If you clicked on this article, you must have at the very least some passing interest in the world of furries, or at worst an all-out obsession with any character that shows the slightest hint of animalistic traits. If it’s the former, you’ll be happy to know that we’ll be appeasing your palate in this article with a bunch of characters that even newcomers to the furry fandom will find cool-as-can-be, with the majority of them simply looking like slightly enhanced humans. If it’s the latter, you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve thrown one or two all-out furries in there as well just to keep you interested.
If, like me, you’re new to this whole thing, then let’s look at some of the history behind this trend, to see just why the heck these human/animal hybrids exist in the first place. Still, bear in mind that the reasons for you being drawn to them will require a lot more soul-searching. Furries are anthropomorphic animal characters with human personas and characteristics, most of which exhibit human intelligence, language and movement skills. The movement actually started back in 1980, with the introduction of Steve Gallacci’s Albedo Anthropomorphics, a comic book anthology which featured furries, and the first one designed for a grown-up audience. Since then, the movement has taken off with hundreds of websites devoted to the furry fandom and entire conventions set up to celebrate its series.
It’s an incredibly bizarre trend, and not one that I can pretend to understand in its entirety. But after seeing some of the entries on this list (especially number #19), I have to say I’m coming around. Let’s get started!
20 Fran (Final Fantasy XII)
I never thought someone would be able to do it, but Square Enix legitimately made bunnies attractive with Final Fantasy XII’s Fran. A member of the Viera fulfills the role not only of weird animal/human hybrid in the game, but also an adept mechanic, archer, and love interest to Balthier.
That said, she’s can't be that comfortable in such provocative clothing, walking around all day must be a challenge (and cold!), heck high-heels alone are a nightmare. Her tall and slender figure is only offset by her bunny ears and the fact she has red eyes, which is more than a little creepy. She’s basically the closest thing to a real-life Playboy bunny you can get, which is simultaneously awesome and super strange to think about.
19 Cheetara (Thundercats)
We should preface this one by saying that Cheetara generally isn’t depicted with a tail, although some versions of the character do have one. Even so, she’s probably many people’s first introduction to the weirdness of human/animal hybrids which makes her worth including. Cheetara is a Thunderian, which explains the abundance of leopard-like spots all over her body and hair. When her planet was destroyed, she moved to a new home on Third Earth to rebuild with her fellow Thundercats.
This is a weird one because Cheetara is totally jaw-dropping even with her leopard spots, which aren’t enough to detract from her other assets. The fact she’ll occasionally walk around in her birthday suit doesn’t help either. Is it bad I wouldn’t say no?
18 Catwoman (Batman)
Everyone knows that Catwoman wears a catsuit while in disguise, but she may not be the first person to jump to mind when you mention furries. That said, she’s had her own flirtations with fur. During the run of Batman: The Animated Series, Catwoman at one point meets up with Dr. Dorian, an evil scientist type who is obsessed with fusing human and animal characteristics.
Catwoman is unlucky enough to be fused with a creepy cat, but she only stays that way for an episode. Luckily, Batman steps in to save the day and Catwoman finds a remedy to return her to her true human form. Given how creepy she looked with real-life fur, I can’t say I’m too sad to see the return of the leather.
17 Holo (Spice And Wolf)
Spice and Wolf isn’t a huge franchise in the western world, but it's a big series in Japan which consists of manga, anime and video games. Part of the reason it never took off in the west is probably because of its strange plot, which follows a 25-year-old traveling merchant teaming up with a 600-year-old wolf deity in order to deliver her safely back to her homeland.
Holo is the wolf deity in question, and we're super uncomfortable about how attractive she is — not only because of the fact that she has a tail, but also because she masquerades as a fifteen-year-old girl. Naturally, the two lead characters fall in love, but we can't help but question why a 25-year-old is dating someone ten years younger than him.
16 Berri (Conker’s Bad Fur Day)
With the addition of Conker’s Bad Fur Day’s Berri, we’re now officially in furry territory. Berri is quite clearly a character that's meant to provoke, judging by her costume which consists basically of a gym uniform and trainers.
But I’m ashamed to say that for me personally, it truly is Berri’s personality that makes her jaw-dropping. Conker’s Bad Fur Day was a game released back in 2001, and back then in elementary school fart jokes, toilet humour, and alcoholism really were all the rage. Berri represented the kind of cool, stunning girl — even in modern-day replays of the game she’s still the perfect girlfriend every guy wants. Apart from the fact that she’s a squirrel, of course.
15 Jibril (No Game No Life)
We might be cheating a little bit with this one, because Jibril doesn’t actually appear in any video games - so far. That said, she does appear in No Game No Life, an anime and manga series in which she's a character inside a fictional video game, so by a weird twist she can still make this list.
Jibril is a part of the fictional Flügel race. If you need any clues as to where her design inspiration comes from, consider that this word translates to "angel" in German, and that her name is inspired by the name Gabriel. As such, she has a nice set of wings and, naturally, a small tail that’s barely visible from the front. To be honest, I’d probably be happy to deal with a tail if it meant getting to date an angel.
14 Felicia (Darkstalkers)
Felicia is a character from Capcom's Darkstalkers series of games, a fighting arcade game which follows essentially the same formula as their uber-successful Street Fighter series. A Catwoman, Felicia is regularly discriminated against in the series for her race, but she doesn’t let that stop her optimistic go-getter personality or her dreams of becoming a popstar.
Sadly, Felicia also has several feline characteristics, none of which I think I'd be willing to deal with. She has a pair of headband like cat ears and rather large paws with no opposable thumbs, which can't be helpful when trying to do simple things like brushing your teeth. Worst of all, she also has a tail which is not only creepy but which also covers some of her best assets. Bye, Felicia!
13 Candy Kong (Donkey Kong)
Candy Kong was the first female character in the Donkey Kong series, and as such she pretty much just takes on the stereotypical characteristics of every female ever. To differentiate her from her male Kong counterparts, Candy has long blonde hair, pouty lips, an absurdly curvy body and even blue eyeshadow. It’s no wonder Donkey Kong fell in love with her!
It's a good thing he did too, because despite all of Nintendo and Rare's attempts to make Candy attractive, I just can’t see the appeal with this one. I think it has something to do with the fact her face is two different colours and that she seems to have a detachable jaw. Still, there’s a lot of questionable fan art out there featuring Candy, so I guess she’s working for someone!
12 Fonfon (Lightning Warrior Raidy)
Lightning Warrior Raidy is the kind of game that could only be made in Japan. A pretty typical dungeon crawler, the game will occasionally interlude in order to show entire scenes of graphic novels, which in this case 99% of the time relate to lesbian encounters. There's a plot, too, which consists of the main character Raidy attempting to save women who are being abducted from a village and imprisoned in a tower - but is anyone actually playing this game for the story?
Fonfon is one of the main characters in the game, so it's safe to say she gets "intimate" with pretty much every other female character. Uniquely, though, she’s one of the only characters with a tail and tribal tattoos, which sets her apart from the other desperate characters running around the game world.
11 Gardevoir (Pokémon)
Maybe it's weird to include a Pokémon on a list of weirdly attractive video game characters, but if you've seen certain fan art creations of Gardevoir, I don't think you'll be surprised. When the Pokémon was first introduced in Generation III, there was little to distinguish this Pyschic type from any other newly introduced character. Over time, however, Gardevoir built up quite the reputation online, where fan artists fell in love with its feminine mystique and alluring eyes (I can’t believe I just wrote that either).
Now, Gardevoir is a staple of pretty much any furry community online ever. The poor Pokémon is frequently put in a variety of unbecoming poses and forced to do things that would make Misty’s hair turn blonde. This is why we can’t have nice things.
10 Kurumu Kurono (Rosario + Vampire)
Rosario + Vampire is a top-selling manga and anime series in Japan which has branched into a variety of other mediums including video games. The story follows Tsukune, a young boy who accidentally enrolls in a boarding school for fantastical monsters, and who ends up being lusted after by Moka - a vampire - and a variety of other monsters.
Kurumu is one of these monsters. A succubus, Kurumu plans to enslave all the boys at school through her magical kiss, although after Tsukune shows her kindness she decides to try and win him over fairly. Don’t be fooled by her exterior though - Kurumu can and will turn into a monster at any time, at which point she develops talons, pointed ears, a tail, and bat-like wings. That said, she may just be adorable enough as a human that it’s worth it.
9 King (Tekken)
King isn’t technically a furry, but his realistic leopard mask has made him pretty popular among the fandom regardless. Furthermore, while his mask can be explained away pretty easily, his leopard tail seems to be attached to his body directly which is more than a little confusing.
Putting aside his animalistic qualities, though, King is actually pretty good looking. His muscles are insane, and his spandex is pretty skin-tight and revealing. Moreover, his backstory is actually kinda sweet: he fights to raise money for the monastery who raised him, hiding his identity behind a mask so as not to disappoint them. Fighting helps him avoid falling into the dangers of his alcoholism, and he’s also the funniest character in the game. What a teddy bear!
8 Krystal (Star Fox)
Krystal is a mainstay in the Star Fox series, and anyone who's played any of the games will undoubtedly already be familiar with her. For those who haven't, however, here's a brief rundown. Like most of the scantily clad girls on this list, Krystal is a love interest for the game's main character, Fox McCloud. More than that, though, she's also a top fighter pilot and trained telepath, who uses her mind reading abilities to detect when others are in distress.
Krystal's design has changed over the course of the series, going from tribal warrior in Adventures to Samus lookalike in Command. However, her outfits always have one thing in common: little fabric and a lot of "physique" on display. Why are they trying to make us attracted to a fox again?
7 Squid Sisters (Splatoon)
The Squid Sisters are a pair of Inklings - a squid-like humanoid race in Splatoon - with a fanbase all of their own. Based on idol groups like 2NE1 or Girls' Generation, the Squid Sisters are singers and hosts for the Inkopolis News program, which appears in-game to announce events, DLC and other news. They even have their own songs you can listen to that are all in the Inkling language, including the smash hit 'Calamari Inkantation' and the international #1 'Maritime Memory.'
Apparently, the idea of stunning squids is actually hot to some weird portion of the population - especially the evil twin Callie, whose more provocative appearance in the second game left tongues wagging. To be fair, it’s really just their tentacle-like hair which evokes a squid, so I can kind of see the appeal.
6 Neko (K)
K is another Japanese series which hasn't quite made it big overseas, possibly due to the fact that it features a lot of underage characters in rather compromising circumstances. The series follows Yashiro, a high school student whose life is turned upside down when someone who looks identical to him is found guilty of murder.
Neko is a main character in the series and a Strain, meaning she has special powers that she can unleash at will. For Neko, this involves the ability to transform into a cat, a power which she garnered after being inspired by an independent, cocky feline her father used to tell her about. If I’m honest, the idea of a partner who can hang around as a human for good conversation before turning into a cat for cuddling with is actually kind of perfect. Why isn’t this a thing, science?
5 Princess Mipha (The Legend Of Zelda)
After playing Breath of the Wild, you might have mistaken Princess Mipha for a lovely, sweet and most notably innocent girl who harbours a schoolgirl-like crush on Link. Thankfully, the Internet is here to remedy you of that idea, because if you listen to anything people on fan sites have to say Mipha is actually a man-hungry mature lady who’ll stop at nothing to earn Link’s affections.
At least, that’s what it looks like judging by all the fan art out there. Mipha has been adopted by a particularly deviant portion of the community, which is weird both because she’s so young by Zora standards (and yet decades older than Link) and also because she’s, you know, half fish. But once again, the Internet has really taken things to the next level. Why can’t people be happy with an innocent princess?
4 Lola Bunny (Space Jam)
For our next contestant, we're taking it back to where it all began. Lola Bunny is commonly seen as the one character who sparked the entire furry fandom into existence, and with artworks like these, it's easy to see why. She first appeared in the live action/animation hybrid film Space Jam, but she's since gone on to appear in a bunch of games including her very own Bugs Bunny & Lola Bunny: Operation Carrot Patch.
Lola is admittedly gorgeous, and her tomboy attitude and basketball proficiency are still pretty hot to this day. I can even live with her Playboy bunny-esque tail. It’s only when you look her in her eyes and notice the buck teeth popping out of her mouth that things really start to get weird. I feel uncomfortable just thinking about Lola, and I’m not sure I could give her my rose.
3 Rin Okumura (Blue Exorcist)
Blue Exorcist is an anime and manga series, although like most manga's in the 21st century, it also has a visual novel equivalent for the PlayStation Portable. The story follows Rin Okumura, an everyday teenager who discovers that is the son of Satan born from a human woman and that he has inherited devilish powers. When Satan kills his guardian, he studies to become an exorcist in order to defeat his father once and for good.
If it’s weird to be attracted to animal/human hybrids, what is it to be attracted to someone who’s literally the spawn of Satan? No matter which way you cut it, Rin is pretty cute, even with his spikey ears and glowing blue horns. What really gets me is that devilish (pun definitely intended) smile he has. What can I say? I’m into it!
2 Sciorra (Blazing Souls)
Blazing Souls is a strategy game originally for the PlayStation 2. A non-linear title, the game allows players to progress through the plot at any pace they wish, but there's something in there about a Seven Year War, Elemental Cores, Human Genomes and Original Saints, not that anyone knows what any of that means.
Realistically, most people will just be playing this game for Sciorra, one of the main playable characters. Sciorra is a warrior with a distinctly tribal vibe to her, featuring tribal tattoos and an outfit made almost exclusively of leather and fur. She's also a total furry, with long rabbit-like ears atop her purple hair and a striped tail to top off her completed look. Honestly, Sciorra is kinda cute and I’m not gonna pretend her tail detracts from that at all.
1 Blackbeard (Eiyuu Senki)
Eiyuu Senki has to be one of the most ridiculous games ever created. Following a mysterious, singular male protagonist, the series features a variety of heroes from throughout history who have united to defeat a group of evil gods. Of course, because this is Japan, all of the heroes have been gender-flipped to female, which means that we have girl versions of Nostradamus, Geronimo, and Napoleon running around in lingerie.
The infamous pirate Blackbeard makes an appearance too, although they really take it to the next level with this character. Not only is Blackbeard a female, but she is also cursed with the appearance of a cat, which she can transform into at will. Either way, she’s super agile and barely wears any clothes, so there’s not much difference regardless of which form she’s in.