Normally, the main characters in video games are heroes. However, antihero protagonists sometimes make the game better than a hero character. Sometimes, these bad guys can complete the mission in a dirty but more efficient and exciting way. Let’s check out the top 10 antihero protagonists in video games.
10. Kratos (God Of War)
This brutal character makes the wars in this game definitely bloodier, more exciting, and thrilling. Kratos often starts unnecessary wars with other gods. And his cruelty throughout the game series takes all the wars in God of War to the extreme. Like most heroes, Kratos has a tragic backstory. It villainously impacted this boy, making him become an antihero god of war.
He did everything and fight against other gods only for his rage-filled vendetta. This bad guy didn’t save anyone or uphold good things, but he’s not all bad or good. He only fights for his feud with other gods.
9. Hell Walker (Doom)
The next video game antihero protagonist is Hell Walker in Doom. In the real world, monsters frighten people, but in the Doom world, monsters are frightened by Hell Walker. In Doom, Doom Slayer, as known as Hell Walker is creepier than the most fearful demons from the dark. The only thing he does and lives for is killing demons. He never cares about others’ lives or be bothered by saving the world. He just never stops murdering demons. In Doom Slayer’s wars, he shoots both demons and innocent bystanders.
8. Agent 47 (Hitman)
Agent 47 in Hitman video game is known as a perfect assassin. Five Fathers organization, including 4 criminal godfathers and a genius scientist, synthesized their DNA and created their clones. They aimed to form an army of excellent assassins. And Agent 47 is the 47th killer among them.
This killing machine never cares about the good or bad nature of the target but only the mission. He will only fight for justice if it’s his mission. Agent 47 is a perfect villain who kills all bad, good, and innocent people. But Hitman is still a favorite video game thanks to its interesting spot.
7. Conker (Conker's Bad Fur Day)
The protagonist of Conker's Bad Fur Day, Conker is the next antihero character in this video game. This anthropomorphic character doesn’t do cute things like other animal characters in video games as normal. Conker drinks, gambles, murders, and does debauchery things. Although the red squirrel looks cute and innocent, he is still not a hero protagonist. However, a lot of players reported that they really enjoy this character as well as this video game.
6. Wario (Super Mario Series)
Wario is an antihero version of Super Mario. This greedy character does everything for money. However, a lot of players still love Wario due to his humorous appearance and personality. Although he is not a heroic character, Wario doesn’t do anything exceptionally deplorable. Most of the time, he still fights against villains or just fails. But he’s estimated as an antihero character because he only saves the day if it fills his wallets with money.
5. The Overlord (Overlord Series)
Then video game series Overlord gives you two options. You play as an evil conqueror or help citizens and become the leader of them. It would be more interesting and easier to conquer and rule demons instead of becoming a good leader of them and do favors to hold the power. It’s too time-consuming and boring to play as a hero in Overlord.
Once you are the evil lord, you play as a villain in this video game and torture the goblin army. You then burn all the hay of the village, defeat and throw the snot out after saving the village from orcs.
4. CJ (GTA III)
GTA III in Grand Theft Auto franchise is a popular video game developed by Rockstar. At the beginning of the game, you will steal a bike, ride off the street and take out some gangsters to save the day. Although the way this character fight against others is cruel, CJ is still kind and kind-hearted. Among these antihero protagonists, this man may be better. However, his cruel manners in fighting and completing his missions make him seem to be antiheroic. Anyway, this man still gets the job done as required.
3. Jimmy (Bully)
Bully is another action-adventure video game of Rockstar. And the main character Jimmy, of course, is a bully. He has a tough and unhappy childhood which gave Jim more strength, fighting skill, maturity, and wisdom than most of his peers. However, Jim is not really malicious.
Despite his cruel manners and appearance, this boy is still kind. Jim revile people while doing favors for them. He fights bad guys to defend his close friend while he still calls his friend with an insulting name. At the end of this video game, Jim even helps Mandy although she was opposed to him during the school year. Moreover, Jimmy is also an excellent artist who can draw stunning pictures and loves music.
2. John Marston (Red Dead Redemption)
John Marston was an orphan. He committed his first murder when he was at the age of eleven when he shot a man by accident. One year later, he was caught stealing and nearly got hung by homesteaders in Illinois. Fortunately, Dutch van der Linde saved him and John joined his gang where he was taught to be a gangster. For the rest of his life, this man committed many other crimes, such as kidnappings, raids, robberies, and murders.
However, John and his gang rob from the rich to give the poor. They fought for people who were powerless although he admitted that it was just the excuse for their indiscriminate robbing and stealing. Anyway, John Marston is still not a true villain.
1. James Earl Cash (Manhunt)
James Earl Cash is an unlucky man who was forced to do evil things. Although this man appeared to be emotionless and fearless in most of the storyline, James is still warm-hearted. This man showed his sympathy for the kidnapped family and got angry when seeing them killed. Although the way this character acts seem to be unheroic, he fought more evil people. And we can call him a ‘kind criminal’.
Those are the top ten antihero protagonists in video games who don’t act as true heroes but are still kind to some extent. Their rude manners even make the game more interesting and attractive rather than true heroes.