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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
4,176 2,434
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
God of War Series

2
4,355 3,054
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

3
3,478 3,038
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
3,497 2,843
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
2,582 2,167
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

6
3,418 1,795
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
2,910 1,672
John Marston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Red Dead Redemption

8
2,713 1,694
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
2,884 1,994
Commander Shepard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Trilogy

10
2,287 1,656
Dante is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Devil May Cry

11
2,590 1,607
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

12
2,279 1,496
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

13
2,058 1,853
Cloud Strife is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy Universe

14
1,942 1,690
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
1,785 1,347
Nathan Drake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Unchartered Series

16
1,871 1,236
Agent 47 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Hitman

17
2,104 1,886
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
1,356 1,685
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem

19
1,580 1,656
Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Half-Life, Half-Life

20
1,768 786
The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Dragonborn

21
1,591 402
Batman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

22
1,281 868
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
1,304 1,071
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doom Series

24
1,580 1,302
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
1,236 1,203
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
1,483 1,036
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
1,185 948
Revan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
averagej123 added Star Wars

28
1,476 1,069
Marcus Fenix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Gear of Wars Series

29
1,101 951
Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added

30
1,057 1,038
Garrus Valkarian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Series

31
1,032 1,153
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mega Man Series

32
1,061 1,219
Niko Bellic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Rise, Grand Theft Auto

33
864 905
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
887 969
Ryu Hayabusa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ninja Gaiden

35
1,038 861
Raiden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

36
852 1,025
Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

37
805 885
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
973 904
Arbiter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Halo

39
860 510
Captain Price is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
christian-tiglao added

40
952 1,025
Luigi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Super Mario Bros., Nintendo Universe, Super Mario Universe

41
819 1,154
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe, Super Mario Universe

42
664 879
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Castlevania

43
820 751
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Max Payne Series

44
724 465
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
757 942
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
573 728
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
723 641
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
thecarguy1986 added

48
844 587
Starkiller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

49
679 767
Tifa Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

50
140 140
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Apprentice Star Wars: Force Unleashed