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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
4,729 3,238
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

2
4,558 2,626
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
God of War Series

3
3,738 3,188
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
3,761 3,011
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
3,709 1,905
Ezio Auditore da Firenze is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Assassin's Creed Universe

6
2,751 2,290
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

7
2,919 1,798
Lara Croft is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
3,225 1,757
John Marston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Red Dead Redemption

9
3,030 2,109
Commander Shepard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Trilogy

10
2,465 1,768
Dante is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Devil May Cry

11
2,761 1,704
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

12
2,077 1,777
Leon S. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Resident Evil: Damnation, Resident Evil: Degeneration, Resident Evil: Retribution

13
2,455 1,582
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

14
2,195 1,948
Cloud Strife is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy Universe

15
2,038 1,303
Agent 47 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Hitman

16
1,945 1,417
Nathan Drake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Unchartered Series

17
2,268 1,986
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
1,445 1,774
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem

19
1,664 1,749
Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Half-Life, Half-Life

20
1,952 842
The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

21
1,810 446
Batman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

22
1,406 923
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
1,456 1,124
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doom Series

24
1,666 1,372
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
1,272 1,001
Revan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
averagej123 added Star Wars

26
1,598 1,097
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
1,325 1,261
Ryu is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
922 651
Starkiller is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Star Wars: Force Unleashed

29
1,576 1,126
Marcus Fenix is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Gear of Wars Series

30
1,214 1,016
Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added

31
1,097 1,113
Garrus Valkarian is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Series

32
1,091 1,213
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mega Man Series

33
1,142 1,289
Niko Bellic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Rise, Grand Theft Auto

34
917 972
Jill Valentine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
midnightq2 added Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Retribution

35
946 1,029
Ryu Hayabusa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ninja Gaiden

36
1,110 909
Raiden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

37
910 1,085
Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

38
851 941
Chris Redfield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil

39
1,046 957
Arbiter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Halo

40
955 558
Captain Price is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
christian-tiglao added

41
1,011 1,091
Luigi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Super Mario Bros., Nintendo Universe, Super Mario Universe

42
724 917
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Castlevania

43
874 1,209
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe, Super Mario Universe

44
883 794
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Max Payne Series

45
804 502
Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
748 456
Edward Kenway is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Depleef Depleef added Assassin's Creed III

47
816 992
Shadow the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
615 771
Liu Kang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Mortal Kombat

49
786 685
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
thecarguy1986 added

50
470 380
Prince is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time