Best Characters The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time  

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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
4,281 3,611
Solid Snake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy, Metal Gear, Super Smash Bros.
2
5,369 3,597
Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
3
5,166 2,904
Kratos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
God of War Series
4
4,215 3,324
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
4,207 2,114
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
3,016 2,532
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Nintendo Universe
7
3,772 1,923
John Marston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Red Dead Redemption
8
3,218 2,024
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
3,295 2,316
Commander Shepard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mass Effect Trilogy
10
2,789 1,951
Dante is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Devil May Cry
11
2,383 1,946
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
3,065 1,844
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat
13
2,729 1,714
Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Mortal Kombat
14
2,444 2,101
Cloud Strife is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Final Fantasy Universe
15
2,325 1,428
Agent 47 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
wiabux added Hitman
16
2,242 1,553
Nathan Drake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Unchartered Series
17
2,580 2,152
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
1,570 1,950
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Duke Nukem
19
1,826 1,901
Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Half-Life, Half-Life
20
2,217 956
The Dragonborn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
21
1,654 1,024
Joel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
PeteBoyle added The Last of Us
22
2,179 539
Batman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
23
1,684 1,220
Doomguy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Doom Series
24
1,458 1,354
Ryu is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
1,777 1,203
Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Video Game Heroes of All Time
Assassin's Creed Series