Not all of the most iconic video game characters are heroes. Some of them have a dark past and have made no-so-heroic decisions to achieve their goals.
Wario of the Super Mario series – He is the arch-rival of the series’ protagonist, and why not? His name is Japanese means “bad,” and he was always jealous of Mario and Luigi even as kids.
Alex Mercer of Prototype – This shapeshifter and a superhuman, among other things. As he uncovers memories of his past, Alex was forced to act after learning that he was responsible for the plague. However, Alex soon lost his faith in humanity.
Paxton Fettel of F.E.A.R. – When Paxton merged with a psionic, he slaughtered several staff of a secret project, had dreams about cannibalism, and had a psychotic breakdown.
Agent 47 of Hitman – He’s not just an ordinary assassin, but a cloned specimen with a spotless record.
Dante of Devil May Cry – Dante’s looking for those responsible for the death of mother and his brother. A half-demon, he takes pleasure in hunting supernatural forces of evil.
Max Payne of Max Payne – This former law officer took it upon himself to look for the criminals responsible for the slaughter of his family.
Garrett of Thief – When you are known as the most decorated criminal in The Watch and The City, you’re most likely a person who will do everything it takes for personal gain.
Arthas Menethil of Warcraft – The idealistic crown prince turned into a lich when his desire to become a hero and protect the people made him decide to face a dark threat all by himself. Once he took up a cursed blade, however, he was transformed into a death knight.
James Earl Cash of Manhunt – As a former death row inmate, James was the perfect casting for a snuff film because of his emotionless approach to butchering people.
Kratos of God of War – After becoming a pawn of Ares, Kratos soon learned that he was the prophesied son who would eventually usurp Zeus. His rampage against the Olympians was fueled by their trickery and ill use of his powers.
Cole MacGrath of inFamous – A simple delivery boy turns into a superhuman with the power of elektrokinesis. After his exploits, however, he was considered as a felon or a bioterrorist because oft eh number of casualties that resulted from a plague.
Kazuma Kiryu of Yakuza – He had plans for the future with the Dojima Family, but it all came crashing down when he was pinned as a suspect for the death of the family patriarch.
Alucard of Castlevania – Despite being the son of Dracula, Alucard took it upon himself to oppose his father after his mother’s passing.
Sweet Tooth of Twisted Metal – When you have a face of a killer clown, it’s not easy to convince people that you’re a good guy.
Trevor Philips of Grand Theft Auto V – Mostly unstable, resentful, and will easily give to his emotions, Trevor is someone you don’t want to cross. However, he shows a sentimental side that made him the most popular character in the game.