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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?

Check out more lists like Most Badass Female Villains, Most Fantastic Fictional Serial Killers, Best RPG Video Games of All Time.
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1
3,972 2,370
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
God of War Series

2
4,198 2,932
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

3
3,369 2,962
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
3,402 2,743
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
2,514 2,091
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

6
3,290 1,736
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
2,631 1,632
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
2,780 1,629
John Marston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Red Dead Redemption

9
2,813 1,937
Commander Shepard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Trilogy

10
2,214 1,599
Dante is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Devil May Cry

11
2,511 1,561
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

12
2,199 1,450
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

13
1,996 1,803
Cloud Strife is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy Universe

14
1,888 1,645
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
1,716 1,299
Nathan Drake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Unchartered Series

16
1,799 1,199
Agent 47 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Hitman

17
2,036 1,829
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
1,543 1,610
Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Half-Life, Half-Life

19
1,302 1,643
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem

20
1,698 743
The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
The Dragonborn

21
1,479 378
Batman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

22
1,231 836
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
1,544 1,265
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
1,233 1,045
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doom Series

25
1,194 1,175
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
1,436 1,008
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
1,143 918
Revan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
averagej123 added Star Wars

28
1,421 1,044
Marcus Fenix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Gear of Wars Series

29
1,055 920
Trevor Phillips is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added

30
1,032 1,004
Garrus Valkarian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Series

31
1,005 1,118
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mega Man Series

32
841 877
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
1,032 1,186
Niko Bellic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Rise, Grand Theft Auto

34
855 945
Ryu Hayabusa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Ninja Gaiden

35
999 839
Raiden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat

36
834 994
Fox McCloud is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe

37
787 856
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
931 884
Arbiter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Halo

39
921 997
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
809 491
Captain Price is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
christian-tiglao added

41
800 1,125
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
641 851
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Castlevania

43
796 727
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Max Payne Series

44
686 446
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
735 914
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
551 706
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
694 627
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
thecarguy1986 added

48
804 569
Starkiller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time

49
667 744
Tifa Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

50
383 320
Prince is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time