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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
4,407 2,540
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
God of War Series

2
4,581 3,141
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

3
3,625 3,116
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
3,632 2,943
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
2,676 2,240
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

6
3,593 1,852
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
3,085 1,723
John Marston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Red Dead Redemption

8
2,839 1,753
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
2,972 2,060
Commander Shepard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Trilogy

10
2,398 1,716
Dante is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Devil May Cry

11
2,689 1,660
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

12
2,394 1,544
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

13
2,134 1,909
Cloud Strife is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy Universe

14
2,013 1,744
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
1,874 1,394
Nathan Drake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Unchartered Series

16
1,969 1,275
Agent 47 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Hitman

17
2,190 1,960
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
1,411 1,743
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem

19
1,622 1,715
Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Half-Life, Half-Life

20
1,885 828
The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Dragonborn

21
1,724 430
Batman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

22
1,351 904
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
1,394 1,105
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doom Series

24
1,636 1,343
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
1,287 1,243
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
1,550 1,075
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
1,238 985
Revan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
averagej123 added Star Wars

28
1,540 1,104
Marcus Fenix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Gear of Wars Series

29
1,165 992
Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added

30
1,080 1,083
Garrus Valkarian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Series

31
1,068 1,190
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mega Man Series

32
1,100 1,268
Niko Bellic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Rise, Grand Theft Auto

33
894 943
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 1,010
Ryu Hayabusa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ninja Gaiden

35
1,077 895
Raiden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

36
877 1,067
Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

37
828 924
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
1,015 939
Arbiter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Halo

39
980 1,068
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
912 545
Captain Price is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
christian-tiglao added

41
702 903
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Castlevania

42
841 1,190
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
857 779
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Max Payne Series

44
774 488
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
785 973
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
598 759
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
172 165
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
756 669
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
thecarguy1986 added

49
879 613
Starkiller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

50
704 791
Tifa Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children