Total Nerd 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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2,585 2,101
Solid Snake is listed (or ranked) 1 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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2
3,048 2,378
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

3
2,816 1,783
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Kratos God of War Series

4
2,466 2,105
Link is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Link Nintendo Universe, Universe of The Legend of Zelda

5
1,894 1,543
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Samus Aran Nintendo Universe

6
2,386 1,270
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

7
2,123 1,238
John Marston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
John Marston Red Dead Redemption

8
1,889 1,181
Lara Croft is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
midnightq2 added Lara Croft Revisioned: Tomb Raider Animated Series, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

9
2,224 1,440
Commander Shepard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Commander Shepard Mass Effect Trilogy

10
1,869 1,231
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Scorpion Mortal Kombat

11
1,635 1,104
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat

12
1,622 1,197
Dante is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Dante Devil May Cry

13
1,466 1,398
Cloud Strife is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Cloud Strife Final Fantasy Universe

14
1,443 1,282
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

15
1,174 939
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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16
1,315 898
Agent 47 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Agent 47 Hitman

17
1,023 1,235
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem Duke Nukem

18
1,207 1,247
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

19
1,416 1,426
Mario is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mario Fanboys, Mario ek Maria dan lotel, Super Mario Bros.

20
1,106 481
The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Dragonborn

21
1,133 941
Sephiroth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Sephiroth Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Gaia

22
788 182
Batman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

23
844 651
Revan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
averagej123 added Revan Star Wars

24
764 570
Joel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
PeteBoyle added Joel The Last of Us

25
883 928
Ryu is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
1,101 812
Marcus Fenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Marcus Fenix Gear of Wars Series

27
807 800
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doomguy Doom Series

28
1,093 747
Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad Assassin's Creed Series

29
829 747
Garrus Valkarian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Garrus Vakarian Mass Effect Series

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732 665
Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
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31
752 875
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mega Man Mega Man Series

32
660 758
Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Fox McCloud Nintendo Universe

33
652 726
Ryu Hayabusa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ryu Hayabusa Ninja Gaiden

34
778 929
Niko Bellic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Niko Bellic Rise, Grand Theft Auto

35
608 662
Jill Valentine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
midnightq2 added Jill Valentine Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Retribution

36
751 638
Raiden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Raiden Mortal Kombat

37
710 601
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Apprentice Star Wars: Force Unleashed

38
574 659
Chris Redfield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Chris Redfield Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil

39
697 665
Arbiter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Arbiter Halo

40
605 880
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

41
601 522
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Max Payne Max Payne Series

42
643 756
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

43
467 659
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Alucard Castlevania

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504 308
Captain Price is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
christian-tiglao added Captain Price

45
534 676
Shadow the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
R20X added Shadow the Hedgehog Sonic X, Sonic Team's Sonic the Hedgehog Universe, SEGA Universe

46
454 265
Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
388 526
Liu Kang is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Liu Kang Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Mortal Kombat

48
473 562
Tifa Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Tifa Lockhart Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

49
573 404
Starkiller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

50
453 429
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
thecarguy1986 added Crash Bandicoot