Everybody loves a hero, there is no question about that. But throughout the course of video game history, we have seen our fair share of heroes, fighting for survival, a loved one, a princess, or the fate of the world. Many have gone to great lengths to satisfy the needs of the people, and as we have taken control of them, few have gripped our hearts from beginning to end. Here at Gaming Irresponsibly, we have compiled a list of the greatest heroes to ever grace our gaming apparatuses, and bring to you the list of the Top 25 Video Game Heroes.
25. Adam Jensen- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
He seemed like an OK guy. Then his woman was taken from him, his workplace thrashed, and was left beaten and bruised on the brink of a most certain death. After unwillingly receiving augmentations to his battered body, Jensen became more than a man. His time was then spent on finding the ones responsible for the death of his former lover, and any that may oppose him. With his brash attitude, and armed with an assortment of upgraded, top of the line augmentations, Adam Jensen is a shoe in for one of video games best heroes.
24. Ryu Hayabusa- Ninja Gaiden Series
When it comes to ninjas, Ryu Hayabusa is the best there has ever been in a video game. Throughout the years, Ryu has overcome many obstacles and conquered many foes. First appearing in the original Ninja Gaiden, Ryu Hayabusa was sent to stop Jaquio from raising the ancient demon Jashin, and releasing him on the world. This kind of task is left to a great hero, and that is why Ryu Hayabusha sneaks on our list as one of video games greatest heroes.
23. Crono – Chrono Trigger
It takes a hero to change the course of history in any given time period, but what does that mean for a time traveling hero such as Crono. Crono helped change history in a multitude of ways. After saving a queen, escaping capture, fighting pre-historic enemies, and restoring the post apocalyptic travesty that was the world post Lavos. Now, if that is not a hero, the we don’t know what is. Welcome to the list Crono.
22. Squall – Final Fantasy VIII
In a slew of Final Fantasy characters, Squall may not be the best suited to be one of the greatest heroes, but he is definitely one of the most memorable. How many other heroes on this list wield a blade that is also a gun? As a member of SeeD, Squall finds himself fighting alongside Zell and Seifer. Shortly after Seifer disobeys his orders, Squall is united with Riona, where he is enlisted to help her faction’s resistance. Oh, and did we mention the Gunblade?
21. Simon Belmont – Castlevania Series
There have been many heroes amongst the Belmont family. Generations have fought and slayed many a vampire, but we always remember our first. When the original Castlevania burst onto the scene for the Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1986, we all remember whipping our way through Dracula’s castle in search for the king of blood suckers. It takes a brave man to kill vampires for a living, and for that, Simon, you have made it on our list of the top heroes in video games.