50 Most Iconic Video Game Characters of the 21st Century

From a blocky hero beloved by millions to the most memorable monsters and heroes modern games have to offer

Bayonetta from 'Bayonetta' series43/50

43. Bayonetta

Medusa thought having venomous snakes for hair made her a figure to be feared, but she’d have been well and truly hissed if ever cast face-to-face against Bayonetta’s eponymous shapeshifter. Platinum Games’ femme fatale – and never has that term had a more literal meaning – uses her bounteous locks to summon supremely murderous demons. While her superhuman abilities might not be able to turn victims to stone, they do enable an array of balletic, bullet-slinging moves, the moulding of rainwater into spears, and the hijacking of vehicles using her middle finger.

Iconic Moment: It's not the most enlightened attack move in games, but you'll never forget the moment that Bayonetta first uses her hair to take down a foe. Yep, the same hair that usually makes up her clothes. So many questions... not least about fire hazards.

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