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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
3,935 2,360
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
God of War Series

2
4,157 2,924
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

3
3,353 2,951
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
3,385 2,733
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
2,502 2,081
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

6
3,260 1,732
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
2,615 1,626
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
2,760 1,622
John Marston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Red Dead Redemption

9
2,802 1,929
Commander Shepard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Trilogy

10
2,198 1,591
Dante is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Devil May Cry

11
2,499 1,555
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

12
2,184 1,446
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

13
1,988 1,794
Cloud Strife is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy Universe

14
1,877 1,635
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
1,706 1,293
Nathan Drake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Unchartered Series

16
1,788 1,197
Agent 47 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Hitman

17
2,024 1,825
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
1,541 1,600
Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Half-Life, Half-Life

19
1,294 1,637
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem

20
1,679 741
The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Dragonborn

21
1,459 376
Batman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

22
1,225 831
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
1,538 1,260
Sephiroth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Gaia

24
1,223 1,041
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doom Series

25
1,187 1,172
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
1,424 1,007
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
1,135 915
Revan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
averagej123 added Star Wars

28
1,408 1,041
Marcus Fenix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Gear of Wars Series

29
1,045 915
Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added

30
1,028 999
Garrus Valkarian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Series

31
1,000 1,114
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mega Man Series

32
838 873
Jill Valentine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
midnightq2 added Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Retribution

33
1,025 1,184
Niko Bellic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Rise, Grand Theft Auto

34
852 940
Ryu Hayabusa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ninja Gaiden

35
992 837
Raiden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

36
834 988
Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

37
784 852
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
919 992
Luigi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Super Mario Bros., Nintendo Universe, Super Mario Universe

39
919 882
Arbiter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Halo

40
802 490
Captain Price is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
christian-tiglao added

41
798 1,119
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
793 720
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Max Payne Series

43
636 845
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Castlevania

44
679 442
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
734 909
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
546 703
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
691 623
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
thecarguy1986 added

48
665 740
Tifa Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

49
795 568
Starkiller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

50
378 316
Prince is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time