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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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1
2,726 2,235
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
2,618 2,218
Link is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Link Nintendo Universe, Universe of The Legend of Zelda

3
2,969 1,866
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Kratos God of War Series

4
3,212 2,490
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

5
1,991 1,629
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Samus Aran Nintendo Universe

6
2,527 1,350
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
2,330 1,516
Commander Shepard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Commander Shepard Mass Effect Trilogy

8
2,010 1,256
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
2,220 1,311
John Marston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
John Marston Red Dead Redemption

10
1,970 1,284
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Scorpion Mortal Kombat

11
1,735 1,264
Dante is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Dante Devil May Cry

12
1,733 1,161
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat

13
1,571 1,459
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
1,526 1,350
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
1,258 1,006
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
1,390 958
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
1,275 1,312
Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Gordon Freeman Half-Life, Half-Life

18
1,065 1,320
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem Duke Nukem

19
1,530 1,503
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
1,202 536
The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Dragonborn

21
1,242 1,002
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
828 620
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

23
896 225
Batman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

24
1,151 791
Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad Assassin's Creed Series

25
893 704
Revan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
averagej123 added Revan Star Wars

26
932 981
Ryu is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
877 846
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doomguy Doom Series

28
1,147 857
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

29
877 795
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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30
782 707
Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Trevor Phillips

31
658 690
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

32
794 925
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mega Man Mega Man Series

33
691 802
Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Fox McCloud Nintendo Universe

34
691 762
Ryu Hayabusa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ryu Hayabusa Ninja Gaiden

35
819 974
Niko Bellic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Niko Bellic Rise, Grand Theft Auto

36
791 676
Raiden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Raiden Mortal Kombat

37
616 692
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

38
728 707
Arbiter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Arbiter Halo

39
637 553
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Max Payne Max Payne Series

40
687 797
Luigi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Luigi Super Mario Bros., Nintendo Universe, Super Mario Universe

41
631 931
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

42
489 691
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Alucard Castlevania

43
549 344
Captain Price is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
christian-tiglao added Captain Price

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44
489 294
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

45
570 718
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
519 591
Tifa Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Tifa Lockhart Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

47
415 561
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
497 468
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
thecarguy1986 added Crash Bandicoot

49
471 519
Punished Snake is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Punished Snake Metal Gear

50
601 438
Starkiller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time