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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
4,707 3,228
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

2
4,532 2,621
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
God of War Series

3
3,722 3,180
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
3,750 2,999
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
3,693 1,900
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
2,742 2,286
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

7
2,909 1,789
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
3,213 1,754
John Marston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Red Dead Redemption

9
3,026 2,104
Commander Shepard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Trilogy

10
2,454 1,761
Dante is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Devil May Cry

11
2,751 1,700
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

12
2,069 1,774
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
2,448 1,578
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

14
2,187 1,943
Cloud Strife is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy Universe

15
2,024 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
1,937 1,415
Nathan Drake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Unchartered Series

17
2,261 1,983
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
1,436 1,774
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem

19
1,660 1,747
Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Half-Life, Half-Life

20
1,940 840
The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

21
1,799 445
Batman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

22
1,401 921
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
1,446 1,123
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doom Series

24
1,662 1,370
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
1,269 999
Revan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
averagej123 added Star Wars

26
1,593 1,094
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
1,324 1,260
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
918 649
Starkiller is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Star Wars: Force Unleashed

29
1,570 1,125
Marcus Fenix is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Gear of Wars Series

30
1,211 1,014
Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added

31
1,096 1,110
Garrus Valkarian is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Series

32
1,139 1,285
Niko Bellic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Rise, Grand Theft Auto

33
1,090 1,211
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mega Man Series

34
912 971
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
942 1,027
Ryu Hayabusa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ninja Gaiden

36
1,104 907
Raiden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

37
906 1,084
Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

38
848 939
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
1,039 954
Arbiter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Halo

40
947 557
Captain Price is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
christian-tiglao added

41
1,008 1,088
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
722 916
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Castlevania

43
874 1,206
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
880 793
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Max Payne Series

45
801 501
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
743 456
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
814 990
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
613 771
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
783 685
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
thecarguy1986 added

50
469 380
Prince is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time