I was reading a thread on another site that asked to list your top 10 bad asses in games. So I made a list and thought I'd expand upon it here and ask others for their list. It was an Xbox site so you won't find Kratos in my list, and sorry MGS lovers, there's no Snake/Big Boss mostly because I never played that series. I also kept this list to playable characters, so there's no bad ass bosses or villains, that could be a whole other blog! Also, this list is NO order, I'm only going #10 to #1 for the list sake, NOT for what I consider the least badass to most badass. Without further ado, here's my list. Feel free to respond with praise, or insults, or your own list if you think you're so smart!
#10 Scorpion - Well this is pretty obvious. He can spit fire at you out of his skull, name another character that nears that level of bad ass-ery? He's also a member of an elite ninja squad, (supposedly) eternally searching for his vengeance for his brutal death and the death of his family. So we already got ninja (100 bad ass points), undead (150 b.a. points) and then the good old revenge factor. Like some other characters on this list, he has memorable lines that many non-video game would be able to recognize. They include both "Come here!" and "Get over here!", which has been repeated many times by countless geeks world wide.
Best appearance - Mortal Kombat 9 2011
Best line - "Get over here!"
#9 Master Chief - I'm not sure how I can sell this one if you disagree. Whether it's him being the sole surviving Spartan (that we know of), saving humanity from the Flood and Covenant in a galactic war, or just being too bad ass to ever remove his helmet, Master Chief is the face of 2 console generations and counting and routinely faces insurmountable odds just to tea bag the poor dead corpses of those foolish to go against him.
Best Appearance - Halo 3 2007
Best Line (after being asked what he's doing) "Sir. Finishing this fight". Yes, that's in Halo 2, but the quote doesn't have to be from the best appearance. Shut up, it's my blog!
#8 Max Payne - Probably the most reluctant, tortured bad ass to make the list. Max Payne is out for justice for the murder of his family, and his biggest enemy is usually himself. Whether it's his tortured mind or his addiction, he has a lot of demons to fight besides the loads of bad guys who dare fight him. This is also the guy who introduced a lot of people to bullet time shooting people in the head, and I lost count of how many windows and stair cases I jumped down in slow motion.
Best Appearance - Max Payne 2001
Best Quote - "He had a baseball bat and I was tied to a chair. Pissing him off was the smart thing to do."
#7 Commander Shephard - Regardless of the sex you choose, Shepherd is pretty damn bad ass. Leading suicide missions, fighting against reapers, trying to get some love with a party member...all in a day's work for this Commander. Like Master Chief, he is pretty special to his/her home planet, being the first human to the Citadel. Regardless of the choices you made with the character, Shephard has led you through many bad ass moments.
Best Appearance - Mass Effect 2 2010
Best Quote - "What sound will you make when you hit the ground? You think you'll hear it before you die?"
#6 Lara Croft - The only female character to make the list (except if you're rocking FemShep), Lara Croft has been risking her life for precious artifacts for 3 generations now, and still looking damn good. Lara is a bad ass because she is the only character on the list who has fought a freakin' dinosaur, survived a ship wreck on an island filled with a crazy cult and making more sketchy jumps than Nathan Drake can dream of. Oh yeah, and she's also British, so she's doing it all drinking tea and eating some biscuits. She's also the only one on the list to survive a full fledge reboot to only become more bad ass.
Best Appearance - Tomb Raider 2013
Best Quote - "I hate tombs"
#5 Marcus Fenix - Well, any character that carries a machine gun with a chain saw at the end of it is automatically pretty damn bad ass. Fenix got put in jail for trying to save his father, but of course he was "liberated" by his partner Dom as they took the fight to the alien scum of the Locust. Probably the character with the least amount of personality, but Fenix still became the face of the Xbox 360 thanks to Gears of War almost single handley bringing back the 3rd person "stop and pop" genre, and just plain super fun to play.
Best Appearance - Gears of War 3 2011
Best Quote - (after chainsawing someone in half) "Ugh, I think I got some on me. Now I got the cooties"
#4 Ezio Auditore da Firenze - Ezio wins for having the most awesome name, bad ass sounding or not. You get to actually see the character grow from a girl chasing teenager to master assassin. No other character on this list, in this writer's opinion, is as well rounded and written. Ezio is bad ass for being a true assassin, from befriending Leonardo da Vinci, to stalking the pope to training his own brotherhood of assassins, Ezio is a leader, charasmatic and hardened killer. Ezio is not afraid of jumping 200 feet into a 5 foot pile of hay, nor is he afraid to take down a royal family, all that makes Ezio one bad ass Italian.
Best Appearance Assassin's Creed 2 2009
Best Quote - "I thought... I thought I was beyond this. But I'm not. I've waited too long, lost too much. Requiescat in Pace, you bastard!"
#3 Sam Fisher - Fisher is a true super spy, not relying on brute force, but taking a page from Ezio's book by stalking his prey and killing people before they can pee their pants. Or sometimes, if they're lucky, the poor guards will wonder "what are those strange green lights?" Whether it's doing top secret missions for the Third Echelon, saving the President, or leading the Fourth Echelon across the globe to stop terrorists, there's not much that Sam Fisher does that isn't bad ass. Hell I bet when he takes a crap he does it from the ceiling while citing one liners to his poor, poor toilet.
Best Appearance - Splinter Cell Blacklist 2013 (go ahead and flame me!)
Best Quote - (After bashing terrorist head against the wall) "Yeah, you're definitely going to have to pay to have sex from now on"
#2 Batman - Okay, do I have to explain this? Bruce Wayne is a master in martial arts, a billionaire who designed his own armour, super car and gadgets, he makes most thugs cower in fear. Batman is a badass because he loves to toy with his poor victims, using the shadows to his advantage to strike fear in the heart of his enemies. If Batman doesn't beat you with brute force, he'll use his genius level intellect to solve the crime to put you in jail, bad ass doesn't have to be just violence, it can be thinking too! He's probably the only character on this list who is proud to never kill, Ezio would be shaking his head in shame!
Best Appearance - Batman Arkham City 2011
Best Quote - "I AM THE REASON CRIMINALS BREATHE EASIER WHEN THE SUN RISES!!"
#1 Duke Nukem - Okay if I was doing this list in order, he'd probably still be #1. Duke is the king of bad asses. He just doesn't give a f***. You can ask Duke to kiss those girls, ask him to take down any alien, but just don't ask him for bubble gum...it won't turn out well. Duke is the very archetype of bad asses, he's quick with a wise crack, he's over muscled, he has a jetpack, his ego is almost as big as his biceps, girls can't resist him and he of course saves Earth from aliens time and time again. He's a sign of a more simple time in video games, when the characters didn't have to be well written, you just had to be able to shoot tons of aliens with awesome guns. I think it's also no coincidence he wears the same colours as Superman, his red muscle shirt and blue jeans. Sure he's probably the most bland character on the list, but when do bad asses have to be deep?
Best Appearance - Duke Nukem 3D 1996
Best Quote - "Time to kick ass and chew bubble gum...and I'm all out of bubble gum" What...not good enough?
"Come get some!" Still no?
"Hail to the King, baby" Fine, still not good enough?!
"I like a good cigar...and a bad woman" Okay..one more from the King...
"I'm gonna rip off your head and s*** down your neck!" Yeah, he's the king of one liners, even if lots are quotes from other media.
Again, this was a hard list to nail down. There's characters like Bayonetta, B.J Blazcowicz, Agent 47, Gordon Freeman and John Martson could all be on this list. Hell, even Clementine from Walking Dead could be on here! And I know the Best Appearances and Best Quotes are highly questionable so feel free to tell me how wrong I am on those too!