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

Freddy Fazbear

44. Freddy Fazbear

From Naughty Bear to Zangief, the concept of giant grizzlies in video games is hardly novel – but 2014’s Five Nights At Freddy’s turned this animatronic bear into the categorically-not-innocent face of survival horror. You play security guard Mike Schmidt, and must survive a night shift in which cute-but-rogue robots are roaming Freddy’s fast food joint – unlicensed to kill, yet determined to do so anyway.

Iconic Moment: The Golden Freddy: a distorted, eye-less version of the title character, who can appear in Schmidt’s office with complete disregard to doors, delivering the message ‘IT'S ME’ before ending the game. Terrifying. Exhilarating. Deadly. Very, very cool.

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