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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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3,845 2,305
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Kratos God of War Series

2
4,060 2,881
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

3
3,305 2,903
Solid Snake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Solid Snake Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy, Metal Gear, Super Smash Bros.

4
3,307 2,692
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
2,447 2,047
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Samus Aran Nintendo Universe

6
3,196 1,697
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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2,564 1,594
Lara Croft is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
2,702 1,593
John Marston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
John Marston Red Dead Redemption

9
2,761 1,897
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
2,150 1,556
Dante is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Dante Devil May Cry

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2,442 1,532
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Scorpion Mortal Kombat

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2,132 1,423
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat

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1,942 1,766
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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1,842 1,608
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
1,667 1,262
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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1,753 1,174
Agent 47 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Agent 47 Hitman

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1,977 1,798
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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1,520 1,566
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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1,272 1,602
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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1,630 714
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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1,400 357
Batman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

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1,186 807
Joel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
PeteBoyle added Joel The Last of Us

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1,508 1,235
Sephiroth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Sephiroth Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Gaia

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1,187 1,023
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doomguy Doom Series

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1,160 1,156
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

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1,401 981
Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad Assassin's Creed Series

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1,113 892
Revan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
averagej123 added Revan Star Wars

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1,380 1,021
Marcus Fenix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Marcus Fenix Gear of Wars Series

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1,019 895
Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Trevor Phillips

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1,017 977
Garrus Valkarian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Garrus Vakarian Mass Effect Series

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828 852
Jill Valentine is listed (or ranked) 31 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

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981 1,094
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mega Man Mega Man Series

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1,007 1,167
Niko Bellic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Niko Bellic Rise, Grand Theft Auto

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837 922
Ryu Hayabusa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ryu Hayabusa Ninja Gaiden

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971 820
Raiden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Raiden Mortal Kombat

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819 974
Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Fox McCloud Nintendo Universe

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772 835
Chris Redfield is listed (or ranked) 37 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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902 865
Arbiter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Arbiter Halo

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898 975
Luigi is listed (or ranked) 39 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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774 481
Captain Price is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
christian-tiglao added Captain Price

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785 1,101
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Donkey Kong Nintendo Universe, Super Mario Universe

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778 704
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Max Payne Max Payne Series

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621 830
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Alucard Castlevania

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661 428
Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 44 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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720 890
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

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676 607
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
thecarguy1986 added Crash Bandicoot

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534 692
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

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653 726
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

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777 555
Starkiller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

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360 302
Prince is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time