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

Ico from 'Ico'25/50

25. Ico

Ico, a boy cursed with horns growing from his head, and Yorda, a girl who can open mystical gates, escaped from a castle together. There wasn't much more to the minimalist story of Ico than that, but there didn't need to be. What mattered was how much Ico cared for Yorda, which was communicated more powerfully by the way they held hands as they braved the castle's dangers than any amount of dialogue.

Iconic Moment: Ico and Yorda are on the bridge leading to freedom when it splits in half, separating them. Without thinking Ico leaps across the growing chasm, reaching out to grab Yorda's hand once again.

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