25 best game heroes ever

We extol the virtues of our favourite gaming heroes and heroines

We extol the virtues of our favourite gaming heroes and heroines (in no particular order)...


A quiet boy in a green tunic and tights isn’t your typical hero, but Link has always been one of gaming’s greats. Armed with the legendary Master Sword, boomerangs, slingshots and a whole arsenal of other nifty weapons, he valiantly defends the mythical land of Hyrule from the evil Ganon.

Finest hour... Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)


It’s-a-me, Mario! The most recognisable character of all time has smashed his way through countless monsters and brick blocks, and on weekends he relaxes by maniacally pelting fellow drivers with turtle shells. We don’t know what Nintendo were smoking when they thought a moustachioed Italian plumber would be a good protagonist, but we’re sure glad they did.

Finest hour... Super Mario Kart (1992)

Cloud Strife

Don’t let the feminine cheek bones and silky blonde hair fool you. Cloud Strife more than proves himself as a mercenary in Final Fantasy VII as he wields his gargantuan sword against Sephiroth and his minions to deadly effect. Still not convinced? You try wielding that thing. Seriously, look at it. It’s ridiculous.

Finest hour... Final Fantasy VII (1997)

Sonic the Hedgehog

Meet the only hedgehog in existence that's too fast to become roadkill. A spiky blue mammal with attitude and snazzy red trainers, Sonic lays the smackdown at blistering speeds as he blazes through different worlds to foil the evil Dr Robotnik.

Finest hour... Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992)

Master Chief

You know someone’s a badass when they hardly speak two words and never show their face. Armed with a host of human and alien weapons, the armoured Chief ploughs his way through hordes of slimy, ugly alien cannon fodder and goes on to singlehandedly save the human race.

Finest hour... Halo: Combat Evolved (2004)