There are many ways a video game character can improve their look. For instance, they can put on some stylish shades or wear a shiny suit of armor. Yet, one of the simplest ways a character can look good is by donning a hood. For some reason, hoods seem to make every character look better.
However, they’re not always just a style choice. Some individuals wear hoods to make themselves harder to notice, while for others, it adds to their mysterious personalities. Regardless of their reason for choosing this particular clothing item, the following characters are the best people to have donned one.
8 Merchant (Resident Evil 4)
The role of Resident Evil 4’s Merchant is pretty simple as he serves as a shop for the protagonist Leon Kennedy. He isn’t the deepest of characters, but he’s a memorable one. This is partly because of his unique voice and way of saying things.
His look is also iconic. With the black hood and purple face covering, he clearly wants to hide his identity. And it works, as you never find out anything about this guy throughout the game. This mystique is what makes the character so iconic.
7 Wrench (Watch Dogs Series)
Admittedly, the hood isn’t the most eye-catching part of Wrench’s outfit in the Watch Dogs games. The LED visor across his eyes is the thing everyone notices straight away. However, the hood helps bring the outfit together.
Wrench isn’t just a stylish character, though, as he’s also a very entertaining one. Arguably the best character in the Watch Dogs series, the man is hilarious. Much of his humor comes from his overly excited nature and his wild behavior. And he’s more outgoing than you’d expect from a man who continually hides his face.
6 Garrett (Thief Series)
As Thief is primarily a first-person series, you don’t see too much of protagonist Garrett. Yet, every time you do get a look at him – primarily in promotional material – he is wearing a hood. It’s a good choice for his line of work, as he spends his days creeping around buildings and stealing things. The hood helps conceal his identity and lets him hide better in the shadows.
Garrett isn’t a typical video game hero. In fact, he’s more of an anti-hero. The man has a good heart, but his actions are typically not the noblest. He is a criminal, after all. At least he avoids taking from the poor and doesn’t kill people.
5 Scarecrow (Batman Arkham Series)
There have been several different adaptations of the comic character known as Scarecrow. The one from the Batman Arkham series generally dons a hood. It is a good look for the cruel villain. More than that, though, it makes him look more mysterious and helps hide some of his human features. This lends itself to his goal of striking fear into the hearts of everyone he comes across.
The character is compelling throughout the Arkham series, as the mind games he plays with Batman are fascinating. In fact, outside of The Joker, he may be the best villain in the series.
4 Corvo Attano (Dishonored Series)
You can play through the original Dishonored game without ever knowing what Corvo Attano looks like, as the game uses a first-person viewpoint. Even when you see him in Dishonored 2, you don’t get the proper experience as he’s not in his full getup.
You only get to see him in all his glory through promotional material. And it turns out that he looks awesome as he has an amazing mask and hood combination. His style choice helps him conceal his identity while he goes about his assassin business.
3 Scorpion (Mortal Kombat Series)
Since Mortal Kombat has been around since the ’90s, it’s no surprise that many of its regular cast has gone through plenty of design changes over the years. Scorpion is no different. He has always kept the yellow and black color scheme, but his clothing has often changed.
The man has seemingly never been a fan of showing his hair, though. In the early games, he dons an item of clothing that could be considered a hood, yet it also looks a bit like a skull cap. In recent years, his hood has been more defined. It hasn’t changed his personality, though, as he’s still a gruff badass.
2 Tali’Zorah (Mass Effect Series)
One of the best parts about the Mass Effect games is all the entertaining companions you take on missions. Tali is certainly among the best of them. The talented engineer is funny, quirky, and very likable throughout the series. She also has a good arc that sees her go from a relative child to one of the most important individuals in her species.
Most importantly, though, throughout her adventures, she’s wearing a beautiful hood. This is a part of the fancy suits the Quarians are forced to sport for health reasons. So, it’s unfortunate that she has to wear it, but at least it looks good.
1 Ezio Auditore (Assassin’s Creed Series)
No series is more synonymous with hooded characters than Assassin’s Creed. Almost every protagonist in the series dons a hood due to that being the garment of choice for the Assassin Order. The most iconic of these characters is Ezio Auditore, who features in several entries.
He wears some stunning robes throughout his games, and all of them feature a nice-looking hood. The hood is meant to obscure the man’s face, so he can fulfill his murderous duties without garnering much attention. Alongside having a good dress sense, Ezio is a charming, witty, and noble character who will always be remembered fondly.
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