The 3 Most Badass Male Video Game Characters Of All Time [MUO Gaming]

Dave LeClair 24-01-2012

male video game charactersLast week I talked about the most badass female video game characters The 3 Most Badass Female Video Game Characters Ever [MUO Gaming] It is a sad fact that video games are an entertainment medium that caters mostly to men. As a result, most of the main characters in games tend to be male, and many females are... Read More and spoke about greats like Lara Croft and Jill Valentine. This week, it is time to step into the man’s domain and talk about the most badass male video game characters. Video games are a male dominated medium, so it only makes sense that there would be more badass dudes out there. This actually makes it so much harder for me to choose because the talent pool is so much larger.


In the end, I managed to narrow it down to the three most badass men in video games. These three characters could easily rival Rambo and The Terminator in terms of overall toughness. These gentlemen define what it means to be an unstoppable force. They bring awesome to another level. What makes badass video game characters more special is that we get to be them. In a movie, we just watch the awesomeness happen, but in a game, the player gets to see firsthand what it is like to be a one-man wrecking machine.

Solid Snake

In Metal Gear Solid 4, Snake is an old man. His hair has gone gray and his face is showing some serious wrinkles. For most men, that would mean it is time to settle down and enjoy retirement some place warm. For Snake, it is just another day in the office and that means it is time for him to be a total badass. Snake is like the Sean Connery of video games. Just when you think he is too old to smash your face in, he does it anyway!

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When Snake was a young man, he was also particularly badass. He is a professional sneak who makes it his personal business to take out entire rooms of bad guys without ever being seen. Even if he does get spotted, he can clear the room with expert hand-to-hand combat skills. Snake can do it all, and he is without question one of the most badass men in video game history.

Duke Nukem

Duke likes manly things. He likes smoking, he likes shooting stuff, he likes strippers and pretty much anything you can think of that is badass and manly. He has a bad attitude and that is part of his appeal. He came into existence in a time when action movies were huge. The Chuck Norris and Steven Seagals of the world were in their prime, and he was a caricature of everything that made them great.


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Sadly, Duke sat dormant for many years, wasting his prime years of badassery. His most recent game was a travesty against video games as a whole, but in spite of that, Duke still managed to be a total stud. That ups his awesome credibility because he managed to reside in one of the worst video games ever made, and still be awesome. Duke is a true badass down to his very core, and that is why he must be respected as one of the most badass video game characters of all time.


(Spoiler alert from God of War). Kratos killed the freaking God of War. Everyone else on this list is badass in their own way, but seriously, no one else is even worthy of carrying Kratos’ jock. Sure, they killed some bad guys and some aliens, but Kratos brought down a God with his bare hands. If that is not the very definition of a bad ass, then I just do not know what is. The man rode the backs of The Titans without fear and he makes a habit of fighting and beating enemies who are much bigger and more powerful than himself. Of course, not only does he fight them, he also destroys them.

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If you have never played a God of War game, you are missing some of the most insane displays of toughness ever witnessed in video game form. There is literally nothing that anyone can throw at Kratos to stop him. He is a one-man wrecking machine. Kratos is the epitome of a badass.


These are the three most badass male video game characters. Personally, I feel bad for the enemies who decide to oppose them in a fight. They all have distinguishing characterizes them make them badass, whether it’s Snake’s stealthy killing, Duke’s alien smashing and womanizing or Kratos generally destroying everything that opposes him, they are special in their own way.

Who do you think are the most badass male video game characters? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Alex Brimmer
    March 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Why do men need a list like this? Get some women in there.

    Top twenty female protags in video games, NOT for the sole purpose of eye candy. Go.

  2. argost
    February 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    were the hell is ASURAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!????

  3. Duke's buddy
    February 16, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Oh I agree about Duke Nukem lol he will always be awesome and he will be the Ultimate Classic Badass 

  4. myself
    January 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    what about Master Chief from Halo?

  5. Dave Parrack
    January 25, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Duke Nukem may be a badass, but he's also an incredible douche.

    • Dave LeClair
      January 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      LOL so true, but that's part of his charm!

      • Dave Parrack
        January 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm

        I guess. he's certainly the most charming douchebag I have ever encountered.

  6. James Bruce
    January 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    You can't put the God of War on a list of best male characters. Demi-gods and Gods are obviously genderless, foo'!

    • Dave LeClair
      January 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      He's still a guy... I recall a scene in the the game where him and two ladies....

  7. Vinay Kola
    January 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    How did Batman miss out on this list?!

    • Dave LeClair
      January 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      I don't really consider his a "video game" character. He's a tv and movie character who was put in games, but these three are characters whose whole existence is game based.

  8. Anonymous
    January 24, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    max payne is more bad ass than any of these punani's

    • Dave LeClair
      January 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Max Payne versus Kratos in a cage match to the death lol. I got my money on Kratos!