Kick-Ass videogames need characters who can, urm, well, kick-ass!
Obviously this is my own personal list, not everyone's favourite bad-ass will make the cut! Leave a comment with who you'd have. I've tried to avoid characters that are more known for their comics or films (i.e Batman).
In reverse order;
10. Dante - Devil May Cry
He's part Devil and slays Demonic beasties for a living! And he somehow makes that gothic-red leather shit look cool.
9. Jack - Mass Effect 2
I could have gone for Commander Shepard, that would have been the obvious choice. But, Jack just OOZES bad-ass! A dangerous criminal locked away in a space prison, with her shaved head and tattoos, not to mention her powerful biotic powers! She would have brutal animal sex with you! And then probably eat you afterwards.
8. Kazuya Mishima - Tekken series
Kazuya is pretty bad-ass; he's survived being dropped from a mountain! And was once thrown into a volcano! WTF!? He's beaten on his old man and even his own son! And he's got the 'devil gene'...
7. Sam Gideon - Vanquish
From massively underrated shooter Vanquish, Sam slides across the screen at break-neck speeds wearing a super cool mech suit. He drop-kicks robots in the face!
6. E. Honda - Street Fighter series
Ryu may be the face of classic beat em' up 'Street Fighter', but a 300 pound Sumo wrestler bitch-slapping his enemies one hundred times a second is way more bad-ass!
5. Starkiller - Star Wars The Force Unleashed
Darth Vader's secret apprentice and hunter of the remaining few Jedi after order 66. Starkiller's skills with the force and a lightsabre make even the best of Jedi look like Jar Jar Stinks.
4. Marcus Fenix - Gears of War
Cole Train's got more beef, but Fenix is way more bad-ass. Stomping on the Locust Horde is like playing a round of golf for this dude.
3. Sephiroth - Final Fantasy 7
He looks like a Goth girl, but he would still cut you in half and then set you on fire. The quintessential RPG baddie!
2. Master Chief - Halo
The Halo fanboy in me couldn't leave the big chief out of this list. It's MASTER CHIEF! He's a 7 foot tall one man army. He teabags his enemies too, smooth.
1. Solid Snake - Metal Gear Solid
Solid Snake. Nuff said!
...ok then, he single-handedly took on a tank and won! He's knacked up a vampire, a cyborg ninja, various mechs, and even his Dad! He's the epitome of bad-ass! And in MGS4 he's got a moustashe! Win
Snake? SNAKE?! SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!!!!