Top 5 Most Bad-Ass Male Leads in Recent Video Game History

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."

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vgn244404d ago

A top 5 without teh boobs? I'll approve it I guess.

moegooner884404d ago

Without Nathan Drake this list fails !!

BeaRye4404d ago

Nathan Drake? He's cool, but who calls Nathan Drake badass? He's cool and funny, not badass.

AnttiApina4404d ago

I don't like characters that are supposed to be "bad-ass" seriously: Marcus Fenix is a shallow character.

However, guys like Nathan Drake and Snake are great! The character developement in these games is great!

BiggCMan4404d ago

did anyone realize that the honorable mentions mention agent 47 from HITMAN, yet it says NO MORE HEROES, hahaha, FAIL!!

lovestospoodge4404d ago

have thee forgotten? drake got with chloe and elana...and climbed a vertical train hanging off a cliff

Lich1204404d ago


Im not sure if they changed it but everything checks out. It lists 3 games and No more Heros and hitman are both their.

execution174404d ago

or Virgil (he's more badass then Dante)

meetajhu4404d ago

Solid Snake is the best video game hero ever made. He is there in every list.

otherZinc4404d ago

The Master Chief
Commander Sheppard
must be on this list.

WildArmed4404d ago

it's definitely a tough call.

Ryu, dante, kartos gotta be there.
And if you've played MGS3, Naked Snake is their daddy! lol (solid snake's daddy that is)

I dont usually associate shooting games with 'badass'..
Sam Fisher are more badass than Marcus. xD
I mean COM'on fisher does crazy ass stealth kills!

Drake is pretty cool. Mainly coz of the stunts you get to do, but nothing that rarely stands out.

So my final list would be:
1. Naked Snake
2. Kratos
3. Dante / Ryu
4. Same Fisher
and i'll squeeze in a 6th here.

6th - Choas -> Darksiders 2 please! or the Guy from Yakuza 3 lol

I havn't played NMH but i heard the hero is pretty badass

vhero4403d ago (Edited 4403d ago )

No Cloud?? Epic Fail..

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LoaMcLoa4404d ago

Nice to see that you atleast mentioned Travis Touchdown. Number 1 Bad-ass for me :D

BeaRye4404d ago

Travis is a smarta55 and he just kills one assassin after another. I mean to move up the ranks in No More Heroes 2, you gotta be pretty bada55.

fourtwenty20094404d ago

...also evil Cole from inFamous says hi!

BattersUp4404d ago

lmfao at inFamous. You are hilarious, but not as funny as the practical joke inFamous was on anyone who bought it.

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BlackTar1874404d ago

one of my top 5 games this gen.

STICKzophrenic4404d ago

inFamous is an awesome game and Cole is a badass.

WildArmed4404d ago


inFAMOUS was my runner up GOTY for last year.
It's ok if you dont have any taste in gaming, but don't just start ranting off.

And yeah, inFAMOUS cole + double charged = badass black lightining

The guy from Prototype was pretty cool too..
what was his name?
Alex Mace? or Mercer?

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fourtwenty20094404d ago (Edited 4404d ago )

Kazuma is like a Japenese Tony Montana. Dude has a full back tattoo, eats the toughest gangsters for breakfast, and WILL F-you up. Way more bad ass then Ninja Gaiden, Master Chief, or Solid Snake.

Kratos, Cole, Kazuma FTW!!

GunShotEddy4404d ago

It's not a wise-cracking list. Master Chief would choke out Nathan Drake while drake cracked wise.

Drake gets laid and Master Chief kicks ass. Nuff said.

VG_Releaser4404d ago

How can anyone say MC ain't cool? He's cool enough to warrant HUGE marketing campaigns and multi-million dollar titles, franchises, and merchandise. Stop being a flaming fanboy. Looks like everyone got represented. Even the Wii boys got some No More Heroes love.

WildArmed4404d ago

regardless what i think about halo the game.
The marketting definitely make MC look VERY badass.

I mean have you guys not seem those amazing adds where he GAH!? I cant even explain how epic it was.

HOW awesome is that!

Gun_Senshi4404d ago (Edited 4404d ago )

Dante of DMC, the cosplay is of the emo kid nero, not Danta lol

Master Chief or Marcus are definitly not bad arse. MC is generic space marine which downgrades from Warhammer 40k, while Marcus...meh all the cast of GeOW is horrible

For snake they forgot something "walk thru mircowaves"

BattersUp4404d ago (Edited 4404d ago )

Why did they include Nero with Dante? Looks like some bad editing, lol. OHHHH. I see. You are a Sony fanboy. The whole bashing every single Microsoft character thing was a clue. Keep that in the Open Zone.

Gun_Senshi4404d ago (Edited 4404d ago )

lol fanboys always points fingers.

Kindly tell me how am I a sony fanboy? I'm more of a PC Fanboy.

What I said is a fact. The games are fun to play but the characters are generic, just like Resistance has generic characters

A Mute that don't even have a face which is a super space marine
A bald guy on steroids swearing only

Geeze I wonder where I saw those!

Oh wait why am I answering a duplicate account troll

Strikepackage Bravo4404d ago

Your clearly an Xbox hater, this was not about the genericness of the characters, its about the badassness of them. To say Marcus is not badass is just moronic, he is the very definition of badass, which is why so many call his character cliche.

MC is obviously Bad ass as well but for more subtle reasons, he's the tall silent type, who kills without a peep. Now go, the openzone is that way>>>>>

Gun_Senshi4404d ago

You want real bad ass characters?

Sam Fisher is an example, not generic hero Number 32423515234

CellularDivision4404d ago

I almost cried at the microwave scene :(

LeonSKennedy4Life4404d ago

Master Chief isn't all. Seriously. Marcus is cool because he does and says cool things. MC does nothing cool. Ever. He just happens to be the main character of your favorite game. That doesn't make him cool.

WildArmed4404d ago

I like MC.. I havn't completed the campaigns for any Halo game after combat evolved, but yeah.

I'm not a fan of Halo at all. I barely put 4-10 hours in halo 3.

But after watching this:
I can't help think of MC as anything but badass.
Again, i'm talking about the portrayal of the character.

Marcus is ok, quite generic like Nathan Hale or Killzone 2 for that matter. (it takes me awhile to even remember Killzone 2's character's names!)

Sam fisher is very badass.
Right along w/ Snake.

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