For this Valentine’s Day we count down our flirts and charmers. No matter their gender or success rate, these Casanovas can have our hearts!
10. Zelos Wilder, Tales of Symphonia
The first time we see Zelos Wilder in Tales of Symphonia, his personality becomes immediately clear. He loves the ladies and the ladies love him. He’s not even interested in talking to Lloyd right away, his reason being that Lloyd is a guy—but he has no problem chatting it up with the girls in your party. When you recruit him later, he serves as the game’s comic relief, no doubt in part to his inability to take things seriously and lighthearted banter. To be fair, underneath his skirt-chasing, immature facade lies a complicated past that slowly gets revealed to the player as they play. Without giving anything away, let’s just say that while Zelos may appear to be just a simple Casanova, he’s actually anything but.
9. Syd, Gravity Rush 2
One of Kat’s first friends and allies after waking up in Hekesillve. He plays a large role in the first and second games of the series. In the first game he is a police officer that appreciates Kat’s help in fighting off the Nevi and Alias, even giving her the name “Kat” as her amnesia keeps her from remembering her own. However, it is in Gravity Rush 2 where his charms towards her take the stage. Now away from their home and needing to work to feed themselves, coupled with Syd’s “injury”—more like laziness—means he’s not going to be doing any heavy lifting. Instead, he’ll charm women and get jobs and tasks for Kat to complete instead.
8. Sole Survivor, Fallout 4
Though romance has been somewhat of a small element in previous Fallout games, Fallout 4 is where it got the most attention. It was announced early on before the game’s release that you’d be able to romance most of your companions. As such, your Sole Survivor could, if you wanted them to, leave the spouse’s frozen corpse behind in Vault 111 and find new love in the Commonwealth. Granted, if you’re like me and you don’t want to romance anybody, you don’t have to. Still, the option is there, and it’s nice to know that being cryogenically frozen for over 200 years hasn’t done anything to reduce your romantic appeal. So, if you want to play as the Casanova of the post-apocalypse, you can do so.
7. Don Flamenco, Punch-Out!
Punch-Out!! is filled to the brink with boxers who are essentially a hodgepodge of ethnic stereotypes, and Don Flamenco is no exception. He’s essentially every trope about the Spanish that you can imagine: he fights bulls, likes holding a rose in his teeth, and charms ladies left and right. So, Flamenco has the vanity aspect covered, which makes it feel all the more satisfying to pummel him to the ground as Little Mac, especially when you knock off his toupee and realize that he’s not quite the handsome man you thought he was. This is the type of Casanova whom you knock down from his ivory throne and take his place, and when you re-fight him, he takes on the persona of a sad, mysterious man (possibly to get his ladies back). Then you beat him harder.
6. Prompto Argentum, Final Fantasy XV
At the start of the journey in FFXV, the group of four friends hit the road on their epic journey…and promptly break down on the side of the road. After arriving at the Hammerhead, Prompto quickly falls for the bombshell mechanic Cindy. I guess the city didn’t have much to offer this Casanova. He flirts with Cindy often and when away does make comments about the female of his affection and plans to woo her. That brings upon teasing from his fellow travelers. But she isn’t the only beauty in his sights. He also has eyes for Aranea Highwind. What does it matter that she tried to kill them once? Prompto can overlook the minor offense for such a beauty.