imadra-blue replied to your post: “Zevran, Isabela, Nathaniel”:only isabela and morrigan are really “my” type. i love fenris and zevran, but not for me. i agree on many of bioware’s issues. i actually kind of hate alistair, sebastian, and cullen. their stories and looks repel me immensely.
Aesthetically pleasing makes a lot of sense. Zevran and Cassandra fall into that category for me, both of them very much so. I ocassaionally joke about being the only active person in Cullen’s fandom who looks at the physical packaging of Cullen and thinks “ehhhh. no… nope. no.” rather than the “hot and sexy” response that seems to drive fandom in general.
I have a number of characters I find aesthetically pleasing, though not sexually, but I’m trying to think if I actually have a reaction similar to yours with Cullen. Hmm. Probably Anders. I really dislike his appearance, especially in Dragon Age 2, but I find him sort of fascinating all the same. I really dislike his DA2 persona, but then, I hated Justice in Awakenings, as it turns out. I did like Anders in Awakening, though. But still kind of nope away from his appearance. However, I suspect I might not like Anders as much as you like Cullen. It’s an interesting and complex reaction. Likely because we’re reacting to something about the characters’ story.
Bioware, Aesthetics, and Unfortunate Coincidences: DA2’s character models so look very different in higher res cut scenes versus when walking around the environs, and the DA2 models look nothing like the DA:O models for the same characters. Anyhow, if one were to take high res cut scene Cullen and race/ethnicity bend this model only by giving him middle olive skin, black hair (keep it short and curly, keep the facial stubble), and darkening the eye color, you literally have a photo of one of my uncles when that uncle was younger. Between that minor little show stopper and my aesthetic disinterest in Bioware’s blond boys… hahahaha. Given a choice, I strongly prefer ginger DA:O Cullen who is far less of a generic blond pretty boy and who looks nothing like a lightened version of a family member I grew up with. ;)
LOL. That’s a good reason to nope away from someone’s appearance. I have a lot of issues with the Dragon Age games and their rendering and models and I just generally dislike a lot of their animations. Isabela and Fenris (and my sexy as hell Hawkes, both of whom were based African models—I almost never play white people) are two of the very few characters who were actually aesthetically pleasing in that game. Most of them made me frowny face a lot. I did like DA2’s Cassandra, but they’ve lightened her in other media, and altered her facial features, and I remain wary.