Game heroes who simply won’t die

Like Jesus, The Terminator and Elvis, some game characters just refuse to meet their maker. Whether it’s a Spartan Warrior who’s been stabbed through the chest 37 times or a half man/half cyborg who survives getting crushed by a giant boat; the following heroes love to wriggle out of death’s butter fingers.


Defying death in: God of War series

You can’t keep a good man down. Or, in this case, a merciless mass murderer down. No matter how many times the ancient Greek anti hero gets impaled by giant swords (which, turns out, is a lot) he keeps coming back for more. Swallowed by the Hydra? Pah. Banished to the depths of Hades on three separate occasions? Big whoop. Eviscerating himself to apparent death? Hell, it’s nothing Kratos can’t crawl away from, even if he’s got a gaping hole in his stomach bigger than his brutal bald bonce.

Captain Price

Defying death in: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 & 2

With great moustache comes great responsibility… and a great aversion to death. Seriously, the world’s most shooty OAP will not stay down. Sucking up bullets like an impervious, immortal sponge, surviving in a desolate Russian prison for years, coming back from the shitting dead; ol’ Price is seemingly indestructible. He’s got more lives than a military-hardened cat. The secret? The Holy Grail is hidden somewhere inside his mighty soup strainer. Clearly.

Ninja Raiden

Defying death in: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

From whiny, whipped emo to death-proof cyborg badass. Yup, Raiden makes quite the transition between Metal Gear Solid 2 and 4. Despite getting stabbed by Vamp exactly 119 million times, Jack brushes the haemorrhage happy antics off without breaking a sweat. Our hero even survives getting squashed by a vessel so enormous, it makes the Titanic look like a paddle boat. Alright, so he loses both his arms in the process. But who needs arms when you can fight off an army of expertly-trained Haven Troopers with a sword… that you’re clenching between your teeth. If there’s ever been a stronger advert for strong, healthy chompers, we’d like to see it. 


Defying death in: Devil May Cry series

Some people like to take long walks in the park for kicks. Others enjoy a nice sit down with a good book in front of a roaring fire. Dante loves to pass the time by letting his chest meet the business end of a seven foot blade. The demon hunter may not exactly be human, but paranormal or not, his ability to tango with the Grim Reaper and live to tell the tale is pretty dang impressive. He even gives the journey into the great beyond the ultimate one-fingered salute when he breaks out a death-defying party trick that sees him pull said seven foot blade from himself without blinking. Now that's hard. Medically improbable, but hard.

Above: This? Nah, just a flesh wound, pal

Nathan Drake

Defying death in: Uncharted 1 & 2

The man who makes Indiana Jones look as exciting as an IT manager is also an expert when it comes to getting out of life or death situations. If he’s not being shot in the stomach, he’s getting nibbled on by rejects from The Descent or finding himself trapped in a train… while it’s hanging from the side of a massive cliff. But if you think any of this is enough to stop him saving the girl, punching evil square in the face, before cracking off a witty one-liner, you’d be sadly mistaken. Nathan Drake's indestructible suave: 93 – Death: 0.  

The Carmine clan

Defying death in: Gears of War 1 & 2

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Apr 1, 2010

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  • DriveShaft - April 4, 2010 2:25 p.m.

    But when Drake escapes death, he admits that he almost f*cking died x]
  • GameManiac - April 3, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    There must be some sort of badass factor for these guys to NOT die.
  • soren7550 - April 3, 2010 12:59 a.m.

    Surprised that Soap didn't make the cut. (he did get his ass beat up worse by Shepherd than Price did, with the whole knife in the chest, having his head bounced off of a car, face smashed in by Shep's foot and etc.)
  • philipshaw - April 2, 2010 9:23 a.m.

    I thought Raiden had to be dead after getting run over by a boat, even the flashback stuff it was playing made it seem like he was dead
  • shinigamiDude - April 2, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    Confirmed:C.Carmine & D.Carmine Co-op mode for Gears 3
  • 4fromK - April 2, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    Is ninja Raiden's sword in mouth thing a reference to Naruto? It's been a while (a long,long while) since I was a fan, but early on theres a ninja called Zabuza (If memory serves) who gets both arms seriously injured and kills an angry mob with a shuriken clenched in his teeth.
  • Cyberninja - April 2, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    i wish i could just take a sword out my chest
  • hellver08 - April 2, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    what about the new Prince of Persia??
  • Zeipher - April 2, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    Yeah, basically all of these dudes were born badasses, except Raiden. Kojima took him after two and had to make him into a damn ROBOT NINJA to counterbalance the bullshit from II. (Shameless self-promotion: check out the first part of "The 5 Most Realistically Useless Weapons in Gaming at, any comments appreciated!)
  • OmNomRomRearghNergh - April 2, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    Embolado, i love you.
  • lovinmyps3 - April 1, 2010 11:43 p.m.

    Raiden was one badass dude in MGS4.
  • Hurricrane - April 1, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    I think we can officially excise "Game" from any more headlines. Good article though captcha: The secreter
  • WrathLord03 - April 1, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    GOWIII SPOILER @sleepy92ismypsn - I believe after killing Hades the Underworld's in a right mess, and since Hades is dead there's no real lord to oversee the dead, so if Kratos does end up there it seems he'll be floating around with the other spirits on Earth. Also, he seems to have no one to motivate him to get out of the underworld, unless Aphrodite helps him again somehow, and it seems he's always had a bit of a booster from either a god(ess) or a titan to get out. So, who knows, really?
  • Ninja-KiLLR - April 1, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    i still dont know how raiden survived that massive boat/sub collision.
  • Hobojedi - April 1, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    The Doom Marine survived through Hell itself
  • sleepy92ismypsn - April 1, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    God of War III Spoiler Alert i thought kratos would not be on this list since he actually did die at the end of 3 i think but if he survived all those other swords through the heart than there might be a sequal even though in the making of god of war III video santa monicas team kept calling it a trilogy.I have all of the GOW games except betrayal but if i remeber correctly hes been to hades in 1,2,3, and COO. so thats 4 times. Also he wasnt swallowed by the hydra he killed the hydra then went in his mouth to get the key.
  • skyguy343 - April 1, 2010 8:40 p.m.

    Embolado single-handedley shows a fantastic example of why I read the comments.
  • nadrewod999 - April 1, 2010 6:28 p.m.

    Speaking of the Carmine clan, their names (along with the number of brothers they say they have) helped me make my first game conspiracy theory (on how many games there will be in the Gears series, and what letters the names of the Carmine brothers in each game starts with). Also, I think Soap learned something from Captain Price other than how to clear a ship of enemies in less than 20 seconds (if he survives to MW3, that is), since he pulled a knife out of his own chest, and still had the strength and accuracy to hit a guy in the head with the knife from 10-20 feet away. P.S. I did not even see azzam's comment until after I had finished the above paragraphs. Also, for another real entry, include Mr. M.C. himself, as he has avoided being stabbed by invisible Elites, slammed by jetpack Brutes, spiked by tank-less grunts, and gigantic planet-size explosions, all to peacefully go to sleep in a cryo-chamber, the same place he woke up from at the start of the first game. For another joke entry, put the Sackboy, since he can be electrocuted, spiked, gassed, crushed (by falling objects or G-forces while riding in a moving vehicle), trapped, and exploded, all before lunchtime.
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - April 1, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    There's a list Google it
  • IamNOTatalkingpony - April 1, 2010 6:22 p.m.

    Gears of war 3 better have another Carmine brother in it, but how will he die this time?