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The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time 

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Updated June 16, 2020 309.9k votes 22.9k voters 228.8k views 254 items

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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John Marston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Red Dead Redemption
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Kratos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
God of War Series
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Ezio Auditore da Firenze... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Assassin's Creed Universe
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Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
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Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Scorpion Mortal Kombat
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Lara Croft is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
midnightq2 added Revisioned: Tomb Raider Animated Series, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
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Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat
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Agent 47 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Hitman
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Commander Shepard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Trilogy
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Dante is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Devil May Cry
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Link is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe, Universe of The Legend of Zelda
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Nathan Drake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Unchartered Series
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Solid Snake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy, Metal Gear, Super Smash Bros.
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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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The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
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Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doom Series
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Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe
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Joel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
PeteBoyle added The Last of Us
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Mario is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Fanboys, Mario ek Maria dan lotel, Super Mario Bros.
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Marcus Fenix is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Gear of Wars Series
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Cloud Strife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy Universe
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Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Assassin's Creed Series
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Starkiller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Star Wars: Force Unleashed
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Edward Kenway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Depleef Depleef added Assassin's Creed III
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Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added