21. Lich King Arthas
Before he was the Lich King, Arthas was a paladin and a prince and Warcraft 3 let us play him before and after. We followed his fall from nobility to depravity as it played out like opera or myth. He was a villain we got to know as a hero, one whose descent made tragic sense each step of the way.
Iconic moment: Approaching his father the king, sword drawn. “What are you doing?” asks King Terenas. "Succeeding you," Arthas replies.