Best Video Game Protagonists

The Top Ten

1 Master Chief Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, more commonly known as the Master Chief, is a SPARTAN-II commando of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command. He is the protagonist and main character in both the Halo trilogy and Reclaimer Saga.

FINALLY! A list where halo is not underrated! I am so glad Mario is not top top ten!

People say that he is an emotionless character, but play halo 4s campaign

Master Chief is so epic and awesome. He's the reason why the halo franchise was so popular.

I don't know why he's so awesome, maybe it's the way he speaks, maybe its he's fighting skills, maybe it's because he can jump so high, I don't know. All I know is that he is the coolest protagonist ever.

Because of what he stands for; freedom, and survival. He is a very strong character, yet is kind to other soldiers and sometimes puts their safety ahead of his own showing that even though he is a tough soldier, he is also a caring commander. This is why I believe he should forever be in the top 3 best protagonists of all time.

2 Gordon Freeman Dr. Gordon Freeman is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Half-Life video game series, created by Gabe Newell and designed by Newell and Marc Laidlaw of Valve Corporation.

Boi he is free

3 Niko Bellic Niko Bellic is a fictional character and the playable protagonist of Rockstar North's 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV, also featuring as a supporting character in its episodic content The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, all of which are published by Rockstar Games.

He is awesome

He is sucks

He is awesome.. look at this style wowww

4 John Marston John Marston is a central character and the main protagonist of Red Dead Redemption and Undead Nightmare.

One of the best video game protagonists ever. John Marston is a very complex character. His flaws and past crimes make him seem like a real person, and his redemption quest is one of the most touching stories in video game history.

John Marston is just a relatable guy. He's not even a good guy by normal standards. He has a not-so-great past, but he's trying to rid himself of it and just have a solid, safe future did his family. Marston is malleable to the player, but still has his own character. The player truly feels connected to him, and his undeserved betrayal and death immortalized him in gamer's minds as the best video game character of all time. He is truly the only fictional character whose death crushed me

Best video game protagonist ever!

5 Solid Snake Solid Snake is a fictional character and one of the main protagonists of the video game series Metal Gear by Hideo Kojima. He is a legendary soldier cloned from Big Boss's DNA, who is sent to infiltrate and investigate the titular weapons in an effort to stop a potential war.

I don't think you can define a better hero in any game. As mislead and misguided as he is within the entire series, Snake always finds a way to do what he believes is best for the rest of mankind, as opposed to his own welfare. A true hero at heart, with unbelievable abilities

Snake defines awesomeness. Being included in Brawl was awesome, and if he's not included in ssb4, I might not even get it. The only way snake could be more epic is... Wait, he can't even get anymore epic.

Snake get up, stop messing around. Snake? Snake? SNAKE?!

6 Duke Nukem
7 Kratos

Kratos is súper bad@ss. Sure, he has a bad temper and such but leave the fight to Kratos and some other video game protagonist who thinks they're cool and you'll see who will win.

8 Arthur Morgan (Red Dead Redemption 2)

I didn't think John Marston could be topped. I was wrong.

Playing as Arthur made Red Dead 2 as great as it was

The way you can connect to Arthur in RDR2 is just... incredible... best video game character in my opinion

Why the hell is Arthur only at number 15?! This character is one of the best protagonists in gaming history. Yes, he's surprisingly better than John. This guy should be at least in the top 5.

9 Link Link refers to several different incarnations of the same protagonist of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series.
10 Altair Ibn La'Ahad

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11 Mario Mario is the main character in the Mario Bros. Franchise, who was created by the creative director and video game designer at Nintendo of Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario has appeared in almost every Mario Game, including spinoff series, as a playable character, with few exceptions including New Super more.

Put him up - FrancescoBertini

12 Ezio Auditore da Firenze

I like ezio better than altair and that is because of his person he was more calm

13 Alex Mason

My favorite protagonist and antagonist of all time. I like his suit up and arrogance in Prototype 2. Definitely, he is the one that stands out from the others.

14 Commander Shepard Commander Shepard is the player character in BioWare's Mass Effect game series: Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3.
15 Max Payne

The deffination of badass

16 Nathan Drake
17 Agent 47 Agent 47 is a fictional character and main protagonist of the Hitman video game series released by IO Interactive and Square Enix Europe.
18 Vito Scaletta
19 Zidane Tribal Zidane Tribal is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy IX, a role-playing game developed by Square Enix.
20 Jodie Holmes
21 Soap McTavish
22 Maya Torres
23 Shulk Shulk is a fictional character and the protagonist from Monolith Soft's 2010 role-playing video game Xenoblade Chronicles, part of their overarching Xeno series of video games.
24 Steve (Minecraft)

Limitless capabilities

25 Sean Devlin
26 Lucas
27 Squall Leonhart Squall Leonhart is a fictional character and the primary protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII, a role-playing video game by Square Enix.
28 Sam Fisher
29 Dante

He's cool I'm like his funny way

30 Aiden Pearce
31 Scar (S.T.A.L.K.E.R.)
32 Alex Mercer
33 Snake (Metal Gear Series)
34 Megaman (Megaman Series)
35 Maxine Caulfield
36 Tidus
37 Serious Sam
38 Cloud Strife Cloud Strife is a fictional character and the main protagonist of Square Enix's 1997 role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII and several of its sequels and spin-offs.
39 Quote (Cave Story)
40 Frisk
41 Fei Fong Wong
42 Sonic
43 Luigi Luigi is a fictional character featured in video games and related media released by Nintendo. Created by prominent game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Luigi is portrayed as the slightly younger but taller fraternal twin brother of Nintendo's mascot Mario, and appears in many games throughout the Mario more.
44 Saints Row Protagonist
45 Trevor Philips Trevor Philips is a fictional character in Grand Theft Auto V, a video game in the Grand Theft Auto series made by Rockstar Games.
46 Wario Wario is a character in Nintendo's Mario series who was originally designed as an antagonist to Mario. His motives are driven by greed and he will take the side of whoever will give him the most pay. Although he may seem like just a mean man with no heart, he does have a very tragic past.
47 Spyro Spyro is a series of platform games which primarily features the protagonist Spyro the Dragon and his friend, Sparx the Dragonfly.
48 Ness
49 Siegfried

One of the coolest characters I've ever seen in any fighting games my favorite character out of the Soul series.

50 Jack (BioShock)
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