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

Faith from 'Mirror's Edge' series34/50

34. Faith

Faith makes a striking, unforgettable first impression. Tattoo on one arm and under one eye; black and white clothes; a single red glove and running shoes; black hair cut into a sheer bob; a steady, steely gaze. There's a good chance you recognize her even if you've never played her game. She was an uncommon video game lead for her time – a woman who wasn’t designed primarily to titillate. Her footsteps are yours as you run, leap between tall buildings, slide under barriers, and disarm guards. When you play Mirror’s Edge, Faith’s most striking feature is her flowing movement. It’s up to your skill to make the best of it.

Iconic moment: A wall jump, a smash through a window, a slide down sheer glass as a helicopter peppers it with bullets, a leap to a nearby flat roof, a roll on landing and running onward. Mirror's Edge is full of them.

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