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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
4,402 2,534
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
God of War Series

2
4,574 3,137
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

3
3,621 3,112
Solid Snake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy, Metal Gear, Super Smash Bros.

4
3,628 2,938
Link is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe, Universe of The Legend of Zelda

5
2,674 2,236
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

6
3,590 1,848
Ezio Auditore da Firenze is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Assassin's Creed Universe

7
3,084 1,718
John Marston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Red Dead Redemption

8
2,836 1,750
Lara Croft is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
2,970 2,056
Commander Shepard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Trilogy

10
2,397 1,712
Dante is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Devil May Cry

11
2,683 1,659
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

12
2,390 1,543
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

13
2,132 1,905
Cloud Strife is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy Universe

14
2,012 1,740
Leon S. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Resident Evil: Damnation, Resident Evil: Degeneration, Resident Evil: Retribution

15
1,872 1,390
Nathan Drake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Unchartered Series

16
1,966 1,273
Agent 47 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Hitman

17
2,188 1,957
Mario is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Fanboys, Mario ek Maria dan lotel, Super Mario Bros.

18
1,408 1,741
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem

19
1,622 1,711
Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Half-Life, Half-Life

20
1,882 824
The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Dragonborn

21
1,721 428
Batman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

22
1,350 902
Joel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
PeteBoyle added The Last of Us

23
1,388 1,104
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doom Series

24
1,634 1,341
Sephiroth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Gaia

25
1,286 1,241
Ryu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Street Fighter II V, Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

26
1,549 1,073
Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Assassin's Creed Series

27
1,238 982
Revan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
averagej123 added Star Wars

28
1,536 1,103
Marcus Fenix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Gear of Wars Series

29
1,162 990
Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added

30
1,080 1,080
Garrus Valkarian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Series

31
1,065 1,189
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mega Man Series

32
1,098 1,266
Niko Bellic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Rise, Grand Theft Auto

33
894 940
Jill Valentine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
midnightq2 added Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Retribution

34
919 1,007
Ryu Hayabusa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ninja Gaiden

35
1,076 893
Raiden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

36
876 1,065
Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

37
828 921
Chris Redfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil

38
1,015 936
Arbiter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Halo

39
979 1,065
Luigi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Super Mario Bros., Nintendo Universe, Super Mario Universe

40
909 543
Captain Price is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
christian-tiglao added

41
701 902
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Castlevania

42
841 1,188
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe, Super Mario Universe

43
855 777
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Max Payne Series

44
772 487
Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, The Dark Redemption, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

45
784 971
Shadow the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
R20X added Sonic X, Sonic Team's Sonic the Hedgehog Universe, SEGA Universe

46
598 757
Liu Kang is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Mortal Kombat

47
171 163
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Apprentice Star Wars: Force Unleashed

48
756 667
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
thecarguy1986 added

49
879 611
Starkiller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

50
704 789
Tifa Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children