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The 15 Most Badass Video Game Characters

Cloud Strife

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Cloud Strife created the calm collected, giant sword wielding persona. His awesome abilities and influence over the Final Fantasy games help make him one of the most memorable video game characters of all time.

Duke Nukem

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You were probably expecting him to make an appearance, and here he is, Duke Nukem! Only this dual wielding, demon slaying superhero can make an excuse for wearing sunglasses 24/7, no matter how dark the setting. No matter the opposition, he faced it with a corny smile and two loaded pistols.=

Marcus Fenix

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Every character in the Gears of War series deserves to make this list, but no more than Marcus Fenix. His unfathomable drive to preserve and survive the literally endless onslaught of hellish enemies is almost unrivaled. For looking like 450 pounds of pure muscle, this guy can move, shoot, and kill just about anything.=

Kratos

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Anyone who wields weapons called the Blades of Chaos check out in my book. His mission was to take down the Gods of Mount Olympus! There’s really no further justification needed here. Oh yea, his name means “power” in Greek.=

Isaac Clarke

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Probably the only character that could have managed to survive the terrifying horrors called necromorphs in not just one, but three games! Dead Space presents quite possibly the worst case scenario. Trapped in the void of space on a broken spaceship infested with creepy aliens. Isaac, you’re the man.=

Tom Nook

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This raccoon is the business mogul of the game world. Upon coming into your peaceful town, this seemingly nice character offers you a house to live in at an exorbitant price. Since you really have no other option but to take it, so begins your journey of servitude as you run countless errands for Tom Nook.=

The Dragonborn

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The Dragonborn can kill dragons, fly them, and wield their powers. What more do you need to know? Whatever the mythical world of Skyrim throws at the Dragonborn will turn to dust. Able to master any and every weapon, school of magic, and skill imaginable, the Dragonborn is one of the most formidable opponents.=

Lara Croft

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Not only is she amazingly sexy, but Lara Croft does more than the majority of her video game male counterparts. This woman can do it all from Temple thievery to taking down a boss wielding a flamethrower. Able to make the most of her surroundings and supplies, Lara Croft is deadly in each and every Tomb Raider game.=

Master Chief

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The man who, for the most part, single-handedly puts all of humanity on his back and saves them. Sure, I guess you can say that he got some help, but in reality, Master Chief did it all alone. Few characters can dive head first into a wildly outnumbered fight and come out victorious with half a clip remaining.=

John Marston

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Red Dead Redemptions very own cowboy, of course, makes the list. This man takes the reins of the Midwest and paints it red, literally. Anytime you take a man’s wife and kids hostage, you can bet he’s going to turn into something deadly and awesome at the same time. It must have sucked to be the other members of his former gang.=

Sub Zero

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This legendary death dealing, ice manipulating ninja of doom goes beyond iconic. He’s made an appearance in every Mortal Kombat game, and some of the best finisher moves for dealing the final blow to opponents. Equipped with a nasty arsenal of abilities, Sub Zero can stand toe to toe with the greatest on this list.=

Ganon

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Ganon is probably one of the most hated bosses and characters in the Zelda games, only because of how difficult he was to beat. He’s even an annoying fighter in the Super Smash Bros. games, capable of dishing out sickening damage. Coming from a humanoid tribe of desert nomads, this villain had the best shot at taking over Hyrule.=

Samus Aran

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If you haven’t figured out that Samus Aran is a girl by this point, it’s pretty much hopeless. Samus takes it upon herself to embark on multiple, lonely as sh*t missions to hostile planets. She alone has faced a larger diversity of formidable enemies than perhaps anyone on this list. Armed with her power suit, Samus goes down in history as greatest space guardian.=

Sephiroth

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We just had to mention Cloud Strife’s ultimate nemesis. Not only does his name just sound demonically awesome, but he’s got a sword that’s even more ridiculous that Cloud’s, the Masamune. Wielding his five-foot sword, in Final Fantasy VII it sported a 100% critical rate stat!

Ezio

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We just had to mention Cloud Strife’s ultimate nemesis. Not only does his name just sound demonically awesome, but he’s got a sword that’s even more ridiculous that Cloud’s, the Masamune. Wielding his five foot sword, in Final Fantasy VII it sported a 100% critical rate stat!




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