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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
4,824 3,290
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

2
4,646 2,671
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
God of War Series

3
3,795 3,229
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
3,834 3,059
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
3,781 1,934
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
2,792 2,324
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

7
2,954 1,834
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
3,302 1,782
John Marston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Red Dead Redemption

9
3,068 2,145
Commander Shepard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Trilogy

10
2,510 1,797
Dante is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Devil May Cry

11
2,123 1,801
Leon S. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Resident Evil: Damnation, Resident Evil: Degeneration, Resident Evil: Retribution

12
2,804 1,729
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

13
2,502 1,605
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

14
2,238 1,971
Cloud Strife is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy Universe

15
2,085 1,320
Agent 47 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Hitman

16
1,982 1,449
Nathan Drake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Unchartered Series

17
2,326 2,013
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
1,465 1,802
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem

19
1,685 1,773
Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Half-Life, Half-Life

20
1,993 859
The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

21
1,873 458
Batman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

22
1,438 944
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
1,493 1,135
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doom Series

24
1,684 1,390
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
1,298 1,011
Revan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
averagej123 added Star Wars