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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
2,769 2,293
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.

2
2,685 2,262
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
3,262 2,521
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

4
3,023 1,903
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Kratos God of War Series

5
2,023 1,658
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Samus Aran Nintendo Universe

6
2,571 1,375
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
2,368 1,546
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
2,054 1,279
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
2,251 1,333
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
2,002 1,300
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Scorpion Mortal Kombat

11
1,769 1,286
Dante is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Dante Devil May Cry

12
1,763 1,177
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat

13
1,599 1,485
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
1,553 1,372
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

The Best Female Video Game Characters

15
1,295 1,030
Nathan Drake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nathan Drake Unchartered Series

16
1,416 975
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
1,298 1,330
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
1,571 1,524
Mario is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mario Fanboys, Mario ek Maria dan lotel, Super Mario Bros.

19
1,081 1,343
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem Duke Nukem

20
1,228 550
The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Dragonborn

21
1,268 1,023
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

The Greatest Female Villains

22
849 636
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
924 237
Batman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

24
1,171 804
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
904 720
Revan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
averagej123 added Revan Star Wars

26
904 857
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doomguy Doom Series

27
950 996
Ryu is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
1,164 867
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

The Top 10 Video Game Characters Who Would Be Horrible Mothers

29
894 809
Garrus Valkarian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Garrus Vakarian Mass Effect Series

30
797 720
Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Trevor Phillips

31
678 697
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
808 939
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
703 774
Ryu Hayabusa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ryu Hayabusa Ninja Gaiden

34
703 817
Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Fox McCloud Nintendo Universe

35
835 991
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

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

36
810 685
Raiden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Raiden Mortal Kombat

37
631 702
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
741 721
Arbiter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Arbiter Halo

39
709 814
Luigi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Luigi Super Mario Bros., Nintendo Universe, Super Mario Universe

40
650 567
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Max Payne Max Payne Series

41
648 949
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
495 705
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Alucard Castlevania

The Top 9 Worst Employees in Video Game History

43
562 355
Captain Price is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
christian-tiglao added Captain Price

44
586 730
Shadow the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
500 308
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
429 572
Liu Kang is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Liu Kang Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Mortal Kombat

47
530 606
Tifa Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Tifa Lockhart Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

48
513 478
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
thecarguy1986 added Crash Bandicoot

49
479 530
Punished Snake is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Punished Snake Metal Gear

50
610 451
Starkiller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time