best characters The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

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List Rules Kick-ass characters from video games only. Can either NPC or player character.

Who are the toughest and greatest video game characters ever? Not all videogame player characters are necessarily heroic, but we take their side anyway, because our fates are intertwined. But who cares about the weenies? This list tackles only the true badass heroes and protagonists.

The best video game characters immerse us in the story, and eventually gain our sympathy, even if they are anti-heroes (or villains!) And the more badass they are, the more inclined we are to take their side no matter what, and the more powerful we come to feel in controlling them. Even if our princess is constantly hidden in another castle, for some reason...

This is crowdranked list of video game characters, so your votes and lists decide the final order. Which of these popular video game characters do you think is the most badass?

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Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

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Solid Snake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Solid Snake Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy, Metal Gear Super Smash Bros.

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Link is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Link Nintendo Universe, Universe of The Legend of Zelda

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Kratos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Kratos God of War Series

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Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Samus Aran Nintendo Universe

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Ezio Auditore da Firenze is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ezio Auditore da Firenze Assassin's Creed Universe

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Commander Shepard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Commander Shepard Mass Effect Trilogy

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Lara Croft is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Lara Croft Revisioned: Tomb Raider Animated Series, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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John Marston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
John Marston Red Dead Redemption

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Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Scorpion Mortal Kombat

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Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat

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Dante is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Dante Devil May Cry

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Cloud Strife is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Cloud Strife Final Fantasy Universe

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Leon S. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Leon S. Kennedy Resident Evil: Damnation, Resident Evil: Degeneration Resident Evil: Retribution

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Nathan Drake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nathan Drake Unchartered Series

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Agent 47 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Agent 47 Hitman

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Mario is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mario Fanboys, Mario ek Maria dan lotel Super Mario Bros.

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Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Gordon Freeman Half-Life, Half-Life

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Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem Duke Nukem

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The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Dragonborn

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Ryu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ryu Street Fighter II V, Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

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Sephiroth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Sephiroth Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Gaia

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Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad Assassin's Creed Series

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Marcus Fenix is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Marcus Fenix Gear of Wars Series

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Garrus Valkarian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Garrus Vakarian Mass Effect Series

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Joel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Joel The Last of Us

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Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doomguy Doom Series

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Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mega Man Mega Man Series

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Revan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Revan Star Wars

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Niko Bellic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Niko Bellic Rise, Grand Theft Auto

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

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Raiden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Raiden Mortal Kombat

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Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Fox McCloud Nintendo Universe

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Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Trevor Phillips

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Ryu Hayabusa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ryu Hayabusa Ninja Gaiden

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Arbiter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Arbiter Halo

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Jill Valentine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Jill Valentine Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Apocalypse Resident Evil: Retribution

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The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Apprentice Star Wars: Force Unleashed

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Chris Redfield is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Chris Redfield Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Retribution Resident Evil

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Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Donkey Kong Nintendo Universe, Super Mario Universe

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Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Max Payne Max Payne Series

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Luigi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Luigi Super Mario Bros., Nintendo Universe Super Mario Universe

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Alucard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Alucard Castlevania

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Shadow the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Shadow the Hedgehog Sonic X, Sonic Team's Sonic the Hedgehog Universe SEGA Universe

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Liu Kang is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Liu Kang Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Mortal Kombat

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Captain Price is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

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Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Boba Fett Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, The Dark Redemption Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

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Tifa Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Tifa Lockhart Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

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Punished Snake is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Punished Snake Metal Gear