THE WORST GAME CHARACTER TROPES [video game design pet peeves] 

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Hey gamers, today I wanted to talk about some character design trends in video games that really bother me!!! Mostly extremely specific niche things tbh. Let me know if you have anything like that in games that for some reason just ruffles your feathers!
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LavenderTowne پیش 4 ماه
ok guys let's all post our most favorite and least favorite character designs here:
Humanoid19 پیش 3 روز
Ideal elfy video game protagonist: Link. far as I know, he doesn't fit any of these.
Monch پیش 3 روز
I hate Ones with TOO MUCH Colour I mean they look like Cotton Candy I love Kick-ass you characters
Queso Playz
Queso Playz پیش 10 روز
I like the character designs from Horizon Zero Dawn. And also from Marvel movies and games, the elves don't look so pointy.
Breakfast Time
Breakfast Time پیش 14 روز
The femme fatale and the bearded bad boy.
Prepare Your Brainus
Prepare Your Brainus پیش 23 روز
I agree with the short brown haired dad and terrifying elves so much. The weird, stretched elves actually make me think of Dracula in the Castlevania anime. I mainly agree on the elves because I a problem with having elves and dwarves and all the other generic races in the first place and it feels mundane on top that style of elf being fucking ugly. It's supposed to be fantasy, I want to see fantastic races. Less elves and dwarves that look like someone ripped off Tolkein then made a horrific monstrosity in the character creator as a joke and more avali, sligs, hanar and gnomes (yes I know two of those are science fiction races and one is arguably science fantasy at best).
Spudze Malone
Spudze Malone پیش 8 ساعت
I HATE how they design elves in video games it hurts my soul
Z_Stitch4297 پیش 2 روز
i love coming back to this video now and then and before i was ok with the whole face tracking for certain games, but now it's become a 'spot the cameo' game and that kills immersion so quick i hate it
ElvinGearMaster Irma
ElvinGearMaster Irma پیش 3 روز
To be fair, elves and sidhe are _meant_ to be terrifying originally. The fae are not nice. And frankly, them being so slender and tall? Would be god damn horrifying.
zarahlmao پیش 3 روز
one that i love is the fat old italian baker, they’re adorable and i love them so much
Captain Jotunheim
Captain Jotunheim پیش 3 روز
Ok hear me out- her elf guy is played by Jason Isaacs
Enter Name
Enter Name پیش 3 روز
Goro majima
Vixencaw پیش 3 روز
100% agree that there should be more pretty guys!
djinntrouble پیش 3 روز
THE MEDIEVAL SEPHORA LADY. When female characters appear with a fully beat face and a smokey eye it just takes me out of the whole fantasy world instantly. Its so annoying.
Aequus پیش 4 روز
No, I definitely agree with the one about elves.. xDD It always bothered me too x'DD
caitlin whitfield
caitlin whitfield پیش 4 روز
Thats one of my biggest problems with 'photo realistic' cgi is that its always going to age badly but other games or full cgi movies still look good because of how they are styled
panakin skywalker
panakin skywalker پیش 4 روز
when u pulled up that jennifer lawrence photo i lost my shit gafegsdfgad
꧁Melcyo_ Yuji꧂
꧁Melcyo_ Yuji꧂ پیش 6 روز
I see a Pico-
Yue پیش 8 روز
OK but why does the last elf design looks like Aaravos from the dragon prince 😂😂
Void_Walker20 پیش 9 روز
Yesss, the elf thing really gets me. I was also a reader of fantasy and when I got the Elder scrolls Skyrim I was very disappointed with the elves. (I got mods though so they look a bit better now)
demonic pupper
demonic pupper پیش 11 روز
*holds up le elf* here is my weapon Person: sir, that is an elf- Me: *le cuts them with le elf* weapon >:D
Lacy Clark
Lacy Clark پیش 11 روز
Oooohhhh sooooo accurate
Jessie Morgan
Jessie Morgan پیش 11 روز
Thank you, I hate the elf design too. It just feels so wrong, even though I know you already said that. I prefer them more like in the LOTR movies, where they're taller, and more graceful looking, but for the most part appear human. To have them with such an unnatural seeming skin color wouldn't even bother me if not for their features, which just don't sit right.
Minecraft Madison
Minecraft Madison پیش 12 روز
6:25 tf lol
Goofus DestroyerOfWorlds
Goofus DestroyerOfWorlds پیش 12 روز
My dad is the embodiment of the look of the Brown-Hair-Dad-Guy xD Seriously, just give your design some glasses, a red t-shirt, and some broader shoulders, and it'll become the only good looking cartoon version of him in the world! xD
Breakfast Time
Breakfast Time پیش 14 روز
do you realise that a bunch of animated elves literally have that crown thingy UNDER their hair? Like the hair is a wig and they just snapped the crown u n d e r the whole thing.
Freja KL
Freja KL پیش 14 روز
Blood elf dudes in wow are flamboyant dudes
Hetty Nadin
Hetty Nadin پیش 15 روز
Minor spoiler warning?? 0:24 ah yes. Arthur Morgan, of Read dead redemption 2. let's just say we're acquainted. (apparently he's the main character for 90% of the game, gets tuberculosis and betrayal and suddenly your playing as the same guy a few years later but with a greyscale colour scheme)
Savannah پیش 17 روز
Omg the elf thi g bothers me a lot too! I'm happy I wasn't the only one.
Umaru Chan
Umaru Chan پیش 17 روز
I’m sorry when she photo shopped the faces on to her character I died
Caspian Odinsson
Caspian Odinsson پیش 17 روز
On one hand, Medieval Sephora Lady is a tired design and it's generally annoying, but on the other hand I make my Skyrim character look borderline like an E-girl. I might be a bit of a hypocrite.
Some one Else here
Some one Else here پیش 21 روز
You actually just drew my dad in the first one
m u s h r o o m
m u s h r o o m پیش 21 روز
What i hate about video game characters is that sometimes the woman's armor would show a lot of skin. Like i understand that they want the woman to represent a hardcore bad ass but even so they should at least give them full on armor and not just a barely covering skin costume.
Roobun پیش 21 روز
megamind's really gone downhill
I C پیش 22 روز
the annoying tutorial mascot annoys me so much.
I C پیش 22 روز
Woooow the make up thing I never even noticed but it's so true!
GhostyGummy پیش 23 روز
Maria پیش 26 روز
I always hate how a videogame badass chick who's like a military specialist or something always has to be made sexier than her male counterparts. She gets tighter uniforms and stuff
Tolerable Empress Bulblax
Tolerable Empress Bulblax پیش 26 روز
god i fucking hate the generic hyper realistic face scanning triple a style so much i can't even make a joke about it
ArmaBiologica35 پیش 26 روز
1.- The cutesy platformer mascot that's obviously designed for merchandise. 2.- The edgy JRPG protagonist with BDSM wear. 3.- Characters that use bright eyebleeding colors in a first person shooter. 4.- The boss character that has an obvious weakpoint. 5.- The generic alien military grunts. 6.- The edgy rival character that´s a reflection of the protagonist. 1.-The tough as nails, badass, wisecracking 90´s FPS protagonist. 2.-The strong, beautiful but not overly sexualized female lead. 3.-The cosmic horror inspired final boss. 4.- The lonewolf fantasy action adventure protagonist that fights against all odds.
eggs or niko ;p
eggs or niko ;p پیش 26 روز
i’ve wondered; why doesn’t the brown hair dad guy teach whoever they’re extremely protective of how to do self-defense? like, you have experience from military or police work, mr. angsty??
Zixty_7 پیش 20 روز
Game Producers: I'm just gonna pretend i didn't see that.
CHIA YANG YIE Moe پیش 27 روز
she just went all bernadette banner on the second one
Psychotic leverage
Psychotic leverage پیش 27 روز
Morgana, Arthur's ghost
Morgana, Arthur's ghost پیش 28 روز
*i love your elf*
Picked Bread Productions
Picked Bread Productions پیش 28 روز
I hate that there's usually some really sexy lady with a gun, a black ponytail, a crop-top, short-shorts, and an angry expression.
Samwise The Brave
Samwise The Brave پیش 28 روز
When you were making the elf I was just imaging Legolas as that scary
Celtic and Penobscot
Celtic and Penobscot پیش 29 روز
You're right on about all of these tropes, but my favorite critique is of the elf designs. WHY make supposedly decent-looking characters look bizarre?!
Eggy Love333
Eggy Love333 پیش 29 روز
I have a huge pet peeve regarding armor. For men it is fairly protective and looks like if push came to shove, it gets the job of armor done. For women it has boobs out or breastplates that make their chest look huge with holes all over the body showing all sort of skin (thighs, shoulders, etc). I think it’s tacky sacrifice the logical function of something in a game for the sake of sex appeal.
Azur_Undertale پیش 29 روز
Lavender Towne : **talking about the dark unsatureted clothles, dark ou brown short hair** **Link as left the t'chat**
Miss Midnight
Miss Midnight پیش ماه
Dhfdvjyfvjjfg پیش ماه
Wait but what about the hot elf in gravity falls he's not pointy and blue :]
rowshonara lovely
rowshonara lovely پیش ماه
For the brown haired dad guy, someone in his family or someone he loved has passed away so he's doing the mission of whatever because of them-
Ivy :D
Ivy :D پیش ماه
AGREE 100% ON THE ELVES. If you want to see amazing elf designs watch the dragon prince (it isnt a video game) but the elf designs are AMAZING
Lonk :3
Lonk :3 پیش ماه
Actually what lavender towne just described is literally an elf. Elfs are said to be very attractive and beautiful with pointy ears
Swag Loser :]
Swag Loser :] پیش ماه
I think every RPG adventure game has that dude that’s rlly tall and strong with brown hair and a brown beard
drjoshfox پیش ماه
Urghhh, I hate the gross lumpy faced giant head elves from Elder Scrolls
Tøxictraits پیش ماه
Minecraft Steve: *laughs in blocky version of first dude*
inkie پیش ماه
lavendertowne just told aaa games to go vtuber mode lmao (i support her)
Matthew Lamb
Matthew Lamb پیش ماه
I understand your irritation with the first cliche you did. But as someone with daddy issues I love the Tired Dad™ cliche lmao
Ampersandcastle پیش ماه
Your sharp blue elf is Lotor from V*ltron lmao
Jay Jay
Jay Jay پیش ماه
Sobby Bobby
Sobby Bobby پیش ماه
You dont know why every game protagonist looks the same? Because...people can project on that?
Hailey Miller
Hailey Miller پیش ماه
i see that nobody is mentioning how she put real peoples faces on face acting and i am disgusted with you all (jk love) for the elves bit i like how theyre enlongated/sharpened depending on the scenario; in a game its nice if theres some enlongation as long as youre not confusing thier king with Slendey, but in maybe ancient paintings of them from humans in the game, i think its pretty if theyre lengtheh and sharp, but also with nice curved lines between the edges-- curves also keep it away from Slendey
Edith Cambri
Edith Cambri پیش ماه
I dont know if you still do that series wen you turn cute craters in to monsters but if you still do the can you turn into a monster? (True is a show on Netflix, just such Turn and a blue haired girl should appear.watch the show it is good.)
Rose De Dax
Rose De Dax پیش ماه
Lmao Arthur Morgan
yYSilverFoxYy پیش ماه
Mads Mikkelsen is pretty much the definition of uncanny valley in his live villain roles too, it’s not just the animation.
yYSilverFoxYy پیش ماه
I honestly wanna complain about the brown hair dad guy trope, but unfortunately they are exactly my type. If only this guy was as common in real life as in video games...😩💔
Dream Chaser the wolfchild
Elves and vampires.
dorkinabubble777 Eh
dorkinabubble777 Eh پیش ماه
Rose cloud tube
Rose cloud tube پیش ماه
Yep agree with you
An Asshole
An Asshole پیش ماه
I really don't like that first trope, but I mean... Booker Dewitt, hit me up ;)
random amalgamation
random amalgamation پیش ماه
lavendertowne: draws the pointy elf guy me: oh crap she just drew denathrius
xxBOJOMANxx پیش ماه
Finally, somebody shares my hate for gross elves
Zixty_7 پیش 2 ماه
Alt title for the elves in this vid: greasy hair triangle man
Papersak پیش 2 ماه
Nooo I just played Beyond Two Souls like 5 months ago and thought it was really pretty 😂 and I thought Polar Express got me to hate motion capture. But I may have been mesmerized by the effects in the game a bit.
ShimmeringSno پیش 2 ماه
Thank gosh Link has gotten recongized.... I'm just looking for validation tbh
meeper moppers
meeper moppers پیش 2 ماه
I LOVE how she uses yakuza as an example for good designs. Even though most of them are realistic and wear suits they all manage to be distinct and carry symbolism
Cloudine :3
Cloudine :3 پیش 2 ماه
8:47 ah i remember playing Divinity and my first reaction being „t o l t r e e” or „they look like someone stretch them up in Paint lol”
Yuen Q.
Yuen Q. پیش 2 ماه
Triss and Yen are VIP member at Sephora LMAO Tbf it's all magic and canon in the books that sorceresses use makeup to make themselves more beautiful. On the one side I get that it can look jarring in the game bc it's obv modern makeup but on the other hand what choice do u have as a char designer if u need to give characters make up in a medieval fantasy world? Sure u could come up with some creative and unconventional stuff but it still needs to be pleasing to the modern audience so we actually BELIEVE they are super beautiful and don't go 'oh I guess those are the beauty standards for them in the world??? Looks funny but ok" Buuut this argument only stands as far as sorceresses go and doesn't explain why some normal and peasant women also wear make up lmao Also agree on the elf thing!! I would have LOVED to play elves in Divinity Original Sin 2 BUT THEY LOOK SOOOO CREEPY; I CAAANT T_T
John Guistwhite
John Guistwhite پیش 2 ماه
Isn't the first trope just most of Pedro Pascal's movie roles?
LarryTheMiddleFinger پیش 2 ماه
Zan Slart
Zan Slart پیش 2 ماه
Kingdom Come is great if you want a more realistic medieval setting
SCP_363 پیش 2 ماه
Dangranopa protags: am I a joke to you?
boo پیش 2 ماه
i admit i dislike the main trope a lot, i wish there were a lot more different ones. but my man joel from tlou? ouch that hurt, i feel he’s a lot more descriptive underneath but yeah, he fits into it at first.
Leman dönmez
Leman dönmez پیش 2 ماه
Sorry, but I love Skyrim elves. They are not pretty and ethereal. They are ugly, weird, inhuman. Also in elder scrolls lore elves are not physically strong. Especially altmers are the physically weakest race yet they are the tallest. Magic is associated with intelligence in the lore and elven races are the far better in magic. Having huge foreheads creates that illusion quite well. Also their physical attributes are evolved accordingly to their gods’ whims. So there are a lot to dig about their lore and the reflection of the lore on character design. Moral of the story: protect the ugliness of Skyrim elves
Thug life Yaoyurozu
Thug life Yaoyurozu پیش 2 ماه
6:07 is that pose supposed to reference the lil nas x concert-
Lady Lynx
Lady Lynx پیش 2 ماه
Solution for the elves problem: Inspiring their looks in indigenous/asian races. [✓] Slightly androgenous [✓] Somewhat "streched" face features [✓] Not uncanny [✓] Freaking beautiful
Eriya Patison
Eriya Patison پیش 2 ماه
In Skyrim my issue is that the wood elves are yellow and the dark elves are blue
•ScarletLight• پیش 2 ماه
Well originally elves WERE monsters, with the whole stealing your babies and playing with your organs thing
Amrita Guha
Amrita Guha پیش 2 ماه
Yennerfer: has severely crooked jaw Me, a girl with a crooked jaw: oh wow :D an important character that has physical def-- Yennefer: sike * becomes model * Me:... No seriously this disappointed me so much akskdkdkdkd I was just. I was glad to have an "ugly" girl and then
TeoGPanda پیش 2 ماه
Pet peeve: when men in video games are ugly and wear full suits of armor and then the girls all have the same pretty face with an hourglass figure and a steel bikini (The steel bikini term is taken from another comment but I thought it fit it perfectly lol) that barely cover them up. This is especially infuriating as a person attracted to guys. Like either give the women actual armor that could feasibly protect them in battle or if you refuse to let go of the steel bikini then at least have the balls to make the men hot and put _them_ in skimpy outfits too!
TeoGPanda پیش 2 ماه
Lisa Schonach Yessss
Lisa Schonach
Lisa Schonach پیش 2 ماه
Give men in video games steel speedos
PirateNerd Z
PirateNerd Z پیش 2 ماه
"would really love to see a medieval game where the beauty standards are set in that time period" *Skyrim: exists*
desu38 پیش 2 ماه
I have to disagree with the last one. Like, if your elves aren't alien looking, don't even bother adding them to your setting.
prince apoopoo
prince apoopoo پیش 2 ماه
I don't mind the "weird" elf designs so much, actually, and honestly I've seen the "pretty" elf characters a lot more. I DO think the graphics and rendering of such characters could be improved majorly, but the designs themselves come across as strange and unusual, instead of just a human with perfect genetics and pointy ears.
Dorkfishie پیش 2 ماه
Is nobody gonna talk about how LavenderTowne stylized "The Celeb Face”? 7:38
m o n o c h r o m e
m o n o c h r o m e پیش 2 ماه
at least I realized that Haley can't draw guns
Wednesday Tear
Wednesday Tear پیش 2 ماه
the elf thing bugs me so mucchhhhhhhhh
Robie Wynes
Robie Wynes پیش 2 ماه
giiiiiiiirl. If you wanna see pretty elves, play Balder's Gate 3. FANTASTIC GAME!!!
Neo Politan
Neo Politan پیش 2 ماه
The first character looks like alternate universe Makoto, and I don’t like it. Then again, his final design is adorable so that has to do with it
SijjvraVisz پیش 2 ماه
........you did not just insult Arthur Morgan I hope. Not only was he one of the most well-written protagonists in video game history, you could give him a makeover :D he didn't have to be the scruffy-chin scruffy-hair guy if you didn't want him to. Also, Dunmer are awesome -because- they're ugly. Sometimes, it's fun to have less than cutesy/perfect characters. It's fine if elves are scary or ugly. Really, it is.
Star Shooter
Star Shooter پیش 3 ماه
0:20 Why you do Booker like that 😗 But he is kinda the generic brown haired dad guy tho...
one of many
one of many پیش 3 ماه
Hey man dont dis my guy Arthur morgan
Pony Luvr
Pony Luvr پیش 3 ماه
2:39 The Mandalorian is both
Cassie Rose
Cassie Rose پیش 2 ماه
the difference is he has a good character design
Cats Are Cute
Cats Are Cute پیش 3 ماه
shady YT
shady YT پیش 3 ماه
the day this was uploaded it was my birthday! i shall treat this as a gift!! so thank lavender towne!
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