Wonder why the heroes always get the girl? Slip into these togs and you'll be knee-deep in pixel babes, too.
1. Varia Power Suit- Worn By: Samus Aran (Metroid)
Power suits may make the man, they can also do wonders for the woman. As Samus Aran hot-steps down the runway, pay close attention to the fine details of her ensemble: a scan visor (simply a must after Alexander McQueen's Milan show last winter), a power beam (fueled by trendy renewable resources), missiles, a grapple beam, and, of course, the showstopping hand cannon. The shoulder pads are a jaunty nod to the '80s, which is fitting since this number screams, "Girls just want to have fun!"
2. Ultra-High-Tech Indestructible Super Space Cyber Suit- Worn By: Earthworm Jim (Earthworm Jim)
At its best, fashion can turn even an ugly duckling into a soaring swan, so is it any wonder that this season's Cyber Suit is making even an earthworm turn heads? And speaking of prêt-à-porter—this number bonds to the host's body, eliminating the need for tailors and costly fittings. It even boasts a "Pocket Rocket" that ensures you'll be the toast of the party while your friends are still tied up hailing taxis.
3. HEV Mark IV- Worn By: Gordon Freeman (Half-Life)
When people say, "I could live in these clothes," the HEV Mark IV's bespectacled cover boy knows exactly what they mean. With high-impact armor, automatic medical systems, atmospheric containment sensors, and state-of-the-art wicking fabric to keep the dry areas dry, you can go from battling head crabs to battling boardrooms in one easy step.
4. Coil Suit- Worn By: Kurt Hectic (MDK)
If you're boring, you are last year, so let's applaud a bold fashion choice that brings a little fun to the fall look: The Coil Suit's phallic helmet is enough of a double entendre to raise the hackles of even the most jaded partygoer, but the fact that it doubles as a sniper rifle with a 100-times zoom means you can pick off that rogue assassin and go right back to being the center of attention in the time it takes the room to go, "Doesn't that look like…?"
5. T-51b Power Armor- Worn by: Brotherhood of Steel (Fallout series)
Few things are worse than calling yourself "sexy" only to deliver flannel and yawns. The same is true of calling yourself "power" and not making it pop like a bottle of Moet. Luckily, the T-5lb makes it work, honey. A MicroFusion energy pack generates 60 kilowatts, while the suit itself is capable of absorbing 2,500 Joules of energy. If you need to host a function and power its lighting, then this is your new go-to after-work ensemble.
6. Nanosuit- Worn By: Nomad (First Lieutenant Jake Dunn)
When taking on rebel North Korean forces, don't bother showing up sporting anything short of Kim Jong-mad il. This tight-fitting number boasts four main unique settings—strength, speed, armor or cloak—but can adapt to extreme weather and zero gravity conditions, making it a ravishing ensemble for both Earth and interstellar warfare.
7. Octocamo- Worn By: Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid 4)
What do you get for the man who has everything? A suit that, for all intents and purposes, makes him a new man! This snug-fitting number is the new star of the men's sportswear circuit. And the reason is this: It changes texture depending on what you're leaning up against—so never fear that you will ever be caught wearing last year's fabric ever again. An Octocamo mask (available from select retailers) will also change your face, so that '70s 'stache can return from whence it came!
8. Tanooki Suit- Worn By: Mario (Super Mario Bros. 3)
Animal skins may be a social faux pas, but we defy anyone to deny Mario's right to take the raccoon out of the garbage-raiding business and onto the radar of the fashion elite. Slimming stripes, an elegant weave, and the ability to turn invincible (a new addition to this year's line) will have you wondering just how the plumbing business got so damn sexy!
9. Power Suits- Worn By: Gangsters (Scarface, The Godfather)
There's innovation, and then there's the timeless classic. A little pinstripe and a little lapel action and you are ready for business. Just be sure to avoid the dreaded "dull" word by jazzing it up with a few must-have accessories: Guns. Toadies. And a mountain of cocaine.
10. The Darkness- Worn By: Jackie Estacado (The Darkness)
Oscar De La Renta. Marc Jacobs. Michael Kors. Step aside, boys, because there's a hot new designer rocking our world: Satan. Bringing eel-like tentacles and a feeling of invincibility fueled by the power of darkness and evil to men's evening wear, the Forces of the Unholy (Satan's label) is officially putting the tuxedo on notice.
11. Treasure Suit- Worn By: Kid Icarus (Kid Icarus)
If this season has a motto, it's "Reach for the Stars," and this sporty little ensemble is just the ticket. With a pair of wings stitched from the finest organic fabrics, you'll be swooping by Reapers in no time. Hey, we can't guarantee you won't meet the God of Poverty, but isn't it always better to look like a million dollars than to have a million dollars?
12. CMC-Powered Combat Suit- Worn By: Terran Marines (StarCraft)
Worried you don't have the height to compete on the runway? Well step aside, Tyson, because the CMC-Powered Combat Suit is turning the petite into powerhouses. Each suit adds more than a foot to your height, and is immune to small-arms fire (which is perfect for backstage catfights!). And since form must follow function, the CMC pumps narcotics into your bloodstream, which is perfect for the man with a burning need but a full calendar.
13. MJOLNIR Mark VI- Worn By: Master Chief (Halo 2 & 3)
Gone are the days of tired old military uniforms (they ain't called "fatigues" for nothing!), because the UN Space Command is blasting off into the unchartered reaches of couture space. The Mark VI is quite a number, allowing lead model Master Chief to strut faster, jump higher, and regenerate that oh-so-fashionable outer layer of shield faster than you can say, "I've got to have that!" To top it off, the suit automatically injects biofoam to heal your wounds, so no more trips to the dry cleaners with pesky bloodstains!
14. Stealthy Wet Suit- Worn By: Sam Fisher (Tom Clancy - Splinter Cell)
This scandalously skintight number is perfect for someone who wants his taste level to shout "I am here" but his stealth level to say "you cannot see me until I snap your neck." Using the fall fabric du jour—handcrafted Kevlar—you will be shrugging off bullets with a confident air. Accessorize with thermal-, night-, and zoom-goggles and a microphone and you will be the eyes, ears, and envy of all your friends!
Yeah, We Know These Exist, Too, But...- Link's Magic Armor (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, The Wind Waker)—Makes you invincible, but not usable for a long time, drains your rupees.
Marcus Fenix's Armor (Gears of War)—Knee pads, shin guards—nothing special. Yawn.
Commander John Shepard's Armor (Mass Effect)—There are eleven thousand different versions, so we've seen this look before.
Big Daddy Suit (BioShock)—Worn for one level, no special powers. Take it to the clearance rack, ASAP.
Raiden (Metal Gear Solid 4)—His head was attached to a synthetic body. Disqualified!
Anything Gundam-related—Robots. One day they're in, the next, they're out. Auf Wiedersehen!