Sure, maybe the first video game character you used was a simple dot or a two-dimensional bar masquerading as a tennis racquet. Since then, however, video games have become more intricate. And in many cases you don’t even need a controller to play a game against someone 3,000 miles away. Without sounding curmudgeonly, here are our Top 5 Baddest Video Game Characters.
Link was given one task: rescue Princess Zelda. Simple to understand, yet difficult to accomplish. Not only is this dude a badass hero, but he traveled through the forests and caves of Hyrule all while wearing a green tunic. Pretty tough, if you ask us.
4. Master Chief
There may be no classic “bro” game bigger than Halo, and no more celebrated video game protagonist in the 21st Century than Master Chief. Guns? He’s got ‘em. Gear? Just try and take him out. Few video game protagonists can be described as both a “hero” and a “demon.”
Talk about a classic badass, Mario was the first video game protagonist to make money, get the girl and look good while doing it. Known for his ability to leap, his red overalls and his killer mustache, Mario is a recognizable fictional character on par with Mickey Mouse. Yet, unlike Mickey Mouse he’s done things we can only dream of.
2. Lara Croft
Croft is a woman so badass that she can only be portrayed by one of the sexiest women in the world, Angelina Jolie. As the protagonist in the game Tomb Raider, Croft sports a mean attitude to go along with her killer body.
As Empire Online puts it, “Cheaters use Sagat, real men use Ryu” in the video game Street Fighter. Ryu’s video game progression went from a general undersized street fighter to a jacked martial artist. You work hard, you looked hard! Not particularly gracious in defeat, Ryu knocks out his opponents and comments, “Now I’ll find a better challenge!” His bark is as big as his bite.
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