5. Master Chief (Halo Series)
John was a normal boy who was been abducted from his home and trained into being an impressive super soldier. He is extremely brave and continuously follows his duties. I think everyone has envisioned themselves as the faceless character (Which I think Bungie should never reveal). When I was eight, I dressed up in a home-made/cardboard box Master Chief costume for Halloween, proving that he can also be looked up to at any of age…even though it’s an M rated video game. Halo 4 has recently been released, I still haven’t had the chance to play the game, but I’ve heard great things and can’t wait to have a shot at it.
4. Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Assassin’s Creed Series)
Compared to most protagonists, Ezio is nicely fleshed out; you can connect with him and, overall, he has a great storyline. We got to see him becoming an assassin and saw what made him want to become an assassin. He faces tragic situations but doesn’t mope around constantly like a stereotypical character, he gets stuff done. He never kills the innocent and he’s a vigilante, like Batman. He uses his natural human skills, strength and technology. He has some of the coolest moves ever and has great dialogue. Also, his outfit is pretty cool.
3. Mario Mario (Super Mario Bros. Series)
Due to the lack of the Nintendo characters on my last top ten list, I raise you the famous Italian plumber! Mario is one of the major gaming icons and is a total classic; his first appearance ever was in the arcade game Donkey Kong in 1981. He was the first video game character everyone knew of, and his games were enjoyable at any age. Another reason he is on this list is the nostalgia factor. I remember being amazed when playing on the N64 and saw Mario in 3D for the first time during Super Mario 64. I think my favourite Mario game I’ve played though is Paper Mario. I haven’t had the chance to play any of the newer Mario games as I don’t own a Wii console, but the Wii U is coming out soon and it’s near Christmas!
2. Gordon Freeman (Half-Life Series)
The main protagonist of the video game Half-Life series and is known for being one of the biggest icons for ‘nerds.’ Gordon showed high interest and aptitude in the areas of quantum physics and relativity at an extremely young age. He has a PhD in Physics and another in brutally killing aliens with crowbars. He is an epitome of a badass as he has to defeat alien invading creatures and the Government Special Forces. Also he wore black thick glasses before they became the new ‘hipster’ fad.
1. Link (The Legend of Zelda Series)
Link is courageous and heroic and is my number one hero in video games. Link was inspired by Miyamoto’s childhood memories of exploring local forests and caves around Kyoto, Japan. I personally feel like Nintendo always have a way of making you feel like you aren’t just playing said character, but that you are the actual character due to being so engaged. Of The Legend of Zelda series my favourite game is Ocarina of Time. From such an innocent looking game, Link has to defeat a lot of hard enemies and complete a lot of difficult tasks. The paralyzing screech from encountering the Redead when trying to get the ‘Suns song’ still haunts me. I also have my own ocarina, because all the cool kids have one.
Choosing just ten for the list proved to be a difficult task due to the amount of awesome hero’s there is, but these are the ones that I ended up deciding to go with. Who are your favorite hero’s in video games? I was originally going to add Spyro the Dragon on this list because he was one of my favourite hero’s as a child. But I’m still in a huff after they developed him horribly in the latest games; and gave him the appearance as if he’s been taking steroids.
[Submitted by contributor Heather Riddick]