Of all the characters in video game history, there are a few that can be considered truly badass. Whether it’s killing waves of enemies, looking like a boss, or just acting like a boss in general, here are the 20 who stand out the most.
20. Piranha Plants- Super Mario
Although they're just plants, they are the most annoying and difficult plants to get past in video game history. Doesn’t get more badass than snatching up your enemies in one bite, and every single one of these had that ability.
19. Max Payne
There are many stories of a detective whose family gets murdered and then goes on a rampage, killing every criminal he can find. Max Payne is the video game version of that detective (who happens to have a dark sense of humor). With no remorse or regrets, Payne makes his way through an entire city full of criminals.
18. Scorpion- Mortal Kombat
Even though he’s not the best character in the game, Scorpion is still one cool dude. In the newest Mortal Kombat, he has some crazy finishing moves that'll leave you yearning to try the rest of them.
17. Ezio- Assassin’s Creed
After learning about his heritage, Ezio goes on a rampage against the Templar Order. Equipped with a bunch of sweet weapons and some amazing parkour skills, he does quite a number on the enemies of his ancestors.
16. Lara Croft- Tomb Raider
Possibly the most badass female character in the history of video games, Lara Croft does bear a striking resemblance to the gorgeous Angelina Jolie in real life. That doesn’t hurt her case either.
15. Samus- Metroid
It took me a long time after playing the Metroid games to learn that Samus was actually a girl, and that only adds to her swag. With a huge cannon that blows enemies away and an arsenal of missiles at her disposal, she is one deadly woman.
14. Link- Zelda
Link has been a classic character since before I even started gaming. From the Ocarina of Time to the present day, he has always been a master of the sword. Something about using a blade rather than a gun is more masculine, and Link’s got that down.
13. Mario- Super Mario Brothers
Who has more lives than Mario? Nobody that’s who. The immortal video game character is one of the coolest Italians out there for sure.
12. Commander Shepard- Mass Effect
In the Mass Effect series, you get to choose Shepard’s responses and actions, as well as customize his appearance and abilities. That means you can make him as badass as you want, and he already starts pretty well in that category.
11. Franklin- GTA V
From gang-banger to master thief, Franklin is faced with one of the toughest choices in history at the end of Grand Theft Auto V. His thick skin and love of anything dangerous make him the coolest gang-banger ever.