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

Gomez from 'Fez'47/50

47. Gomez

For a being without a single enemy in the known universe, Gomez has it tough. This cutest of white walkers (not that kind) was catapulted to fame when, on receiving a red fez, he witnessed the breakup of a golden hexahedron which tore the fabric of spacetime. Result: his 2D world becoming 3D, and a reliance on someone else – that’s you – to steer him around his newly shattered universe. His adorability comes partly through that nephew-of-Stay-Puft mega-head, and partly through his being a delight to bounce around Fez’s treasure-packed, ingeniously-devised levels. Also, that he never admonishes you for letting him die. A lot.

Iconic moment: Gomez celebrating completing a golden cube: he leaps into the air, the center of a fanfare of lights and blorping music, wearing a huge grin and a tiny, cuboid fez, and your eyes can't help but smile. You know that pang of happy nostalgia you feel as the music rises when Link opens a chest in a Zelda game? It's that, only if you'd somehow woken up in a technicolor Boards of Canada album.

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