Wow, I never expected such a massive response! Thanks for all the replies.
Perhaps I should have been a bit more clear in my OP. I think I should've asked whether you'd rather play a character you find ugly or aesthetically pleasing in a game where all other things are equal.
What does "aesthetically pleasing" even mean?
I find final fantasy 15s main cast to be incredibly dull and uninspiring looking even though they are what the unwashed masses would refer to as an "aesthetically pleasing" japano boy band kind of thing.
I hate tidus from ff10 on an instinctual, irrational level simply based on how he looks even tho he's "pretty".
Most "shooter guy" bald space marine stereotypes are boring as hell and there's nothing "aesthetically pleasing" about them since they are nothing but derivative yet people gobble it up.
Abe from abes odysey is butt ugly and has 0 appealing curves or shapes to him yet he's an endearing character.
Psychonauts. The entire aestetic of this game is to do the opposite of what people would find "conventionally attractive". Cult classic.
Robo from chrono trigger. "Lame design with nothing cool to it" to some, "a welcome change to all those sleek animu robots" to others.
There are so many ifs and buts, so many variables, even people answering with a definite "yes" or "no" probably aren't as cut and dry as they may think.
And even if you have an answer, say most people like appealing characters, then what of it?
I like ori and the blind forest cause it has a cute cat thing for a main character which is rare for games with that budget nowadays but the next guy may want to have none of that furry shit.
You can't really do anything useful with that statistic since there are so many wildly varying sensibilities.
Can't make a generic "aesthetically pleasing" character that appeals to everyone to begin with.