Gaming's greatest badass mo-fos

From Agent 47 to Duke Nukem, we look at gaming's antiest anti-heroes

Oct 16, 2007

Ever find yourself rooting for the bad guy? After all, even the best old-lady-helping, cat-saving gameplay would likely get dull if you did nothing else. And so many cultural icons are interesting because they stray from the straight and narrow once in a while. For instance, we'd argue Han Solo>Luke Skywalker. Dick Dastardly and Muttley>Penelope Pitstop. Sin City's Marv>Spider-Man. And if you ever find yourself cheering on the more interesting characters, you'll be right at home here as we take a look at gaming's finest examples of the antihero specimenwe call'the badass'. Bring it on.

Marcus Fenix - Gears of War
He's built like a tank, chainsaws his enemies into little gooey chunks and carries an expression like he just ate a 500g bar of laxative chocolate. He also doesn't care for fame, likes to use complex battle tactics like 'shoot things lots with big guns' and stamps on people's heads while they're biting kerbs. And he doesn't even mind the mess on his boots. What a hero.

Tommy Vercetti - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
While San Andreas' CJ has got a hint of morality, Tommy Vercetti is just a plain badass mo-fo. Reasons? Well, let's see. He jacks cars. Like Fenix, he chainsaws people and makes blood spatter on the camera lens. He lives in '80s Miami. He takes pics of VIPS in compromising situations with pornstars and blackmails them with the results. He does insane stunts in any vehicle he can find, has gunfights on power boats, takes part in demolition derby races for fun and takes any helicopter he can find for a quick spin, before leaving the burned-out wreckage in front of the cop shop. Niiice.

Above: Fancy telling Mr Fenix that his car's just been towed? Didn't think so...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The longest-serving GR+ staffer, I was here when all this was just fields. I'm currently Reviews Editor but still find time to speedrun Sonic levels and make daft Photoshop articles.
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