near-perpetual awkward grimace and visible sweat, but is also adorable and extremely enthusiastic about her hall monitor duties (and tuna);
    • Anti-Bravoman, whose overly dramatic and shadowy attitude hides someone who really, really loves to write terrible poetry;
    • Military history nerd, bundle of nerves and bully target #1 Blue Max, whose pilot style does not prevent him from being forced to do Taira's homework. For bonus points, his grasp of military lingo includes phrases like "noon hundred hours (that's noon o'clock to you civilians)."
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising: Pit, despite being a competent fighter, has an upbeat and somewhat childish personality. He likes to look tough, but he's such a cute kid that you usually can't help but chuckle at his attempts. It's no wonder the other characters make fun of him so much. But when the Chaos Kin shows up, it's a surprise Pit isn't in a Heroic BSOD and still fights. When you see everything Pit's standing for falling apart, you just want to give him a hug.
  • Kormac, your Templar companion in Diablo III is usually a gung-ho warrior who is all about justice and protecting the innocent. But whenever he's around Eirena, the Enchantress of the group, he instantly becomes a shy, tongue-tied, adorable mess who Cannot Spit It Out.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's 2: The Phone Guy ends up lapsing into this trope when he's talking about how much he loves the animatronics.
  • Wonder-Yellow from The Wonderful 101, despite being a muscular Russian war veteran with a massive hammer, is incredibly shy, and will often gain blush stickers on his cheeks and begin stammering when he gets nervous. He's also implied to be a Friend to All Children.
  • Graham, the protagonist of Kings Quest (2015), was quite conventionally attractive as a young lad, if a little on the scrawny side, and he had this rather amusing habit of excitedly bouncing around and waving his arms while speculating the awesome properties of some cool things he faces on his adventures, such as that huge impressive-looking scythe in Amaya Blackstone's forge that turns out to be just an overly ornate hedgetrimmer which gets discarded after one use and that strange potion being brewed in the Hobblepot's potion shop which turns out to be tooth-whitening agent... that just turns everything purple unless Graham can get them the right ingredients.
  • A few characters from the Animal Crossing series may count as this: The biggest is Isabelle, your assistant in New Leaf. Always eager to help you out in Mayoral duties, but can be a bit scatterbrained. Blathers the owl is often seen sleeping, but will talk your ear off if you donate something to the museum. He's also terrified of insects. Quite a few of the villagers may also count as some of them, like the Cranky, Snooty or Smug villagers, who try to put on an air of aloofness or crabbiness, but can be real softies once befriended.
  • The best representation for this in Undertale would be Alphys, Asgore's head scientist. She's incredibly awkward and shy, and is very uncomfortable speaking about anything. She's also extremely friendly once she comes out of her shell.