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

Jade from 'Beyond Good & Evil'48/50

48. Jade

The most curious aspect of Ubisoft’s whole not-having-a-lady-protagonist-in-Assassin’s-Creed brouhaha from E3 2014? All of eleven years previously, it delivered one of the all-time great female leads, in super-sharp, osmium-tough journo-spy Jade. Martial artist, parkour expert and brainiac all rolled into one, names such as Faith (Mirror’s Edge), Elena Fisher (Uncharted) and Chell (Portal) all boast traits descended from Michel Ancel’s supremely savvy troubleshooter – the most salient that they were undisputed successes without any lazy reliance on overt sexualization.

Iconic Moment: Early in the game Jade fails to save her porcine guardian Pey'j from a slaughterhouse but later manages to revive him with her mysterious, shiny powers in a moment that wouldn't be out of place in a Disney movie.

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