Brandon Thompson writes: "In the world of games the male lead has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. Among the things a hero has to accomplish is being a tough guy or a bad-ass in this case. While plenty have accomplished this throughout the history of gaming, few have made major impacts in gaming in the last ten years. What does it take to be a bad-ass you ask? Well first of all you have to be able to hold your own in a fight despite all the odds being stacked against you. There's no denying that the guys on our list meet that criteria. Besides being able to handle themselves, a real hero (or anti-hero) has to be able to almost win a fight without ever taking a swing. That is to say his appearance alone should be able to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies."