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

Ezio Auditore da Firenze
Ezio Auditore da Firenze from 'Assassin's Creed 2'7/50

7. Ezio Auditore da Firenze

Of all the people to wear the stylish Assassin's cloak of stabby murder, Ezio has been the most fleshed-out, charismatic character by far. First introduced as a handsome, cocksure adolescent he matured through four games to be a grizzled retiree with his own Tuscan villa. Assassin’s Creed 2 saw the series live up to the potential hinted by the first thanks to its lush Italian landscapes and Ezio’s charming banter while knifing men in the windpipe and mourning the loss of his family.

Iconic Moment: Fighting with the actual pope, Rodrigo Borgia (aka Pope Alexander VI) in the Vatican. 

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