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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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2,646 2,171
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
3,138 2,432
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

3
2,547 2,158
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

4
2,882 1,827
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Kratos God of War Series

5
1,945 1,581
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Samus Aran Nintendo Universe

6
2,459 1,310
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
1,946 1,215
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
2,171 1,274
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
2,276 1,479
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
1,915 1,264
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Scorpion Mortal Kombat

11
1,677 1,132
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat

12
1,668 1,230
Dante is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Dante Devil May Cry

13
1,513 1,429
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
1,481 1,314
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
1,221 967
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
1,349 931
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
1,242 1,281
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
1,043 1,280
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem Duke Nukem

19
1,477 1,467
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
1,159 509
The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Dragonborn

21
1,171 973
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
842 203
Batman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

23
866 676
Revan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
averagej123 added Revan Star Wars

24
790 594
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
908 952
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
1,121 835
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
836 823
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doomguy Doom Series

28
1,126 765
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
854 773
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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758 686
Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
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31
681 778
Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Fox McCloud Nintendo Universe

32
636 672
Jill Valentine is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
777 899
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mega Man Mega Man Series

34
671 741
Ryu Hayabusa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ryu Hayabusa Ninja Gaiden

35
796 952
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
768 657
Raiden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Raiden Mortal Kombat

37
730 621
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
591 676
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
715 684
Arbiter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Arbiter Halo

40
621 902
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
667 774
Luigi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Luigi Super Mario Bros., Nintendo Universe, Super Mario Universe

42
616 539
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Max Payne Max Payne Series

43
477 674
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Alucard Castlevania

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532 325
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
474 275
Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
553 696
Shadow the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
401 542
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
493 577
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
478 445
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
thecarguy1986 added Crash Bandicoot

50
453 502
Punished Snake is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Punished Snake Metal Gear