Most Badass Good Guys in Video Games
Playable characters in video games range from animals to children to women wearing almost nothing - and sometimes, you'll get a male protagonist who's unforgettably bad-ass. Here's a list of the toughest playable characters from video games.
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#8 Ethan Thomas | Condemned 2: Bloodshot
Ethan Thomas was a police officer in the first Condemned game, but after being framed for murder and pursued by a dangerous serial killer, falls into homelessness and alcoholism. Maybe it's because of the bad luck, losing his job and slow descent into madness, but in Condemned 2: Bloodshot, Ethan takes no trouble from anyone without replying with his fists.
Not to mention the different kinds of weapons you can use to mess up demons, drug addicts and criminals (the crowbar and fire axe are my personal favourites), and the completely cold and careless way he does it. Oh, and he can blow enemies' heads off by screaming at them (he Dragonshouted before it was cool).
#7 Sten | Dragon Age: Origins
Sten is a Qunari, a powerful warrior race, who is an optional addition to your party, aquirable in Lothering. Sten was locked up in a cage in Lothering for killing a farmer and his family with his bare hands - and showing little emotion throughout the game. With his high power stats, equipping him with heavy armour and a greatsword proves essential to battle.
In Dragon Age: Origins, you can chat with and get close to characters. Sten doesn't talk much, and only answers your questions with short answers. However, when he feels closer to you, Sten will reveal his side-quest and more of his past. Sten is the definite 'strong, silent type' who is difficult to not respect.
#6 Master Chief | Halo series
Master Chief is a "towering and faceless cybernetically-enhanced super-soldier" who is a playable character in most of the Halo games.
He is a character of few words, raised from birth in the arts of combat and warfare. With his superior power armour, deadly skills and the fact you never actually see his real face, Master Chief is undeniably mysterious - and bad-ass.
#5 Geralt of Rivia | Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Geralt of Rivia is a witcher - a monster slayer, with mutated powers. He carries two swords; steel for humans, silver for monsters, and has unparalleled swordsman skills.
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#4 Solid Snake | Metal Gear series
"Metal Gear? It can't be!"
The Metal Gear series has been incredibly popular since the first game's release in 1987 for MSX2 computer standard. The protagonist is Solid Snake, a spy, special ops agent and mercenary, who can make himself virtually invisible and perform deadly kills. Solid Snake has been named as one of the best character in video games on many lists, and remains a popular protagonist in games today.
He also appeared in Super Smash Brothers Brawl as a playable character.
#3 Ezio Auditore Da Firenze | Assassin's Creed
Ezio is lethal - not only is he a master in the art of invisibilty, but he's also a deadly assassin. He travels to various cities in Italy in a quest for vengeance, leaving a trail of bodies behind him. Ezio is undeniably tough - someone you just wouldn't mess around with.
#2 War | Darksiders
War is one of four Horsemen brothers who is framed when he is accused by Council for bringing about Armageddon by siding with Hell in the raging battle between Heaven and Hell, which was previously equal. War rides a horse, has some of the coolest armour and swords in a game, and is sent to slay Straga, the demon of Hell, and later on the Destroyer. Bringing order between Heaven and Hell, riding a demonic horse and slaying beasts of immutable power - if that's not tough, I don't know what is.
#1 Kratos | The God of War series
Kratos is the main protagonist of the God of War series. He was the leader of a mighty Spartan army before being massacred, and later sets out to slay Gods of Olympus, firstly Ares, and later Hades, Poseidon and Zeus. A man who battles Gods, aquires Pandora's box and even escapes Hell itself - Kratos, in my opinion, tops the list of toughest playable characters in video games.