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

Garrus Vakarian
Garrus Vakarian from 'Mass Effect'37/50

37. Garrus Vakarian

A frustrated administrator. A gentle badass. A cautious lover. For an expert marksman with a face covered in chitin, Garrus is surprisingly lovable. His character arc moves from being a policeman driven by a sense of justice in the first game to a laid-back vigilante in the second, and an interplanetary war advisor in the third, but it’s all underscored by his deep loyalty and sensitivity to others. If he’s on the team and your Shepard swings his way, how can you not take him as a lover?

Iconic moment: Between Mass Effect and the first sequel Garrus becomes a vigilante, now calling himself Archangel. He’s been so effective at his new job that every mercenary in the galaxy is now after him, and as we meet again he's single-handedly holding off an entire army of them.

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