Worst game character makeovers of all time

We name the fugliest game character makeovers of all time!

  • #6: Lara Croft

    “B-Cups" introduced in Tomb Raider Legend

    To prove that Tomb Raider's iconic female archaeologist is more than just a top heavy Englishwoman in hiking boots, the series' developers forced their lovely protagonist to undergo a drastic surgical procedure. In Tomb Raider Legend, Lara emerged equipped with what could be compared to tangerines in place of what was once more akin to honeydews. But the game was good, and that's all that matters... right?
  • #4: Simon Belmont

    "Sexy Simon Belmont" introduced in Castlevania Chronicles

    Once upon a time, Simon Belmont wore Viking-style garb that was clearly inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian. After the classic sidescroller was remade in 2001 with Castlevania Chronicles, Mr. Belmont's wardrobe was replaced by soft black fur, dyed red hair, and f' me boots, making the man look more like a genderless hooker than Dracula's slayer.
  • #3: Mega Man

    "Helmet-Less Mega Man" introduced in Mega Man Legends

    While not as ugly as Bomberman's hellish transformation, Mega Man's new look in Mega Man Legends for the PlayStation was pretty stupid looking. Who did they think they were kidding? Mega Man without his helmet on is like spaghetti without sauce — it just doesn't work, and to make matters worse, it turned out that the man in blue was sporting hair inspired by The Fonz under than helmet of his this whole time. Do us all a favour Mega Man and keep your goddamn helmet on.
  • #1: Bomberman

    "Evil Bomberman" introduced in Bomberman: Act Zero

    In 2006, the creators of the almost profanely bad Bomberman: Act Zero woke up and decided to take their charming little mouthless hero in a white helmet and transform him into terrifying metallic killer with huge Freddy Krueger-like claws. Yeah, great idea, right?

    But you know what? It's a good thing Bomberman: Act Zero tanked and didn't inspire a trend. What would be next, a Mafioso Mario packing a silenced .22? It may seem far fetched, but make no mistake, the day evil Bomberman was born was a dark day in gaming, and like Dr. Frankenstein bringing his hideous creation to life only to discover the enormity of his mistake, so was the day Bomberman's evil doppelganger was born.
  • #8: Solid Snake

    "The Mullet" introduced in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

    From Metal Gear Solid to Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, you won't notice a vast difference in the evolution of the series' raspy-voiced protagonist. A little more stubble here, a few more creases on the skin there, but wait.

    Upon closer inspection you'll notice that the only real change made to Solid Snake in MGS2 is that he now donned the dreaded mullet. And while Snake's Alabama rat's nest isn't as defined as, say that of Billy Ray Cyrus', it's still scary enough to see him with this attached to his head. To quote the late musician Wesley Willis: cut the mullet!
  • #7: Link

    "Toon Link" introduced in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was, and still is, a great game. Nobody's disputing that here. And while everyone's favourite Hyrulian in white tights has never been a character you could accurately describe as "manly," the cartoonisation of Link felt like the hero was emasculated just a bit too much. In fact, it took just many a gamer some time to get used to Link's new somewhat deformed look. [You're wrong. Wind Waker Link is the BEST Link ever! -- Ed.]
  • #5: Sub-Zero

    "Mask-Less Sub-Zero" introduced in Mortal Kombat 3

    The trade-off: a sleek blue and black Ninja fit in exchange for no mask, greasy slicked back hair, and the world's largest suspenders.

    One thing was for sure, Sub-Zero's new look in Mortal Kombat 3 made the decision of picking between playing as him and Scorpion that much easier. And what's with that red smear across his entire face? Since when did human flesh scar that way?
  • #2: Crash Bandicoot

    "Punk Crash" introduced in Crash of the Titans

    Crash Bandicoot's Hot Topic/fat Goth chick belt, dual tribal tattoo sleeves, and new punk hairdo ensemble is only slightly more tasteful then getting Swastikas carved into your forehead.

    We can see the reasoning behind this change: nobody really cares about the Australian game protagonist anymore, so a hardened, punk rock edge might be just what the marsupial would need to reboot the series and reclaim Crash's popularity. Unfortunately, like that 50-year-old dude who hangs out at Tattoo shops with his bad tattoos and a Good Charlotte haircut unsuitable for a man of his age, Punk Crash couldn't be further from "cool."
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