Video games are chock full of masks, helmets and all things worn on the head. The most iconic characters are recognized by their head adornments alone. Here, we present the most iconic headgear ever to grace the pixelated heads of video game characters.
Captain Falcon – F-Zero Series
Captain Falcon is the blue-suited, yellow-booted poster boy of the F-Zero franchise. In F-Zero’s science fiction universe, he is an enigmatic bounty hunter and driver of the rocket-powered Blue Falcon hover car. Equipped with protective headgear resembling a crimson motorcycle helmet and a shady visor that cloaks his eyes, he valiantly races in futuristic circuits. To go along with the Captain’s avian name, a gold falcon insignia is embellished along his helmet’s forehead.
Mario – Super Mario Series
The jumping plumber never leaves the Mushroom Kingdom without his cap. Curiously, the famed red cap bearing Mario’s first initial never seems to fall off as he stomps down on armies of Goombas and Koopas. What’s keeping it on? Why does he wear it? We suspect Mario feels insecure about his male pattern baldness.
Master Chief – Halo Series
Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, the SPARTAN-II commando of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command (thankfully abbreviated to “Master Chief”), is the heroic alien-fighting protagonist of the immensely popular Halo series. His famous olive drab helmet with reflective gold visor permanently obscures the Chief’s face, much to the dismay of curious fans.
Samus Aran – Metroid Series
Samus Aran is the intergalactic bounty hunter protagonist of the Metroid series. Samus’ super-powered red-orange exoskeleton and space helmet may now be iconic, but what lays underneath shocked many players back in the 80s. During the game’s revelatory conclusion, Samus was revealed to be a woman; this likely caused the collective jaws of chauvinistic gamers to drop violently to the floor. The NES’s 8-bit graphics further hid her female visage from behind that helmet’s green visor.
Corvo Attano – Dishonored
The former bodyguard turned preternatural assassin, Corvo Attano, is on a quest to clear his name and avenge the empress he was sworn to protect. As Corvo eliminates his targets, he conceals his identity by wearing a steampunk-inspired robotic skull mask. The frightening mask soon becomes notorious within the town of Dunwall as a symbol of death and terror.
Psycho Mantis – Metal Gear Solid
Psycho Mantis is the code name belonging to the mysterious FOXHOUND operative. The villainous telekinetic wears a gas mask to hide his facial deformities and to deflect reading others humans’ disturbing thoughts. Apparently, Mantis’ mask wasn’t thick enough as he proves during the game’s infamous boss battle. The telepathy causes no small amount of frustration as he “reads your thoughts” through the game controller’s cord.
Majora’s Mask – The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Majora’s mask is no mere inanimate mask, but an evil, sentient being. It latches itself to the nondescript Skull Kid early in the game, which proves to be a real thorn in Link’s side. The mask in question is ironically shaped like a heart with two fiery, piercing eyes and surrounded by spikes—if for no other reason than radiating a more sinister disposition.
Authored by: Nancy Hooper A clerk at a drug store by day, freelance writer by night, Nancy is content to enjoy microwave popcorn and the latest episode of the Walking Dead with her poodle Max. She’ll take that over the life of a high profile starlet any day.
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