None more so than the Heroes we play.
However many of the heroes we play in Video Games aren't exactly squeaky clean. (often completely the opposite)
They are in fact anti-hero's. Wikipedia describes the anti-hero as the following - "the anti-hero is generally considered to be a protagonist whose character is contrary to that of the archetypal hero, yet typically retains many heroic qualities."
Here is Part 1 of my list of 13 gaming "anti-hero's" that are as bad-ass as they come.
13.) Red Bird (Angry Birds)
12.) Raynor (Starcraft 2)
He's used to war, and doesn't mind getting his hands dirty to make sure the job gets done.
He's an angry guy, but he keeps his cool under pressure.
Oh yeah, and he's still a bit upset with his old boss over losing the love of his live (Kerrigan) when she gets infested and turned by the Zerg into the Queen of Blades. Also, he also made one of his best friends turn against him.
I don't envy that guy one bit when Raynor gets his hands on him.
11.) Niko Bellic (Grand Theft Auto IV)
He's willing to do anything to get by, and although he is a reluctant criminal, he finds the violence easy after his many years in the Yugoslav wars and his criminal background since then.
Stealing cars, Selling drugs and being a Hitman for hire are all in a days work for Niko these days.
10.) Dante (Devil May Cry)
Dante love for demon-hunting is only matched by his love for Pizza and Strawberry Sundaes (preferably with extra strawberry's).
Don't let that fool you though....Dante is definitely a badass!!!
Being half demon / half human he has some devastating powers available to him, but his ability to utilize massive swords and duel-wielding handguns are his primary form of attack.
.......and he wears a red trenchcoat.
9.) Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy 7)
Constantly troubled by his past and unconcerned with anything other than the mission at hand, he struggles to deal with the losses he has suffered.
His sword (The Buster Sword) is one of the largest in gaming history and deals a great deal of damage (especially later in the game)
The only other Character more badass in Final Fantasy 7 was Sephiroth (Cloud's old Mentor and eventual Nemesis and main Antagonist)
8.) Kain (Legacy of Kain)
Kain follows his own motives and goals and is willing to do absolutely anything to achieve them.
Within the series, he has played Hero and Villain and is definitely both in many ways.
Further games in the series have seen the rise of another anti-hero - Raziel, who also deserves mentioning due to his soul-leeching abilities.
So that's the first 6 on the list.
Check back soon to see Part 2, and to find out who's number 1 on my list of gaming badasses!!!