When The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim came onto the scene, it flipped the script on open-world action role-playing video games. Giving your character the ability to do anything they want results in hours (if not days) worth of questing, crafting, equipping, foraging, home decorating — the list goes on. This is a game is so massive and detailed that it can provide entertainment for just about every gamer type.
While Bethasda's crown jewel sports many hours of detailed action and adventure, Skyrim has also greatly advanced the hotness level of video game characters. Move over Lara Croft and sit down Samus, because even the NPCs here blow the all-time hottest characters out-of-the-water. Not to mention that every character that you interact with has a real and believable personality to go with their rockin' pixelated bod. No other video game characters even come close to this new high standard of stimulation.
No matter your type, Skyrim has all manners of eye candy to be perused. For every ripped Nord female archer, there's a beautiful Breton bard waiting to serenade you away from the main quest to focus on a little side quest. If ogling isn't your thing, you can turn your gaze into something more committed, by refocusing that lustful eye onto a marriage proposal (assuming you have am Amulet of Mara, of course).
To ensure you don't get lost in the vastness that is Skyrim before finding a smoking hot companion, check out this list to lead you to the hottest Skyrim characters.
15 Annekke Crag-Jumper
Annekke Crag-Jumper is Bethesda's attempt at throwing Charlize Theron into Darkwater Crossing to see if you'd notice. After first talking with her, she won't reveal her quest. She may have learned this tactic from Roggi Knot-Beard, who also withholds his quest, or she's just into playing hard-to-get.
Though a stunning vision to be sure, she does have the exact same stats as fellow Darkwater Pass citizen, Derkeethus. That means if things don't work out with Annekke, you still have shot with the Argonian miner down the way.
Lisette is Breton bard is Solitude. You know the old adage to not get caught up with a musician. You'll spend hours stroking her ego by reassuring her that her knowing only three songs is enough to be considered a professional. You know that all of that convincing is just to get to stop playing AT the Winking Skeever and instead, start playing with it.
While Lisette is considered a non-essential character, who often complains that while her pay is not very good, she only needs to be surrounded by friends and good music. Anyone with expectations that low is instantly tempting.
Astrid is the leader of the Dark Brotherhood. You first meet her after she blindfolds, kidnaps, and places you in an abandoned shack, so you know she's a little kinky. If you let Astrid take your (contract killer) virginity, you'll soon find an insatiable want to do it again and again.
After spending some time with Astrid, you learn that she got a taste for murder after killing an uncle who made unwanted advances, so flirt with caution. While Astrid's mysteriousness can be intoxicating, she does have a jealous streak which becomes obvious after the Dragonborn is chosen to be the Night Mother's Listener. She is a rare woman in that being you're a good listener makes her angry.
Muiri is a Breton apothecary's assistant in Markarth. She contacts the Dark Brotherhood to exact revenge on Alain Dufront, the guy that ruined her life, so you know she's passionate. Her allure is further displayed by her planning for the act by concocting two bottles of special poison. Putting that much thought into a special occasion is rather bewitching.
She is asked to brew The Stallion's Potion for Raerek who, through inference, appears to be suffering from impotency or lack of endurance in bed. You know you've found someone special with a high capacity for intimacy when they not only don't laugh at you but spend time on creating a fantasy-version of Viagra.
11 Aela The Huntress
Conveniently, one of the first hottest characters that you encounter in Whiterun is Aela. She's a Nord werewolf, thief and a member of The Companions. In short, she's a triple threat. She resides in Jorrvaskr, a mead hall, with ten other characters. This is either an ancient Fighter's Guild or steamy season of The Real World.
Normally a communicable disease is a major turn off, but Aela not only makes it work, she can't help but seduce the Dragonborn into contracting lycanthropy. The thought of ripping apart livestock on the countryside alongside Aela will well be worth the torturous pain brought on by your werewolf transformation.
Alva is a sexy Nord vampire who wanders the streets of Morthal preying on townsfolk. It's not a terrible way to go if it means swapping fluids with Alva as she slides out those semi-rare Tavern Clothes.
While her physical beauty is obvious, there are some drawbacks to Alva's appeal. One con is that she's currently in a relationship with the widower Hroggar, where she seemingly acts as his dominatrix. And she holds a flame...err, a stake in his heart. Meanwhile, she pines for her nasty ex-boyfriend and master vampire, Movarth. If those aren't turn-offs, then sleeping over at her place will be. A coffin is no place to get jiggy.
Lydia is a Nord housecarl bequeathed unto the Dragonborn after being promoted to Thane of Whiterun. Lydia is above all else loyal, and there is little else more desirable than being desired. She often reminds you that she is sworn to carry your burdens, but your mind wanders and can't help to think if she can really handle any load. After having her carry 27 sets of dragon bones, you know she can indeed.
Lydia also promises to protect you with her life which at first seems like a huge romantic gesture until you realize that she seems to have a death wish and will run into absolutely every frey, whether you were in danger or not. She's the perfect masochist fit to your sadist.
8 Camilla Valerius
Camilla is an Imperial pawnbroker who lives in Riverwood, where she's the focus of two supposed suitors, Faendal & Sven. It's incredibly attractive to see people fight over the apple of your eye. The most alluring aspect of Camilla's personality is her need for trust. During a quest, there is an option to either lie to her or tell the truth. If you're honest with her, you'll win her love... and avoid having her send hired thugs to kill you. That's a big Win-Win! Camilla is also known to flirt with the Dragonborn if your character is male. It's a major turn on when someone is so in touch with their desires.
7 Every Khajiit
The Khajiit are one of the ten default playable races and a beast race in Skyrim. An attraction to one of these agile and stealthy creatures shows an appreciation for a non-classic beauty. The Khajiit are known for their love of skooma, an illegal narcotic, so they are literal party animals.
The Khajiit are indeed feisty as they disdain weapons in favor of their natural claws. Meow! They are the living embodiment of The Island of Doctor Moreau, which is a dream come true for a lot of star-crossed lovers. The sultry sensibilities of a half-cat humanoid goes a long way — no kidding, these creatures are alluring.
Karliah is a Dunmer thief who the Dragonborn meets after the quest Speaking With Silence, and you know that nonverbal communication is the most sensual way to communicate. She's also a member of the Nightingales, who are sworn to protect the shrines of Nocturnal, which means she can go all night long.
Karliah was trained in the art of thievery by her mother thus proving that filching does run in the family. She's also rumored to be a descendant of Indoril Nerevar who was a Dunmer saint, and like anyone related to someone ultra religious, she's likely ultra naughty.
Karliah is the only Dunmer in Skyrim whose eyes are violet. If eyes are the window to the soul, then Karliah's soul is fun and flirty and, as with most thieves, filled with murder and mystery. How risqué!
5 Erik The Slayer
Erik the Slayer is a Nord who works as a farmer in Rorikstead, but secretly dreams of a life of adventure. His story sounds like the beginning of every romance novel and his appearance looks like the cover of every romance novel. This is Skyrim's version of Fabio.
While your wandering mind might come up with a few ways that someone can earn a nickname like that, Erik receives it after divulging his want for adventure. After becoming a follower to the Dragonborn, Erik sets himself apart by being the most vocal of companions, which is somewhat alluring if you consider details accounts of defeated enemies as 'dirty talk.'
Admittedly, he is a little dumb. His default equipment includes heavy armor of which he cannot use. But any amount of stupidity can be ignored if the view is pretty enough. Look at those biceps!
Farkas is a Nord member of The Companions and a werewolf. If that didn't tip you off that Karkas is a bad boy, him rockin' some permanent eye shadow will. He and his twin brother Vilkas were raised at Jorrvaskr after being rescued from a circle of necromancers, so you know he's seen some freaky stuff and won't flinch at anything you have in mind.
He's said to be one of the youngest members to ever join The Companions, and that level of ambition can't help but work as an aphrodisiac. He's also a giver. He can train the Dragonborn in Heavy Armor up to level 90 even though he has a comparatively low level in it himself.
A Nord woman who works at the Silver-Blood Inn under her mother and father. Upon first glance, you'll see that Hroki can really fill a corset, but careful brave adventurer, because she's the only adult Skyrim character with the “child” classification which likely means she's a teenager. Remember: the difference between 17 and 18 is a prison sentence.
Hroki can often be found in the market of Markarth bickering with vendors, so it should be no surprise that her name in Icelandic means "arrogance." A frequent focus of her ire is the food vendor, Hogni Red-Arm, who sells cuts of meat. After fighting with the butcher, anyone would want to 'work out' some stress.
Sheogorath is the Deadric Prince of Madness. An avid appreciator of rest, when you first meet Sheogorath he's on vacation in a pretty sweet penthouse set up in Pelagius the III's mind.
After helping Sheogorath get back to the Shivering Isles, he rewards you with the Wabbajack staff which can transform a creature into something else. Be careful when you fall for someone who makes you feel like a different person. It's likely an unhealthy relationship.
He has a curious obsession with cheese, so if Sheogorath finds you as attractive as you find him, you can take him out to the Olive Garden where he can have never-ending Parmesan grated onto his pasta.
Alduin is the primary draconic antagonist of Skyrim, so you know he loves attention. Often referred to as the creator and the destroyer, he'll ensure the end of times isn't the only thing coming.
Alduin is first seen at the very beginning of the game, where he indirectly and ironically saves the Dragonborn who will eventually be his downfall. An introduction so cute it almost rival Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in Notting Hill.
Additionally, Alduin is equipped with many magical powers bestowed unto dragon kind, like breathing fire, so he is the only member of this list that is literally hot.